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Some Tips to Make Your Ebook Look Great

In my previous post, I offered a few ideas on how to make ebooks feel unique by taking advantage of some visual design cues. But I neglected to mention one crucial step: test, test, test your EPUB and MOBI files on multiple devices and apps. A simple example: try using a very light blue...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Ebook developer Joshua Tallent has been using his Digital Book World column recently to discuss some best practices, ideas and opinions about ebook front matter. And in his latest installment, he dives into the table of contents. Speaking to the Nav Doc, Tallent writes: “In EPUB 2, the Table of Contents (TOC) is actually...

publishers, sales, retail, genre fiction, apps

How to Find the Right Tool for the Job

“What you have to understand about us,” says every publisher ever, “is that we are a little bit different. We’re not like everyone else.” “I talk to a wide range of publishers about their workflow and processes,” Emma Barnes writes in a blog post for Digital Book World, “and it’s true that each publisher’s...

Apple’s Tablet Sales Sink 15% in 2014 as Market Slowdown Continues

The trend seen in the first half of 2014 carries through to the full year as well, with Apple having shipped 15% fewer iPads in 2014 than it did the previous year, according to new data from ABI Research. Meanwhile, Samsung’s tablet sales are up 7% for the year, continuing the growth charted back in September. According to ABI’s analysts, “the...

Simon & Schuster North Star Way SimonSays authors self-publishing

Simon & Schuster Sweetens the Deal for Authors

It’s no secret many authors aren’t convinced traditional publishers offer them contract terms worth signing for. Over the past two years, Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest have tracked some of that dissatisfaction in our annual Author Surveys. Enter Simon & Schuster’s North Star Way imprint, which the publisher bills as a more “client-centric...

Putting Big Data to Work

Clearing up common misperceptions about data analysis in publishing today, a sneak peek at Apple's newest tablets, the Fire Phone still isn't catching, weighing Amazon's physical retail logic and much more.

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.

Tablet Growth Disappoints in First Half 2014, iPad Sales Down, Samsung up

[Press Release] Branded Tablet Growth Expected to Disappoint with Only 2.5% Growth; Apple Down and Samsung Up ​The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in...

Writing With Pictures: The Inside Story of a Wordless Picture Book

Wordless picture books are a special sub-category of children’s books. Even digital books are going wordless. What does it take to create such rich non-verbal tales? All the drama, action and emotion are conveyed with illustrations, not words. I spoke with Anne Belov, the author/illustrator of Pandamorphosis, a new picture book available on the...

India’s Ebook Industry Shows Great Potential

The ebook industry in India is still an emerging market but feels like it’s about to grow – it’s like a storm brewing in the distance. It continues to swirl and swirl, yet it’s not certain when it will unleash in full force. As founder and managing editor of e-Books India, India’s largest online...

Digital Apps For Early Learning: A Glimpse At Kumon Publishing

Can digital tablets help children learn skills like penmanship? Can interactive apps foster appreciation for the sounds of language? Kumon Publishing North America is exploring these questions. The company that’s known for its educational learning centers has introduced two digital apps for kids. One, titled Uppercase ABC’s: Learn To Trace Letters, is a digital workbook...

Apple Adds Another 48 Million E-Reading Devices to Market in Q3

Apple sold another 48 million iPads and iPhones in the third quarter of 2014, according to its latest earnings report. Its year-over-year iTunes revenue also increased 12% in the quarter, which includes digital book sales. While iPhone sales were up 13% in the quarter to 35.2 billion units, iPad sales were down 9% versus...

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...

iPad Sales Slow as Tablet Competitors Rise

Despite pumping another 60 million e-reading devices into the market, including 16 million iPads, Apple may be losing its grip on the tablet market. According to a new report from ABI Research, Apple competitors grew their tablet businesses by a combined 79%, while Apple managed only 13% growth. While more Android and other tablets...

Apple Pumps Another 60 Million E-Reading Devices Into Market

Another quarter, another avalanche of revenue and profit from one of the world’s most admired tech companies, Apple. While the company’s $45.6 billion in revenue and $10.2 billion in profit were of interest to Wall Street, publishers should be more interested in the 16 million iPads and nearly 44 million iPhones the company sold...

Multimedia Ebook Creation App Pholium Updates

[Press Release] Announcing a Major Update to the Multimedia ebook Creation App, Pholium New automated features are included in the iPad app along with helpful editing functions. After several months of development, 58 North presents the updated iPad app, Pholium v3.0. The multimedia ebook creation app is already useful for making high quality iPad...

Shatzkin Takes the Measure of Industry Change Since DBW Launch in 2010

“When we started DBW, there was very little questioning of what a book actually was,” recalled Mike Shatzkin, CEO of The Idea Logical Company and conference council chair of Digital Book World 2014, where he shared reflections on the industry this morning in New York City. That’s changed, and with it, the business of...

Digital Book World 2014: Four Years Later What Has the iPad Wrought?

CORRECTION: This press release was originally titled “Five Years Later What Has the iPad Wrought.” This is the fourth anniversary of the iPad and the fifth Digital Book World Conference. We regret the error.  [Press Release] Digital Book World 2014: Four Years Later what has the iPad Wrought? NEW YORK – December 2, 2013 –...

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...

Apple’s Latest Tablet, iPad Air

[Press Release] Apple Announces iPad Air—Dramatically Thinner, Lighter & More Powerful iPad iPad mini Features Stunning Retina Display & 64-bit Apple-designed A7 Chip SAN FRANCISCO—October 22, 2013—Apple® today announced iPad Air™, the latest generation of its category defining device, featuring a stunning 9.7-inch Retina® display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to...

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...

Tablets Reign as Digital Platform for Children

By Beth Bacon The tablet is now the leading device for e-reading among children, according to a recent report from PlayCollective and Digital Book World. In the past six months, tablets have overtaken dedicated e-readers as American kids’ digital reading platform of choice. 84% of e-reading children now have access to tablets, up form...

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...

5 Ways Tablets Will Change K-12 Education

by Beth Bacon Tablet shipments to schools grew 103% in the last year according to research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The report states  “that momentum will continue as the 2013 back-to-school season approaches.” This growth in tablets will affect learning and classroom management—but how? Here are five ways tablets will begin to change K-12 education. Change...

ebooks, children's publishing, books, physical books

Are Ebooks Worse for Kids Than Paper Books?

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 ebooks are poor choices for kids? Last month, the UK’s National Literacy Trust concluded...

Pew: Third of Americans Now Own Tablets

Some 34% of U.S. adults now own a tablet computer, like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Amazon Kindle Fire, according to the latest numbers from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The number of Americans acquiring tablets is exploding. Just a year ago, only 18% owned tablets, according to Pew. In May 2010,...

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...

A Call For “Delight” In Education… Now Made Possible By Tablets

Is it too much to ask that children should experience delight in school? Delight and learning don’t need to be polar opposites. Educator Maria Montessori once said, “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” But in most K-12 educational institutions, student happiness seems to be pretty low...

When will Kindles become free?

When you hear the term “loss leader” you think of grocery stores and discount warehouse chains. You don’t think about technology or publishing. Until now. Amazon recently announced price cuts on its Kindle Fire Tablets. The lowest priced model was slashed 10% to $159. Amazon states production efficiencies are the reason for the price cut....