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Pew, Princeton survey shows U.S. ereading up
January 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

A new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International and made available through Pew Internet indicates that "the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing," while "more also own dedicated e-reading devices." The survey, one of the first of the new year and based on a sample of just over 1000 adults surveyed in January 2nd-5th, 2014, indicates that "the percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012.' That said, the survey also concludes that: "print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people...

Joanna’s ePublishing Predictions for 2014
December 5, 2013 | 12:25 pm

epublishing predictionsI have a pretty good track record as an ebook trend-spotter. It's that time of year again. What do I see coming our way in 2014? Here are my annual epublishing predictions for the coming year. 1) Someone will step in and fill the tagging void. I have noticed a few app store apps pop up in my RSS feeds lately with little notices on them that they 'comply' with the standards of some organization or other. The most popular seems to be a group called 'Moms with Apps' whose 'members' must have their app verified to be free (or not)...

Momentum builds for new Amy Tan title with digital-first excerpt from Fourth Estate
July 11, 2013 | 11:44 am

The upcoming new novel "The Valley of Amazement" by Chinese American writer Amy Tan, author of the much-loved "The Joy Luck Club," is seeing a steady uptick in promotional activity prior to its scheduled official release on November 11th, 2013. One such move, as reported in The Bookseller, is a 42-page digital-only extract from the new novel, entitled "Rules for Virgins," released in the UK over Kindle on July 4 by HarperCollins imprint Fourth Estate, following its prior release in the U.S. in December 2011 by American imprint Byliner as a Kindle Single. The Bookseller quotes Clare Reihill, editorial director at Fourth Estate,...

Jack Vance e-books showcase achievement of deceased SF/fantasy master
June 28, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Jack VanceJack Vance (1916-2013), the veteran pioneer of fantasy and science fiction, as well as a prolific master in many other genres, died just short of a century old this year, on May 26, 2013. But his massive legacy has been fittingly preserved in two huge publication projects: the Vance Integral Edition (VIE), a 44-volume set of his complete works acclaimed by some as "one of the more remarkable publishing feats of the last 50 years," and the Vance Digital Edition, a series of e-books "created from latest digital versions of the Vance Integral Edition texts," and sold directly from the official Jack...

Not all digital-only imprints are exploitative, The Guardian reports
June 23, 2013 | 12:42 pm

carina_logoOn The Guardian’s self-publishing blog, Molly Flatt takes a look at the controversy surrounding some of the traditional publishers’ new digital-only imprints. She brings up the uproar over Hydra’s contracts that were viewed as exploitative, but also discusses Little, Brown’s “Blackfriars” imprint, and Harlequin’s “Carina,” which offer contract terms more akin to traditional publishing. The message seems to be that authors should not be afraid of a digital-only imprint because it is digital-only, but should look carefully at the terms it offers. Author Amy Bird tells Flatt that Carina gave her all the editorial and marketing support she would...

Breaking News: E-Books Rife with Typos … Film at Eleven
October 31, 2012 | 2:00 pm

On The Verge, new e-book reader Laura June comes to the same realization as quite a few of her forebears (including me) over the last few years: in emphasized orange all-capital header-sized letters: “e-books are apparently lousy with typos.” She brings up the example of Umberto Eco’s Foucalt’s Pendulum, a still-in-print book by a living author translated from Italian at great trouble and expense, which features a number of c-for-e OCR errors: I’ve found other typos in other books too, but statistics on this are hard to come by, and since I’ve only been using an e-reader for a few weeks,...

E-Books Expand Their Potential With Serialized Fiction
October 2, 2012 | 2:12 pm

Could serialized fiction finally force the e-book to evolve? Various ventures are trying to satisfy a common complaint about e-books: that they are simply black-and-white digital reproductions of long-form print books, flat and unoriginal in their design and concept. One variation, what publishers call enhanced e-books, with audio and video elements woven throughout the text, has largely fallen flat with readers. But serialized fiction, where episodes are delivered to readers in scheduled installments much like episodes in a television series, has been the subject of an unusual amount of experimentation in publishing in recent months. Read Full Article ... Source: New York Times...

E-Reading Draws Visitors at Beijing Book Fair
September 5, 2012 | 1:47 pm

Over the weekend, we gave you a quick look at the 18th annual Delhi Book Fair, where e-books and e-reading technology are making a significant public appearance for the first time. (The nine-day event ends on Sunday, September 9.) Interestingly enough, at the 19th Beijing International Book Fair, which wrapped up just three days ago, e-reading was an especially hot topic as well. More than 2,000 publishing companies from some 75 "countries and regions," according to one news report, exhibited their products this year. Mainland China's e-reading trend, of course, is nothing new. But I did stumble across an interesting CCTV News report...

Latest Ars Technica OS X review has bumpy road to e-book release
July 25, 2012 | 6:59 pm

96693105Last year we covered Ars Technica publishing John Siracusa’s 27,000-word comprehensive review of OS X 10.7 Lion as an e-book, and the very successful sales numbers for a review that could still be read free on-line. This year, with the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Siracusa has done it again—but as the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, the process has not been without snafus. Since Mountain Lion was under NDA until the day it launched, that means that the e-book had to be submitted to Amazon at the same time the article was allowed to be published online...

Amazon to bid for assets of bankrupt publisher Dorchester
June 28, 2012 | 2:00 pm

dorchesterAmazon is preparing to acquire another publishing asset. Digital Book World reports that the online-bookstore-turned-publisher will be bidding on the assets of bankrupt paperback publisher Dorchester—including the debts Dorchester owes to its authors. According to the terms of the sale, any buyer would have to be approved by those authors, who would in return be paid back royalties in full. Dorchester has not had a good reputation these past couple of years. In 2010 it decided to shift from printing paper books to releasing books via e-books and print-on-demand. It has since been delisted by writer advocacy groups including...

Twilight fanfic, pulling to publish, and the fandom gift economy
June 19, 2012 | 10:29 pm

Doctor Science, the blogger who wrote a couple of installments on the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon last month that I blogged about at the time, actually wrote a third piece, which I only just noticed when I went back to check references for the fanfic article I posted earlier. The first two parts talked about “the decline of the publishing industry,” indicating that (at least in some cases) fans were providing a lot better value when it came to editing fanfics than publishers were to editing submitted manuscripts. (Not surprising, in light of a study showing that...

Stigma of self-publishing has largely gone away
May 20, 2012 | 11:15 pm

On IndieReader, Terry Giuliano Long has an interesting, long post about how self-publishing’s stigma has decreased over the last few years—leaving some traditional authors feeling threatened. Long notes that a number of brick and mortar booksellers are starting to make room for self-published authors in their stores, leading to traditionally-published authors complaining about the effects this is having on their income. One author even referred to it as “literary karaoke.” This comes at a time when the rise of the e-book is threatening paper sales. Industry leaders are concerned that publishers may ditch paperback sales altogether in favor of...