audiobooks, amazon, audible, channels, podcasts

Amazon Extends Its 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...

ebooks, publishers, books

Here’s Another Way to Monetize Ebooks

In today’s market there are typically two methods for ebook distribution: free and paid. I’ve said before that one day we’ll see an ad-subsidized model take hold. Purists generally reject that concept, saying they won’t let advertisements interfere with their reading experience. That’s fine. They can pay full price, but I’ll sometimes opt for the...

Booktrack

Hugh Howey’s ‘Silo’ Trilogy Now Available on Booktrack

Hugh Howey‘s Silo trilogy, including Wool, Shift and Dust, are now available on Booktrack, a platform that syncs text with movie-style soundtracks. Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox are currently developing the series for film. Full press release below: SCI-FI AUTHOR HUGH HOWEY BRINGS HIS BOOKS INTO THE FUTURE OF READING WITH BOOKTRACK New...

marketing, books, book marketing, publicity, authors

What Does Book Marketing Look Like Today?

Having run publishing businesses for 11 years, you would assume that I would know the answer to that seemingly basic question. But, speaking honestly, I’m not sure that I do. And I’m not sure that many other publishers do, either. This isn’t a criticism of publishers’ marketing campaigns—there are clearly some very successful ones—but...

marketing, books, book marketing, publicity, authors

What Is Book Marketing Anyway?

Having run publishing businesses for 11 years, you would assume that I would know the answer to that seemingly basic question. But, speaking honestly, I’m not sure that I do. And I’m not sure that many other publishers do, either. This isn’t a criticism of publishers’ marketing campaigns—there are clearly some very successful ones—but...

Man Booker Prize

How to Win the Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary award handed out each year for the best novel written in English and published in the UK. It was first awarded in 1969. In addition to literary acclaim, winners also receive £50,000. There have been 50 winning novels—one for every year, plus extras in 1974...

audiobooks, books, content, iphone

Why Audiobooks Are Not the Same Thing as Books

Let’s get this out of the way: I love audiobooks. Since reluctantly trying them earlier this year, I have found I cannot get enough of them. I listen to them all the time. They have become part of my daily routine. But as I listen to more and more audiobooks—sometimes as many as two...

audiobooks, books, content, iphone

Audiobooks Make Me Feel Like I’m Cheating

Let’s get this out of the way: I love audiobooks. Since reluctantly trying them earlier this year, I have found I cannot get enough of them. I listen to them all the time. They have become part of my daily routine. But as I listen to more and more audiobooks—sometimes as many as two...

Harlequin

Harlequin Launches BookBreaks App for Serialized Stories

Harlequin announced today that it has released a new app called BookBreaks that offers romance readers a convenient way to read serialized stories. Full press release below: Harlequin’s BookBreaks App Finds the Read that Fits Your Mood Toronto (July 5, 2016)—Harlequin has released a convenient new mobile application that allows readers to tailor their...

authors, self-publishing, books, ebooks, editing, covers, proofreading

A NASA Shuttle Engineer’s Guide to Self-Publishing

The journey to writing and launching that first book is one of the most challenging things anyone can do in their professional career. You’re constantly out of your comfort zone, having to learn a myriad of new things, and must wear every hat in the business realm. It’s no wonder that as many as...

authors, self-publishing, books, ebooks, editing, covers, proofreading

3 Keys to Self-Publishing from a Space Shuttle Engineer

The journey to writing and launching that first book is one of the most challenging things anyone can do in their professional career. You’re constantly out of your comfort zone, having to learn a myriad of new things, and must wear every hat in the business realm. It’s no wonder that as many as...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Metrodigi

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 Metrodigi. What does your company do?...

penguin random house, markus dohle, publisher

PRH CEO: Publishing ‘Undeniably a Force for Good’

Penguin and Random House merged three years ago, in 2013, and today Penguin Random House’s CEO, Markus Dohle, sent an anniversary letter to employees in which he congratulated them on their hard work, but more importantly, detailed how that work is affecting people throughout the world. “Along this road, we have continued to write...

Penguin Random House

PRH CEO: ‘Publishing Is Undeniably a Force for Good’

Penguin and Random House merged three years ago, in 2013, and today Penguin Random House’s CEO, Markus Dohle, sent an anniversary letter to employees in which he congratulated them on their hard work, but more importantly, detailed how that work is affecting people throughout the world. “Along this road, we have continued to write...

self-publishing, authors, marketing, books, ebooks

How Self-Published Authors Should Market Their Books

This is part six of a six-part series. You’ve written your book, had it edited, sorted out the formatting and typesetting and done everything you can to make sure it’s as good as it possibly can be. Your cover design makes your book stand out to potential readers and you’ve polished the blurb until...

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

How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Marketing

This is part six of a six-part series. You’ve written your book, had it edited, sorted out the formatting and typesetting and done everything you can to make sure it’s as good as it possibly can be. Your cover design makes your book stand out to potential readers and you’ve polished the blurb until...

barnes & noble, b&n, booksellers, authors, books, ebooks, self-publishing

Barnes & Noble Adds Print Feature to Nook Press

Barnes & Noble announced today the launch of a new print feature for its self-publishing platform, Nook Press, which will allow authors to turn their ebooks into print versions that can be sold in B&N stores and online at BN.com. The program is self-service and allows authors to create both hardcover and paperback versions....

Amazon

Amazon Launches Page Flip Feature for Kindle

Amazon announced today the launch of Page Flip, a new feature for its line of Kindle e-readers, that makes it easier for readers to flip back and forth between pages to different parts of the book without losing their place. Page Flip will be delivered starting today as part of a free, over-the-air update....

Sweek, mybestseller, self-publishing, authors, writing

Mybestseller Launches Reading and Writing Platform Sweek

Mybestseller announced today the launch of Sweek, a new global and mobile platform that allows readers to read and write both online and off. Writers can post stories that are available instantly at no charge. Sweek is currently available on Android and the web, and will be available on iOS in July, when it...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Adds Print Feature to Nook Press

Barnes & Noble announced today the launch of a new print feature for its self-publishing platform, Nook Press, which will allow authors to turn their ebooks into print versions that can be sold in B&N stores and online at BN.com. The program is self-service and allows authors to create both hardcover and paperback versions....

publishing, publishers, podcasts, content, books, subscription

Why Publishing Should Look More Like Podcasting

Did you make the same mistake I did and assume that podcasts are yesterday’s platform—that interest in them has plateaued (at best) and they’re not worth thinking about today? What seemed like a fad that’s dying off is actually showing nice growth. And I’m contributing to that growth, as I now listen to a...

Datalogics

Datalogics Announces Availability of READynamic

Datalogics announced today the availability of READynamic, a server-to-client ebook solution for enhancing, managing and distributing learning content. READynamic™, a comprehensive eBook solution, now available from Datalogics Chicago, IL, June 27, 2016 – Datalogics, Inc., the premier source for PDF and eBook technologies for developers, today announced the availability of READynamic™, a comprehensive eBook...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

HMH and Google Launch VR Field Trips Program

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced today that, in partnership with Google, it is launching the first-ever curriculum-based virtual reality field trips. HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions have been developed to integrate with the HMH curriculum. Relevant programs will contain free teacher guides for HMH customers, including student activities and lesson plans, which will enable...

OverDrive

Overdrive’s Platform Sees ‘Record Number’ of Students

Overdrive announced today that “a record number” of K-12 students are reading digital books on the provider’s platform. In the last school year, approximately 6 million students had access to Overdrive’s collection of ebooks and audiobooks, and the number of digital books borrowed through the platform increased nearly 60 percent. Full press release below:...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Ebooks Decline, Audio Grows and Publishers’ Sales Drop

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its new newest numbers this morning, which compare January 2016 to January 2015. Ebook sales took a big hit, according to the AAP’s numbers, dropping 24.9 percent to $99.9 million. Hardcover books didn’t do much better, falling 18.7 percent to $151.3 million. Paperback books, on the other...

What Book Publishers Can Learn from the Podcast Model

What Book Publishers Can Learn from the Podcast Model

Did you make the same mistake I did and assume that podcasts are yesterday’s platform—that interest in them has plateaued (at best) and they’re not worth thinking about today? If so, here’s a short article that might help you re-think your stance. If you’re still not convinced, have a look at the infographic in...

ocr, optical character recognition, ebook, author, publisher, book

Why Authors Should Talk to Their Publishers About OCR

If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news. The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation. What’s special about the year 2008? Nothing, really....

ocr, optical character recognition, ebook, author, publisher, book

What Authors Should Know About OCR

If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news. The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation. What’s special about the year 2008? Nothing, really....

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Bowker

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 Bowker. What does your company do?...

learning, digital learning platforms, students, ebooks, textbooks, teachers

What Are the Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms?

Students have used print textbooks for centuries, but in recent years higher education learning companies have made the concerted effort to shift from print materials to digital tools in the form of digital learning platforms. With this change, content has become more engaging and interactive, and the benefits are obvious. Digital learning platforms include...

OverDrive

Overdrive Helping Librarians Reach New Readers

Overdrive announced today that at the American Library Association’s annual conference, the ebook and audiobook provider will be updating the industry on its latest news, including a new app, new merchandising tools and new suppliers. Full press release below: OverDrive’s Innovative Digital Resources Help Librarians Reach New Readers Powerful curation options give the librarian...

books, ebooks, authors, self-publishing, ebook conversion

What Self-Published Authors Should Know About Hard Copies

This is part five of a six-part series. Ebooks might be cheap to produce and distribute, but many authors still choose to do a short print run or make their books available in stores on a print-on-demand basis. Readers still like printed books—they’re not going away any time soon! And even if you don’t...

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

How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Formatting for Hard Copy

This is part five of a six-part series. Ebooks might be cheap to produce and distribute, but many authors still choose to do a short print run or make their books available in stores on a print-on-demand basis. Readers still like printed books—they’re not going away any time soon! And even if you don’t...