One reason Blurb says it’s now providing recommendations for publishing service providers is that the market is so crowded authors hardly know which consultants to approach.
Depending on your point of view, Nook is now either part of that problem or part of its solution.
In addition to launching print-on-demand services through its Nook Press program, the company also adds a series of packages offering professional editorial and design help.
Barnes & Noble is preparing Nook to be spun off, leading some to speculate that this latest addition is an effort at making Nook more appealing to potential buyers.
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The Current Field for Publishing Services (The Digital Reader)
As the marketplace for independent publishing services expands, the competition for authors–which in many cases includes traditional publishers–intensifies. With that in mind, here’s a survey of the current landscape.
Related: Blurb Links Authors With Publishing Experts
Brushing up on Metadata (DBW–Free Webcast)
As the digital marketplace evolves, metadata is taking center stage as a critical mechanism for getting content into readers’ hands. As authors, publishers and booksellers gear up for the holiday shopping season, now is as good a time as any to get up to speed on the latest metadata tips and strategies for boosting discoverability and sales. Registrants for this free webcast will also receive special discounts on other metadata resources and programs from Digital Book World.
Amazon Goes Dutch (Good E Reader)
Amazon enters the ebook market in the Netherlands, in what Good E Reader says will be an “uphill battle” fought largely on the strength of its budget Kindle devices. Bol.com, the country’s biggest online bookstore, will be a major competitor; the Germany-based ebook platform Tolino expanded into the Netherlands just last month.
Inside Social DRM (Good E Reader)
BookXtream is a top provider of digital watermarking, an encryption system that’s widespread in the European ebook market. The company’s CEO sits down with Good E Reader to explain the technology and its appeal among publishers and distributors.
Microsoft Backing Out of E-Reading? (LiveSide)
Microsoft alert users of the long-neglected Nokia reading app that the platform will be discontinued at the end of the year, and directs them to other apps “such as Kindle and Audible” that are “already available in the Microsoft store.”
Self-Published Titles Comprise a Fifth of Best-Sellers (DBW)
Self-published authors like Deborah Bladon, Penelope Ward and H.M. Ward are holding their own on the Ebook Best-Seller List. Five of the top 25 this week belong to titles by those three authors alone.
Mobile to Drive Ebook Growth (MobileWorld)
New research forecasts the global ebook market to more than double in the next five years to more than $16 billion, thanks largely to the rise of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets both in mature and emerging ebook markets.
Related: Seizing the Mobile Opportunity at DBW15
Penguin Random House Spearheads Readathon (Pub Lunch)
Partnering with the National Book Foundation, the publisher launches a “marathon reading” event set for January 24th, involving booksellers, libraries and co-sponsors Mashable and Goodreads.