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publishers, content, mobile

Progressive Publishing: Content on Demand

Before the digital age, information consumption via mobile devices was considered an optional trend among print content creators and publishers. Now it is practically a professional imperative. In fact, recent studies show that several major traditional print publications regained significant growth by introducing mobile content to their digitally focused audiences. Today’s professional—and her office...

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Why the IDPF-W3C Merger Will Be Great for EPUB and the Book Industry

NOTE: The following represents personal opinion, not that of IDPF or W3C. A self-appointed “Save the IDPF, Save EPUB” committee has recently formed to publicly attack the IDPF/W3C combination plan and announce a campaign of its own with the goal “to keep the IDPF going as a standalone trade organization.” This group sees the...

authors, self-publishing, books, blogs, podcasts

4 Steps to Create a Blog or Podcast That You and Your Readers Will Love

If you’re a self-published author, in addition to writing and producing your books, you must take on the responsibility of marketing them. The most successful author-marketers foster strong relationships with their audiences. Blogging, whether through written weblogs or verbal audio blogs (podcasts) is one of the best ways to build and maintain a fan...

business intelligence, data, analytics, publishers

Everything Publishers Need to Know About Business Intelligence

The concept behind this article was to share the experiences that I and others have had managing and implementing business intelligence (BI) and reporting solutions. To help out, I asked some former colleagues to contribute their thoughts. The contributors are Ralph Cetrulo, Vince Benenati and Joe Rodriguez. Their bios are below: • Ralph Cetrulo...

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Save the IDPF. Save EPUB.

We, the members of the “Save the IDPF. Save EPUB.” campaign committee, are reaching out to the publishing community to update you on our work and ask for your help. We believe that the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF) reckless transfer of assets to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a threat to...

authors, website, blog, social media, marketing, pr

Reboot Your Online Presence in the New Year

You’ve probably been hearing a lot of “New Year, New You” talk recently, from people looking to jumpstart a new, healthy lifestyle to those looking to rethink their finances. This January, I’d like to recommend that all current and aspiring authors apply the “New Year, New You” concept to their digital brand. The new...

google, apple, amazon, digital, content, ebooks

Here’s Another Way Digital Could Complement Print

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and that many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the...

social media, authors, content

3 Keys for Producing Engaging Social Media Content

The goal of good social media content is interaction that leads to loyalty and trust. And the keys to good content are not a mystery. Marketing studies have been conducted on how people buy, what kinds of social media content they respond to, and why. To sell books on social media, you need to...

book publishing, publishers, books, sales

My 2016 Predictions: The Verdict

Last December I wrote a blog post setting out my predictions for the publishing industry in 2016, and I promised to revisit them after 12 months. I always stress the importance of accepting accountability in business, and therefore I must also live—or fall—by the same rules. I have placed a score by each prediction....

authors, social media, facebook, twitter, youtube

Why You Only Need to Sell Your Books on One Social Media Channel

There are hundreds of social media networking sites on the Internet. Of those, there are 10 or so that most people can identify. According to data from Smart Insight, there are around 2.3 billion people on social media worldwide. Five years ago, it was pretty easy to be found and followed on social media....

content, publishers, marketing, discovery, books

‘The Content Trap’ Is the Must-Read Book of the Year

A recent trip to a local brick-and-mortar bookstore helped me realize that even the best algorithms and email campaigns can’t replace in-person product discovery. On this trip, I noticed a book called The Content Trap sitting face-out on the shelf and couldn’t resist picking it up. Great title. Intriguing outline. Normally I’d make a...

authors, podcasts, marketing, sales

How Podcasting Helped One Author Find Her Marketing Happy Place

Launching an indie book can be a daunting endeavor. An author has so many options for marketing activities that it’s practically impossible to do all of them. Author Jenny Blake tried. But all that work took a toll. “I crashed three weeks before the book came out,” she said. So for her second book,...

indie authors, ebooks, bookstores

8 Tips for Indie Ebook Authors to Sell Print Books at Local Bookstores

Online stores are the most common venues for indie authors to sell their books, whether in digital or print format. And while digital publishing gives authors access to readers around the world, many self-published writers are also eager to get their books into neighborhood bookstores. So if you’re an indie author interested in getting...

authors, social media, twitter, facebook, sales

4 Steps to Selling More Books with Less Social Media

When I ask new email subscribers to tell me their number one book marketing challenge, the answer is overwhelmingly the conundrum that is social media: it takes too much time, and the results are difficult to measure. I agree. Without a solid understanding of how social media does and doesn’t work, authors resort to...

authors, libraries, books

6 Tips for Authors to Create Engaging Library Programs

Libraries are community service powerhouses. A peek at any library’s calendar of events reveals one tough fact: author programs are a small fraction of a library’s lineup. Patrons often shun author programs in favor of knitting classes, business improvement courses, and movie nights. Why? Many modern library users see libraries as one-stop community centers....

publishers, authors, dbw, keywords, sales, books

How Publishers Can Build on Self-Publishing’s Victories

In recent articles, I have pointed with optimism to the green-shoots of recovery for the book industry after a bruising and challenging seven years. Print sales are on the way up, or at least finally not falling, depending on whom you speak to. Consumer ebook sales are dropping, but likely to be stabilizing against...

amazon, rapids, ebook, app, reading

Amazon Rapids and the Dumbing-Down of Reading

At first I thought it was a “Saturday Night Live” parody about ebooks for kids. We’re so addicted to info-snacking, seemingly less able to (and interested in) focus on long-form reading, so let’s create a new platform that helps foster even shorter attention spans for our kids. Amazon Rapids is nothing more than a series of...

ebooks, apps, reading, games, books, audiobooks

Do We Really Need to Innovate the Reading Experience?

Reading a book used to be considered a fairly straightforward experience. You opened the book (it was a print book) and you started reading. Today we have ebooks and audiobooks, which, to varying degrees, have changed our reading experiences. With an ebook, we can read that same print book on our phones, on our...

book publishing, publishers, books, ebooks, subscription services

How the Film Industry Could Change Book Publishing

Since 2005, multiple business models have been flourishing in the Scandinavian ebook market. With Storytel’s acquisition of its Danish rival subscription service provider Mofibo earlier this year, the large Northern European player is leading the way for the next generation of subscription services in the book industry. However, as seen in the music industry,...

publisher, micro-publisher, business, books, sales

It’s Time for Publishers to Think Outside the Market

Over the last 12-18 months, after a challenging, industry-evolving 5-7 years, there is a growing sense of cautious positivity in many parts of the book world. Print book sales are rebounding (or at least not still sliding, depending on whom you listen to), and ebook sales are now on a more predictable, if slower,...

publishers, sales, retail, genre fiction, apps

Fixing the Broken Experience of Genre Fiction Retail Online

For years, the numbers have been telling us that digital adoption among genre fiction readers is at least double that of the general and literary fiction reading audience. In fact, a recent report shows that romance, for example, makes up only 4.4 percent of print sales in the US, but a whopping 45 percent...

data, metadata, books, sales, bookstores

Big Data Is Coming to the Publishing Industry

Publishers are increasingly using big data to help them sell their book rights internationally. As the ebook market has grown over the last few years, so has the amount of data available to online retailers and publishers. Traditionally, though, publishers have not been able to get exact user or reader statistics. The digitization of...

curation, publishers, books, readers, consumers

The Power and Limits of Curation

We’re all drowning in content. From long-form writing on LinkedIn and Medium to snackable content in our Twitter and Instagram feeds, to the explosion of self-published books, we’re inundated with options. Eliot Peper said it well: Blogs made everyone a journalist. Self-publishing made everyone an author. YouTube made everyone a filmmaker. Itunes made everyone a...

google, google play, ebooks, data, amazon, kindle, apple, ibooks

Google Experiments and Fails with Book Discovery

Even though you probably never stray from Amazon’s Kindle reader app, I’d like to encourage you to expand your horizons. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on Apple iBooks and Google Play, for example, to explore other platforms and keep Amazon honest. After all, Amazon’s need to innovate diminishes if ebook platform...

agents, authors, publishers, books

Big Data’s Power to Innovate Content and Enhance Reader Engagement

Consumption habits across industries, spanning different products and services, are evolving dramatically in the digital era. And the book publishing sector is not immune to these winds of change. Like film, music and other forms of content, books, too, are undergoing a major transformation in terms of both development and distribution, thanks to rapidly...