data, big data, publishers

How Will Data Actually Transform Book Publishing?

From the invention of the moveable printing press, in the 13th century, to the introduction of ebooks, in the mid-90s, there has never been a moment when the publishing industry has not been evolving to catch up to the way people select and purchase books. And yet for the longest time, the decision-making process...

data, big data, publishers

The Future of Publishing in a Data-Driven World

From the invention of the moveable printing press, in the 13th century, to the introduction of ebooks, in the mid-90s, there has never been a moment when the publishing industry has not been evolving to catch up to the way people select and purchase books. And yet for the longest time, the decision-making process...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Vearsa

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 Vearsa. What does your company do?...

publishers, books, ebooks, readers, content

How Well Are Publishers Connecting with Their Readers?

From a publisher’s point of view, the people who actually buy and read books are still mostly nameless and faceless individuals. This, despite the fact that there are plenty of opportunities for publishers to establish a direct relationship with consumers. I’m not necessarily talking about selling direct; I’m referring instead to the opportunity to...

BookShout

BookShout and T-Mobile Partner to Distribute 237,000 Ebooks

BookShout announced today that it has distributed more than 237,000 ebooks as part of T-Mobile Tuesdays. The partnership, which occurred over two separate 24-hour blocks, resulted in customers reading more than 97,000,000 words read on the top day. Full press release below: BookShout Distributes Record 237,000 eBooks in 48 Hours on T-Mobile Tuesday More...

publishers, books, ebooks, readers, content

How Are You Connecting with Your Customers?

From a publisher’s point of view, the people who actually buy and read books are still mostly nameless and faceless individuals. This, despite the fact that there are plenty of opportunities for publishers to establish a direct relationship with consumers. I’m not necessarily talking about selling direct; I’m referring instead to the opportunity to...

ebooks, ebook pricing, publishers, metadata

How Publishers Can Develop Better Ebook Pricing

There is no shortage of opinion on ebook pricing—but if you publish academic, professional or technical material, then you will know that useful guidance is much harder to come by. Yet pricing is often the first issue raised by new clients of our ebook distribution service—even those with well-established digital publishing programs. So to...

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Novel Effect Launches Immersive Children’s iOS App

Novel Effect, a startup based out of Seattle, WA, has launched a new iOS app for children’s books that uses voice recognition to add movie-style audio in real time. As the book is read aloud, the app uses patent-pending technology to add music and sound effects that sync up with the text, like an...

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How One Indie Publisher Is Innovating and Flourishing

For this latest Indie Innovation entry, I spoke to Joost Nijsen, the renowned founder and owner of successful Dutch independent publishing house, Podium. Having recently moved to the Netherlands myself, I wanted to explore the publishing industry in this small yet influential country. Since 1997, Nijsen has built a strong and enduring reputation in...

Podium, publishers, netherlands

Dutch Encouragement: An Interview with Joost Nijsen of Podium

For this latest Indie Innovation entry, I spoke to Joost Nijsen, the renowned founder and owner of successful Dutch independent publishing house, Podium. Having recently moved to the Netherlands myself, I wanted to explore the publishing industry in this small yet influential country. Since 1997, Nijsen has built a strong and enduring reputation in...

audiobooks, authors, books, indie authors

Why Indie Authors Must Start Producing Audiobooks

One of the first questions that indie authors and small- to mid-size publishers ask me about audiobook production is, “How much does it cost?” My answer is always, “It depends.” Producing an audiobook is like building a house: your choices dictate your final cost. Each recording is custom-made rather than mass-produced. When people contact...

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DBW Conference Announces New Tracks, Conference Captains for 2017

Digital Book World announced today the breakdown of its new programming for DBW 2017, the eighth installment of the industry conference, which will take place January 17-19 in New York. DBW 2017 will feature four tracks spread over the first two days of the conference: Editorial Acquisitions + Development, Production + Distribution, Marketing + Sales,...

audiobooks, authors, books, indie authors

Authors, Can You Afford to Produce an Audiobook?

One of the first questions that indie authors and small- to mid-size publishers ask me about audiobook production is, “How much does it cost?” My answer is always, “It depends.” Producing an audiobook is like building a house: your choices dictate your final cost. Each recording is custom-made rather than mass-produced. When people contact...

Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House and NYC Launch Subway Ebook Promotion

If you live in New York City, you are probably aware of the state of the city’s subway stations. Lots of people, lots of heat, and scattered access to WiFi. And while there’s little that can be done about the first two, recent improvements to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s WiFi system have given New...

seo, publishers, google, search, content

How Publishers Can Grow Traffic Through On-Page Optimization

If you’ve read my previous article on keyword research, you’re probably ready to put your optimization efforts into action. Quite possibly the most important part of SEO is content creation, and the optimization of that content. In this article, I’m going to offer some insider tips on how to optimize your content and prepare...

NetGalley

NetGalley to Make Access to Digital Proofs in Australia Easier

NetGalley, which delivers digital proofs to readers to help promote and market new books, announced today that it has launched a new initiative for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), now allowing its members to take advantage of the digital service. NetGalley will validate ALIA member ID numbers within NetGalley profiles. ALIA members...

seo, publishers, google, search, content

5 Traffic-Growing On-Page Optimization Techniques for Publishers

If you’ve read my previous article on keyword research, you’re probably ready to put your optimization efforts into action. Quite possibly the most important part of SEO is content creation, and the optimization of that content. In this article, I’m going to offer some insider tips on how to optimize your content and prepare...

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Scribd Launches New Discovery Features

Scribd announced in a blog post today that the ebook and audiobook subscription service has launched three new discovery features to help readers find new books. The new features are Interests, Trending and Featured Reading Lists. Interests groups new books together by subject, allowing users to “[d]ive deep into the interests that matter to...

smashwords, ebooks, authors, indie presses, independent publisher

Smashwords Launches Alerts Feature for Favorite Authors

Smashwords announced in a blog post that it has launched a new feature, Smashwords Alerts, that automatically notifies readers of new releases from their favorite authors. Starting today, readers who have previously “favorited” authors on Smashwords’s platform will receive notifications of new releases. Tracking an author is fairly simple: readers go to an author’s...

Shelfie, app, ebooks, audiobooks

Shelfie Partners with De Gruyter on Ebook Bundles

Shelfie announced today that it has partnered with De Gruyter to make the scientific book publisher’s entire catalogue available to individual customers through ebook bundles. Shelfie is a free mobile app that allows users to take a photo of the physical books they own and then receive the digital or audio versions of those...

authors, books, ebooks, content, brand, author platform

Create a Strong Author Platform with Free Content

Building a strong author platform can start with free content. Every word you write is a tool for promoting your brand and driving book sales. While it may sound counterintuitive, giving away your writing benefits you in the end. The main principle of marketing with free content is that all publicity is good publicity....

amazon, kindle, kindle reading fund, e-readers, fire, tablet

Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund

Amazon announced in a blog post today that it is launching the Kindle Reading Fund, a program that will work to make books “more easily available to communities around the world through digital reading.” The Fund will include donations of Kindle e-readers and ebooks. As part of the new program, Amazon is partnering with...

ebooks, pdf, ocr, scan, agents, authors, publishers

What Agents Should Know About Ebooks Made from PDFs

Agents, here’s what you should know about ebooks made from PDFs: they’re not perfect. Knowing this will put you in a better position to protect your authors’ work. While an ebook made from a PDF is almost certainly better than one made from a scan (OCR), don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it...

ebooks, pdf, ocr, scan, agents, authors, publishers

What Agents Need to Know About Their Authors’ Ebooks

Agents, here’s what you should know about ebooks made from PDFs: they’re not perfect. Knowing this will put you in a better position to protect your authors’ work. While an ebook made from a PDF is almost certainly better than one made from a scan (OCR), don’t fall into the trap of thinking that...

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Bibliotheca Announces Partnership with PRH’s Living Language

Bibliotecha announced today that it has partnered with Living Language, an imprint of Penguin Random House, to exclusively distribute its digital language learning courses to public libraries. Full press release below: bibliotheca partners with Living Language as the exclusive distributor of digital subscriptions for public libraries Oakdale, Minn. – Aug. 23, 2016 –bibliotheca announced...