This is big news for EPUB3 adoption – accelerated across-the-board adoption. I hope they are successful, this will be a great service for those with disabilities. More from the AAP press release:
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 | Ed McCoyd, Andi Sporkin
The Association of American Publishers supports the establishment of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks and has embarked on a new initiative designed to rapidly advance the format’s implementation in the marketplace.
The EPUB 3 Implementation Project is being developed in a partnership with retailers, digital content distributors, device makers, reading systems providers, assistive technology experts and standards organizations, with the support and engagement of leading advocates for people with disabilities. Continue reading
On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio. My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials. Below is a snapshot of my general comments with links to various sources for more information.
Our current textbook system is broken. We have arrived at $200 textbooks and have students who cannot afford them. As a result, students try to borrow a textbook from the library or a friend (sometimes the older edition), purchase a used one, or go without. Neither of these options provides revenue to the publisher, thus resulting in higher price points in an effort to recover the costs or production. What can we do about this catch 22? Continue reading
From an article at Read Write Web by Audrey Watters: “The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its figures from January 2011 book sales, and the news echoes what we’ve come to expect: more readers are turning to e-books, and they’re doing so in droves. In face, e-book sales have more than doubled since the same time last year. According to the AAP, e-book sales are up 115.8%, from $32.4 million to $69.9 million year-over-year.”
Watters asks, But how does that impact the rest of the publishing industry? According to the numbers, there were overall declining sales for books. “But the drop in sales overall was small – just 1.9% – as total book sales across all platforms and across all categories fell from $821.5 million in January 2010 to $805.7 million in January of this year.” Continue reading
The Association of American Publishers released their October sales figures this week and report that eBook sales are holding steady at 9% of trade book sales. This is approximately a 112% increase from the previous October, however. Additional sales figures and more detailed information is available on the AAP site.
Attended the Bowker/AAP webinar on consumer book trends for 2009. This focused on Q3 numbers in 2009 with a close look at 2 user groups - 18 – 29 year old males and 30 – 40 year old females. My notes are below, pardon the typos, was typing fast and furious to catch the data.
- Tina Jordan, VP AAP – moderator
- Kelly Gallagher, VP Publishing Services, Bowker – speaker
Bowker announced yesterday that 1/3 Americans cutting down on book purchases Continue reading
Wednesday, December 16th from 2 – 3 p.m. EST, AAP and Bowker will host a webinar on consumer book buying. I attended a webinar back in October moderated and presented by Tina Jordan and Kelly Gallagher and it was really informative and well organized, both were excellent speakers. The details of the webinar are below and registration is online. Continue reading
Bowker and AAP sponsored a webinar today on US Consumer Book Buying. It was incredibly well organized and full of good data. My notes and comments are included below.
- Tina Jordan (AAP) moderator
- Kelly Gallagher (Bowker) speaker
2009 data, first 6 months, based on what consumer is buying/reading
- 2008 – e-commerce the dominant channel for book sales, beating out brick n mortar
- 2009 – so far, large chain bookstores are back at the top
- Consumer is King and defines the marketplace, we can’t publish like we used to – the old supply/demand model.
3 indicators – impact of economy, competition for leisure time, product selection (genres, formats) Continue reading
From a Bowker Press Release -
Bowker and AAP Will Host Webinar on Consumer Book Buying
“The Big Picture” Will Highlight 2009 Consumer Demographics and Behavior
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ–(Marketwire – September 22, 2009) – Who is today’s book consumer, where are they shopping and how successful are we at reaching them will be the subject of a forthcoming hour-long webinar for industry professionals, a first-of-its-kind sneak peek into book buying trends for the first half of 2009. Set for Thursday, October 22, from 2:00 p.m – 3 pm EDT, the webinar will be co-hosted by Bowker and the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Continue reading