Innovative Publishing Out of Italy’s Rizzoli

Jeremy Greenfield

Italy isn’t known as a hotbed of digital publishing innovation or activity. In fact, ebooks only account for somewhere around 4% of publisher revenue in the country, according to Marcello Vena, director of digital business at RCS Libri, which owns …

Rich Pickings for the Small and Beautiful

Tom Chalmers

It may by my father’s Communist-leaning sympathies – power to the people and all that – but I hate to see job losses and immediately imagine the stress it may cause to individuals’ families. Job losses are inevitable as companies …

UK Digital Publishers Have Caught up to U.S.

Jeremy Greenfield

I went to the London Book Fair last week expecting to find a vibrant digital publishing market, albeit one a year or so behind that in the U.S. In speaking with nearly a dozen prominent digital publishing observers, executives and …

Amazon Publishing: Authors Are Customers

Jeremy Greenfield

When book publishers consider their customers, historically, they were stores that retailed books. As of recently, with the distance between publisher and reader now measured in electrons, readers have entered the mix as customers publishers relate with regularly. And with …

3 Steps to Choosing The Perfect Freelance Editor

Beth Bacon

Digital publishing allows writers everywhere to become authors. One of the most important steps in getting your work polished for self-publishing is to hire a freelance editor for conceptual feedback and line edits. You can find many freelance editors with …

Giving All Ebooks Their Due on the Best-Seller List

Dan Lubart

Because of how complex ebook sales are across even just the U.S., no book best-seller list is perfect. The Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list is not exempt from this truth. (You can read our full methodology here, by the …

Data on Readers Still Scarce, Retailers Should Take Action

Rich Bellis

As e-reading continues to spread, online reader communities to thrive and self-publishing and social reading platforms to develop, you’d think information about who’s reading what and how would be easier to come by. You’d be wrong. The book business is …

4 Questions To Ask Before Self Publishing

Beth Bacon

Self-publishing opens up a world of opportunities for novelists. But as in independent author, how do you know your book is ready for prime time? Use this quick checklist of questions to see if your fictional story is ready for …

When Kids Write Book Reviews

Jeremy Greenfield

Between Amazon, Goodreads, Tumblr, the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, it’s not hard to find book reviews. But what about real reviews written by real readers of books for children under 13? Biblionasium, the “Goodreads” …

Ebook Strategy for Publishers: China

Join ePubDirect for a free webcast discussing ebook in China on April 29 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.  One of the most difficult challenges any CEO faces is deciding to enter a new market. Where, when, how? Yet it’s a …

What Are You Worth?

Publishing isn’t a high-paying industry, generally speaking, so I noted with interest GalleyCat’s post the other day listing the average salary of a Senior Editor at RH US — although it’s always difficult comparing salaries across the Atlantic! When I …

Why Are T-Shirts More Valuable Than Ebooks?

Beth Bacon

My brothers-in-law recently started a T-shirt sales website. Grizz Riley.com sells comfy, cool T-shirts for $25. I fully support their entrepreneurial launch. But I couldn’t help thinking about it in comparison to publishers, selling ebooks for a just couple of bucks. …

Book Industry Too Busy Playing with the Wrapping Paper

Tom Chalmers

Not many working days go by without seeing another article regurgitating another survey offering another statistic saying that people don’t read anymore. Adults don’t read, children don’t read, teenagers don’t read, even their pets will bury books rather than bother …

Nook’s Smart International Move

Jeremy Greenfield

If you’re an author in Germany, France, Spain and several other European countries and want to self-publish an ebook to the Nook ebook store, now you can. Nook Press, the company’s self-publishing platform, has been launched in the UK, France, Germany, …

Five Myths About Book Apps

Karen Robertson

I recently surveyed my colleagues at the Book App Alliance to find out what myths they hear most often about book apps. Here’s a look at five of the most common. Related: Register for Karen Robertson’s DBW U course on …

Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Harlequin’s Annual Results

Jack W Perry

Harlequin announced their annual results last week and it was another disappointing year for the world’s leading romance book publisher. Harlequin is an interesting case study review about how the disruption of digital has affected traditional publishing. Harlequin has sold direct …

What Can Publishers Learn From a VC?

Having been through two funding rounds with a company in publishing, I actually think publishers and venture capitalists (VCs) have more in common than you would think: Both find a project (book/company) that they believe they can add value to …