InstaFreebie

InstaFreebie Partners with Random House

InstaFreebie announced today that it has partnered with Random House, which will provide free, exclusive content to readers through instaFreebie’s platform. In April, the publisher had released a preview for its upcoming Star Wars: Bloodline through instaFreebie, which had proved to be, according to Random House’s director of digital strategy, Matt Schwartz, “a great...

The Man Booker Prize 2016

2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist Is Announced

The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize was announced today. The list includes books by five American authors and is as follows: • Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld) • J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) – The Schooldays of Jesus (Harvill Secker) • A.L. Kennedy (UK) – Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape) • Deborah Levy...

arcs, advance review copies, books, ebooks, authors, netgalley

What Authors Should Know About Advance Review Copies

One of the key elements of a professional marketing and publicity campaign is the advance review copy (ARC)—also known as a galley—usually produced and distributed three to six months before the final book goes on sale. ARCs get used for many purposes, but mainly: • To gather professional, industry reviews, from sources such as...

arcs, advance review copies, books, ebooks, authors, netgalley

Advance Review Copies: Why They’re Used and How to Create Them

One of the key elements of a professional marketing and publicity campaign is the advance review copy (ARC)—also known as a galley—usually produced and distributed three to six months before the final book goes on sale. ARCs get used for many purposes, but mainly: • To gather professional, industry reviews, from sources such as...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Audio Grows, Ebooks Fall for Feb. 2016

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its latest StatShot data, for February 2016. The highlights are below: • Publishers’ revenue was up for Feb. 2016 compared to Feb. 2015, growing 4.2 percent from $597.4 million to $662.2 million. • Year-to-date sales were down 3.0 percent to $1.68 billion vs. the same two months...

Ingram

Ingram Launches Ingram Academic Services

Ingram announced today the launch of Ingram Academic Services. The announcement marks the first joint initiative between Ingram and Perseus since Ingram’s acquisition of Perseus’s distribution businesses. Ingram Academic Services offers customized resources, tools and services to university presses and academic publishers. “Ingram Academic Services is one of the first ways we’ve quickly combined...

Frankfurt Book Fair

FBF Announces Lineup for 30th Frankfurt Rights Meeting

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today its lineup for the 30th Frankfurt Rights Meeting, which will be held on October 18. Speakers from a variety of countries will discuss examples of books that are “surprising successes in challenging times.” The Frankfurt Rights Meeting was previously known as the International Rights Directors Meeting. Full press...

book cover, book design, designer, book jacket, books, publisher

How a Big Five Publisher Designs a Book Cover

It all starts with the pitch. I can actually find myself on the edge of my seat when our editors present each season’s new books. It’s the art department’s chance to vie for which titles speak to us the most—which books might work best with our particular styles and skillsets. After working at the...

book cover, book design, designer, book jacket, books, publisher

How a Publishing House Designs a Book Cover

It all starts with the pitch. I can actually find myself on the edge of my seat when our editors present each season’s new books. It’s the art department’s chance to vie for which titles speak to us the most—which books might work best with our particular styles and skillsets. After working at the...

bookstores, indie bookstores, curation, discovery, apps, recommendation

How Indie Bookstores Help Drive Book Discoverability

Every day, it seems, there are more and more ways to find that next great book to read. As book publishing has firmly planted itself in the digital realm, we now have websites and apps galore that feature recommendation engines, and even allow us to track what other people are reading and follow suit...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Circular Software

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 Circular Software. What does your company...

bookstores, indie bookstores, curation, discovery, apps, recommendation

Curation, Bookstores and Open-mindedness

Every day, it seems, there are more and more ways to find that next great book to read. As book publishing has firmly planted itself in the digital realm, we now have websites and apps galore that feature recommendation engines, and even allow us to track what other people are reading and follow suit based...

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,...