Libraries

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 York Public Library...

ebooks, libraries, overdrive

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 of what they’re...

Read an Ebook Day, ebooks, overdrive, libraries, digital reading

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 of what they’re...

data, code, algorithm, publishers, bestsellers, new york times, books

Can We Actually Use Data to Predict Bestsellers?

The upcoming book The Bestseller Code is getting a great deal of buzz, forcing many of us to ask the question, Can one genuinely predict what kind of book will become a New York Times bestseller (typically considered the most prestigious bestseller list)? The promise of a formula for predicting a bestseller is getting...

Pew Research Center

Pew: Americans Express Positive Views on Local Libraries

The Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey today that asked Americans about their views on local libraries. Overall, most Americans view public libraries favorably, according to the survey, with 77 percent saying that their libraries provide them with the resources they need, and 66 percent saying that the closing of...

ebooks, publishers, books

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 opt for the...

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 very successful ones—but...

audiobooks, books, content, iphone

Why Audiobooks Are Not the Same Thing as Books

Let’s get this out of the way: I love audiobooks. Since reluctantly trying them earlier this year, I have found I cannot get enough of them. I listen to them all the time. They have become part of my daily routine. But as I listen to more and more audiobooks—sometimes as many as two...

discovery, publishers, discoverability, metadata, books, readers

What Self-Published Authors Should Know About Hard Copies

This is part five of a six-part series. Ebooks might be cheap to produce and distribute, but many authors still choose to do a short print run or make their books available in stores on a print-on-demand basis. Readers still like printed books—they’re not going away any time soon! And even if you don’t...

Publishers Need to Question Everything

Publishers Need to Question Everything

I’ve given myself a few moments over the last month to look at some of the ventures I’ve been fortunate to be involved in, as well as the business plans that arrive in my email. In each case, I have instinctively tested them against basic business principles. I’ve also been reviewing my publishing businesses...

What Macmillan's Acquisition of Pronoun Means

What Macmillan’s Acquisition of Pronoun Means

Pronoun has an interesting history. It was incorporated seven years ago, in 2009, under the name “Vook,” a portmanteau of the words “video” and “book.” The fledgling company was started not long after the launch of the iPhone (2007), and Apple’s app market (2008) created excited speculation among publishing and technology pundits that enhanced...

PCG

Global Study Finds Institutional Library Budgets to Increase 1.4%

Publishers Communication Group, Ingenta’s publishing consultancy arm, announced today the results of a study that found that institutional library budgets across the globe will increase by 1.4 percent overall this year. The worldwide study interviewed senior librarians in 686 institutional libraries, Full press release below: Institutional library budgets set to increase, global study concludes Boston,...

Indie Author Day

SELF-e Helps Launch Indie Author Day

SELF-e, a joint venture between BiblioLabs and Library Journal, announced today the launch of the first annual Indie Author Day, which will be on October 8, 2016. Events will occur locally at libraries across North America, and there will also be a global digital gathering. Full press release below: FIRST ANNUAL INDIE AUTHOR DAY...

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

Data has been a feature of book publishing for some time now. About 15 years ago, data became even more prominently used, as publishers could see sales data from competitors through then-new services like Nielsen Bookscan. The fundamental function of a publisher is to make a decision on what to publish (curation). Like a...

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day Campaign Now Includes Facebook Donate Option

Penguin Random House announced today that readers can now donate to National Readathon Day through Facebook. The publisher is working with the American Library Association (ALA) on the community-building initiative. National Readathon Day is this Saturday, May 21. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the National Book Foundation and its...

Boopsie

Boopsie Releases Case Study on DC Library Collaboration

Boopsie today released a case study on its collaboration with the DC Public Library. The platform-as-a-service provider worked with the library to develop a customized app that provides access to the library’s services. Full press release below: DC Public Library Goes Mobile to Connect with its Diverse Community Newly released case study explores community’s...

marketing, books, book marketing, publicity, authors

National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the...

audiobooks, print books

4 Reasons Authors Should Produce Audiobooks

Recently, an author commented in a writer’s forum that he was just starting to create audiobooks and felt like he was coming late to the party. I could understand why he’d feel that way. After all, news sites and other authors often discuss the explosive growth in the audiobook market, noting that this industry...

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the...

Amazon Makes $30 Million Deal to Sell Ebooks in NYC Schools

Amazon Makes $30 Million Deal to Sell Ebooks in NYC Schools

Amazon won a $30 million deal Wednesday to provide ebooks to New York City public schools, according to The Wall Street Journal. New York’s Panel for Education Policy voted in favor of the three-year deal with the Department of Education, which will go into effect in the next school year. If the three years...

OverDrive

Overdrive Adds Titles from DC Comics

Overdrive announced yesterday that it has added more than 150 comics and graphic novels from DC Comics to its catalog. Public library and school systems in the United States and Canada now have access to titles such as Batman: The Killing Joke, Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes,...

Boopsie

Boopsie’s User-Friendly Library Mobile App Is Now Live

[Press Release] Abu Dhabi University Library Works with Boopsie to Develop User-Friendly, Custom Mobile App Abu Dhabi University partners with leading platform-as-a-service provider to meet growing user demand for library mobile apps in Middle Eastern universities Sunnyvale, CA – April 18, 2016 – Boopsie, Inc. broadened its reach into new strategic international markets with...

The Challenges for Women in Book Publishing

The Challenges for Women in Book Publishing

On April 12, the Book Industry Guild of New York held a panel discussion with four women in book publishing to discuss their professional experiences and challenges faced within the industry. The discussion, titled “Groundbreaking Women: The Second Wave,” was moderated by Karen Romano, Thomson-Shore’s director of business development, and featured Barbara Marcus, president...

OverDrive

OverDrive Adds 500 New Publishers to Global Ebook Catalog

[Press Release] OverDrive adds 500 new publishers to global eBook catalog for schools and libraries Enhanced eBooks using EPUB3 and HTML5 enable publishers to grow sales LONDON — April 11, 2016 – OverDrive, the industry-leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, continues to expand internationally as new channel partners...

How Reedsy Aims to Streamline Indie Publishing

How Reedsy Aims to Streamline Indie Publishing

Since Reedsy’s launch in November 2014, the company has made some interesting moves when it comes to developing its product. At its core, Reedsy—which was founded by Emmanuel Nataf, Matt Cobb, Ricardo Fayet and Vincent Durand—is an online marketplace that connects independent authors with marketing and design professionals. And now, with a new product...

hoopla

HarperCollins Signs Audiobook Deal with hoopla digital

HarperCollins announced a new audiobooks deal today with hoopla digital, a free service that offers library patrons online and mobile access to more than 450,000 movies, ebooks, music and more. Starting today, the publisher is offering its entire digital audiobooks catalog to the service, including Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of...

Open Ebooks, school, educators, app, e-reading, library

Open Ebooks App: ‘Enabling the Joy of Reading’

Last April, President Barack Obama announced a non-governmental ebooks program called Open Ebooks, an app that gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles. Part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative that aims to jumpstart learning technology in K-12 schools, the program is for any educator, student or administrator from one of the 66,000+...

The Surprise Transformation in Our Industry

The Surprise Transformation in Our Industry

In the opening session of yesterday’s Launch Kids conference at Digital Book World 2016, Sourcebooks CEO and Publisher Dominique Raccah spoke to the innovations her company is making, as well as the greater trends in the children’s/young adult book publishing sector. “The surprise transformation in our industry,” Raccah said, “is the persistence of traditional...