It’s been a busy week for what Amazon refers to as “reader-powered” publishing.
Amazon rolled out the Kindle Scout program on Tuesday, widening its foray into crowdsourcing book content–a trend that appears to be picking up steam lately. Now, a title that originated on the social storytelling platform Wattpad lands a deal with Paramount for a film adaptation.
The novel, called After, by Anna Todd, racked up over a billion reads on Wattpad, catching the attention both of Paramount and Simon & Schuster, which will publish it later this month.
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Beyond Textbooks, Digital Educational Content Grows (DBW)
New survey data indicates the market for supplemental educational content is expanding as textbook prices remain high, more institutions go digital and the Common Core takes hold, creating the need for more assessment materials.
Learn more: Publishing Strategies for Higher Education and the Common Core at DBW15
A Mixed Bag for Book Markets Worldwide (Infodocket)
The International Publishers Association’s annual report surveying 42 countries finds mostly negative growth in the book markets of wealthier countries over the past year and modest growth in emerging markets. The full report is available here.
Apple Rolls Out Latest iPads (The Digital Reader)
The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, both unveiled yesterday, are thinner, faster and include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The two new tablets will begin shipping next week for $499 and $399, respectively.
Google and Apple Face Off on New Tablets (Good E Reader)
The battle for the premium end of the tablet market continues apace. Google’s answer to the new iPad Air 2 is its Android-running, HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet. And like the iPad, the Nexus, too, retails for $399.
Got the Ebook Text Layout Blues? Blame Batteries (Gizmodo–video)
It may not come as news to professional ebook developers or e-reader manufacturers, but one reason the text design of reflowable ebooks still sometimes falls short is limited battery power. The algorithms responsible for making responsive layout decisions are optimized to do so efficiently enough that they don’t drain devices’ batteries after just a few page-turns. This video explains how.
Related: Digital Book World 2015 Turns Spotlight on Ebook Tech Training
Perseus Reorganizes (Pub Lunch)
In the aftermath of the deal-with-Hachette-and-Ingram-that-wasn’t, Perseus Book Group appoints a former General Electric exec as SVP for Operations, among other senior management-level changes.
Chinese Publishers Ramp up Global Push (Reuters)
China currently spends $18 billion buying rights to works published outside its borders. Now Chinese publishers are doubling down on efforts at selling their own titles internationally.
Advances: Who Needs ’Em? (The Digital Reader)
Pretty much every author out there loves an advance. But not everyone out there agrees what role advances play in determining the kinds of books that get published. Here’s one skeptic’s take on that question.