“It might as well be time to address the elephant in the room,” writes Andrew Rhomberg in a blog post for Digital Book World. “The pachyderm that is causing fear, uncertainty and doubt among authors, agents and publishers is the prospect of how data, and reading data in particular, may affect the creative process of writing, editing and marketing books.
“My starting point shall be the data-smart publishing workshop I led at the Digital Book World Conference in New York last week. One of the attendees was publishing reporter Alexandra Alter, who reported her impressions of the issues for the New York Times in an article titled ‘Moneyball for Book Publishers: A Detailed Look at How We Read.’
“Her article also included expert graphics by Karl Rusell that used data provided by reader analytics company Jellybooks (that would be my company). The title of the article was borrowed from the workshop presentation of Tommy Doyle, general manager for science, technical and medical books (STM) at Elsevier (RELX), who reported on how RELX uses data to be a data-smart publisher in the 21st century, playing ‘Moneyball for Publishers.’
“The New York Times article has been discussed widely in publishing circles, and one of the key themes discussed among the literati matches a key topic of the workshop: a publisher’s struggle with using data on reading and sales versus relying on instinct or ‘Bauchgefühl’ (gut feeling), as the Germans call it.”
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This App Deletes Words if Authors Stop Typing (DBW)
Writer’s block seems incurable at times, but honestly-named The Most Dangerous Writing App (MDWA) is trying to help writers break through it. The way it does so is straightforward: if writers stop typing in its text editor for five seconds, all of their progress will be lost. Like timed writing apps Write or Die and Flowstate, which also delete writers’ work after a couple seconds, MDWA encourages writers to let go of their “inner editor” and get their thoughts out.
A Trip to Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Book Store (Paste)
Amazon recently announced it would open its second retail store in San Diego, Calif. at the Westfield UT mall near the UC San Diego campus. Amazon previously opened its first brick-and-mortar store in the company’s hometown of Seattle, Wash. The store is located in Seattle’s upscale University Village mall, located near the University of Washington Campus. I decided to spend an afternoon browsing the Seattle location to see what the buzz is all about. Here are the pros and cons I’ve determined from my trip to Amazon Books.
Kindle Unlimited KENP Read up 17% (Chris McMullen)
Here is some good news for KDP Select authors and for Kindle Unlimited subscribers (indirectly, since this good news for authors benefits the readers, too). The KENP pages read rate rose up to $0.00479 per page in February, 2016 up from $0.00411 per page in January, 2016. It’s not because there were two more days in January. (Being leap year, there were 29 days this February.) The ratio 29/31 would only account for less than half the difference.
Crowdfunding for Latin American Writers (Pub Perspectives)
Spain-based Lantia’s crowdfunding platform has become a “channel” for Latin American independent titles, says its CEO Enrique Parilla.
German Publishers Organize LitBlog Convention (Pub Perspectives)
Five German publishing houses have united to start the first German LitBlog Convention. The event will be open to all kinds of book lovers: bloggers, YouTubers and tweeters alike.
Publishing for Kids: How to Reach Book Buyers Online (BookMachine)
Guest speakers from different areas of the publishing industry came together to discuss how to make a success of publishing for kids in an online world. Here Abigail Hyland rounds up the key things we learned from the speakers.
First Second Launches Series of Science Comics (PW)
Graphic novel publisher First Second, known for its creator-driven graphic novels, is kicking off a new line, Science Comics, aimed at middle-grade readers. The line launches in April with Dinosaurs by MK Reed and Joe Flood, and Coral Reefs by Maris Wicks. Jon Chad’s Volcanoes is on deck for fall.