Enhanced Ebooks

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How to Spot a Breakout Author

It’s been noted how a dearth of available sales data continues to bedevil efforts at gaining a clear, accurate picture of the ebook market. But publishers have learned to make strategic decisions based on more limited slices of information. As one case in point, Iobyte Solutions founder Dan Lubart shows how comparing trends on...

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Booktrack Turns Enhanced Ebook Retailer

The ebook soundtracking platform Booktrack now lets authors and publishers sell audio-enhanced titles to its users. Booktrack’s soundtrack-generating tools remain free to use, and so far only about 150 of the platform’s thousands of audio-equipped titles are for sale. But Booktrack says has ambitions to emerge as a retailer of “a new ebook genre.”...

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Booktrack Adds Retailing and Embedding Functions

The ebook soundtracking start-up Booktrack yesterday introduced monetization and embedding functionality to its platform. The move turns Booktrack into a retailer for what it considers to be “a new ebook genre,” according to the company’s Co-founder and CEO Paul Cameron: the ebook enhanced with immersive audio. Booktrack’s soundtrack-generating tools remains free to use and thousands of its titles free...

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Making Digital Strategies Pay

Has the digital shift stalled? With print sales jumping 3% in the past quarter and other indicators showing the format’s staying power amid flat ebook growth, the case for publishers to push further into digital might seem to be getting weaker. But the relative stability of the hybrid market now gives publishers an opportunity...

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The Kids Are Alright without Enhanced E-Reading

For all the time millennials are spending on digital platforms, they aren’t dropping everything in order to read on them. The numbers tell a pretty clear story. While e-reading is popular and growing among younger readers, two recent studies both find they’re still about twice as likely to read a print book as an...

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Young Readers Say No Thanks to Enhanced E-Reading

How do younger readers want to read? If you go by the numbers, so-called digital natives are just about as frumpy as their analog elders. One recent survey shows U.S. readers ages 18–34 almost twice as likely to read a print book as an ebook on any device. And while Pew researchers found ebooks’ popularity...

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Can the Movies Save Enhanced Ebooks?

It depends who you ask. The recent success of the enhanced ebook edition of American Sniper–which has reportedly sold over 166,000 copies, besting its unenhanced analog in the iBooks Store–has some asking whether a winning formula has been found at last. Film adaptations are well understood to boost the performance of the ebooks they’re...

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Apple Shifts Focus for iOS 9

One of the biggest developments for ebook publishers when Apple launched iOS 8 last September was the company’s decision to bundle the update with its iBooks app. At Digital Book World last month, iBooks Store Director Keith Moerer estimated 1 million new customers had flocked to iBooks each week between the iOS 8 rollout...

Hachette and Amazon End Feud

Amazon and Hachette put an end to their long-running dispute in a new agreement restoring agency ebook pricing, diverse analysis of the deal, Vook acquires digital publisher Coliloquy, sales flat at Bertelsmann and much more.

Land Rover Tries Ebook Publishing

The automaker releases an enhanced ebook as part of a new marketing campaign, Barnes & Noble tries ebook bundling, Amazon buys '.book' domain, Nook Media cuts staff, pricing worries stymie ebook growth in Europe and much more.

Land Rover Turns Enhanced Ebook Publisher

Perhaps the future on enhanced ebooks doesn’t hinge on cheaper-to-produce, universally supported interactive capabilities or on a more seamless multimedia reading experience. It could be that the what the format really needs in order to take off is corporate sponsorship. After all, one publisher recently announced a multimedia ebook partly underwritten by Sweet’N Low, in exchange for product placement within the...

Two Wins for HarperCollins

Sales are up 25% at HarperCollins in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Total revenue is up $406 million, from $328 million last year. That’s largely thanks to two things: a “modest” boost from the addition of Harlequin, which HarperCollins acquired this summer, and the continued strong performance of Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent series,...

Resuscitating Enhanced Ebooks

There has been some debate recently regarding the time of death of enhanced ebooks. While the distribution of books has changed enormously over time, from the invention of the printing press to e-readers, tablets and mobile phones, how we read remains much the same as it did 2,000 years ago. Despite frequent and vocal...

Lights Out for Enhanced Ebooks?

Whether it's still worth developing interactive digital content, a breakthrough in screen technology, why Apple is courting Alibaba, Amazon Prime stays hot as Fire Phone goes cold, mounting privacy concerns for mobile users and more.

Does the Closure of Atavist Books Signal the End of Enhanced Ebooks?

Was last week’s announcement of the closure of multi-platform book publisher Atavist Books the beginning of the final death knell for enhanced books? Hardly. This is a death rattle that’s apparently been dragging out for twenty years. At least that’s if you believe, as I do, that the enhanced ebook finds its roots in the wonderfully...

Enhanced Ebooks and Authors

Writing content to make use of digital capabilities, James Frey launches ebook publishing venture, Hachette author slams Amazon, Kobo rolls out 'Gone Girl' contest, Apple's latest legal woes and more.

Enhancing Ebooks: An Author Perspective

Right now we are facing a game-changing moment in publishing, where publication is possible for those who might never have achieved it before, an opportunity created by the rise of digital publishing. As an author I am excited by the opportunities that the digital medium presents and keen to find new ways to entertain...

New Enhanced Ebook Creation Platform Wants to Help Authors Create Ebooks for the Web

[Press Release] <PubML>™: A New Approach to Electronic Publishing Brings Enhanced EBooks to the Web A re-envisioned publishing platform is positioned to radically change eBook publishing by empowering authors to write, design, and sell books on the open web. Readers enjoy an enhanced viewing experience, free of limitations imposed by eReader devices. <PubML>™ has three...

Publishers Talking Innovation, Few New Ideas

When it comes to the question of digital innovation, publishers seem keen to do it but short on new ideas for how. At least so they say. Panelists at the International Digital Publishing Forum at Book Expo America in New York City this morning spoke enthusiastically about innovative approaches to digital publishing, but many of...

The Real Reason Enhanced Ebooks Haven’t Taken Off (Or, Evan Schnittman Was Right… For the Most Part)

According to a recent article on the Futurebook blog, so far no publisher has proven that Evan Schnittman, industry thought-leader and current executive vice president and chief marketing and sales officer of Hachette Book Group, was wrong when he declared enhanced ebooks and apps essentially dead and a non-starter for publishers during a presentation...

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 process of ebooks, enhanced ebooks and apps Ebooks are simplest to produce, but their capabilities...

Webcast: Creating Next Generation Content in Habitat

Join us Tuesday, February 4 at 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT / 5:00 PM GMT for a free webcast covering the tools and skills you need to create professional-grade content in Inkling’s Habitat publishing platform. Habitat is Inkling’s collaborative cloud publishing platform for professional publishers. Habitat makes it easy to author content...

Korean Cartoon Government Agency Releases Enhanced Ebooks in U.S.

[Press Release] Fast-Growing Korean Cartoon Industry Releases Series Of Animated E-Books To U.S. Market — Korea is 3rd Behind Japan and U.S. in World Cartoon Rankings — The Korea Manhwa Contents Agency (KOMACON), the government agency responsible for sharing comics and print cartoons created by Korean artists, announced today the release of several new...

Jim Carrey Jumps Into Enhanced Ebook Game

[Press Release] Jim Carrey’s Award-Winning Children’s Book, “How Roland Rolls,” Now An Enhanced E-Book Versions for E-Reader Devices Feature Abundant Special Effects, Original Music, and Character Voices How Roland Rolls , the first book by actor/artist Jim Carrey, recent winner of the 2013 Gelett-Burgess Children’s Book Award, is being released on December 17th as...

Workman Attempts to Juice Enhanced Ebook Sales With Holiday Promotion

Despite advanced hardware and software technology and great efforts by publishing houses, enhanced ebooks have yet to find similar success with readers as their straight-text brethren have. New York-based Workman Publishing is aiming to bring consumers around with a holiday promotion, including ebook giveaways, a sweepstakes and holiday ornaments (see photo below). “One of...

Giving up on Enhanced Ebooks Too Soon

For most publishers and in most cases, enhanced ebooks – those with added features like video, audio, interactivity and more – haven’t really taken off. The examples of commercially successful projects are few and far between. Meanwhile, the examples of well-produced, innovative “media-enriched” ebooks abound. So, what gives? It could be the retailers and...

Why it’s Too Early for Publishers to Give up on Media-Rich Ebooks

Some observers of digital publishing have questioned why the many powerful tablets in the market have not brought forth a new generation of media-rich ebooks that delight readers with new forms of digital reading experiences. Meanwhile the current common wisdom among publishers is that there is no viable market for what have become known...

Report From the Frankfurt Book Fair: Digital is Growing Up!

I have been attending the Frankfurt Book Fair for many years now. Many of you might agree with me when I say that there was a definite decline in the hustle-bustle during the first few days of the “Messe.” Although despite the calm, one could easily spot the influence of digital publishing everywhere. I...