Inkshares

Inkshares and Nerdist Announce Video Game Theme for New Contest

Inkshares announced today that Nerdist’s next theme in its publishing contest series will be video games. This follows the conclusion of Geek & Sundry’s debut contest, in which Tal M. Klein’s debut The Punch Escrow took the top prize in the “hard science fiction” genre. Full press release below: Nerdist Announces “Video Game” Theme for Next...

Indie Author Day

SELF-e Helps Launch Indie Author Day

SELF-e, a joint venture between BiblioLabs and Library Journal, announced today the launch of the first annual Indie Author Day, which will be on October 8, 2016. Events will occur locally at libraries across North America, and there will also be a global digital gathering. Full press release below: FIRST ANNUAL INDIE AUTHOR DAY...

Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

There are a number of key attributes successful publishers will be known for in the future, and these core capabilities will be very different from the ones that have led to the modern empires of the Big Five. Some attributes will remain the same, of course. For example, it will always be crucial for...

audiobooks, digital audiobooks, authors, publishers, self-publishing

How Can I Be a Part of the Audiobook Boom?

Audiobooks have long been operating in the digital space. Well before ebooks were gaining major popularity, digital audiobooks were helping audio publishing grow. With the introduction of the iPod at the turn of the century and the adoption of smartphones over the last decade, audiobooks have been booming: over the last five years, both...

audiobooks, digital audiobooks, authors, publishers, self-publishing

The Audiobook Boom: What’s Happening and How Can I Be Included?

Audiobooks have long been operating in the digital space. Well before ebooks were gaining major popularity, digital audiobooks were helping audio publishing grow. With the introduction of the iPod at the turn of the century and the adoption of smartphones over the last decade, audiobooks have been booming: over the last five years, both...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: INscribe Digital

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have INscribe Digital. What does your company...

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

Data has been a feature of book publishing for some time now. About 15 years ago, data became even more prominently used, as publishers could see sales data from competitors through then-new services like Nielsen Bookscan. The fundamental function of a publisher is to make a decision on what to publish (curation). Like a...

Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

There are authors and publishers who fear reader analytics. This has been a fact since my first presentation on “Project Crowberry” in spring 2014, since followed by Project Honeyberry, Project Apricot, Project Pomegranate and soon Project Honeydew. Reader analytics is going from strength to strength and has been featured in the New York Times...

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing: Part 2

The 2 Marketing Questions Every Author Should Ask

I’ve worked in the world of books for over a decade, mostly in marketing, from major houses like Wiley and FSG to Amazon to my current role at the start-up Inkshares, where I’m VP of Marketing & Operations. I’ve worked with hundreds of authors and have even been a part of getting a few...

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing: Part 2

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing: Part 1

I’ve worked in the world of books for over a decade, mostly in marketing, from major houses like Wiley and FSG to Amazon to my current role at the start-up Inkshares, where I’m VP of Marketing & Operations. I’ve worked with hundreds of authors and have even been a part of getting a few...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Digimarc

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Digimarc. What does your company do?...

5 Strategies to Improve Your Ebook Sales

5 Strategies to Improve Your Ebook Sales

Ebook sales have been under pressure for various reasons over the past year or so, in particular the digital footprint of the Big Five publishers. However, this is still an industry that is finding its feet now that it has moved beyond the heady days of “the peak of inflated expectations.” Publishers flexible enough...

OverDrive

Overdrive Introduces Summer Reading Program for Schools

Overdrive announced today that it has partnered with more than 1,700 schools throughout the US and Canada for a summer reading program in June. Through the program, students will be able to borrow from a collection of popular ebooks 24/7 on “virtually any device.” Full press release below: OverDrive Summer Read Program Keeps Kids Reading...

self-publishing, author, indie author, indie publishing, publishers

How Self-Published Authors Work with Editors

This is part one of a six-part series. As a self-published author, it’s your responsibility to make sure your book is as high-quality as it can be, and an editor is an indispensable resource who can help make your book look professional instead of amateurish. Getting off to a Good Start Ask your peers—other...

self-publishing, author, indie author, indie publishing, publishers

How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Editing

This is part one of a six-part series. As a self-published author, it’s your responsibility to make sure your book is as high-quality as it can be, and an editor is an indispensable resource who can help make your book look professional instead of amateurish. Getting off to a Good Start Ask your peers—other...

How One Question Can Improve Creativity and Problem Solving

How One Question Can Improve Creativity and Problem Solving

If you only listen to one podcast this week, make sure it’s the one linked to here. It’s one of the most inspiring and thought-provoking talks I’ve ever heard. The speaker is Bernard Roth, and the talk is from a series of entrepreneurial podcasts offered by Stanford. What makes this one so special? It...

Emerald Group Publishing

Emerald Signs Two-Year Deal with Kudos

Emerald announced today that it has signed a two-year partnership deal with Kudos, an online dissemination tool for academics that helps increase the impact of publications. Full press release below: Emerald signs up to two-year partnership with Kudos research dissemination service Emerald extends partnership after trial period demonstrates that its authors found great value...

Pew Research Center

Pew Releases Results of First-Ever Survey of Sharing Economy

The Pew Research Center today released the results of its first-ever survey of the shared, collaborative and on-demand economy, finding that 72 percent of American adults have used at least one of the 11 different shared and on-demand platforms. About one in five American adults have contributed to an online fundraising project on a...

Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

Will an Open Web Liberate Reading Data?

At last week’s BEA, it was announced that the IDPF, the standards body for ebooks and responsible for the current EPUB specification, is considering merging with the W3C, the standards body for the web at large. This would mean that instead of having its own standards body for digital books, the publishing industry would...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Klopotek

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Klopotek. What does your company do?...

Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

Will an Open Web Liberate Reading Data?

At last week’s BEA, it was announced that the IDPF, the standards body for ebooks and responsible for the current EPUB specification, is considering merging with the W3C, the standards body for the web at large. This would mean that instead of having its own standards body for digital books, the publishing industry would...

Ushering in the New Era of Ebooks in India

Ushering in the New Era of Ebooks in India

The ebook market in India is at the cusp of a major revolution. By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world, with nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, as per a report by E&Y. India has become the second biggest smartphone market in terms of active unique...

Ushering in the New Era of Ebooks in India

The New Era of Ebooks in India

The ebook market in India is at the cusp of a major revolution. By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world, with nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, as per a report by E&Y. India has become the second biggest smartphone market in terms of active unique...

Amazon

Amazon Adds New Alexa Features to Fire TV

Amazon announced today that new Alexa voice features are now available on Fire TV. Users can now control playback of video and subscription content, launch apps, search and more by using their voice. Full press release below: Amazon Adds New Alexa Features for Fire TV Now you can ask Alexa to play TV shows and...

ebooks, publishers, virtual reality, vr, mobile, augmented reality, self-driving cars

Are We There Yet?

Ebook sales for “traditional publishers” seem to have hit a plateau. In the latest quarterly report from Simon & Schuster, for example, digital sales (including digital audio) fell approximately 10 percent, and HarperCollins has reported drop in digital revenue, as well. In some sectors, this has become a cause for celebration: the book is...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Librios

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Librios. What does your company do?...

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day Campaign Now Includes Facebook Donate Option

Penguin Random House announced today that readers can now donate to National Readathon Day through Facebook. The publisher is working with the American Library Association (ALA) on the community-building initiative. National Readathon Day is this Saturday, May 21. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the National Book Foundation and its...

Put Me in the Story, sourcebooks, adult coloring books, personalized books

Put Me In The Story Partners with National Geographic Kids

Personalized book site Put Me In The Story announced today that it has partnered with National Geographic Kids to create two personalized educational books for children: National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs and National Geographic Little Kids Book of Animals. Full press release below: National Geographic Kids and Put Me In The Story™...

Boopsie

Boopsie Releases Case Study on DC Library Collaboration

Boopsie today released a case study on its collaboration with the DC Public Library. The platform-as-a-service provider worked with the library to develop a customized app that provides access to the library’s services. Full press release below: DC Public Library Goes Mobile to Connect with its Diverse Community Newly released case study explores community’s...

Openstax and Knewton

OpenStax and Knewton Partner on Adaptive Learning

OpenStax and Knewton announced today that they have partnered to introduce peer-reviewed digital textbooks that are personalized for each student. Full press release below: OpenStax Teams With Knewton To Introduce Adaptive Learning Into Open Educational Resources Peer-reviewed digital textbooks will be uniquely personalized for each student NEW YORK – (May 16, 2016) – OpenStax...