Forecasting which digital publishing start-ups will break through next year and which will fall away is something of a mug’s game. But that hasn’t stopped Digital Book World from asking industry insiders to make their best guesses in recent weeks.
Some of the names we’ve heard, like BookBub and Wattpad, are so familiar by now that they hardly qualify as newcomers. Still, it’s interesting to note which spaces publishing leaders see as the most ripe for innovation and disruption.
Several cited market marketing and data as two areas for publishers and start-ups to forge more solid partnerships.
One industry veteran looked at the question differently, though, pointing to Amazon as a consortium of dozens of start-ups with the potential to transform how the e-tailer operates and disrupt the publishing ecosystem at large.
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What’s Ahead in Metadata (DBW)
Metadata has never been so critical for getting your titles noticed and purchased by readers. The digital supply chain is becoming more complex, which opens up new opportunities for more targeted sales and discovery, but it also raises the bar for what authors and publishes need to know in order to take proper advantage.
Digital Audiobooks Come of Age (Good E Reader)
The digital audiobook market is expanding both in North America and overseas. Some see audiobooks as a natural complement to e-reading, while others approach audio as an entirely distinct market. Both views will need to be tested heading into 2015. Here’s a roundup of current trends.
Raising the Bar on Digital Content (DBW)
Surveying the market for digital content, Digital Book Awards Program Director Anne Kostick says “We don’t see many badly made ebooks or amateurish productions anymore”–a sign that publishers and content developers are getting more adept at handling digital formats.
DBW Daily is running in an abbreviated format during the holiday season, but look for the full news roundup you’re used to on January 2, 2015. Happy holidays!