An author wants as many people to read her books as possible. But if you’re only published digitally, it can be difficult for people to find you—much less spend the money to read you—if they don’t already know what they’re looking for.
Libraries are one place that people can find authors who are new to them, as borrowing a book doesn’t present a financial risk, and the library allows the borrower to search by genre or release date.
So how can an author get her digital book into a library’s digital collection? Turns out it’s pretty difficult.
We spoke with Robin Bradford, collection development librarian at Timberland Regional Library in Tumwater, Washington, who shared her experience of buying for her library system.
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Apple’s ‘Services’ Grow 24 Percent, Pulling Even or Ahead of Amazon (Pub Lunch)
Apple’s “services” sector is also growing at a faster rate than Amazon’s “media” sales, and if they sustain the current growth rate of close to 20 percent then they will definitely pass Amazon across the next year.
Germany’s Papego Named Startup of the Year by ContentShift (Pub Perspectives)
ContentShift, the content industry accelerator for startups, has named Papego its startup of the year, saying it has the potential to become an international industry standard.
How to Know If Your Book Marketing Campaigns Made Money (BookBub)
In today’s crowded publishing landscape, authors and publishers need to actively market their books to connect with readers — and most marketing isn’t free. While it’s often true that you need to spend money to make money, it’s important to spend wisely. Many successful book marketers sell more books by making the most of their budgets — they scale up the marketing campaigns that yield ROI-positive results, and nix the ones that don’t.
Is the Proposed Combination of IDPF and W3C Good for Me? (Medium)
Some IDPF Members within the publishing community have voiced concern about the proposed “combination” of the IDPF into the World Wide Web consortium (W3C). Many are concerned about the fate of the EPUB family of specifications. Some have expressed concerns about the proposed timeline. There also appear to be misconceptions about what has and has not already happened and the next steps and timeline for completing, or not, the combination. So, I’d like to present some background information about these transactions.
Related: The Proposed IDPF/W3C Merge Requires More Time for Consideration (DBW)
38 Tips for Kicking NaNoWriMo in the Butt This Year (Reedsy)
Is it already almost November? With less than a week to go before the start of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) we’re starting to feel that mix of excitement and anxiety that accompanies such an undertaking!
Facebook Basics for Authors (The Verbs)
Love it or hate it, Facebook is a strong platform for authors, regardless of genre. With more than one billion users, you’re bound to find a community interested in your book(s). Before you get started, though, let’s talk about common Facebook terminology and best practices.
Can Social Media Make a Difference for Authors? (BookMachine)
Really? 140 characters or links to images or a blog are crucial influencers in promoting and selling books? It’s just a load of old blather isn’t it? Can social media really help publishers?
Building a Believable Chain of Events in Your Novel (Jane Friedman)
A game of billiards begins with the cue ball striking the racked balls, which then scatter across the pool table. After that, the players take turns trying to clear the table by pocketing another ball (either stripes or solids), all while keeping the cue ball out of the pockets.
Pearson in ‘Virtual Tutor’ Partnership (Bookseller)
Pearson has announced a global education partnership with computing platform IBM Watson Education to give college students “a more immersive learning experience.”
Semantico’s Scolaris Now Has Native Integration with PaperHive (DBW)
Semantico announced today that its Scolaris digital publishing platform is now fully integrated with scholarly publishing tool PaperHive. The integration will help publishers using Scolaris develop new revenue streams through increased usage, while giving end-users enhanced usability and an enriched experience.
On Breakthrough Creativity (Futurebook)
Eva Appelbaum, partner at Digital Talent @Work, and co-founder of NINE and the Future Strategy Club, on advice to new hires, skills a publishing employee can’t be without, and what takes her away from long-form reading.