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BookBub offers readers a way to discover books through email
January 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

bookbub With ebooks as a popular medium for readers and writers, there has to be a way to wade through the noise to find the books you want to read. BookBub looks to be that middleman by promoting discounted books to email subscribers. The company was launched in early 2012 by Josh Schanker and Nicholas Ciarelli. They didn’t have a background in publishing, but instead digital media. It seems they have a found a good mix as the company has more than two million subscribers. “They were exposed to this industry for the first time when a friend asked them to help her think...

Morning Roundup: Don’t count out Barnes & Noble!
June 27, 2013 | 11:21 am

Digg App Updated for iOS with Digg Reader (The Digital Reader) Digg rolled out an update to their iOS app this morning. It’s a very small update, and it really only added a single feature: Digg Reader. * * * On the Likelihood of Academia 'Taking Back' Scholarly Publishing (Scholarly Kitchen) Fast-forward to last month, when I wrote a post about what I believe to be “signal distortions” contributing to a very weird set of economic dynamics in the scholarly publishing industry. At the end of that piece I mentioned that there are some who would clearly welcome the “taking back” of scholarly publishing...

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...

The Book Elf: Another Attempt to Share E-Books
June 25, 2013 | 6:27 pm

Ah, will it never cease? Darn you readers for wanting to treat e-books like paper books, and wanting to actually share them! So, yet another e-book sharing method is coming. It's called The Book Elf (cute name), and while they are starting out with public domain books, they say they'll be bringing on copyrighted content soon. The idea is simple. Users can add books on their shelf to share (read: lend) to their friends. They won't use DRM file formats but will instead build DRM into the website. I'll be interested to see how that works, and how users will transfer books to...

Are “new” books working Amazon’s system?
April 15, 2013 | 3:30 pm

AmazonL.J. Sellers has picked up on a trend on Amazon. The novelist who writes for the Crime Fiction Collective blog noticed old books popping up on lists for new releases. If the book has been out for several years, how can it become a “hot, new release?” Sellers writes: “The newest trend I've noticed is the republishing of the same book. What I see happening is that familiar books that were competitive on Amazon's crime fiction list, dropped off the list, then came roaring back with a new pub date and a high profile.” Essentially, publishers or authors are re-releasing e-books with a new publishing date, and...

Why the Failure of Books on Board Should Worry Authors
April 8, 2013 | 3:00 pm

Books on BoardIn today's Morning Links was a great essay from Michael Kozlowski on the 'death' of the indie e-bookstore. Books on Board was killed by the agency pricing model, and a failure to innovate and provide better customer experiences such as mobile browsing and more refined search algorithms, Kozlowski alleges. His conclusion, in particular, jumped out at me: "Indie bookseller websites are less about just selling books in the traditional sense, and more about reaching the largest audience you can. There is room in the industry for smaller players, but they have to be savvy. Opening up a Facebook Book Store, developing apps, making a...

Check out Book Bub, a great book recommending service
March 19, 2013 | 2:47 pm

On the advice of a TeleRead commenter, I've spent the last two weeks trying out a book recommending service called Book Bub. So far, I'm enjoying it. Book Bub's premise is simple: When you register (it's free), you select from an offering of genres that interest you, and every day, Book Bub sends you an email with a few free or discounted books in your chosen genres. That's all there is to it. In general, I'm finding Book Bub's one, single email a bit easier for me to keep track of than a blog these days—I still haven't decided what I plan...

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture
March 16, 2013 | 4:45 pm

BookishWhile it’s odd to think of an organization backed by the  Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster as a startup, Bookish, the new book-recommendation and -discovery site is essentially that. After two years in development under three CEOs, Bookish is now a reality, a place where users can get recommendations—based on titles or groups of titles they know they already like—and then, importantly, purchase them. Like the Random House project BookScout, the idea, on one level, is to facilitate discovery across the industry, for the good of the industry. And while users can discover just about any book, the books they can purchase...

Meet WebBytez, a new method of e-book discovery
March 9, 2013 | 12:45 pm

E-book discovery by readers has been much in the news lately, and it's definitely an issue for authors, especially those who are self-published. While readers continue to find their next great book in online stores, some still browse brick and mortar bookstores. Wouldn't it be nice if they could find and buy e-books in a store? No, not showrooming Books-A-Million to buy a book on Amazon. Buy actually buying the e-book in the store, so that the author and the store both make money on the deal. Bitingduck Press has an answer. It's still new, so don't look for it yet...

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...

Morning Links — New ideas from TOC 2013, and more
February 13, 2013 | 8:00 am

TOC Tools of Change logoFive Slightly Unexpected Tips For Self-Published Authors to Find Success (DBW) The Crazy Plan to Save Barnes & Noble (DBW) "Used Ebooks" Hurts My Brain (Book Riot) Little, Brown's NOVL Approach to Reaching Readers Online (Publisher's Weekly) Is "Discoverability" Even A Problem? (Brett Sandusky) Kindle Daily Deals: The Informationist by Taylor Stevens (and 3 others)...