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Top 10 Rights Hacks for Publishers

On the first official day of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Jane Tappuni of IPR License and Kris Kliemann of Kliemann and Co. gave a presentation on the Publishing Perspectives stage in which they outlined the top 10 hacks publishers should implement when considering how to sell their rights. One of the biggest takeaways from...

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The Top 10 Rights Hacks

On the first official day of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Jane Tappuni of IPR License and Kris Kliemann of Kliemann and Co. gave a presentation on the Publishing Perspectives stage in which they outlined the top 10 hacks publishers should implement when considering how to sell their rights. One of the biggest takeaways from the...

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Author Cori McCarthy Discuss Her Book Being Optioned

Cori McCarthy is the author of four novels for young readers: The Color of Rain (Running Press, 2013), Breaking Sky (Sourcebooks, 2015), You Were Here (Sourcebooks, 2016), and the forthcoming Now a Major Motion Picture (Sourcebooks, 2017). I interviewed McCarthy to discuss ebook marketing and the transition of a book into a movie. This...

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11 Ways Authors Can Overcome Marketing Dread

I was with a group of authors the other day when the conversation took a turn toward marketing. The group was unanimous in the declaration that they loved to write but loathed to market their work. Whether they were self-published or worked with a more traditional publishing house, whether they sold most of their...

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Why Publishers Will Need to Embrace Machine Learning

Over the past few weeks, Mike Shatzkin, Neil Balthaser and Ali Albazaz have debated whether machine learning systems will be able to predict a bestseller. It’s been an interesting exchange about the value provided by today’s publishing organizations and the future of predictive analysis. That said, the growing deployment of machine learning systems raises...

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What Authors Should Know About OCR

If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news. The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation. What’s special about the year 2008? Nothing, really....

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Distribution

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Distribution

This is part four of a six-part series. You’ve finished your book and you’re about to take the plunge and release it as an ebook. How can you make sure you’re fully prepared so that the process goes as smoothly as possible? Of course, you’ve already read the first three posts in this series,...

Everything Self-Published Authors Need to Know

Everything Self-Published Authors Need to Know

More and more authors are self-publishing their books today, and many are finding the model to be more lucrative and sustainable than working with traditional publishers. But for authors trying to get started, the arena can be hard to break into—in part because of the sheer volume of editing, production, distribution and design services available....

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Foreign Rights and Reader Analytics

Next week the London Book Fair will take place at Olympia in Kensington. This is one of the preeminent events for trading foreign rights in literary works, and I will therefore take the opportunity to discuss foreign rights as it relates to reader analytics this week. Lets have a look at Germany to explore further:...

Who Finishes More Books: Men or Women?

Who Finishes More Books: Men or Women?

Over the past couple months, Jellybooks has tested hundreds of books by embedding a piece of Javascript software called candy.js into ebook files. Readers received the ebooks free of charge in exchange for sharing their reading data with us and the publisher. The software recorded their reading data both online and off, and when...

The Benefits of Implementing a Rights Management System: Part II

Why Publishers Need a Rights Management System

Last week, David Marlin wrote the first part of a two-part series for Digital Book World discussing the benefits for publishers of implementing a rights management system. This week, Marlin offers the second part. In part I, Marlin discussed how a rights management system adds value to a publisher—value being defined as a combination...

The Show Must Go On – More Opportunities Than Ever for Publishers at MIPJunior

Opportunities for Publishers in the Television Landscape

“MIPJunior, the world’s largest showcase for children’s television rights, was both inspiring and invigorating this year,” writes Jacks Thomas in a blog post for Digital Book World. “It saw authors and TV producers, digital players and licensing gurus, all rubbing shoulders as they showcased the very latest content and debated the challenges and opportunities...

The Show Must Go On – More Opportunities Than Ever for Publishers at MIPJunior

The Show Must Go On – More Opportunities Than Ever for Publishers at MIPJunior

MIPJunior, the world’s largest showcase for children’s television rights, was both inspiring and invigorating this year. It saw authors and TV producers, digital players and licensing gurus, all rubbing shoulders as they showcased the very latest content and debated the challenges and opportunities in a world where on-demand and streaming platforms are transforming the...

Mechanical Sympathy Makes Rights Data Easy

How to Make Managing Rights Data Easy

“Mechanical sympathy is the ability to have an awareness of and empathy for how a machine works,” writes Emma Barnes in a blog post for Digital Book World, “as well as the capacity to adjust your engagement with that machine to help it perform optimally.” “If you have some mechanical sympathy for data and...

Mechanical Sympathy Makes Rights Data Easy

Mechanical Sympathy Makes Rights Data Easy

The way I drive, sometimes, you wouldn’t think I believe in mechanical sympathy. But I can assure you I do. Mechanical sympathy is the ability to have an awareness of and empathy for how a machine works, as well as the capacity to adjust your engagement with that machine to help it perform optimally. If you...

The Benefits of Implementing a Rights Management System: Part I

Why You Should Implement a Rights Management System

“What is the revenue potential of licensing at your organization, and how well are you capitalizing on it?” asks David Marlin in a blog post for Digital Book World. Through his work providing rights solutions over the past 16 years, as well as his time serving on the Book Industry Study Group’s Rights Committee,...

Content, Not Wrapper: The New Frontier for IP and Rights Management

The New Frontier for IP and Rights Management

“While publishing is typically classified as a creative industry (at least here in the UK), I prefer to think of it as a business that’s focused on the exploitation of intellectual property (IP),” writes Jane Tappuni in a blog post for Digital Book World. The publishing industry “doesn’t create content so much as the...

Content, Not Wrapper: The New Frontier for IP and Rights Management

Content, Not Wrapper: The New Frontier for IP and Rights Management

While publishing is typically classified as a creative industry (at least here in the UK), I prefer to think of it as a business that’s focused on the exploitation of intellectual property (IP). I do this because the publishing industry mainly exists to facilitate authors’ creativity and connect that with people who want to...

Book Fairs Becoming a Key Meeting Place for Technology

Book Fairs Becoming a Key Meeting Place for Technology

In a month in which a number of rights and licensing deals will be cemented, announced and lauded, it seems to me very appropriate that Digital Book World is focusing on the importance of rights solutions. October has long been synonymous with the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), and this continues to be the largest...

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Introducing DBW Spotlight

Digital Book World is proud to announce the launch of DBW Spotlight—a new way for you to dive deeper into the issues that are important to your business. Starting in September, our editors will devote each month to putting the spotlight on a topic essential to successful digital publishing. Over the course of the...

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Chinese Market to Push Publishing Growth

China has been dominating the headlines in recent days, first by showcasing its global sporting profile through the World Athletic Championships, and second, by illustrating its importance to the global economy with a stock market fall that sent shockwaves through international markets. According to DBW blogger Tom Chalmers, “there is no doubt that over...

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Chinese Market Holds a Key to Publishing Growth

As I flew out this week for the Beijing International Book Fair, China was dominating the international news—first, by showcasing its growing global sporting profile through the World Athletic Championships, and second, by illustrating its importance to the global economy with a stock market fall that sent shockwaves through international markets. For businesses, China...

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Greasing the Gears on Rights Deals

If you’re a big publisher already, one way to pursue growth amid a sluggish ebook market is to get bigger. That’s the approach HarperCollins has adopted (among others) in the roughly ten months since it acquired Harlequin. Another is to ramp up on content licensing. As Tom Chalmers of IPR License sees it, revenue...

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IPR License Adds NetGalley Integration

The rights platform IPR License partners with NetGalley to allow its users to request digital review copies. IPR License is pushing to make its platform more attractive to rights-holders seeking to license content worldwide. In March the company launched a campaign designed to help self-published authors monetize their work in foreign markets. For NetGalley, the new...

IPR License Expands Licensing Opportunities for Self-Published Authors

Related: Tom Chalmers of IPR License on Why Publishers Must Boost Investments in Rights Departments [Press Release] IPR License and Digi-Rights® announce promotional rights and licensing campaign for self-published authors New service aimed at helping US-based self-published authors generate additional domestic and international rights and licensing sales London England UK and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA...

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Holding out on EPUB3 Gets Harder as UX Gets Better

To hear one leading ebook developer tell it, EPUB3 is still greeted with obstinance by a sizable handful of publishers and distributors. But holding out is getting ever harder to justify, especially as digital production specialists become more adept at utilizing EPUB3’s features to improve the user experience. “If for no other reason, I...

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When the Indie Math Doesn’t Add up

There’s little argument that most self-publishing platforms offer authors a far greater share of the income from their work than traditional publishing contracts often do. But there’s usually more to the equation. One key variable no route to publication can ever guarantee is sales. And in many cases if authors find they’re unable to...

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Looking Beyond Sales in Direct Bookselling

Why direct-to-consumer retail is about more than just driving revenue for publishers, a new argument on behalf of enhanced ebooks and playing the long-game in digital publishing, the unsung potential of foreign rights sales, used ebooks in Europe and much more.

Finding New Paths to Digital Readers

Paper Lantern Lit's co-founders on building a "story experience" tailored to digital readers today, inside Apple's ebook pricing appeal hearing, Google doubles down on e-commerce, Amazon updates Kindle iOS apps and much more.

Why Publishers Must Invest in Rights Departments

Even the most optimistic in the industry would admit that publishing has been through a tough time during its necessary awakening to a new world order. Global recession, falling margins, supermarkets, Luxembourg’s death grip, disappearing bookshops and libraries, wider competition against entertainment products–take your pick. There is a growing awareness of the need to invest...