As the subscription model for ebooks evolves, authors and publishers are keeping a close eye on how much they earn from individual borrows on the leading platforms.
Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s subscription-based program, continues to compensate authors at rates that have been widely criticized as too meager.
But author and researcher Dana Beth Weinberg reminds that “compensation per borrow is not the only concern…A separate but related question is how borrows will relate to sales, either of the book in question or of other books by the same author.”
And according to findings from the latest Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, ebook subscription services appear likely to satisfy some authors more than others.
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Authors Boycott PEN Gala (Pub Lunch)
Six best-selling authors announce they won’t be attending the PEN American Center’s annual gala next week due to the literary organization’s decision to offer a freedom of expression award to Charlie Hebdo, the controversial French magazine that suffered a fatal attack on its headquarters in January this year.
UK Copyright Overhaul Talks Draw Ire (The Bookseller)
The UK Green Party’s proposal to limit copyright terms to fourteen years after authors’ deaths is part of a broader review intended to modernize copyright law. Several prominent authors and affiliated trade groups are already voicing objections.
Kobo to Publish Its First Digital Original (PW)
The Toronto-based retailer and device maker will publish an original ebook this summer, a nonfiction title by investigative journalist Kevin Donovan. An independent publisher Kobo has partnered with will bring out a print edition simultaneously.
More Efficiency, Less Discovery (Book Business)
Others have argued that discovery solutions aren’t where publishers should be focusing their resources. Reframing that case, industry veteran Joe Wikert says the issue is less about helping readers wade through enormous volumes of content and more about learning how to publish less of it in more targeted ways.
Build a Fanbase, Not a Customer Base (Pub Perspectives)
Echoing a case we’re hearing made more often lately, one industry leader says publishers miss the wood for the trees when they try to build relationships strictly with consumers—the folks who buy books—rather than with passionate “fans.” Here’s the argument behind the semantics.
Top Trends in STM Publishing (Scholarly Kitchen—Infographic)
A trade organization for scientific, technical and medical publishers rounds up the topmost emerging technology trends in the space. A new infographic organizes them into three categories involving data, methods for evaluating researchers’ performance and the future of the scholarly article as a unit of content in a broader digital ecosystem.
Related: What Trade Publishers Can Learn from the STM Sector
Dictionary App Customizes E-Reading (Good E Reader)
An app called Fictionary offers to supplement certain popular fiction ebooks with custom dictionaries of characters, place names and other supporting reference information about complex narrative worlds. Fictionary is also adding support for multimedia content.
ICYMI: Publishers Sharpen Focus on Web Marketing (DBW)
Marketing expert Murray Izenwasser has been a strong advocate for publishers taking their brands and content directly to readers online. Recently back from the London Book Fair, he says interest is finally catching among publishers for meaningfully building out their web presences.