One of the biggest problems plaguing both readers and publishers–from the major household name to the individual self-published author–is discoverability.|
To put it mildly, there is simply too much to read for books to automatically standout, which is a great problem for book lovers to have. The result, though, is that content owners spend vast amounts of time and money trying to promote their work to avid readers, or risk languishing in the high-millions for book sale rankings.
Amazon, ever the careful retailer with a lot of technology at its disposal, has a new feature aimed at helping readers find great content. Thanks to Amazon Charts, you can now sort your search by “most read” (as in, the books with the highest percentage of page views on Kindle and the longest amount of read content on Audible), and the books that are the “most sold,” meaning the books that have sold the most copies, although this doesn’t equate to those books necessarily being read and enjoyed.
read more: http://goodereader.com/blog/digital-publishing/amazons-new-bestseller-lists-amazon-charts-aids-discoverability
Talking New Media has brought one of Amazon’s many services to my attention.
It seems Amazon is pitching its “subscribe with Amazon” service to publishers today. “It’s not an app store, or an in-app purchase API,” Amazon said in its notice to account holders.
“Subscribe with Amazon is the only app monetization solution that is OS, device, and platform agnostic, providing your subscribers the freedom to buy once and access on any iOS or Android supported device. It also enables you to expand your reach far beyond the app store by making your offering purchasable across Amazon’s many shopping channels.”
read more: http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/03/24/subscribe-amazon-new-tool-authors/
More than a dozen sessions focused on ebooks during the three-day event. Whether addressing acquisitions, platforms, analytics, standards, or marketing, the overwhelming take-away was: Digital book evolution in academia and research turns out to be much harder than it seems. Librarians and publishers alike are fretting over low usage and uneven user uptake of diverse, ever-changing digital book products. This is leading us to a clear inflection point in the scholarly ebook evolution, with less urgency to launch the latest app or widget, and more willingness to slow down and listen to what’s actually helpful to readers in the digitization and reinvention of academic books.
Libraries are navigating administrative pressures to reduce print holdings and move to digital resources – options for which include a great deal of variation in business models, license terms, and interface designs, not to mention options that successfully integrate with local discovery and cataloging systems. Publishers continue to experiment with pricing and product models for ebooks that retain or exceed their print siblings. All the while, faculty and students demonstrate even greater multiplicity in their expectations and preferences for digital books.
Read more: https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2017/04/24/ebook-revolution-not-easy-seems/
It’s difficult to pack a library on a motorcycle, even with a sidecar.
Though I love print books I’m so often on the road that it’s more efficient to use my Kindle Paperwhite as a personal portable library for work and for pleasure. Authors send me advance reader copies (ARCs) for blurbs or review and books for possible publication with Misadventures Media. I wish they’d send me a MOBI file but, though it’s easy enough to do, they don’t even know where to start. So I ask for a Word doc and create it myself in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I put it off, though, and forget. So, no blurb. Sorry!
Please don’t put your potential reviewers in that position. It’s actually pretty easy to make your own EPUB and MOBI files using the free Calibre eBook conversion and management tool. It should take you about an h
– See more at: https://www.bookworks.com/2016/06/use-calibre-to-create-epub-mobi-versions-of-your-book/#sthash.xJjZQxbR.dpuf