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Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer
April 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

michale_tamblyn.jpgKobo, now probably Amazon's biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President and CCO. Seen here in an earlier video on TeleRead, Tamblyn is a founding member of Kobo's team, according to the company, and has "led the expansion of Kobo’s publisher relationships, content catalogue, and merchandising operations" since 2009. His new role will expand the content acquisition and business relationships development he is currently engaged...

Open Road leads epublishing merger wave with E-Reads acquisition
February 12, 2014 | 4:25 pm

In a move that confirms its ambitions and prospects that I reported on earlier, all-digital publishing house Open Road Integrated Media has announced its acquisition of another all-digital platform, E-Reads, "the oldest independent ebook publisher in the field," with "more than 1,200 titles, a majority of which are science fiction and fantasy and also span the mystery, thriller, romance, and horror genres." E-Reads is carrying an identical notice on its website. E-Reads' own blurb explains a lot of its value. "Founded in 1999 at the dawn of the digital era, E-Reads™ is the oldest independent e-book publisher in the field and...

Futurebook looks to spook 91 percent of publishers with digital disruption headline
August 16, 2013 | 4:32 pm

digital disruptionThe UK's Futurebook, the digitally-focused offshoot of The Bookseller, has just put up a highly alarming (or conceivably alarmist) headline: "Will you be in the nine percent of publishers that survive?" Courtesy of social technology consultant, journalist and blogger Suw Charman-Anderson, that headline draws on the experience of former Harvard Business School professor (and more recently, newspaper entrepreneur) Clark Gilbert (pictured below), who is passing on his knowledge via workshops. From the article: "Across industries, only 9 percent of disrupted organizations ever recover. Of those, 100 percent created a separate digital unit to take on the disruption. Not one company Gilbert studied succeeded trying...

Ink Monkey Launches UK Independent Digital Imprint
July 8, 2013 | 2:56 pm

Former UK music journalist, literary agent, and latterly publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Neil Taylor has just launched his own new digital imprint, Ink Monkey, hailing 2013 as "The Year of the Monkey." From the company's launch release come this: "A former Cabinet minister, a PhD from the creative writing programme at Newcastle University, a cultural historian and Demos associate and a founding father of the 1960s underground movement are amongst those authors whose work is published under the digital imprint Ink Monkey." Ink Monkey titles are available direct from the company's website, and through the major UK digital channels—"Apple, Amazon, Kobo,...

Weekend Roundup: Quick-to-market e-books are now the norm, not the exception
June 29, 2013 | 10:46 am

Weekend RoundupQuick-To-Market Ebooks Now Norm, Not Exception (Forbes) What made ["Linsanity"] by sportswriter Alan Goldsher from digital publishing house and platform Vook so shocking was that it took less than six days to write (72 hours), produce (36 hours) and publish (less than 24 hours). * * * Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try (NPR) Richard Russo, the writer who won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his book Empire Falls, published a new novel six months ago. If you're wondering how you missed it, it might be because Russo chose not to publish with a traditional publisher. * * * Mother of teen jailed for Facebook post speaks to WSWS...

Not all digital-only imprints are exploitative, The Guardian reports
June 23, 2013 | 12:42 pm

carina_logoOn The Guardian’s self-publishing blog, Molly Flatt takes a look at the controversy surrounding some of the traditional publishers’ new digital-only imprints. She brings up the uproar over Hydra’s contracts that were viewed as exploitative, but also discusses Little, Brown’s “Blackfriars” imprint, and Harlequin’s “Carina,” which offer contract terms more akin to traditional publishing. The message seems to be that authors should not be afraid of a digital-only imprint because it is digital-only, but should look carefully at the terms it offers. Author Amy Bird tells Flatt that Carina gave her all the editorial and marketing support she would...

What’s Happening to College Bookstores?
February 27, 2013 | 10:56 pm

college bookstoresBy Dr. Frank Lowney I recently traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to attend the annual convention put on by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), and to participate in a panel discussion on the impact of emerging technologies upon the textbook business. The CAMpus market EXpo, or CAMEX, is billed as the “largest annual tradeshow and educational event in the collegiate retailing industry.” NACS represents nearly all U.S. college stores, but CAMEX is attended primarily by people who run campus-owned stores. Half of all college stores are campus-owned; the other half are outsourced operations such as eFollett. The experience firmed-up many of...

Inkling Habitat’s media-rich e-book platform is now free for all
February 12, 2013 | 5:26 pm

The news, released today, that the San Francisco-based Inkling has decided to give away for free its "collaborative digital publishing environment" known as Inkling Habitat was probably the e-publishing community's most eyebrow-raising story of the week thus far. As Laura Hazard Owen wrote today for Paid Content, the company "has spent three years and $30 million to build Habitat, a cloud-based set of digital publishing tools that let users create and collaborate on high-quality, interactive ebooks." That sounds like fairly exciting stuff. Although if Inking Habitat actually manages to get itself off the proverbial ground over the next few months with any sort...

Breaking News: E-Books Rife with Typos … Film at Eleven
October 31, 2012 | 2:00 pm

On The Verge, new e-book reader Laura June comes to the same realization as quite a few of her forebears (including me) over the last few years: in emphasized orange all-capital header-sized letters: “e-books are apparently lousy with typos.” She brings up the example of Umberto Eco’s Foucalt’s Pendulum, a still-in-print book by a living author translated from Italian at great trouble and expense, which features a number of c-for-e OCR errors: I’ve found other typos in other books too, but statistics on this are hard to come by, and since I’ve only been using an e-reader for a few weeks,...

Traditional publishers have no clue about on-line marketing, says author Penelope Trunk
July 9, 2012 | 9:15 pm

penelope-trunk-the-new-american-dream-blogsizeWhen author Penelope Trunk wanted to publish a book about the American Dream, she writes in her blog that she was blown away by how inept her traditional publisher was when it came to marketing it. (She does not name the publisher, but says it’s a major household name.) This publisher had already paid her an advance, and as the time approached when the book itself would be published, she was stunned when her publisher originally suggested marketing through “newsgroups”, and then through a LinkedIn fan page. When she took a meeting with them to discuss the issue, she...

In the e-book era, writers may feel pressured to write more
May 13, 2012 | 5:59 pm

courier-runThe New York Times has an interesting piece by Julie Bosman positing that, thanks to the ease with which e-books now allow authors to publish and self-publish, and let readers buy instantaneously, authors are now feeling “obligated” to write more, faster. Rather than publish the “usual” one book per year, authors are pressured to “[pull] the literary equivalent of a double shift” and write more frequently. “It used to be that once a year was a big deal,” said Lisa Scottoline, a best-selling author of thrillers. “You could saturate the market. But today the culture is...

Publishing through small press can be a great alternative to doing it yourself
April 30, 2012 | 11:15 am

evenvillainsSelf-publishing, usually through Amazon, seems to be the latest hot thing, displacing getting a book accepted through the Big Six publishers. But there’s an alternative between those two that people tend to overlook: publishing through a small press. Our own founder David Rothman had his own book The Solomon Scandals published through a small press, for example. Another author who published through a small press is Liana Brooks, who has an interview on indie fantasy author Lindsay Buroker’s blog discussing the book she chose to publish through a small e-book press instead of publish herself. The book, Even Villains...