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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...

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

Digital Book World 2016 Wrap-Up

The 2016 Digital Book World Conference came and went this week and was a resounding success. All you have to do is search Twitter for #DBW16 to get a sense of how much tweeting and conversation was going on throughout the three-day event. It all started on Monday, with the Launch Kids Conference, Nielsen sessions, masterclasses...

Publishing Needs to Learn from Newer Industries

Publishing Needs to Learn from Newer Industries

The publishing industry is more than 400 years old. To put that timeframe into context, in the UK, when the first printing press was developed, in 1634, Charles I was king shortly before being overthrown. Much has happened since then, and there is much to be proud of in what this key industry has...

5 Strategies to Improve Your Ebook Sales

Data-Smart Publishing: New Ways of Working for Publishers

The recent slowdown in ebook sales has led some publishing observers to pronounce that the digital publishing revolution is over. The truth is, this is indeed the end, but merely the end of the beginning of how ebooks and online tools will affect publishing. We have now entered the next wave of publishing’s digital...

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5 Questions with Dominique Raccah, CEO & Publisher, Sourcebooks

Dominique Raccah is the entrepreneurial CEO of Sourcebooks, which she founded in 1987, and today is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States and home to dozens of bestselling authors. Growing through small and large innovations, Sourcebooks has repeatedly created new ways for readers to interact with books, from Poetry...

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Personalized Content and New Revenue Streams

Dominique Raccah is the entrepreneurial CEO of Sourcebooks, which she founded in 1987, and today is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States and home to dozens of bestselling authors. Growing through small and large innovations, Sourcebooks has repeatedly created new ways for readers to interact with books, from Poetry...

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5 Questions with Sanj Kharbanda, SVP, Digital Markets, HMH

Sanj Kharbanda is senior vice president of digital markets at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he manages the publisher’s digital marketing strategy, including for trade publishing, K-12 and consumer markets. At Digital Book World 2016, Kharbanda will be moderating a panel called “Standing Out in the Stacks: Marketing That Works.” We recently spoke to Kharbanda about...

What Are the Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms?

The Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms

Students have used print textbooks for centuries, but in recent years higher education learning companies have made the concerted effort to shift from print materials to digital tools in the form of digital learning platforms. With this change, content has become more engaging and interactive, and the benefits are obvious. Digital learning platforms include...

Vearsa CEO Gareth Cuddy on the Changing Publishing Market

Vearsa CEO Gareth Cuddy on the Changing Publishing Market

It’s no secret that the publishing landscape has been practically re-invented in the last few years, particularly with the rise of ebooks. So we talked to Vearsa’s CEO, Gareth Cuddy, about his view of the current digital marketplace, what the future may hold, and what publishers should be doing to prepare themselves for what’s...

Digital Book World

Why Ebook Pricing Is Elastic

Nathan Maharaj is the director of merchandising at Kobo, where he manages a team of digital booksellers across eight languages and more than a dozen countries. Maharaj is part of a panel at this year’s Digital Book World Conference titled “Elastic Ebook Pricing: Pricing in a Changing Ebook Marketplace.” Digital Book World recently released...

Data Guy

DBW Interview with Data Guy, Co-Founder, Author Earnings

Who exactly is Data Guy? We know he’s the numbers wizard behind Author Earnings—a collaboration between himself and self-published mega-author Hugh Howey. And we know that he’s anonymous. But that’s pretty much it. In the past two years, Data Guy’s Author Earnings reports have become an increasingly popular resource for authors, shedding light on...

A Look Forward and Back at Children’s Publishing

Digital Book World’s Launch Kids: Looking Forward and Back

February is a great time to talk about children’s books, in the aftermath of Toy Fair, Digital Kids, the MidWinter ALA and its accompanying Newbery, Caldecott and other awards, presented in January. While publishing for the adult market has its rewards and sense of community, children’s publishing has an infectious enthusiasm and sense of mission...

Big Data

Here Comes the Big Bad Data: Practical Data Uses for Publishers

When many people think about book publishing, they often conjure a romantic image of editors sitting in a room all day—reading, choosing the stories they love and writing handwritten notes in the margins of a manuscript. Those of us who actually work in the realm of publishing, however, understand that a publishing house is...

Digital Book World

Delivering High-Quality Digital Products & Services

Clay Stobaugh, EVP and CMO, is responsible for John Wiley & Sons’ marketing, communications and government affairs efforts worldwide. He leads Wiley’s revenue-driving marketing initiatives through key disciplines in the global “Marketing Revenue Center,” including customer experience, demand generation, CRM, sales enablement, social media, content marketing, digital commerce, digital analytics and SEO/SEM. Focused on...

5 Key Lessons for Creating Quality Learning Materials

5 Best Practices for Creating Quality Learning Materials

Many of us still remember lugging around a backpack full of textbooks to and from school. While textbooks remain integral to a learning curriculum, the reality is different than what we experienced growing up. Today’s modern classrooms are full of quality digital and adaptive products. From game-based learning to interactive courses and simulation activities,...

Digital Book World

DBW Interview with Mike Shatzkin, Conference Chair, Part 3

The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is right around the corner, taking place March 7th-9th in New York. And to find out more about some of the programming that’s scheduled, as well as some insight into the state of the book publishing industry, we sat down with Mike Shatzkin, CEO of The Idea Logical...

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The Four Horsemen and Publishing’s Future

Scott Galloway is a clinical professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing. In 2012, Professor Galloway was named “One of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors” by Poets & Quants. He is also the founder of Red Envelope and Prophet Brand Strategy. Galloway was...

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5 Questions with Lorraine Shanley, President, MPI

Lorraine Shanley is the president of Market Partners International, a consulting firm that specializes in traditional and digital publishing in the US and internationally. Her expertise includes market research, development and planning, multi-channel marketing, distribution and fulfillment, and executive search. Shanley has chaired the Launch Kids Books + Media conference for Digital Book World...

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Sleeping Through a Revolution

Jonathan Taplin is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. He began his entertainment career in 1969 as tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973, he produced Martin Scorsese’s first feature film, Mean Streets, which was...

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5 Questions with Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

Susan Ruszala is president of NetGalley, an innovative and easy-to-use online service for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators. NetGalley delivers digital galleys, often called advance reading copies, or ARCs, to professional readers and helps promote new and upcoming titles. At Digital Book World 2016, Ruszala will be participating in a...

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DBW Interview with Mike Shatzkin, Conference Chair, Part 2

The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is right around the corner, taking place March 7th-9th in New York. And to find out more about some of the programming that’s scheduled, as well as some insight into the state of the book publishing industry, we sat down with Mike Shatzkin, CEO of The Idea Logical...

A Look at How Three Publishers Are Doing It

Three Brilliant Publishers Doing Things Differently

The publishing industry has encountered plenty of change in the past decade, most acutely due to the consumers’ mass adoption of digital content, which has been widely reported. Accordingly, the old stalwarts have been forced to adapt in a competitive environment, and this has opened up opportunities for smaller, more agile publishing groups to...

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The State and Future of Digital Audiobooks

Erica Lazzaro is general counsel and director of publisher services for OverDrive, a global digital media distributor. She leads OverDrive’s licensing, content acquisition and business development efforts, helping booksellers and publishers worldwide find success with multichannel digital distribution. Lazzaro also works closely with OverDrive’s executive team on strategic relationships and has negotiated agreements with...

Digital Book World

DBW Interview with Mike Shatzkin, Conference Chair, Part 1

The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is right around the corner, taking place March 7th-9th in New York. And to find out more about some of the programming that’s scheduled, as well as some insight into the state of the book publishing industry, we sat down with Mike Shatzkin, CEO of The Idea Logical...