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Aided by Apps, Audiobooks Market Grows in Japan

by The Japan Times

The use of audiobooks is increasing steadily in Japan, providing a boon to the publishing industry, which is facing declining sales of ordinary books.

Audiobooks already account for 10 percent of book sales in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., audiobooks, which started as cassette tapes to listen to while driving, currently form a market worth ¥160 billion.

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2017 Book Industry Predictions: Intrigue and Angst Amid Boundless Opportunity

by Mark Coker

If you could see into the future, what would you do to change it?

Each year I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and attempt to divine how the boiling crosscurrents of technology, competitive intrigue, author aspirations, and reader tastes will shape the opportunities facing authors, publishers and retailers for the year ahead.

As I caution each year, the prediction game is fraught with folly.  No one really knows what will happen tomorrow, though there are plenty of clues.

Book publishing is in the grip of multiple long-term macro trends.  Like strong trade winds, these forces will fill the sails of those who can harness them while swamping those who don’t.

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Barnes & Noble is Back With a $50 Nook Tablet

From Techcrunch and Brian Heater:

“Barnes & Noble spent a number of years going toe to toe with Amazon in the e-reader market and actually produced some pretty nice devices in the process. The last few years, however, have been pretty meager for the bookseller as far as hardware goes, with most of its announcements revolving around reading tablets co-branded with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab stamp.

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It’s Here! The Idea Factory

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It’s ready! My new book The Idea Factory: 1,000 Story Ideas and Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller is live.

It’s been an interesting work in progress. I wrote this book specifically with writers, authors, creative writing enthusiasts, teachers, and poets in mind.

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