machine learning, publishers, data, metadata, bestseller list

The Limits of Using an Algorithm to Predict Book Sales

There’s been much recent conjecture on whether book sales can be predicted by text analysis alone. My company, Kadaxis, has dedicated the past few years to machine learning research and product development for the publishing industry. In our early days, we set out to build an algorithm to predict bestsellers, and tested it in...

machine learning, publishers, data, metadata, bestseller list

Machine Learning and Bestseller Prediction: More Than Words Can Say

There’s been much recent conjecture on whether book sales can be predicted by text analysis alone. My company, Kadaxis, has dedicated the past few years to machine learning research and product development for the publishing industry. In our early days, we set out to build an algorithm to predict bestsellers, and tested it in...

CNET

CNET’s Technically Literate Publishes New Work from Lauren Fox

CBS Interactive announced last week that award-winning author Lauren Fox has written the next original story for Technically Literate, CNET’s series of original illustrated works of short fiction, which was launched in March 2016. Fox’s new story, “Happy This, Congratulations That,” is “an amusing and witty look” at the way one text message can...

Unbound Worlds, penguin random house, content, website, books

Penguin Random House Launches SciFi/Fantasy Site ‘Unbound Worlds’

Penguin Random House announced yesterday the launch of a new science fiction and fantasy website, Unbound Worlds. The site, according to a press release, will “occupy the crossroads of science fiction and fantasy, including slipstream, pop science, fairy tales and folklore, magical realism, urban fantasy, and more.” The website is the successor to Suvudu....

publishers, bots, augmented reality, amazon, alexa

A Few Notes on the Future of Publishing

The Future Today Institute has created a terrific, free report summarizing key technology trends and what they mean for tomorrow. I’ve embedded the report below so you can quickly flip through it. I read the whole report and highlighted the most noteworthy elements for publishers below. That leads me (once again) to the topic...

Writer's Digest

‘Author in Progress’ Features Lessons from 50+ Best-Selling Authors, Experts

[Press Release] ‘Author in Progress’ Features Lessons from 50+ Best-Selling Authors, Experts A New Book from Therese Walsh, Writer Unboxed and Writer’s Digest Offers Wisdom and Advice on the Various Stages to Becoming a Published Author NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2016) — Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to...

publishers, bots, augmented reality, amazon, alexa

2016 Trend Report: What Publishers Need to Know

The Future Today Institute has created a terrific, free report summarizing key technology trends and what they mean for tomorrow. I’ve embedded the report below so you can quickly flip through it. I read the whole report and highlighted the most noteworthy elements for publishers below. That leads me (once again) to the topic...

social media, authors, sales, books, facebook, twitter

Authors, Stop Doing These 10 Things on Social Media

Almost every author has been told at some point, “You gotta get online and promote.” But only a small percentage of authors have actually been coached on social media best practices, resulting in hundreds of authors using social media completely wrong and turning readers off rather than attracting them. If you are guilty of...

social media, authors, sales, books, facebook, twitter

10 Things Authors Need to Stop Doing on Social Media Immediately

Almost every author has been told at some point, “You gotta get online and promote.” But only a small percentage of authors have actually been coached on social media best practices, resulting in hundreds of authors using social media completely wrong and turning readers off rather than attracting them. If you are guilty of...

W3C, world wide web consortium

W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) hosted a gathering of 500 web technology experts to address challenges and new opportunities for the future of the Web’s technical roadmap and standardization work. Full press release below: W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web Annual Technical Plenary Meeting in Lisbon Draws Record...

libraries, ebooks, app, publishers, authors

Library Loans Are a Double-Edged Sword

Denmark experienced rapid growth in digital lending from libraries between 2011 and 2015. At first this was a welcome source of new revenue for publishers. But by the middle of 2015, the digital lending market had grown even larger than the commercial market for digital book sales. Similar to the New York Public Library...

DBW, digital book world conference

Asset Management – Semantics, Lifecycle and Strategy

If you want to manage your content assets for evolving digital products and services, you may need to think differently. And you may require transformative tools and new models that assume modularity, portability and the ability to repurpose content with a global reach—a strategy based on the conjunction of technology and rights. Join us...

authors, marketing, books, sales, ebooks

Author Cori McCarthy Discuss Her Book Being Optioned

Cori McCarthy is the author of four novels for young readers: The Color of Rain (Running Press, 2013), Breaking Sky (Sourcebooks, 2015), You Were Here (Sourcebooks, 2016), and the forthcoming Now a Major Motion Picture (Sourcebooks, 2017). I interviewed McCarthy to discuss ebook marketing and the transition of a book into a movie. This...

book publishing, dbw, digital book world conference

The Best Way to Keep Your Job in Book Publishing

Very early in my career in book publishing, I worked under the direction of an individual who was a ferocious and diligent networker. It was a terrifying experience. I can still vividly recall how thoroughly impressed (and dismayed) I was by her skills. This was my second job in subsidiary rights, as an associate...

ebooks, libraries, overdrive

Celebrate International Read an Ebook Day Today

Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16. Throughout the day, readers have a chance to win a tablet by sharing what they’re reading, pictures of what they’re...

Read an Ebook Day, ebooks, overdrive, libraries, digital reading

Today Is International Read an Ebook Day

Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16. Throughout the day, readers have a chance to win a tablet by sharing what they’re reading, pictures of what they’re...

DBW, digital book world conference

Get Ahead in 2017 with New Skills, Data and Insights

Think of the reimagined DBW 2017 as your go-to resource for all the information you’ll need to inform and drive your publishing plan. This year’s programming goes beyond the hypothetical and deep into the skills and information you’ll need to have a successful, forward-thinking strategy for the coming year. The final schedule is still...

Shelfie, app, ebooks, audiobooks

Shelfie Launches Deal Finder Feature

Shelfie, an app that allows users to take a picture of their physical books and receive free or discounted digital versions, announced today that it has launched a new “Deal Finder” feature. The feature recognizes patterns in the way readers organize their bookshelves to recommends books they might be interested in, and then monitors...

authors, marketing, publicity

How Authors Should Assemble Their Press Kits

As a self-published author (and these days, even if you’re a traditionally published author), you’ll likely be spending an insane amount of time on marketing. Having a robust press kit—specific to the needs of online marketing for authors—done in advance of your marketing push means maximum efficiency! Sample Press Kit Think of a press...

authors, marketing, publicity

What Goes in a Press Kit?

As a self-published author (and these days, even if you’re a traditionally published author), you’ll likely be spending an insane amount of time on marketing. Having a robust press kit—specific to the needs of online marketing for authors—done in advance of your marketing push means maximum efficiency! Sample Press Kit Think of a press...

bookstores, barnes & noble, data, amazon, publishers

Will Franchise Bookstores Survive?

In 2010, the well-known movie rental franchise chain Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy—a sad ending to an otherwise very successful venture that, at its peak, in 2004, had more than 9.000 stores around the world. Unfortunately, some bookstores will suffer the same fate. But which ones will they be? Bookstores face inevitable challenges and changes...

bookstores, barnes & noble, data, amazon, publishers

How Franchise Book Chains Can Survive Disruption

In 2010, the well-known movie rental franchise chain Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy—a sad ending to an otherwise very successful venture that, at its peak, in 2004, had more than 9.000 stores around the world. Unfortunately, some bookstores will suffer the same fate. But which ones will they be? Bookstores face inevitable challenges and changes...

Open Ebooks, school, educators, app, e-reading, library

Open Ebooks Announces Compatibility with Clever

Open Ebooks, the non-governmental ebooks program whose app gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles, announced today that it is now compatible with Clever, a secure educational login platform. The move is designed to make it easier for educators to help children use the Open Ebooks program, and to increase access to even...

authors, marketing, books, sales, ebooks

How This Successful YA Author Markets Her Books

Cori McCarthy is the author of four novels for young readers: The Color of Rain (Running Press, 2013), Breaking Sky (Sourcebooks, 2015), You Were Here (Sourcebooks, 2016) and the forthcoming Now a Major Motion Picture (Sourcebooks, 2017). I interviewed McCarthy to discuss ebook marketing and the transition of a book into a movie. This is...

authors, marketing, books, sales, ebooks

Author Cori McCarthy Shares Her Book Marketing Strategies

Cori McCarthy is the author of four novels for young readers: The Color of Rain (Running Press, 2013), Breaking Sky (Sourcebooks, 2015), You Were Here (Sourcebooks, 2016) and the forthcoming Now a Major Motion Picture (Sourcebooks, 2017). I interviewed McCarthy to discuss ebook marketing and the transition of a book into a movie. This is...

De Gruyter

De Gruyter Partners with Kudos to Enhance Authors’ Visibility

Academic publisher De Gruyter announced today that it has partnered with Kudos, a service that enables authors to increase the visibility and impact of their published articles by allowing them to offer additional information or material for their publications, such as abstracts or videos, and track the success of their activities. “This partnership will...

data, code, algorithm, publishers, bestsellers, new york times, books

Can We Actually Use Data to Predict Bestsellers?

The upcoming book The Bestseller Code is getting a great deal of buzz, forcing many of us to ask the question, Can one genuinely predict what kind of book will become a New York Times bestseller (typically considered the most prestigious bestseller list)? The promise of a formula for predicting a bestseller is getting...

data, code, algorithm, publishers, bestsellers, new york times, books

Is It Possible to Predict the Next New York Times Bestseller?

The upcoming book The Bestseller Code is getting a great deal of buzz, forcing many of us to ask the question, Can one genuinely predict what kind of book will become a New York Times bestseller (typically considered the most prestigious bestseller list)? The promise of a formula for predicting a bestseller is getting...

Pew Research Center

Pew: Americans Express Positive Views on Local Libraries

The Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey today that asked Americans about their views on local libraries. Overall, most Americans view public libraries favorably, according to the survey, with 77 percent saying that their libraries provide them with the resources they need, and 66 percent saying that the closing of...

authors, self-publishing, publishers, books, sales

How Much Should Authors Charge for Their Books?

When you embark on the journey of getting a book published, there’s a lot to consider, and one of the things that should be on your priority list is how much you’re going to charge for your book. The editors of traditional publishing houses must fill out a profit and loss spreadsheet (P&L) before...

authors, self-publishing, publishers, books, sales

How Much Should My Book Cost?

When you embark on the journey of getting a book published, there’s a lot to consider, and one of the things that should be on your priority list is how much you’re going to charge for your book. The editors of traditional publishing houses must fill out a profit and loss spreadsheet (P&L) before...

LightSail Education, students, reading, literacy, teachers

LightSail Partners with Antares Reading on Student Literacy

LightSail Education, an adaptive reading platform for students, announced that it has partnered with children’s book publisher Antares Reading to receive access to 850 original digital titles, in English and Spanish, for K-9 students. The new digital content is available on LightSail’s adaptive literacy platform and includes in-text, real-time assessment. The available titles are...

NetGalley

NetGalley Partners with CBA

NetGalley announced that it has partnered with CBA, a leading association for providers of Christian products. The partnership will give Christian retailers quicker and wider access to digital galleys of forthcoming books from more than 20 Christian publishers, including HarperCollins Christian, B&H Publishing, Baker Books, Barbour Publishing and David C Cook. “Often physical galleys...