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Print Copies of JK Rowling’s Secret Mystery Novel Sell Out
July 18, 2013 | 1:49 pm

JK RowlingThis quickie newsbite at paidContent reports the unsurprising news that JK Rowling's outing as the author of a mystery novel called "The Cuckoo's Calling" has caused huge demand for the book, and that its paper copies have sold out, driving price wars on eBay and elsewhere online. I think the only "surprising" part of this story is that the usually tech-savvy Laura Hazard Owen didn't even mention the e-book side. It seems so obvious to me that this is a clear situation where e-books win. There it is on Amazon, ready for anybody to read. And trust me, the Kindle people will...

What does it take to turn your Tumblr into a book?
April 26, 2013 | 11:00 am

Tumblr has millions of active users, creating 90 million new posts a day. There are informative sites, funny sites and reflective sites. Throughout the years, some of Tumblr’s sites have become so popular some have even gotten book deals – well, 70, to be exact. Tumblr CEO David Karp revealed that number at the paidContent Live event earlier this month. “What’s even more interesting to me than people going through traditional paths are people who are using those new emerging platforms,” he said. “What’s so exciting to me about Tumblr as a media network today is this new generation of creative commercialization...

Reddit apologizes for ‘online witch hunts’
April 23, 2013 | 2:19 pm

Reddit Initially, Reddit didn’t seem to want to take responsibility for the user-generated content on its website—even as users acted as Internet sleuths, trying to find clues in the Boston Marathon bombing. When Reddit’s Erik Martin (pictured at left) was asked at the paidContent Live event last week if the point of the site was to “bless the chaos” and take responsibility for what people post, Martin said: “Yeah, we are sort of groundkeepers. We are facilitating the platform. We facilitate an action there to let people create spaces … I think in this case a lot of people just want to do...

New publishers use metadata to get marketing results
April 17, 2013 | 8:36 pm

metadataData. Traditional publishers have not used the word often when it comes to marketing. But newer publishing companies are using data in a way traditional publishing houses have not, several members of a panel at PaidContent Live said in New York City on Wednesday. “The old evolution of traditional book publishers used to be very allergic to data," said Dominique Raccah, the publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks. "What you just heard is a very different approach from that. For us it’s about metadata and surfacing, and then rinse and repeat. Metadata is a new term in our industry.” [caption id="attachment_83482" align="alignleft" width="154"] Sourcebooks CEO Dominique...

Blackstrap’s business model takes the digital publishing revolution backwards—but in a good way
April 9, 2013 | 11:11 am

BlackstrapWe've watched with interest as a few new digital publishing-related startups have launched seemingly out of the blue over the past few weeks. Thin Reads, a fantastic new website that runs reviews of e-singles, is definitely one of our favorites, and we're clearly not alone; the site has been enjoying a ton of mostly glowing press. (Click to see what Mashable, Paid Content, and MediaBistro's GalleyCat have to say about the new site.) But there's another interesting and brand-new startup known as Blackstrap that hasn't been getting quite as much love lately. In fact, we hadn't even heard of it until we...

Goodreads CEO Speaks Out About Amazon Merger
March 29, 2013 | 7:12 pm

GoodreadsBy now, we've all heard about Amazon's acquisition of Goodreads, the popular social media hub for book fans. I've seen a lot of speculation--including here at Teleread--about what this means for the future of Goodreads. This article at Paid Content is the first to answer that question straight from the horse's mouth, by posing it to Otis Chandler, Goodreads' CEO. Some highlights: • You can expect to see "customizations and better integrations for people who do use Kindle," but for everyone else, the site will "largely remain as it is." • Goodreads will be a subsidiary of Amazon, so 'on one level' Amazon will have access to the site's...

Bookboard announces paid subscription model for streaming children’s books
March 25, 2013 | 10:22 am

After launching a free public beta late last year, Bookboard is ready to put itself on the market. The iPad app features a way to stream children’s books and uses incentives to unlock achievements. The company announced the start of paid subscriptions with premium features on Thursday. In addition to the already more than 300 books available, Bookboard also created partnerships with Peachtree Press and Open Road, which adds the Berenstain Bears series to the mix, among other titles. A six-month subscription costs $29.94 (or $4.99 a month). Monthly subscriptions will run $8.99, and each subscription comes with four child accounts. The subscription gives unlimited access to...

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)  ...

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...

Survey Says: E-Readers Are Racing Toward Extinction
December 25, 2012 | 9:05 am

I can't even begin to count the number of articles I've seen over the past few weeks about the swiftly growing popularity of tablet computers. A week or two after the holiday season has ended, I suspect we'll start seeing solid proof—one way or the other—in the form of sales numbers, and we'll finally have a firm understanding of just how many tablet PCs are out there in the world today. That'll be an interesting and even important economic factoid for the digital reading community, of course. Because as we've been reminded of over and over again, this particular consumer trend—the suddenly massive...

Nostalgia Publishing—Can it Pay?
November 15, 2012 | 10:45 am

From Paid Content's Laura Hazard Owen comes this story about Scholastic Books and their upcoming re-release—in e-book form—of the hit 80's series "The Babysitters Club." What makes this story interesting is that the first seven books are, in fact, already available as e-books. But what Scholastic is doing with these new releases is marketing to the nostalgia crowd with original cover art and a relatively low ($5.99) price point. As the article explains: "Scholastic has printed over 176 million copies of the BSC books worldwide. The ebooks are being released with their original covers by Hodges Soileau — making it clear that Scholastic...

Toronto Star Latest Paper to Announce Paywall
October 29, 2012 | 12:41 pm

The Toronto Star has just announced that they will be launching a subscription model (aka paywall) for their website in the coming weeks. This is hot on the heels of their competitor, The Globe & Mail, rolling out the same thing last week, to decidedly mixed reviews. Complete details, such as how to register and what the remaining free content will be, are coming soon. But for now, the dozen-odd reader comments show a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the plan. Some samples: "I pay for TV and internet, I am not paying anymore..." "The nickel and diming never stops...this is going to...