Category Archives: Publishing News

Walmart Makes a Late Entry Into the E-Book Market

 

by Michael Corkery at The New York Times

 

Walmart is making a circuitous and belated push into the digital book market, teaming up with a Japanese company to sell e-books and audiobooks.

The deal with Rakuten, an e-commerce giant based in Japan, will allow Walmart to start selling digital books on its website for the first time later this year.

The move, which was announced late Thursday, comes years after Walmart’s archrival, Amazon, began to dominate the market for digital readers.

Walmart customers will be able to read the books through Rakuten Kobo e-reading devices — which have not taken hold with Americans the way Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook have.

The partnership is part of Walmart’s effort to ensure that its online offerings include every conceivable product line, giving shoppers no reason to click over to Amazon.

 

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2018 Book Industry Predictions: Are Indie Authors Losing Their Independence?

 

by Mark Coker at Smashwords 

 

Welcome to my annual publishing predictions post where I prognosticate about the future and share my views on the state of the indie nation.

Each year around this time I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and ask it what the heck is going to happen next.

My crystal ball was a bit surly this year. The first thing it told me was, “you don’t want to know.”  Less than helpful.

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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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