Ebooks, Devices to Top Kids’ Holiday Gifts

shutterstock_156482573There will be plenty of children getting ebooks and new devices to read them on this holiday season, according to a new survey by PlayCollective and Digital Book World.

Among the parents of children ages two to thirteen who participated, 45% said they intend to buy a new e-reading device for their children.

Children’s e-reading habits are evolving, with parents indicating a willingness to spend slightly more on ebooks than in past years, though that isn’t necessarily translating into buying more books overall.

Much more, including an infographic with new data.

Learn more: Look for complete survey results and analysis at the Publishers Launch Kids Conference at DBW15

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Rethinking the Book Blurb (DBW)
Recent research indicates many readers look to book descriptions on retail websites in order to decide what to buy. But many more rely on word-of-mouth recommendations. Fortunately there are ways for authors and publishers to draw strategically on features of the latter in rethinking the former. Here are four.

The Obstacles to Further Ebook Growth (Good E Reader)
The recent forecast that ebooks will overtake print by 2018 has attracted some skepticism within the digital publishing industry for a number of reasons. Some of them, according to one observer, have more to do with ebook technology than with readers themselves.

Perseus Finishes Strong in 2014 (PW)
After an intended acquisition deal with Hachette and Ingram collapsed earlier this year, Perseus Book Group finishes out fiscal 2014 with reports of “material growth” and a number of new partnerships and initiatives underway.

Amazon’s Ground War with Alibaba (Forbes)
The e-tailer’s global fate in contending with competitors like Alibaba rests chiefly offline, according to one Amazon watcher. In his view, the company’s “road back to Wall Street favor lies somewhere amid the tall shelves and yellow merchandise buckets of its 100-plus fulfillment centers.”

Why Amazon’s Future Is in the Cloud (Business Insider)
Taking the opposite tack, another Amazon observer says the e-tailer’s fortunes rest primarily in its cloud computing capacity, which is vast and growing. Of course, Amazon’s e-commerce and data services businesses aren’t mutually exclusive. It just depends which you wager is the more promising.

Calling All Authors! (DBW)
Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest are jointly conducting a third annual survey of authors to learn more about their publishing experiences and results as the digital marketplace evolves. Learn more and take part.

The Premium E-Ink Screen That Might Have Been (The Digital Reader)
Charting the path e-reader display technology has taken in the past few years, The Digital Reader notes that Amazon passed up a high-resolution screen that E-ink and Epson had in development when the latest line of Kindles appeared earlier this year.
Related: Exploring Changes in Mobile E-Reading and Technology at DBW15

A Digital-Era Case for Copyright (Pub Perspectives)
One observer wades into the ever contentious copyright debate, arguing in favor of those protections in the digital age. But they’ll need to adapt in order to keep up with how information is shared today. One good place to start “involves recognizing the difference between what we might call consumptive and commercial infringement.”


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