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E-Book Pricing, E-Book Readers

You may have seen a full-page New York Times ad taken out by 900 or so well-compensated traditionally published authors to protest against Amazon daring to negotiate e-book prices with the big publisher Hachette (which wants to keep e-book prices high). As if Amazon were taking more money from these authors’ accounts.
But Amazon is in [...]

E-Book Prices and Profits

First of all, if you’re writing a book to build your business, you know that your book is a calling card to help draw attention to what you do. If it sells well, and you make a profit, even better.
Most readers of this site are entrepreneurs who use the books they write to attract a [...]

E-Book Strengths, Publisher Anxiety

E-books account for a healthy portion of total book sales, and growing. The market for books – estimated to be about $15 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers, a 14% increase since 2008, when e-books starting really taking off. Now, e-books make up about $3 billion of that total.
But if you take e-books [...]

E-books and the Future of Publishing

The publishing industry is doing well. In fact, last year it had $27 billion in net revenue, according to the Association of American Publishers, and sold something like 2.7 billion units.
What’s most surprising is that, although trade paperbacks remain the number-one format for books, the greatest strength comes from the growth of e-books, which had [...]

E-reading Expands

As if you didn’t already suspect that e-readers will keep attracting buyers, a survey from Bookboon.com finds that about three-quarters of its respondents expect to be reading e-books within two years.
I can’t be sure whether the survey is statistically accurate, given that it depended on participants’ willingness to take an online survey, but it shows [...]

Enhanced Print Books

Publishers promote their enhanced e-books, which offer quick updates, links to maps and additional data, even videos. Now, to compete – in a way – with those extras, some print books will offer extras, available at bookstores. For example, the new book by Joanne Harris, author of the bestselling “Chocolat,” is called “Peaches for Monsieur [...]

The Curse of the Browsers, Online and Off

Bookstores promote browsing. Unfortunately, in our current click-and-buy age, people browse at a bookstore then buy online (if they buy). Leading to the demise of so many wonderful places of discovery for readers.
What happens when more books are printed digitally than appear in paper-and-cardboard editions? How will the casual reader, rambling through a website, find [...]

The E-Book Era Expands

More and more e-books are eating into sales of traditional books.
Although this might be evident to anyone who owns an e-reader or tablet, or who’s been even casually following publishing-industry news, it’s still worth noting. E-books will be preferred over traditional books some time soon. For the second quarter of this year, e-books made up [...]

E-Book Prices Fluctuate, and That’s a Good Thing

Pricing is important for e-books. Big publishers charge more, self-published authors charge less.
It will probably be that way for a while.
Big publishers have larger overhead and, at least for the foreseeable future, bigger-name authors whose works can command higher list prices. According to an article on  Digital Book World, which tracks sales of e-books, titles [...]

Take Advantage of the Speed of E-Publishing

Consider releasing your work in pieces.
Once you’ve got a chunk of your book done, put it up there – utilize the power of e-publishing to continue to broaden your reach. You can also repurpose your work – from existing articles, or newsletters or research you’ve done – to find a fresh audience.
That’s what the Hearst [...]

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