Ebooks

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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...

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What Authors Need to Know About Goodreads Giveaways

Authors looking to boost book promotion efforts should consider incorporating a presence on Goodreads. It’s an established site filled with potential to really boost book marketing plans. In fact, some authors have elevated this to an art form and have become Goodreads rock stars. Once you’ve established yourself on Goodreads, adding...

social media, authors, sales, books, facebook, twitter

Authors, Stop Doing These 10 Things on Social Media

Almost every author has been told at some point, “You gotta get online and promote.” But only a small percentage of authors have actually been coached on social media best practices, resulting in hundreds of authors using social media completely wrong and turning readers off rather than attracting them. If you...

libraries, ebooks, app, publishers, authors

Library Loans Are a Double-Edged Sword

Denmark experienced rapid growth in digital lending from libraries between 2011 and 2015. At first this was a welcome source of new revenue for publishers. But by the middle of 2015, the digital lending market had grown even larger than the commercial market for digital book sales. Similar to the New...

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Celebrate International Read an Ebook Day Today

Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16. Throughout the day, readers have a chance to win a tablet by sharing what they’re reading, pictures...

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Today Is International Read an Ebook Day

Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16. Throughout the day, readers have a chance to win a tablet by sharing what they’re reading, pictures...

content, publishers, marketing, discovery, books

Author Cori McCarthy Shares Her Book Marketing Strategies

Cori McCarthy is the author of four novels for young readers: The Color of Rain (Running Press, 2013), Breaking Sky (Sourcebooks, 2015), You Were Here (Sourcebooks, 2016) and the forthcoming Now a Major Motion Picture (Sourcebooks, 2017). I interviewed McCarthy to discuss ebook marketing and the transition of a book into a...

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How Well Are Publishers Connecting with Their Readers?

From a publisher’s point of view, the people who actually buy and read books are still mostly nameless and faceless individuals. This, despite the fact that there are plenty of opportunities for publishers to establish a direct relationship with consumers. I’m not necessarily talking about selling direct; I’m referring instead to...

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How Publishers Can Develop Better Ebook Pricing

There is no shortage of opinion on ebook pricing—but if you publish academic, professional or technical material, then you will know that useful guidance is much harder to come by. Yet pricing is often the first issue raised by new clients of our ebook distribution service—even those with well-established digital publishing...

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What Agents Should Know About Ebooks Made from PDFs

Agents, here’s what you should know about ebooks made from PDFs: they’re not perfect. Knowing this will put you in a better position to protect your authors’ work. While an ebook made from a PDF is almost certainly better than one made from a scan (OCR), don’t fall into the trap of...

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What Agents Need to Know About Their Authors’ Ebooks

Agents, here’s what you should know about ebooks made from PDFs: they’re not perfect. Knowing this will put you in a better position to protect your authors’ work. While an ebook made from a PDF is almost certainly better than one made from a scan (OCR), don’t fall into the trap...

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How Indexing Could Evolve with Ebooks

Earlier this year 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...

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What Authors Need to Know About Blog Tours

For every genre of ebook, there are hundreds of book bloggers—people who read books and post reviews on their sites. When ebook authors plan their book launches, many of them add blog tours to their marketing plans. A blog tour is series of pre-arranged blog posts, usually scheduled during the months...

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4 Tips for a Successful Ebook Blog Tour

For every genre of ebook, there are hundreds of book bloggers—people who read books and post reviews on their sites. When ebook authors plan their book launches, many of them add blog tours to their marketing plans. A blog tour is series of pre-arranged blog posts, usually scheduled during the months...

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Here’s Another Way to Monetize Ebooks

In today’s market there are typically two methods for ebook distribution: free and 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...

marketing, books, book marketing, publicity, authors

What Does Book Marketing Look Like Today?

Having run publishing businesses for 11 years, you would assume that I would know the answer to that seemingly basic question. But, speaking honestly, I’m not sure that I do. And I’m not sure that many other publishers do, either. This isn’t a criticism of publishers’ marketing campaigns—there are clearly some...

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Why Publishing Should Look More Like Podcasting

Did you make the same mistake I did and assume that podcasts are yesterday’s platform—that interest in them has plateaued (at best) and they’re not worth thinking about today? What seemed like a fad that’s dying off is actually showing nice growth. And I’m contributing to that growth, as I now...

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AAP: Ebooks Decline, Audio Grows and Publishers’ Sales Drop

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its new newest numbers this morning, which compare January 2016 to January 2015. Ebook sales took a big hit, according to the AAP’s numbers, dropping 24.9 percent to $99.9 million. Hardcover books didn’t do much better, falling 18.7 percent to $151.3 million. Paperback books,...

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Why Authors Should Talk to Their Publishers About OCR

If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news. The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation. What’s special about the year...

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What Authors Should Know About OCR

If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news. The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation. What’s special about the year...