Use Fiverr for help with publishing.
Tips for setting up an efficient desk workspace.
“Should broadband Internet service be treated as a basic utility in the United States, like electricity, water, and traditional telephone service? That’s the question at the heart of an important and provocative new book by Susan Crawford, a tech policy expert and professor at Cardozo Law School. In Captive Audience: …
The global e-book marketplace.
Litographs prints books, up to 75,000 words, on t-shirts and posters.
Amazon updates hourly to show the most popular authors on the site.
Humble Bundle lets you pay what you want for bundles of indie games and books.
Kurt Vonnegut – The Shapes of Stories infographic by mayaeilam.
“How did we get from Google being a search engine that pointed to things, like travel guides or gift cards sold by other companies, to being a content company? It’s a position that more than ever before makes it hard for Google to assure other companies that it won’t …
“For example, consider a reader’s annotations or comments on a New York Times article; any comments penned in single page mode should appear on the paginated version, where an article spans by default two, three, or four separate web pages, even though the web URLs are different for each …
See a picture list of 24 cakes inspired by books, at Buzzfeed.
“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.”
“In the past five years, e-book sales in the United States have gone from zero to (conservatively) 706 million, with no sign of slowing down. […] About 30% of those e-book sales come from independent (self-published) authors. That’s about 210 million ebook sales that did not come out of traditional publishing. The …
“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.”
“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.”
Best-selling indie author Elle Lothlorien details her process of adding enhanced content to one of her e-books.
Bookstores in America, broken down by per capita.
MerchantWords lets users see what people are searching for on Amazon.
“Motorola’s forthcoming phones could use electronic tattoos or pills to identify users, it has been announced.”
“While there was much anticipation over Goodreads founder Otis Chandler’s post-Amazon-acquisition update at this year’s IDPF 2013 Digital Book Conference at BEA, it was Writer’s Digestpublisher Phil Sexton who might have stolen the day, with the results of a survey of author reactions to self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. The Writer’s Digest survey …
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 …
“At BookExpo this week, 3M Library Systems will unveil its publisher portal, allowing publishers to stop by the booth and test drive the level of feedback that they can receive whenever their titles have activity through partner libraries.”
“Disney Digital is responsible for all of the apps, games, and ebooks that you consume on your tablet and PC. The company is heavily invested in what the company is calling StoryTelling 2.0, but it might as well be called transmedia storytelling 2.0.”
“GoodEReader sat down with Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, and Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, at this week’s BookExpo America event to talk about the early results of their joint experiment in ebook lending, the Big Library Read. This experiment made one Sourcebooks title, The Four Corners of the …
The rise of altmetrics and their use in scholarly articles and professor CVs.
A report on libraries and their relationship with e-books in the future.
Trends in publishing talked about at BEA 2013, including the merger between Penguin and Random House and dealing with Amazon.
“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 …
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 …
“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 …
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.”
Steve Jobs’ thoughts on music DRM, from 2007, which applies to DRM on e-books.
“Black Crown is a web-based story-game that will use micropayments to unlock extra narratives and social elements.”
“According to our study, conducted by Bowker Market Research, the number of publisher-owned online communities is set to more than double over the next two years.”
“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.
Information on iTunes revenue and download types.
Theatrics, a crowd-sourced platform where fans create videos for author stories.
Email newsletters are still the most profitable marketing strategies.
Steps on how to be interesting on Facebook.
Smashwords found that longer books, shorter titles, and $3 books tend to sell more.
An argument on how ebooks are a symptom of disruptive innovation.
Why Author Solutions and some vanity presses are scams.
SLEbooks, or Script Lit eBooks, is a startup that turns screenplays into ebook novellas.
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.
The Atlantic will be publishing its own e-book shorts, starting with Denial.
Andrew Savikas, the CEO of Safari Books Online, says now is a good time for subscription models for books.
Kobo is promoting Dan Brown’s The Inferno with three short stories, an unsolved puzzle, and a $5,000 prize.
Over 90% of publishers expect to build reader online communities in the next two years.
According to DBW, the average price of e-book bestsellers has dropped to the $4-8 range.
Article by Aaron Steven Miller on how to change the future of publishing, even with Amazon.
First ever hackathon to come up with ideas to solve the problem of book discoverability. Winners will present at the 2013 BEA.
Indie romance books are more often becoming bestsellers.
One author explains how podcasting increases readership of books.
See the LibraryThing community write and contribute in realtime on Piratenpad what makes LibraryThing different from other social sites about books.
New transmedia content platform, Galahad.
Chart showing what people read versus what they share with friends.
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.”
Netflix customer statistics.
Tell My Friends is a site to share music, e-books, apps, and videos.
Aaron Stanton, founder of BookLamp, compared the sexiness of 50 Shades of Grey with other publications, using metadata.
There is less emotional language in books now than in the beginning of the 20th century, says The Atlantic Wire.
Making books discoverable using search engine optimization (SEO), according to Nick Ruffilo on Publishing Perspectives.
Many journalists are moving to jobs for companies, covering trends and news, but now working as “brand journalists.”
Jane Friedman outlines 5 trends writers should know about.
Publishing may become part of every company’s business strategy in the future.
Exploring video game culture and history with Game Pop.
Add content from your social media stream with Buffer.
Create your own niche online newspaper with paper.li.
Trade books you don’t want for books you do want to read at BookMooch.
Top Ten Trends in Children’s Publishing, from Scholastic.
Intelligent content, where design meets analytics, will be the future.
The default settings of personal data on Facebook from 2005-2010.
Educators can create custom course materials for their classes.
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 …
“Library Patrons Want E-Books Over Every Other Downloadable Media.”
“A look at how short-run digital book production can benefit authors and independent publishers, setting you on your way to publishing success also saving you money in various ways: e.g. not having to tie up so much in stock and overheads.” Profit from Short-run Digital Book Production from Documents and …
Open source textbooks can save students 80%.
25% of Americans read an ebook last year, and more people own ereading devices, according to a Pew study.
Ways to fix online book discovery.
“E-reader consumers use of online store reviews/rankings for book discovery, segmented by primary e-reader.”
In online book culture, people are getting nicer and nicer.
“Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese modeled the very first fully articulated 3D-printed dress at an unveiling party earlier this week at Ace Hotel New York. The spectacular garment is made of 17 individually printed pieces with 3,000 articulated joints.”
Create web based exams. Potential to use them in ebooks or e-textbooks.
A new kind of intelligent textbook that helps students learn concepts better.