Digital Book Wire

Kadaxis, metadata, bisac, discoverability

Kadaxis and Inkshares Partner to Improve Discoverability

[Press Release] Kadaxis and Inkshares partner to help Inkshares authors improve the discoverability of Inkshares books. Kadaxis, publishing data science experts, and Inkshares, a reader-driven book publisher, announced today a partnership to improve the discoverability of Inkshares books. Inkshares will integrate with Kadaxis’ data analysis APIs to determine industry standard BISAC categories, topics and other...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Ebook Sales Down 12.7 Percent

According to the latest StatShot report from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), ebook sales remained down 12.7 percent through November 2015, compared to the same 11-month period (Jan.-Nov.) in 2014. Additionally, Adult ebooks saw a 7.3-percent decline compared to that same timeframe. There are several reasons why the StatShot data has reflected a decline in ebooks, explained...

o'reilly media, edtech

O’Reilly Media Introduces Tutorials Blending Text, Video, Code

O’Reilly Media has debuted interactive online tutorials to bring more hands-on learning to consumers of its instructional technology books and online services. Called Oriole Online Tutorials, these lessons blend text and video with a platform to write and run computer code together to create “a narrated learning experience,” as described on O’Reilly’s website. “We...

scholastic, children's publishing

Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge Includes Free Online Program

Scholastic has launched its Summer Reading Challenge for this year, which encourages kids to read in the summertime. Themed “Be a Reading Superhero,” the campaign includes a free online summer reading program that “has generated more than one billion reading minutes for kids around the world since 2009,” according to a press release. Educators...

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Ebook Central Improves Ebook Usage in Scholarly Research

ProQuest has launched Ebook Central, a new digital platform with 790,000 scholarly titles and 1,350 imprints from more than 650 publishers, with the goal of simplifying the workflow of librarians and researchers who use ebooks. The system was designed to improve ebook discovery, selection and acquisition. Titles can be read online and downloaded offline. Furthermore,...

Audible, Amazon, audiobooks

Audible Clips Lets Users Share Audiobook Snippets

Audible has launched Audible Clips, a new feature that allows listeners to share samples from audiobooks over social media and email. The company intends to make listening more social, and the new feature functions similarly to memes and images of book quotes that are regularly shared online. “Audible customers are book lovers whose print books are likely to...

Inkshares

Inkshares Book to Become TV Show and Audiobook

For the first time, start-up crowdfunded publisher Inkshares has sold major TV and audiobook rights for one of its books. Titled The Show, the book is written by ex-Google employee Filip Syta and follows a Google-like company called Show and its culture of drugs, sex and partying. The TV rights offer was made by a soon-to-be-announced video...

BookShout

BEA and BookShout to Create BEA Buzz Book Omnibus

[Press Release] BookExpo America Teams with BookShout to Create Official BEA Buzz Book Omnibus. One-of-a-kind digital collection will offer publishers the opportunity to promote key works directly to more than 20,000 industry professionals. Dallas, TX [March 15, 2016] BookExpo America (BEA), the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry (May...

NetGalley

NetGalley Launches German Platform

[Press Release] Readers can now access titles from German publishers on NetGalley Guillaume Musso, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Nele Neuhaus available on NetGalley.de 15 March 2016—As announced October 2015, NetGalley is launching its Germany platform this week at netgalley.de, in cooperation with vorablesen.de. NetGalley Germany is now providing access to digital galleys in German,...

OverDrive

OverDrive Launches K-5 QuickStart to Promote Youth Reading

[Press Release] OverDrive Launches QuickStart eBook Collection to Promote Reading in Elementary Schools Teacher-recommended titles with simultaneous access for K-5 students in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline CLEVELAND — March 14, 2016 – OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become great readers. To...

Digital Book World

What Publishers Need to Know About Copyright

International and domestic changes in copyright law are constantly affecting the American publishing industry, which is why Digital Book World hosted a session at this year’s conference with representatives from the U.S., Canada and Germany to see how these changes intersect. From the U.S., there was Karyn Temple Claggett, associate register of copyrights and director of policy...

Digital Book World

How Publishers and ‘Hybrid’ Authors Are Working Together

In a time when authors have multiple avenues to publish their books, many publishers are finding themselves broadening their offerings to authors. And this trend has resulted in more “hybrid” authors who both self-publish and work with traditional publishers at the same time. During a discussion at Digital Book World 2016, Jane Dystel of Dystel...

Scribd

Scribd Adds 6,000 Titles from Macmillan

Scribd announced today that it has added more than 6,000 titles from Macmillan. This is the third time the “Big Five” publisher has upped its number of titles available on the subscription service, and is the largest to date. The changes go into effect today. In a statement, Co-Founder and CEO of Scribd, Trip...

Digital Book World

Female Publishing Leaders Talk Gender Equality at Work

In a discussion titled “Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Tech” on the third day of Digital Book World 2016, female publishing executives discussed what it takes to grow their businesses while encouraging gender equality in all sectors of the business world. Moderated by Charlotte Abbott of Abbott Communications and INscribe Digital, the talk...

Digital Book World

Virginia Heffernan: The Internet Changed Literacy

During a presentation on the third day of Digital Book World 2016, author and journalist Virginia Heffernan shared her insights on how the Internet has changed our society’s perception of literacy and content, arguing that the way we read today has as much to do with physical books as it does with smartphones. “Content...

Digital Book World

How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Are Changing Publishing

“It’s these guys’ worlds. We just post in it and shop in it,” said New York University Professor Scott Galloway of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google at Digital Book World 2016. During a talk called “The Four Horsemen,” Galloway argued that these four companies are taking over the world and continually disrupting the publishing ecosystem....

Digital Book World

Michael Cader on a ‘Really, Really Complex Marketplace’

On the final day of the 2016 Digital Book World Conference, Publisher’s Lunch Founder Michael Cader started the sessions by giving a brief overview of how the book publishing industry collects sales data. The primary takeaway? There’s a lot of confusion, or, as Cader said, this industry has a “really, really complex marketplace.” Moreover,...

Digital Book World

4 Book Startups to Watch Out for in 2016

In a forum called “Launchpad: New Players, New Platforms, and New Propositions for the Publishing Industry” at Digital Book World 2016, four startup founders shared how their companies are changing how readers interact with content. Included in the discussion were Katie Palenscar of Unbound Concepts, Peter Kay of NCVRS, Chang Kim of Tapas, and...

Digital Book World

What Today’s Investors Are Looking for in Publishers

For investors dealing with content, it’s not enough for publishers to be digitally savvy. Rather, they should know how to engage an audience and leverage data to create products customers want. In a panel at Digital Book World 2016 that featured Wiley’s Jon Semel, Wicks Group’s Tom Kearney, Ingram’s David Rolin, and New York University’s Frank Rimalovski,...

Digital Book World

Audiobook Leaders Discuss Discoverability and Audible

Audiobooks have been growing at a fast rate. Libraries have seen an increase in downloads and Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said that sales have gone up by 40 percent through the first nine months of 2015. At Digital Book World 2016, a panel including Troy Juliar of Recorded Books, Ralph Lazaro of...

Rodale

How Rodale Transformed Its Business in the Digital Age

“Our theme today is transformation at Rodale,” began Mary Ann Naples, former senior vice president and publisher of Rodale Books and Rodale Wellness, during her talk at Digital Book World 2016. “As an industry, we’ve been through a lot. How did Rodale, which is not a Big Five publisher, gain and keep a competitive...

Digital Book World

B&N CDO Fred Argir: ‘We Must Win the Mobile Experience’

In an interview session on day two of the 2016 Digital Book World Conference, Conference Council Chair Mike Shatzkin spoke to Barnes & Noble’s new chief digital officer (CDO), Fred Argir, about how the company is innovating and what he views as some of the company’s biggest challenges. As the retailer’s first CDO, Argir...

Digital Book World

Jonathan Taplin: Platform—Not Content—Is King

“Though I want to think content is king, I’m worried platform is king,” said Jonathan Taplin, University of Southern California professor and director of USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, at Digital Book World 2016. “I think the fact that there will be five billion smartphones and mobile devices by 2020 gives content platforms extraordinary power.”...

Digital Book World

Finding Your Most Valuable Customers with Data

At Nielsen’s mini-conference at Digital Book World 2016, Vice President of Analytics & Insights Jo Henry taught participants how to find authors’ most valuable customers. She showed that analyzing demographics, values, discovery behavior and taste preferences will allow authors and booksellers to maximize profit. Henry said that one way to collect data is by...

Jellybooks

Andrew Rhomberg: How and Why We Measure a Book’s Audience

In his workshop at Digital Book World 2016 titled “Data-Smart Publishing,” Jellybooks Founder Andrew Rhomberg described the process by which his company measures reader analytics, and also explained why publishers should be paying more attention to this growing field. The problem, Rhomberg said, is that authors and publishers cannot effectively measure reader engagement. “We...

Digital Book World

What It Takes to Create Digital Learning Products for Kids

At a discussion at the Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, Ashley Anderson Zantop of Capstone and CJ Kettler of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt talked about what it takes to create innovative digital learning products for kids. While both speakers agreed that kids prefer physical books over ebooks, they argued that kids actually prefer...

Digital Book World

Librarians Say Kids Prefer Physical Books

During the “I’m a Librarian – Ask Me Anything” panel at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, librarians and literacy advocates discussed kids’ preference for physical books, and the role of ebooks as supplementary reading material. The talk was moderated by Carol Fitzgerald, president of The Book Report Network, and included...

Digital Book World

David Kleeman: Discovering Storytelling Possibilities with Technology

In a talk at today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016 called “Children’s Global Media Landscape,” David Kleeman, senior vice president of global trends at Dubit, discussed how artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality are changing how kids consume stories. With smartphones and tablets allowing them to access limitless amounts of content, Kleeman argued...

Sourcebooks

Dominique Raccah: ‘The Surprise Transformation in Our Industry’

In the opening session of today’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, Sourcebooks CEO and Publisher Dominique Raccah spoke to the innovations her company is making, as well as the greater trends in the children’s/young adult (YA) book publishing sector. “The surprise transformation in our industry,” Raccah said, “is the persistence of traditional...

BookShout

Complete Book and Media and BookShout Announce New Partnership

[Press Release] Complete Book and Media and BookShout Announce New Technology Partnership BookShout tapped to provide new technology services for the leading supplier of books, subscriptions, and media to corporate and government business communities Dallas, TX [March 7, 2016] To kick off Digital Book World, Complete Book and Media Supply, LLC. (CompleteBook.com), the world’s largest...

Digital Book World 2016 Kicks Off

Digital Book World 2016 Kicks Off

Professionals from all over the publishing industry head to New York City today for the Digital Book World Conference + Expo. Now in its seventh year, the 2016 event showcases a variety of programming, including workshops, master classes, panels, Q&As and talks. Some of the most talked about sessions include Data Guy’s presentation and...

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Lever Press Makes Academic Publishing Free

The Oberlin Group, a consortium of university libraries across the United States, has started a new project called Lever Press, which allows academic authors to publish on an open access digital platform. Production costs will be taken care of by supporting academic institutions, and readers will access content for free. The organization hopes to...