Digital Book World

Why Sigil is like a screwdriver

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Digital Book World has an article from an advocate of the e-book development program Sigil. He compares the application to oXygen and explains in detail why (he believes) Sigil is the better program. His argument seems to rely largely on the fact that Sigil automates the process of editing XML code [...]

Digital Book World conducting author survey

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World has conducted two previous surveys of authors, and now they are doing a third. Their previous surveys have been criticized as drawing from too narrow a field, i.e. readers of Writer’s Digest. The criticism is that many, if not most, indie authors don’t read [...]

DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings show Hachette should worry as Big Five dominate

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

The latest DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings, “a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list” from Digital Book World, show that the entire Hachette/Amazon spat appears to be making little difference to Big Publishing’s success in the [...]

Publishers go off deep end, pay consultant to tell them what they want to hear

By Chris Meadows
April 3, 2014 // 11 Comments

So, let me get this straight. Frank Luby, a consultant speaking at Digital Book World, says that e-books are more convenient than printed books, and therefore, they should cost more. Is this some kind of a joke? Apparently not; it was posted April 2, and people elsewhere seem to be taking it [...]

Surprise! Most consumers buy e-books from a single retailer

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2014 // 15 Comments

At Digital Book World, book industry research firm Codex Group has some news for you that will completely shock and surprise you: in a survey of just over 2,000 people who buy e-books, 86% buy them from only one retailer. Those who buy books from Amazon tend to keep buying them from Amazon, etc. [...]

Publishing CEOs focus on challenges at the Digital Book World Conference

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

NEW YORK – While traditional publishers look for ways to compete in the digital marketplace, one of the biggest problems they face still has to do with physical stores. Traditional publishers are losing out on shelf space with the loss of Borders or smaller outlets getting rid of books, making it [...]

Two-thirds of children read digital books, new study shows

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Children read digital books more and more and at a rapid pace. The Kids + E-Reading Trends 2012 to 2013 study (conducted by PlayCollective and Digital Book World) was released on Monday and showed that two-thirds of children aged 13 and under read digital books with at least 92 percent of them [...]

Why do writers publish? What do they make? Social science findings from DBW

By libertyc
December 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World has released the first three excerpts from some extremely detailed social science research into the practices and performance of writers, based on a joint survey with Writer’s Digest under the direction of  Dana Beth Weinberg, Harvard University alumnus and Professor of [...]

Newest Digital Book World best sellers list has no self-published e-books

By libertyc
October 26, 2013 // 2 Comments

Self-published books got a lot of face time over the last week with the mess from retailers taking down their e-books in stores. However, they didn’t see any attention on the Digital Book World Best Sellers List. For the second week in a row, not one self-published made the Digital Book World [...]

Digital Book World's Best Seller List Missed an Important Point

By libertyc
October 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1476727651″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”106″] Many of you probably also follow Digital Book World’s Best Seller [...]

Average price of best-selling e-books drop to all-time low

By libertyc
September 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

The average price of e-books on Digital Book World’s best seller list dropped to an all-time low. The company reported on Wednesday the average price fell by nearly a dollar to $5.41. DBW has 25 books on its list and Lee Child’s newest Jack Reacher book jumping to the top spot with a price of [...]

Where is Amazon Weak?

By libertyc
July 25, 2013 // 5 Comments

Digital Book World has an intriguing analysis up today about Amazon’s “weak points.” With all the chatter about how “invincible” Amazon is and how much power they wield in publishing today, Andrew Rhomberg highlights some of the areas where Amazon actually might not be [...]

Steps We Must Consider When Pricing E-Books? Really?

By libertyc
April 16, 2013 // 13 Comments

When I read the DBW article yesterday entitled “7 Must-Consider Strategies for Ebook Pricing,” I ended up scratching my head. What happened to “listen to the consumer and what they consistently tell you they want?” That sounds like a good idea when considering pricing [...]

Average price of best-selling e-books on the decline

By libertyc
April 9, 2013 // 4 Comments

E-books seem to be costing consumers less money. Digital Book World tracks the prices of e-books on the best-sellers lists every week. Last week, the news site found e-books on the lists averaged more than $8 a book. After a week where a new publisher (Macmillan) allowed discounted prices, the [...]

DBW's "When will Kindles become free?" misses the mark

By libertyc
March 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s interesting to me how often people misunderstand the appeal of Amazon and its products. Over at Digital Book World today, Beth Bacon asked, “When will Kindle’s become free?” While it’s not a bad question—and I do think the day of the free Kindle (or another [...]

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