Technology

4 “Wow” Experiences at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair
April 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

Ciao bella! I’ve recently returned from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, and “WOW” is the best expression of this book lover’s experience. I am happily at home in any library or bookstore, so imagine my sheer joy at seeing children’s books from 1,200 exhibitors and 75 countries. I explored the fair over…

20 Pro Tips to Prepare Your Ebook for Conversion
April 21, 2017 at 9:20 am

If you’ve read many books by DIY authors—and chances are you have—you might have stumbled across the occasional one full of formatting errors. It doesn’t give the best impression, does it? These mistakes detract from the flow of the book and are a certain route to one-star reviews. So how can you make sure your…

Give Us Your Feedback—and Enter to Win!
April 18, 2017 at 9:00 am

The world of digital publishing is constantly growing and changing. New technologies, new markets, and new techniques for maximizing sales appear every week. Digital Book World keeps you up to date on all you need to know. At DBW, we are growing and changing, too. We want to make DBW even more relevant to you,…

Generate More Book Sales With a Keyword-Powered Blurb
April 17, 2017 at 10:06 am

The description of your book in an online store is a vital element of your digital book’s sales strategy. The description (commonly called a blurb) acts like a shop clerk in a digital bookstore. You want that clerk’s pitch to be as convincing as possible. The blurb, however, plays a second and perhaps even more…

Trending Up: What’s Fueling and Feeding the Audiobook Boom?
April 11, 2017 at 11:00 am

The digital audiobook industry is trending up. The recent launch of RBmedia, a digital audio company that brings together the management of several technologies that specialize in spoken-word audio, casts a spotlight on this growth. In recent years, spoken-word media has increased in both sales and the number of titles being published. The latest statistics…

Progressive Publishing: Content on Demand
January 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

Before the digital age, information consumption via mobile devices was considered an optional trend among print content creators and publishers. Now it is practically a professional imperative. In fact, recent studies show that several major traditional print publications regained significant growth by introducing mobile content to their digitally focused audiences. Today’s professional—and her office environment—are…

Why the IDPF-W3C Merger Will Be Great for EPUB and the Book Industry
January 18, 2017 at 7:00 am

NOTE: The following represents personal opinion, not that of IDPF or W3C. A self-appointed “Save the IDPF, Save EPUB” committee has recently formed to publicly attack the IDPF/W3C combination plan and announce a campaign of its own with the goal “to keep the IDPF going as a standalone trade organization.” This group sees the combination…

4 Steps to Create a Blog or Podcast That You and Your Readers Will Love
January 17, 2017 at 7:00 am

If you’re a self-published author, in addition to writing and producing your books, you must take on the responsibility of marketing them. The most successful author-marketers foster strong relationships with their audiences. Blogging, whether through written weblogs or verbal audio blogs (podcasts) is one of the best ways to build and maintain a fan base…

Everything Publishers Need to Know About Business Intelligence
January 13, 2017 at 7:00 am

The concept behind this article was to share the experiences that I and others have had managing and implementing business intelligence (BI) and reporting solutions. To help out, I asked some former colleagues to contribute their thoughts. The contributors are Ralph Cetrulo, Vince Benenati and Joe Rodriguez. Their bios are below: • Ralph Cetrulo is…

Save the IDPF. Save EPUB.
January 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

We, the members of the “Save the IDPF. Save EPUB.” campaign committee, are reaching out to the publishing community to update you on our work and ask for your help. We believe that the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF) reckless transfer of assets to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a threat to the…