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Mike Shatzkin shows publishing spiraling down the drain
November 19, 2013 | 3:08 pm

For anyone who has ever spent time in the accretion disc of  a black hole, the situation of the publishing industry will seem alarmingly familiar. At least according to Mike Shatzkin, whose analyses of the future evolution of publishing have appeared quite often in TeleRead in the past, and who just weighed in on Digital Book World, in an interview with DBW editorial director Jeremy Greenfield entitled "The Challenge and Opportunity of Self-Published Authors for Publishers," on the subject of where publishing is going and what that vast sucking sound is. Shatzkin feels that self-publishing is at a stage where it can...

Newest Digital Book World best sellers list has no self-published e-books
October 26, 2013 | 12:50 pm

Digital Book World best sellers listSelf-published books got a lot of face time over the last week with the mess from retailers taking down their e-books in stores. However, they didn’t see any attention on the Digital Book World Best Sellers List. For the second week in a row, not one self-published made the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, according to Jeremy Greenfield. The list was dominated by the Big Five with the lone standout being The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Hyperion). I don’t think after two weeks there should be any concern for self-published or indie authors. Best seller lists can be fickle....

Scholastic Book Fair Goes Digital
October 16, 2013 | 4:40 pm

scholastic book fair An intriguing press release posted at Digital Book World spotlights that the Scholastic Book Fair is going digital with a new book-scanning app, designed to complement the in-school book fairs they run every year. The app is designed to help parents find the right book for their kids: they can bring their phones to the book fair and use them to scan the covers for any book that's there, and then get information on reading level, content descriptions, suggested similar books and other details. They can create wish lists, order digital versions through Scholastic's Storia program and purchase books which...

Calvin and Hobbes To Be Published as eBooks
October 11, 2013 | 5:03 pm

calvin and hobbes I've always been a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes. We had two of the collected works anthologies, which unfortunately, gathered dust on our shelves. When we cleaned out our shelves a few months ago, they were among the books we sold. So I was delighted to see the announcement on Digital Book World that ebook editions of The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes, and The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes, will be available November 12, 2013. The ebook editions will be $12.99 each, which I think is quite reasonable. For you eInk lovers, I'm afraid they will only...

Self-published titles up nearly 60 percent from last year
October 11, 2013 | 12:25 pm

self-publishedEver wonder how many self-published titles are on the market? 1,000? 10,000? 100,000? It’s even higher than that. Just last year, Bowker said 391,000 ISBNs were purchased for self-published titles – a 59 percent increase from 2011, according to a release from the company on Digital Book World. In 2012, 40 percent of percent of ISBNs were for self-published titles compared to 2007 when it was just 11 percent. “The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services, in the company’s press release. “They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to...

Digital Book World’s Best Seller List Missed an Important Point
October 2, 2013 | 4:41 pm

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="1476727651" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513Af1pjdGL._SL160_.jpg" width="106"] Many of you probably also follow Digital Book World's Best Seller List and their round-up of the average price points of best selling books. I appreciate their coverage and analysis of the rise and fall of e-book pricing. Which is why I was surprised to read their story this morning and see an important data point not covered. They discuss Stephen King's new book, Doctor Sleep, and its rise to the top of the list, probably in part because of the unexpected price drop on the book. I know I bought it because of the drop....

Average price of best-selling e-books drop to all-time low
September 11, 2013 | 12:23 pm

Power RankingsThe average price of e-books on Digital Book World’s best seller list dropped to an all-time low. The company reported on Wednesday the average price fell by nearly a dollar to $5.41. DBW has 25 books on its list and Lee Child’s newest Jack Reacher book jumping to the top spot with a price of $11.76. But that couldn’t help the average price rise. The average price of e-books had jumped several weeks ago to nearly $10 with many new books from top authors hitting the market. However, as the market settled, the average price of e-books came down. Over the last two...

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?
July 26, 2013 | 3:42 pm

Power RankingsThe latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry's biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no money and corporate might behind them are doing at snarfing their lunch. "It's a great feat for a publisher to have even one book make a best-seller list," editorializes DBW's Jeremy Greenfield, suggesting that DBW itself is keen to promote the value of its Power Rankings, which work by listing the publishers who have made the...

Where is Amazon Weak?
July 25, 2013 | 4:04 pm

AmazonDigital Book World has an intriguing analysis up today about Amazon's "weak points." With all the chatter about how "invincible" Amazon is and how much power they wield in publishing today, Andrew Rhomberg highlights some of the areas where Amazon actually might not be the Best of All—areas where a savvy competitor might find a way to wedge their foot into the door. So what does Rhomberg perceive the weaknesses are?  Social media • A too-established user base who won't welcome interface changes • Nobody is 'addicted' to it • Does not share its data well with other stakeholders There's more in the article. Happy reading!...

Kobo Writing Life Adds New E-Book Creation Tools
July 23, 2013 | 3:06 pm

Kobo Writing LifeDigital Book World is one of several outlets reporting that Kobo had added new e-book creation tools to its Writing Life platform. The report claims more than 17,000 authors have already published with Kobo's program. What they've added is an online WYSIWYG creation tool which simplifies creating and editing books. An intriguing development! More in the press release....

Oh no! Amazon’s raising prices! (Or … maybe not)
July 8, 2013 | 4:23 pm

AmazonAll weekend I saw this New York Times story making the rounds of various blogs. Basically, the point of the article was that Amazon is (once again) being a terrible company by raising prices. Well, if you read further, they aren't actually being accused of raising prices but of reducing the discounts. Which, yes, does mean the same thing to the consumer, but which has a different connotation nonetheless. Digital Book World was particularly strident in their coverage of this story. Here's their quote: "The moment many have feared in the book publishing industry may be finally here, according to the New York...

Average price of best-selling e-books see a near $2 spike from last week
June 13, 2013 | 8:47 pm

e-booksA best-selling author putting out a new book can wreak havoc on the average price of best-selling e-books. This was shown this week when the average price of best-selling e-books spiked by about $2 to $8.92, as reported by Digital Book World. DBW has kept track of the average prices of e-books from week-to-week since August 2012. Last year, the average price was in the double digits and regularly dropped to its lowest point in April at $6.58 a book, according to a chart compiled by DBW. The biggest cause for the spike is likely Sylvia Day’s newest book, "Entwined with You," hitting...

Another Look at the ‘Tablets in Education’ Issue
May 28, 2013 | 3:00 pm

tablets in educationDigital Book World's latest 'survey' on tablets in education came at a timely moment for me: We've had eight new iPads sitting in the principal's office for over a week waiting to get set up. As the nominal 'iPad person' at school, I keep getting nagged as to when they will be available for general usage, and I have flat-out refused to touch them until the IT people come in and put them on a server for me. It's been enough of a time-suck manually managing the eight we have already; I'm not doing anymore without some server-based push functions to automate...

Barefooot Books Pulls its Books from Amazon
May 22, 2013 | 12:15 pm

An independent children’s publisher has decided to cut ties with Amazon. Barefoot Books has pulled its books from the online retail giant, claiming that it wants to focus on more grassroots types of campaigns, it said in a press release on Digital Book World on Tuesday. Among the issues with Amazon that Barefoot faces is Amazon heavily discounting its books, and Amazon often selling its books before Barefoot has even received advanced copies from the printer. “As entrepreneurs, we admire Amazon and its ground-breaking accomplishments. However, Barefoot’s commitment is to diversity and to grassroots values; to ‘small is beautiful’,” Barefoot’s co-founder and CEO...

Best-Seller Lists: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
April 18, 2013 | 10:20 am

Best SellerDigital Book World has been compiling weekly e-book bestseller lists for some time, and in the latest analysis they've made on them, Jeremy Greenfield alleges to have found an e-book pricing "sweet spot." What he means by this is that in looking at data over the last four months, very few books have made the best-seller chart whose price exceeded $8."The literal translation of this observation is that readers aren’t buying many books at that price point. It could suggest that there are few popular titles being priced in that range," Greenfield concludes But is this a fair conclusion? My experience has been...

Steps We Must Consider When Pricing E-Books? Really?
April 16, 2013 | 1:15 pm

E-BooksWhen I read the DBW article yesterday entitled "7 Must-Consider Strategies for Ebook Pricing," I ended up scratching my head. What happened to "listen to the consumer and what they consistently tell you they want?" That sounds like a good idea when considering pricing e-books. Apparently not. It started with strategy #1. "Charge extra for convenience." Here's the quote: Though ebooks cost less to print, ship, and stock than paper books, they’re much more convenient for readers. So why not charge extra for that convenience? With this strategy, the price of an ebook would be higher than its equivalent in paper—isn’t immediate...

E-books accounted for 23% of revenue for U.S. publishers in December
April 11, 2013 | 2:31 pm

Last year was a positive one for U.S. trade publishers, according to the Association of American Publishers' newest “StatShot” monthly report for December 2012. Digital Book World has an extensive breakdown of the statistics from the report. Most notably, e-books accounted for 23 percent of net revenues for 2012, which is up from 17 percent in 2011 and just one percent in 2010. U.S. publishers saw a net revenue gain of 6.2 percent ($7.1 billion) compared to 2011. The top categories were Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction and Children’s/Young Adults. Between those two categories and religious e-books, publishers gained a 41 percent increase in net revenue,...

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