Ebook developer Joshua Tallent has been using his Digital Book World column recently to discuss some best practices, ideas and opinions about ebook front matter. And in his latest installment, he dives into the second part of his discussion of the copyright page, including everything you need to know about the colophon, the CIP section and the printer’s key.
Some books, especially older ones, have a colophon page that includes basic information about the publisher, including a logo, location and other details. This page is often combined with the copyright page in current publishing approaches, so you probably have that information on your copyright page.
The colophon also sometimes includes information about the paper and fonts used in creating the print book. If you have that information in your ebook, be sure it matches the actual details of the ebook itself. For example, saying “Printed on acid-free paper” is not really appropriate. You can change that to “The print edition of this book is printed on acid-free paper” or something similar, or you can just remove it.
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Exploiting New Markets & Protecting Your Titles out in the Field (DBW)
Most publishers are actively looking for ways to bring their titles to new and growing global markets, but are simultaneously concerned about protecting their works from unauthorized use. In this informative webinar, Tom Chalmers, managing director of IPR License, will discuss ways in which technology—and specifically online platforms and marketplaces—can help publishing houses maximize their global rights and licensing business. Then, Blair Elefant, a senior relationship manager at Digimarc Corporation, will explain how new tools, such as digital watermarking, can protect your digital assets and intellectual property out in the field.
Apple Records Another Strong Quarter, as Media Sales Continue to Gain (Pub Lunch)
Apple reported fourth quarter results ahead of analysts’ expectations on Tuesday afternoon, with sales up 22 percent to $51.5 billion and net profit of $11.1 billion. For the full fiscal year sales rose 28 percent to $233.7 billion. Despite the strong results, some investors had qualms about the company’s slightly moderated guidance for the holiday quarter, which is expected to have sales of between $75.5 billion and $77.5 billion, and the role that Chinese demand is playing in the company’s growth.
HarperCollins Buys Ebook Deal Newsletter, The Midlist (DBW)
HarperCollins announced its acquisition of The Midlist, a daily email newsletter that features ebook deals, from Libboo. The newsletter will merge with HarperCollins’s own newsletter platform, Bookperk, which delivers deals and other offers to its million plus subscribers in the U.S and the U.K. via newsletters and an app on iOS and Andrioid.
Calling for Updated Writer-Payment Practices (Porter Anderson)
The US Authors Guild is making common cause this month with its counterparts across the Atlantic, the Society of Authors. These are lead advocacy bodies for the creative communities of the world’s two largest trade-publishing markets. And the Guild and the Society are speaking with unusual harmony, candor and urgency about how authors are paid.
Amazon May Launch Its Own Clothing Line (Buzzfeed)
Amazon, which has been working hard for years to build up Amazon Fashion, anticipates selling its own private-label clothing brands, an executive said. “For Amazon, we know our customers love brands, many of the brands in this room…and that’s where the lion’s share of our business comes from,” Jeff Yurcisin, vice president of clothing at Amazon Fashion and CEO of Amazon’s Shopbop unit, said at the WWD Apparel and Retail CEO Summit on Tuesday. “When we see gaps, when certain brands have actually decided for their own reasons not to sell with us, our customer still wants a product like that.” Amazon may get into private-label for those kinds of goods, he added.
Amazon Brings White Kindle to UK (Engadget)
Amazon offers a range of different Kindle e-readers depending on your budget, but they normally always come in black. If you’ve wanted to stand out from the crowd, the only option has been to buy a colorful case or import a white model from Japan or China. Now, UK customers can enjoy a little bit more variety after the retailer decided to bring the white version east for the first time. It offers all the same features as its black counterpart, including the 800×600 e-paper touchscreen, WiFi, 4GB of storage and the £60 price tag.
Bertelsmann Acquires E-learning Business RediLearning (Bookseller)
Bertelsmann has acquired American e-learning business RediLearning in a bid to strengthen its education business. The company’s education arm, Relias Learning, acquired the online learning company, but the sum paid has not been disclosed. RediLearning was founded in 2006 by Michael and Sally Hemlepp and provides 400 online courses in the field of senior care, currently used by approximately 120 customers in 48 U.S. states.
4 Critical Edits to Make to Your Book’s Description Copy (BookBub)
A book’s description on retailer product pages impacts both readers’ purchasing decisions and the book’s discoverability. Not only does it inform potential readers about the book’s content and entice them to buy, but it also helps retailers and search engines like Google know how to index the book. When potential readers search for something relevant online, you want to make sure your book will appear in the search results, and the description can help.
3 New Sesame Street Comics to Be Released Digitally (DBW)
Nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop and Ape Entertainment announced a collaboration to bring characters from the popular children’s show “Sesame Street” into three new comic books. The original titles will launch throughout the fall in print and ebook formats as individual issues with standalone short stories. Each issue will focus on educational and entertaining content for young readers.
Audiobooks Take to the Stage at FutureBook Awards (Bookseller)
Audiobooks are to be included in the FutureBook Awards for the first time. Three shortlists will be announced in The Bookseller this week, with the winning audio titles to be unveiled at the FutureBook Conference (December 4th). The audio awards, run in association with audiobook business Audible, recognize the growing importance of audio in publishers’ businesses, as well as their transition to the digital format.
How Libraries Can Innovate (Library Journal)
Even for forward-thinking libraries and librarians, who operate in one of today’s most fast-changing and dynamic fields, concepts like innovation and change management may sometimes seem esoteric. If so, don’t be alarmed: even the world’s most progressive business schools typically offer precious little training in these increasingly vital subjects. Happily for those operating on the frontlines of leadership or administration, though, mastering these concepts—the art of staying ahead of the curve—doesn’t have to be a difficult process.
Ukrainian Translations and Russian Oppression (Pub Perspectives)
Stephen Komarnyckyj travelled across Ukraine by train in 1993 and spent hours staring mesmerized at the seemingly endless pastures and forests. It was hard to believe that this vast country was so invisible in Western culture. Likewise, the Ukraine has one of the richest literatures in Europe, yet it remains untranslated and the country is culturally almost invisible. Why?
The Other Element of Guerilla Marketing (Seth Godin)
The first element is the guts to do things without money or bureaucratic approval. The guerrilla marketer doesn’t wait for a policy, or a developed industry or a line to form. She steps up and speaks up. But, as Jay Levinson said from the start, more than thirty years ago, the other half is at least as important, and easy to overlook: The core element of guerilla marketing is generosity.