The first programming information for our seventh annual Digital Book World conference has been posted, and early registration is open now, with the best pricing available now through November 9th. Held in New York at the Hilton Midtown, please note that after six years of conferences in January, our timing has shifted a little later and DBW 2016 will be held on March 7th-9th.
Among the already announced keynotes, and as a theme during all of DBW ‘16, we’ll be highlighting transformation throughout the business. John Ingram will talk about transformational change while maintaining a core business, as what was a physical wholesaler has remade itself as a technology services and supply chain company. Mary Ann Naples discusses the evolution of Rodale Books, where hot-button tactics include content marketing, community engagement and direct sales are well-embedded in the company’s DNA.
For the first time on an industry stage, we will feature the man known as “Data Guy,” the tech and data wizard behind the Author Earnings website. Data Guy will provide useful insights into important “known unknowns” about the ebook sales landscape—including self-published and Amazon Publishing titles—while also showing how creative data hacks can help expand our understanding of the business.
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In Defense of the New York Times (Stratchery)
The fact of the matter is that the New York Times almost certainly got various details of the Amazon story wrong. The mistake most critics made, though, was in assuming that any publication ever got everything completely correct. Executive Editor Dean Baquet’s insistence that good journalism starts a debate may seem like a cop-out, but it’s actually a far healthier approach than the old assumption that any one publication or writer or editor was ever in a position to know “All the News That’s Fit to Print.”
What the Google Books Victory Means for Readers (Atlantic)
Ten years ago there were no Kindles, iPads or postcard-sized smartphones to read on. Now the growth of e-reading is unmistakable. In 2011, 11 percent of Americans read an ebook; in 2014, 27 percent did. And while big publishers may be seeing their ebook sales plateau, self-published authors and indie presses—many of them selling directly to readers through Amazon—continue to gain market share, while charging a fraction of what print books cost. With so much of the landscape for digital books forever altered, what does Friday’s decision mean for readers, writers, libraries and the public?
Spain’s Publishing Industry to Fight for the Future (Pub Perspectives)
The Spanish publishing industry is worth close to 6 billion euros, employs more than 110,000 people (authors, publishers, suppliers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, etc.) and is refining an internationalization process that began more than 50 years ago. Despite the discouraging scenario depicted by the media, this sector is highly competitive, showing a much lower concentration index than other markets in Europe like France, UK and Germany, to mention a few. In the Spanish market, currently there is not a single publishing group that enjoys a dominant position.
Writing Your Author Bio? Here Are 10 Great Examples (BookBub)
Writing your author bio can be a daunting task, but a well-crafted bio can help readers learn more about what makes you and your books so interesting. You should regularly maintain your bio on places like your BookBub Author Profile so fans and potential readers seeking you out can learn more about you and why they should pick up your latest book.
Apple, Amazon to Be Socked with EU Tax Bill? (Digital Reader)
For years now, small European nations like the Netherlands and Luxembourg have helped mega-corporations launder their profits, including Amazon, Apple and FedEx, through sweetheart tax deals, but now it is coming to an expensive end. While this ruling does not directly affect Apple or Amazon, those companies have secured similar deals with Ireland and Luxembourg. Those deals are also under investigations, and in fact Reuters reports that the European Commission is investigating “the Belgian government’s treatment of dozens of unidentified companies”.
How German Legacy Publishers Are Chasing Millennial Audiences (NiemenLab)
The efforts of venture-backed new media startups jostling for the attention of millennial audiences has crescendoed in the U.S. in the past couple of years, with sites like Vice, BuzzFeed, Fusion, Vox, Mic and others ramping up their variety of content and their presence on social media. In Germany, news sites are similarly seeking to capture “young” audiences. But while, in the U.S., many of these efforts to cater to millennials are propped up by venture funding, in Germany, the legacy publishers have pushed forward their own efforts.
Disney to Launch Subscription Streaming Service in U.K. (Variety)
Disney is to launch next month a subscription streaming service in the U.K., which will offer its movies, television series, books and music direct to the consumer online. The service, DisneyLife, will make available a wide range of titles, including the complete Pixar catalog, which includes the “Toy Story” franchise, and classics such as “Snow White,” “Lady and the Tramp” and “The Jungle Book.” DisneyLife will cost £9.99 ($15.43) a month.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious World App (DBW)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the launch of Curious World, an app that offers a collection of games, videos and ebooks targeted toward key learning areas. The app is available for free on the iPad and iPhone with limited content and basic features. More advanced features are offered for $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually Curious World features a curated selection of learning content for children ages 3 to 7 with a parental dashboard for offline learning activity suggestions.
PubCoder Releases New Version, 2.0 (DBW)
Digital publishing platform PubCoder announced the release of a new version of its software, PubCoder 2.0. The updated platform contains new features that are available for PC and Mac.
Penguin Releases Second Roald Dahl Twits App (Bookseller)
Penguin Random House UK has released a second app based on Roald Dahl’s The Twits, featuring the first ever rendering of Mr. and Mrs. Twit in 3D. The app, entitled “Roald Dahl’s House of Twits,” is set in the Twits’ house and requires players to explores rooms such as the “filthy” kitchen, Mr. Twit’s shed and the “ghastly” bathroom. PRH developed the app with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and interactive entertainment studio Chunk, using imagery inspired by the original illustrations by Quentin Blake.