Received this via email today: Bowker released its annual report on U.S. print book publishing, compiled from its Books In Print® database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that despite the popularity of e-books, traditional U.S. print title output in 2010 increased 5%. Output of new titles and editions increased from 302,410 in 2009 to a projected 316,480 in 2010. The 5% increase comes on the heels of a 4% increase the previous year based on the final 2008-2009 figures.
The non-traditional sector continues its explosive growth, increasing 169% from 1,033,065 in 2009 to an amazing 2,776,260 in 2010. These books, marketed almost exclusively on the web, are largely on-demand titles produced by reprint houses specializing in public domain works and by presses catering to self-publishers and ”micro-niche” publications. Continue reading
From OverDrive: Author and self-publisher J.A. Konrath (a.k.a. Jack Kilborn) will be a featured speaker at Digipalooza 2011. Konrath has authored 22 eBook titles that are available through OverDrive public, school, and college libraries. He has sold more than 300,000 eBooks. OverDrive’s 3rd international user group conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, July 28-31, 2011. The biennial event will provide hundreds of librarians interaction with representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Books on Tape (a division of Random House), John Wiley & Sons, AudioGO, Blackstone Audiobooks, and Brilliance Audio. Digipalooza has been recognized as a leading forum for librarians to network and share “best practices” on maximizing the value and circulation of eBooks and digital audiobooks while interacting with publishers and industry leaders. Continue reading
Margaret Atwood provided a keynote at TOC called, “The Publishing Pie: An Author’s View” Margaret admitted she is not a high tech person, but delivered her genuine, humorous keynote from the heart. She shared much of her experience with publishing, showing us rare pieces of her previous work, including her first book of poetry from 1946, Blue Bunny. She was 6. Her story of selling/signing one of her first books, The Edible Woman, was a treat. She was set-up in the men’s department of a large department store, near the jockey shorts and socks. Margaret said most of the men ran away, she sold only two copies.
Unfortunately, the live feed went out twice during the presentation (I was in the overflow room), so I missed much of “the publishing pie,” but I’ll be sure to watch it on the O’Reilly site.
Her final slide was signed….”Thank you for being here, Margaret Atwood.” Continue reading
I’m posting this because the COSLA report and some of the speakers at the eBook Summit yesterday believe that libraries should become self-publishers in an effort to increase their viability in the community and bring the community to the 21st century world. Infinity is a vibrant, self-publishing company. Perhaps we can learn something or start collaborating with companies like Infinity Publishing.
Infinity Publishing, a pioneer in self-publishing, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Sony to make Infinity eBooks available for purchase on Sony’s Reader Store™.
Infinity’s eBooks will now be available for sale on Sony’s Reader Store, from which readers can download eBooks in open-standard formats that can be viewed on various eBook reading devices, including Sony’s Reader. Continue reading
COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, conducted a study on the future of eBooks and eBook readers in public library. Their findings and suggestions:
- low cost, library friendly devices will not be a problem
- improve library purchasing power through consortia
- pursue eReader certification by libraries
- investigate discovery services like Internet Archive’s Book Server
- be champions of self-publishing and feature these offerings in collections
- research pricing/sales to determine that library eBooks are not a threat to a publisher’s bottom line
- gain awareness of copyright and fair use issues that may threaten their services
- repurpose their space (less print titles) and consider new services
The COSLA eReader Task Force was led by Oregon State Librarian Jim Scheppke. Other members were California State Librarian Stacey Aldrich, Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler, and Massachusetts State Librarian, Rob Maier. They worked with Eva Miller of Pinpoint Logic, a Portland-based research and design consulting firm, and Tom Peters of TAP Information Services, and Kansas-based library consulting firm.
Hat tip to Resource Shelf
Michael Pastore, author of 50 Benefits of eBooks, provides a review of a new book – EPUB, Straight to the Point by Elizabeth Castro. Michael states, “Castro’s book fills an immense gap in this field, as an essential guide for publishers, designers and authors who need to produce books in the EPUB format.” Better yet, he read it on his iPad using his iBooks app. As a new author who worked with a traditional publisher, I’ll be anxious to take a look at this to see the steps involved in creating an EPUB book. Who knows, maybe self-publishing will be easier than I thought.