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Digital Book World conducting author survey
November 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Digital Book World logo DBWDigital Book World has conducted two previous surveys of authors, and now they are doing a third. Their previous surveys have been criticized as drawing from too narrow a field, i.e. readers of Writer's Digest. The criticism is that many, if not most, indie authors don't read Writer's Digest, leading the survey to under represent that section of the population. I'm not offering an opinion on prior surveys one way or the other because honestly, I haven't taken the time to dig into the methodology. But if the criticism is fair, then it seems obvious that a good fix is to...

DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings show Hachette should worry as Big Five dominate
August 18, 2014 | 10:25 am

DBW_New_300.jpgThe latest DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings, "a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list" from Digital Book World, show that the entire Hachette/Amazon spat appears to be making little difference to Big Publishing's success in the ebook arena. Nor, alas, is all the hype over self-publishing and digital disruption of the traditional publishing hierarchy. Because Big Five publishers, including Hachette, hog the top three slots in the Power Rankings, with nary an Amazon-led-chokeoff-of-book-availability to be seen. As DBW observes, "the two largest trade publishers in the world controlled nearly two-thirds of all ebook best-sellers...

Publishers go off deep end, pay consultant to tell them what they want to hear
April 3, 2014 | 1:24 pm

Diogenes-statue-Sinop-enhancedSo, let me get this straight. Frank Luby, a consultant speaking at Digital Book World, says that e-books are more convenient than printed books, and therefore, they should cost more. Is this some kind of a joke? Apparently not; it was posted April 2, and people elsewhere seem to be taking it seriously. This is so wrong I hardly even know where to begin. It’s true that I can see how publishers would want to hear what this guy has to say. Basically, he’s telling them only what they already believe themselves. And it’s a belief they...

Surprise! Most consumers buy e-books from a single retailer
January 22, 2014 | 5:33 am

At Digital Book World, book industry research firm Codex Group has some news for you that will completely shock and surprise you: in a survey of just over 2,000 people who buy e-books, 86% buy them from only one retailer. Those who buy books from Amazon tend to keep buying them from Amazon, etc. Oh, wait. Maybe that won’t shock and surprise you after all. Maybe it’s completely what you expected given that most major e-book vendors have erected walled gardens around their content to keep you from taking it out to another garden. If you buy books from...

Publishing CEOs focus on challenges at the Digital Book World Conference
January 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

digital book world conferenceNEW YORK – While traditional publishers look for ways to compete in the digital marketplace, one of the biggest problems they face still has to do with physical stores. Traditional publishers are losing out on shelf space with the loss of Borders or smaller outlets getting rid of books, making it difficult for consumers to discover new titles. A panel of CEOs in the digital space discussed challenges at the 2014 Digital Book World Conference + Expo with Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy looking at this unique problem for traditional publishers. “The loss of shelf space and that whole discovery mechanism —...

Two-thirds of children read digital books, new study shows
January 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Children read digital books more and more and at a rapid pace. The Kids + E-Reading Trends 2012 to 2013 study (conducted by PlayCollective and Digital Book World) was released on Monday and showed that two-thirds of children aged 13 and under read digital books with at least 92 percent of them doing so at least once a week. The results were revealed at the Fifth Annual Digital Book World Conference & Expo in New York City. The study was done to understand the e-reading habits of children aged 2-13 with a focus on parental attitudes regarding the benefits of ebooks, according...

Why do writers publish? What do they make? Social science findings from DBW
December 10, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Digital Book World has released the first three excerpts from some extremely detailed social science research into the practices and performance of writers, based on a joint survey with Writer's Digest under the direction of  Dana Beth Weinberg, Harvard University alumnus and Professor of Sociology at Queens College at CUNY, where she directs the MA Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research. "Over 9,000 authors participated in the survey and the results are nothing short of astounding," reads DBW's preamble. Whether astounding is the right qualifier or not, they are certainly fascinating, and Weinberg's detailed breakdowns of why writers...

Newest Digital Book World best sellers list has no self-published e-books
October 26, 2013 | 12:50 pm

Digital Book World best sellers listSelf-published books got a lot of face time over the last week with the mess from retailers taking down their e-books in stores. However, they didn’t see any attention on the Digital Book World Best Sellers List. For the second week in a row, not one self-published made the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, according to Jeremy Greenfield. The list was dominated by the Big Five with the lone standout being The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Hyperion). I don’t think after two weeks there should be any concern for self-published or indie authors. Best seller lists can be fickle....

Digital Book World’s Best Seller List Missed an Important Point
October 2, 2013 | 4:41 pm

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="1476727651" locale="us" height="160" src="" width="106"] Many of you probably also follow Digital Book World's Best Seller List and their round-up of the average price points of best selling books. I appreciate their coverage and analysis of the rise and fall of e-book pricing. Which is why I was surprised to read their story this morning and see an important data point not covered. They discuss Stephen King's new book, Doctor Sleep, and its rise to the top of the list, probably in part because of the unexpected price drop on the book. I know I bought it because of the drop....

Average price of best-selling e-books drop to all-time low
September 11, 2013 | 12:23 pm

Power RankingsThe average price of e-books on Digital Book World’s best seller list dropped to an all-time low. The company reported on Wednesday the average price fell by nearly a dollar to $5.41. DBW has 25 books on its list and Lee Child’s newest Jack Reacher book jumping to the top spot with a price of $11.76. But that couldn’t help the average price rise. The average price of e-books had jumped several weeks ago to nearly $10 with many new books from top authors hitting the market. However, as the market settled, the average price of e-books came down. Over the last two...

Where is Amazon Weak?
July 25, 2013 | 4:04 pm

AmazonDigital Book World has an intriguing analysis up today about Amazon's "weak points." With all the chatter about how "invincible" Amazon is and how much power they wield in publishing today, Andrew Rhomberg highlights some of the areas where Amazon actually might not be the Best of All—areas where a savvy competitor might find a way to wedge their foot into the door. So what does Rhomberg perceive the weaknesses are?  Social media • A too-established user base who won't welcome interface changes • Nobody is 'addicted' to it • Does not share its data well with other stakeholders There's more in the article. Happy reading!...

Steps We Must Consider When Pricing E-Books? Really?
April 16, 2013 | 1:15 pm

E-BooksWhen I read the DBW article yesterday entitled "7 Must-Consider Strategies for Ebook Pricing," I ended up scratching my head. What happened to "listen to the consumer and what they consistently tell you they want?" That sounds like a good idea when considering pricing e-books. Apparently not. It started with strategy #1. "Charge extra for convenience." Here's the quote: Though ebooks cost less to print, ship, and stock than paper books, they’re much more convenient for readers. So why not charge extra for that convenience? With this strategy, the price of an ebook would be higher than its equivalent in paper—isn’t immediate...

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