authors, facebook, marketing, books, sales

3 Facebook Changes Authors Need to Know About

The competition to be king of the social media hill is hotter than ever, and Facebook cannot coast just because it’s on top. Snapchat and Twitter are making changes regularly to try to woo users to their platforms. In order to stay on top, therefore, Facebook needs to constantly innovate. You can always expect...

authors, facebook, marketing, books, sales

3 Facebook Changes You Need to Know About

The competition to be king of the social media hill is hotter than ever, and Facebook cannot coast just because it’s on top. Snapchat and Twitter are making changes regularly to try to woo users to their platforms. In order to stay on top, therefore, Facebook needs to constantly innovate. You can always expect...

video, publishers, virtual reality, vr, mobile, augmented reality, self-driving cars

Is Video for Digital Publishers Worth the Hype?

If one were to define “digital publishing” loosely, it would be an amalgam of interactive, engaging content—delivered straight to the end user through online platforms. What sets it apart from traditional publishing is its format, which is designed for ease of consumption and extending unparalleled accessibility. Digital publishing has provided a global platform for...

Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks Expands ‘Put Me in the Story’ to Simple Truths Imprint

Sourcebooks announced today that it is expanding its personalized book platform, Put Me in the Story, beyond children’s books with the addition of Simple Truths. Simple Truths, an imprint that focuses on business, leadership, teamwork and motivational books, will now offer businesses and organizations the ability to add their logos, brands and messages to...

Typefi, fonts, workflow, automation

Typefi and Extensis Partner to Streamline Font Management in Workflows

Typefi and Extensis announced today that the two companies will partner to integrate Extensis’s font management solutions with Typefi’s publishing platform. Typefi, founded in 2001, allows publishers to automate many daily tasks. Extensis offers font management solutions, including Universal Type Server and FontLink, that help companies avoid font-related issues during their workflows. “Fonts are...

Tapas

Hachette Partners with Tapas in Push for Mobile Reading

Tapas Media announced today that it has partnered with Hachette Book Group and will release several of the publisher’s titles, including Ben Winters’s Underground Airlines, Dan Lyons’s Disrupted: My Misadventures in the Start-Up Bubble, and Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot. Tapas’s mobile platform offers bite-size content, featuring a mix of free comics and paid...

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

Hummingbird Adds Audiobook-Only Capability to Platform

Hummingbird Digital Media announced today that its platform now supports retailers that want to sell only audiobooks. The new audiobook-only program includes an app for listening, as well as an intuitive web-based storefront for discovering and purchasing audiobooks. The app and the storefront both carry the brand identity of the retailer, which means the...

marketing, authors, books, sales, social media

11 Ways Authors Can Overcome Marketing Dread

I was with a group of authors the other day when the conversation took a turn toward marketing. The group was unanimous in the declaration that they loved to write but loathed to market their work. Whether they were self-published or worked with a more traditional publishing house, whether they sold most of their...

marketing, authors, books, sales, social media

11 Ways to Overcome Marketing Dread

I was with a group of authors the other day when the conversation took a turn toward marketing. The group was unanimous in the declaration that they loved to write but loathed to market their work. Whether they were self-published or worked with a more traditional publishing house, whether they sold most of their...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: instaFreebie

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 instaFreebie. What does your company do?...

Ratings Catcher

Ratings Catcher Helps Authors Monitor Reviews

Many authors have trouble keeping track of their book reviews, as companies like Amazon and Apple simply don’t present them all. Kindle only shows U.S. reviews, and iBooks only shows reviews from the author’s home country. But a new service called Ratings Catcher is trying to solve that problem for authors. Launched earlier this month, Ratings Catcher gathers...

Rakuten

Rakuten Invests in Digital Content Provider getAbstract

Rakuten announced today that it is set to acquire a “substantial minority stake” in getAbstract AG, which compresses digital content and offers a library of more than 14,000 summaries of business books, business articles, video talks and economic reports. The investment positions getAbstract for further international expansion. “Rakuten will continue to accelerate growth of...

machine learning, publishers, data, search

Why Publishers Will Need to Embrace Machine Learning

Over the past few weeks, Mike Shatzkin, Neil Balthaser and Ali Albazaz have debated whether machine learning systems will be able to predict a bestseller. It’s been an interesting exchange about the value provided by today’s publishing organizations and the future of predictive analysis. That said, the growing deployment of machine learning systems raises...

machine learning, publishers, data, search

Loving the Alien: Machine Learning and Publishing

Over the past few weeks, Mike Shatzkin, Neil Balthaser and Ali Albazaz have debated whether machine learning systems will be able to predict a bestseller (Mike’s initial blog post is “Full text examination by computer is very unlikely to predict bestsellers”; Neil’s response is “Yes, Machine Learning Can Help Predict a Bestseller”; and Ali’s...

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...