Ebooks

Goodreads

Goodreads Introduces Kindle Ebook Giveaway Program

Goodreads announced in a blog post that it has established a giveaway program for Kindle ebooks, currently in beta. Previously, the program had only been available for print books. Authors or publishers—whoever controls the digital distribution rights—can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook and choose how long the giveaway will run....

Shelfie

Harvard Book Store Partners with Shelfie to Offer Ebook Bundles

Harvard Book Store announced today that it has partnered with the smartphone app Shelfie to offer ebook bundles on a select number of New York Times bestsellers. According to a press release, bookstores that partner with Shelfie see a 180-percent lift in sales on “books stickered with the offer of a free or discounted...

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...

Amazon

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...

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...

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

What are effective ebook pricing strategies in today’s book business? Based on trends we observe at Ingram Content Group from both publishers and readers, we think about three general segments for ebooks: entertainment value, education value and marketing value. Entertainment Value Most trade ebooks generally fit into the entertainment value segment. The hard part...

Ingram on Finding the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

Ingram on Finding the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

What are effective ebook pricing strategies in today’s book business? Based on trends we observe at Ingram Content Group from both publishers and readers, we think about three general segments for ebooks: entertainment value, education value and marketing value. Entertainment Value Most trade ebooks generally fit into the entertainment value segment. The hard part...

Here’s How Indexing Could Evolve with Ebooks

Here’s How Indexing Could Evolve with Ebooks

Last month I shared some thoughts about how indexes seem to be a thing of the past, at least when it comes to ebooks. I’ve given more consideration to the topic and would like to offer a possible vision for the future. Long ago I learned the value an exceptional indexer can bring to...

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...

Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts

Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts

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...

Ganxy

Ganxy Announces New Bulk Ebook Sales Feature

Ganxy, a company that helps publishers sell their content digitally, announced yesterday the launch of Ganxy Bulk Sales, a new feature that allows publishers to automate bulk sales and special orders directly from their website. In a blog post, the company wrote, “Until now, eBook bulk orders and special sales haven’t happened as often...

How One Small Publisher Is Lighting It Up

How One Small Publisher Is Lighting It Up

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...

Another Way to Monetize Ebooks

Another Way to Monetize Ebooks

In today’s market there are typically two methods for ebook distribution: free or paid. I’ve said before that one day we’ll see an ad-subsidized model take hold. Purists generally reject that concept, saying they won’t let advertisements interfere with their reading experience. That’s fine. They can pay full price, but I’ll sometimes opt for...

facebook, amazon, bookstores, ebooks, e-reading

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...

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...

OverDrive

Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools

[Press Release] ASCD and OverDrive Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools and Districts eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks use in the classroom on the rise with more teachers planning on using the digital content for curriculum use CLEVELAND — April 1, 2016 – Digital content use in schools is no longer...

reedsy, ebooks, indie authors, independent authors, self-publishing

Reedsy Aims to Streamline Indie Publishing

Since Reedsy’s launch in November 2014, the company has made some interesting moves when it comes to developing its product. At its core, Reedsy—which was founded by Emmanuel Nataf, Matt Cobb, Ricardo Fayet and Vincent Durand—is an online marketplace that connects independent authors with marketing and design professionals. And now, with a new product called Reedsy...

libraries, schools, book, reading

Why Publishers Should A/B Test Book Covers

Never judge a book by its cover. So the saying goes, yet consumers do it all the time. Every publisher and bookseller knows that covers sell books. But do consumers also form expectations from looking at the cover? Well, based on the results of some of the initial reader analytics data at Jellybooks, we...

Shelfie

Shelfie CEO: Books Should Be ‘Format-Shiftable’

Shelfie is an app that allows users to take a photo of their bookshelves and get ebook and audiobook versions of physical books they already own for free or at a low cost. The app also gives personalized recommendations based on the idea that the best recommendations come from a full picture of the books readers...

Bookticker

Bookticker Promotes Ebook Deals and Discovery

Bookticker, a new data-driven website for ebook deals, launched today. The platform uses metadata feeds from publishers to display new ebook deals in real time. Bookticker specifically focuses on promoting bestselling titles with reduced prices, publisher-promoted titles and titles that’ve fallen in price without any promotion. “We wanted to create a site that would...

How Is Technology Changing the Way We Read?

How Is Technology Changing the Way We Read?

I’m always interested in learning 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 of device...

A Publisher Strikes Gold with Personalized Adult Coloring Books

A Publisher Strikes Gold with Personalized Adult Coloring Books

In recent years, Put Me in the Story, the line of personalized books for children, has been a huge hit for its publisher, Sourcebooks. What’s more, this trend has coincided with the surge in popularity of adult coloring books. To that end, since the beginning of 2016, personalized adult coloring books have been responsible...

How One Company Is Democratizing Ebook Retailing

How One Company Is Democratizing Ebook Retailing

Imagine a world in which anyone can sell ebooks and compete successfully with Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. That’s the world Hummingbird Digital Media hopes to make a reality. Hummingbird, a subsidiary of American West Books, was born when Stephen Blake Mettee, Hummingbird’s president, and his colleagues became inspired at BookExpo America. “We...

Hummingbird, ebooks, retail, amazon, apple, barnes & noble

How Hummingbird Is Democratizing Ebook Retailing

Imagine a world in which anyone can sell ebooks and compete successfully with Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. That’s the world Hummingbird Digital Media hopes to make a reality. Hummingbird, a subsidiary of American West Books, was born when Stephen Blake Mettee, Hummingbird’s president, and his colleagues became inspired at BookExpo America. “We recognized that three companies...

language learning, apps, digital publishing

How One Publisher Is Revitalizing Language Learning

In this series of conversations with independent publishers, we’ll hear from some truly innovative people. These people are making waves, throwing shapes and shaking up different areas of the publishing industry. It’s rewarding to speak with entrepreneurs who love what they do and believe in their mission. Last month, I was alerted to the...

amazon, kdp, ebooks, self-publishing, publishers

Amazon Is a Weird Company

There isn’t a company that more directly affects book publishing than Amazon. The e-commerce giant’s tentacles are firmly wrapped around all publishers, just waiting to tighten when its terms are deemed a speck below satisfactory. And in recent years it has taken a further jab at publishers by being largely responsible for the self-publishing...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Ebook Sales Down 12.7 Percent

According to the latest StatShot report from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), ebook sales remained down 12.7 percent through November 2015, compared to the same 11-month period (Jan.-Nov.) in 2014. Additionally, Adult ebooks saw a 7.3-percent decline compared to that same timeframe. There are several reasons why the StatShot data has reflected a decline in ebooks, explained...

e-reader, e-reading, ebooks

Why I Want an iPhone-Sized E-Reader (But Not an iPhone)

There’s been some discussion lately around large-screen e-readers. Michael Kozlowski of Good E-Reader launched an Indiegogo campaign for a larger-than-normal e-reader—13.3 inches—and TeleRead offered a couple different takes on the hefty price point Kozlowski is proposing: $699. I should say up front that I don’t use e-readers as often as I’d like to. I...

ebooks, sales, publisher

A New Take on Ebook Windowing

Ebook windowing is a technique designed to prevent ebooks from cannibalizing print book sales. The original thinking went something like this: release a new title in print format only, thereby preventing e-cannibalization. The result? Frustrated consumers. If you’re an ebook reader, there’s nothing worse than realizing a digital edition doesn’t exist for that new...

Some More Tips to Make Your Ebook Look Great

Some More Tips to Make Your Ebook Look Great

In my previous post, I offered a few ideas on how to make ebooks feel unique by taking advantage of some visual design cues. But I neglected to mention one crucial step: test, test, test your EPUB and MOBI files on multiple devices and apps. A simple example: try using a very light blue...

Should Publishers Rely More on Data or Instinct?

Data Vs. Instinct – The Publisher’s Dilemma

It might as well be time to address the elephant in the room. The pachyderm that is causing fear, uncertainty and doubt among authors, agents and publishers is the prospect of how data, and reading data in particular, may affect the creative process of writing, editing and marketing books. My starting point shall be...