Slow money is better than no money, or so it appears from the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey. Authors in this year’s sample who self-published their work were more likely to be satisfied than their traditionally published counterparts by more modest earnings. One reason why, writes Dana Beth Weinberg, who...
In the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, we noticed low satisfaction scores for sales, marketing and earnings among the authors in our sample, leading us to speculate that there was a gap between authors’ expectations and the realities of the book market, where it is very difficult to sell a large number of books....
One of China’s largest booksellers reports its customers bought 60 million ebooks in 2014. That’s about 20% the volume of its hardcover sales but a share that’s risen by 10% since the previous year. As industry experts have said repeatedly over the past year, China’s book market is growing fast. And ebooks in particular are on...
When authors sign contracts with publishers, exactly what is given and what’s expected in return? What do publishers and indie authors do that makes some of them successful and others less so? The results of the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey are in, and they lay the groundwork for a...
A New Lens for a Challenging Landscape As ebook growth levels off industry-wide, many traditional publishers and indie authors alike find themselves in a more sobering landscape, in which the chances for success appear slimmer than they sometimes have in the past. Even though last year’s Amazon-Hachette dispute saw many authors rally to the...
A Canadian regulatory agency is pursuing a court order requiring both Kobo and Indigo Books to hand over information in an investigation of anti-competitive practices, drawing protests from Kobo. Kobo president Michael Tamblyn objects that the company is being unfairly “singled out for this particularly onerous process” after cooperating with the Competition Bureau’s inquiries relating...
Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, February 3 for a webcast offering publishers tips for optimizing metadata to improve book discovery and sales.
Bookmate adds 200,000 English-language titles as the subscription ebook competition heats up internationally, why print and ebook sales cycles may be diverging, agency's return makes little dent on the best-seller list and much more.
The return of agency ebook pricing hasn't registered on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List yet; 'The Girl on the Train' jumps sixteen spots.
A free Digital Book World webcast with Nick Ruffilo of Aerbook on Tuesday, January 27th covers the fundamentals of HTML and CSS for a wide range of digital publishing professionals looking to brush up on their technological skillset.
How the mobile boom is driving a number of trends in a digital landscape where ebook growth has stalled, a full recap of Digital Book World 2015 conference coverage, Amazon reassures authors on Kindle Unlimited, data on authors' earnings and much more.
Industry expert Thad McIlroy offers a comprehensive, strategic analysis of the mobile landscape for publishers in a new report from Digital Book World.
If you missed the 2015 Digital Book World Conference + Expo, we've got you covered. Here's a roundup of the top stories from this year's conference.
Apple's iBooks head Keith Moerer joins DBW15 to discuss the ebook business's rapid growth, charting the rise of audiobooks among ebook readers and beyond, Macmillan and Springer merge, rethinking social media and more.
Audiobooks are growing quickly, with publishers and distributors seeing their uptake among ebook readers and fans of other audio media like podcasts.
Introducing a new model for thinking about authors and publishing based on findings from the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer's Digest Author Survey.
Squidoo.com founder and author Seth Godin Joins DBW15 to explain why driving social media enegagement and building a loyal following aren't the same.
SVP of Kindle Russ Grandinetti tells publishers at Digital Book World 2015 that Kindle Unlimited is evolving, announcing the 2015 Digital Book Award winners, what we still don't know about the YA market and much more news from DBW15.
The Digital Book Awards celebrate quality and innovation in digital content. Each year, award winners and finalists in fifteen categories illustrate the cutting edge of digital publishing, showcasing creative approaches to design, technology integration and e-reading experiences. The awards encompass all forms of digital content available to readers as ebooks, enhanced digital books and apps, to highlight and reward the work...
SVP of Kindle Russ Grandinetti addresses publishers at Digital Book World 2015, offering views on the Amazon-Hachette war, Kindle Unlimited and the year ahead.
New York Times analytics director James Robinson joins Digital Book World 2015 to explain how qualitative research fits into publishers' approaches to data.
Why more children's publishers are training their focus on kids themselves rather than their parents, Macmillan enters a shifting subscription ebook landscape, Penguin Publishing Group reshuffles upper ranks and more news from DBW15.
Introducing 'The ABCs of Kids & E-Reading: Volume 4,' the latest report on children's e-reading from PlayCollective and Digital Book World.
Laura Hillenbrand's book remains atop the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List as the Angelina Jolie-directed movie stays up at the box office.
New research from PlayCollective and others shows children playing more active roles in deciding how and what digital content they read.
Macmillan becomes the latest Big Five publisher to partner with Oyster and Scribd, adding 1,000 back-list titles to each subscription service's catalog.
Kicking off three days of insights, debate and conversation at the most jam-packed Digital Book World ever, Simon & Schuster launches online video series, why going direct is such tough going, the return of agency ebook pricing and much more.
What science, technology and medicine publishers can teach the trade world.
An alternative approach to the fee-based, aggregated user data retailers occasionally supply, kids and parents figuring out where ebooks fit, the year in review for publishing M&A, Amazon's latest crowdsourcing plans and much more.
Weighing recent studies from Scholastic and PlayCollective on how children's ebooks and e-reading habits shed light on the current market.
Jellybooks founder Andrew Rhomberg introduces a new way to gain insights on consenting ebook readers prior to publication and explains why that could be more useful than the bulk, anonymized data some retailers release for a fee.
New research shows children are reading ebooks and parents are spending more on them, why it's too early to foretell the death of the ebook market, Nook device sales tank, Hachette finalizes Black Dog & Leventhal acquisition and more.
New research to be presented at the Publishers Launch Kids Conference finds 92% of kids now e-read at least once a week.