Game of Books gives readers points and rewards for reading books.
“Habitat helps turn your concept into a final product. Plan your Inkling title, then convert your assets into HTML5 and CSS for use in Habitat. Once your content is inside Habitat, enhance, proofread and publish your title to multiple platforms with a click!”
“Advance enables the transformation of a print title into an eBook instantly and is literally done at no cost to the publisher or author. Join 80+ publishers who have contributed to Kno’s digital library of over 200,000 titles, the largest collection of digital titles on the market.”
“BeyondtheStory® is the world’s first automated publishing platform that uses proprietary AI and advanced authoring tools to transform flat text into a fully interactive multimedia experience.”
“Introducing Follett’s includED®, a groundbreaking program that delivers all required course materials, both print and digital, to students as part of their tuition or fees.”
Authors can sell their e-books direct with EZ Buy Button.
“Expanding upon student learning behavior collected from McGraw-Hill’s existing suite of educational software, the SmartBook promises to adapt textbook material to suit the paces and grasp of individual learners.”
Turn your blog into an e-book with E-book Glue.
Skyreader has an open beta for its interactive ebook authoring tool.
A chart of current e-readers and tablets.
Mix and match unlimited content into high quality, transparently priced custom textbooks and course packs with AcademicPub.
Humble Bundle lets you pay what you want for bundles of indie games and books.
Sell products and books in exchange for tweets.
Bookboon: download free e-books and textbooks.
Opinion on what makes a good book title.
A Book Apart publishes 100 page, in-depth books on specific subject matters.
Booktrack provides soundtracks for e-books.
“Our mission is to help people, small businesses, students / researchers / scholars, and the general public digitize, preserve, archive, and access existing content digitally. We honor the copyright of Publishers and Authors and hope to establish a close relationship to expand the eBook market furthermore. We make everything digital.”
Browser-based EPUB3 editor, with Aloha Editor.
Free e-books from Microsoft.
“Penguin has unveiled a new program, aimed at raising the discoverability of its books, that will allow customers to read some of its most anticipated titles months before they go on sale.”
“German researchers are working on a new DRM system that would change individual words of a story to track pirated book copies back to their original owners.”
“Some 34% of U.S. adults now own a tablet computer, like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Amazon Kindle Fire, according to the latest numbers from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.”
“Federal prosecutors say Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up e-book prices. But the court case, which began this week, may soon be a moot point, experts say, as other companies aim to make traditional prices irrelevant by offering e-book rental services akin to Spotify and Netflix.”
“Barnes & Noble will start commissioning original works for Nook Snaps, its e-singles section. For the first 60 days, authors keep 100 percent of the royalties; after that, the royalty rate drops to 40 percent.”
Best-selling indie author Elle Lothlorien details her process of adding enhanced content to one of her e-books.
“There are just so many books to love. So why shouldn’t they love each other, and create other books that combine the best unique features of each, and continue a beautiful bloodline of new books for readers everywhere to devour? Exactly, there is no reason. And that is why …
“Less than two years after DC Comics began selling digital versions of its own comics on the same day as print, the superhero publisher announced two new digital comics formats: DC2, which will feature “dynamic artwork” that unfolds as the reader taps on the screen, and DC2 Multiverse, a choose-your-own-path …
“DC Says Readers Are Downloading 1M Digital Comics Each Month, Announces New Interactive Features”
“The promise of a single file that works on all systems is before us, and EPUB3, our common goal, is what will enable us to get there. I have not only published my slides, but I re-recorded my talk so you can get all of the details. Be sure …
“Hachette’s practice of delivering the same EPUB3 file to all its e-tailers, including Amazon, sets a precedent for the industry, said Castro. If more publishers developed a single viable ebook file, would e-reader systems converge upon a single standard for rendering that file? And in turn, make ebooks a …
Trends in ebook pricing. “Ebook pricing strategies are changing rapidly as the digital market grows. Self-published authors continue to shake things up, but what might have been best practice a couple of years ago is not necessarily relevant in 2013 — and as retailers amass more data and publishers …
“Almost every publisher we talked to expressed reservations about getting involved in the next generation of the EPUB3 ebook format. If you are unfamiliar with this format, it borrows heavy elements from HTML5, and allows for audio, video, and the ability to change the language on the fly. It is …
Four Kindle formatting problems that are unsolvable, including lack of support for headers and footers.
A report on libraries and their relationship with e-books in the future.
Mofibo is Denmark’s “spotify for e-books.”
“Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and all the others have a new competitor to worry about: Samsung. The company is set to make a strong push into the ebook retail market through its popular line of smartphones, tablets and “phablets,” a new device category between phone and tablet.”
“eBookBundles.com is the parent site of a new network of e-book retail storefronts focused on genres—including retail sites for sci-fi, romance and fantasy–that offers bundles of titles by a variety of authors at an economical price. Bundles start at $4.99 and typically include three to six titles from well-known authors …
Be the first BookRix indie author to sell 10,000 eBooks during our promotion and receive an additional $5,000 bestseller bonus!
RCS Libri announced their new project, which allows ebook samples to be streamed on Pinterest. “Here’s our new value proposition to book readers: Whenever they like a book cover featured in one of our Pinterest boards, they can click on it and immediately open the book in digital …
“Self-publishing services platform Lulu has partnered with book data firm BookLamp to offer self-publishing authors a deep, data-driven view into what is really inside their manuscripts. Dubbed Helix, the new service allows Lulu customers to send their book manuscripts through BookLamp’s data machine which tells them how much their book …
Google Play now allows sideloaded e-books to be uploaded to Google Drive and synced, the first platform to do so.
Data showing the agency model increased e-book prices, according to the DoJ.
StoryNexus, a platform to create interactive elements of a story.
“Black Crown is a web-based story-game that will use micropayments to unlock extra narratives and social elements.”
“Ebooks are now a relatively stable force in the U.S. trade book publishing industry, making up 20 percent of the trade (consumer) book industry in 2012,” according to BookStats.
Newspapers big and small are releasing ebooks and returning to serialization.
“Overdrive has gained the support of over 3,000 libraries for a new pilot project to take ebook accessibility to an entirely new level. The intention behind this new initiative is to create a global ‘library book club.’”
Screwpulp is a startup where authors self-publish using a crowd driven pricing model; books start as free and increase in price as more people download them.
Theatrics, a crowd-sourced platform where fans create videos for author stories.
PSB MediaShift now publishes e-books around its show’s content.
Colleen Hoover used a popular bands music in her ebook to get a wave of fans and become a bestselling author.
Fun quiz about which books are real and which are fake (hint 7 of them are real self-published bestsellers).
An argument on how ebooks are a symptom of disruptive innovation.
SLEbooks, or Script Lit eBooks, is a startup that turns screenplays into ebook novellas.
Six bestselling self-published authors divulge how many books they’ve sold.
Tor.com, an imprint of Macmillan, stopped using DRM on its e-books one year ago, and has not seen any increase in piracy because of it.
Kobo is promoting Dan Brown’s The Inferno with three short stories, an unsolved puzzle, and a $5,000 prize.
Kindle has released a comic creator, that allows PDFs, jpgs, epub, mobi files and more to be uploaded and turned into digital comic books.
A look at companies publishing digital first comics.
Bibliocrunch lists helpful sales tracking tools to determine the success of a book’s marketing plan and/or promotions.
LendInk, lend and read e-books.
Samples of e-books using EPUB3.
Guide to making e-books.
Formatting an e-book to display on the Kindle app on iPad.
How to tag HTML in Word docs to convert to e-books.
Make sure your e-book looks right on all devices by validating your CSS stylesheets on W3C.
Top 10 mistakes self-publishers make.
A technical guide to building e-books.
Kindle formatting tips for e-books on Amazon.
Quality assurance for e-books. Possibly worth it.
Adding page breaks to e-books for Amazon.
Amazon’s Kindlegen makes MOBI e-books larger than necessary.
Guidelines for publishing on Amazon’s Kindle platform.
IDPF’s guidelines for creating ebooks using EPUB3.
E-Reads is an independent e-book publisher.
A treebook is a time sensitive e-book with multiple branches.
Add extra material and metadata to your book, making it more searchable, with Bookxtra.
Make, read, and share visual stories with Storybird.
“StoryBundle is a way for people who love to read to discover quality indie books written by indie authors. You know how it’s always hard to find something good to read? StoryBundle hopes to solve that. We take a handful of books—usually about five or so—and group them together to …
According to Publisher’s Weekly, it takes 300 sales per day to reach Amazon’s top five list.
“The Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs conducted an experiment in regards to e-books to analyse the patterns of distribution for better usage. […] The most downloaded digital book is “ERO ERO Soushi (Erotic Erotic Book)” by Sakai Kiyoshi (11,749 downloads).”
Enhanced e-books are easier to remember.
Book Retriever App makes it easy to determine reading levels for children’s books.
E-book devices and distribution, according to Aptara.
Open source textbooks can save students 80%.
Pressbooks, an ebook conversion tool built on WordPress, is now open-source.
A list of free tools for creating ebooks. Be careful, may not create well formatted/nice-looking files.
Templates, design layout and formatting tips, and interactive scripts for ebooks.
A platform to find editors, marketers, and anyone else you need on your team to self-publish.
Create web based exams. Potential to use them in ebooks or e-textbooks.
For $25 a month, you can learn almost anything programming related at Lynda.com.
A new kind of intelligent textbook that helps students learn concepts better.
eBook gift cards are popular in Germany.
Libraries are important. They can help with book discovery and boosting sales.
How to keep EPUB files secure and safe from viruses and malware.
A grid that shows all the capabilities of EPUB3 and which devices support them.
Add this code to help make your ebook go viral.