Ereaders

E-Reading Device Growth Slows

New data on the tablet market and why growth might have peaked, HP rolls out two new budget tablets, Simon & Schuster signs on with Danish subscription ebook provider, Bookshout! widens direct ebook distribution and more.

Kobo Debuts Waterproof Aura H2O Reader

Some claim that smartphones and tablets are already making ereaders obsolete, and it’s far from certain that the latest Nook Barnes & Noble released last week will turn around the bookseller’s sinking ebook business. But that hasn’t stopped Kobo from developing a new waterproof device, the Kobo Aura H2O, which it unveiled today. Kobo’s President and Chief...

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...

4 Easy Steps To An Irresistible Book Blurb

The blurb. The back-of-book description. The dust-cover copy. Whatever you call your book’s summary, it’s an important element of your marketing package. How to create a great book description? It comes down to four steps. Here is the formula: (1) Situation. Every story has to start somewhere, with some people in some sort of...

2 Ways Digital Books Benefit Kids, Research Shows

By Beth Bacon Ebooks aren’t so bad for children after all. New research by MeeGenius and LookTracker shows that when digital books with recoded narration and highlighted words are presented to children, the kids gaze at words longer and progress through the stories slower than when they’re read to by a caregiver. “We hear...

With Tablets in Schools, K-12 Teachers Must Learn New Techniques

by Beth Bacon As the 2013 school year begins, some of the newest members of the classroom are digital. Tablets are now part of the instructional landscape in more schools than ever across the United States. One-third of K-12 students said they used a tablet for school during the 2012-13 academic year. This fall, the number is...

The Amazon Timeline

Amazon made two announcements this week that continues their ongoing commitment to innovating and solidifying their lead in book retailing and customer service. The first announcement was the latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite. The news overshadowed others and kept Amazon ahead of their competition on devices. Plus this is the first Kindle to...

Are Ebooks Worse For Kids Than Paper Books?

by Beth Bacon Two recent surveys on children and digital books have generated headlines hinting at ebooks’ negative influence on kids. Are these reports two more sources of data proving that digital books are worse for children than paper books? Where, exactly, is the proof that e-books are poor choices for kids? Last month, the UK’s...

K-12 Teacher Survey: Tablets Are Beneficial But All Too Rare

by Beth Bacon K-12 teachers see tablets as beneficial to children, but most schools still have no access to tablets, according to in independent survey of teachers in the United States by E-Books And Kids, a website I run that covers issues in children’s ebook publishing. “I think the tablets could be very useful...

Digital Book Signings: A Range Of Technologies And Services

Part 2 in a 2-part series on digital book signing. See part 1 here. Digital book authors and publishers who are seeking to enrich their relationships with readers find digital signatures an effective way to connect with their most ardent fans. Today, authors have several e-signature options to choose from. Some services allow authors...

Digital Book Signings Help Grow Authors’ Careers

Part 1 in a 2-part series on digital book signing. See part 2 here. Book signings are an age-old tradition, but is it really necessary to extend this custom to ebooks? Today’s ebook signing services and apps not only make digital signatures are possible, they show that digital autographs can be valuable relationship-building tools for authors....

Want to know what’s next for ebooks? Ask a teen

Want to know what’s next for ebooks, tablets, e-readers, and mobile connectivity? Take a close look at teenagers’ behavior. “In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher for the Pew Research...

7 Must-Consider Strategies for Ebook Pricing

Is there room for new thinking on ebook pricing strategies? The medium is still new, so customer expectations have not been set in stone. Now’s the time for publishers and authors to think strategically about the cost of e-books. I’ve looked at ways businesses in other fields charge for their services and come up with some...

Top 3 problems with tablets in the classroom

by Beth Bacon One million iPads. That’s the number of tablets Apple sold to schools and colleges in the year before the current school year. It’s roughly double the number sold in the education market during the previous year. In the same conference call where Apple announced the exponential growth of iPads, they also...

Kobo, and another two big players, landed in Brazil

December 5th, 7:00pm. Kobo lands in Brazil in a partnership with Livraria Cultura, one of the best bookstores in the country and a pioneer on the online book sales business. The launch was at Livraria Cultura’s main store, in the heart of São Paulo – a wonderful building where, years ago, three movie theater exhibition...

The Un-tapped Potential of Backlist

While I am very big on looking to the future, there is one area where I think publishing should look to the past.  Traditional publishers are sitting on top of a gold mine that they have traditionally never exploited except when an author broke out:  backlist. The reason for this was limited shelf space. ...

Not Dead Yet!

Always good to use a Python quote. I was wondering whether someone would respond. I titled the post a bit outrageously to get reactions and Jeremy Greenfield did in his post. When I say traditional publishing the focus is on the traditional, not the publishing. I agree that there are many very smart people...

The Publishing Mind Shift

The Publishing Mind Shift The biggest change in publishing is under our control—if we allow it. It is our own mind shift in how we approach things. This video was shared with me by a student in a publishing course. What she gets that many established publishing professionals seem to struggle with is how...