short form content, content, amazon, kindle, audible

The Short-Form Content Resurgence

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “info snacking,” back in 2007. It was when the Kindle launched and Jeff Bezos said his newfangled device would slow the info snacking trend and enable deeper engagement with content. The Kindle platform certainly launched the ebook revolution, but it’s interesting that it didn’t halt...

scholastic, graphix, comics

Scholastic Announces Contest for Comic Artists

Scholastic announced today that it is holding a contest to find up to five comic artists to be published on its Graphix imprint, which is focused on children’s graphic novels. Winners will receive an offer to publish under Graphix and a $15,000 advance. Full press release below: SCHOLASTIC ANNOUNCES CONTEST TO DISCOVER THE NEXT...

ebooks, indexing, production, e-book

How Indexing Could Evolve with Ebooks

Earlier this year I shared some thoughts about how indexes seem to be a thing of the past, at least when it comes to ebooks. I’ve given more consideration to the topic and would like to offer a possible vision for the future. Long ago I learned the value an exceptional indexer can bring...

Booktrack

Booktrack Partners with Little, Brown on YA Novellas

Booktrack announced today that it has partnered with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to bring soundtracks to young adult novellas. Booktrack, which syncs text with movie-style soundtracks, will use its platform to offer YA readers a new way to read such authors as Libba Bray, Laini Taylor, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Jennifer...

4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform

4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform

For some writers, building a strong author platform comes naturally, but for others, this extroverted activity of networking takes a lot of work. Whether it feels comfortable or not, the reality is that an author’s work needs to reach the right community of readers to be successful. This means that one of the most...

4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform

4 Steps to Build a Strong Author Platform

For some writers, building a strong author platform comes naturally, but for others, this extroverted activity of networking takes a lot of work. Whether it feels comfortable or not, the reality is that an author’s work needs to reach the right community of readers to be successful. This means that one of the most...

machine learning, publishers, data, big data

How Machine Learning Can Help Predict a Bestseller

Last month, Mike Shatzkin wrote a blog post titled “Full text examination by computer is very unlikely to predict bestsellers,” in which he described how the claims of the creation of an algorithm that predicts bestsellers, as outlined in a new book The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel, are impossible. While I...

RECO, app, recommendation, discovery, discoverability, books

Indigo Launches Book Recommendation App ‘RECO’

Indigo announced today the launch of RECO, a book recommendation app that claims to be the first to provide users with access to “a global community of friends and influencers to discover, share, capture, and discuss books.” What separates RECO from similar apps, according to a press release, is that its recommendations are curated...

machine learning, publishers, data, big data

Yes, Machine Learning Can Help Predict a Bestseller

Last month, Mike Shatzkin wrote a blog post titled “Full text examination by computer is very unlikely to predict bestsellers,” in which he described how the claims of the creation of an algorithm that predicts bestsellers, as outlined in a new book The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel, are impossible. While I...

Amazon

Amazon Launches Kindle Singles Classics

Amazon announced today the launch of Kindle Singles Classics, a new series of essays and stories from iconic authors. Many of the essays are available digitally for the first time. Singles Classics are exclusive to Kindle and free for Kindle Unlimited members. Full press release below: Kindle Announces Singles Classics Singles Classics launches with...

acx, audible. amazon, audiobooks

ACX University Offers Online Sessions Through Aug. 17

ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange), Audible’s marketplace for audiobook creation, is currently running a six-week series of one-hour webinars. ACX University, which was previously a one-day, in-person event for roughly 70 narrators, and is now in its fifth year, has transitioned the entire program to digital. ACX University is free and is available through YouTube....

book publishing, publishers, editorial, managing editor, books

Agile Publishing: Creating Better Books Through Transparency

Trade book publishing is not a complicated process. Publishers acquire the rights to publish new titles primarily through relationships with agents. Once the agreement has been signed, the process from manuscript to shipping is fairly predictable and more or less linear: Acquisition => Manuscript => Editing => Prepress => Production => Marketing => Sales...

seo, publishers, keywords, editorial

The Ultimate SEO Guide for Book Publishers

Search engines typically represent one of the largest—if not the largest—traffic sources for websites and online publishers, in particular. And publishing houses’ editorial teams hold the keys to this traffic, so it only makes sense to align their efforts with a content strategy that is backed by keyword and topic search volume data. For...

seo, publishers, keywords, editorial

The Importance of SEO Training for Editorial Teams

Search engines typically represent one of the largest—if not the largest—traffic sources for websites and online publishers, in particular. And publishing houses’ editorial teams hold the keys to this traffic, so it only makes sense to align their efforts with a content strategy that is backed by keyword and topic search volume data. For...

ebooks, authors, sales, self-publishing, marketing

How Should Indie Authors Price Their Books?

Sometimes the simplest thing you can do to give your book a boost is play around with the pricing. It’s one thing to have a book, but it’s quite another to have one that actually sells. You have probably heard this from other indie authors, or even experienced it yourself. Your book gets added...

Lyrical Press

Digital-First Lyrical Press to Publish Mass Markets

Kensington Publishing announced at the 2016 Romance Writers of America Conference in San Diego today that Lyrical Press, its digital-first imprint, will launch a line of mass market paperback originals under the Lyrical Press banner. Full press release below: KENSINGTON’S DIGITAL-FIRST IMPRINT LYRICAL PRESS ANNOUNCES PRINT LINE TO DEBUT IN 2018 July, 2016: Kensington...

Bookbaby

BookBaby Expands POD Service

BookBaby announced today that it has expanded its print on demand service to now be available through its BookShop direct-to-reader sales website. Full press release below: BookBaby expands Print On Demand service to pay out highest royalties to self-published authors With POD on BookShop™, indie authors earn more, get paid faster, and enjoy guaranteed...

eStories

eMusic Relaunches Audiobook Store as eStories

Online store eMusic announced today that it has relaunched its audiobook service as eStories. The “fully upgraded” service offers more than 80,000 titles and unlimited cloud storage. Full press release below: eMusic Audiobooks Relaunches as eStories eMusic unveils a premium audiobook service at low prices: eStories offers 80K titles, unlimited cloud storage, mobile apps,...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Partners with Adaptive Studios

Barnes & Noble announced today that it has partnered with Adaptive Studios, a publisher that repurposes content across different platforms. Full press release below: Barnes & Noble Announces Exclusive Publishing Partnership with Adaptive Studios Innovative Publishing Gives B&N Customers Access to New Books from Reimagined & Reinvigorated Stories New York, NY – July 14,...

dbw, digital book world conference, digital book world

DBW Returns to NYC Jan. 17–19 with a Reimagined Program

Digital Book World Returns to N.Y.C. Jan. 17 – 19 with a Reimagined Program on Integrated Print and Digital Publishing DBW Names Leading Publishing Consultant Ted Hill the 2017 Conference Chair NEW YORK (July 14, 2016) — The 8th Annual Digital Book World (DBW) – the premier event for publishers and their partners – is...

IPR License

IPR License Signs Up The Mark Allen Group

IPR License announced today that it has signed up The Mark Allen Group, a media company that delivers content to specialist publications. Full press release below: IPR LICENSE SIGNS UP THE MARK ALLEN GROUP IPR License, the global rights and licensing specialist, has continued to strengthen its key partnership network by announcing it has...

self-publishing, authors, marketing, books, ebooks

What Authors Need to Know About Blog Tours

For every genre of ebook, there are hundreds of book bloggers—people who read books and post reviews on their sites. When ebook authors plan their book launches, many of them add blog tours to their marketing plans. A blog tour is series of pre-arranged blog posts, usually scheduled during the months just before and...

ebooks, authors, sales, self-publishing, marketing

How Indie Authors Should Price a Book for Optimal Success

Sometimes the simplest thing you can do to give your book a boost is play around with the pricing. It’s one thing to have a book, but it’s quite another to have one that actually sells. You have probably heard this from other indie authors, or even experienced it yourself. Your book gets added to...

self-publishing, authors, marketing, books, ebooks

4 Tips for a Successful Ebook Blog Tour

For every genre of ebook, there are hundreds of book bloggers—people who read books and post reviews on their sites. When ebook authors plan their book launches, many of them add blog tours to their marketing plans. A blog tour is series of pre-arranged blog posts, usually scheduled during the months just before and...

Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center Adds RUP to RightFind XML for Mining

Copyright Clearance Center announced today that The Rockefeller University Press is now participating in RightFind XML for Mining, a service that allows publishers to offer life science companies controlled access to full-text articles in native XML format for import into text mining software. Full press release below: The Rockefeller University Press Participating in Copyright...

aap, books, book sales, audiobooks, ebooks

U.S. Publishing Earned $28 Billion in 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released data from its latest survey today, which found that the U.S. publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue in 2015. That amount was spread over 2.71 billion units, according to the AAP’s numbers. Both figures were essentially flat compared to 2014’s numbers, with a 0.6-percent decrease...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: U.S. Publishing Made $28 Billion in 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released data from its latest survey today, which found that the U.S. publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue in 2015. That amount was spread over 2.71 billion units, according to the AAP’s numbers. Both figures were essentially flat compared to 2014’s numbers, with a 0.6-percent decrease...

Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair Announces Global Illustration Award

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today the debut of its Global Illustration Award. IlluSalon, an illustration resource platform, will run the competition, and illustrators can submit entries until August 14. Full press release below: First-ever Global Illustration Award to be awarded at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair Winner to receive 10,000 euros Frankfurt, 11...

audiobooks, amazon, audible, channels, podcasts

Amazon Continues Dominance with Audible Channels

Even though they’re gaining momentum, I’ve never been a big fan of audiobooks. Amazon, of course, owns the market with both Audible and Brilliance. Although it didn’t receive a lot of fanfare last week, Audible introduced one of the most interesting and long overdue services that I’ve seen in a long time. I’m talking...