Indie Publishers Weigh Distribution Options

Smaller publishers and authors assess the distribution landscape, four changes ahead in book metadata, Amazon maps out the future of e-reading, whether Walmart is really eyeing Nook and much more.

Four Ways Publishers Should Rethink Author Partnerships

A fresh take on the argument that publishers need to rethink what they offer authors, the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey evolves, high praise for HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray, how Amazon is disrupting itself and more.

HarperCollins Ebooks Get Airborne

The publisher and airline team up to offer an in-flight ebookstore, Kindle Unlimited rumored to set sights on Brazil, Adobe pushes latest fixed-layout EPUB tools, Kobo eyes self-publishing market in Europe and much more.

Self-Publishing Shifts Focus

An industry insider’s take on how the self-publishing world is moving away from earlier concerns to tackle new issues, judge approves Apple ebook settlement, weighing the future of ebook subscriptions and bundling and much more.

Self-Publishing Reaches the Summit

I recently took part in New Generation Publishing’s annual Self-Publishing Summit in London, now in its third year. It is always a good opportunity to stop and consider how the self-publishing sector has evolved. The is no doubt that self-publishing, often …

Oyster Turns Web Publisher

The subscription ebook service turns web publisher with an online literary magazine, Simon & Schuster widens its library ebook program, BiblioBoard offers library ebooks by indie authors, BitLit bundles Elsevier ebooks and much more.

Nook Returns to Audiobooks

The audiobook market heats up as Nook gets back into a game Scribd just joined, Simon & Schuster launches an online magazine, Open Road eyes Spanish ebook readers, why Penguin Random House should try subscription ebooks and more.

New Ebooks by Veteran Authors Storm Best-Seller List

This week sees a number of changes on the ebook best-seller list, beginning right at the very top. Stephen King’s new novel Revival knocks John Grisham’s Gray Mountain down a peg to No. 2, after the latter spent two weeks at No. 1. Grisham and King …

Kindle Unlimited a Mixed Blessing for Authors

Authors’ payout per read declines as Kindle Unlimited subscriptions increase, young adult and children’s titles still driving trade sales, Kobo and HarperCollins partner on ebook bundling program in Australia and much more.

Nook Expands Publishing Services

Nook adds to its slate of offerings for publishing services as that marketplace expands, brushing up on metadata before the holiday shopping season, ebooks by self-published authors comprise a fifth of the best-seller list and much more.

Self-Published Ebooks Keep Ahead on Best-Seller List

Self-published authors keep up their recent strong showing on this week’s ebook best-seller list, with three of them moving into the top ten. All three titles in Deborah Bladon’s Ruin trilogy appear on this week’s list, a fifth of which consists of self-published titles. The …

Forget the Book Launch

Why ebook marketing is increasingly about the long-game and relies less on a traditional book launch, Blurb gets competition from Reedsy in curating publishing services, Apple still dominates tablets on several fronts and much more.

Blurb Plays Publishing Matchmaker

The platform offers authors a “Dream Team” of recommended publishing experts, evaluating the changing self-publishing landscape, Amazon Publishing loses top editor to Penguin Press, subscription e-textbooks and much more.

Blurb Links Authors With Vetted Publishing Professionals

There’s no shortage of freelancers, consultants and service providers for authors looking for help with their publishing projects. But evaluating them all is a forbidding undertaking, and Blurb is aiming to fix that. With the launch of its “Dream Team,” the …

Grisham Unseats Flynn on Ebook Best-Seller List

John Grisham’s Gray Mountain hits the top of the Ebook Best-Seller List this week, swapping places with Gone Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel that held strong at No 1. for the past six weeks. Two other Gillian Flynn titles remain within the top 25, though: Dark …

Young Adult Still Driving Trade Growth

Recent sales figures show young adult and children’s titles still propelling modest growth for trade publishers, Hachette Livre increases its stake in a Russian publisher, iBooks bulks up its promotional toolkit and much more.

Self-Published Titles Rally on Ebook Best-Seller List

Recent weeks saw the brief ascent of higher-priced titles from traditional publishers on the Ebook Best-Seller List, a phenomenon that reversed course last week and is replaced this one by the resurgence of less expensive, self-published titles. Penelope Ward’s self-published Stepbrother Dearest remains squarely within the …

Rethinking Ebooks for Web Browsers

Why publishers and ebook developers are looking anew at browser-based e-reading, new Nook gets a bigger screen, Scribd accused of ebook piracy, ALA upbraids Adobe on data gathering, Baker & Taylor expands to New Zealand and 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.

Self-Publishing Maturing, Up 17% Last Year in the U.S.

The self-publishing market is entering a new stage of maturity after an initial boom several years ago, according to Bowker’s latest analysis of ISBN registrations in the U.S. from 2008 through 2013. To be sure, not all self-published authors obtain …