book discovery

Orion One Book Lane shift: Do publisher-led reader communities work?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

Orion Publishing Group, one of Big Five house Hachette‘s imprints, has just relaunched its women’s fiction (dare I say: chick lit?) reader community platform Cherry Picks as One Book Lane, repurposed as a general book lovers’ community, although for now, still appearing under the [...]

Big Publishing’s latest author discovery wheeze: YouTube celebrity deals

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Next Big Thing in author discovery, according to a Wall Street Journal article anyway, is YouTube. Book promo videos have been a coming thing for a while now, as any fule kno. But now Big Publishing is turning the equation round, by using the power of rich social media to discover rather than [...]

Simon & Schuster launches social media initiative with Milq … who?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a news item that made it all the way to the top slot on Publishing Talk Daily, Simon & Schuster has just demonstrated how totally well it gets this social media stuff by announcing an exclusive book publisher partnership with Milq. That’s right: Milq. Yes, you heard it: Milq. In case [...]

Scribd adds new browsing and books discovery options

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Scribd made some significant changes to their web interface today, opening up new browsing and book discovery options. While I like the concept overall, as an author with books listed in Scribd, I noticed something which bothered me. Let’s start with the concept. Scribd’s new browse [...]

Sony Adds 'Mood Match Up' to Book Discovery

By libertyc
August 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sometimes, you just have to say “enough already!” Sony’s latest effort in book discovery is just silly. They are trying to match moods with books by having virtual flip cards with the mood you’re feeling and a book recommendation. Well, in the first place, my current mood [...]

No Names, No Jackets: E-Book Discovery Site I Really Like

By libertyc
June 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Now this is a good idea! No Names, No Jackets is a news(ish) e-book discovery site I saw referenced in several places today (including in a comment to my post from yesterday). I had to check it out, and I like it. The idea is simple. The site is a list of sample chapters. No author names, no [...]

Sony adds "Family Tree" of books as discovery tool

By libertyc
June 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

I admit when I saw the Sony blog post, my first impression was “you gotta be kidding me!” But then I suppressed my inner skeptic and took a closer look. The idea is simple. Sony has looked at a bunch of well-known books and apparently analyzed writing style and genre to come up with a [...]

Luzme: Another Way to Track E-Book Prices

By libertyc
May 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed eReaderIQ as a way to track Kindle e-book prices. Several readers encouraged me to try Luzme, and so I gave them a look today. Their big advantage over eReaderIQ is that Luzme allows you to track prices from multiple stores, in five countries (U.S., UK, Canada, [...]

Weekend Reading Roundup — Is book discovery only a problem for publishers?

By Dan Eldridge
February 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s the problem with publishers’ book discovery problem (Paid Content) Why Stephen King was wrong to publish ‘Guns’ as a Kindle Single (NY Daily News) Amazon to Investigate Claims of Worker Intimidation at German Centers (New York  Times) Publishing is tough these days [...]

Online tool looks to help authors distribute excerpts

By libertyc
February 14, 2013 // 2 Comments

The book is written. It’s for sale on your website, on Amazon, or wherever you think people will look. So, how do you get people to buy? Getting through the noise can be difficult. That’s where Publisher’s Portal hopes to jump in. It’s a Web-based company looking to distribute excerpts of [...]

A Readmill iPhone app is on the way

By Dan Eldridge
February 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

We’ve written a bit about the Berlin-based startup Readmill in the past; here’s a Q&A-style interview we ran back in August 2012 with Henrik Berggren, the company’s über-ambitious founder. As we wrote in the introduction to that interview: The easiest way to understand [...]

In Italy, Train Passengers Now Enjoy Free E-Books

By libertyc
December 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

If you’re the type who regularly follows international news of the ever-expanding e-book scene, you may have already heard about the unusual business collaboration between the Italian book publishing company known as RSC Libri, and the Italian train company, ITV. The partnership, which was [...]

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