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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...

Morning Roundup: Evolution of the Nook. Reddit book recommendations in a bookstore
August 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

redditThe Evolution of the Barnes & Noble Nook-- in Pictures (GoodeReader) Today, we are going to take down memory lane and look at every single model they ever released and talk about important milestones. *** San Francisco Creates Reddit Book Recommendation Wall (GalleyCat) Reddit user Severitis has taken inspiration from the site and used it to curate a wall of books at the small bookstore that she works at in San Francisco. *** Before You Make a Fixed-Layout eBook: Five Things to Watch Out For (Digital Book World) So you want to make a fixed-layout ebook. For starters, are you sure? *** Four Questions for...Hugh Howey (PW) With the Amazon-Hachette...

Morning Roundup: Library ebook lending lags the US. Managing your library in Play Books
August 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

Google Play BooksHear, See and Speak - No Used eBooks? (Brave New World) The somewhat throwaway line that caught our attention was that, ‘there is no secondary market ebooks cannot be resold as used books.’ With the revelations earlier this year about Amazon’s used ebook patent, we know that it has had its eye on this opportunity, but that the first sale doctrine is maybe a battle too far today. *** Google Play Books 101: Managing Your Library (Android Central) Google's actually made it pretty easy to manage your library. You can buy and save new books to your device. Play Books also provides a way...

Why I Wish More Textbooks Had E-Versions
August 1, 2014 | 12:32 pm

textbooksI take a course every summer, and after last year's bliss of 'no book, just online articles' we are back to a paper-only text for this one. And it's so annoying! In counterpart to that big heavy book I have to lug around with me if I want to work not at home, I am doing a personal interest course this summer as well which did have an e-version, and it's so much easier. Here are some reasons why: - The reading is easier to keep track of in the eBook version. I can just read, stop at the end of...

Morning Roundup: Accidentally going digital. Libraries react to Kindle Unlimited
July 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle-unlimited-rumor620x350Accidentally Going Digital (Book Riot) I suppose this led to a gradual build-up of digital in my life, as books I really, really wanted to read were available, but only digitally. So what choice did I have? Lacking that choice meant more and more digital, and I suppose less and less thinking about it. *** Scholastic to Close Storia Bookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to their eBook Purchases (The Digital Reader) This US publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia ebook platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that...

Balanced Bibliophilocy: a new paradigm for reading
July 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

e-booksOur friends at The Passive Voice linked to another of those tedious 'smell of paper' screeds the other day. You know the kind of article I mean: she bought a Kindle (for work! It's totally defensible!) but got seduced but the feature set and the convenience aspect, and the free public domain books and the one-clickiness of it all, and now she feels guilty. She is single-handedly killing the bookstores of the world, her ability to focus has gone out the window, her cat doesn't love her anymore and so on... And I got annoyed. And then I got bemused that...

Authors Guild shares message against Amazon offer from diehard critic Richard Russo
July 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

America's Authors Guild has just shared an open letter from its current co-Vice President, novelist Richard Russo, coming out against Amazon's offer of 100 percent ebook royalties to Hachette authors while the Amazon/Hachette dispute continues. The letter attracted a prompt response from Amazon, who wrote as follows (here courtesy of Publishers Weekly): Our offer is sincere and it stands—Hachette need only say yes to help their authors. We also wonder what this letter would look like if Hachette had posed this idea and Amazon had rejected it. The letter conflates the long-term structure of the industry with a short-term proposal designed...

Clifford Irving: Former faker and jailbird, resurrected through ebooks
July 14, 2014 | 11:23 am

Many writers have been using ebooks to revive their backlist and reboot their careers. A Kindle freebie giveaway offer gives a chance to revisit the career of one of the more bizarre exponents of this practice - Clifford Irving, former inmate of federal institutions in Danbury and Allenwood, and author/creator of the fake Howard Hughes autobiography. Described by Newsweek as "the most daring literary caper of all time," the fake Howard Hughes autobiography is still out there and selling. Irving himself has put his entire backlist up on his official website, noting that "a couple of times a week the price...

Student vs eBooks: Another Question of Terminology
July 12, 2014 | 4:32 pm

ebooksI wrote earlier about how important the proper defining of terms can be when debating the complex issue of publishing today. In my earlier piece, I made a point about the distinction between a 'publisher' and an 'editor,' and how muddied the waters can get when on conflates these two very different terms. Well, another article has been lighting up the blogs this week, and it's about 'students' who prefer paper textbooks over 'ebooks.' Notice the scare quotes there; I am not trying to be dramatic. But I would like to point out that there are very different ways each of...

Only 17% of parents say reading is a top priority this summer
June 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

man reading on grassFrom GalleyCat comes this depressing survey, from a group called Reading is Fundamental, and Macy's. They surveyed 1,000 parents and found that only 17% of them feel that reading is a top priority this summer. I am not sure what to make of it. The sample size is pretty small for this one, and the survey does also point out that parents who do make reading a priority are more likely to have kids who read. But it stuck in my mind because I had read only yesterday a thought-provoking question on Ask Metafilter that struck close to home on this...

Fun with eBook stats
June 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ebook statsAs we reach the halfway point of 2014 and I prepare to look again at my reading goals for the year, I thought it might be an opportune time to check out my ebook stats! I have been keeping them since I first started reading eBooks in 2008, and it's been awhile since I've done a write-up on them! Why do I keep stats? Well, I like having a record of how many books I read, for one thing. And for another, I remember how when I first started reading eBooks, people used to remark on how expensive that must be....

What a diet book taught me about my eBook spending
May 29, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ebook spendingIt seems like every year, I read a book which is ostensibly about one thing, and then turns out to be about something else. Last year, it was a book about autism that turned out to be about the internet. This year, it was a book about sugar that gave me a wake-up call about my ebook spending. The book was [easyazon-link asin="B00IT6C2SU" locale="us"]Year of No Sugar[/easyazon-link] by Eve Schaub. The author, horrified by a YouTube video on the effects of sugar on the body, resolves to cut out all refined sugar for a year. She brings her husband and two small...