How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon

How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon

Publishers that sell ebooks direct to consumers typically do so in EPUB format. That’s because most publishers are still wedded to the false sense of security DRM provides, and EPUB offers a popular DRM solution. Contrast that with Amazon’s format, MOBI, in which Amazon is the only company that can apply and manage the...

Digital Book World

Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Tech

Digital Book World 2016 Evaluates ‘Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Technology’ and ‘Transformation in Publishing,’ Among Other Hot Topics NEW YORK (Feb. 5, 2016) — “Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Technology” and “Transformation in Publishing: Quarto & Sourcebooks” are just two of the highly anticipated sessions and hot...

How Amazon Could Open ‘Profitable’ Retail Stores

How Amazon Could Open ‘Profitable’ Retail Stores

A Wall Street Journal story has propelled a rumor that Amazon will open 400 or more stores in malls into industry discussion. Nobody really knows whether it is true and, as I write this, Amazon has not commented for the record. If it is true, then I certainly am guilty of one wrong prediction....

Digital Book World

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...

Books That Don’t Start Strong Will Lose the Reader

Books That Don’t Start Strong Will Lose the Reader

“In the first post in this series, I introduced the notion of the ‘Internet of Bookish Things’ to describe how (e)books were now nodes on the Internet that could record how books are being read,” writes Andrew Rhomberg in a blog post for Digital Book World. “And in last week’s post, ‘Reading Fast and...

Digital Book World

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...

Books That Don’t Start Strong Will Lose the Reader

Start Strong or Lose Your Readers

In the first post in this series, I introduced the notion of the “Internet of Bookish Things” to describe how (e)books were now nodes on the Internet that could record how books are being read. And in last week’s post, “Reading Fast and Slow – Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat,” I began...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble’s Chief Digital Officer to Speak at DBW16

Barnes & Noble’s Chief Digital Officer to Speak at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9 in N.Y.C. Fred Argir to Share Insights During DBW 2016; Early-Bird Registration Deadline Is Feb. 8, and the Final Pre-Conference Registration Rate Expires March 6 NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2016) — The 7th Annual Digital Book...

HarperAudio

HarperAudio to Host Radio Drama Contest with NYU

[Press Release] HarperAudio to Host Radio Drama Contest with the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts New York, NY (February 3, 2016) – HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced a radio drama contest open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and alumni (who graduated no...

How to Pick the Best Ebook Format

How to Pick the Best Ebook Format

“As a book designer, I understand the desire to mirror a book’s print design with its ebook counterpart,” writes Kevin Callahan in a blog post for Digital Book World. “But as an ebook reader and developer, I know that print publications are different enough from their digital versions that one design does not always...

How to Pick the Best Ebook Format

How to Find the Best Ebook Format

As a book designer, I understand the desire to mirror a book’s print design with its ebook counterpart. But as an ebook reader and developer, I know that print publications are different enough from their digital versions that one design does not always fit both purposes. In this and following posts, I’ll discuss how...

Digital Book World

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...

Barnes & Noble

B&N to Carry ‘Put Me In The Story’ Personalized Books

Barnes & Noble announced today that it is partnering with Put Me In The Story, a personalized book service owned by Sourcebooks. Two-hundred Barnes & Noble stores will carry the personalized books, including You! by bestselling author, artist, and designer Sandra Magsamen, The Night Night Book and I Love You So by award-winning and...

Mike Shatzkin: Publishing ‘at a Fragile Moment’

Mike Shatzkin: Publishing ‘at a Fragile Moment’

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...

Digital Book World

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...

Firebrand

Firebrand Launches Eloquence on Demand

[Press Release] Firebrand unveils Eloquence on Demand, a highly-efficient tool to meet the growing information needs of a complex marketplace Newburyport, MA, USA, February 2, 2015—Firebrand Technologies, a pioneer in publishing technology services, today announced the launch of Eloquence on Demand™, which delivers print, ebook and audio metadata and digital content to the global...

Inkshares, Nerdist Launch 6 New Publishing Contests

Inkshares, Nerdist Launch 6 New Publishing Contests

[Press Release] Nerdist and Geek & Sundry Launch Publishing Contest Series on Inkshares Six Contests Over Twelve Months Will Target Most Popular Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy February 1, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)—Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced today that they will be expanding their partnership with Nerdist to include its sister site,...

A Look at How Three Publishers Are Doing It

A Look at How Three Publishers Are Doing It

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...

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...

What’s Your Mobile, Snackable Content Strategy?

What’s Your Mobile, Snackable Content Strategy?

Last week I highlighted some of the more interesting findings reported in a document Google published called Micro-Moments: Your Guide to Winning the Shift to Mobile. This week I want to focus on a couple other important points in that document, as well as provide an example of how publishers need to leverage the...

Why Ebook Markup Is a Sign of a Publisher’s Health

Why Ebook Markup Is a Sign of a Publisher’s Health

“I see the presence and proper use of semantic markup in the production process as one of the signs of the health of a publisher,” writes Joshua Tallent in a blog post for Digital Book World. “While this may not have been as true just 10 years ago, the publishing world has changed considerably...

Reading Fast and Slow – Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat

Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat

“In last week’s post, I introduced the notion of the ‘Internet of Bookish Things,’ and how (e)books were now nodes on the Internet that could record how books are being read,” writes Andrew Rhomberg. “In this week’s post, I will begin the exploration of what we can learn using this new ‘superpower.’” “One of...

Digital Book World

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...

AAP

Publishers’ Sales Decline 2% Through Third Quarter of 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released a quarterly update this morning, saying that publishers’ sales for the first three quarters of 2015 (January-September) were down 2.0 percent at $11.9 billion, compared to $12.1 billion for the same period in 2014. The AAP tracks sales for trade fiction, non-fiction and religious, K-12 instructional materials, higher...

Inkling

Inkling Unveils Inkling for Enterprise, All-in-One Platform

[Press Release] Inkling today unveiled its all-in-one enterprise content platform, Inkling for Enterprise, a new way for businesses to reach both internal and external audiences with dynamic, engaging content on mobile devices and PCs. The announcement follows strong overall business growth for Inkling, including a third consecutive year of triple-digit revenue growth. Inkling was...

The (Real) Future of Publishing

What Is the Real Future of Publishing?

My seven-year-old is a voracious reader. Long gone are the days when I had to read something to him or hope that he missed the inappropriate language spray-painted on a street sign. Now I’m in the process of teaching him that not everything he reads is true or completely accurate. And the same can...

The (Real) Future of Publishing

The (Real) Future of Publishing

My seven-year-old is a voracious reader. Long gone are the days when I had to read something to him or hope that he missed the inappropriate language spray-painted on a street sign. Now I’m in the process of teaching him that not everything he reads is true or completely accurate. And the same can...

Playster Capitalizing on Oyster’s Shutdown, Scribd’s Reduction

Playster Capitalizing on Oyster’s Shutdown, Scribd’s Reduction

Playster, which bills itself as “the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform,” came out of beta in December, entering the ever-changing field of ebook subscription services. What distinguishes Playster from similar efforts, though, is that “inclusivity” the company touts: users can bundle ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and games all under one service. With Playster...

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...

Playster

DBW Interview with Philip Keezer, CEO, Playster

Playster, which bills itself as “the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform,” came out of beta in December, entering the ever-changing field of ebook subscription services. What distinguishes Playster from similar efforts, though, is that “inclusivity” the company touts: users can bundle ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and games all under one service. With Playster...

Why It’s Time to Focus on IP Rights

Why It’s Time to Focus on IP Rights

Copyright, intellectual property and licensing might not sound like the most colorful of subject matters, but that should certainly not deter from their importance, especially within the publishing industry. “Some may consider these areas of the market as being less flexible or less prone to change than others,” writes Tom Chalmers in a blog...