There's a new Sheriff in town for publishers to fear and it isn't Amazon. It's Bookbub, the ebook discount promotion behemoth that sends millions of emails every day to book lovers looking for bargains.
In a recent panel at the Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting, Penguin Random House COO Madeline McIntosh called the international market potential “massive,” noting that the sale of e-books will not depend on local infrastructures, which historically have been too weak in many countries to support sales of print books. To take advantage of growth opportunities, various players have set up systems to help facilitate international e-book sales.
Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for sending my way two stories in as many days about the digital textbook issue. In the first, he outlines some reasons behind the ‘growing resistance’ to digital textbooks, including poor navigation features, inadequate study extras and internet requirements which limit student use. In the second, he profiles a North Carolina school district whose difficulty with the actual devices pre-empted any further use, textbook or otherwise.
The Good And Bad In Chaotic eBook Pricing Techdirt (blog) For years we've discussed the ridiculousness of ebook pricing, where some publishers seem to think that sky high prices for ebooks (often higher than physical copies) makes sense, despite...
Although it’s been discussed for years, the subscription e-book model is finally gaining traction in the publishing industry, as three new services offering popular backlist trade books—Oyster, e-Reatah, and Scribd—enter the market.
The self-publishing industry has allowed anyone with a computer and a small amount of money to call themselves authors. Not long ago, I read a fascinating article in the New York Times (unfortunate...
Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:
It is manifestly obvious that a self-published author is no author at all, and that a self-published book is not published. And since a book must have an author, it is surely evident that a self-published book is not even a book. What it is, I cannot say: a new variety of spam, likely.
Now, it is trivially true that self-publishers ‘lack the processes that we can count on to ensure a minimum level of quality’. This is why, for instance, Fifty Shades of Greywas worthless drivel when E. L. James self-published it, but the very same book was a work of high-quality literature when it was released by Vintage Books. All the products of the publishing industry are high-quality literature, of course, and anything not published by the industry is obvious drek. This logically means that every book published goes from the one category to the other on the date of publication.
"We didn't want to alienate core loyal readers with sudden content for younger audiences. So we started a whole other product to cater to young people where we can try new things, 'move fast, and break stuff.'"
Publishers could win big by looking at the future workforce and taking a leap of faith on some of these new candidates who have big ideas for the future of books and the publishing industry.
Don’t forget, every time you tweet, make a statement, speak at an event, these candidates are the ones following you, liking what you do, challenging your ideas. Why not work with them and stop making them feel like their chances are so limited?
The European Commission has no plans to weaken copyright, but wants a "targeted" and "balanced" reform with concrete benefits for consumers and right holders, Gunther Oettinger, the member of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Economy and Society, has told the Frankfurt Book Fair.
How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries (Books Don't Want to Be Free: How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries | New Republic http://t.co/WQylxJ8YwY)...
Bestseller Success Stories that Started Out as Self-Published Books Huffington Post Someone says this isn't worth publishing. Rejectees, take heart. Many now-famous writers have been rejected before they made it big.
"... the pleasant surprise at how painlessly I moved to reading ebooks has been tempered by an annoyance more enduring than sunlit reflections in my glossy screen. I have been repeatedly disappointed at the low quality of the texts that I have bought from Amazon's Kindle store. The frequency of typographical errors, sloppy layout and poor image quality, even on my relatively small sample of around twenty titles, has made me wonder if the 'e' in ebook stands for easy money. This seems strange given the care publishers normally take over printed versions — I have only very rarely come across typos or pagination errors — but the evidence from my online purchases is mounting. "
Universities and school districts across the US are adopting digital textbooks in droves, but as students use this latest educational panacea more and more are reporting that it does not live up to the hype.
Many of those who are actually using the textbooks are questioning whether there is any real value to digital textbooks or whether older methods will still work better.
For example, last week a student journalist with Carnegie Mellon University’s The Tartanstudent newspaper reported that he found that school’s online textbook platforms to be less useful than pen on paper.
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