books

  • Kindle’s Sharing Features Now Support Messaging Apps, Plus Web-Based Book Previews

    Kindle’s Sharing Features Now Support Messaging Apps, Plus Web-Based Book Previews

    Kindle e-book reader owners will now have a new way to socialize with their friends about their favorite books or book quotes by way of mobile messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, texting, and more. The change is indicative of the trend toward private sharing as the preferred means of connecting with friends, versus larger, more public social media platforms like Facebook… Read More

  • Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty

    Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty

    Amazon wants parents to buy Kindles for their children and is today launching a discounted “Kindle for Kids Bundle” to encourage them to do so. This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three… Read More

  • UK Print Book Sales Fall As Ebooks Rise

    UK Print Book Sales Fall As Ebooks Rise

    Although U.S. print sales have been steady, the UK Publishers Association is reporting a very interesting trend. Generally, print revenues dropped 5 percent to £2.7 billion and ebook revenues rose by 11 percent to £563 million. While ebooks still make up just a fraction of the books sold, it’s clear that ebooks are creeping up on print in a very real way. Read More

  • Plum Print Raises A Million To Turn Kids’ Artwork Into Custom Photo Books

    Plum Print Raises A Million To Turn Kids’ Artwork Into Custom Photo Books

    A startup offering a solution for parents with small children who want a way to easily save and store their kids’ artwork, Plum Print, has raised a million-dollar seed round to continue to grow its business and expand into new products. The company today offers a handful of photo books it puts together on parents’ behalf, after first sending out a postage-paid box that parents… Read More

  • Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    Analysts Claim Teens Still Prefer Print Books

    In a flawed bit of analysis, Nielsen researchers are claiming that e-book adoption is slow among teens, an interesting finding if it were actually true. Read More

  • eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

    eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

    PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be the final nail in the print coffin. The NYT created this chart of rising revenue from… Read More

  • Sproutkin Ditches Its “Netflix For Kids’ Books” Service, Moves Into Digital Subscriptions

    Sproutkin Ditches Its “Netflix For Kids’ Books” Service, Moves Into Digital Subscriptions

    Parents weren’t interested in a “Netflix for Children’s Books” service, apparently. A company called Sproutkin, which launched in spring of 2013 offering shipments of just under a dozen books which parents paid for on a monthly basis but could return at any time for a new batch. The idea was that, in their younger years, kids quickly outgrew their books, and this would… Read More

  • An Excerpt From William Gibson’s The Peripheral

    An Excerpt From William Gibson’s The Peripheral

    This is Chapter 17 of William Gibson’s new book, The Peripheral. This early chapter introduces us to one of the wildest characters, Conner, a wounded soldier who came back from an unnamed war missing a few limbs.

    Cottonwood Going back to Jimmy’s was a bad idea. Knew it soon as she’d walked into the dark and the dancing, the smell of beer and state weed and homegrown tobacco. Read More

  • Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel”

    Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel”

    Andrew Wylie is a major book agent who many in the milquetoast publishing industry call the “jackal.” His fiery pronouncements are much-read in certain circles and his latest one, in a speech given at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, is a doozy. Wylie, who sees Amazon as a threat to all that is good and holy in the book industry, called the organization… Read More

  • William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’ Is A Wild Ride Into The Future

    William Gibson’s ‘The Peripheral’ Is A Wild Ride Into The Future

    If any writer defined our collective nerd future and made computing cool it was William Gibson. As accessible as Raymond Carver and imaginatively dark as Philip Pullman, Gibson made it easy to dip into a continuum that every future IT department drone could understand. Rather than giving us flying cars and robo-dragons, Gibson pulled all of our current technologies out like candy… Read More

  • Amazon’s Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover

    Amazon’s Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover

    Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March. This week, Goodreads rolled out a significant redesign on iOS (coming soon to Android) – something regular Goodreads users have wanted for some time. Now, instead of having you land on an outdated, grid-like homescreen when the app is first launched… Read More

  • Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

    According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites. The forum posting notes that some KDP authors (essentially indie authors using the platform) have… Read More

  • Amazon Invites Children’s Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids’ Book Creator Software

    Amazon Invites Children’s Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids’ Book Creator Software

    Amazon announced this afternoon that it will be expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing business to support the needs of children’s books authors through a new program it’s calling “KDP Kids.” Along with the program, which is aimed at helping authors prepare, publish and distribute books in the Kindle Store, Amazon is also releasing a new tool, the Kindle Kids’… Read More

  • How To Save Books Crunch Network

    How To Save Books

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

  • What Is “Below Cost” In E-Book Pricing?

    What Is “Below Cost” In E-Book Pricing?

    Today’s big overnight news is that Apple has settled with consumers and states in a pricing suit, the details of the settlement as yet undisclosed. Don’t worry: you won’t have to register a $10,000 windfall with the IRS because Apple asked publishers to raise prices and force Amazon to do the same in order to beat Bezos’ $9.99 stranglehold on the e-book giant. Read More

  • Tweekaboo, The Family Photo Sharing App, Adds Book Printing

    Tweekaboo, The Family Photo Sharing App, Adds Book Printing

    Private family photo sharing network Tweekaboo has just launched the Tweekabook, an 8.5″ x 8.5″ book offering that lets parents produce and print baby books right from their iOS app. The books start at $29.95 for a 24-page book and the company ships anywhere in the world. Read More

  • Zoobean Debuts A Recommendation Service For Children’s Apps And Books

    Zoobean Debuts A Recommendation Service For Children’s Apps And Books

    Zoobean, one of many startups to experiment with the “Netflix for kids’ books” business model – meaning, a subscription-based children’s books service where new books arrive monthly – is today shifting to become a broader recommendations platform instead. Going forward, the company aims to become something that’s more like a “Pandora for… Read More

  • My Long Road To Self-Publishing

    My Long Road To Self-Publishing

    After blindly supporting it for a number of years, I’ve decided to crowdfund my own project, a novel that I wrote for my son, and then write about the experience for you guys. Today I’d like to talk about my own experiences in publishing and why I think crowdfunding is, at the very least, a viable alternative to the traditional models. Be warned: this is a little introspective… Read More

  • Why I’m Crowdfunding My Book

    Why I’m Crowdfunding My Book

    I like to write. A lot. I write a lot for TC, and then when I’m done here, I like to write non-fiction, and most recently, fiction. I just finished a novel – and “finished” is a very loaded term when it comes to writing, but let’s say I’ve completed the story – and now I’m crowdfunding it. I’m going to write about my experience here on… Read More

  • Amazon Source Audaciously Courts Indie Bookstores As The Next Kindle Retail Outlets

    Amazon Source Audaciously Courts Indie Bookstores As The Next Kindle Retail Outlets

    Amazon has not been seen as a fast friend of the brick-and-mortar bookstore business. The rise of discounted books sold online often undercuts what traditional retailers have been able to offer, leading to the death of those local businesses — a trend that has been accentuated with the rise of e-books that do away with the idea of anything paper-based altogether. Now, somewhat… Read More

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