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What Self-Published Authors Should Know About Hard Copies

This is part five of a six-part series. Ebooks might be cheap to produce and distribute, but many authors still choose to do a short print run or make their books available in stores on a print-on-demand basis. Readers still like printed books—they’re not going away any time soon! And even if you don’t...

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Amazon Launches All-New Kindle and Updated Paperwhite

Amazon announced today that it is releasing a new version of its Kindle e-reader. The device is thinner and lighter than the previous Kindle, and and has twice the memory. It also has a more rounded design and is available in black or white. The new Kindle remains $79.99 and will be available July...

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Amazon Is Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

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How Amazon and Audible Are Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

How to Build a Successful Indie Press

How to Build a Successful Indie 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...

How Siri, Alexa and Other IPAs Will Revolutionize Publishing

How Siri, Alexa and Other IPAs Will Revolutionize Publishing

For the past several years, I’ve been writing about how containers, such as books, newspapers and magazines, are slowly fading away. They’ll certainly be around for many years, but their relevance will slip into the background as personalized, digital content streams become more important. The more I think about the future, the more I...

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How Books Are Changing

Working in this industry, I frequently think about the state of reading today. Given that many of us now read more on digital devices than we do with physical books, I find myself wondering how that shift has affected our reading habits. Do we skim more and retain less? Does it matter what type...

authors, writer, ebook, ebook formatting, self-publishing

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Formatting

This is part three of a six-part series. You’ve got your finished manuscript in Microsoft Word and you’re ready to turn it into an ebook. You need to convert it into MOBI format (for Amazon Kindle) and EPUB (for everywhere else). There are various companies, tools and programs that can convert your file for...

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Why Amazon Is Not Innovative

It’s 2016. We are landing rockets on floating platforms in the ocean. Engineers are developing high-speed transportation systems in which pressured capsules ride on air cushions facilitated by linear induction motors. A network of high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons is being designed to float on the edge of space so that everyone on the planet can...

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Amazon, Ebooks and the Lack of Innovation

It’s 2016. We are landing rockets on floating platforms in the ocean. Engineers are developing high-speed transportation systems in which pressured capsules ride on air cushions facilitated by linear induction motors. A network of high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons is being designed to float on the edge of space so that everyone on the planet can...

Author Earnings’ New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing

Author Earnings’ New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing

Author Earnings posted a new report on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses. According to the dataset they used, the ebook prices of the publishers’ most-heavily-promoted frontlist launches were, for the most part, still priced between $12.99–$14.99. But, as the report points out, once you take a step back and look at...

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Amazon Announces Fire HD 10 in Silver Aluminum and with More Storage

Amazon announced today that its Fire HD 10 now has new enclosure and internal storage options. Customers can order the Fire with a silver aluminum all-metal enclosure for the same price as the existing black color option. The Fire is now also offered with 64GB of internal storage for $289.99, in addition to the...

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...

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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...