Libraries and Ebooks: Here’s to a Hopeful 2014

Alan S. Inouye

In contrast to the political goings-on in Washington, D.C., I’m optimistic about libraries and ebooks for 2014. As summarized in Jeremy Greenfield’s recent article “Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014,” I envision that we will build …

Best-Selling Ebooks of 2013: Safe Haven, Inferno and More

Rich Bellis

If there was any consistent feature of the ebook market in 2013, it was volatility – especially when it came to best-selling ebooks. Prices climbed and plummeted from week-to-week, self-published authors achieved more than one No. 1 best-selling title and …

6 Degrees of Agent Evolution

Jason Allen Ashlock

This fall I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with dozens of agents and author management firms–and dozens of the authors they represent–to get a sense of what large- and small-scale adjustments are happening behind the scenes of the author representation …

A few numbers on the Brazilian Book Market

Ricardo Costa

  Here we are, in the last month of 2013. It is a cliché, but it really feels like the year began just yesterday! Looking back, I see that this was a special year for Brazil in the book business. …

BiblioNasium Aims to Be Goodreads for Kids

Jeremy Greenfield

With about 75,000 registered users — and growing by 1,000 every week — BiblioNasium is probably the biggest digital book start-up that you’ve never heard of. It’s like Goodreads for kids with tools built in for teachers and parents to …

Christmas Classics for Today’s “Digital Native” Kids

Beth Bacon

Does it feel like there’s something fundamentally different about Christmas this year, with our younger generation interested digital screens as much as three-dimensional toys? How do you share holiday traditions with a digital native child? One way is to find …

On Ebook Quality Assurance: Some Questions, Answered

Iris Febres

Last week, I led a webinar on ebook quality assurance, or QA, and discussed its many facets and challenges. I focused on the nitty-gritty of code, device fragmentation, and other aspects of working with EPUB and MOBI files. I got …

Why Publishers Need to Start Thinking Mobile-First

Thad McIlroy

Long before we were harangued into believing that the future of publishing is in the data cloud, we were berated about the modesty of our mobile publishing ambitions. Like many of my publishing colleagues I fought back with ennui: I …

FAQ: Book Publishing Workflow

Bill Kasdorf

In late November, we held a webcast in which we discussed the finer points of publishing workflow for a high-tech publishing operation. There were many questions on the webcast that went unanswered. Here they are below, with answers. Some of …

Digital Only Book Publishing Springs up in Mexico

Jeremy Greenfield

Even in nascent ebook markets, entrepreneurs are starting to go after the opportunity of ebooks. Take Mexico, where publishers I spoke with last week at the Guadalajara International Book Fair estimate that ebooks represented about 3% to 5% of the …

4 Easy Steps To An Irresistible Book Blurb

Beth Bacon

The blurb. The back-of-book description. The dust-cover copy. Whatever you call your book’s summary, it’s an important element of your marketing package. How to create a great book description? It comes down to four steps. Here is the formula: (1) …

Personalized Book Reader Follows Kids As They Turn The Pages

Beth Bacon

When the words “digital” and “books” are used together, most people’s thoughts go directly to “ebooks.” But “digital” applies to imaging and audio, too. The folks at Sparkup have come up with a new use for visual and auditory technologies and …

Will Black Friday Kickstart UK Christmas Shopping?

James Woollam

While many readers of this blog settle into Thanksgiving celebrations, those of us elsewhere in the world have to settle for keeping one eye on Christmas celebrations still a month away. Yet despite not celebrating the holiday itself, some UK …

Video Gamers: A Vertical to Go After?

Jack W Perry

Sony recently announced they sold 1-million PlayStation 4 game consoles at $399 retail in the first 24 hours. This was US sales only. A week later, Microsoft announced they had sold 1-million XBOX ONE consoles at $499 in the first …

Making Millions in the Digital Middle

Rob Eagar

The digital revolution brought forth a frenzied hoard of futurists who declared the publishing industry is dying. They say publishers simply can’t compete with authors who can self-publish or the growing dominance of Amazon. I disagree. I don’t think the …

Crossing the Digital Chasm

Andrew Rhomberg

This Thursday, UK trade publication “The Bookseller” held its annual Futurebook conference, which was well attended not by book sellers, but by publishers. Of course there were also a motley collection of authors, start-ups and consultants with agents being almost …

What did UK publishers learn this week?

James Woollam

UK publishers gathered at the Futurebook conference yesterday to further the debate over change in the industry. I was unable to attend the conference this year but was able to make it to another London publishing event this week, the …

Tracking the Downward Trend on Ebook Prices

Jeremy Greenfield

If you’ve been following along with the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list (as I know many of you are), you’ve probably noticed that over the past 15 months, the prices for best-selling ebooks have generally dropped. Last year around …

Ancient Marginalia: Stretchtext Parade

Corey Pressman (@exprima)

Hypertext allows one to experience content in a somewhat ‘chutes and ladders’ manner.  Any asset in any hypertext experience, be it text, image, video, audio, can serve as a hyperlink, a portal to another asset or set of assets.   A …