discoverability

Laura Fredericks on the future of publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Laura Fredericks, founder and CEO of the writing community Describli, has put up a very interesting guest post on the future of publishing at the Independent Publishing Magazine – the same platform that had the good taste to commend me and Chris Meadows as shakers in the evolution of the [...]

Novelry looks to be the online bookstore when it comes to discoverability

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the kind of book you want. Without a title or an author, searching by topics isn’t as easy as it should be online – not as easy browsing the shelves at a bookstore or a library. Digital start up Novelry is hoping to make that easier. [...]

BookBub secures funding to expand internationally

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

BookBub has raised $3.8 million in Series A funding, the company announced on Thursday. BookBub is an e-book recommendation service, sending daily emails to its members with a list of books it thinks they would be interested in based on user interests. BookBub intends to use the money to expand [...]

BookBub offers readers a way to discover books through email

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

With ebooks as a popular medium for readers and writers, there has to be a way to wade through the noise to find the books you want to read. BookBub looks to be that middleman by promoting discounted books to email subscribers. The company was launched in early 2012 by Josh Schanker and Nicholas [...]

Morning Roundup: Don't count out Barnes & Noble!

By libertyc
June 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Digg App Updated for iOS with Digg Reader (The Digital Reader) Digg rolled out an update to their iOS app this morning. It’s a very small update, and it really only added a single feature: Digg Reader. * * * On the Likelihood of Academia ‘Taking Back’ Scholarly Publishing (Scholarly [...]

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 [...]

The Book Elf: Another Attempt to Share E-Books

By libertyc
June 25, 2013 // 5 Comments

Ah, will it never cease? Darn you readers for wanting to treat e-books like paper books, and wanting to actually share them! So, yet another e-book sharing method is coming. It’s called The Book Elf (cute name), and while they are starting out with public domain books, they say they’ll [...]

Are "new" books working Amazon's system?

By libertyc
April 15, 2013 // 4 Comments

L.J. Sellers has picked up on a trend on Amazon. The novelist who writes for the Crime Fiction Collective blog noticed old books popping up on lists for new releases. If the book has been out for several years, how can it become a “hot, new release?” Sellers writes: “The newest trend [...]

Why the Failure of Books on Board Should Worry Authors

By libertyc
April 8, 2013 // 2 Comments

In today’s Morning Links was a great essay from Michael Kozlowski on the ‘death’ of the indie e-bookstore. Books on Board was killed by the agency pricing model, and a failure to innovate and provide better customer experiences such as mobile browsing and more refined search [...]

Check out Book Bub, a great book recommending service

By libertyc
March 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

On the advice of a TeleRead commenter, I’ve spent the last two weeks trying out a book recommending service called Book Bub. So far, I’m enjoying it. Book Bub’s premise is simple: When you register (it’s free), you select from an offering of genres that interest you, and [...]

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture

By Brian Howard
March 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

While it’s odd to think of an organization backed by the  Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster as a startup, Bookish, the new book-recommendation and -discovery site is essentially that. After two years in development under three CEOs, Bookish is now a reality, a place where users can get [...]

Meet WebBytez, a new method of e-book discovery

By libertyc
March 9, 2013 // 2 Comments

E-book discovery by readers has been much in the news lately, and it’s definitely an issue for authors, especially those who are self-published. While readers continue to find their next great book in online stores, some still browse brick and mortar bookstores. Wouldn’t it be nice if [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links — New ideas from TOC 2013, and more

By Dan Eldridge
February 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Five Slightly Unexpected Tips For Self-Published Authors to Find Success (DBW) The Crazy Plan to Save Barnes & Noble (DBW) “Used Ebooks” Hurts My Brain (Book Riot) Little, Brown’s NOVL Approach to Reaching Readers Online (Publisher’s Weekly) Is [...]

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