Amazon is famous for surprising its authors with new features, new offers, and newly revamped designs, all while keeping quiet about it. Past moves have included adding whole new sales territories in foreign countries, and only revealing to authors that their books were available in Mexico, for example, when they found the country listed on their sales dashboards. It’s akin to the non-announcement that KDP Select titles were going to be available as part of Kindle Unlimited, a move that had some authors crying foul and lost revenue.
Imperceptible, invisible almost, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing.
In honor of World Book Day — which is today, April 23, 2015 — the International Publishers Association has created an infographic on how reading positively affects children. Started by UNESCO in 1995, World Book Day is “a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.”
A new agreement between Nielsen and Openbook aims to bring the portraits of global book markets into sharper focus. Openbook, a leading book sales tracking service in China, will trade data and insights with Nielsen, whose division in the country will supplement Openbook’s domestic research operations.
The online bookstore landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years. There used to be a fair number of choices, such as the Sony Reader Store, Diesel e-Books and Txtr. One by one they all closed down because Amazon has been able to offer steeper discounts, offering readers incentives to buy the cheapest books possible.
It was only a year ago that the publishing industry sat riveted as it waited to see how the storm between Amazon and publisher Hachette was going to play out. Hachette wanted new terms in light of the DOJ price fixing investigation, and Amazon wasn’t about to budge. And with a 95% control of the ebook market, it’s easy to see why Amazon didn’t think freezing its sales of Hachette titles could possibly spiral out into a flaming pile of contract negotiation.
This is the first part of a three-part series looking at how six small Venezuelan publishers are surviving amid fierce economic and political challenges. Today, we feature Igneo Editorial, a young publisher supported by a fitness magazine.
There has been a sudden influx of e-book subscription services that allow you to read as much as you want, for a low monthly price. Adults have been gravitating towards Entittle, Kindle Unlimited, Oyster and Scribd. When it comes to our kids though, there are scant options, aside from Amazon Freetime Unlimited. Is there room in the market for a major player to target kids?
In a new report, German ebook distribution platform Bookwire forecasts that digital sales will represent between 10% and 15% of total sales in the Latin American markets by 2020. Today, it represents 1% across the whole region.
There are hundreds of digital bookstores all over the world and the purpose of our research is to determine the most popular. Over the course of the last two weeks 364 people cast their vote and today we would like to share our results.
Oyster started as an all-you-can-read ebook subscription service but they recently decided to expand their reach by selling individual ebooks as well. There's been plenty of speculation on why they made this move, including catching up to competitors like Scribd and Amazon. While the competitive point is valid, I think there are two more important reasons for this move: sustainability and customer loyalty.
There's nothing like marketing to a captive audience. TV commercials make use of that idea, and pretty soon a new startup called Rook will launch a service which offers free ebooks to users so long as they remain at their current location.
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