Setting the Record Straight on Author Data

Reevaluating Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings claims based on the data, self-publishing and the state of the ebook market, a subscription service for kids’ audio books, forecasting the rise in ereading and much more.

Webcast: EDUPUB–The What, Why and How

Join us Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT / 6:00 PM GMT for a free webcast where you’ll learn about the latest opportunities in interactive digital educational content through the newly developed EDUPUB standards. Educational …

Ebooks Power Hachette to Strong 2013 Finish

Hachette’s fourth-quarter bump from digital sales, Amazon’s continued momentum on the ebook best-seller list, a new business forum for self-published authors, new spins on questions about relevance and elitism in traditional publishing and more.

Hachette Sees Revenue, Ebooks Grow in 2013

Full-year revenue in 2013 jumped 6% from the previous year at Hachette Book Group, according to its parent company Lagardère’s latest earnings announcement. That’s partly thanks to a significant uptick in digital sales, which grew 33% last year and now …

Charting Ebook Growth Slowdown

While ebooks continue to boom around the world, the growth of ebook revenue and e-reading adoption in the U.S. has slowed somewhat. The infographic below charts several of the data points that observers and analysts have highlighted when citing an …

Some Differences Between Ebooks, Enhanced Ebooks, And Apps

Digital storybooks for children come in many flavors: ebooks, enhanced ebooks and apps. What’s the difference between the three? They each offer different capabilities, require different production tools, have different price points, and serve different consumer needs. Capabilities and production …

Making Ebooks Educational

Tracking the drop in educational e-content use as kids grow up, a new Common Core-aligned math series, the latest of Barnes & Noble’s woes, rising competition in the academic ebook market and more.

A Fresh Perspective on Digital Publishing

A sweepstakes winner’s take on her first DBW, Wal-Mart’s two-year plan to give Amazon a run for its money, Amazon’s new Christian imprint, bridging the publisher and indie author communities and much more.

Why Publishers Should Partner With Start-ups

Publishers must partner with start-ups in order to speed innovation, Jellybooks founder Andrew Rhomberg said in a talk at Digital Book World 2014 in New York this morning. There are a number of challenges publishers face, according to Rhomberg, that …

Semantics and Simplicity Are Keys to ‘Future-Proof’ EPUB3 Content

“Think about what your content means. We lose sight of the fact that content actually means something,” said Josha Tallent, chief ebook architect at Firebrand Technologies, discussing the practical aspects of EPUB3 at the Digital Design and Production Conference at …

Welcome to the Digital Book Era

Making sense of the leveling ebook market, executive reshuffling at Barnes & Noble, publishing for the Common Core standards, challenges for publishing start-ups and more!

Adult Ebook Sales Flat in September and Year-to-Date

What has been a worrying trend for ebook publishers in the U.S. continued through September 2013, according to the latest report from the Association of American Publishers. Ebook sales in the month were up 3.5% versus the same period last …

BISG Report – A Few More Ebook Stats

The BISG just released their latest report, Consumer Attitudes Towards Ebook Reading. It is a 41-page document chocked full of fascinating stats and information. There are major sections devoted to ebook market trends; pricing issues and eReading devices. As with …

“The Best of Both Worlds?” – Not So Sure…

Amazon made the headlines once again with the introduction of Amazon Source. This is an outreach to independent bookstores to sell Amazon Kindles. The headline on their site states, “The Best of Both Worlds.” Needless to say, many bookstore owners …

Authors Connect With Live, Virtual Events

Standing alone on a stage in a nightclub, comedian Wali Collins understands the power of personal engagement. “My joke may succeed or fail, but at least I get immediate feedback,” he said. So when he wrote a self-help book, The …

Study: Ebook Growth Stagnating in 2013

According to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group, for the past year or so, the share of all new ebooks sold — both in units and dollars — has been flat at about 30% and just under 15%, respectively.