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Orion One Book Lane shift: Do publisher-led reader communities work?
October 16, 2014 | 10:25 am

Cherry PicksOrion Publishing Group, one of Big Five house Hachette's imprints, has just relaunched its women's fiction (dare I say: chick lit?) reader community platform Cherry Picks as One Book Lane, repurposed as a general book lovers' community, although for now, still appearing under the Cherry Picks microsite at Orion's website. "Cherry Picks is now One Book Lane!" announces the microsite. "Join our online community for book lovers! We know you love discovering new books and we want to help you do just that. Pop in to One Book Lane and find: Competitions you won’t get anywhere else; Exclusive features from your...

Big Publishing’s latest author discovery wheeze: YouTube celebrity deals
October 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

YouTubeThe Next Big Thing in author discovery, according to a Wall Street Journal article anyway, is YouTube. Book promo videos have been a coming thing for a while now, as any fule kno. But now Big Publishing is turning the equation round, by using the power of rich social media to discover rather than to market authors. One of the key titles in the new surge of YouTube celeb signings is - appropriately enough - “The Pointless Book,” by UK video blogger Alfie Deyes. Then there's also "Make Up," by YouTube makeover celeb Michelle Phan. And unsurprisingly, the names of the...

Simon & Schuster launches social media initiative with Milq … who?
October 8, 2014 | 10:25 am

Simon & SchusterIn a news item that made it all the way to the top slot on Publishing Talk Daily, Simon & Schuster has just demonstrated how totally well it gets this social media stuff by announcing an exclusive book publisher partnership with Milq. That's right: Milq. Yes, you heard it: Milq. In case you're wondering ... um ... Milq who? well, so did I. Never fear, though: "As reported on in an article by Ben Sisario in The New York Times, Milq debuted out of private beta earlier this year with the aim of becoming the front door for how people experience...

Scribd adds new browsing and books discovery options
August 7, 2014 | 10:15 am

scribd logoScribd made some significant changes to their web interface today, opening up new browsing and book discovery options. While I like the concept overall, as an author with books listed in Scribd, I noticed something which bothered me. Let's start with the concept. Scribd’s new browse experience brings the familiar elements of browsing a neighborhood bookstore into the digital realm, from personalized staff picks, to shelves for every category and special interest niche imaginable. I have to say they completely nailed this. The shelves are easy to browse, and the special niches were interesting. Mind you, not that finding more books to read...

Sony Adds ‘Mood Match Up’ to Book Discovery
August 7, 2013 | 4:19 pm

Sometimes, you just have to say "enough already!" Sony's latest effort in book discovery is just silly. They are trying to match moods with books by having virtual flip cards with the mood you're feeling and a book recommendation. Well, in the first place, my current mood (tired from a long drive) isn't available, which makes me cranky. Whoops. That one's missing too. OK, let's get creative. Hey, that's there! So I'm supposed to read "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer. Teens at summer camp? In my current mood? Nope, I'm in the mood for an angst-free zone right now. Perusing further, a possible...

No Names, No Jackets: E-Book Discovery Site I Really Like
June 26, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Books on Board Now this is a good idea! No Names, No Jackets is a news(ish) e-book discovery site I saw referenced in several places today (including in a comment to my post from yesterday). I had to check it out, and I like it. The idea is simple. The site is a list of sample chapters. No author names, no titles, no book jackets, no marketing blurbs or anything else. Just pure text. Because it's a WordPress site, it displays perfectly on my tablet. (I know what I'll be doing most evenings now.) You can specify genre or just browse through the archive. You...

Sony adds “Family Tree” of books as discovery tool
June 6, 2013 | 12:45 pm

I admit when I saw the Sony blog post, my first impression was "you gotta be kidding me!" But then I suppressed my inner skeptic and took a closer look. The idea is simple. Sony has looked at a bunch of well-known books and apparently analyzed writing style and genre to come up with a family tree of books, marrying up some odd crosses like "Romance" and "Sci-Fi." The intent is to lead readers from one book they like to other books they might like. Kind of a neat idea, although "marrying" "Fifty Shades" to "The Notebook" was decidedly odd. I did follow...

Luzme: Another Way to Track E-Book Prices
May 7, 2013 | 10:56 am

LuzmeA couple of weeks ago, I reviewed eReaderIQ as a way to track Kindle e-book prices. Several readers encouraged me to try Luzme, and so I gave them a look today. Their big advantage over eReaderIQ is that Luzme allows you to track prices from multiple stores, in five countries (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and India). They say they have more stores and countries coming soon. Obviously, this is nice if you like to price compare over multiple stores. Signing up and creating an account is easy. If you just want to check the price on an individual book, you don't need...

Weekend Reading Roundup — Is book discovery only a problem for publishers?
February 16, 2013 | 9:14 am

Brown's Nautical AlmanacHere's the problem with publishers' book discovery problem (Paid Content) Why Stephen King was wrong to publish 'Guns' as a Kindle Single (NY Daily News) Amazon to Investigate Claims of Worker Intimidation at German Centers (New York  Times) Publishing is tough these days — unless you're in nautical almanacs, apparently (The Guardian) Kindle Daily Deals: 'Beautiful Creatures' books for $2.99 (and 3 others)  ...

Online tool looks to help authors distribute excerpts
February 14, 2013 | 4:05 pm

The book is written. It’s for sale on your website, on Amazon, or wherever you think people will look. So, how do you get people to buy? Getting through the noise can be difficult. That’s where Publisher’s Portal hopes to jump in. It’s a Web-based company looking to distribute excerpts of books for a small fee. With discoverability a current hot topic in the digital publishing world, Publisher’s Portal hopes to tap into the market by creating an excerpt from a book's first chapter (or its first 17,000 words), and then sending it to library catalogs, online retailers and book distributors. The excerpts are searchable by...

A Readmill iPhone app is on the way
February 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

We've written a bit about the Berlin-based startup Readmill in the past; here's a Q&A-style interview we ran back in August 2012 with Henrik Berggren, the company's über-ambitious founder. As we wrote in the introduction to that interview: The easiest way to understand exactly what Readmill is and what exactly it can do for you is to watch the simple introductory video on the company’s homepage. To put it simply, though, Readmill is something like a social networking site for the sorts of readers who like to share what they’re reading, and who like to discover what their friends are reading, too. The latest news...

In Italy, Train Passengers Now Enjoy Free E-Books
December 27, 2012 | 2:09 pm

Italo high-speed Italian trainIf you're the type who regularly follows international news of the ever-expanding e-book scene, you may have already heard about the unusual business collaboration between the Italian book publishing company known as RSC Libri, and the Italian train company, ITV. The partnership, which was announced at The Bookseller's FutureBook 2012 conference in London, and which has been dubbed E-books Aboard!, "will give passengers on Italian trains free access [to] e-books," according to The Bookseller. The general idea, as the post explains, is "to study the way consumers read and discover digital content." Assuming the experiment leads to any particularly eye-opening findings, it'll probably be...