Are Amazon editors really that independent?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

As Amazon finally steps up its own defense in the ongoing spat with Hachette to the tune of well-orchestrated background noise, one of the odder appearances to come out is a piece in Digital Book World declaring “Amazon Editors Independent, Above Hachette-Amazon Fray.” States the [...]

Where is Amazon Weak?

By Joanna Cabot
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 [...]

Oh no! Amazon's raising prices! (Or … maybe not)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 8, 2013 // 6 Comments

All weekend I saw this New York Times story making the rounds of various blogs. Basically, the point of the article was that Amazon is (once again) being a terrible company by raising prices. Well, if you read further, they aren’t actually being accused of raising prices but of reducing the [...]

Average price of best-selling e-books see a near $2 spike from last week

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

A best-selling author putting out a new book can wreak havoc on the average price of best-selling e-books. This was shown this week when the average price of best-selling e-books spiked by about $2 to $8.92, as reported by Digital Book World. DBW has kept track of the average prices of e-books from [...]

Best-Seller Lists: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

By Joanna Cabot
April 18, 2013 // 2 Comments

Digital Book World has been compiling weekly e-book bestseller lists for some time, and in the latest analysis they’ve made on them, Jeremy Greenfield alleges to have found an e-book pricing “sweet spot.” What he means by this is that in looking at data over the last four months, [...]

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

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 Susan Lulgjuraj
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 Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 [...]

Digital Book World is back online

By Dan Eldridge
February 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Digital Book World website has been down since at least 9:00 am EST this morning, for reasons unknown even to its editorial staff, from what we understand. But DBW’s IT team has been hard at work on the problem—whatever it was—for the majority of the day, and the site now seems to be [...]

The Gamification of Books: Good Idea, or Bad?

By Joanna Cabot
February 26, 2013 // 1 Comment

There was an interesting article in yesterday’s Morning Links about the ‘gamification’ of books. I had first heard this term in response to the Reading Life feature on the Kobo platform, which awards you ‘badges’ for such activities as reading at a certain time in the [...]

Bookish Impressions

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

Bookish has launched with much fanfare. Some good. Some bad. Nate over at The Digital Reader had an amusing look at their terms of service. DBW has three reasons they will succeed and three reasons they will fail. Hedging their bets much? So I decided to try using the site and assess it from a [...]

Easy DRM For Self-Published Authors? Really?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 4, 2013 // 12 Comments

Well here’s a terrible idea. DBW just posted a press release about Edition Guard, which brings Adobe DRM to indie authors and small presses who want to sell books direct from their website. Have we learned nothing in recent years? DRM doesn’t stop piracy. It’s ridiculously easy to [...]

Free Webinar: The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks

By Dan Eldridge
January 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Our friends over at Digital Book World are partnering with PlayScience, a New York-based children’s entertainment and education research company, to produce a free hour-long webinar, The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks. The webinar, which will look at the e-reading habits of children aged two to [...]

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