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June 12, 2013

Independents flock to NBT’s e-book shop

Patrick Neale

Patrick Neale

| By Lisa Campbell

More than 130 independent booksellers have signed up to the new Indie eBook Shop already, with the figure expected to increase to around 400.

National Book Tokens (NBT) launched the service at the London Book Fair in April, giving independent booksellers 17.5% commission on e-book sales through the site, which is powered by Gardners.

NBT’s managing director Alex de Berry said he was impressed with the encouraging reaction from booksellers to the proposition so far. He told The Bookseller: “It’s going really well—we continue to get good feedback on it, even though it is still relatively early days. We have sent emails to 850–900 indies, and now we are about to start the chase-up process, talking to people about how it might work.”

The Indie eBook Shop offers 430,000 titles, which are all in the EPUB format and can be read on all e-readers apart from Amazon’s Kindle.

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July 2, 2012

Your E-Book Is Reading You

Digital-book publishers and retailers now know more about their readers than ever before. How that’s changing the experience of reading.

By ALEXANDRA ALTER

It takes the average reader just seven hours to read the final book in Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy on the Kobo e-reader—about 57 pages an hour. Nearly 18,000 Kindle readers have highlighted the same line from the second book in the series: “Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” And on Barnes & Noble’s Nook, the first thing that most readers do upon finishing the first “Hunger Games” book is to download the next one.

In the past, publishers and authors had no way of knowing what happens when a reader sits down with a book. Does the reader quit after three pages, or finish it in a single sitting? Do most readers skip over the introduction, or read it closely, underlining passages and scrawling notes in the margins? Now, e-books are providing a glimpse into the story behind the sales figures, revealing not only how many people buy particular books, but how intensely they read them.

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August 4, 2011

Facebook buys Push Pop Press e-publishing firm

Filed under: Media — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 5:12 am

By Chris Meadows

Today Push Pop Press, the e-publishing firm who produced an interactive version of an Al Gore climatology book, announced today that it has been acquired by Facebook. Facebook has no interest in publishing interactive e-books, and Push Pop has announced it will no longer be publishing anything. Instead, Facebook will be incorporating Push Pop’s technology into its own platform.

As Tim Carmody put it on Wired:

So instead of an independent born-digital press, publishing next-generation multimedia novels (or magazines or textbooks or children’s books or cookbooks), Facebook will probably get marginally better iOS apps.

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March 25, 2011

James Frey does Jesus

Filed under: Authors — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:48 pm

If the faux-memoirist thinks he’ll offend anyone by depicting Christ as a whoring drunk, he’ll be disappointed

Apparently James Frey has a tiny man in his head, like some kind of internalized boss, who barks, “You haven’t enraged anyone lately!” and starts cracking the whip whenever things slow down. This week, we learned that Frey will deliver a book he discussed in an interview with the Rumpus back in 2008, “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible,” which will depict the return of Jesus Christ as a drunk who consorts with hookers and canoodles with other men. The book will be published in a limited edition by an art gallery and self-published by Frey “online,” which presumably means in e-book format. This event will take place on April 22, Good Friday.

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March 13, 2011

Why Barnes & Noble Avoided Borders’ Fate

Filed under: Bookshops — Tags: , , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:00 am

By Josh Sanburn

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On a recent afternoon at a Borders bookstore in midtown Manhattan, everything seemed normal. Customers came and went, browsing stocked shelves as employees helped them navigate the store’s mazelike three floors.

Five blocks south at the nearest Barnes & Noble, Borders’ longtime competitor, the scene and the store looked very similar, besides one glaring difference — the massive Nook e-book kiosk prominently displayed near the front. That kiosk could be the determining factor in one additional contrast that no one could see: one of the stores won’t be around much longer.

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March 9, 2011

The rise of the 99-cent Kindle e-book

Filed under: e-tailers — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:44 pm

Around 20 percent of the 100 best-selling Kindle books cost a dollar or less.

by David Carnoy

Not long ago I did a story about how e-book piracy was accelerating and that publishers should be concerned. But while piracy is certainly an issue, there’s something else lurking out there that may be a bigger problem: e-book price erosion. Or put another way, the blogification of the book industry.

Now, I know what you’re saying: that’s great news. These publishers have been gouging us with ridiculous pricing for digital files that cost next to nothing to produce (in terms of material costs) and finally we’re starting to see lots of deals out there. But it’s a bit more complicated than that.

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March 7, 2011

Why Random House’s Surrender on “Agency Pricing” Is Good for Readers and Booksellers

By Lydia Dishman

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Nearly a year after Apple (APPL) launched the iPad and the “agency model” of pricing e-books — in which the publisher sets the retail price and the bookseller gets a 30 percent cut — Random House finally got off the fence and joined the other five legacy publishers to adopt the pricing structure. And just like that, the book selling playing field just got a little broader.

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February 4, 2011

E-books: taking the soul out of reading?

Filed under: e-tailers — Tags: , , — Bookblurb @ 5:29 pm
Lizzy Pennock
One of the emerging trends in the world of literature this year is the rise of the e-book, an electronic book read on an ‘e-reader’ such as an Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader. They’re taking up glossy new stands in Waterstones, celebrities sing their praises, people bought them in their thousands for Christmas gifts. Now Amazon.co.uk has revealed that the sales of its Kindle e-books are actually outstripping their sales of paperbacks. Novels, poetry, short stories, encyclopaedias, dictionaries – all available in one handy electronic device. All the information, all the entertainment, all the convenience. But none of the soul, the craftsmanship, the pure pleasure of a physical book. Why are we so ready to cast off the aesthetics of beauty when it comes to our literature?   …read more

January 5, 2011

Kindle users form e-book “Lending Club” on Facebook

Filed under: Media — Tags: , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 9:05 am

Just days after Amazon launched the ability to “lend” Kindle e-books to other users, the first “Kindle Lending Club” is already developing a strong userbase of people looking to swap e-books with others.

The club, set up as a Facebook page, has been “Liked” by 770 people at the time of writing and the page’s Discussions tab is busy with people requesting books offering up lists of the books they have available to lend to others. All that’s required for a user to lend a book to someone else is that person’s email address. Amazon’s lending period lasts 14 days, and during that period the lender will be unable to access the book, with rights restored to the purchaser once the two weeks are up….read more

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