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Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

There are a number of key attributes successful publishers will be known for in the future, and these core capabilities will be very different from the ones that have led to the modern empires of the Big Five. Some attributes will remain the same, of course. For example, it will always be crucial for...

audiobooks, digital audiobooks, authors, publishers, self-publishing

How Can I Be a Part of the Audiobook Boom?

Audiobooks have long been operating in the digital space. Well before ebooks were gaining major popularity, digital audiobooks were helping audio publishing grow. With the introduction of the iPod at the turn of the century and the adoption of smartphones over the last decade, audiobooks have been booming: over the last five years, both...

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

Data has been a feature of book publishing for some time now. About 15 years ago, data became even more prominently used, as publishers could see sales data from competitors through then-new services like Nielsen Bookscan. The fundamental function of a publisher is to make a decision on what to publish (curation). Like a...

Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

Will an Open Web Liberate Reading Data?

At last week’s BEA, it was announced that the IDPF, the standards body for ebooks and responsible for the current EPUB specification, is considering merging with the W3C, the standards body for the web at large. This would mean that instead of having its own standards body for digital books, the publishing industry would...

Ushering in the New Era of Ebooks in India

Ushering in the New Era of Ebooks in India

The ebook market in India is at the cusp of a major revolution. By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world, with nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, as per a report by E&Y. India has become the second biggest smartphone market in terms of active unique...

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Amazon Adds New Alexa Features to Fire TV

Amazon announced today that new Alexa voice features are now available on Fire TV. Users can now control playback of video and subscription content, launch apps, search and more by using their voice. Full press release below: Amazon Adds New Alexa Features for Fire TV Now you can ask Alexa to play TV shows and...

W3C and IDPF Exploring Plans to Combine

W3C and IDPF Exploring Plans to Combine

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced yesterday that the two organizations have mutual interest in combining to advance publishing technologies at a faster rate. Tim Berners-Lee, director of W3C, and Bill McCoy, executive director of IDPF, revealed the plans following Berners-Lee’s keynote address at IDPF DigiCon...

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Amazon Bringing VoiceView to Kindle E-Readers

Amazon announced today the introduction of VoiceView to its line of Kindle e-readers, starting with the Paperwhite. The feature had previously only been available on the company’s Fire tablets. VoiceView allows visually impaired readers to use the devices through speech feedback. Just like on the Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch...

audiobooks, authors, self-publishing, indie authors, audio

4 Reasons Authors Should Produce Audiobooks

Recently, an author commented in a writer’s forum that he was just starting to create audiobooks and felt like he was coming late to the party. I could understand why he’d feel that way. After all, news sites and other authors often discuss the explosive growth in the audiobook market, noting that this industry...

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Amazon Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion

[Press Release] Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion SEATTLE–Apr. 28, 2016– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended...

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How Facebook Could 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...

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds New Content for Kids Ages 9-12

Amazon today announced the addition of thousands of new pieces of content to the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited content subscription, all aimed at children ages 9-12. The new additions include books, videos, educational apps and games. Additionally, Amazon introduced FreeTime Smart Filters, a new feature that gives parents more control over what content their children...

Kindle Unlimited and the Great Amazon Page Count Mystery

Kindle Unlimited and the Great Amazon Page Count Mystery

How Amazon pays authors for work included in Kindle Unlimited (KU) made headlines across the inter-webs recently. Ann Christy’s post “KU Scammers on KU – What’s Going On” even made it on to the homepage of Hacker News. The discussion raises many interesting questions about what reading data Amazon collects and how Amazon uses...

Amazon Makes $30 Million Deal to Sell Ebooks in NYC Schools

Amazon Makes $30 Million Deal to Sell Ebooks in NYC Schools

Amazon won a $30 million deal Wednesday to provide ebooks to New York City public schools, according to The Wall Street Journal. New York’s Panel for Education Policy voted in favor of the three-year deal with the Department of Education, which will go into effect in the next school year. If the three years...

Kindle Unlimited and the Great Amazon Page Count Mystery

The Great Amazon Page Count Mystery

How Amazon pays authors for work included in Kindle Unlimited (KU) made headlines across the inter-webs recently. Ann Christy’s post “KU Scammers on KU – What’s Going On” even made it on to the homepage of Hacker News. The discussion raises many interesting questions about what reading data Amazon collects and how Amazon uses...

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Amazon Spends $30 Million to Sell Ebooks to NYC Schools

Amazon won a $30 million deal yesterday to provide ebooks to New York City public schools, according to The Wall Street Journal. New York’s Panel for Education Policy voted in favor of the three-year deal with the Department of Education, which will go into effect in the next school year. If the three years...

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Amazon Adds New Color and Storage Options for Fire Tablet

Amazon announced today that it has added new color and storage options to its Fire tablet. In addition to black, the Fire is now available in magenta, blue and tangerine, and can have 8 gigabytes of internal storage for $49.99, or 16 gigabytes of internal storage for $69.99. In addition, the Fire Kids Edition...

Why Do People Buy Books?

Why Do People Buy Books?

I’ve been reporting on observations that Jellybooks has made about readers after collecting data about when, where and how they read. Do readers rant or rave about books? Do they read fast or slow? Do they even finish the books they begin reading? One of the more unique phenomena we observed was that there...

Where Books Fit in the World of Content

Where Books Fit in the World of Content

I originally wanted to title this article “So What Is a Book Anyway?” as the last few years have seen a shift in what actually constitutes a book. Taking a step back, when we were children we were taught what a book was by being handed, naturally, a physical book. It had a cover...

Ebook Metadata: Everything You Need to Know

Books Cannot Become Mere ‘Content’

I originally wanted to title this article “So What Is a Book Anyway?” as the last few years have seen a shift in what actually constitutes a book. Taking a step back, when we were children we were taught what a book was by being handed, naturally, a physical book. It had a cover...

How Authors Should Advertise on Facebook

How Authors Should Advertise on Facebook

The chatter about Facebook ads in book marketing circles these days is all about building massive email lists and selling books. And although I am in that corner, I also believe that there are many entry-level advertising opportunities for authors with smaller platforms and budgets to grow their fanbases and email lists without breaking...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

Hugh Howey

DBW Interview with Hugh Howey, Author

Hugh Howey is a New York Times best-selling science fiction author and one of the most vocal proponents of self-publishing. His biggest hit, Wool, was published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program and ballooned into a best-selling series that went on to win Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 Award. Wool has also been optioned by...