Crowdsourcing questions for Anobii

I thought it might be fun to interview some key industry figures by crowdsourcing questions from our audience. Luckily for me, Anobii's CEO Matteo Berlucchi has agreed to kick this off. I thought this could work by either you adding your question as a comment or tweeting it with an #askAnobii hashtag. I'll then choose 6 or so questions and Matteo has agreed to respond to them in a blog here. How does that sound? Read more »

Switching to an eBook subscription service

At Angry Robot we like to think we're reasonably clued-in when it comes to digital. All of our titles are released as eBooks at the same time as our paper editions, and they're (we believe) realistically priced. Our new audio offering kicks in soon, too, with many simultaneous e/paper/audio releases. When a number of people told us that they trust the Angry Robot brand to such an extent that they'd buy all of our titles, sight unseen, we decided to investigate further. Read more »

App review site & Twitter listing

Having your app reviewed is one of the keys to success in the app store. Here is a long list of app review Twitter accounts with their website links. If you work for one of these review sites and you'd like to give some more information, please get in touch. Also if you'd like to add one, email me twitter at bookseller.co.uk Read more »

Making Facebook pay

Making Facebook pay

Some thoughts on social media monetisation for publishers

We have been saying for some time now that social commerce, the use of online social media in the buying and selling of products and services, is going to be the next big thing for publishers and that Facebook and other social network sites will become the megamalls of the future. But just how realistic is it to make money through social networks and how can publishers get involved in this phenomenon?

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Amazon washes away The Book Depository

Amazon's purchase of The Book Depository reminds us that, despite the huge growth in e-books, the world's largest retailer has not taken its eye off the ball when it comes to the physical book market. To the disappointment of some. Read more »

Publishers’ websites: the bad, the bad and the ugly.

Harsh? Perhaps, but you get my point? It seems to be a known known within the industry that many publishers’ websites are indeed both bad and ugly.

A few days ago I tested this view on the most responsive and clever people I know; publishing tweeps. I asked them if they felt that publishers’ websites were poor and if this was a general view of the book trade. Read more »

Provide eBook & audiobook content in preferred formats

Thanks to the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the EPUB format for eBooks has become the widely accepted standard. On the audiobook side, Apple products have popularized the MP3 format. Retailers, it seems, also prefer this format. Barnes & Noble and Waterstones, only sell their audiobooks in MP3 format. Read more »

Publishers: shout it loud

It has been easy to be dismayed by a tough time in retail, the decline of hardback sales and all the uncertainties associated with the transition to e-books, so it is fantastic to hear more positive noises from publishers in the last couple of weeks.

English is being read by more people in more places than at any time in history. The ability to reach readers anywhere instantly has no parallel with any period in the past. Whatever the difficulties, this is a thrilling time to be working in the publishing industry: the opportunities are stellar. Read more »

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D-Day for bookselling apps

So today is the deadline when we finally learn whether Amazon will comply with the shifting sands that are Apple's app guidelines.

Various interpretations of the new rules suggest that at the least Amazon, along with other e-booksellers who have apps on Apple devices such as the iPad and iPhone, will have to remove links that enable users to buy e-books externally. Buy buttons can still be included, but only if customers are routed through Apple, which results in the giant electronics company taking a 30% cut. Read more »

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The Digital Factor

*in Beyoncé voice* If I were a publisher...I’d be asking myself the following, once straightforward, question: ‘What’s the shelf-life of a book?’

In review terms a new title’s sent out to the trade – and by ‘the trade’ I mean everyone from reviewers at newspapers to book bloggers, industry magazines to celebrities who might be persuaded to tweet about it – three months before publication. This could double in the case of bigger publishers still utilising proof copies. (I know, how quaint...)  Read more »

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