Sixty-five percent of Americans have read a print book in the last year, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, more than double the share that has read an ebook (28 percent) or listened to an audiobook (14 percent).
According to the survey, 73 percent of Americans have read a book in the last 12 months, a figure that has remained consistent since 2012. But nearly 40 percent of Americans read print books exclusively, compared to just 6 percent of Americans who are digital-only.
Many ebook readers are not using e-readers, according to the survey, opting instead for multipurpose devices, like tablets and smartphones; the share of ebook readers using tablets has more than tripled since 2011, and the number of ebook readers using smartphones has more than doubled over that time.
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Novel Effect Launches Immersive Children’s iOS App (DBW)
Novel Effect, a startup based out of Seattle, WA, has launched a new iOS app for children’s books that uses voice recognition to add movie-style audio in real time.
Bookselling: BN Concept Store in Plano, TX, and More (Pub Lunch)
Barnes & Noble announced plans to open a new concept store in Plano, TX’s Legacy West development. Roundabout Books will open in Bend, OR in early October.
Exploring Amazon Kindle’s Marketing Tools (HuffPo)
In my last column, I talked about dipping my toe into the frothy waters of self-publishing after years of relying on traditional publishing houses. At the beginning of that process, I decided to sell exclusively through Amazon, as opposed to multiple channels.
Have a Story to Tell? Your Personal Memoirist Is Here (NY Times)
Isaac Ehrlich, 74, wanted his children and future generations to know the story of his mother, Sonia. Her life story is woven through the tragedies of the 20th century. She lost 40 relatives in the Holocaust. She was shipped to Siberia from Poland. She eventually found her way to Riverdale, in the Bronx, where she still lives.
Bibliocloud’s Emily Labram: ‘Conversant in Technology’ (Pub Perspectives)
A specialist in challenging “assumptions about how things are done,” Emily Labram knows the digital context of publishing’s potential.
Catapult, Counterpoint Merge (PW)
Catapult and Counterpoint Press have finalized a merger agreement between the two independent publishers that will make Catapult cofounder Andy Hunter the publisher of both Catapult and Counterpoint.
A Single Schoolbook for Each Subject (Pub Perspectives)
“To provide students with critical, analytical and logical skills,” Mozambique’s education minister says that his revamped approach for the country provides a unified catalog of schoolbooks.