Category Archives: Publishing News

Barnes and Noble Unveils Podcasts and Nook First Look

 

by Michael Kozlowski at Good e-Reader

Barnes and Noble has just launched a new e-book promotional system called Nook First Look that offers readers a chance to buy e-books at a discount before they are released to the public. Every month the bookseller will release two or three different titles and offer varying degrees of savings.

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US E-Book Sales Decline 13.9% in 2016 [But Print Sees Growth]

by Michael Kozlowski at Good e-Reader

Over the course of 2016 overall publisher revenue was $14.3 billion, down 6.6% from 2015. One of the key trends from last year was that reading preferences continue to shift. Print books saw growth, and for the second consecutive year publisher revenues from eBook sales declined and downloaded audio grew.

Publishers’ book sales for trade (consumer) books from Jan. to Dec. 2016 were flat -0.2% at $7.1 billion. While Religious Presses and Children’s & Young Adult Books (Childrens/YA) saw growth in 2016, the Adult Books category (which comprises more than 65% of all revenue for trade books) saw a 2.3% decline.

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Draft2Digital Adds Audiobook Distribution via Findaway Voice

by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader

 

With its universal book links, mailing list and ePub creation services, and broad distribution network, Draft2Digital has positioned itself as an upmarket alternative to Smashwords.

Now D2D is adding a service offered by no other ebook distributor: audiobooks.

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Barnes & Noble CEO Uses Amazon to Justify His Company’s Continued Existence

by Laura Northrup at the Consumerist

In the age of online shopping, are bookstores irrelevant? The new CEO of big-box bookstore chain Barnes & Noble doesn’t think so. If they were, why would Amazon be opening physical bookstores across the country, with a new one opening in New York City tomorrow? He sees this growth as proof that bookstores are still relevant.

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Amazon Modifies Its Kindle eBook Contracts Following EU Investigation

by Romain Dillet from TechCrunch

Amazon has accepted new contract terms with book publishers in the European Union after Commissioner Margrethe Vestager led an investigation into Amazon’s practices.

After today’s decision, Amazon will no longer force publishers to provide the best price on the company’s Kindle store.

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“Screen Fatigue” Sees UK eBook Sales Plunge 17% as Readers Return to Print

by Mark Sweney at the Guardian

Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK

Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed book sales.

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Amazon KDP Unveils Kindle Create Word Doc Conversion Tool

by Mercy Pilkington at Good e-Reader

If you’re a self-published author, writing your book is only half the battle. Some might even argue that it’s the easy part of being an author. Indies have been beaten over the head for years now about the need to hire professionals to take the manuscript and turn it into a book, with costs associated with editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and marketing.

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Rakuten Kobo Snaps Up Shelfie Book-Bundling Service

 

by Chris Meadows at TeleRead

Remember when book-bundling service Shelfie shut down in January, and Kobo stepped in to continue providing access to Shelfie ebooks until the end of February?

At the time, I wondered if that might be a precursor to Kobo snapping up Shelfie as it had snapped up the assets of a number of other defunct ebook store operations (including those of Sony, Blinkbox, Flipkart, Waterstones, and Sainsbury’s). Now, as it turns out, the answer is yes.

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