The Tolino Alliance often uses the Frankfurt Book Fair to make big product announcements. This year will be no different and they will have two new e-readers to show off, the Tolino Vision HD and Tolino Shine 3.
What is the revenue potential of licensing at your organization, and how well are you capitalizing on it? Through my work providing rights solutions for MetaComet Systems over the last 16 years, and as the former co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group’s Rights Committee, I have learned that the value of rights operations varies widely from publisher to publisher. For some, rights income makes up only a fraction of a percent of overall revenue. For others, it may be 10-20 percent or more.
Technology and innovation probably aren’t the words that come to mind when you think about your local grocery store. Bar code scanners in the 1970’s were probably the last recent advancement in the grocery store industry. As you’ll see in this article, however, at least one grocery chain is leveraging a new form of technology to improve the shopping experience and I believe it offers guidance for a terrific lesson for bookstores.
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.
It is said that France is not an easy market to license translation rights into, that the French are quite particular in their tastes. They have their own specificities such as a Rentrée Littéraire (French literary season), numerous literary programs, practically no literary agents — in short, that they’re different. This year’s Rights Directors Meeting aims to prove that this is, in fact, wrong; that France is — as the opening session is entitled — “easier than you think.”
Frankfurt, 9 October 2015 – According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), in the first six months of 2015, sales of e-books in the US fell by 10 percent, yet e-books’ share of total book sales remains stable at 20 percent. Comparatively, in 2014, this segment was still growing by 3.8 percent. AAP analysts point to three reasons for this decrease in sales: In 2014, only 12 million e-readers were sold, compared to 20 million in 2011; more and more e-book readers are relying on tablets and smartphones to consume content. Another reason is price development: The industry’s “Big Five” have raised the average price of an e-book to over 11 US dollars – at the same level as the price of a paperback. Finally, the third reason identified is the lack of any blockbusters.
This led me to think about why innovations like Wattpad or Amazon’s Kindle have been so much more successful than trade publishers in capturing new audiences and new opportunities. And it just happened that a blog post by the analyst turned VC Benedict Evans, about what he calls ‘permissionless innovation’ published at the end of last week explains this phenomenon perfectly.
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.
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