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Company Snapshots: INscribe Digital

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have INscribe Digital. What does your company...

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Company Snapshots: Digimarc

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Digimarc. What does your company do?...

5 Strategies to Improve Your Ebook Sales

5 Strategies to Improve Your Ebook Sales

Ebook sales have been under pressure for various reasons over the past year or so, in particular the digital footprint of the Big Five publishers. However, this is still an industry that is finding its feet now that it has moved beyond the heady days of “the peak of inflated expectations.” Publishers flexible enough...

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Company Snapshots: Klopotek

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Klopotek. What does your company do?...

Ushering in the New Era of Ebooks in India

The New Era of Ebooks in India

The ebook market in India is at the cusp of a major revolution. By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world, with nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, as per a report by E&Y. India has become the second biggest smartphone market in terms of active unique...

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Company Snapshots: Librios

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Librios. What does your company do?...

CNET

CNET Releases Crowdsourced SciFi Novel

Earlier this week, CNET published the first installment of a new scifi novel, Crowd Control: Heaven Makes a Killing. What makes the work unique is that it was crowdsourced exclusively through CNET readers, and is, according to CNET, the world’s first massively multiwriter online science fiction novel. In October 2015, CNET asked readers to...

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Company Snapshots: Cenveo Publisher Services

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Cenveo Publisher Services. What does your...

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Company Snapshots: Bibblio

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Bibblio. What does your company do?...

NIMAS: Opportunities With XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

NIMAS: Opportunities with XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

Since the early nineteenth century invention of braille, the concept of making written content available to the blind or visually impaired has been a noble aspiration of civilized society. Making that concept a practical reality is another matter. Even as new, more automated, technologies arise, the challenges of accessibility remain formidable. For educational publishers,...

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Company Snapshots: Nord Compo

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Nord Compo. What does your company...

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the...

Octane Press

Octane Press: Accelerating Growth Through a Niche Output

Most featured publishers in this series have some sort of niche. Indeed, many smaller publishing houses around the world benefit from a narrower focus than the big guys do, picking up enthusiasts in very specific areas of interest. And the interest area of today’s featured publisher isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. Octane Press...

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How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications

How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications: Evidence-Based Report from Simon Inger Consulting Scholarly publishing consultants Tracy Gardner and Simon Inger recently published the report, “How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications.” This report should be required reading for those in the scholarly publishing industry! The result of an impressive large-scale survey of readers...

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

What are effective ebook pricing strategies in today’s book business? Based on trends we observe at Ingram Content Group from both publishers and readers, we think about three general segments for ebooks: entertainment value, education value and marketing value. Entertainment Value Most trade ebooks generally fit into the entertainment value segment. The hard part...

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,...

Digital Book World

The Curious Incident of the Book in the Digital Age

Below is the full text from the keynote speech, “The Curious Incident of the Book in the Digital Age,” delivered by Gail Rebuck, Baroness Rebuck of Bloomsbury, DBE, at the London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference on Monday, April 12. Good morning. When Jacks Thomas asked me to speak at the London Book Fair, she...

Fahrenheit Press

Lighting It Up with Fahrenheit Press

Of all the independent publishers I’ve spoken to recently, Chris McVeigh of Fahrenheit Press stands out as one of the most outrageous. He won’t mind me saying that, I’m sure. “Indie Innovation” is about featuring smaller publishers that are doing things a bit differently, and when I heard about Fahrenheit Press’s mantra, it was...

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....

Jacks Thomas

5 Questions with Jacks Thomas, Director, London Book Fair

Jacks Thomas is the director of the London Book Fair, a position she has held since January 2013. This year’s fair features a wide array of speakers and panels, as well as the re-branded digital conference now called Quantum. The 2016 London Book Fair takes place April 12-14. I recently spoke with Thomas about...

Hugh Howey

DBW Interview with Hugh Howey, Author

Hugh Howey is a New York Times best-selling science fiction author and one of the most vocal proponents of self-publishing. His biggest hit, Wool, was published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program and ballooned into a best-selling series that went on to win Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 Award. Wool has also been optioned by...

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

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...

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

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...

One Third Stories

Learning the Lingo: An Interview with One Third Stories

In this series of conversations with independent publishers, we’ll hear from some truly innovative people. These people are making waves, throwing shapes and shaking up different areas of the publishing industry. It’s rewarding to speak with entrepreneurs who love what they do and believe in their mission. Last month, I was alerted to the...

Digital Book World

DBW Readership Survey: We Need Your Help!

We at Digital Book World appreciate your readership and strive to make this website as informative and useful to the publishing community as possible. That’s why we’re turning to you, our community members, to get your insights into how we can improve. Are we doing a good job? Why do you come to the...

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...

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...

Open eBooks

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+...

Influx Press

Londoners on a Mission: An Interview with Influx Press

While larger publishers continue to play a major role in shaping our industry, it is the smaller independent publishing houses that are pushing the boundaries more than ever. Many critics suggest that the heavyweights have become risk-averse, focusing instead on sure-fire wins, such as sequels and established authors. What’s more, some would argue that...