Publishing

  • The Dawn Of The Classic Publishing Era Crunch Network

    The Dawn Of The Classic Publishing Era

    My father was a journalist. Growing up, I remember how excited I would get when visiting the printing house of the newspaper he worked for. I loved everything about the large, industrial printers — the noise they made, their fading bluish color and especially the smell of freshly printed papers. That romantic era ended with the dawn of the Internet. Read More

  • Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    If you haven’t been following the Indie writing market I don’t blame you. It’s pretty crazy right now. After Amazon decided to tweak the royalties payouts to reflect how much readers actually read the books they downloaded as part of the Kindle Unlimited service writers have gone into an absolute tizzy over what’s fair and not fair and what it means to get paid for… Read More

  • Publishing’s Kickstarter Moment

    Publishing’s Kickstarter Moment

    First, some ranting: getting an Indie book reviewed is almost impossible. It took a publisher’s backing to make the The Martian a hit and Hugh Howey had to create his own publisher, Broad Reach to get official attention on the NYT bestseller rankings. In fact, the New York Times Book Review, arguably the only book review that matters these days, doesn’t publish… 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

  • “Who’s Viewed Your Posts?” LinkedIn Adds Analytics To Its Publishing Platform

    “Who’s Viewed Your Posts?” LinkedIn Adds Analytics To Its Publishing Platform

    LinkedIn, the social network for the working world, has been on a mission to add different services to its platform to expand the ways that people use it beyond looking for jobs and basic networking. One of these, a publishing platform for people to write and share blog posts about work life and other professional subjects, is today getting a boost: a new analytics tool so… Read More

  • Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows

    Publishing conglomerates Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster are facing tough times this quarter as ebook sales fell and total profit dropped 5.6% at S&S and approximately 12% for RPH. The potential culprits? A lack of blockbuster books and low ebook sales. While ebooks sales are still dwarfed by paperback and hardback sales, publishers are now seeing even less revenue from… Read More

  • In War With Publishers, Tech Companies Take Wrong Approach

    In War With Publishers, Tech Companies Take Wrong Approach

    Publishers have been offered a seriously raw deal in the war over content on the internet. Linking to another site is free, and there are few revenue sharing agreements between publishers and technology companies. Supported throughout the development of the internet by leading companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook, what might be termed the American model of content has largely won out… 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

  • Hachette And Amazon Reach Pricing Agreement

    Hachette And Amazon Reach Pricing Agreement

    Merry pre-Christmas. The war is over. Amazon and the Hachette Book Group have agreed on a new, “multi-year” agreement for ebook and print sales. The agreement allows Hachette to set all pricing for its ebooks and will receive “better terms when it delivers lower prices for readers.” In other words, Hachette can set its own prices but it will be rewarded for not… Read More

  • Publisher Schibsted Nabs Twitter Analytics Manager To Be Its Head Of Data Science

    Publisher Schibsted Nabs Twitter Analytics Manager To Be Its Head Of Data Science

    As traditional publishers continue to look for the best way forward in a rapidly changing media landscape dominated by web giants like Google and Facebook and newer platforms like mobile, Scandinavia’s Schibsted Media Group has landed a prize bird from the Twitter flock to lead its data science efforts. Adam Kinney, who had been the head of Twitter’s data analytics operations… Read More

  • Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

    Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

    Amazon wants to take some of the mystery out of predicting what books will sell with its new Kindle Scout publishing program, which lets readers vote on their favourite excerpts from unreleased books to determine what does (and what doesn’t) get published. Welcome to the court to common opinion, aspiring authors. In exchange for their participation in the program, Kindle Scout users will… Read More

  • Pioneering App Mag, The Magazine, Is Shutting Down In December

    Pioneering App Mag, The Magazine, Is Shutting Down In December

    The Magazine, an app magazine founded by Marco Arment, is shutting down in December. The magazine, which carried tech stories from prominent authors, is now owned by writer Glenn Fleishman who explained that the title, while profitable from day one, just wasn’t picking up subscribers fast enough to remain viable. Fleishman wrote: The sad truth has been that, while profitable from… Read More

  • HarperCollins Will Give Authors A “Buy Now” Button For Their Own Books

    HarperCollins Will Give Authors A “Buy Now” Button For Their Own Books

    In what seems to be an effort to reduce the power Amazon has over book sales, Harper Collins has announced a new service for authors that allows them to add a “Buy Now” button to their personal websites and social feeds which transfers buyers directly to the hc.com online store. In addition, authors will receive better royalty rates on affiliate sales. From the… Read More

  • Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

    Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

    Amazon has launched a crowd-editing and -writing service called WriteOn into private beta. In an announcement on the Kindle Author Forums, the company said that the site would act as a “community where readers and writers come together around the creative process to make good stories great and great stories better.” You can try it now at https://writeon.amazon.com/ with the invite… Read More

  • Publishers Push For EC To Reject Almunia’s Google Antitrust Proposal

    Publishers Push For EC To Reject Almunia’s Google Antitrust Proposal

    The long-running saga involving a European investigation into Google over alleged antitrust violations has taken another turn: today a group of European publishers have come out urging the European Commission, which must approve the proposals made by European Commission Vice-President Joaquín Almunia, to reject them and go back to the drawing board for more research and further proposals… Read More

  • There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Nougat noticed that the number rose by 12 books in an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes. And, most likely, it’s probably an… Read More

  • Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Self-publishing is the new Beanie Babies: everyone wants in and everyone wants to cuddle. But what if you don’t have the editorial chops, design talent, or artistic skills to make a pretty or readable book? Reedsy is there to help. Read More

  • How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    Amazon Unlimited was dubbed the Netflix of books. That is correct as long as you imagine a Netflix consisting of an endless array of low-budget indie releases and some major small-studio films. In truth, Amazon’s new $9.99 all-you-can-read service features no books by “big 5” trade publishers, an issue on which Amazon has remained mum. I’ve asked Amazon for… Read More

  • What Kindle Unlimited Means For Authors

    What Kindle Unlimited Means For Authors

    Now that Amazon has uncorked their Kindle Unlimited service I, like many indie authors, was curious. What does this mean for us withered scribes, scribbling away in our garrets and bobbing on the waves of Amazon’s massive literary marketplace? Will I get paid if I join Kindle Unlimited? How do I add my book to the mix? Will I become fabulously rich? Full disclosure: I’ve been… Read More

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