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Here’s Another Way Digital Could Complement Print

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and that many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the...

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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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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...

What’s the Missing Ingredient for Unlimited Reading Services?

What’s the Missing Ingredient for Unlimited Reading Services?

I’ve been a fan of unlimited e-reading services for at least a couple years now. When Oyster Books went under I shifted to Kindle Unlimited. For short-form magazine content I use Texture, the offering formerly known as Next Issue. Prices for these services are typically in the $10-15/month range and, for the most part,...

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...

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

If you are a publisher of books that are not strictly narrative, are your ebooks a mirror image of your print books? Or have you taken advantage of the capabilities that the EPUB3 format provides to offer readers an enhanced reading experience? Ebooks, in rudimentary form, have been around since the 1980s, predating many...

Who Cares How You Read? Just Read.

Who Cares How People Read? Just Read.

There has been a lot of press lately about data that looks like it’s pointing to declining ebook sales and surging print sales. There has also been some chatter about the inferior experience of reading ebooks. “The biggest point,” writes ebook developer Laura Brady in a blog post for Digital Book World, “that I...

Who Cares How You Read? Just Read.

Who Cares How You Read? Just Read.

There has been a lot of press lately about data that looks like it’s pointing to declining ebook sales and surging print sales. There has also been some chatter about the inferior experience of reading ebooks. The biggest point, though, that I think gets lost in some of the print book / ebook hullabaloo...

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Oyster Ups the Ante on E-Reading Experience

If the e-reading experience were better, would more people pick up the habit? Oyster is hoping they might. Much as Kobo aims to convert print devotees with its latest e-reader, Oyster intends a new feature to make e-reading “more comfortable and enjoyable for our existing users” as well as to court “readers who might...

Amazon Refreshes Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

The latest version of Amazon’s popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is available for preorder starting today. The device retails for $119 and will ship on June 30. The new Kindle Paperwhite improves on the screen resolution of its predecessor, with a 300 ppi display featuring twice the pixels of the earlier model. It also utilizes Bookerly, Kindle’s recently designed default...

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Oyster Adds Light-Adjusting Technology for Easier E-Reading

Oyster, the ebook subscription service and retailer, adds a new feature to its e-reading platform that adjusts the color and brightness of mobile users’ screens in order to improve the e-reading experience. Called Lumin, the software decreases the amount of blue light emitted by LED screens, which some recent research has suggested can be harmful to readers’...

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Kobo Entices Booksellers to Sell Ebooks

Expanding its partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA), Kobo launches a program that rewards booksellers for getting customers to try ebooks. Called “eRead Local” and due to kick off later this summer, the initiative offers booksellers $5 for every new customer they drive to Kobo, plus a $5 credit for customers toward their first...

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Smartphone Ownership Hits 64% in the U.S., Millennials “Heavily Dependent”

64% of American adults are smartphone owners, a figure that’s risen from 35% just four years ago, according to the latest Pew study. For many, the devices are a primary means of accessing the Internet. 15% of Americans say they have few other ways to get online besides their smartphones. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of those who rely most on...

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How to Reach Millennial Readers

For book publishers, millennials can be a tricky bunch. They appear to favor print as well as offline, word-of-mouth book recommendations on the one hand, while driving an enormous share of social media activity on the other. Meanwhile, publishers’ marketing resources remain limited, and many are struggling to build relationships with readers where such...

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New Survey Finds Millennial Readers Clinging to Print

A new study by Publishing Technology finds U.S. millennials—defined as people currently between the ages of 18 and 34—almost twice as likely to read a print book as an ebook. That finding squares with similar print preferences Pew researchers found among older readers as well. Among adults 18 and up, 28% read an ebook in 2014 as compared with the...

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Why Print Still Matters

E-reading may be growing in popularity, but most publishers today know to expect more incremental gains than ebooks first met with during their early boom years. In the meantime, print books are doing just fine. A recent study of authors’ publishing choices and outcomes finds that “despite the focus in much current debate on authors’...

Kobo Offers Ebook Catalog on Third-Party E Ink Devices

Related: Hear Directly from Kobo President Michael Tamblyn at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] E INK ANNOUNCES KOBO EBOOK ACCESS PROGRAM Targeting E Ink’s Hardware Partners, the Program Seeks to Extend Kobo.com’s eBook Catalogue to a Larger Number of E Ink Enabled Devices Billerica, Mass. (December 2, 2014) – E Ink Holdings, an ePaper...

Ebooks, E-Reading Devices to Top Children’s Holiday Gifts

Among the various high-tech gifts and gizmos parents are planning to buy for their children this holiday season, ebooks and e-reading devices are likely to be among the most popular, according to a new survey by PlayCollective and Digital Book World. 45% of parents surveyed said they plan to buy a new device for their...

E-Reading’s Social Future

Bookmate's founder on why subscription ebooks alone won't cut it, the subscription model expands to audiobooks, a new multiplatform publishing imprint draws on film industry, Amazon says it botched Fire Phone pricing and more.

Google Play Rethinks Nonfiction Ebooks

New features show Google Play differentiating e-reading UX by genre, a look at one of the growing mobile device maker Xiaomi, consumers prefer Fire Phone ads to Fire Phone, why Sony might be considering ebook resale and much more.

Rethinking Ebooks for Web Browsers

Why publishers and ebook developers are looking anew at browser-based e-reading, new Nook gets a bigger screen, Scribd accused of ebook piracy, ALA upbraids Adobe on data gathering, Baker & Taylor expands to New Zealand and more.

Kobo Gives a Data Lesson

Kobo helps authors and publishers put their ebook data to use, poor UX hinders mobile e-reading, debating whether Amazon's a monopoly, Amazon ups investment in video, Lenovo pushes tablet-based e-reading in India and much more.

Hope for the Future of Books

A new study finds reading and library use are strong among younger Americans, HarperCollins enters the Chinese book market, Barnes & Noble bemoans ebook prices, new leadership at Andrews McMeel and more.

Millennials Read and Use Libraries as Much as Their Parents, Study Finds

A Pew report released today suggests the future for books and libraries is bright because younger Americans are still reading as much as their elders. The findings offer another, more hopeful facet to the evolving portrait of millennials’ reading habits, at a time when other recent research shows that demographic putting down books in favor of other media, a...

World Cup and Ebooks

E-reading habits in soccer-crazed countries, Richard Russo objects to Amazon's latest move in Hachette battle, the FTC sues Amazon over children's in-app purchases, Simon & Schuster partners with the U.S. military, and much more.

Three Trends Among Ebook Readers

This Wednesday, Digital Book World and The Huffington Post Books are co-hosting an exclusive, specially-priced webcast (just $9.99) to find out what ebook readers are actually reading. What limited data exists on ebook sales still doesn’t tell you much about what consumers think of the titles they buy after the buy them. So we’re...