Publishing

  • 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

  • Publishing Startup Tablo Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Publishing Startup Tablo Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Tablo.io, a publishing platform built by 21-year-old Ash Davies, has raised $400,000 from Y Combinator partner Kevin Hale and Paul Reining. The company offers a Wattpad-like self-publishing experience – albeit with a superior design aesthetic – and a friction-free way to publish to Amazon and iBooks from your finished book. Read More

  • Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon is flexing another muscle in the ongoing Hachette dispute. In a letter obtained by the New York Times, David Naggar, VP of Kindle content, is offering 100 percent of all profits for some Hachette authors and has forwarded the offer to the Authors Guild, a long-time opponent of all things Amazon. “We agree that authors are caught in the middle while these negotiations drag on… 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

  • The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    Did you know that the book publishing industry is at war with itself? No, wait, you’re a TechCrunch reader, wrong question. Did you know that the book publishing industry still exists? …This is kind of an awkward time for those of us who love both books and technology. It’s almost like you can’t cheer for both. This week’s example: the ongoing dirty war between… Read More

  • Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    When we last left retail giant Amazon and publishing giant Hachette, the companies were at an impasse over contract negotiations, resulting in some of the most egregious efforts by Amazon to bury Hachette’s titles by slowing down shipment, raising prices, and even refusing to sell certain books entirely. Read More

  • Indie E-Book Printer Blurb Acquihires Graphicly, Comic E-Publishing Platform Shutting Down

    Indie E-Book Printer Blurb Acquihires Graphicly, Comic E-Publishing Platform Shutting Down

    As the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Hachette sees the huge online retailer continue to block and/or delay sales of some of the publisher’s books, two smaller startups in the industry are merging forces. Blurb, which lets authors self-publish and print their books, is buying Graphicly, a platform that lets authors publish and distribute e-books, with a specific focus on… Read More

  • Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

    It’s Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. As the company continues to flex its muscle against big publishers – this time against Hachette – the average author could be excused for feeling a bit of schadenfreude. Publishers have run the show for a long time and their efforts at cultural curation have resulted in million dollar deals for Snooki and bupkus… Read More

  • Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey, Author Of The “Silo Saga,” Talks About Making It Big In Self-Publishing

    Hugh Howey is a best-selling Sci-Fi author with a long and interesting pedigree. He’s been a yacht captain, a computer guy and, most recently, a bona fide publishing sensation. His book, the Wool Omnibus, started as a novella on the Amazon Kindle Store and suddenly blossomed into a massive, multi-volume opus that is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon and the winner of Kindle Book Review’s… Read More

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