Ebooks

What The Short-Form Content Resurgence Means for Book Publishers
July 25, 2016 at 9:38 am

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “info snacking” back in 2007. It was when the Kindle launched and Jeff Bezos said his newfangled device would slow the info snacking trend and enable deeper engagement with content. The Kindle platform certainly launched the ebook revolution but it’s interesting that it didn’t halt short-form…

Press Release: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Enhances Young Adult Ebooks Through Immersive Music Soundtracks with Booktrack Technology Platform
July 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm

NEW YORK — July 21, 2016 — Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, and reading technology pioneer Booktrack (www.booktrack.com) launch a new generation of ebooks with an industry-first partnership to bring soundtracks to young adult novellas. The collaboration offers YA readers an innovative new way to experience their favorite…

One Free Book Every Month: Announcing the Tor.com Ebook Club
July 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Tor.com is happy to announce the Tor.com Ebook Club, which we, as people who can’t stop reading, writing, and publishing stories, are very much excited about! How it works: Sign up for the Tor.com Ebook Club on the Tor.com website. Receive a download link for the latest Ebook Club offering (in your preferred ebook format). Get super into the story along with us on…

In OER-Driven World Education Publishers Must Focus on Instructional Design
July 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

In an earlier blog post I made the statement that in the age of open education resources (OER), curation, not content, will be king. My thesis was that the sheer abundance of available content -- some produced by for-profit publishers and some from other sources -- reduces its value. The real providers of value, I…

Novellic Builds Book Club Communities On- And Offline With Meetup-Like App
July 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

U.K.-based Novellic is tackling the dual challenges of book discovery and connecting with like-minded individuals through its newly launched book club app. It's part meetup tool for users to organize book club meetings and book recommendation platform where different clubs can review and share their latest reads. The app launched on the UK App Store…

2015 U.S. Book Publishing Revenue Flat; Print Sales Rise as Ebook Sales Decline
July 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Yesterday the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its annual Statshot report for 2015, tracking the net revenue of the U.S. book market. While overall publishing revenue remained flat, decreasing 0.6% from 2014 to $27.78 billion, the AAP painted a positive picture of the year-end results. Sales of print formats, particularly in trade publishing, increased,…

Amazon Extends Its Dominance with Audible Channels
July 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

Even though they’re gaining momentum I’ve never been a big fan of audiobooks. Amazon, of course, owns the market with both Audible and Brilliance. Although it didn’t receive a lot fanfare last week, Audible introduced one of the most interesting and long overdue services that I’ve seen in a long time. I’m talking about Audible…

Video: How Sourcebooks Innovates New Book Products & Solutions
July 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

The video below is excerpted from the recent Book Business webinar, “Publishers: It’s About Innovation!” The full webinar is available on-demand here. According to Sourcebooks CEO and publisher Dominique Raccah (and many entrepreneurs that have cut their teeth in the startup world) the key to innovation is iteration. And not enough book publishers are embracing…

Pan Macmillan Digital Director Says Digital Revolution Is Far From Over
June 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

The digital revolution is “absolutely” not over, Sara Lloyd, digital and communications director at Pan Macmillan has said, while arguing that there is “no room for complacency in our industry”. Speaking at The Bookseller’s Marketing and Publicity Conference today (28th June), Lloyd argued that the publishing industry needs to expand its horizons and keep pushing…