Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher from June this year. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.
There are precious few companies actively developing e-paper solutions because the e-Reader industry has been in a holding pattern for the last three years. Guangzhou OED Technologies has developed the world’s first graphene electronic paper and they said it will enter production later this year.
A reluctant industry? At Publishers’ Forum in Berlin, a first day of sessions has exposed what some see to be a surprisingly entrenched reluctance to embrace data’s central role in building relationships with consumers.
Over the last few days, I’ve been involved in an interesting conversation on MobileRead. It started when I posed the question why so many e-readers seem to ignore extra blank lines to separate sections in stories. I’ve complained about readers like Moon+ disregarding them before. When I generate EPUBs using Scrivener, it uses those extra blank lines—and likewise, so do many of the e-books I download from Baen. Trying to read those on a reader like Moon+ swiftly becomes an exercise in frustration, as there’s no visible sign of where one section ends and the next begins.
Tapastic was a run of the mill comic book app but the company is trying to rebrand themselves. They changed their name to Tapas and they are attempting to employ the freemium model whereby users get access to a good portion of a comic or e-book, hopefully hooking them in enough that they will want to buy the whole thing. Basically, they are doubling the size of the standard sample.
‘We are advocating for a hybrid of existing pricing models that introduces fairness and flexibility’ into what Canada’s libraries pay for ebooks. And a consortium of some 30 library systems is making headway.
At the opening of this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (#BCBF16), the International Board on Books for Young People has announced that illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner of Germany and writer Cao Wenxuan of China are winners of the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award, considered by some the “children’s Nobel.”
Ebook sales have been under pressure for various reasons over the past year or so, in particular the digital footprint of the Big Five publishers. However, this is still an industry that is finding its feet now that it has moved beyond the heady days of “the peak of inflated expectations.” Publishers flexible enough to respond to the new positioning of the ebook market can still find plenty of opportunity to improve ebook sales revenue by a process of continuous learning using data insights.
So I've been trying out Kindle preorder pages for some new books (including my latest horror thriller WEBCAM, which launches today), experimenting to determine if this is a smart way to run my self-publishing business. Here are the pros and cons I've encountered.
Penguin Random House has just reported a 23.7% increase in operating EBITDA in 2015 over 2014 and an 11.8% rise in revenue. The company also reported that they generated over €3.32 billion in book sales. How much of this revenue stemmed from e-books? Sadly, the publisher did not break down the numbers but did admit that they accounted for 25% of their global revenue.
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