Product Launches

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook to be in Stores Wednesday, Will Cost $179
August 19, 2014

Barnes & Noble will be unveiling their new Nook hardware on Wednesday morning in NYC, but I won't be there. Instead, I plan to be out in front of my local B&N store at 9am tomorrow, waiting for it to open. My inside sources at B&N have told me that the new stock has already been delivered to stores. The in-store demos are going to be reset Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, in time for the new hardware to be sold when the stores open.

Amazon Joins With Alloy Entertainment on Digital Publishing Imprint
August 1, 2014

Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a book packager and division of Warner. Bros Television Group, are collaborating on a new digital publishing imprint dedicated to young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new titles will be released through Amazon Publishing's Powered by Amazon program, which provides global distribution and targeted marketing to Amazon customers.

In First, Americans Are Nominated for Booker Prize
July 24, 2014

Karen Joy Fowler and Joshua Ferris are among five Americans who have made it onto the longlist of the Man Booker Prize, which for the first time is open to writers from beyond Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth. The longlist, which also has six books written by Britons, was announced on Wednesday by the administrators of the prize. The other Americans nominated are Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers and Joseph O'Neill, an Irish-born writer now living in New York.

Self-publishing Surging to 31% of Ebook Market, Claims Report
July 21, 2014

A new report claims that self-published authors have surged to 31% of ebook sales on Amazon.com, and are now earning more ebook royalties than writers published by the "Big five" traditional publishers. Despite research published earlier this month finding professional UK authors' incomes plunging below minimum standards, self-publishing champion Hugh Howey says the new results, in his third Author Earnings report, prove DIY authors are "here to stay".

"While it should be a jolt to see that indies are earning nearly 40% of the ebook dollars going to authors," the report concluded

Children's Author Walter Dean Myers Dies At 76
July 3, 2014

Like many of the protagonists in his dozens of young adult books, Walter Dean Myers was once a troubled, sensitive and intelligent young man living an aimless life. A writer's heart beat in his chest, the passion for words there even as he stumbled through a childhood in the 1940s and '50s scarred by a broken family and an angry Harlem upbringing.

UK Publishing Pros Ask: “Is Publishing Cool Any More?”
July 3, 2014

How can publishing compete with the allure of the tech companies? Do the tech companies scream "today" - even "tomorrow" - while publishing is still perceived as being stuck in "yesterday?" Does media portrayal of the publishing industry help or hinder? These were among issues raised at the London Book Fair's third 'Tech Tuesday" event last week, held in super cool Hoxton, a very funky area of east London, close to Old Street's "silicon roundabout" where so many app companies are based.

U.S. Publishing Industry Annual Survey Reports $27 Billion in Net Revenue, 2.6 Billion Units for 2013
June 27, 2014

The overall US book and journal publishing industry generated $27.01 billion in net revenue for 2013, representing 2.59 billion in units (volume), according to BookStats Volume 4, the annual statistical survey of publishing's size and scope being released today. As reported in BookStats, the Trade sector - covering general consumer fiction and non-fiction - generated $14.63 billion in net revenue and 2.32 billion in volume.

For 2013, Adult Non-Fiction was the fastest-growing Trade category, surpassing Juvenile (Children's/Young Adult) which had been the growth leader for the past two years.

Midia Inkphone E-ink Smartphone Now up for Pre-Order
June 26, 2014

After nearly 2 years of waiting and being told the release was just around the corner, the E-ink Smartphone is finally about to arrive. The Polish ereader distributor Arta Tech revealed on Wednesday that they have put the Midia InkPhone up for pre-order. Based on the Onyx E-ink smartphone some of us have been lusting after for the past 21 months, the InkPhone sports a 4.3″ E-ink screen.

The retail price is 121 euros plus tax and shipping, and Arta Tech expects to ship after 4 July.

With an Amazon Smartphone, the Retailer Seeks a Tether to Consumers
June 16, 2014

Hold the phone: Amazon wants to burrow even deeper into your life.

The retailer is expected to introduce a smartphone on Wednesday at an event in Seattle, a long-rumored project that aims to close any remaining gap between the impulse to buy and the completed act.

Amazon has spent the last several years furiously investing billions of dollars on multiple fronts: constructing warehouses all over the country to deliver goods as fast as possible, building devices as varied as tablets and set-top boxes, and creating and licensing entertainment to stock those devices.