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Morning Coffee ? 23 January 2018
by Nate Hoffelder
22 Jan 2018 at 9:44pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. 19 Long-Lost Historical Words You Absolutely Need In Your Life (Buzzfeed) A changing book business: it all seems to be flowing downhill to Amazon (The Shatzkin Files) Yahoo Japan defamed man by displaying false search results: Tokyo High Court (The Japan Times) Editorial: It?s Time for Publishers to Join the Fight for Net Neutrality (PW)


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Author Earnings Report Grows Up, Becomes BookStat.com
by Nate Hoffelder
22 Jan 2018 at 11:26am

For a period of about three years (2014 to 2017) the publishing industry was turned upside down by a pseudonymous market analytics expert called Data Guy. His quarterly Author Earnings Reportpainted a picture of the ebook market that showed just how much was missed by official sources like PubTrack Digital, Nielsen, etc. But then early last year the Author Earnings Report site went dormant. All DG would say when queried was that he was working on a major update.That update is going to arrive later today in the form of a new more comprehensive Author Earnings Report that benefits from leveraging the far richer data feed fromData Guy's company, BookStat.com. For almost as long as DG has been releasing quarterly reports, he has also been consulting with publishers. Those consulting gigs grew into a company which now has a name and a website. DG told me by email that he will be keeping a firewall between the two projects. "Bookstat.comis totally separate commercial business from Author Earnings,with an informal agreement to occasionally provide some aggregate data to AE on a pro-bono basis," he wrote. "Like Bookscan, Bookstat?s customers are generally businesses with at least $10 million in annual revenues,to be [...]


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NPD Reports US Print Unit Sales Up 1.9% in 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
22 Jan 2018 at 9:15am

Print book sales showed modest growth in the US in 2017, rising almost 2% in terms of unit sales, NPD Bookscan revealed in a press release on Monday. Specific details about the number of units sold, and the price at which they were sold, were not disclosed. NPD is the company that bought Nielsen's US operations, including both Pubtrack Digital and Bookscan, at the beginning of last year. It is not to be confused with Nielsen Bookscan UK, which is a different company. From the press release: Without Harry Potter and other leading franchise titles upping the ante, print book sales in the United States returned to a more standard year for the industry in 2017. Unit sales of books increased 1.9 percent in 2017, which is slightly less than annual growth rates of 3 percent posted between 2013 to 2016, according to global information companyThe NPD Group. ?Returning from the huge sales of ?Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? in 2016, and the rise of adult coloring books, last year?s book sales growth was more modest thanthe industry hasseen in recent years,? said Kristen McLean, books industry analyst for The NPD Group. ?Big blockbusters are both a blessing and [...]


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NYTimes?s New Book Brings the History of Star Wars to Your Coffee Table
by Nate Hoffelder
22 Jan 2018 at 8:21am

Star Wars has a history of making beautifully-illustrated coffee table books that offer a glimpse of the world that exists beyond the confines of the movie theater. Now the NYTimes entering this rich market. The Verge reports that the NYTimes has published a book compiled from itsclippings archive. There are a ton ofStar Warsbooks out there, ranging fromnovelsto official reference books to unofficialhistoriesandbiographies.The New York Timeshas recently released aStar Warsbook of its own:In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, which compiles most of the publications? coverage on the franchise. The coffee table book begins its coverage in 1973 with a feature about George Lucas, which revealed that he was working on a space opera film. TheTimesdescribes the book as the ?ultimate anthology? of its coverage of the franchise, containing its articles, reviews, obituaries, photographs, and more, from the beginning of the franchise all the way up to the recently releasedStar Wars: The Last Jedi. You can find the book in the NYTimes's online store for $70 plus shipping. Over on Facebook Mark Williams cited this book as proof that print isn't going away; I agree with him, but not for the reason you think. It's not that you can't make the [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 22 January 2018
by Nate Hoffelder
21 Jan 2018 at 9:33pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. The Strange Copyright of Doctor Who (Plagiarism Today) Satan Makes His Pitch to Amazon.com (McSweeney's) The eight teams at Rakuten Kobo who look through your EPUBs (Booknet Canada) HuffPost, Breaking From Its Roots, Ends Unpaid Contributions (NYTimes) Playboy is suing Boing Boing - but linking is not copyright infringement (BoingBoing)


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Nate?s Big List of Free & Paid Book Promotion Websites
by Nate Hoffelder
21 Jan 2018 at 8:08pm

As everyone knows, an ebook is an author's best marketing tool. You can trade a free ebook for a mailing list signup, or drop the price and rack up a lot of sales. But in order to do that, you'll need to get your ebook in front of potential readers, and that is where paid and free ebook sites come in. The following lists are a compilation of promotion sites, both free and paid. I have not used them all, but I have filtered out the more disreputable companies (Inkitt, for example) as well as any site that couldn't pass the smell test.I also skipped sites that offered no info on how you could join and promote your work (you would be surprised how often that happened). The sites vary from forums where you can mention an ebook deal to services you can use to trade an ebook for emails.Each site has their own requirements, and so to help you out I did a little digging on each site, wrote a quick description, and then sorted the site into the appropriate list(s). I initially started with just two lists, much like what Kindlepreneur published 3 years ago, but once I [...]


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Google to Sell Audiobooks, Teases 50% Off Your First Purchase in Leaked Banner
by Nate Hoffelder
20 Jan 2018 at 2:15pm

Back in November I brought you the news that Google was looking at selling audiobooks in Google Play, and now it appears the launch is imminent. 9to5Google reports that a last night a banner for the new audiobook section of Google Play went live in the Play Store. The banner linked to the audiobook section of the store. That section isn't live yet as I right this on Saturday, but clearly that is going to change fairly soon. The Play Store does have a fewaudiobooks in its Music section, but 9to5Google says the implementation has always felt a little sloppy. And in any case, those audiobooks aren't listed in their own category. That makes them so hard to find that they might as well not exist. Google Play via9to5Google


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Paul Biba?s eBook, eLibrary, eMuseum and ePublishing news compilation for wee...
by Paul Biba
20 Jan 2018 at 5:11am

Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of tweets from @PaulKBiba, the former editor-in-chief of Teleread and an editor of Project Gutenberg?s Facebook page. New App, Litlong, Lets You Take a Literary Tour of Edinburgh: Features 50,000 Book Excerpts (Open Culture) HarperCollins Settles Canadian eBook Price-Fixing Dispute, Gets a Slap on the Wrist (The Digital Reader) Storytel goes the TV route to promote audiobooks in Spain. (The New Publishing Standard) From the week: New in 2018, the Czech Republic Inaugurates a Tax-Deductible Book Allowance for Employees | @jaroslawadamows (Publishing Perspectives) National Library of Sweden Announces Collaboration to Preserve Internet History (Infodocket) Research Article: ?The Secret Lives of Ebooks: A Paratextual Analysis Illuminates a Veil of Usage Statistics? (Infodocket) Reading With Our Ears (The Millions) Print is Doing So Great at Surviving eBooks That Print Sales Fell 3% in Canada in 2017 (The Digital Reader) Public libraries reach 225 million digital checkouts in record-breaking 2017 (Overdrive) Dutch Authors Association ?Fights? Piracy By Making False Analogies to Theft (video) (The Digital Reader) Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Grew in December 2017 as the Per-Page Rate Passed Half a Cent (The Digital Reader) Is Japan?s Rakuten the second biggest player in the western ebook [...]


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StreetLib Releases eBook App for iOS, Android, and the Web
by Nate Hoffelder
19 Jan 2018 at 9:11am

Thisebook distributorStreetlib has released a new reading app for Android, iOS, and web browsers. We are proud to introduce our latest app:StreetLib Read. Simple to use, cloud based and compatible with any???DRM free???eBook file, StreetLib Read makes it easy to enjoy, share and discover your favorite books. And thanks to your centralized StreetLib account, you can access all your books from any device and can continue reading wherever you leftoff. Given that the book is at the heart of our mission, wereally cannot afford to leave authors and readers behind. They are inherent to the book?s existence itself. Yes, readers too: a book isn?t wholly born until someone has read it. Of course, that someone might just be the author, but that makes them a reader too. ... Available oniOS,Androidandany web browser, StreetLib Read allows you to easily and comfortably read all your eBooks.UploadePubs andbuynew ones from StreetLib Stores and they?ll all be neatly organized in your own personal library. And if you log in with your StreetLib account, any previously purchased books will beautomatically availablewithout you lifting a finger! The app supports Epub, Kindle, and Epub3, and you can find it in Google Play, iTunes, and on the Streetlib [...]


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HarperCollins Accidentally Makes Good Business Decision With New Vinyl Audiob...
by Nate Hoffelder
19 Jan 2018 at 6:08am

HarperCollins has just made a smart business decision, only for the wrong reasons. PW reports they have started pressing audiobooks on vinyl records: Following successful vinyl record releases by Amy Poehler and others, HarperAudio plans to produce a series of spoken word vinyl audiobook titles (with accompanying digital editions) in 2018. The vinyl audiobook series will launch in April withWild Horses Vinyl Edition(including an MP3 version) by Joe Hill. The title is, as HC put it, a ?vinyl-first? release. The short story, read by Nate Corddry, is about four teenagers who take a ride on an antique carousel. The seemingly innocent lark results in disastrous consequences. Other vinyl-first editions coming this year include Lemony Snicket'sA Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginningand poet Nikki Giovanni?sLove Poems. HarperAudio vinyl titles will be distributed by Wax, an indie record label that specializes in the format. HarperAudio v-p and publisher Ana Maria Allessi noted that audiobooks is ?the fastest-growing format in publishing." She went on, adding that, in particular, "vinyl album sales are surging," making this new line a logical step for HC. While their justifications are bad, the idea is sound. Almost 90 million units audiobooks were sold in 2016, compared [...]


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Barnes & Noble Had Al-Qaeda Bomb-Making Instructions as a Free Download (and ...
by Nate Hoffelder
18 Jan 2018 at 6:38pm

Remember when everyone was scandalized that Amazon (and actually, a bunch of other retailers) was selling Holocaust denial books? Get ready to clutch your pearls, because B&N has been hosting a copy of bomb-making instructions from al-Qaeda since at least 2011. From PJ Media: Key propaganda texts from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are posted for free download on the Barnes & Noble website, including the inaugural issue of a magazine linked to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Reviews posted on the e-books indicate that they've remained on the bookseller's website for years, despite clearly indicating in the titles that al-Qaeda materials are being offered. There are two listings for "Al-Malahem Media Foundation presents A Special Gift to the Islamic Nation The first Magazine issued by al-Qaida in the English language." That refers to the 2010 debut of AQAP's English-languageInspiremagazine; the site notes that the free Nook book is "digitized from 2010 volume." The first issue ofInspireincludes the infamous "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" article from "The AQ Chef" that sparked the trend of publishing detailed, open-source instructions to jihadists on constructing explosive devices. The step-by-step picture instructions walk would-be jihadists through constructing an explosive device [...]


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