Ebooks

IFLA Report: Library Ebook Lending Worldwide Lags Behind U.S.

Major publishers have widened U.S. libraries’ access to their catalogs in recent months, but as a new background paper from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) asserts, that isn’t happening everywhere around the world. According to the report, “the overriding ebook issues for libraries continue to be the withholding of content and...

Amazon Spells Out Objectives in Hachette Negotiation

In a short note today on its website, the Amazon Books team spelled out for observers and readers just what its goals are in its negotiation with Hachette. Amazon says that its overall goal is to make more money for itself, for publishers and for authors, and to help reading compete better with other...

Amazon Revenue up as Losses Mount

Amazon's latest financial figures halfway through a busy year, Amazon helps authors set prices, Scholastic sees growth and expects more, 90% of American libraries now lending ebooks, John Ingram invests in Mediander and much more.

20 Marketing Questions Self-Published Authors Must Answer

If you’re a self-published novelist, your line of books is your small business. Like any small business, you need a marketing strategy. There are lots of marketing activities that you can engage in to promote your book, but before you start doing any of them, take the time to think like a marketer by asking yourself...

Young Readers Power Ebook Growth

The titles driving revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014, the scoop on Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited service, rising demand for audiobooks licensing, Apple's payout through investors' eyes, Aquafadas upgrades and more.

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.

Crowdfunded Self-Publishing Expands

Pentian brings its model for Spanish-language books to the U.S. market, Omnific's two new agreements, Simon & Schuster's library ebooks' impact on consortia, Google takes aim at Amazon and much more.

Crowdfunding for Books: Pentian’s Self-Publishing Model Expands to U.S.

In the Spanish-speaking world, one digital publishing company has disrupted the traditional publishing process by creating an online platform that combines full-service self-publishing with crowdfunding. This platform allows authors to present their projects, lets backers pledge and support them and provides financial rewards to all involved once the books sell. The company is called...

The Written Word in Transition: An Interview With Lisa Gitelman

These days, it often feels like the publishing industry is at the crossroads where old technologies meet the new. But this transitional phase is not unique to our times. Over the years, writing formats have been in constant flux, from letterpress, to mimeograph, to PDFs and, now, digital books. Lisa Gitelman studies the history of documents at New York University....

Thank You, Simon & Schuster

As reported earlier today, Simon & Schuster announced that it is converting its pilot on library ebook lending to a national program. Frankly, for some time I thought this day would never come. Flash back to a wintry day in 2012 in New York City. This was the first American Library Association (ALA) leadership...

Evolution In Storytelling: How Disney Publishing is Shaking Up Digital Books For Kids

Where are digital children’s books headed? The Digital Media team at Disney Publishing believes interactivity and reader-defined narratives are the way of the future. The line of digital apps for kids from Disney Publishing is breaking down the barriers between games, books, and movies with their line of story-infused apps. “We see the digital format as an...

Free Webcast: Discovering Innovation in Digital Books—A Treasure Hunt

Join us on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a roundtable-style webcast showcasing the cutting-edge in digital publishing. So many digital books, so little time! Here at Digital Book World, we’re always on the lookout for exciting, elegant and innovative digital books–yes, they’re out there!–that inspire...

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Romance Ebook Sales Stats From Europe: Dominance and Submission

In a genre full of dominance and submission, we rip away the bodices and lift the masks to reveal the truth behind the sales figures. Figures from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) in this report from late last year highlight that romance/erotica is the top selling ebook genre and has the largest gap in digital...

Rizzoli Unveils Three Category Winners of BigJump Literary Award, Launched in Italy with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

More than 500 self-published novels participating and more than 500,000 views in the BigJump dedicated section on the online platform provided by Italian startup 20lines Rizzoli announced the three Category Winners of BigJump, the first literary award in Italy for self-published novels, launched by Rizzoli, Amazon’s KDP and the Italian start-up 20lines. BigJump is brand-new form...

Candlewick Offers Low-Priced YA Ebooks via the E-Volt Blog

Teens and young adults are a fast growing part of the ebook market, reading digital books on a range of devices—tablets, smartphones, and e-reader devices. With YA books being snapped up by Hollywood for its hottest new films, the YA market has never been more valuable to publishers. But with so many titles out there,...

Production Demands Push Publishers to Develop Software

Publishers aren’t software companies, at least according to digital production experts speaking at the International Digital Publishing Forum at Book Expo America in New York City this morning. But with publishers striving to develop ever more cutting-edge digital products, that could be changing. On one extreme is O’Reilly Media, which built its own digital production workflow...

Self-Published Authors Predict Fewer Hybrids, More Indie Clout

Related: What Advantages Do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors? | Work on Authors by Sociologist Dana Beth Weinberg “We do what we want,” best-selling indie author Bella Andre said, pithily summing up the advantages self-published writers enjoy in the digital marketplace, on a panel this morning at the International Digital Publishing Forum at Book Expo...