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Books That Don’t Start Strong Will Lose the Reader

Books That Don’t Start Strong Will Lose the Reader

“In the first post in this series, I introduced the notion of the ‘Internet of Bookish Things’ to describe how (e)books were now nodes on the Internet that could record how books are being read,” writes Andrew Rhomberg in a blog post for Digital Book World. “And in last week’s post, ‘Reading Fast and...

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Barnes & Noble’s Chief Digital Officer to Speak at DBW16

Barnes & Noble’s Chief Digital Officer to Speak at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9 in N.Y.C. Fred Argir to Share Insights During DBW 2016; Early-Bird Registration Deadline Is Feb. 8, and the Final Pre-Conference Registration Rate Expires March 6 NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2016) — The 7th Annual Digital Book...

How to Pick the Best Ebook Format

How to Pick the Best Ebook Format

“As a book designer, I understand the desire to mirror a book’s print design with its ebook counterpart,” writes Kevin Callahan in a blog post for Digital Book World. “But as an ebook reader and developer, I know that print publications are different enough from their digital versions that one design does not always...

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B&N to Carry ‘Put Me In The Story’ Personalized Books

Barnes & Noble announced today that it is partnering with Put Me In The Story, a personalized book service owned by Sourcebooks. Two-hundred Barnes & Noble stores will carry the personalized books, including You! by bestselling author, artist, and designer Sandra Magsamen, The Night Night Book and I Love You So by award-winning and...

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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...

10 Ways Publishers Can Beat Amazon

10 Ways Publishers Can Beat Amazon

Recently, I’ve been talking to people in the book industry about a new program my company is launching that allows individuals and organizations to retail ebooks and audiobooks like the big three do: Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. One of the most common questions I get asked, though, is, “How can anyone compete...

Amazon Has Destroyed Barnes & Noble

Amazon Has Destroyed Barnes & Noble

The book and music retailer said sales fell again in its most recent quarter. It also reported a bigger loss than last year—and more red ink than what analysts were expecting. Perhaps most alarmingly, Barnes & Noble’s long-term debt tripled from a year ago to $192 million. The company has only $13.4 million in...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Ebook developer Joshua Tallent has been using his Digital Book World column recently to discuss some best practices, ideas and opinions about ebook front matter. And in his latest installment, he concludes his deep dive into the table of contents. For many years, publishers and readers have complained that there are no page numbers...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Ebook developer Joshua Tallent has been using his Digital Book World column recently to discuss some best practices, ideas and opinions about ebook front matter. And in his latest installment, he dives into the table of contents. Speaking to the Nav Doc, Tallent writes: “In EPUB 2, the Table of Contents (TOC) is actually...

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Barnes & Noble Announces Nook Audiobooks App

Barnes & Noble announced the release of the Nook Audiobooks App for iPhone and iPad, as well as a new website, NOOKAudiobooks.com. The website has been designed to complement the apps, allowing customers access to a selection of more than 60,000 audiobooks online with the ability to listen anywhere. The app allows customers to...

Transformation and Life Among the Giants

Transformation and Life Among the Giants

The best super-early pricing for our seventh annual Digital Book World conference—moving from January to early March, still in New York City—expires today, November 9th. We are continuing to clear more speakers and panels for posting, including keynoter Virginia Heffernan, who will look at how the Internet and digital technologies have changed our fundamental...

The Popularity of E-Readers Declines

The Popularity of E-Readers Declines

The Pew Research Center has a new report out on the demographics of device ownership in the United States. Nineteen percent of adults report owning an e-reader—a handheld device such as a Kindle or Nook primarily used for reading ebooks. This is a sizable drop from early 2014, when 32 percent of adults owned...

Ebook Service Epic! Wants to Be Netflix for Kids

Ebook Service Epic! Wants to Be Netflix for Kids

Epic!, an ebook subscription service for children 12 and under, launched less than two years ago, but it has already achieved a major milestone: more than 10 million books read. The company, which works with more than 100 American publishers—including HarperCollins, Macmillan and National Geographic—also announced that it has added more than 500 Spanish...

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Barnes & Noble Announces New Stock Repurchase Program

Barnes & Noble announced on Tuesday that its Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program for up to $50 million of its common shares. Under this program stock repurchase may be made through open market as well as privately negotiated transaction occasionally in amounts subject to management’s approval. There is no expiration...

Why Academic Publishing Needs Digital Platform Solutions

Why Academic Publishing Needs Digital Platform Solutions

While traditional books are standalone products, marketed separately and designed to inform without context, their use in academic contexts can be very different, according to Bob Pritchett. In a blog post for Digital Book World, Pritchett writes, “Students use large amounts of digital content in a specific subject area in a short time. Their...

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Barnes & Noble Expands Nook Lineup

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Expands NOOK® by Samsung Lineup, Launches New NOOK Trade-In/Trade-Up Promotion Addition of New 9.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK® Brings NOOK Reading and Entertainment Experience to Large Screen Trade in Select Devices at a Barnes & Noble Store for Credit Toward Purchase of Any NOOK by Samsung Device Through...

Are Readers Finishing Books?

In a blog post for Digital Book World, Jellybooks Founder Andrew Rhomberg discusses book completion rates amongst digital readers, and how that information might affect publishing. Data revealed earlier this year shows that only 60 percent of books purchased are ever opened. “And that says nothing about whether they are even finished,” Rhomberg writes....

This Is How You Use Facebook to Sell Books

This Is How You Use Facebook to Sell Books

Digital Book World has been hosting a discussion over the last two weeks about the effectiveness of authors using Facebook to try to sell their books. One author said the platform should be an author’s marketing base. Another said it was a complete waste of time and money. Mark Dawson, a best-selling self-published author,...

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Barnes & Noble Unveils Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble and Samsung Unveil New Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK® Best Ever NOOK® by Samsung Brings Together Samsung’s Most Powerful Tablet with NOOK’s Reading and Entertainment Experience Barnes & Noble and Samsung’s Thinnest, Lightest and Ultra-Fast Tablet Now Available in Barnes & Noble Stores and Online at NOOK.com New York,...

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Scribd Selects New VP of Strategy

The subscription content platform Scribd announced today that it has hired its first Vice President of Strategy and New Content Verticals, Theresa Horner. Horner comes most recently from Barnes & Noble, where she served as Vice President of Digital Content and worked on the Nook ereader. Before that, she was Senior Director of Operations...

Why the Future Is Freelance

Smart outsourcing, according to John Bond, “helps bring about effective change as and when you need it, and it empowers your internal team.” Bond, the CEO of whitefox, a UK network of publishing freelancers, argues in this DBW post that when it comes to keeping everything in-house, “this particular ship has already sailed. The...

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Amazon Doing More for Authors than Publishers Are

“Most of Amazon’s success is due to their own stellar performance: innovating, investing, executing, and having a vision of what could happen as they grew,” writes Mike Shatzkin. Moreover, most of what Amazon has done to boost its business has “benefited most publishers and helped them grow their sales and their profitability.” These two...

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Mobile Putting New Focus on Customer Relationships

There’s reason to believe the major tech companies understand a lesson outside publishing that’s steadily reshaping the rules of the game within it. Google recently took steps to sharpen its e-commerce edge against Amazon among mobile users. Yet few observers believe Google wants to become an e-tailer itself. Rather, the race is for relationships...

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Training to Win as the Publishing Game Changes

Inkling’s Matt MacInnis has had some strong words for publishers lately. He’s argued that their key product—the book—is losing its value to consumers and that, as a result, “the software industry is eating publishing for breakfast.” But by his own account, there’s more to that story. “Every established publisher has pockets of innovation,” MacInnis...

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Barnes & Noble Beats a Path Back to Retail

Barnes & Noble names a new CEO to help steer the company back toward its roots as a bookstore chain after the spinoff of its college division is completed this summer. Ronald D. Boire, the head of Sears Canada, comes to Barnes & Noble with executive-level experience in retail and consumer technology, with a...

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Barnes & Noble Selects New CEO to Refocus on Retail

The bookseller appoints Ronald D. Boire, the current head of Sears Canada, to serve as CEO of Barnes & Noble’s retail division beginning in early September. He is set to continue at the helm of the bookstore business that will remain after Barnes & Noble spins off its college division this summer. Boire will succeed Michael Huseby, who will become Executive...

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Apple Loses Antitrust Appeal

An appeals court yesterday affirmed Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 verdict finding Apple guilty of violating antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to fix ebook prices. The majority opinion in the two-to-one ruling finds Cote’s judgment in the case “amply supported and well-reasoned.” But a dissent from the third judge on the panel lays the...

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Disney Rethinks Publishing in a Tech-Driven Market

The Walt Disney Company combines two divisions into a new Consumer Products and Interactive Media segment, in response to what the company calls “changing consumer preferences in a marketplace increasingly influenced by technology.” Disney Publishing Worldwide will now be housed within the combined segment, which Disney says will be better positioned to utilize its...

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What Programmers Can Teach Publishers

“If publishers had zero tolerance for repetition and boring administrative tasks,” Bibliocloud CEO Emma Barnes asks, “what would the industry look like? And how would publishers’ organizations reflect that internally?” Barnes learned how to code only after founding a small press, and she says the experience has since made her a better publisher. Programmers,...

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Focused Book Marketing in a Fragmented Market

“The key change authors and publishers need to embrace—and it’s a change that’s both an opportunity and a challenge—is that the book discovery landscape is fracturing,” Goodreads co-founder and CEO Otis Chandler says. Some see that shift leading to readers exercising more control over how content is curated and discovered. For publishers, Chandler explains,...

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Rakuten Buys OverDrive

The company that Kobo’s former head once called the “Amazon of Japan” significantly enlarges its ebook business by scooping up OverDrive in a $410 million deal announced yesterday. Acquiring the library distributor is Rakuten’s latest major push into the digital content space, one of three key growth areas the Japan-based company says it’s targeting....

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When the Indie Math Doesn’t Add up

There’s little argument that most self-publishing platforms offer authors a far greater share of the income from their work than traditional publishing contracts often do. But there’s usually more to the equation. One key variable no route to publication can ever guarantee is sales. And in many cases if authors find they’re unable to...