Here’s How Indexing Could Evolve with Ebooks

Here’s How Indexing Could Evolve with Ebooks

Last month 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 to...

The Challenges for Women in Book Publishing

The Challenges for Women in Book Publishing

On April 12, the Book Industry Guild of New York held a panel discussion with four women in book publishing to discuss their professional experiences and challenges faced within the industry. The discussion, titled “Groundbreaking Women: The Second Wave,” was moderated by Karen Romano, Thomson-Shore’s director of business development, and featured Barbara Marcus, president...

Book Industry Guild of New York

Panel Discusses Challenges for Women in Publishing

On April 12, the Book Industry Guild of New York held a panel discussion with four women in book publishing to discuss their professional experiences and challenges faced within the industry. The discussion, titled “Groundbreaking Women: The Second Wave,” was moderated by Karen Romano, Thomson-Shore’s director of business development, and featured Barbara Marcus, president...

All About Automation for Manuscripts in MS Word

All About Automation for Manuscripts in MS Word

If you have been doing ebook development for any amount of time, you have heard a lot about XML workflows. These conversations, sometimes in hushed tones of trepidation and other times in hopeful anticipation, usually tend to end in the conclusion that an XML workflow is just not possible, is too costly, or does...

Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts

Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts

If you have been doing ebook development for any amount of time, you have heard a lot about XML workflows. These conversations, sometimes in hushed tones of trepidation and other times in hopeful anticipation, usually tend to end in the conclusion that an XML workflow is just not possible, is too costly, or does...

Kobo Writing Life

Kobo Expands Kobo Writing Life Services

Kobo announced Wednesday the expansion of its Kobo Writing Life services for self-published authors, which include cover design, ebook conversion and copyrighting. Full press release below: Kobo Writing Life Tool Kit Helps Self-Published Authors Cross the Finish Line Author access to advantageous pricing on a variety of publishing services TORONTO, April 13, 2016: Whether it’s...

Amazon

Amazon Introduces New Kindle Oasis

On Wednesday, Amazon confirmed much speculation over the last week that it was releasing a new Kindle e-reader called Oasis. Oasis is the thinnest and lightest Kindle yet, weighing just 4.6 ounces and spanning 3.4mm at its thinnest point—30 percent thinner on average and more than 20 percent lighter than any other Kindle. Oasis...

We Must Stop Wasting Time in the Attention Economy

We Must Stop Wasting Time in the Attention Economy

For many people, web browsers and phone screens have grown to become the main sources of information. To that end, there’s a constant and massive stream of media arriving on our screens. We live in a cutthroat attention economy. As a result, every product will get more persuasive over time. Facebook must become more...

We Must Stop Wasting Time in the Attention Economy

Stop Wasting Time in the Attention Economy

For many people, web browsers and phone screens have grown to become the main sources of information. To that end, there’s a constant and massive stream of media arriving on our screens. We live in a cutthroat attention economy. As a result, every product will get more persuasive over time. Facebook must become more...

Ganxy

Ganxy Announces New Bulk Ebook Sales Feature

Ganxy, a company that helps publishers sell their content digitally, announced yesterday the launch of Ganxy Bulk Sales, a new feature that allows publishers to automate bulk sales and special orders directly from their website. In a blog post, the company wrote, “Until now, eBook bulk orders and special sales haven’t happened as often...

International Excellence Awards

London Book Fair Announces International Excellence Awards Winners

[Press Release] THE LONDON BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016: WINNERS ANNOUNCED · French publisher Actes Sud wins Adult Trade Publisher · Readings in Australia crowned Bookstore of the Year · US and Chinese publishers lead the field with two awards each · Sudan, Brazil, Poland and New Zealand also won awards LONDON, 12...

3 Facebook Marketing Tools for Publishers and Authors

3 Facebook Marketing Tools for Publishers and Authors

With 1.44 billion monthly active users, according to a Pew report and Sprout Social, Facebook is the market leader for social networking sites. That statistic alone makes a compelling case for why publishers and authors should use Facebook to connect with their readership community and promote their books. Yet While Facebook ads are a...

codemantra

codeMantra Announces collectionPoint 4.0

[Press Release] codeMantra Announces collectionPoint 4.0 cP 4.0: The Ultimate Content Services Platform Content creation to delivery in one unified platform Boston, MA, April 12, 2016: codeMantra announced today the next generation of its well-established collectionPoint platform. The new and greatly enhanced platform – collectionPoint 4.0 – supports the entire publishing content lifecycle from...

Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks Acquires First Project Through Partnership with Wattpad

[Press Release] Sourcebooks Acquires First Project through Submission Partnership with Wattpad NAPERVILLE, IL (April 12, 2016)—Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, has acquired its first project through the ‘submit2sourcebooks’ program with Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers. This ‘submit2sourcebooks’ program, which launched in July, was created in order to create new opportunities...

3 Facebook Marketing Tools Publishers and Authors Must Use

3 Facebook Marketing Tools Publishers and Authors Must Use

With 1.44 billion monthly active users, according to a Pew report and Sprout Social, Facebook is the market leader for social networking sites. That statistic alone makes a compelling case for why publishers and authors should use Facebook to connect with their readership community and promote their books. Yet While Facebook ads are a...

Hachette

Hachette’s Yen Press and Kadokawa Form Joint Venture

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA form Joint Venture Monday, April 11, 2016 (New York) – Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA Corporation announced today that they have entered into an agreement to create a new venture, joining HBG’s Yen Press imprint, a leader in the US publication of Japanese manga and light novels,...

How One Small Publisher Is Lighting It Up

How One Small Publisher Is Lighting It Up

Of all the independent publishers I’ve spoken to recently, Chris McVeigh of Fahrenheit Press stands out as one of the most outrageous. He won’t mind me saying that, I’m sure. “Indie Innovation” is about featuring smaller publishers that are doing things a bit differently, and when I heard about Fahrenheit Press’s mantra, it was...

OverDrive

OverDrive Adds 500 New Publishers to Global Ebook Catalog

[Press Release] OverDrive adds 500 new publishers to global eBook catalog for schools and libraries Enhanced eBooks using EPUB3 and HTML5 enable publishers to grow sales LONDON — April 11, 2016 – OverDrive, the industry-leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, continues to expand internationally as new channel partners...

Tapas

Tapas Media Launches Gamified Stories App

At Digital Book World 2016, attendees heard Chang Kim, founder of Tapas Media Inc., talk about his company’s new app, Tapas, which allows users to read bite-sized content and access new chapters with virtual coins. After receiving approval from Apple’s App Store, the company released the app today. Based in San Francisco and Seoul,...

Digital Book World

The Curious Incident of the Book in the Digital Age

Below is the full text from the keynote speech, “The Curious Incident of the Book in the Digital Age,” delivered by Gail Rebuck, Baroness Rebuck of Bloomsbury, DBE, at the London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference on Monday, April 12. Good morning. When Jacks Thomas asked me to speak at the London Book Fair, she...

Another Way to Monetize Ebooks

Another Way to Monetize Ebooks

In today’s market there are typically two methods for ebook distribution: free or 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...

Fahrenheit Press

Lighting It Up with Fahrenheit Press

Of all the independent publishers I’ve spoken to recently, Chris McVeigh of Fahrenheit Press stands out as one of the most outrageous. He won’t mind me saying that, I’m sure. “Indie Innovation” is about featuring smaller publishers that are doing things a bit differently, and when I heard about Fahrenheit Press’s mantra, it was...

audiobooks, authors

4 Ways Planning Your Audiobook Can Make You a Better Writer

As an audiobook narrator, I encourage every author to get her work into audio. However, regardless of whether you ever want to create audiobooks of your titles, these four tips from other authors about planning your audiobook will make you a better writer. 1. Listen to audiobooks. This first piece of advice surprises many writers....

How Planning Your Audiobook Can Make You a Better Writer

How Planning Your Audiobook Can Make You a Better Writer

As an audiobook narrator, I encourage every author to get her work into audio. However, regardless of whether you ever want to create audiobooks of your titles, these four tips from other authors about planning your audiobook will make you a better writer. 1. Listen to audiobooks. This first piece of advice surprises many...

Foreign Rights and Reader Analytics

Foreign Rights and Reader Analytics

Next week the London Book Fair will take place at Olympia in Kensington. This is one of the preeminent events for trading foreign rights in literary works, and I will therefore take the opportunity to discuss foreign rights as it relates to reader analytics this week. Lets have a look at Germany to explore further:...

Book in a Box

Book in a Box: A Different Way to Diversify Books

Though many people have great stories and knowledge to share, they don’t always have the time or talent to write books. And that’s something the founders of Book in a Box noticed and have been committed to solving for the past year and a half. Since the company’s launch, they’ve published more than 200 books....

Why Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books

Could Facebook Become the World’s Largest Bookstore?

A month or so ago, Facebook reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015, and let’s just say they crushed the ball. Knocked the cover off. Pointed to the bleachers and then hit it out of the park. The big moneymaker was its burgeoning video ad business. Facebook states that people are watching...

facebook, amazon, bookstores, ebooks, e-reading

Facebook: The World’s Largest Bookstore?

A month or so ago, Facebook reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015, and let’s just say they crushed the ball. Knocked the cover off. Pointed to the bleachers and then hit it out of the park. The big moneymaker was its burgeoning video ad business. Facebook states that people are watching...

Jacks Thomas

5 Questions with Jacks Thomas, Director, London Book Fair

Jacks Thomas is the director of the London Book Fair, a position she has held since January 2013. This year’s fair features a wide array of speakers and panels, as well as the re-branded digital conference now called Quantum. The 2016 London Book Fair takes place April 12-14. I recently spoke with Thomas about...

Amazon

Amazon to Announce New Kindle Next Week

Amazon will announce a new version of its Kindle e-reader next week. In a tweet, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.” Given that that’s all the information given, it’s not clear whether next week’s announcement will...

Libro.fm

Indie Stores Are Now Selling Digital Audiobooks

[Press Release] Indie stores are now selling digital audiobooks Libro.fm Launches Indie Partner Program SEATTLE, April 4, 2016 – Libro.fm (www.libro.fm) has launched its Indie Partner Program which allows any independent bookstore to sell digital audiobooks. “Independent bookstore customers are buying digital audiobooks, just not from their favorite indie stores. Using Libro.fm’s platform, independent...