DBW Conference + Expo

DBW Conference Publishes New White Paper on ‘Digital Transformation’

Digital Book World Conference + Expo Publishes New White Paper, ‘Viewpoints on Publishing’s Digital Transformation’ Pundits from DBW 2016, March 7 – 9 in N.Y.C., Share Lessons and Insights for the Digital Book Publishing and Content Communities; Conference Early-Bird Rates Expire Feb. 8 NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2015) — A newly published white paper...

John Ingram on the State of Publishing

John Ingram on the State of Publishing

John Ingram, chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group, has been leading the successful transformation of the company for some time now. And what was once primarily a book wholesaler has become a comprehensive, innovation-driven company that, founder and Ingram’s father, E. Bronson Ingram, may not recognize. John Ingram will be one of the...

Digital Book World

5 Questions with John Ingram, CEO, Ingram Content Group

John Ingram, chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group, has been leading the successful transformation of the company for some time now. And what was once primarily a book wholesaler has become a comprehensive, innovation-driven company that, founder and Ingram’s father, E. Bronson Ingram, may not recognize. John Ingram will be one of the...

Pronoun’s Publishing Platform Now Available to All Authors

Pronoun’s Publishing Platform Now Available to All Authors

Digital book publishing platform Pronoun announced today that its service is now open to all authors. Since Pronoun opened its waitlist three months ago, 8,000 authors have signed up for early access, creating more than 1,000 books on the platform. In December 2015 alone, Pronoun authors published 140 books across all major digital retailers, including...

All About the Internet of Bookish Things

All About the Internet of Bookish Things

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is one of those buzzwords that is making the rounds in Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, many of the electronic gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas were connected cars, autonomous drones, Internet-connected thermostats (Nest) and others. Sensors and Internet connectivity are...

All About the Internet of Bookish Things

The Internet of Bookish Things

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is one of those buzzwords that is making the rounds in Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, many of the electronic gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas were connected cars, autonomous drones, Internet-connected thermostats (Nest) and others. Sensors and Internet connectivity are...

INscribe Digital

Dreamspinner Press Partners with INscribe Digital

[Press Release] Dreamspinner Press LLC Partners with INscribe Digital To Optimize Sales and Marketing Reach SAN FRANCISCO, CA – INscribe Digital today announced a new relationship with Dreamspinner Press LLC that enables the independent genre fiction publisher to increase retail distribution and market awareness of the 3,500 backlist titles in its three imprints: ·...

BEA Announces Conference Programming for 2016

BEA Announces Conference Programming for 2016

BOOKEXPO AMERICA (BEA) CONTENT & DIGITAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 WITH FOCUS ON NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) Libraries Transform: ALA@BEA sessions and New Conference Tracks Covering Children’s and Self-Publishing Add to Programming Created to Engage and Educate Leaders in Publishing Industry Norwalk, CT, January 20, 2016: BookExpo America (BEA),...

Independent Publishers in a Modern World

Independent Publishers in a Modern World

When we presented our analysis of Search Engine Optimization factors amongst independent book publishers more than 16 weeks ago, we began a journey that I hoped would be eye-opening to the participants and Digital Book World readers alike. What we’ve learned on our way has certainly been enlightening—a chance to view achievements, challenges and...

Independent Publishers in a Modern World

Final Thoughts: Independent Publishers in a Modern, Optimized World

When we presented our analysis of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) factors amongst independent book publishers more than 16 weeks ago, we began a journey that I hoped would be eye-opening to the participants and Digital Book World readers alike. What we’ve learned on our way has certainly been enlightening—a chance to view achievements, challenges and...

F+W Names Tom Beusse New CEO

F+W Names Tom Beusse New CEO

F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company announced today the appointment of Tom Beusse as CEO, effective immediately. Beusse most recently served as founder and president of the USA Today Sports Media Group. In his three years in the position, Beusse built the company (which incorporated dozens of assets across Gannett’s many media properties) into one of...

The Mousetrap of Better Book Discovery

The Mousetrap of Better Book Discovery

Remember ebooks? Those were the days, weren’t they? Those crazy few years when the fad of reading on a Kindle swept the nation. Now, of course, that fit of mass hysteria is behind us. Ebook sales are falling, down more than 10 percent in 2015—YA down 44 percent—while used bookstores are coming back. Yes,...

When Will Content Be Truly Mobile?

When Will Content Truly Be Mobile?

Here’s a radical idea: sell the all-in-one edition where my print purchase also includes the ebook and audio formats. We’re seeing the beginnings of this with alternate format add-ons, like Amazon’s Audible narration and Kindle MatchBook; the former brings audio to the ebook and the latter provides a discounted Kindle edition if you’ve already...

There Is Revenue That Publishers Are Preventing Themselves from Getting

There Is Revenue That Publishers Are Preventing Themselves from Getting

In a blog post, Mike Shatzkin writes: “In our Logical Marketing work with partner Peter McCarthy over the past couple of years, helping publishers with the next-phase challenges of digital marketing, we have identified three specific cross-functional opportunities that exist in every publishing house that are especially difficult for the biggest ones to address...

IPR License

IPR License Has 28% Year-on-Year Membership Growth

[Press Release] IPR License in 28% year-on-year membership growth IPR License, the global rights and licensing solution, has announced a 28% year-on-year growth in new member sign-ups. The 28% membership growth in 2015 compared favourably with the 21% increase experienced in 2014. Q4 2015 was highlighted as a particularly strong period as a result...

Publishers Must Dig for the Data Beneath Their Content

Publishers Must Dig for the Data Beneath Their Content

The theme this month here on Digital Book World is data and analytics. We are all hyper-aware of the data that is outside our books (metadata). Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy made that point very well last year when she gave an example to Publishers Weekly about the success that came from adding...

Blurb Announces New CEO; Gittins Stays on as Chairman

Blurb Announces New CEO; Gittins Stays on as Chairman

Book and magazine self-publishing platform Blurb announced on Tuesday that Todd Larsen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Larsen succeeds Founder and CEO Eileen Gittins, who becomes Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as an advisor to the company. “I am honored and excited to lead Blurb into its next phase...

The Optimized Publisher: HTTPS

The Optimized Publisher: HTTPS

For the final factor of our multi-step evaluation of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) factors, we will be turning to security. In May of 2015, The Washington Post provided a timeline of the history of Internet security, ranging from Cold War communication strategies of the 1960s to hacking car navigation and other vehicle systems in...

Blurb

Blurb Announces New CEO

Book and magazine self-publishing platform Blurb announced on Tuesday that Todd Larsen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Larsen succeeds Founder and CEO Eileen Gittins, who becomes Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as an advisor to the company. “I am honored and excited to lead Blurb into its next phase of...

How Publishers Are Squandering Their Data

How Publishers Are Squandering Their Data

Who has access to the data that can best predict how readers will spend their money? Who has data on how people read books—how far they get, how many they buy, how often they buy, whether their purchases cluster around certain dates? Who has the permission to contact readers by post, email or text—to...

How Publishers Are Squandering Their Data

Who Has the Balance of Power over Data?

Who has access to the data that can best predict how readers will spend their money? Who has data on how people read books—how far they get, how many they buy, how often they buy, whether their purchases cluster around certain dates? Who has the permission to contact readers by post, email or text—to...

Scribd

Scribd Hires New COO

The subscription content platform Scribd announced today that it has hired Eric Shoup, previously of eBay and Ancestry.com, as its new Chief Operating Officer. “I am thrilled to be joining Scribd as COO,” Shoup said. “I believe Scribd has the right ingredients to be a global brand at scale. I am looking forward to...

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Announces Kindle iOS App Updates

Amazon today announced three new updates to its Kindle iOS app: • Native Social Sharing – This feature makes it easier to recommend a book to a friend or discuss a line from the book. Readers and senders can recommend the book or share a quote from the book with whomever they want. Readers can also choose...

The Future of Interactive Ebooks in Education

The Future of Interactive Ebooks in Education

Technology continues to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives, and every generation benefits from enhanced learning experiences in their youth and beyond. Chalkboards have become smartboards, homework is accessible through online portals, and tablets have become a legitimate tool for education in the classroom. Furthermore, home learning has been significantly changed...

The Growth and Effectiveness of Interactive Ebooks for Learning

The Growth and Effectiveness of Interactive Ebooks for Learning

Technology continues to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives, and every generation benefits from enhanced learning experiences in their youth and beyond. Chalkboards have become smartboards, homework is accessible through online portals, and tablets have become a legitimate tool for education in the classroom. Furthermore, home learning has been significantly changed...

Amazon Has Won the Self-Publishing Market

Amazon Has Won the Self-Publishing Market

Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the world, is chopping off its self-publishing arm. The company said Tuesday that it has sold Author Solutions—the self-publishing author-tools platform that it bought in 2012—to an unnamed affiliate of US private equity firm Najafi Companies for an undisclosed sum. Whether driven by sinking profits or...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Reports Holiday Sales Results

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Reports Holiday Sales Results Core Comparable Sales Increase of 1.6% Marks Second Consecutive Holiday Increase Company Reiterates Full-Year Outlook New York, NY (January 7, 2016)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today reported sales for the nine-week holiday period ending January 2, 2016. Core comparable store sales, which exclude NOOK...

The Author Contract Battle Goes Global

The Author Contract Battle Goes Global

Dated January 5th, the Authors Guild’s open letter to the Association of American Publishers leads the loudest call yet for contract reform in publishing’s relations with authors. This is a coordinated campaign being mounted by the world’s key author-advocacy organizations. The letter’s signatories include the UK’s Society of Authors, the Authors Licensing and Collecting...

Verso Books Signs on with Virtusales

Verso Books Signs on with Virtusales

Verso Books has partnered with Virtusales Publishing Solutions to introduce a new sales analytical and reporting tool called Biblio Intelligence. According to Virtusales, Biblio Intelligence is a “fully integrated business intelligence module, enabling deeper analysis and better decision making based on complete, real-time data.” Jacob Stevens, managing director of Verso Books, said, “This [partnership]...

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a...

The Optimized Publisher: XML Sitemaps

The Optimized Publisher: XML Sitemaps

I would like to turn your attention to the Doodle Track Car, an award-winning toy that allows kids to draw a line (or print out their own racetrack) for a little racecar to obediently follow. Without the line, the car is lost. With the line, the toy will go anywhere you draw it to...

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable...