"Publishers need to think beyond the book" to other media such as YouTube and Snapchat, and ensure everything they do has "the consumer at its heart”, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children’s Francesca Dow has said.
The debate about the true size of the self-published market continues. Traditional publishers and advocates for independent works have each tried to position the market as more or less tilting their way. To date, we’ve not seen much of a discussion about why knowing the size of the book market matters.
Here’s one reason it matters: mobile content discovery and consumption.
Adobe Digital Editions is a free software that allows you to add eBooks from online stores and libraries that are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). Digital Rights Management prevents eBooks from being copied and/or redistributed. This ensures the protection of authors and publishers.
“Page-swipers” conveys the notion of motion - the reader’s finger gliding on a glowing screen - but as a locution, it will never catch on. And here on the F train, he was in the digital universe, trying out something called Subway Reads - a web platform that can be reached from a subway platform.
It didn’t take long for the digital reading revolution to evolve to enhanced, interactive ebooks. These fully immersive reading experiences were at once hailed as the bells-and-whistles answer to getting high-interest results from even the most reluctant of readers. Plenty of startups came and went under the model of incorporating video, audio, sound effects, moving graphics, and more into a simple book, but many of those interactive experiences failed to lure readers away from the quiet simplicity of letting their imaginations fill in the multimedia blanks.
Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16.
Amazon Kindle Singles are carefully selected original works that range in page length between 5,000 to 30,000 words. Authors and publishers are carefully vetted to insure a high degree of quality and the works sell for around $2.00 on average. David Blum is the final arbiter of what goes up for sale and today he conducted an interview with Good e-Reader to talk about Kindle Singles and Kindle Single Classics.
Electronic paper is going to take over the world sooner than you think, wrote Wired in its article on the meteoric rise of the technology. This proliferation is made possible by the fact that there is only one display technology that checks all the boxes of versatile indoor and outdoor use. E-paper is rugged, requires very little power and can be used and viewed with ease in absolutely any conditions, everywhere, from billboards to price tags and the walls of people’s houses.
Frustrated because she couldn’t find books that her six-year-old African-American niece could relate to and enjoy, a Chicago-based entrepreneur created a company featuring a library of ebooks whose storylines, characters and uplifting messages mirror the lives, families and communities of Black and Latino children. It is the first time in publishing history that a minority firm has created an interactive digital platform whose offerings are specifically written for multicultural children ages three to eight.
Trade book publishing is not a complicated process. Publishers acquire the rights to publish new titles primarily through relationships with agents. Once the agreement has been signed, the process from manuscript to shipping is fairly predictable and more or less linear:
One of the hottest fiction titles at Baror is Cory Doctorow’s novel Walkaway (Tor, Apr. 2017), which the shingle bills as “an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death.” The sci-fi thriller follows a man who lives through the breakdown of society as he knows it. Another fiction biggie for the agency is Omega Canyon by Dan Simmons (Little, Brown, Mar. 2017). This work of historical fiction follows two Viennese brothers who flee Europe on the eve of World War II—one, a physicist, goes to work on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, while the other becomes a commando in England’s Special Operations Executive program. Newcomer Megan Bannen, a librarian by trade, retells an epic poem from ancient Persia in her debut, The Nameless Prince (HC/Balzer + Bray, fall 2018). Another debut, this one nonfiction, is Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. (HarperBusiness, Apr. 2017). The former president of Gatorade and Equinox, O’Hagan is a fitness guru, and her book lays out an intense training program.
“I think if you looked back a decade ago, certainly five or six years ago when e-books were taking off, there were folks who thought the days of the printed book were numbered,” Pew’s Lee Rainie told the Times, “and it’s just not so in our data.”
Amazon reviews are both a blessing to authors and the bane of their existence. Whether it’s poor reviews, vindictive reviews, or lack of reviews altogether, authors struggle to get the word out about their work through positive and numerous reader reviews.
If you want to manage your content assets for evolving digital products and services, you may need to think differently. And you may require transformative tools and new models that assume modularity, portability and the ability to repurpose content with a global reach—a strategy based on the conjunction of technology and rights.
Matthew Cody began his new book ReMade with a premise sure to be a hit with fans of dystopian YA fiction: In a post-apocalyptic future, 23 teenagers wake up to look for answers in the wreckage of human civilization, all while being hunted by machines. But beyond its initial chapter, he didn’t write the details of the rest of the book. He didn’t have to—he’s just the showrunner.
The new imprint will house titles from Lonely Planet’s World’s Best series, which features The World’s Best Street Food, The World’s Best Drinks, The World’s Best Spicy Food and The World’s Best Brunches, as well as Lonely Planet’s From the Source series, which introduces food lovers to local dishes from around the world and to the cooks who have perfected them. The series kicked off last year with From the Source Italy and From the Source Thailand.
Open Ebooks, the non-governmental ebooks program whose app gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles, announced today that it is now compatible with Clever, a secure educational login platform.
Writer Christa Desir tweeted from a conference that Random House gives its authors a social media grade, which is to suggest that social media is important to a writer’s existence. (I for one would like to know my social media grade. Also my liquor consumption grade, my self-doubt score, and the percentages that show just exactly how much of an impostor I actually am. GET ON THAT, PUBLISHERS.) I have no idea if this idea is in any way malevolent or misguided on the part of the publisher — I’ll go ahead and be optimistic and assume that the grade is not to judge or diminish an author but simply to show authors who might could use a little coaching on social media. Because on social media you can do some good or you can do some ill-ass evil, and hey, maybe it’s a good thing to help people understand what it means to be a writer-person in the online world. (Thanks go to Christa for putting this stuff out there, by the way, because this one of the ways that author social media is best: writers sharing information with other writers.)
It all starts with the pitch. I can actually find myself on the edge of my seat when our editors present each season’s new books. It’s the art department’s chance to vie for which titles speak to us the most—which books might work best with our particular styles and skillsets.
Every day, it seems, there are more and more ways to find that next great book to read. As book publishing has firmly planted itself in the digital realm, we now have websites and apps galore that feature recommendation engines, and even allow us to track what other people are reading and follow suit based on our similar tastes or level of admiration.
Search engines typically represent one of the largest—if not the largest—traffic sources for websites and online publishers, in particular. And publishing houses’ editorial teams hold the keys to this traffic, so it only makes sense to align their efforts with a content strategy that is backed by keyword and topic search volume data.
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