Porrúa y Gandhi, dos de las librerías más grandes del país, presentaron Orbile, una nueva plataforma de lectura electrónica desarrollada por Rakuten Kobo que estará disponible a partir del 22 de octubre. En la presentación, que se llevó a cabo la noche de ayer martes en la Biblioteca México, Michael Tamblyn, director de Kobo, indicó que Orbile es un servicio que da acceso a libros seleccionados para el público mexicano. Además, la empresa canadiense ofrece más de 70 mil títulos en español, de un total de 4 millones de obras.
Kobo has been actively developing a loyalty program for the last six months. The idea was to reward people who bought e-books with credit, that can be used to get free content. Today, Kobo officially announced Superpoints.
When the tablet industry started to blossom in 2011, one of the companies to really make a splash was Notion Ink. It was the first Android device that incorporated a screen from Pixel QI, which allowed you to use it in direct sunlight. The company has always done some really cool things with design and this is very evident in their new product, the Notion Ink Cain Signature Black Edition.
In the second installment of his new column, The Optimized Publisher, Murray Izenwasser discusses an important SEO issue for publishers: the disconnect between the number of pages crawled by Google for a website (and displayed in the SERPs) and the number of pages indexed (or the total number of site pages for that specific website).
Amazon and Kobo are heavily competing against each other when it comes to entry level e-Readers. The Kindle Basic came out at the tail end of 2014, whereas the new Kobo model was issued a few week ago. What device is better? Today, we evaluate the overall hardware and e-book experience.
Much as Kobo aims to convert print devotees with its latest e-reader, Oyster intends a new feature to make e-reading “more comfortable and enjoyable for our existing users” as well as to court “readers who might have been skeptical about reading on their phones and tablets,” as the company’s CPO Willem Van Lancker puts it.
Like many of you, I read all my books on a tablet and most of my short-form content on my iPad Mini or my Android phone. Even though I spend several hours in front of a computer every day, the majority of that time is spent using productivity tools like PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. I’ll read the occasional web page on my Mac but my phone and tablet are my go-to devices for business and casual reading.
The summer was one of rediscovered classics, movie tie-ins, and backlist at indie bookstores across the country. Despite the lack of a must-have YA author or series (as with John Green or Divergent in years past), PW’s annual end-of-summer poll, which surveyed two dozen general and children’s bookstores across the country, showed that children’s book sales were up. Not all stores saw big boosts from two highly anticipated rediscovered works – Dr. Seuss’s What Pet Should I Get? (Random House) and Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (Harper). But even those that did reported strong sales across the board.
n 2015, the publishing industry is seeing signs that ebook sales as a share of all books is flattening out. Whatever the forces behind this are, publishers are forced to explore better methods of optimizing ebook revenue.
Self-published authors are facing major difficulties in selling their e-books online. Many bookstores are closing or scaling back and Amazon changed the rules for their Kindle Unlimited program, paying authors by pages read instead of when a book is opened. What is an author to do?
What do successful people do with their spare time? Do they slump in front of the 9pm show on their sumptuously appointed home cinema? Do they bask in the sun listening to music bounced from their gold Apple Watch? Do they surf the net on their ultra-advanced computer? Actually, they pull out the plug, and kick back with a good business book.
Back in March of this year, I made an offer on this blog to perform a free, quick analysis of independent publishers’ websites and determine their current levels of “having a modern website and search engine optimization (SEO).” We received an overwhelming number of requests from book publishers whose content varied across the industry. We then selected 12 brave and extremely helpful companies that allowed the Biztegra team and me to evaluate them and present an industry cross-section of how they fare in terms of SEO across a set of 15 criteria/SEO factors.
The book team at Nielsen held its second-annual Children’s Book Summit at Convene in downtown NYC on September 15, to discuss trends found in their data for publishers to make use of, in an effort to better reach consumers. The days’ panels touched on many aspects of the industry, including adult readers of YA, suburban teens, and multicultural consumers.
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