Weekend Roundup: Print Books No Longer the Norm? Kobo Takes a Firm Stand and more
October 27, 2013 | 11:07 am
By Joanna Cabot
For Major Pubs, Will Print No Longer be the Norm? (Publishers Weekly)
Format has been a long-simmering topic of debate in book publishing, and the question of when, and if, a title is published in hardcover, paperback, and/or digital has become even more pressing as bricks-and-mortar bookstores dwindle and e-book sales grow.
Kobo: Writers Free to Write What They Want, We Are Not Compelled to Sell It (GoodeReader)
Kobo and several other self-publishing platforms took a bold stance and blocked self-published titles from sale until a thorough review could be conducted. Angry accusations filled the social media sphere as authors discovered their titles had been removed from sales channels and distribution outlets.
Here’s How Much Smashwords Authors Will Get Paid Through Subscription Service Oyster (GigaOM)
Smashwords authors who make their ebooks available through ebook subscription service Oyster will get 60 percent of their book’s list price if an Oyster user reads at least 10 percent of it.
Spending Too Much on eBook Copies of 50 Shades? Libraries Respond (Digital Book World)
Earlier this week, Digital Book World reported that a library system in Ohio spent nearly $24,000 on ebook copies of Fifty Shades of Grey. The article caused debate in the library and publishing communities about the role of libraries, library budgets, ebooks and libraries and publishers.
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