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DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings show Hachette should worry as Big Five dominate
August 18, 2014 | 10:25 am

DBW_New_300.jpgThe latest DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings, "a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list" from Digital Book World, show that the entire Hachette/Amazon spat appears to be making little difference to Big Publishing's success in the ebook arena. Nor, alas, is all the hype over self-publishing and digital disruption of the traditional publishing hierarchy. Because Big Five publishers, including Hachette, hog the top three slots in the Power Rankings, with nary an Amazon-led-chokeoff-of-book-availability to be seen. As DBW observes, "the two largest trade publishers in the world controlled nearly two-thirds of all ebook best-sellers...

Why do indie authors want Hachette to lower prices? The answer is obvious
August 12, 2014 | 9:15 am

cheap ebooksIn today's Morning Links, we feature a story from Digital Book World where Jeremy Greenfield says: One of the most confusing things to me about the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute saga is why do so many indie authors want so passionately for Hachette, a competitor, to lower its prices? It's only confusing if you make the mistake of looking at indie authors as defining themselves by only one characteristic: being an indie author. However, few people define themselves so narrowly. Many (likely even a majority) of indie authors are also readers. Readers are consumers, and we like lower prices. So the answer is simple....

Are Amazon editors really that independent?
July 3, 2014 | 4:25 pm

As Amazon finally steps up its own defense in the ongoing spat with Hachette to the tune of well-orchestrated background noise, one of the odder appearances to come out is a piece in Digital Book World declaring "Amazon Editors Independent, Above Hachette-Amazon Fray." States the article, "Editors at Amazon who make decisions about the retailer’s 'best books' and featured picks work independently of the team negotiating with publisher Hachette over a new agreement between the firms." It then goes on to cite Amazon's "two lists of featured books meant to entice readers to buy," the Amazon’s Best Books of 2014 (So...

Publishers go off deep end, pay consultant to tell them what they want to hear
April 3, 2014 | 1:24 pm

Diogenes-statue-Sinop-enhancedSo, let me get this straight. Frank Luby, a consultant speaking at Digital Book World, says that e-books are more convenient than printed books, and therefore, they should cost more. Is this some kind of a joke? Apparently not; it was posted April 2, and people elsewhere seem to be taking it seriously. This is so wrong I hardly even know where to begin. It’s true that I can see how publishers would want to hear what this guy has to say. Basically, he’s telling them only what they already believe themselves. And it’s a belief they...

Biblionasium: Where kids write book reviews
March 29, 2014 | 2:33 pm

BiblionasiumDigital Book World has a great write-up about Biblionasium, a site I have not heard about until now which describes itself as a 'Goodreads for Kids.' They previously got around the whole 'social media websites and children under 13' privacy issues by limiting their young user's review-writing options to selecting pre-fab options from a drop-down menu. But in response to requests from teachers and librarians, they have now opened up true review-writing abilities for users of all ages. The write-up points out that the site does restrict these posting abilities so that parents and educators can pre-determine where this stuff gets...

Been there, read that, passed on the t-shirt: The ebook pricing false comparison
March 23, 2014 | 1:27 pm

As a follow-up to the ebook pricing discussion, here's a piece from Digital Book World that makes a completely false case for society's undervaluing of ebooks. Why false? Because you could have exactly the same debate about print books. "Why are T-shirts more valuable than Ebooks?" asks Beth Bacon, and she instances her brothers-in-law's new t-shirt sales website that "sells comfy, cool T-shirts for $25. I fully support their entrepreneurial launch. But I couldn’t help thinking about it in comparison to publishers, selling ebooks for a just couple of bucks. It struck me as odd that our society values ebooks at...

Which is the right ebook pricing trend?
March 21, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Two contrasting data points on ebook pricing this week point up the question of what the right price points are for ebooks. In the blue corner, we have the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, which after all is followed by Huffington Post and other outlets in the U.S., and therefore carries some authority. And its latest March post found that, "after weeks of slowly ticking up, getting more than halfway to the $7.00 mark, the average price of a best-selling ebook jumped this week to $7.49. At the end of January, the average price of a best-selling ebook was...

DBW recrunch of Hugh Howey AuthorEarnings numbers yields interesting conclusions
February 14, 2014 | 6:10 pm

I already predicted that the groundbreaking survey of online/digital bookselling income and trends put together by the AuthorEarnings site and Hugh Howey would be pored over, reparsed, argued with, and generally chewed up over the next weeks. And one of the first out of the gate is arguably one of the more authoritative and better qualified, as Dana Beth Weinberg, who has been delivering regular publishing analytics for Digital Book World, took her turn at the raw data made available by Howey's site. Party it's a move to answer "the deep animosity many indie authors felt" towards her previous work,...

Latest DBW Author Survey results give more info on authors’ publishing cycle
February 5, 2014 | 12:14 pm

The latest bulletin on the results of the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, put together from the responses of over 9000 authors by Dana Beth Weinberg, Professor of Sociology at Queens College – CUNY, and DBW/Writer’s Digest, aims to demonstrate how writers are responding to the different opportunities of traditional, digital, and self-publishing. And Weinberg attempts to answer Hugh Howey's comments that the only true comparison between digital and traditional publishing opportunities for authors nowadays is one that takes into account the comparative size of the virtual or actual collective slushpiles in both domains. [caption id="" align="aligncenter"...

What can traditional publishers offer authors to keep them around?
January 24, 2014 | 6:23 pm

That is the unstated theme of a research report just released under the auspices of Digital Book World, "What Advantages do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors: A Comparison of Traditional and Indie Publishing from the Authors' Perspective," authored by Dana Beth Weinberg and Jeremy Greenfield. This is the same Dana Beth Weinberg, Harvard University alumnus and Professor of Sociology at Queens College at CUNY, who produced the very interesting research excerpts already covered in TeleRead, offering some very interesting insights into author attitudes and expectations. Now some of her broader conclusions are presented in full. "With the stigma diminishing," the DBW intro...

What would encourage eBook readers to switch platforms?
January 22, 2014 | 10:15 am

ebook buyersChris has already covered the Digital Book World article summarizing recent Codex Group research showing that 86% of eBook buyers buy from only one retailer. But I had a few thoughts he didn't cover. The article posited that the ease of infrastructure was the number one reason people stayed with a particular retailer, and that made sense to me. Although I don't currently own a Kindle device, I used to, and I'm pretty much "trained" to go back to Amazon, if for no other reason than it makes it easiest to keep track of what I've purchased. I'm usually good about adding...

Surprise! Most consumers buy e-books from a single retailer
January 22, 2014 | 5:33 am

At Digital Book World, book industry research firm Codex Group has some news for you that will completely shock and surprise you: in a survey of just over 2,000 people who buy e-books, 86% buy them from only one retailer. Those who buy books from Amazon tend to keep buying them from Amazon, etc. Oh, wait. Maybe that won’t shock and surprise you after all. Maybe it’s completely what you expected given that most major e-book vendors have erected walled gardens around their content to keep you from taking it out to another garden. If you buy books from...