Major publishers and their various digital imprints have been charging more money for e-books in the last calendar year. The price has increased from $9.99 for a bestselling title to over $14 and in some cases $17.99. Consumers are not the only ones who are paying more for e-books, but libraries are also getting gouged. It is safe to say, publishers are making more money from e-books, but what do they do with it?
Digital is no longer one thing: no longer just a format shift, or platform play. It is no longer just about social media, or direct to consumer. It is no longer about print or e-book, ePub or HTML. It’s a great melange, a concatenation of forms, content, ideas, writings, readers and customers built on a bedrock of both print and digital. Watching the powerpoint presentations from this year’s crop of speakers for FutureBook15 is the revelation and spur I was expecting: the book business attracts people to it as it always did, but not with single viewpoints, or ideas that express themselves only in one direction. There are sharp differences around business models, the future of the ePub e-book, the impact of mobile, and the necessity of direct to consumer activity. There are points, counter-points, and questions that will demand our attention and time.
As an old-school typesetter who transitioned to digital publishing, Laura Brady understands first-hand the challenges associated with converting books to ebooks. She’s sharing her hard-earned skills in a continuing education course designed for editors, copy editors, proofreaders and production editors.
On Tuesday, Amazon, the largest bookseller in the world, did something it has never done: it sold a book to a customer face-to-face. Despite appearances Amazon Books, the company's first branded retail storefront, is a far cry from the bookstore as we know it.
A popular way of covering expenses while writing your eBook is to finance your eBook with crowdfunding. If you’ve ever wanted to leave your job and work full-time on your writing, you may now have a better chance of doing so thanks to crowdfunding.
Sales of e-books from the major publishers are down, but that doesn't mean that people are turning back to print books as some recent reports have suggested. In fact, some self-published authors argue the e-book share of the market is growing. NPR's Lynn Neary takes a look at who, if anyone, is actually winning in the battle between digital and print.
Market research companies Nielsen and GfK announced a partnership on Monday with the aim of providing insights about “multinational trends” in book publishing based on sales and consumer data gathered by both companies.
One of the most common questions people have with e-readers and e-books is the exact number of pages are inconsistent with the print edition. This is primarily due to the fact that e-books don’t have “pages” in the usual sense. Anytime you see a mention of e-book pagecount, it’s an abstraction. Sort of like if I told you something was an hour’s walk away.
The Publishers Association of the United Kingdom is getting ready to launch a big promotional campaign to get young people right out of school hyped up about working within the industry. Throughout next week (23rd – 27th November), the PA will be posting tips, blogs and industry-focused videos about jobs and opportunities in publishing, as well as hosting live Twitter chats and Q&As through Periscope to “demystify” publishing and demonstrate “the dynamism and innovation” within the sector.
"Our love of the print book is problematic," writes Bath Spa University's Rosie Maynard, "causing people left, right and centre to declare ‘THE BOOK IS DEAD’ or some variation thereof." A couple of years ago, everyone in what I call "the industry! the industry!" passed around a ridiculous video in which stop-frame animation gave us a whole bookshop's inventory dancing on the shelves after hours. "The magic of books!" all our weepy colleagues called it. Really? The magic is that they tap-dance around stores at night? Those sentimentalist reactions belied a deep fetishism, the kind of thing you still get from folks who are angrily defensive about print. And that's what Maynard is warning us about. "The nostalgia surrounding print books is phenomenal," she writes. "The word book is shackling our stories."—Porter Anderson
In the decade since publishing embraced ebooks in earnest, we've seen a cornucopia of exciting and innovative ways technology is being used to enhance reading. By utilizing all the tricks at our Internet- and device-savvy disposal, publishing companies are creating stories that are manifested in and influenced by the digital platform.
Looking at the Call Me Ishmael phone, which features a rotary dial, you might assume it belongs in your grandmother's house. Despite its old-timey appearance, the device is very much of the 21st century. And the inventors of the phone, which contains a web app that allows users to dial a number and hear stories about a specific book, are hoping it becomes a fixture in bookstores and libraries.
The major book publishing companies continue to report mixed results, especially in the area of eBooks. The Association of American Publishers, who represent the major publishers, reported that publishers increased 10.9 percent in July, but eBooks sales fell in every category.
The Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight Plus came out a few weeks ago and many users are reporting that it is not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. This will prevent you from borrowing e-books from the public library or shopping at other bookstores.
The 29th annual Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) will host 173 librarians from the United States, a 45% increase from last year. Held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 28 to December 6, FIL is the largest Spanish-language book fair in the world. More than 900 publishers from 44 countries will be participating in the nine-day fair, with the United Kingdom as guest of honor.
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