Analyzing a book’s search terms can result in useful—and sometimes surprising—insights. Did you know, for instance, that some search terms used for romance books are “alien menage romance,” “awkward romance” and “dinosaur romance?” That’s the kind of information Kadaxis collects and analyzes, and for two reasons: to help readers find books and decrease publishers’ risks when investing in books.
That’s the kind of information Kadaxis collects and analyzes, and for two reasons: to help readers find books and decrease publishers’ risks when investing in books.
“We spoke with a lot of authors, publishers and other industry people and kept hearing the same challenges relating to discoverability and metadata,” says Founder and CEO, Chris Sim. “That led to analyses of how publishers and authors were creating and using data and the reverse engineering of how book search engines functioned.”
Related: Who Uses the Keywords in Metadata?
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What Amazon’s OER Platform Means for Education Publishers (Book Business)
One topic of discussion at Digital Book World earlier this month was the degree to which the “Big 4” technology companies — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — are setting the agenda for what happens in the publishing industry. In the K-12 sector of the industry, however, it has seemed — until recently — that only Apple and Google are battling it out to be the dominant technology platforms. It makes sense that Facebook isn’t (yet) a player in K-12 education, given that educators go to a lot of trouble to keep students away from Facebook while they’re in school, but Amazon’s relatively low K-12 profile has been somewhat of a mystery.
In Japan, Novel by AI and Humans Vies for Literary Prize (Pub Perspectives)
While not winning the competition, the “co-authored” entry was in line with the Nikkei Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award’s aims.
Australian-Canadian Funding Goes to Digital Storytelling Projects (Pub Perspectives)
Cited for using “new technologies to tell culturally relevant stories,” three digital media co-productions pull in more than half a million dollars in Canadian and Australian funding.
Canadian Festivals: Paying Authors, Selling Books (Pub Perspectives)
Many Canadian literary festivals will match or exceed the Canada Council rate of CA$250 for an author appearance, as well as paying travel expenses. Fests are flourishing, coast to coast.
How to Start Blogging: A Definitive Guide for Authors (Jane Friedman)
This will be a strange way to begin a guide to blogging, but I want to save you time, trouble, and heartache: The average author does not benefit much from blogging. Yet blogging is still recommended to authors as a way to market and promote. Why? Because blogging does work, if certain conditions are met. The problem is that few authors meet those conditions. This post will delve into what it means to blog successfully and in a meaningful way for an author’s long-term platform and book marketing efforts.
Kobo Tells Writers How to Sell More Ebooks (Teleread)
Novelist-blogger Joanna Penn did a video interview with Mark Leslie Lefebvre—Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations at Kobo—under a sponsored content arrangement. No, Amazon isn’t the sales leader everywhere, so, especially if you live outside the U.S. and want to reach your domestic audience, you might well find the video or related audio worth your time. Kobo sells in 190 countries.