Ebooks

DBW, digital book world

The Trade, Its Resilience, and Its Data

In its opening on Tuesday, the eighth annual Digital Book World conference in New York City attracted some 650 registrants. This year’s new structure included four distinct programming tracks and a “captain” for each: ● Laura Dail for Editors, Authors, and Agents; ● Bill Kasdorf for Production, Distribution, and Operations; ● Rick Pascocello for...

w3c, idpf, epub, ebooks

What Are the Benefits of the IDPF-W3C Merger?

A self-appointed “Save the IDPF, Save EPUB” committee has recently formed to publicly attack the IDPF/W3C combination plan and announce a campaign of its own with the goal “to keep the IDPF going as a standalone trade organization.” This group sees the combination as a “threat to the long-term health of the ebook industry.”...

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Why the IDPF-W3C Merger Will Be Great for EPUB and the Book Industry

NOTE: The following represents personal opinion, not that of IDPF or W3C. A self-appointed “Save the IDPF, Save EPUB” committee has recently formed to publicly attack the IDPF/W3C combination plan and announce a campaign of its own with the goal “to keep the IDPF going as a standalone trade organization.” This group sees the...

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5 Questions with George Kerscher, CIO, Daisy Consortium

George Kerscher is the chief innovations officer of Daisy Consortium, as well as a senior advisor for global literacy at Benetech, and president of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). George is a recognized international leader in document access, as well as an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by...

DBW, digital book world conference

5 Questions with Peter Hildick-Smith, CEO, Codex-Group

Peter Hildick-Smith is the CEO of Codex-Group, where he leads book audience strategy research through large sample, quantitative pre-market testing. Prior to founding Codex, Peter was the chief marketing officer for GE Capital Global Consumer UK, and the SVP of customer management for GE Capital Retail Financial Services North America. He also served as...

google, apple, amazon, digital, content, ebooks

How We Can Better Merge Print and Digital

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...

google, apple, amazon, digital, content, ebooks

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...

influencer marketing, books, dbw, digital book world, publishers

What Does Influencer Marketing for Books Look Like?

Susan Ruszala is an experienced business consultant specializing in go-to-market strategies for new businesses and business lines. As the former president of NetGalley, Susan transformed the business from a failed start-up to a successful, well-established and growing B2B subscription business operating internationally. Susan is a frequent and well-known speaker within the industry, and is also an...

bowker, dcl, digital publishing, publishers

2016 Digital Publishing Survey Results

Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL), which converts content into digital formats, and Bowker, the official U.S. provider of ISBNs, released the results of their 2016 Digital Publishing Survey. One of the primary takeaways is the worry over quality and consistency when content moves from print to digital. This year’s survey is the third joint...

authors, discovery, digital publishing

Book Discovery, Author Empowerment, and Digital Publisher Solutions

At DBW, we have a running series called “Company Snapshots,” in which we profile companies in the industry that are tackling problems from a unique angle. Here are some of the recent profile’s we’ve run: Vearsa provides digital publishing solutions for today’s publishers. They handle everything from conversion and distribution to sales reporting. They...

indie authors, ebooks, bookstores

8 Tips for Indie Ebook Authors to Sell Print Books at Local Bookstores

Online stores are the most common venues for indie authors to sell their books, whether in digital or print format. And while digital publishing gives authors access to readers around the world, many self-published writers are also eager to get their books into neighborhood bookstores. So if you’re an indie author interested in getting...

DBW, digital book world conference

6 Questions with DBW 2017’s Peter Costanzo

Peter Costanzo is the digital and archival publishing manager for The Associated Press. He is also an award-winning book producer and he teaches the “New Media Technology: Formats and Devices” course at New York University. Peter is also a speaker at DBW 2017, where he will discuss new approaches to some old ideas in...

big data

Why Big Data Could Be Big Trouble

Equal parts mathematician and political activist, Cathy O’Neil has calculated the impact of algorithms on society. For the most part, she says, big data adds up to big trouble. When it comes to human activities, algorithms are expected to be models of objectivity, owing to their basis in mathematical formulae and reliance on enormous...

amazon, rapids, ebook, app, reading

Amazon Rapids and the Dumbing-Down of Reading

At first I thought it was a “Saturday Night Live” parody about ebooks for kids. We’re so addicted to info-snacking, seemingly less able to (and interested in) focus on long-form reading, so let’s create a new platform that helps foster even shorter attention spans for our kids. Amazon Rapids is nothing more than a series of...

ebooks, apps, reading, games, books, audiobooks

Ebooks, Print Under Glass, Apps and the Future of Reading

Reading a book used to be considered a fairly straightforward experience. You opened the book (it was a print book) and you started reading. Today we have ebooks and audiobooks, which, to varying degrees, have changed our reading experiences. With an ebook, we can read that same print book on our phones, on our...

ebooks, apps, reading, games, books, audiobooks

Do We Really Need to Innovate the Reading Experience?

Reading a book used to be considered a fairly straightforward experience. You opened the book (it was a print book) and you started reading. Today we have ebooks and audiobooks, which, to varying degrees, have changed our reading experiences. With an ebook, we can read that same print book on our phones, on our...

overdrive, ebooks, libraries, schools, app

Overdrive to Donate Hundreds of Ebooks to 1,000 Elementary Schools

Digital reading platform Overdrive announced yesterday that it is donating a collection of hundreds of popular ebooks to up to 1,000 elementary schools. The initiative is part of Overdrive’s marking its 30th anniversary. School officials can click here to apply to receive the donation for their school through the end of the school year. Overdrive...

facebook, authors

How Authors Can Get Started Using Facebook

Love it or hate it, Facebook is a strong platform for authors, regardless of genre. With more than one billion users, you’re bound to find a community interested in your book(s). But before you get started, though, let’s talk about common Facebook terminology and best practices. Facebook Profile Versus Page When you sign up...

libraries, authors, self-publishing, ebooks, publishers

Borrowing Trouble? Selling Digitally-Published Books to Libraries

An author wants as many people to read her books as possible. But if you’re only published digitally, it can be difficult for people to find you—much less spend the money to read you—if they don’t already know what they’re looking for. Libraries are one place that people can find authors who are new...

book publishing, publishers, books, ebooks, subscription services

How the Film Industry Could Change Book Publishing

Since 2005, multiple business models have been flourishing in the Scandinavian ebook market. With Storytel’s acquisition of its Danish rival subscription service provider Mofibo earlier this year, the large Northern European player is leading the way for the next generation of subscription services in the book industry. However, as seen in the music industry,...

rights, publishers, data

Top 10 Rights Hacks for Publishers

On the first official day of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Jane Tappuni of IPR License and Kris Kliemann of Kliemann and Co. gave a presentation on the Publishing Perspectives stage in which they outlined the top 10 hacks publishers should implement when considering how to sell their rights. One of the biggest takeaways from...

publisher, micro-publisher, business, books, sales

Why It’s Time for Publishers to Think Outside the Market

Over the last 12-18 months, after a challenging, industry-evolving 5-7 years, there is a growing sense of cautious positivity in many parts of the book world. Print book sales are rebounding (or at least not still sliding, depending on whom you listen to), and ebook sales are now on a more predictable, if slower,...

publisher, micro-publisher, business, books, sales

It’s Time for Publishers to Think Outside the Market

Over the last 12-18 months, after a challenging, industry-evolving 5-7 years, there is a growing sense of cautious positivity in many parts of the book world. Print book sales are rebounding (or at least not still sliding, depending on whom you listen to), and ebook sales are now on a more predictable, if slower,...

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The Hybrid Author: Everything You Need to Know

Digital publishing has drastically changed the landscape of the publishing industry, opening up new paths to success. Once upon a time, the only way for an author to get their books into the hands of readers was to land a deal with a publisher and allow them to distribute your title. This took a...

google, google play, ebooks, data, amazon, kindle, apple, ibooks

How Did Google Screw Up Book Discovery?

Even though you probably never stray from Amazon’s Kindle reader app, I’d like to encourage you to expand your horizons. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on Apple iBooks and Google Play, for example, to explore other platforms and keep Amazon honest. After all, Amazon’s need to innovate diminishes if ebook platform...

google, google play, ebooks, data, amazon, kindle, apple, ibooks

Google Experiments and Fails with Book Discovery

Even though you probably never stray from Amazon’s Kindle reader app, I’d like to encourage you to expand your horizons. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on Apple iBooks and Google Play, for example, to explore other platforms and keep Amazon honest. After all, Amazon’s need to innovate diminishes if ebook platform...

digital learning, e-textbooks, publishers, aap, students, classroom

New Studies Show the Value of Digital Learning Materials

Digital textbooks are helping college students get higher grades and learn better, according to several new studies reported on by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). One study that followed students using Pearson’s digital learning platform for a two-semester Anatomy and Physiology course found that there was a 13-percentage-point improvement in students earning an...