When it comes to ebook sales data and data on the e-reading habits of ebook buyers, the large ebook retailers — Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble — hold all the cards.
They control vast piles of information on how people read books, when they buy them, where they stop and why, but they largely don’t share this data with publishers and authors.
If they did share this data, it could help publishers and authors make better products and market them more effectively, a win-win for the industry.
So, says one ebook industry observer, ebook retailers: Release the data and help the publishing industry prosper! More.
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Ebook Revolution Over? (Telegraph)
Tim Waterstone, the founder of UK book chain Waterstones, says that the ebook revolution will soon “go into decline.” He clearly has a vested interest in that happening. But could he be right? (Spoiler: probably not.)
Better in E or Print? (Telegraph)
Some books sell better as ebooks. Some as print titles. Can you spot which ones? Take the quiz.
Four Questions to Ask Before Self-Publishing (DBW)
With so many publishing options today for authors, it’s easy to make a misstep. Ask yourself these four questions before going down a publishing road and you’ll be less likely to trip.
Big-Time Author Shows Publisher Loyalty (Pub Lunch)
When it comes to how to publish, “money isn’t everything” is something we’ve heard from a lot of authors, so it’s good to see it actually in practice. Star financial writer Michael Lewis turned down big-time money to stay with the editor he liked, Norton’s Starling Lawrence.
Related: What Authors Actually Want.
Gaming Kindle (The Digital Reader)
My Buying Community, a site that purports to connect readers with writers, may actually just be an elaborate scheme to game the Kindle best-seller list.
Investment in Kids Ebooks/Apps (Licensing.biz)
Kids ebook and app company PlayKids has received a $5 million investment for global expansion, including adding more ebook titles.
Findaway World Adds Audiobooks (DBW)
Digital content distributor Findaway World is now distributing tens of thousands of audiobooks alongside its ebook titles.
Amazon Not Sole Provider of E-Textbooks in Brazil (Pub Perspectives)
Contrary to media reports, Amazon did not secure contract to be the sole distributor of e-textbooks in Brazil. This article makes clear exactly what has happened.
Amazon Workers Walk Out in Germany (Reuters)
Amazon warehouse workers in Germany went on strike to protest what they say is unfair pay. Amazon considers them “logistics” workers and not “mail order and retail” workers and contends they are paid more than fairly.
New Nook Strategy, London Book Fair and More (Good E Reader)
Check out this short, rousing webcast on everything ebooks and digital publishing.