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Self-promotion for 2014′s New Year resolution?
January 9, 2014 | 10:17 am

self-promotionA couple of interesting posts have emerged to kick off the New Year with some useful insights on promotion for self-published authors. The upshot is that self-promotion for self-publishing is more essential than ever before - but also that it doesn't have to be the blight on a writer's life or on cultural values that the likes of Jonathan Franzen periodically portray it as. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Writer at work[/caption] On his "Let's Get Visible" blog, David Gaughran states simply: "If You Don’t Enjoy Marketing, You’re Doing It Wrong." In his view, there's nothing so odious about new model promotional methods. His...

Porter Anderson highlights the big reporting gap in self-publishing income
December 17, 2013 | 10:15 am

porter andersonOver on Jane Friedman's blog on "Writing, reading, and publishing in the digital age," and in his own blog, Porter Anderson has just highlighted, at great length and in great detail, systematic bias in the coverage of income for self-published versus traditionally published authors. In his piece, entitled "Writing on the Ether: Where Publishing Surveys Cannot Go," he gives some insights that should be very useful to any writers who have been deterred from the self-publishing route because of lower reported income than traditional publishing, as in the recent Digital Book World survey of writers' motives and actual incomes. Anderson's piece...

Why do writers publish? What do they make? Social science findings from DBW
December 10, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Digital Book World has released the first three excerpts from some extremely detailed social science research into the practices and performance of writers, based on a joint survey with Writer's Digest under the direction of  Dana Beth Weinberg, Harvard University alumnus and Professor of Sociology at Queens College at CUNY, where she directs the MA Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research. "Over 9,000 authors participated in the survey and the results are nothing short of astounding," reads DBW's preamble. Whether astounding is the right qualifier or not, they are certainly fascinating, and Weinberg's detailed breakdowns of why writers...

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="" 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!...