Digital Book World

Porter Anderson highlights the big reporting gap in self-publishing income

By libertyc
December 17, 2013 // 8 Comments

Over on Jane Friedman’s blog on “Writing, reading, and publishing in the digital age,” and in his own blog, Porter Anderson has just highlighted, at great length and in great detail, systematic bias in the coverage of income for self-published versus traditionally published [...]

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 [...]

Mike Shatzkin shows publishing spiraling down the drain

By libertyc
November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

For anyone who has ever spent time in the accretion disc of  a black hole, the situation of the publishing industry will seem alarmingly familiar. At least according to Mike Shatzkin, whose analyses of the future evolution of publishing have appeared quite often in TeleRead in the past, and who [...]

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 [...]

Scholastic Book Fair Goes Digital

By libertyc
October 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

An intriguing press release posted at Digital Book World spotlights that the Scholastic Book Fair is going digital with a new book-scanning app, designed to complement the in-school book fairs they run every year. The app is designed to help parents find the right book for their kids: they can [...]

Calvin and Hobbes To Be Published as eBooks

By libertyc
October 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

I’ve always been a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes. We had two of the collected works anthologies, which unfortunately, gathered dust on our shelves. When we cleaned out our shelves a few months ago, they were among the books we sold. So I was delighted to see the announcement on Digital Book [...]

Self-published titles up nearly 60 percent from last year

By libertyc
October 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

Ever wonder how many self-published titles are on the market? 1,000? 10,000? 100,000? It’s even higher than that. Just last year, Bowker said 391,000 ISBNs were purchased for self-published titles – a 59 percent increase from 2011, according to a release from the company on 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 [...]

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Who got the power?

By libertyc
July 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly edition of the Digital Book World Ebook Publisher Power Rankings—one of those ratings league tables that corporates love—has appeared, with some welcome news for a couple of the industry’s biggest names—and some less welcome data for them on how well people with no [...]

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 [...]

Kobo Writing Life Adds New E-Book Creation Tools

By libertyc
July 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World is one of several outlets reporting that Kobo had added new e-book creation tools to its Writing Life platform. The report claims more than 17,000 authors have already published with Kobo’s program. What they’ve added is an online WYSIWYG creation tool which [...]

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

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Another Look at the 'Tablets in Education' Issue

By libertyc
May 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

Digital Book World’s latest ‘survey’ on tablets in education came at a timely moment for me: We’ve had eight new iPads sitting in the principal’s office for over a week waiting to get set up. As the nominal ‘iPad person’ at school, I keep getting nagged as [...]

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