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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...

Publishers and agents differ on ‘fair’ e-book royalty rates
January 27, 2011 | 6:43 pm

EBookNewser has a report on an ongoing disagreement between publishers and agents as to the nature of a “fair” e-book royalty percentage. It seems publishers think that the percentage is 25%, while many agents think it should be 50%. This comes by way of a survey presented yesterday at Digital Book World by Mike Shatzkin of the Idea Logical Company and Constance Sayre of Market Partners International. Apparently as many as 1/3 of agents claim to have negotiated 50% royalty deals. Furthermore, 90% of agents have clients who are potentially interested in self-publishing. Certainly, authors such as...

DBW panelists suggest children’s book apps need curating
January 26, 2011 | 10:01 pm

eBookNewser has some coverage of a children’s book panel from Digital Book World today. One consensus to come out of the panel is that children’s book apps lack curation to weed out the 90% of lousy apps to make it easier to find the 3,000 or so good ones. Whereas in the print world there are stores and book clubs that help readers determine these things, it is a lot harder in the world of apps. Of course, this kind of holds true for adult books, too, at least to an extent. And the star rating system on the...

Digital territorial rights hot issue in Europe
January 25, 2011 | 8:05 pm

FutureBook has a look at the Digital Book World digital territorial rights panel that Paul also covered earlier today, going into a little more detail on some of the discussions between the posters and also bringing in some comments earlier in the day from Mike Shatzkin about the globalization of e-books (though, oddly, entirely leaving out any mention of Jean Arache’s part in the panel). The discussion between American publisher Carolyn Savarese and UK publisher Andrew Franklin is interesting to me, as it presents a sort of microcosm of the positions of the US and UK publishing industries...

The challenges of running an e-book conference
June 28, 2010 | 12:54 pm

dbw Mike Shatzkin’s blog has an interesting essay about putting together an advisory council for the Digital Book World conference, and some of the challenges that come with running such a conference. One challenge has to do with knowing some change is going on or about to go on in digital publishing, but not knowing who is a part of it or whether those who are will talk about it. The other has to do with with publishers being willing to discuss things privately, but not publicly—e-book royalty rates, for example. And as with any business, nobody...

Digital Book World announces a new community
February 2, 2010 | 10:51 am

Screen shot 2010-02-02 at 10.49.51 AM.pngFrom the press release: F+W Media announced today the launch of its Digital Book World Community, a new industry resource for book publishers and publishing professionals offering educational and informational resources designed to help them successfully navigate the digital transition. The Community springs forth from the successful inaugural annual conference which was held last week. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Director of Programming and Business Development, will continue to head the community, in close collaboration with a newly formed Community Advisory Board. A conference recap, schedule of upcoming seminars, WEBcasts and weekly roundtables; and regularly updated news and commentary from industry professionals can...

Majority of pirated files are not hacked ebooks: they are scanned pbooks, manuscripts and galleys
January 27, 2010 | 4:48 pm

DSCF0053.JPGUntangling and understanding the ebook supply chain Peter Balis, John Wiley and Sons; Niel Del Young, Hachette Book Group; Leslie Hulse, Harper Collins; Andrew Weinstein, Ingram Digital; Mark Coker, Smashwords Ingram: in ebook supply chain a lot of posturing going on and in a gawky stage. Roles are still shaking out. Still a role for wholesaler in the supply chain. They provide multi-publisher aggregating platform for retailers. They keep track of all the retailers selling the publishers' books. For majority of US publishers, enforcing territories by the billing address of the purchaser seems to be becoming the standard. Adobe...

Should ebook releases be windowed, just like DVDs and mass paper editions?
January 27, 2010 | 3:22 pm

DSCF0052.JPGEbook Challenges: Competing with free and getting the timing right. Mindy Stockfield, Hyperion; Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group; Steve Ross, formerly of Harper Collins; Michel Tamblyn, Kobo; Brian O'Leary, Magellan Media Partners. Publishers' margins are very small. Products releases should be windowed. Same question arose in the '50s when introducing mass market editions. Decided to release them later. Same with DVDs. Represents authors and so asks if you give it away for free what is author's share of zero? Be careful on innovation in pricing because you can create a market expectation that you...

Average price of ebooks sold through Kobo is $8.76
January 27, 2010 | 2:01 pm

DSCF0051.JPGTim McCall, Penguin Group USA; Michael Tamblyn, Kobo; Kassia Lrozser, Booksquare; Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown, Ltd.; Laura Dawson, KNJ Dawson Ebook pricing: what they should cost and why Penguin: have to start with the intrinsic value of the material and the format. Need to look at cost - from the time its bought to the time it goes to the consumer. Ebook should not be looked at on its own, especially since ebooks are such a small point of the total market (...

Apple is an experiment and Google will have a big impact
January 27, 2010 | 11:52 am

DSCF0050.JPG Larry Kirshbaum, LJK Literary Movement; Ken Cader, PUblishers Lunch; Ken Brooks, Cengage Learning; Evan Schnittman, Oxford University Press; Mike Shatzkin, moderator If you were publishing a book this month and did an ebook simultaneously what percentage of total sales would it sell?: They answer: 17% at highest to 5%; 10% now and 35% lifetime; 6% to 15%; 10% Apple and Google enter the market, what will this do?: They answer: good news for publishers because add big players to compete with Amazon; Amazon will continue to grow but its share will fall; Apple is just an experiment at this...

Sloppy formatting in ebooks: Liza Daly speaks out at Digital Book World
January 27, 2010 | 9:47 am

image Liza Daly, ThreePress Consulting, discussed problems often found with current ebook production. Typical problems with current ebooks: plain text cover as opposed to photo; often have to step through blank pages, irrelevant copyright info, wrong ISBNs, table of contents with chapter numbers that are irrelevant content and readers hate this (if use samples then up to half of sample is often irrelevant pages), misspellings, bad line breaks (in some cases the pirated version is actually better than the professionally better one)....

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