Miss out on this year’s Digital Book World Conference + Expo? Or were there simply more sessions and panels than you were physically able to attend?
We’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of the major news and conversations from Digital Book World 2015:
- Kindle SVP Russ Grandinetti tells publishers Amazon is committed to making Kindle Unlimited work for authors and says the subscription model is probably here for good. (DBW)
- In a gala dinner hosted by Ira Wolfman, the 2015 Digital Book Awards celebrates the most exemplary digital content on the market today. Here’s the complete list of this year’s finalists and winners. (DBW)
- iBooks Store Director Keith Moerer says Apple is adding 1 million new iBooks customers every week, after bundling the app with its iOS 8 rollout last September. (GigaOm)
- New research from Digital Book World and PlayCollective suggests 93% of kids who read ebooks now do so at least once a week, while Publishers Launch Kids explores other data in the children’s market—including the finding that 80% of young adult titles are purchased by grown-ups for themselves. (DBW, Futurebook)
- Results from the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey indicate that while most of the authors surveyed still find it difficult to earn a living from their writing, there may be a better model than the indie-traditional dichotomy when it comes to understanding how the publishing decisions authors make correlate to earnings they find satisfactory. (DBW)
- New York Times Analytics Director James Robinson explains why most publishers have no business grappling with ‘big data,’ advocating instead for a balance between quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding readers and audiences. (DBW)
- Nielsen Book’s Jonathan Nowell presents sales data showing that 65% of all ebook sales in the U.S. are of adult fiction titles and that the format overall has been basically flat since 2012. (Pub Lunch)
- The subscription model for ebooks garners praise from some publishers, and Oyster announces plans to expand globally. Both Oyster and Scribd struck a deal with Macmillan on Tuesday. (Pub Lunch, DBW).
- Amazon’s alleged status as a monopoly is fervently and often entertainingly debated but very far from decided. (Pub Lunch)
- By some accounts, most digital readers are reported to read on more than one device, but industry insiders agree that fiction and nonfiction reading habits differ considerably and much remains unknown. (PW)
- Squidoo.com founder Seth Godin explains why a good deal of social media marketing is a waste of time.
- Audiobook publishers and distributors see exponential growth in the volume of titles entering the market and set their sights on gaining new users outside the ebook world. (DBW)