TED-Ed

The Evolution of the Book – TED-Ed Lesson

TED-Ed created a new video titled “The Evolution of the Book” that sets out to answer the following questions: • What makes a book a book? • Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? • Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the...

audiobooks, india, market

All About the Audiobook Market in India

With a rising population of working executives regularly driving to work in India and spending long stretches of time on the road, reading has a new window of opportunity, and with that, so does publishing. Yet while a large part of this audience has already been captured by ebooks, there is a new format...

audiobooks, india, market

The Market for Audiobooks in India

With a rising population of working executives regularly driving to work in India and spending long stretches of time on the road, reading has a new window of opportunity, and with that, so does publishing. Yet while a large part of this audience has already been captured by ebooks, there is a new format...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Futureproofs

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 Futureproofs. What does your company do?...

Writer's Digest

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Aug. 12-14 in New York

[Press Release] Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Aug. 12 – 14 in N.Y.C., Gathers Best-Selling, Award-Winning Authors to Share Strategies for Success Authors Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci, Emily St. John Mandel and Many Others to Present Insights on the Craft and Business of Writing NEW YORK (June 13, 2016) – The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference...

Dreamspinner Press

Publishr Powers New Dreamspinner Press Website

Dreamspinner Press, one of the world’s largest LGBTQ publishers, announced today the launch of its new website, powered by Biztegra’s Publishr platform. Full press release below: BIZTEGRA’S PUBLISHR™ PLATFORM POWERS NEW DREAMSPINNER PRESS WEB SITE WORLD’S LARGEST LGBTQ PUBLISHER CHOOSES BIZTEGRA’S PUBLISHR™ TO DRIVE NEXT GENERATION DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER PROGRAM West Palm Beach, FL. — June...

De Gruyter

De Gruyter Signs Open Access Agreement with Dutch Universities

De Gruyter announced today that it has signed an open access license agreement for its hybrid journals with The Association of Universities in the Netherlands. Full press release below: De Gruyter Signs Open Access License Agreement with Dutch Universities Berlin, 13 June 2016 ‒ The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the...

author, marketing, facebook, twitter, webinar, website

5 Online Marketing Trends Authors Should Consider

Recently I had two different companies come to the house for some home interior improvements. Both of these men pulled out their iPads and showed me samples of different designs to choose from. All I could think was: What did people do before iPads? And, how did we even get by growing up without...

author, marketing, facebook, twitter, webinar, website

5 Online Marketing Trends Authors Should Consider

Recently I had two different companies come to the house for some home interior improvements. Both of these men pulled out their iPads and showed me samples of different designs to choose from. All I could think was: What did people do before iPads? And, how did we even get by growing up without...

How Siri, Alexa and Other IPAs Will Revolutionize Publishing

How Siri, Alexa and Other IPAs Will Revolutionize Publishing

For the past several years, I’ve been writing about how containers, such as books, newspapers and magazines, are slowly fading away. They’ll certainly be around for many years, but their relevance will slip into the background as personalized, digital content streams become more important. The more I think about the future, the more I...

scholastic, children's publishing

Scholastic to Launch Multi-Platform ‘Horizon’

Scholastic announced today that it is launching worldwide Horizon, a supernatural survival series for readers ages 9 and up. As part of Scholastic’s multi-platform publishing program, the new books are combined with “a fast-paced digital game that allows readers to test their survival skills.” The series will launch in January 2017. Full press release...

books, ebooks, e-readers, readers, reading

How Books Are Changing

Working in this industry, I frequently think about the state of reading today. Given that many of us now read more on digital devices than we do with physical books, I find myself wondering how that shift has affected our reading habits. Do we skim more and retain less? Does it matter what type...

Publishers Need to Question Everything

Publishers Need to Question Everything

I’ve given myself a few moments over the last month to look at some of the ventures I’ve been fortunate to be involved in, as well as the business plans that arrive in my email. In each case, I have instinctively tested them against basic business principles. I’ve also been reviewing my publishing businesses...

Publishers Need to Question Everything

My Advice to Publishers: Question Everything

I’ve given myself a few moments over the last month to look at some of the ventures I’ve been fortunate to be involved in, as well as the business plans that arrive in my email. In each case, I have instinctively tested them against basic business principles. I’ve also been reviewing my publishing businesses...

Company Snapshots

DBW Is Looking for Innovative Service Providers

Over the last few weeks, Digital Book World has rolled out a new series called “Company Snapshots,” in which we 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...

Exact Editions

Exact Editions Launches New Web Reader

Exact Editions announced today the launch of a new web reader for magazines and ebooks on its platform. Full press release below: London, 8th June 2016 Exact Editions unveil new web reader. Digital publishing experts, Exact Editions, have today announced the launch of a cutting edge new web reader for all content on the...

Association of American University Presses

University Press Association Publishes ‘Best Practices in Peer Review’

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) announced today the release of Best Practices in Peer Review, an AAUP handbook. The handbook sets forth a set of practices the AAUP deems necessary for “a rigorous process” of peer review for scholarly monographs. Full press release below: University Press Association Publishes Best Practices in Peer...

authors, writer, ebook, ebook formatting, self-publishing

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Formatting

This is part three of a six-part series. You’ve got your finished manuscript in Microsoft Word and you’re ready to turn it into an ebook. You need to convert it into MOBI format (for Amazon Kindle) and EPUB (for everywhere else). There are various companies, tools and programs that can convert your file for...

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

How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Ebook Formatting

This is part three of a six-part series. You’ve got your finished manuscript in Microsoft Word and you’re ready to turn it into an ebook. You need to convert it into MOBI format (for Amazon Kindle) and EPUB (for everywhere else). There are various companies, tools and programs that can convert your file for...

BookWalker

BookWalker to Be First to Offer ‘Monster Musume’ Backlist

BookWalker announced today that it will be the first e-bookstore to offer Seven Seas Entertainment’s digital Monster Musume backlist volumes 1-8. The first digital volume was released on June 1st, while volumes 2-8 were released on June 7th. Full press release below: BOOK☆WALKER FIRST TO OFFER SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT’S DIGITAL VOLUMES OF MONSTER MUSUME...

publishers, books, ebooks, sales, marketing, authors

How Publishers Can Improve Native Retailing

The evolution of book buying continues to progress from a physical, pick-and-pay method of retailing to a highly sophisticated form of a digital, buy-on-demand model. With the help of native retailing through platforms, like Aer.io, a seller is able to reach potential customers wherever they are and wherever they interact with a book. Publishers...

publishers, books, ebooks, sales, marketing, authors

The Digital Economy Makes Way for Native Retailing

The evolution of book buying continues to progress from a physical, pick-and-pay method of retailing to a highly sophisticated form of a digital, buy-on-demand model. With the help of native retailing through platforms, a seller is able to reach potential customers wherever they are and wherever they interact with a book. Publishers have traditionally...

HarperCollins

HarperCollins Launches Facebook Live Daily Programming

HarperCollins announced today that it will schedule weekday programming exclusively through Facebook Live. Starting today, the publisher’s authors and employees will participate in daily sessions on the social media platform built around specific topics. Each session will last between 15-45 minutes. Authors will discuss their books and their writing processes, as well as take...

amazon, ebooks, publishers

Why Amazon Is Not Innovative

It’s 2016. We are landing rockets on floating platforms in the ocean. Engineers are developing high-speed transportation systems in which pressured capsules ride on air cushions facilitated by linear induction motors. A network of high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons is being designed to float on the edge of space so that everyone on the planet can...

amazon, ebooks, publishers

Amazon, Ebooks and the Lack of Innovation

It’s 2016. We are landing rockets on floating platforms in the ocean. Engineers are developing high-speed transportation systems in which pressured capsules ride on air cushions facilitated by linear induction motors. A network of high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons is being designed to float on the edge of space so that everyone on the planet can...

Author Earnings’ New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing

Author Earnings’ New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing

Author Earnings posted a new report on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses. According to the dataset they used, the ebook prices of the publishers’ most-heavily-promoted frontlist launches were, for the most part, still priced between $12.99–$14.99. But, as the report points out, once you take a step back and look at...

Safari, pubfactory, o'reilly, o'reilly media

Peter Lang to Transition All Books and Journals to PubFactory

Safari, provider of the scholarly publishing platform PubFactory, announced today that the Peter Lang Academic Publishing Group will transition all its journals and books onto the platform this summer. Full press release below: Executing a digital business technology transformation under the leadership of CEO Kelly Shergill, Peter Lang will transition all of their journals...

Amazon

Amazon Announces Fire HD 10 in Silver Aluminum and with More Storage

Amazon announced today that its Fire HD 10 now has new enclosure and internal storage options. Customers can order the Fire with a silver aluminum all-metal enclosure for the same price as the existing black color option. The Fire is now also offered with 64GB of internal storage for $289.99, in addition to the...

Hummingbird, ebooks, retail, amazon, apple, barnes & noble

Hummingbird Digital Media Amasses Over 3,000 Publishers

Hummingbird Digital Media announced today that more than 3,000 publishers are now using its service to distribute ebooks and audiobooks. Hummingbird, which set out 18 months ago to “disrupt the ironclad control an oligarchy of large corporations had on the retailing of e-books and audiobooks,” is a free service for booksellers and others to...

Author Earnings

Author Earnings Posts New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing

Author Earnings posted a new report today on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses. According to the dataset they used, the ebook prices of the publishers’ most-heavily-promoted frontlist launches were, for the most part, still priced between $12.99–$14.99. But, as the report points out, once you take a step back and look at the...

How Authors Should Develop a Workable Marketing Plan

How Authors Should Develop a Workable Marketing Plan

In part 1 last week, we discussed the two basic questions that should drive any author’s marketing strategy. Below, we show how to turn that strategy into a workable plan. Step 1: Set your tactics Using all you’ve learned above, list every way in which you’ll reach your reader around publication. A classic marketing...

How Authors Should Develop a Workable Marketing Plan

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing: Part 2

In part 1 last week, we discussed the two basic questions that should drive any author’s marketing strategy. Below, we show how to turn that strategy into a workable plan. Step 1: Set your tactics Using all you’ve learned above, list every way in which you’ll reach your reader around publication. A classic marketing...