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The Author Contract Battle Goes Global

The Author Contract Battle Goes Global

Dated January 5th, the Authors Guild’s open letter to the Association of American Publishers leads the loudest call yet for contract reform in publishing’s relations with authors. This is a coordinated campaign being mounted by the world’s key author-advocacy organizations. The letter’s signatories include the UK’s Society of Authors, the Authors Licensing and Collecting...

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a...

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable...

Posthumous Books Could Bring Lots of Dollar Signs

Posthumous Books Could Bring Lots of Dollar Signs

It’s been a banner year for authors who are no longer around to celebrate their success. A groaning shelf of recently published works by deceased brand-name writers, or those filling their literary shoes, shows that when it comes to books, gone does not mean forgotten. Or even unpublishable. Not by a long shot. This...

Get Used to Amazon Being Profitable

Get Used to Amazon Being Profitable

You may need to change the way you think about Amazon. It’s no longer just an e-commerce giant. It’s the world’s largest retailer. Period. And at the same time, it runs the world’s most successful cloud computing business. Last week, Amazon posted its third quarter earnings report, and for the second quarter in a...

The Evolution of US Digital Innovation in Publishing

How the US Innovates in Digital Publishing

“The United States has been at the forefront of digital publishing since the field’s inception,” writes Holger Volland, vice president of the Frankfurt Book Fair, in a blog post for Digital Book World. “And now, as digital is fully integrated into our daily publishing lives and the industry continues to expand the format of...

Social Media Marketing Is Backwards: Strategy Vs. Tactics

How to Define a Social Media Strategy

“The social media information highway is crowded and noisy,” Chris Syme writes in a blog post for Digital Book World. “There are more than 30 billion pieces of content shared on Facebook every month, and according to Twitter, there are 500 million tweets posted each day. What’s more, an average of 70 million images...

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Do Ebooks Earn More Money at Lower Prices?

“You don’t need books,” writes Brady Dale in the Observer. “You’ll keep breathing without reading.” Dale continues: “That perspective is important because it helps understand some insights about the prices of books, especially e-books.” With ebooks rising and print’s share of the market declining, there’s a fierce debate about what ebooks should cost. “The...

How Publishers Must Protect Their Business

How Publishers Must Protect Their Business

In a blog post for Digital Book World, Emma Barnes discusses the programming concept called “technical debt,” which is ”what you accrue when you write bad code or take some expedient shortcut or just think, ‘Nah, that’ll never be needed.’” “At some point, you might have to pay that debt off, or, in other...

Taste-Test Your Books: The Secret Sauce to Boost Sales

The Secret Sauce to Book Sales

“The publishing business is one of the few industries with the audacity to create a lot of new products without testing them on consumers first,” Rob Eagar writes in a blog post for Digital Book World. “Failing to test new products on consumers before launching them is a risky business move,” Eagar continues. “Yet...

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Friction as Book Reviews’ Roles Widen

Book reviews’ importance to discovery is arguably growing, and Amazon has taken note, cracking down on fake reviews and launching a platform to surface more relevant reviews to customers over time. Yet the e-tailer’s approach to book reviews is causing friction with some indie authors who say their reviews of other writers’ books are...

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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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Authors Recalibrate for Tight Book Market

Slow money is better than no money, or so it appears from the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey. Authors in this year’s sample who self-published their work were more likely to be satisfied than their traditionally published counterparts by more modest earnings. One reason why, writes Dana Beth Weinberg, who...

How Publishers Can Regain Leverage

Author and 'New Yorker' contributor Ken Auletta on whether publishers can--or should--up their clout in Amazon negotiations, unfinished business for Authors United, Kobo sizes up the global ebook market and much more.

Kobo Moves to Expand Ebook Footprint

Kobo partners with E Ink to bring its ebook catalog to users of third-party-built devices, iBooks rep unrepentant ahead of Apple appeal, Amazon gets more audiobook competition in Europe, a top Hachette sales exec departs and much more.

Self-Publishing Turns a Corner

Data suggesting the self-publishing market is maturing, HarperCollins expands in Germany, Simon & Schuster imprint scraps DRM, Nook puts news into libraries, rethinking English translation rights sales, new workflow tools and more.

Adobe Confirms It’s Gathering Ebook Readers’ Data

This post has been updated with new information. Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by The Digital Reader and Ars Technica that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the latest version of the widely used ebook platform, is gathering extensive data on its users’ ebook reading habits. According to Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, “Adobe is gathering data on...

Amazon Drops New Devices

A new line of tablets and e-readers quietly enters the market, Amazon outbids Google for ".buy" domain, Nook and 'The Bookseller' boost self-published authors, UK publishers lodge antitrust complaints against Amazon and much more.

Hope for the Future of Books

A new study finds reading and library use are strong among younger Americans, HarperCollins enters the Chinese book market, Barnes & Noble bemoans ebook prices, new leadership at Andrews McMeel and more.

Millennials Read and Use Libraries as Much as Their Parents, Study Finds

A Pew report released today suggests the future for books and libraries is bright because younger Americans are still reading as much as their elders. The findings offer another, more hopeful facet to the evolving portrait of millennials’ reading habits, at a time when other recent research shows that demographic putting down books in favor of other media, a...

IFLA Report: Library Ebook Lending Worldwide Lags Behind U.S.

Major publishers have widened U.S. libraries’ access to their catalogs in recent months, but as a new background paper from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) asserts, that isn’t happening everywhere around the world. According to the report, “the overriding ebook issues for libraries continue to be the withholding of content and...

Amazon Revenue up as Losses Mount

Amazon's latest financial figures halfway through a busy year, Amazon helps authors set prices, Scholastic sees growth and expects more, 90% of American libraries now lending ebooks, John Ingram invests in Mediander and much more.