Author Archives: Kristine Hoang

Kristine Hoang

About Kristine Hoang

Kristine Hoang served as clubs editor at OC Weekly, an alternative weekly newspaper based in Orange County, California. In addition to OC Weekly, her work has been published in NBC Asian America, The Hechinger Report and Zocalo Public Square. Kristine holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Irvine, and received journalism training at Reporter Corps, a program hosted by Alhambra Source and sponsored by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She lives and works in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter at @initialskh.

Tapas

Tapas Media Launches Gamified Stories App

At Digital Book World 2016, attendees heard Chang Kim, founder of Tapas Media Inc., talk about his company’s new app, Tapas, which allows users to read bite-sized content and access new chapters with virtual coins. After receiving approval from Apple’s App Store, the company released the app today. Based in San Francisco and Seoul,...

Book in a Box

Book in a Box: A Different Way to Diversify Books

Though many people have great stories and knowledge to share, they don’t always have the time or talent to write books. And that’s something the founders of Book in a Box noticed and have been committed to solving for the past year and a half. Since the company’s launch, they’ve published more than 200 books....

reedsy, ebooks, indie authors, independent authors, self-publishing

Reedsy Aims to Streamline Indie Publishing

Since Reedsy’s launch in November 2014, the company has made some interesting moves when it comes to developing its product. At its core, Reedsy—which was founded by Emmanuel Nataf, Matt Cobb, Ricardo Fayet and Vincent Durand—is an online marketplace that connects independent authors with marketing and design professionals. And now, with a new product called Reedsy...

Shelfie, app, ebooks, audiobooks

Shelfie CEO: Books Should Be ‘Format-Shiftable’

Shelfie is an app that allows users to take a photo of their bookshelves and get ebook and audiobook versions of physical books they already own for free or at a low cost. The app also gives personalized recommendations based on the idea that the best recommendations come from a full picture of the books readers...

Bookticker

Bookticker Promotes Ebook Deals and Discovery

Bookticker, a new data-driven website for ebook deals, launched today. The platform uses metadata feeds from publishers to display new ebook deals in real time. Bookticker specifically focuses on promoting bestselling titles with reduced prices, publisher-promoted titles and titles that’ve fallen in price without any promotion. “We wanted to create a site that would...

Put Me in the Story, sourcebooks, adult coloring books, personalized books

Sourcebooks Strikes Gold with Personalized Adult Coloring Books

In recent years, Put Me in the Story, the line of personalized books for children, has been a huge hit for its publisher, Sourcebooks. What’s more, this trend has coincided with the surge in popularity of adult coloring books. To that end, since the beginning of 2016, personalized adult coloring books have been responsible for a...

Hummingbird, ebooks, retail, amazon, apple, barnes & noble, audiobooks

How Hummingbird Is Democratizing Ebook Retailing

Imagine a world in which anyone can sell ebooks and compete successfully with Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. That’s the world Hummingbird Digital Media hopes to make a reality. Hummingbird, a subsidiary of American West Books, was born when Stephen Blake Mettee, Hummingbird’s president, and his colleagues became inspired at BookExpo America. “We recognized that three companies...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Ebook Sales Down 12.7 Percent

According to the latest StatShot report from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), ebook sales remained down 12.7 percent through November 2015, compared to the same 11-month period (Jan.-Nov.) in 2014. Additionally, Adult ebooks saw a 7.3-percent decline compared to that same timeframe. There are several reasons why the StatShot data has reflected a decline in ebooks, explained...

o'reilly media, edtech

O’Reilly Media Introduces Tutorials Blending Text, Video, Code

O’Reilly Media has debuted interactive online tutorials to bring more hands-on learning to consumers of its instructional technology books and online services. Called Oriole Online Tutorials, these lessons blend text and video with a platform to write and run computer code together to create “a narrated learning experience,” as described on O’Reilly’s website. “We...

lingogo, app, edtech, language learning

Lingogo App Encourages Language Learning with Stories

To learn the vocabulary and grammar of another language, many people try Duolingo. And to learn a new language with stories, many people are heading straight to Lingogo. Released in November 2015, Lingogo is a free app that contains stories written in multiple languages, allowing language learners to review vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation in context. The...

scholastic, children's publishing

Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge Includes Free Online Program

Scholastic has launched its Summer Reading Challenge for this year, which encourages kids to read in the summertime. Themed “Be a Reading Superhero,” the campaign includes a free online summer reading program that “has generated more than one billion reading minutes for kids around the world since 2009,” according to a press release. Educators...

Ebook Central Improves Ebook Usage in Scholarly Research

ProQuest has launched Ebook Central, a new digital platform with 790,000 scholarly titles and 1,350 imprints from more than 650 publishers, with the goal of simplifying the workflow of librarians and researchers who use ebooks. The system was designed to improve ebook discovery, selection and acquisition. Titles can be read online and downloaded offline. Furthermore,...

Audible, Amazon, audiobooks

Audible Clips Lets Users Share Audiobook Snippets

Audible has launched Audible Clips, a new feature that allows listeners to share samples from audiobooks over social media and email. The company intends to make listening more social, and the new feature functions similarly to memes and images of book quotes that are regularly shared online. “Audible customers are book lovers whose print books are likely to...

The World's Most Dangerous Writing App

This App Deletes Words if Authors Stop Typing

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...

Inkshares

Inkshares Book to Become TV Show and Audiobook

For the first time, start-up crowdfunded publisher Inkshares has sold major TV and audiobook rights for one of its books. Titled The Show, the book is written by ex-Google employee Filip Syta and follows a Google-like company called Show and its culture of drugs, sex and partying. The TV rights offer was made by a soon-to-be-announced video...

Open Ebooks, school, educators, app, e-reading, library

Open Ebooks App: ‘Enabling the Joy of Reading’

Last April, President Barack Obama announced a non-governmental ebooks program called Open Ebooks, an app that gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles. Part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative that aims to jumpstart learning technology in K-12 schools, the program is for any educator, student or administrator from one of the 66,000+...

Fauzia Burke

Fauzia Burke Talks New Book on Author Branding

Fauzia Burke is the founding president of FSB Associates, an online publicity and marketing firm that helps build awareness for books and authors. Having started her career in the marketing departments at John Wiley & Sons and Henry Holt, Burke headed out on her own, in 1995, and founded FSB, one of the first...

Digital Book World

What Publishers Need to Know About Copyright

International and domestic changes in copyright law are constantly affecting the American publishing industry, which is why Digital Book World hosted a session at this year’s conference with representatives from the U.S., Canada and Germany to see how these changes intersect. From the U.S., there was Karyn Temple Claggett, associate register of copyrights and director of policy...

Digital Book World

How Publishers and ‘Hybrid’ Authors Are Working Together

In a time when authors have multiple avenues to publish their books, many publishers are finding themselves broadening their offerings to authors. And this trend has resulted in more “hybrid” authors who both self-publish and work with traditional publishers at the same time. During a discussion at Digital Book World 2016, Jane Dystel of Dystel...

Digital Book World

Female Publishing Leaders Talk Gender Equality at Work

In a discussion titled “Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Tech” on the third day of Digital Book World 2016, female publishing executives discussed what it takes to grow their businesses while encouraging gender equality in all sectors of the business world. Moderated by Charlotte Abbott of Abbott Communications and INscribe Digital, the talk...

Digital Book World

Virginia Heffernan: The Internet Changed Literacy

During a presentation on the third day of Digital Book World 2016, author and journalist Virginia Heffernan shared her insights on how the Internet has changed our society’s perception of literacy and content, arguing that the way we read today has as much to do with physical books as it does with smartphones. “Content...

Digital Book World

How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Are Changing Publishing

“It’s these guys’ worlds. We just post in it and shop in it,” said New York University Professor Scott Galloway of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google at Digital Book World 2016. During a talk called “The Four Horsemen,” Galloway argued that these four companies are taking over the world and continually disrupting the publishing ecosystem....

Digital Book World

4 Book Startups to Watch Out for in 2016

In a forum called “Launchpad: New Players, New Platforms, and New Propositions for the Publishing Industry” at Digital Book World 2016, four startup founders shared how their companies are changing how readers interact with content. Included in the discussion were Katie Palenscar of Unbound Concepts, Peter Kay of NCVRS, Chang Kim of Tapas, and...

Digital Book World

What Today’s Investors Are Looking for in Publishers

For investors dealing with content, it’s not enough for publishers to be digitally savvy. Rather, they should know how to engage an audience and leverage data to create products customers want. In a panel at Digital Book World 2016 that featured Wiley’s Jon Semel, Wicks Group’s Tom Kearney, Ingram’s David Rolin, and New York University’s Frank Rimalovski,...

Digital Book World

Audiobook Leaders Discuss Discoverability and Audible

Audiobooks have been growing at a fast rate. Libraries have seen an increase in downloads and Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said that sales have gone up by 40 percent through the first nine months of 2015. At Digital Book World 2016, a panel including Troy Juliar of Recorded Books, Ralph Lazaro of...

Rodale

How Rodale Transformed Its Business in the Digital Age

“Our theme today is transformation at Rodale,” began Mary Ann Naples, former senior vice president and publisher of Rodale Books and Rodale Wellness, during her talk at Digital Book World 2016. “As an industry, we’ve been through a lot. How did Rodale, which is not a Big Five publisher, gain and keep a competitive...

Digital Book World

Jonathan Taplin: Platform—Not Content—Is King

“Though I want to think content is king, I’m worried platform is king,” said Jonathan Taplin, University of Southern California professor and director of USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, at Digital Book World 2016. “I think the fact that there will be five billion smartphones and mobile devices by 2020 gives content platforms extraordinary power.”...

Digital Book World

Finding Your Most Valuable Customers with Data

At Nielsen’s mini-conference at Digital Book World 2016, Vice President of Analytics & Insights Jo Henry taught participants how to find authors’ most valuable customers. She showed that analyzing demographics, values, discovery behavior and taste preferences will allow authors and booksellers to maximize profit. Henry said that one way to collect data is by...

Digital Book World

What It Takes to Create Digital Learning Products for Kids

At a discussion at the Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, Ashley Anderson Zantop of Capstone and CJ Kettler of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt talked about what it takes to create innovative digital learning products for kids. While both speakers agreed that kids prefer physical books over ebooks, they argued that kids actually prefer...

Digital Book World

Librarians Say Kids Prefer Physical Books

During the “I’m a Librarian – Ask Me Anything” panel at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, librarians and literacy advocates discussed kids’ preference for physical books, and the role of ebooks as supplementary reading material. The talk was moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, president of The Book Report Network, and included...

Digital Book World

David Kleeman: Discovering Storytelling Possibilities with Technology

In a talk at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016 called “Children’s Global Media Landscape,” David Kleeman, senior vice president of global trends at Dubit, discussed how artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality are changing how kids consume stories. With smartphones and tablets allowing them to access limitless amounts of content, Kleeman argued...

Lever Press Makes Academic Publishing Free

The Oberlin Group, a consortium of university libraries across the United States, has started a new project called Lever Press, which allows academic authors to publish on an open access digital platform. Production costs will be taken care of by supporting academic institutions, and readers will access content for free. The organization hopes to...