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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 Goodreads giveaways to...

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How to Make the Most of 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. (If you need tips on best practices, read this article.)...

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Ushering in the New Era of Ebooks in India

The ebook market in India is at the cusp of a major revolution. By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world, with nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, as per a report by E&Y. India has become the second biggest smartphone market in terms of active unique...

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Goodreads Rolls Out Kindle Ebook Giveaway Program

Goodreads announced in a blog post that it has established a giveaway program for Kindle ebooks, currently in beta. Previously, the program had only been available for print books. Authors or publishers—whoever controls the digital distribution rights—can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook and choose how long the giveaway will...

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Goodreads Introduces Kindle Ebook Giveaway Program

Goodreads announced in a blog post that it has established a giveaway program for Kindle ebooks, currently in beta. Previously, the program had only been available for print books. Authors or publishers—whoever controls the digital distribution rights—can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook and choose how long the giveaway will run....

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Jeff Bezos: ‘I Don’t Recognize This Amazon’

In the aftermath of the New York Times’s expose of Amazon’s white-collar working conditions, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sent a memo to Amazon employees acknowledging that the “anecdotes” in the article displayed “shockingly callous management practices.” Yet while Bezos doesn’t refute any specifics in the Times report, he says that its overall portrait of...

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Publishers Need to Manage Expectations

When managing a publishing business, or any business for that matter, there’s always a lot that can go wrong. There are two “looming dangers,” Emma Barnes writes in her latest DBW post: the fact that staff, suppliers and customers can often let you down, and that the money you spend on any infrastructural changes...

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Steering Discovery with Readers in the Driver’s Seat

By some accounts, the book discovery landscape is much more fragmented and reader-driven than it’s ever been. And by certain measures, it’s also more difficult for authors and publishers. “Millions of books are now published every year,” Goodreads co-founder and CEO Otis Chandler acknowledges. “Mass media, already the preserve of the rarified best-selling book...

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Focused Book Marketing in a Fragmented Market

“The key change authors and publishers need to embrace—and it’s a change that’s both an opportunity and a challenge—is that the book discovery landscape is fracturing,” Goodreads co-founder and CEO Otis Chandler says. Some see that shift leading to readers exercising more control over how content is curated and discovered. For publishers, Chandler explains,...

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How to Work with Influencers to Drive Book Discovery

Ask authors and publishers about the biggest challenge they face, and chances are the top answer you’ll get is book discovery. Yes, it’s been the No. 1 issue in the industry for years, but it’s getting increasingly difficult. Millions of books are now published every year. Mass media, already the preserve of the rarified...

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Why Ebook Developers Should Share Tools

One possible reason why many tools for ebook developers are “still decidedly sub-par,” as digital production expert Laura Brady sees it, is the lack of runaway growth in the market. With print and digital production practices sometimes shakily finding a balance, ebook developers are often left to choose among limited resources to produce high-caliber work....

Goodreads Adds 180,000 Free Audiobook Samples

Beginning later this week, Goodreads will let users listen to free audio samples of 180,000 titles on its platform through a new “Listen” button drawing from Audible’s digital audiobook catalog. Those samples will be available to all Goodreads users whether or not they are Audible customers, but the new feature comes with an offer of a 30-day free trial...

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Closing the Gaps in Readers’ Sales Journeys

Few publishers have marketing programs in place at every stage of a reader’s path toward making a book purchase. That’s partly because most publishers are still figuring out how to build meaningful relationships directly with their readers. But as marketing expert Murray Izenwasser and others have recently argued, a great discoverability strategy no longer...

Social Media Marketing, for Novelists, Is Relationship Building

What is social media marketing for an author? If you’re fairly introverted, humble, or shy, you may not like the idea marketing your own work.  But social media marketing does not have to mean getting on a loudspeaker and booming out self-lauding messages. That model for promotion is not necessary. Instead, think about marketing as building...

Goodreads for Kids Biblionasium Adds Multimedia Content Tools for Book Discovery

[Press Release] BIBLIONASIUM ADDS MULTI-MEDIA CONTENT AND TOOLS TO FACILITATE BOOK DISCOVERY FOR YOUNG READERS Just In Time to address the Summer Slide, Young Readers are Introduced to Books via Advanced Digital Tools The COPPA Compliant Social Reading Website for Kids, partners with publishers to bring digital content to its audience BiblioNasium, the fastest...

Four Ways to Rock Goodread’s New “Ask the Author” Feature

Building relationships with readers is a valuable way for an author to grow book sales. The Goodreads book recommendation site has recently extended its author tools with a new feature called “Ask The Author” that allows authors to answer fans’ questions. The way Ask The Author works is that readers visit participating authors’ pages on Goodreads and...

Goodreads Adds ‘Ask the Author’ Functionality

Book social media site Goodreads has added a feature that allows users to directly interact with their favorite authors. From the Goodreads blog: If you could ask Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini, or James Patterson anything, what would it be? Maybe you want to know their writing inspiration, what they read as a guilty pleasure,...

Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature

[Press Email] Our members have been asking for a long time for a quick way to add their Amazon book purchases to their Goodreads shelves. So, we’ve come up with a new way to help: Today, we’re starting to roll out an Add Your Amazon Books feature! You can now add books you’ve purchased...

When Kids Write Book Reviews

Between Amazon, Goodreads, Tumblr, the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, it’s not hard to find book reviews. But what about real reviews written by real readers of books for children under 13? Biblionasium, the “Goodreads” for kids, has found a way, and as of today offers the ability for...

‘Goodreads for Kids’ BiblioNasium Upgrades With Reviews Written by Kids

[Press Release] BiblioNasium Releases New Upgrades to Advance Children’s Book Discovery and Reading through Cultivating the Next Generation of Book Reviewers  Award-winning site continues to provide a safe virtual reading community where kids discover, track, review and recommend books. BiblioNasium, the fastest growing digital social network that supports and promotes the independent reading activities...

BookBaby Bulks Up on Marketing

BookBaby beefs up its promotional offerings with two partnerships, Hugh Howey and the author "revolution," BEA's overtures to the indie community, codeMantra's new owners and much more.

Self-Publishing Platforms Pool Marketing Resources

The ebook publisher and distributor BookBaby announced expansions to its promotional package BookPromo with tools to help authors promote their work through Goodreads and NoiseTrade Books. Titles published through BookBaby now be included in the Goodreads database. NoiseTrade, originally a music marketing start-up that recently adapted its platform for books, allows authors to make their titles...

Goodreads Author Program Hits 100,000 Authors

In seven years, leading book-focused social media network Goodreads has gathered 100,000 authors to its banner, the company announced on its blog today. Goodreads now has more than 25,000,000 registered users that those authors can interact with, according to a spokesperson. The company will now have special “author badges” that authors can add to...

Chick Lit Authors Give Away Bubble Bath To Promote Their Books

Authors today must run their own promotions, including raffles and giveaways. In December, chick-lit author Gale Martin ran a giveaway. Here’s a Q&A Case Study of her marketing program. Beth Bacon: Please describe your holiday promotion, what exactly what was your offer and to whom? Gale Martin: Three Booktrope “chick lit” authors—Meredith Schorr, Laura...

BiblioNasium Aims to Be Goodreads for Kids

With about 75,000 registered users — and growing by 1,000 every week — BiblioNasium is probably the biggest digital book start-up that you’ve never heard of. It’s like Goodreads for kids with tools built in for teachers and parents to monitor and encourage reading and learning. Most of the site’s users have been signed...

Goodreads, Kindle Free Time Now Available on Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon is continuing to integrate Goodreads, its prime book-related acquisition of 2013, into the rest of its ebook business. Goodreads is now available on the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Earlier this week, the book-focused social networking platform was also featured in the latest operating system for the Kindle Fire tablet device. With Goodreads on the...

Amazon Integrates Goodreads Into New Kindle Fire Operating System

Amazon’s latest big book-related acquisition is starting to be fully integrated into the Kindle reading experience. In the latest upgrade to the Kindle Fire operating system, Goodreads has been built in to the Kindle reader so users don’t have to leave a book and open a separate Goodreads app to enjoy social reading experiences....