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Average price of best-selling e-books on the decline
April 9, 2013 | 11:45 am

e-booksE-books seem to be costing consumers less money. Digital Book World tracks the prices of e-books on the best-sellers lists every week. Last week, the news site found e-books on the lists averaged more than $8 a book. After a week where a new publisher (Macmillan) allowed discounted prices, the average price of e-books on the best-sellers list dropped to $7.21, a record low, according to DBW. One of the more interesting notes from DBW’s research is that $9.99 doesn’t seem to be a popular price anymore. This price point has been reserved for newer popular books and those that retailers can definitely...

DBW’s “When will Kindles become free?” misses the mark
March 15, 2013 | 8:33 pm

KindlesIt's interesting to me how often people misunderstand the appeal of Amazon and its products. Over at Digital Book World today, Beth Bacon asked, "When will Kindle's become free?" While it's not a bad question—and I do think the day of the free Kindle (or another brand of e-reader) is coming—I think she missed an important point. Consumers who think about their hardware purchases this way (do I want an e-reader, a tablet, or both?) are probably more likely to spring for a tablet with an Android, MacOS, or Windows OS if they can possibly afford it. Those who are looking for...

Digital Book World is back online
February 26, 2013 | 1:34 pm

Digital Book World logo DBW logoThe Digital Book World website has been down since at least 9:00 am EST this morning, for reasons unknown even to its editorial staff, from what we understand. But DBW's IT team has been hard at work on the problem—whatever it was—for the majority of the day, and the site now seems to be back up and working fine. Nice to have you back, DBW....

Easy DRM For Self-Published Authors? Really?
February 4, 2013 | 11:00 am

Well here's a terrible idea. DBW just posted a press release about Edition Guard, which brings Adobe DRM to indie authors and small presses who want to sell books direct from their website. Have we learned nothing in recent years? DRM doesn't stop piracy. It's ridiculously easy to crack. All DRM does is punish non-tech savvy readers who don't know how to seek out the tools to get rid of it. Even if DRM worked, Adobe DRM is a terrible platform. It only allows activation on six devices. So what happens when you purchase your seventh device? You have to contact Adobe...

Would the death of Barnes & Noble also kill book discovery?
January 31, 2013 | 11:46 am

Digital Book World posted an excellent article today about the Barnes & Noble elephant in the room at DBW 2013. The big takeaway from this article was this statistic: "According to the most recent Codex survey, online selling accounts for 61 percent of book sales, but only 7 percent of discovery." That's huge. I'm one of those 61 percent. Sure, I buy all my books online, but I find new books and authors by browsing my local Barnes & Noble. And what happens if that local Barnes & Noble goes away? It's not looking good for them as a business right now. Well,...

Free Webinar: The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks
January 25, 2013 | 4:38 pm

Our friends over at Digital Book World are partnering with PlayScience, a New York-based children’s entertainment and education research company, to produce a free hour-long webinar, The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks. The webinar, which will look at the e-reading habits of children aged two to 13, is scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. [caption id="attachment_77480" align="alignright" width="180"] J. Alison Bryant, Ph.D.[/caption] According to DBW, which recently conducted a "nationally representative survey" with PlayScience, "it was found that 55% of all children aged 2-to-13 in the U.S. read ebooks." PlayScience president Dr. J. Alison Bryant, Ph.D., will...

Show Notes: Digital Book World 2013
January 21, 2013 | 11:00 am

By Brian Howard Book Business, one of TeleRead's sister publications, spent the last two days soaking up the publishing wisdom on display at the Digital Book World conference at the Hilton New York. You can check their Twitter feed, @bookbusinessmag, for the full play by play. Below are some highlights. * * * [caption id="attachment_77159" align="alignleft" width="146"] Asra Rasheed[/caption] » Following the Children's Content in Context breakout session on Wednesday, we got to exchange a few quick words about our mutual love of the Android platform with none other than LeVar Burton, who was at the session to support Reading Rainbow CEO Asra Rasheed . "I'm a nerd," explained Burton during the session, with regard to...

Video Highlights from the 2013 DBW Conference + Expo
January 19, 2013 | 2:44 pm

Digital Book World logoThis year's installment of the Digital Book World Conference + Expo came to a close two days ago, and not surprisingly, video highlights from the event have been popping up online all week long. Those of you with a bit of extra cash to spare (or, more realistically, a corporate account) might consider purchasing an on-demand video of the conference, which is already available at the DBW website. For U.S. $295, you'll be able to watch 20 general session events from the first two days of the conference, along with a half-dozen breakout sessions. Head over to YouTube if you'd like to check out a few...

Show Notes: Report from the Digital Book World Marketing and Discoverability Conference
September 25, 2012 | 7:30 pm

By Brian Howard | for Book Business “If you came here looking for a map, good luck,” joked Perseus Book Group's Rick Joyce, noting that figuring out the new world of discoverbility is “not about map following, but about map building.” While the metaphor might seem extreme, when it comes to marketing and discoverability in the Internet age, publishers really are, like the early explorers, in uncharted territory. This was the theme of the opening keynote delivered by Joyce, Perseus's Chief Marketing Officer, to the gathered publishing professionals at New York's Metropolitan Pavilion for the first Digital Book World Marketing and Discoverability conference. Joyce’s table-setting address stressed the...

Mike Shatzkin discusses DRM revelations from Digital Book World
January 30, 2012 | 12:58 pm

An interesting thing about the latest post from publishing-industry observer Mike Shatzkin, highlighting what he feels were the most important points from the Digital Book World conference he helped run: it largely focuses on DRM. Aside from Matteo Berlucchi’s call for publishers to drop DRM (which I covered here and here), Shatzkin also brings up a point about the relationship of DRM to sales at romance e-bookseller All Romance Ebooks. Shatzkin notes three interesting statistics that came up in All Romance’s presentation at DBW: Only 20% of All Romance’s readers strongly resist e-books with DRM....

Mike Shatzkin predicts publishing nine months from now
April 21, 2011 | 9:41 pm

Mike Shatzkin’s blog posts are always worth reading, but his latest is particularly interesting. Frequently e-book prognosticators focus on the long-term, but Shatzkin this time tries to predict where the e-book industry will be in nine months, for the purposes of planning the panel schedule of the Digital Book World event he helps run. Among the larger issues he predicts will be getting attention are the matters of territorial restrictions on e-book sales, and publishers figuring out how to form direct relationships with consumers. He also thinks more publishers will start experimenting with new business models such as...

Competition for reader attention heading up, says Mike Shatzkin
January 29, 2011 | 5:27 pm

Publishing analyst Mike Shatzkin, back from Digital Book World, has an interesting piece on his blog looking at the effect that non-publishers getting into the publishing business could have other publishers. He talks about a discussion he had with a distinctly non-tech-savvy publisher of renown who was now running his own smaller operation. This publisher felt that the advances in reducing the cost of small-scale publishing should make it that much easier for him to publish books. He wasn’t concerned by all the self-published stuff he would be competing with, since 99% of it would be dreck, but as...

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