Digital Book World

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 [...]

Why do indie authors want Hachette to lower prices? The answer is obvious

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 12, 2014 // 5 Comments

In today’s Morning Links, we feature a story from Digital Book World where Jeremy Greenfield says: One of the most confusing things to me about the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute saga is why do so many indie authors want so passionately for Hachette, a competitor, to lower its prices? [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Biblionasium: Where kids write book reviews

By Joanna Cabot
March 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World has a great write-up about Biblionasium, a site I have not heard about until now which describes itself as a ‘Goodreads for Kids.’ They previously got around the whole ‘social media websites and children under 13’ privacy issues by limiting their young [...]

Been there, read that, passed on the t-shirt: The ebook pricing false comparison

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 23, 2014 // 16 Comments

As a follow-up to the ebook pricing discussion, here’s a piece from Digital Book World that makes a completely false case for society’s undervaluing of ebooks. Why false? Because you could have exactly the same debate about print books. “Why are T-shirts more valuable than [...]

Which is the right ebook pricing trend?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 21, 2014 // 8 Comments

Two contrasting data points on ebook pricing this week point up the question of what the right price points are for ebooks. In the blue corner, we have the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, which after all is followed by Huffington Post and other outlets in the U.S., and therefore carries [...]

DBW recrunch of Hugh Howey AuthorEarnings numbers yields interesting conclusions

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

I already predicted that the groundbreaking survey of online/digital bookselling income and trends put together by the AuthorEarnings site and Hugh Howey would be pored over, reparsed, argued with, and generally chewed up over the next weeks. And one of the first out of the gate is arguably one of [...]

Latest DBW Author Survey results give more info on authors’ publishing cycle

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest bulletin on the results of the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, put together from the responses of over 9000 authors by Dana Beth Weinberg, Professor of Sociology at Queens College – CUNY, and DBW/Writer’s Digest, aims to demonstrate how writers are [...]

What can traditional publishers offer authors to keep them around?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2014 // 5 Comments

That is the unstated theme of a research report just released under the auspices of Digital Book World, “What Advantages do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors: A Comparison of Traditional and Indie Publishing from the Authors’ Perspective,” authored by Dana Beth Weinberg and [...]

What would encourage eBook readers to switch platforms?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 22, 2014 // 9 Comments

Chris has already covered the Digital Book World article summarizing recent Codex Group research showing that 86% of eBook buyers buy from only one retailer. But I had a few thoughts he didn’t cover. The article posited that the ease of infrastructure was the number one reason people stayed [...]

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. [...]

Subscription eBook services and publishers. Why don’t they get along?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 18, 2014 // 15 Comments

I’m obviously missing something about subscription eBook services and publishers. To me, it seems like they are a natural. Readers can try a book without worrying about the cost, probably leading them to try something they wouldn’t otherwise read. That’s great for book discovery, [...]

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 [...]

Self-promotion for 2014’s New Year resolution?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

A couple of interesting posts have emerged to kick off the New Year with some useful insights on promotion for self-published authors. The upshot is that self-promotion for self-publishing is more essential than ever before – but also that it doesn’t have to be the blight on a [...]

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