Author Earnings posted a new report on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses.
According to the dataset they used, the ebook prices of the publishers’ most-heavily-promoted frontlist launches were, for the most part, still priced between $12.99–$14.99. But, as the report points out, once you take a step back and look at the 157,000 ebooks from the Big Five, “a significant shift” is seen.
The average price of a Big Five ebook, according to the report, dropped from $10.31 in January 2016 to $8.67 in May 2016.
As Data Guy reiterates in the report, one of the key points he made at Digital Book World 2016 was that “higher ebook prices end up hurting newer debut authors far more than they hurt long-established authors, who already have existing fanbases and sustainable writing careers.” And as the data from 2014 to 2016 showed, this trend has “crippled” authors’ discoverability.
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Storytel Original Is Coming in Sweden (Pub Perspectives)
With the combined reach of his and Mofibo’s subscription services, Storytel’s Jonas Tellander says he’ll open a new audiobook streaming service, Storytel Original, this month.
Book Distribution as an Afterthought – You Still Have Options (IngramSpark)
I’ve written and presented many times on the value of using print on demand (POD) as a means to get broad book distribution in bringing your book to the global marketplace while reducing your overall financial risk. This is especially a good path as a new author with a first book where the demand is unknown.
Hummingbird Digital Media Amasses Over 3,000 Publishers (DBW)
Hummingbird Digital Media announced that more than 3,000 publishers are now using its service to distribute ebooks and audiobooks. Hummingbird, which set out 18 months ago to “disrupt the ironclad control an oligarchy of large corporations had on the retailing of e-books and audiobooks,” is a free service for booksellers and others to directly offer their customers ebooks and audiobooks.
How Successful Authors Use Social Media: 23 Content Ideas (BookBub)
How do successful authors engage their fans on social media? And what can authors post on social media besides links to their own books? Below you’ll find 23 ideas, along with examples from successful authors. Many of these tactics can help promote a book, but in more creative and engaging ways than simply posting a link to a book’s retailer pages.
An Experiment in Amazon Sales Rank (Dan Koboldt)
Amazon is the most powerful online retailer in the world. Although books are just part of their business model, they dominate the literary sector. Around 70 percent of ebook sales in the United States happen on Amazon.com. Every title in the store has a “Best Sellers Rank” (also called Sales Rank) reflecting how well it’s selling relative to the millions of books in the Amazon store.
$400 Million in Consumer Ebook Settlement Credits Should Flow Later in June (Pub Lunch)
After the Supreme Court declined to hear Apple’s appeal of the 2013 ebook antitrust ruling in March, the big question has been when the $400 million in compensation to consumers (plus $50 million in attorney fees) as stipulated in the previous settlement with the state attorneys general and the consumer class would be disbursed. Because of a potential Supreme Court appeal from a “professional objector” to the settlement, attorneys were “hoping” to see payment to ebook purchasers “by fall of 2016.”
Peter Lang to Transition All Books and Journals to PubFactory (DBW)
Safari, provider of the scholarly publishing platform PubFactory, announced that the Peter Lang Academic Publishing Group will transition all its journals and books onto the platform this summer.
Amazon Announces Fire HD 10 in Silver Aluminum and with More Storage (DBW)
Amazon announced today that its Fire HD 10 now has new enclosure and internal storage options. Customers can order the Fire with a silver aluminum all-metal enclosure for the same price as the existing black color option. The Fire is now also offered with 64GB of internal storage for $289.99, in addition to the 16GB or 32GB internal storage options starting at $229.99.