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Giving New Life to Broken Computing Devices

Giving New Life to Broken Computing Devices

Xmas is over. Your shiny new iPad Mini is unwrapped and ready for many years of ebook reading. But there remains a nagging problem: what to do with the old iPad Mini with the badly damaged glass on the front panel assembly. You investigated the costs of having it...

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Exploring Book Trailer Opportunities

Exploring Book Trailer Opportunities

A large part of achieving success as an ebook author is discovery. Getting noticed amidst the huge volumes of authors and ebook titles might seem as though you’re walking around the streets of Shanghai wearing a sandwich board, marching by an oblivious crowd.

Video Overview: Review and Markup with Adobe Reader

Video Overview: Review and Markup with Adobe Reader

Once upon a time, if you wanted to use the full range of editorial markup tools on a PDF, you had to buy a full-fledged version of Acrobat Professional. Times have changed. You can now do complete markup using the free version of Adobe Reader, which is an excellent...


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Traditional Publishing Unfair

Traditional Publishing Unfair

The news may not be surprising, but traditional publishing offers fewer opportunities and less renumeration these days for authors in the UK, as detailed in this article published in The Guardian. Figures released by the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Socity show...

Trust Your Customer: An Instructive Lesson in Sales

Trust Your Customer: An Instructive Lesson in Sales

In the small southern Vermont town where I live, my morning walks take me down roads and past buildings that have been around since the 18th century (including Ice Pond Farm, a farmstead built in 1792). A recent walk had me reflecting on the nature of trust in...

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An article in the Wall Street Journal in July of this year proclaimed that audiobooks have become the fastest-growing format in the book world. The Audio Publisher Association pointed to sales increases of 21 percent in the U.S. and Canada between 2014 and 2015. (July 2016)

As detailed in an article on The Digital Reader, Scribd has shut down their unlimited subscription service as of March 2016. Instead, readers get access to three ebooks and one audiobook per month, selected from choices in a catalog of bestsellers. Apparently, some customers responded to the digital equivalent of an eat-all-you-want buffet by gluttonously downloading large quantities of digital content.(February 2016)

Publishing Perspectives reports that, according to Nielsen Book, self-published books (digital and print) represented 5% of the total market in 2014, totaling £58 million of book spend and some 17 million units. Self-published titles represented 5% of all books sold (again print and digital) and 15% of all ebooks (up 16% in the first quarter of 2015 and up 77% since 2012). (June 10, 2015)

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), as reported by Digital Book World, U.S. publishers scored about $28 billion in revenue in 2014, with ebooks growing 3.8% to roughly $3.37 billion for the year. (June 10, 2015)

Digital Book World reports that, according to an Association of American Publishers (AAP) survey, roughly 3.88 million audiobooks and 2.47 million ebooks were distributed by subscription services in the U.S. in 2014. (June 10, 2015)

According to Digital Census, just less than half (48.1%) of self-published authors report that they have sold fewer than 1,000 ebooks. About a quarter (25.9%) claim to have sold between 1,000 and 5,000 copies. (November 10, 2014)

Three-quarters (76.5%) of publishers who responded to The Bookseller’s Digital Census believe that territorial rights are coming under increasing pressure in the evolving global ebook market. (November 10, 2014)

More than two-thirds (71.0%) of respondents to The Bookseller’s Digital Census said that they buy ebooks regularly from Amazon. That is more than five times as many as from the next most popular ebookstore, which is Apple’s iBookstore (13.4%). (November 10, 2014)

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