When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults. According to a new study from children’s entertainment research and consulting group PlayCollective and Digital Book World, 67% of U.S. children aged two-to-thirteen are now reading ebooks.
Making sense of the leveling ebook market, executive reshuffling at Barnes & Noble, publishing for the Common Core standards, challenges for publishing start-ups and more!
Details on Nook’s big holiday hit, more analysis of the new Barnes & Noble CEO choice, the latest author survey data, worldwide ebook sales data and more!
Meet the newest chief of Barnes & Noble, why he was appointed, learning to swim in the deep end and much more!
Michael Huseby is the new CEO of Barnes & Noble, following the July departure of William Lynch, who had held the position for three years and oversaw the launch of the Nook e-reader and ebooks business. Most recently, Huseby had been CEO of the Nook division, reporting to Barnes & Noble chairman Len Riggio, in the wake of Lynch’s departure.
Following a holiday season of deep ebook discounting, prices have bounced back. The average price of a best-selling ebook is now $6.33, up from $6.16 near the end of December and $5.27, the all-time low for the metric, a month ago.
Start-up ebook retailer Zola has acquired start-up book retailer Bookish in a cash deal that closed today and will see roughly half of Bookish staffers absorbed into Zola, along with the site’s touted recommendation engine. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Before we officially move on to 2014, let’s take stock i the year that was. From the new rules on ebook pricing for the largest publishers to the continue rise of indie authors to new technology and innovative publishing projects, 2013 was quite a year in the industry.
It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in the history of the business. Seeing as though 2013 is just about over, we’ve gathered more publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2014. In the interest of being truly bold, we’re going to start with the boldest predictions first. Enjoy.
How digital gifts are becoming more popular for the holidays, taking a look at some top-quality ebooks and apps, the best digital gifts for kids, Amazon’s next moves and more!
The average price of a best-selling ebook shot up nearly $1.00 to $6.16 as deep discounting on some popular best-sellers has abated at ebook retailers. Is the deep discounting over? For now, yes.
Breaking down Amazon’s annual best-sellers list, assessing the ebook opportunity in China, examining eReatah’s re-branding and relaunch as Entitle and much more!
The changing public relations landscape, Harpers on Amazon, Amazon’s new Kindle layaway program and much more!
Another way publishers and agents can harness the power of authors, the changing role of libraries, getting best-sellers for the cost of a pack of gum and more!
Buy the new John Grisham (Penguin Random House) for $3.29 or Donna Tartt’s sensation The Goldfinch (Hachette) for $1.79. Buy Gone Girl (Penguin Random House) for $3.29 or all five Game of Thrones (Penguin Random House) books for $9.99 (a lot of pages for just ten dollars). It’s discounting season!
WSJ’s salvos at Judge Denise Cote, the new HarperCollins, UK looks toward ebook future, indie booksellers and ebooks and more!
A deep dive into the early results of our exclusive author survey, Amazon continues to advance, a new Harlequin CEO and much more!
It’s official: Over the next month, readers will be able to get some of the hottest new releases for less than they’d pay for a 12-inch sandwich at Subway.
Looking deeper into the future of book retail in light of ebook growth, another one bites the dust, taking stock four years after the iPad and more!
Why publishers should pay attention to PlayStation 4 and XBOX ONE sales, Amazon looks ahead to the future once again, an e-reader that doesn’t need to be plugged in and more!
Explaining ebook price trends, learning to love Amazon, selling more ebooks internationally, reports from London’s FutureBook and more!
Reasons to know that the ebook sales growth slowdown is only temporary, kids in the UK and their ebook buying preferences, Amazon’s dominance in Germany and more!
If you’re a reader looking at best-seller lists for your next good book, what should you expect to pay for what you eventually decide on buying? Lately, the answer is “about $6.00.”
Some publishers are cheering a temporary slowdown in ebook growth, Oyster’s new distribution partner, a new ebook discovery site and more!
Amazon’s market share for ebook retail in the U.S., all about the Google book scanning case, personalization for books — will it work? — and more!
The low-down on increased investment in the higher education publishing space, Google’s educational play, why indie bookstores should work with Amazon Source and more!
Co-opetition: Cooperative competition. Practice where competitors work with each other on project-to-project, joint venture, or co-marketing basis. When Amazon announced its new Source program, giving independent booksellers the opportunity to sell Kindle devices and ebooks in return for a small …
The average price of a best-selling ebook fell dramatically this week to $6.39 after hovering around $8.00 for about a month. The price fall was driven primarily by retailer discounting. Many titles that were selling for around $10.00 were discounted below $8.00 this week.
Explaining the problem with the relationship between publishers and start-ups, ebooks continue to drive HarperCollins, ebook pricing strategies and more!
The origins of Amazon source (and some of its future), more author marketing advice, Zola’s big move, Intel’s investments in higher education publishing and more!
How to deal with a “dead” author, Amazon’s top-ten books of the year, more reaction to Amazon Source, rethinking editorial production workflow and more!
Much more on Amazon Source, the future of the ebook industry (and why it’s hard to plan for), using “social proof” to sell more books, the possible demise of Small Demons and more!
For the first time in a month, a self-published title is on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. The Arrangement 11 by H.M. Ward (No. 18) finally broke through after planned releases and discounted best-sellers helped the “big five” publishing houses dominate the ebook best-seller list for weeks. Will self-published titles make a comeback in the second half?