Amazon wants you to start sharing previews and samples of e-books you like with your friends via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or texting. Your buddies who receive a share can instantly start reading right from their phone without having to make an Amazon account or install any software.
At the annual press conference on June 9th 2015, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association not only presented economic data and key statistics about the German book market in general, but also focused on trends and changes within the German ebook market. All statistics can be found below in this article.
Let me start by saying that Amazon is a class act. When they offered to send me a new Kindle Paperwhite 3 to review, I was expecting a box with a Paperwhite. Instead I got a care package which included the reader, an Amazon leather case, a water bottle, sunglasses and a beach towel. Seems like they were trying to suggest the Paperwhite is good for beach reading?
mazon's just come up with a response to the Instant Preview feature that Kobo launched last week, only Amazon figured out how to do it right. Where Kobo came up with a way to attract readers by letting them read excerpt in Kobo's iOS apps, Amazon is enabling Kindle readers to share quotes with non-users and let those non-users also read an excerpt with no app or hardware required.
Do you want to preview e-books and read samples without having to register an account? Kobo has just pushed an update to their iOS app that will allow you to do just that. This should go a long way to maybe giving new customers a reason to participate in the Kobo ecosystem and see what the overall e-reading experience is like before they pull the trigger, make an account and buy some books.
Libraries in Canada and the United States have been quite enamored with establishing digital collections. This includes audiobooks e-books, magazines, newspapers and video. 95% of all libraries in these two countries have an e-book collection and the costs are starting to add up. Predatory pricing by major publishers are pricing their e-books almost 500% more than the Kindle edition and libraries have had enough.
After completing a strategic pivot and rebranding as Pronoun last month, the self-publishing platform formerly known as Vook pulls in $3.5 million in new funding from Avalon Ventures. Drawing on the assets of the short-form ebook publisher Byliner and the data analytics service Booklr, two properties Vook acquired prior to rebranding, Pronoun offers a free publishing platform that it says “uses technology and data to empower authors to create, distribute, and market their books while controlling all intellectual property rights and keeping 100 percent of earnings.”
A foreign student struggling with English spelling might disagree, but there are downsides to having the global lingua franca as your mother tongue, especially when it comes to our cultural lives. As Marina Warner, chair of the judges for this year’s Man Booker International prize, put it recently: “Possessing a world language can make us oddly provincial in outlook.” She cited a report by Literature Across Frontiers, which put to the test the oft-quoted statistic that only 3% of books published in this country have been translated from a foreign language.
As both a publisher and a programmer, I’m a member of a very select club. It consists of both those who started out as coders and went into publishing and those who did the reverse. I’m in the latter group, having co-founded a little indie press called Snowbooks in 2003. When I needed a system to run the company and found the software on the market both hugely expensive and horrible to use, I buckled down and learned to code. The result was my own back-office publishing management software, called Bibliocloud (which, delightfully, lots of publishers now use).
Libraries all over Canada are disheartened because of the high cost associated with e-books. This has prompted a new coalition to be formed that is trying to bring public awareness to just how bad it is getting.
The ebook distributor Draft2Digital already covers most of the major ebookstores, and today it expanded its service further into the subscription ebook market. Draft2Digital announced on Wednesday that it had signed a deal to distribute its catalog of 50,000 self-published titles Oyster. Self-published authors will soon have the option to opt into Oyster's subscription service, Oyster Unlimited, which has more than a million titles in its library.
Amazon has now signed deals with all five of the worlds largest publishing companies to continue to sell print and e-books in the United States and United Kingdom. Does the average person really care about this sort of news even though mainstream news media all report on it?
The German Publishers & Booksellers Association have mandated that all e-books that aimed at adult audiences cannot be sold until after 10 PM. This includes romance, erotica and any e-book whose metadata classifies it as not being suitable for minors
Ask authors and publishers about the biggest challenge they face, and chances are the top answer you’ll get is book discovery. Yes, it’s been the No. 1 issue in the industry for years, but it’s getting increasingly difficult. Millions of books are now published every year. Mass media, already the preserve of the rarified best-selling book and author, is scaling back its book coverage. Doom and gloom reports are coming from all sides.
My colleague and fellow ebook developer Laura Brady wrote recently about the challenging job prospects facing would-be ebook production professionals. As she pointed out, learning how to create ebooks is neither an easy process nor a cheap one.
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