The power of media tie-ins to boost sales of best-selling ebooks is widely understood. Still, there are times when the force of their impact can be surprising.
If I Stay held firmly onto its No. 1 position on the Ebook Best-Seller List in the week before the movie based on Gayle Forman’s novel hits theaters. In assuming that spot three weeks ago it knocked aside The Fault in Our Stars, which held the No. 1 place for twelve weeks during the hype surrounding that title’s film-adaptation release.
TV could be exerting just as strong an influence as film. Case in point: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander coming in No. 2 in the wake of a new Starz series based on the story.
In fact, of the top-25 titles on this week’s list, ten are tied to movies or TV shows. More.
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Blurb Wants to Help Indie Authors Into Bookstores (DBW)
A spate of new deals and technology at self-publishing services provider Blurb is aimed at helping indie authors get a bit closer to enjoying some of the advantages that traditionally published authors enjoy, specifically, getting into physical bookstores.
Related: New Indie Author Award at Digital Book Awards
E-Reading Less Nutritious? (The Guardian)
A new study suggests that those who read ebooks retain less than those who read in print. The study was small, however, and more than anything concludes that more research needs to be done.
New Nook in Stores? (The Digital Reader)
By the time you read this, you might be able to go and pick up the new Barnes & Noble Nook-Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet computer in stores. If that seems like a tall order, just watch the awkward teaser video again.
Kensington Goes Exclusive With BAM (DBW)
Kensington Publishing is taking its ebook-only imprint and selling trade paperbacks of the titles exclusively at Books-A-Million.
Changes at Ellora’s Cave (Dear Author)
The ebook-era romance publisher has made cuts that affect authors, cuts it says are due to a sharp decline in Amazon sales that it can’t yet explain.
Related: 2011 Q&A with Ellora’s Cave publisher Raelene Gorlinsky
Abrams Snags Hachette Editor for Publisher Role (PW)
Michael Sand, previously executive editor at Hachette’s Little, Brown division, is now vice president and publisher of adult trade at Abrams.
Cyber-Policing Training (Times of India)
Cops from Mumbai are training in the U.S. to combat cyber-crime, including the pirating of ebooks.
Kindle Worlds Really a Bust? (The Digital Reader)
GigaOm recently called the Kindle Worlds fan fiction business a failure (at least thus far) but one commentator doesn’t think that it’s been proven true yet.
Amazon-Hachette: Stop Fighting Soon, Please (Pub Perspectives)
One publisher from a small-language market writes an open letter to Amazon, explaining why the dispute is especially roiling for her.
Passing on Your Ebooks (The Digital Reader)
A new Delaware law makes digital content inheritable. This runs counter to the terms and conditions at many ebook retailers.