“Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced Amazon Birthday Gift, a new way for customers to surprise friends on their birthdays by joining together to send Amazon.com Gift Cards with birthday messages on Facebook. Once a single friend starts a gift, any of the recipient’s Facebook friends can contribute – and many …
“How does this compare with the current state of licensed novels? In an interview at The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers website, writer Matt Forbeck says that a $4-$6K advance against 4%-6% of cover price royalty is normal for new authors adapting video game properties. Keith R.A. DeCandidio reports a …
“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.”
“In court on Wednesday, Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti argued that publishers’ switch to the agency model was intended to “slow down the success of the Kindle,” while Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said Apple did not force publishers to enact agency contracts with Amazon and other retailers.”
“When Amazon, whose complaints are believed to have initiated the case, finally did renegotiate its e-book agreements from wholesale to agency pricing, what do you think it demanded from publishers? The very same agency terms that Apple demanded and that the government decries as components of an Apple-led conspiracy: A …
“Apple attorney Orin Snyder aggressively dismantled Google Director of Content Partnerships, Tom Turvey, a witness for the government, who in a sworn statement had indicated that the five accused publishers “advised” him in January of 2010 that they were switching to the agency model, and had “strongly implied” that …
“The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time. The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has …
“The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to …
“Google has released a white paper that shows a proportional impact on a movie’s box office success based on the number of searches that it receives.”
“Following Penguin’s David Shanks to the witness stand in the Apple e-book price fixing trial, S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy was feisty and contentious, often challenging the intent of the government’s questions or offering unsolicited interpretations of its language and phrasing. Late in the day, Amazon v-p of Kindle content …
Amazon may be looking to partner with indie bookstores.
“2131 Books 27 Volunteers 112 Slices of Pizza and after seven hours and five tries – 1 world record.”
“Luo Li — pictured above — has been accused of stealing copyrights from Qidian, but this may be a strategy to prevent him from launching a competing business. (Photo Credit: EEO)”
“Bookstores, newsstands and two bookseller organizations filed suit Monday to block enforcement of a law that violates the First Amendment rights of retailers to display magazines that focus on marijuana and their customers’ right to browse those publications. The law, which was passed as a provision of the new …
An update on the collusion trial.
“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 …
“Two trends converge: Diversion Books, a New York-based start-up digital publishing house continues to build its business by outsourcing its digital publishing know-how to non-publishing entities that want to publish ebooks; and Gersh, a New York-based literary agency adds another service that it can offer to its authors to help …
“Motorola’s forthcoming phones could use electronic tattoos or pills to identify users, it has been announced.”
Macmillan CEO John Sargent gave a talk about Macmillan and the state of publishing at BEA 2013.
The Penguin and Random House merger has been approved by all countries and should happen in July 2013.
“At the London Book Fair in April, I had the opportunity to meet representatives from Amazon and present a list of feature requests and complaints,” from David Gaughran.
“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 …
“E Ink Holdings, the company that developed the concept of electronic paper and the technology used for e-ink screens on dedicated e-readers, has developed E Ink Mobius, a new version of the technology that is more flexible, lighter and more durable than previous e-ink screens. […] The device is designed …
“Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the launch of its Life PrintSM program, a comprehensive solution for publishers to manage the complete life cycle of print books.”
“Amazon is launching an innovative licensing and publishing program targeting the flourishing world of online fan fiction—unauthorized amateur works created by fans and based on popular copyrighted franchises.”
The latest Pew study found that teens “focusing on controlling access to meaning. A comment might look like it means one thing, when in fact it means something quite different. By cloaking their accessible content, teens reclaim power over those who they know who are surveilling them.”
The New York Times is trying to claim copyright on open-source code.
The annual BookStats about the publishing industry is available for pre-order, with a June release date. “eBooks grew 45% since 2011 and now constitute 20% of the Trade market, playing an integral role in 2012 Trade revenue.”
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.
“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.
Pottermore, a “strategy as a gateway to sell ebooks has been a bit of a case study on how to start an e-commerce site and maintain control over the entire experience,” won the UK Bookseller Industry award.
Amazon customers can now use Amazon’s virtual coins to purchase digital items; Kindle Fire users received 500 free coins, worth $5.
“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.’”
Information on iTunes revenue and download types.
PSB MediaShift now publishes e-books around its show’s content.
Email newsletters are still the most profitable marketing strategies.
Smashwords found that longer books, shorter titles, and $3 books tend to sell more.
Jack Perry thinks the hack that displayed 50 pages of Candace Bushnell’s latest novel could be good marketing to boost sales.
Why Author Solutions and some vanity presses are scams.
One sentiment regarding the recent announcement of the end of TOC.
Sourcebooks and Overdrive are working together to demonstrate data on how influential libraries are on book sales.
The Atlantic will be publishing its own e-book shorts, starting with Denial.
Amazon will no longer allow short stories to be sold on Kindle.
“The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.”
Over 90% of publishers expect to build reader online communities in the next two years.
A library in Richmond, VA will house 1,000 books containing stories written by local residents, as part of a public art project.
Kindle has released a comic creator, that allows PDFs, jpgs, epub, mobi files and more to be uploaded and turned into digital comic books.
Article by Aaron Steven Miller on how to change the future of publishing, even with Amazon.
David Gaughran breaks down what it means that 25% of Nook sales are self-published e-books.
New transmedia content platform, Galahad.
Chart showing what people read versus what they share with friends.
NY Times has software that creates haikus from their news stories.
Flipboard could be the tool to replace Google Reader.
History of Amazon acquisitions, in lieu of the newest one, Goodreads.
Seth Godin on why it’s better to not have curation in order to let good content shine through.
An informal poll that shows publishing industry salaries.
TechCrunch on how the business of publishing is “blowing shit up.”
There is less emotional language in books now than in the beginning of the 20th century, says The Atlantic Wire.
Why proofing a book is important: ‘Hardcore adult pornography’ discovered in charity children’s book
Publisher’s Weekly compiled a list of the bestselling e-books of 2012.
Books are now being treated as start-ups, says the New Yorker.
A mailing list for Every Writers Resource.
News on books from Books on Books scoop.it.
Intelligent content, where design meets analytics, will be the future.
Deichman Main Library in Oslo, Norway, will be a new cultural hub and lead the way in green architecture.
New California bill will give university students credits for online classes, some of them free.
New ad campaign for NY Public Library encourages commuters to browse virtual books on the subway in NY.
For a limited time, Marvel is offering free digital versions of its comics.
After a back and forth between Random House and SFWA, Random House modified its contract for its new digital-only imprints to be more favorable to writers.
“With the spread of digital technologies, dictionaries have become a two-way mirror, a record not just of words’ meanings but of what we want to know. Digital dictionaries read us. […] ‘The first thing we noticed were these enormous spikes of interest around a big news event,’ beginning with …
Amazon’s royalty rates may hurt niche, specialized market authors by reducing the income they can make on higher priced books with a small readership.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, it takes 300 sales per day to reach Amazon’s top five list.
“Amazon’s effort to control dozens of new generic top-level Internet domain names is drawing fire from a pair of publishing industry groups. The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers oppose the Internet retail giant’s plan to control so-called generic top-level domains (gTLD) that end in suffixes .book, …
Ways to fix online book discovery.
“In a filing this week with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) the Association of American Publishers came out against a bid by Amazon to buy the .book domain name for its exclusive use, saying such an application would be counter to public interest.”
A new UK startup, Boosh, plans to let users share book titles via Facebook. Facebook has also made it easier to find books, with heir new Open Graph.
Both Amazon and Apple have filed patents for creating marketplaces to sell used digital goods.
An interesting post by Mike Shatzkin on how much time and effort publishers should spend on startups.
Pressbooks, an ebook conversion tool built on WordPress, is now open-source.
Useful guide for media, marketing, and advertising professionals.
Bringing serialization back, this time in digital form.
Article about ReDigit, which allows resale of digital books (for now).
An article on what may happen to Nook if it becomes independent from Barnes & Noble.
eBook gift cards are popular in Germany.
Libraries are important. They can help with book discovery and boosting sales.
Article on Amazon sock puppet reviews
Mr. Sandman, a beautiful story app for children, available on iPad.
According to a number of sources, Facebook should be afraid of Google. This could change how authors market their books at launch. See more infographics on Quora.
Crowdsourced Erotic Fiction Novel Hits #4 On The iTunes Charts. “Nothing builds loyalty like including your fans in the creative process, and nothing builds word-of-mouth faster than loyal fans.”
The case for writing about technology in fiction.
Lendink, a legitimate ebook lending site, was temporarily taken down by writers complaining about it on Twitter. Interesting case, though it seems the website is back up and running.