Bowker analysts suggested recently that the self-publishing market is maturing as many writers become more adept at shaping and monetizing their brands.
So Digital Book World is partnering for a third year with Writer’s Digest to ask authors–professional, aspiring and all those in between–to share their experiences in the publishing world today.
Here’s where authors can participate in this year’s Author Survey. Results and analysis will be presented at Digital Book World 2015 and released throughout next year in premium reports, briefs and a free blog series.
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Moving the Goalpost on Ebook Forecasts (The Digital Reader)
Some analysts now expect the ebook market to overtake print and audiobooks by 2018. But as The Digital Reader points out, that tipping point has been predicted–incorrectly–more than once before. Even in a more stable landscape than that of the ebook revolution’s earliest years, the future of the digital market can be notoriously difficult to prognosticate.
Why Amazon Should Split Itself in Two (Quartz)
Amazon’s lackluster third quarter earnings and the company’s recent accord with Hachette have together inspired no shortage of commentary about what moves Amazon should take next. One of the more provocative of those ideas is also one of the least likely: an industry watcher explains why the e-tailer should spin off Amazon Web Services.
Nokia Enters the Tablet Market (Good E Reader)
The Microsoft-owned company rolls out its first Android-running tablet, which will debut in China. The device has been described as a (possibly too) similar alternative to the iPad Mini.
Related: Tablet Sales Disappoint in First Half of 2014 | Publishing Tactics for Global, Mobile Readers at DBW15
Samsung Scales Back as Smartphones Struggle (Good E Reader)
The device maker’s ballooning line of smartphones hasn’t translated very well to sales. With profits down, Samsung plans to release fewer new models next year. As Good E Reader points out, “less hardware diversity means being able to share more components across devices,” which could help turn things around. Samsung’s tablet business was up the first half of the year.
Veteran Authors Sweep Best-Seller List (DBW)
After a few weeks when self-published titles had made a remarkably strong showing on the Ebook Best-Seller List, a handful of new titles by veteran authors storms the top ten.
Not Your Father’s Ebook Cover (Co.Design)
Okay, so your father didn’t grow up on ebooks. But in the short time they’ve been around, ebooks have taken cues from their print counterparts about the all-important visual signal of what lies within: the book cover. As part of its recent relaunch, Pelican Books rethinks the book cover as a design element more closely integrated with the content.
Related: Learn What Goes into a Well-Designed Book Cover
Enhanced Ebook Tool Looks to the Cloud (Good E Reader)
The digital publishing start-up Liberio allows users to draw on cloud-based multimedia files from Soundcloud, Vine, Dropbox and others to build ebooks supported by all the major platforms.
Ebook Publishing App Gets Image-Friendly (Tuaw)
Vellum, a free ebook publishing app for Macs, adds functionality allowing authors to include images throughout the text–an admittedly modest feature in the grand scheme of what’s out there for ebook creation platforms, but one that squares with the rising interest in, and availability of, self-publishing tools for enhanced and multimedia ebooks.
Making Metadata Work–Free Webcast Today (DBW)
Metadata is the increasingly important mechanism standing between readers on one hand and content on the other. Find out how to make it a bridge, not a barrier, in a free webcast today at 12pm EST with ebook metadata expert and DBW15 speaker Reneé Register. Attendees get a discount not only on Reneé’s Essential Guide to Metadata for Books but also on one of her new metadata courses at Digital Book World University. Learn more and sign up.