Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve never warmed to the idea that disruption is a good thing in business. I’m not a fan of companies that set out to disrupt the industries in which they operate (take that, Jeff Bezos and Elizabeth Holmes) and I am particularly skeptical about those that set out to disrupt education, …
Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according to “Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning. Forty-seven percent of …
Is anyone in the mood for poetic justice? Then you'll be pleased with the latest announcement from the AAP. On Thursday the Association of American Publishers released its latest Statshot report on revenues of the US book publishing industry. Trade book sales for the 1,200 odd publishers who submit their data to the AAP were up 3.4% for the month of April, but still down 4.5% for the year. Paperback and audiobook revenues increased the most in April 2016 (21.5% and 20.4%), respectively) while sales of hardback books were up 2.6%. eBook revenues were down 22% for the month of April. For the first four months of the year, ebook and hardback revenues were down (21.7% and 5.2%), while paperback revenues were up 9.9% and audiobook sales were up 31.4%. In other words, the Big Five are having some success in shifting ebook buyers back to print, but they are still being stymied by Amazon's decision to drive down the price of hardback books last summer. Amazon is still keeping prices down, and that is depressing the market. That is a win for both consumers and for pundits who want to gloat at publishers shooting themselves in the foot. O O O Press [...]
Kobo officially opened a local ebookstore in Taiwan on Friday. It isselling the ebooks and ereaders itself from tw.kobo.com. “We are pleased to offer Kobo’s localized eBookstore service in Taiwan, making it easy for booklovers to build digital libraries stocked with all their favorite titles,” said Michael Tamblyn, CEO and President of Rakuten Kobo. “We work closely with Taiwan’s vibrant publishing community to bring the best content to our Chinese language reading community here and around the world.” Kobo was already selling ebooks in Chinese; one of the founding investors was based in Hong Kong. Now it is doubling its direct sales efforts with an expansion into Taiwan. Kobo Check These Out!
Just a few years ago, there was panic among the education book publishing segment, especially with book printers. Tablets and e-readers were all the rage. Large school districts were distributing iPads and other tablets to students en masse. A 2012 Pearson Foundation survey found that 63 percent of college students and 69 percent of high …
A session at ALPSP shines a light on why publishers are caught in an impossible situation -- satisfying customers who demand different things at different times, and who are not aligned around the ultimate benefit they all seek to deliver.
About four years ago HarperCollins released a version of The Song of Fire and Ice in the Kindle Store which added audio and video. That edition is no longer available, but today HC has released a new edition of the ebook, this time as an iBooks exclusive. The $9 ebook features interactive character maps, detailed annotations, character journeys and timelines, house and sigil summaries, family trees and histories, and "stunning" illustrations. “We’re now entering a new period in the history of publishing,” Martin is quoted as saying in the press release. “The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before. These enhanced editions, available only on iBooks, include sigils and family trees and glossaries. Anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, it’s right there at your fingertips. It’s an amazing next step in the world of books.” Enhanced editions of the later novels in the series will be released in the coming months. At present, A Clash of Kings will hit iBooks on 27 October, A Storm of Swords on 15 December, and A Feast for Crows and A Dance of Dragons in February and March 2017. HarperCollins is only the latest publisher [...]
00000 As parents, we have probably noticed the trend in recent years of increasing numbers of children and teens reading books and magazines on their cell phones, with the use of free Nook reading apps for Android and other apps for iPhones.
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