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Smashwords adds daily sales reports
June 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

swchartsSmashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The reports provide authors and publishers unprecedented insight into recent sales performance across the largest Smashwords retailers,” Smashwords CEO Mark Coker wrote on his blog. “Authors can use the reports to gain rapid feedback on the effectiveness of marketing and promotion campaigns.” This type of information will help authors and publishers learn what marketing campaigns work best. Blog tours, discounts and or...

iBooks to be included with every iOS 8 device; will the DoJ take notice?
June 5, 2014 | 7:05 am

Apart from all the little features it’s swiping from Android (finally, widgets, custom keyboards, and cross-app sharing APIs!), the new iPhone OS 8 includes one little feature that Mark Coker of Smashwords believes will be a “game changer.” For the first time, iBooks will be bundled directly into every new iOS device sold. This might not seem like a big deal at first—iBooks has, after all, been available for four years to anyone who wants to download it—but never underestimate the laziness barrier. People who weren’t that “into” e-books might never have bothered to grab it on their...

High school freshmen poetry anthology reaches #1 in Apple’s iBook Store
May 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

poetryThe prom can be expensive. From dresses and tuxedo rentals to limousines and flowers, high school seniors could spend some serious cash. A group of freshman from Los Gatos High School in California is saving up for it now. They are doing it by collaborating on an e-book. More than 120 freshman English honor students put together a poetry anthology, [easyazon-link asin="B00K60NEF2" locale="us"]Windows to the Teenage Soul[/easyazon-link]. It is being distributed through Smashwords and is featured on Amazon, Barnes& Noble, Apple’s iBook store, Kobo and more. “Unlike the self-publishing of the past, when an author would pay to have an unsuccessful book printed,...

Outskirts launches a self-publishing platform for iBooks
March 6, 2014 | 2:18 pm

Denver-based Outskirts Press, which claims to be "the fastest-growing full-service book publishing and book marketing firm," has just launched a self-publishing platform for authors targeting the iBooks platform, with an iPad/iPhone standard edition package for $299, according to an announcement made via the London Book Fair. How this offering differs from the current "iPad/iPhone Premium Edition with Private Label iBooks Distribution" package available off the Outskirts website for $699 is not clear. The product blurb for the package outlines what it can achieve but not how it works - such as whether Outskirts undertakes to edit a manuscript delivered to it,...

iBooks for Mac and Vook. Maybe Not Ready For Prime Time?
October 24, 2013 | 11:20 am

ibooks for macA release from Vook crossed my email yesterday. The email was highlighting the new iBooks for Mac and how it was now possible to view embedded video in a book on the desktop, directly from iBooks. Honestly, I'm indifferent to the whole "reading eBooks on the computer" idea, and being able to view video doesn't make me any more interested. I'm more the "curl up on the couch with my tablet" kind of person. Now I realize that I'm only (barely) in the majority. The latest figure I could dig up (from 2012) is that 42% read eBooks on their computer....

Android hits the 1 billion activation mark as Google dominates
September 5, 2013 | 4:36 pm

AndroidHere is my declaration of interest: I'm a huge Android fanboy. (As if that wasn't screamingly obvious.) But it seems like I have good reason. Google SVP and head of Android Sundar Pichai has just tweeted (@sundarpichai) that "We now have over 1 Billion Android activations and hope this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going." The guy in question is the latest incarnation of the Android mascot, chocolate-coated this time, fronting the latest upgrade to the Android OS as Android 4.4 KitKat, now due for release this autumn. Apparently Nestlé and Hershey have given their blessing to Google,...

Apple protests Department of Justice’s proposed anti-trust penalties, but does it have a case?
August 4, 2013 | 7:49 pm

I’ve been taking the time to read and think about the Department of Justice’s proposed penalties for Apple in the recent anti-trust trial, and Apple’s response complaining that the penalties were too harsh and unsupported by law. There’s plenty of interesting stuff here, to be sure. For starters, look at the DoJ’s proposed penalties. It’s possible I might just owe the Motley Fool an apology, as despite Judge Cote saying she didn’t intend to paint with a broader brush, the DoJ nonetheless does seek at least in some respects to use the results of the trial to extend its...

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site’s growth
July 30, 2013 | 8:24 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly changed from retailer to distributor, getting books onto Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBooks among a number of other outlets. TeleRead had a chance to interview Smashwords CEO Mark Coker about the company's distribution network, and the changing publishing landscape. TeleRead: When did it seem that Smashwords was becoming more of a...

Apple brings iBooks app to the desktop
June 10, 2013 | 7:04 pm

iBooksOne of the moments that stood out for readers during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today involved the iBooks app. With Apple’s new OS X Mavericks, readers can purchase books and read them on the app right on their desktop. Some Apple consumers are probably thinking it’s about time. Readers have been using Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook apps. However, they can’t purchase books directly through the app. Only the Windows 8 app for Nook allows for purchases and reading in the same app. With Amazon and B&N likely having more ground in the e-books marketplace, this gives Apple another arm at competing. Consumers...

EPUB 3: DOA?
June 3, 2013 | 5:00 pm

EPUB 3Much back-and-forth debate has circulated recently about the latest iteration of the EPUB standard, EPUB 3—no surprise with IDPF Digital Book 2013, the International Digital Publishing Forum’s annual shindig, having just concluded in New York City. But whatever the merits of the standard, tardy implementation and half-hearted adoption is likely to stymie efforts to get the international publishing industry to … ahem … standardize on it. Just from the point of timing, some commentators put final rollout of EPUB3 at six to 12 months time … if adoption has any real meaning anyway. The European Booksellers Federation, for one, is supporting a high-level EU...

Jumsoft releases five new iBooks Author templates
February 17, 2013 | 3:39 pm

Two weeks after Apple unveiled its iBooks Author program for designing interactive e-books, template king Jumsoft was there with its first set of iBooks Author templates, dubbed Book Palette. Jumsoft has now expanded that collection to 25 with the announcement of five new designs that offer “ … upmarket design quality at a reasonable price.” The five new templates include the crisp Decorum, the elegant Royal Title, and the colorful Taste Buds designs. All 25 templates contain the full set of standard sections and page layouts provided in the iBooks Author app, including covers, chapter pages, text pages, tables of contents, glossary pages and more....

Readmill Launches New E-Book Experience for iPhone
February 6, 2013 | 11:00 am

Yesterday, we filled you in on the fact that the Berlin-based digital reading platform known as Readmill was very close to releasing an e-reading app for the iPhone, and as it happens ... the app was officially released today. (Quite a coincidence, no?) According to the company, the newly-released app (appropriately enough, it's called Readmill for iPhone) was designed to create what they're referring to as "a seamless mobile reading experience for users." Readmill, after all, is already available as an app for the iPad. And so Readmill built the new app partially to cater towards the growing number of people wanting to...