With ebooks, nothing goes “out of print.” And with new digital discovery and distribution technologies, more books than ever are available instantly to more people than ever.
Sounds like a recipe for big back-list and “Long Tail” sales, right? Maybe not.
While it sounds good on paper, all theories need to be tested, and when this theory was tested at one major publisher it was found to be incorrect, at least over the past four years.
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BISG Pulls Out of Deal With AAP on BookStats (DBW)
BISG’s exit from the deal that brought industry-tracking statistics to book publishing casts doubt on whether we’ll see that breadth and depth of industry statistics again. The final installment of the annual report comes out this week.
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Digital Book Publishing (DBW)
What separates a successful venture from an unsuccessful one? Find out in this fantastic webcast today at noon Eastern Time. Register.
Open Road Accuses HarperCollins of Intimidation (Pub Lunch)
Open Road Media has fired back at HarperCollins’s demands for damages payments in its recent court victory over the start-up over Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves ebook.
Disney Publishing Expanding Ideas of Digital Publishing (DBW)
When it comes to experimentation and pushing boundaries in children’s digital storytelling, Disney Publishing is at the forefront. More.
Apple Gives Away Ebooks in UK (The Bookseller)
Apple will be giving away one different ebook every day this week in the UK to highlight new authors.
Ebook Retailer Zola Making Hay With Recommendation Engine (DBW)
Zola’s recommendation engine is now being used by dozens of libraries through its partnership with BiblioCommons. The rumor at Book Expo America last month was that Zola was making more money from its recommendation technology than from ebook sales.
3M Latest Library App (DBW)
The company unveiled the latest generation of the Cloud Library interface.
Digital First-Sale Doctrine Arguments (Flip the Media)
Whether authors and publishers like it or not, the idea of a used ebook marketplace will have to be confronted in one way or another. Here are some of the arguments around the core issue around such a marketplace: doctrine of digital first sale.
Authorbuddies.com (Pub Perspectives)
A new website aims to connect authors so they can help with each other’s marketing efforts.