Is Amazon Asocial?

I recently wrote a post called “Is Amazon Invincible.” It was a bit tongue-in-cheek, because in the long-term no company is invincible. The post was actually an exercise in analyzing Amazon’s formidable strengths, but also in exploring some of the …

Are Ebooks Worse For Kids Than Paper Books?

by Beth Bacon 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, …

Publishers Need Social Media

Book publishing is a legacy industry with the advantages of a history, established conventions, and deep institutional knowledge. Social media, by comparison, can feel fleeting. Platforms come and go so quickly. But, social media is about a conversation rather than …

Digital Book Signings Help Grow Authors’ Careers

Part 1 in a 2-part series on digital book signing. See part 2 here. Book signings are an age-old tradition, but is it really necessary to extend this custom to ebooks? Today’s ebook signing services and apps not only make …

Discoverability Tools and the Writer’s “Fight for Time”

The feedback and chatter from this week’s DBW Discoverability and Marketing Conference (including this post from Porter Anderson) is positive—if for no other reason than the conference exists. Any time publishing minds gather to specifically focus on better ways to …

DBW Insights: Gretchen Rubin

“For me, writing a blog seemed incredibly new, incredibly intimidating, but I thought, ‘Well, I’ll give it a shot.'” Gretchen Rubin

DBW Insights: Scott Waxman

“The role of the agent has always been to find great projects. Now, you have to figure out ways to get them out there.” Scott Waxman

DBW Insights: David Steinberger

“I think one of the things that we’re going to see over the next year is social media really come to the book publishing industry.” David Steinberger

DBW Weekly Roundup: 2/25/11

The most interesting news, commentary and tweets related to publishing that you may have missed, from all over the digital book world.

What’s The Hashtag? #dbw11

The hashtag for the conference will be #dbw11, with assigned hashtags for Workshops and breakout sessions.

The Power of the Quiet Social Book

Kathy Meis | “Publishers can try it all. But they know, if Martha next door tells her friend Mary to read Franzen… sold!”

DBW Weekly Roundup: 11/5/10

The most interesting news, commentary and tweets related to publishing that you may have missed, from all over the digital book world.

DBW Weekly Roundup: 10/1/2010

The most interesting news, commentary and tweets related to publishing that you may have missed, from all over the digital book world.

DBW Weekly Roundup: 9/24/10

The most interesting news, commentary and tweets related to publishing that you may have missed, from all over the digital book world.

DBW Weekly Roundup: 9/10/10

The most interesting news, commentary and tweets related to publishing that you may have missed, from all over the digital book world.