Best-selling hybrid author Sylvia Day has signed a seven-figure, two-book ebook deal with Harlequin to kick off its ebook partnership with Cosmopolitan magazine dubbed Red Hot Reads. Day is the best-selling author of over a dozen titles, including the Crossfire series, which has sold more than six million copies.
For the first time ever, a self-published title has hit No. 1 on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, occupying a position once held by Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girl and other mega best-selling titles.
Also in today’s DBW Daily: A used ebook marketplace?, B&N offers free apps, Australia’s regulators approve Random-Penguin merger and more!
Also in today’s DBW Daily: Lulu partners with ASI, Nook enhances video offerings, UK start-up Boosh will allow readers to share ebooks through Facebook and much more!
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America group condemned Random House’s Hydra imprint, ComiXology launches a digital comic self-publishing platform, ebook gift cards in Germany and more!
Consumer data publishers need, iBookstore opens in Japan, Pope ebook comes to market at ungodly speed, Anne Messitte promoted to executive vice president at Random House’s Knopf Doubleday and more!
The average price of a best-selling ebook inched down to $7.86 this week, driven not by less expensive self-published works but by deeply discounted big-six titles.
German Tolino to compete with Amazon, mounting problems for B&N, Macmillan’s selling ebooks to libraries and much more!
Children’s book platform wars, Google Play is selling ebooks in India, the Smithsonian goes digital, a metadata-sharing partnership intends to improve book discoverability in libraries and more!
Struggles continue for the nation’s largest bricks-and-mortar bookseller. Barnes & Noble booked $2.2 billion in revenue in its third-quarter ending Jan. 26, 2013, a decrease of 8.8% compared to the same period a year ago. The company also swung to a loss of $6.1 million versus a profit $52 million last year.
How we might be seeing the beginning of the end of free ebooks as a business model, trouble with Kindle on iOS, a new Pew study and much more!
McGraw-Hill ‘s first adaptive e-textbook, selling ebook bundles to libraries, a new VP at Simon & Schuster’s Gallery, the Boston Globe continues with ebooks and more!
Hachette had a very good week selling ebooks. The top four spots in our ebook best-seller list this week are all titles from Hachette and they each represent success in the new art of ebook pricing strategy and promotion.
The trend of more moderate growth for ebooks in the U.S. in 2012 abated slightly in Oct. as sales of adult trade ebooks were up 41% versus the same period last year — more than the 30.7% growth ebooks showed in Sept. It’s still much less than the triple-digit sales growth seen in ebooks in previous years. Growth in children’s ebooks continued to moderate to a 42.4% growth rate in the month, retreating from early-year triple-digit gains.
Hachette takes literary fiction digital, Obama’s open access order, Amazon announced new rules for free ebooks, and much more!
More on indie bookstores vs. Amazon and the big six, the European Commission is suing France and Luxembourg over the value-added tax rate for books, Jason Allen Ashlock interviews Penguin’s Jeff Gomez and more!
Is Random-Penguin good for libraries?, Audible launches a new iPad app, Sesame Street’s first Kindle Fire app, Ingram launches journal print-on-demand and more!
Total Boox aims to disrupt bookselling, libraries go commercial, MetaComet is beta-testing an author portal and much more!
The average price of an ebook best-seller has dropped to a new all-time low as less expensive big-six titles crowded the list, joining self-published works in the lowest price bracket. The downward pricing shift could continue as retailers prepare for discounting Macmillan ebook titles following the publishers’ settlement with the U.S. government over the matter of alleged ebook price-fixing.
Ebooks at 24% of Simon & Schuster sales, Dawn Davis heads new Atria imprint, Impelsys enters library ebook market and much more!
Retailers embracing self-published books, Net Minds connects self-publishing authors with freelancers, Vook partners with Bowker and much more!
Smashwords hits 200,000 titles, Bowker partners with DCL, Vook adds book trailer services from Authro, Inkling’s Habitat and more!
Following a slight decrease last week, the average price of a best-selling ebook edged up as several lower-priced titles were pushed off the list in favor of pricier ebooks. The average price of a best-selling ebook is now $8.60, up from $8.16 a week ago. A tragedy elevated one title in particular into the top five.
Audience development at HarperCollins, Sony aims to get Xperia tablets into classrooms, a new study suggests tablet eye strain is a myth and much more!
How to create ebooks for tablets, ZA books launches, Macmillan invests in Brazilian educational technology, Zola loses head of biz dev and much more!
Ending a saga that began in late 2009 when publishers were made aware that Apple was intent on entering the ebook market with its new gadget, the iPad, Macmillan has agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve an alleged case of collusion and price-fixing in the ebook market.
Despite the benefits of lower costs, lighter backpacks, added features and convenience, students just aren’t taking to e-textbooks, a new study shows. About 6% of students are using a “core digital textbook” as their main course material, according to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group, which surveyed a nationally representative sample of four-year and two-year college students during the fall 2012 academic semester. This number is unchanged from the same period a year ago.
In the fourth-quarter, Nook had less revenue and fewer tablet sales than a year ago. Why authors decide to self-publish, ebooks in Turkey, Readmill for iPhone and more!
The real cost of ebooks for libraries, can Amazon sell used ebooks?, LeapFrog adds Disney content and much more!
After a two-month plummet that publishers likely found stomach-churning, prices for best-selling ebooks may have stabilized at around $8.00.
Nearly two years after the initial announcement, the long anticipated and much delayed Bookish is up and running. The new book retail website features exclusive ebook content for sale, articles on books and reading by a dedicated editorial staff, a …
Digital comics get cheaper, BookBaby teams with eSentral for distribution in Southeast Asia, U of Chicago Press launches short-form ebook series and more!
B&N’s digital business flounders, top ten self-publishing mistakes, the first e-textbooks for Windows 8 and much more!