Self-Publishing soars in 2012 – 60% more works than in 2011 according to Bowker

October 11th, 2013 · Comments Off

Self-Publishing Movement Continues Strong Growth in U.S. says Bowker- 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60% more self-published works than in 2011 New Providence, NJ – October 9, 2013 – A new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 […]

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SmashWords research analyzes self-published book sales data

May 30th, 2013 · Comments Off

I finally had time to read this very interesting article in the Huffington Post written by Mark Coker about the  Smashwords study conducted to analyze self-published book sales data.  Coker highlights seven key findings from the study and includes his slides from a presentation at the RT Booklovers Convention earlier this year.  It’s worth a […]

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Douglas County Libraries adds 10,000 titles from Smashwords

January 7th, 2013 · Comments Off

Back in August, 2012, Smashwords announced a new product, Library Direct.  This is a service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords.  Douglas County was one of the first customers back in August of 2012, loading 10,000 of the top titles.  The last day […]

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Smashwords announces Library Direct

August 8th, 2012 · Comments Off

Smashwords today announced Library Direct, a new service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords. Library Direct is available to libraries that host and manage their own ebook checkout systems, typically using Adobe Content Server, and that are capable of acquiring a large opening […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Collection Development · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Self Publishing · Vendor News

3M Cloud Library partners with Smashwords and others

June 13th, 2012 · Comments Off

Posting this a bit late due to my vacation.  Press release courtesy of Teleread. 3M Library Systems will feature its growing list of offerings for the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service at Book Expo America 2012, to be held June 4-7 at the Javits Center in New York City. Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth, […]

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Calibre Launches Open Books – DRM Free eBooks

March 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

calibre recently introduced Open Books, a site for easy browsing of DRM-free e-books (e-books without DRM) that are not in the public domain. From their website:  calibre has a cornucopia of features including library management, e-book conversion, syncing with devices, news download, e-book viewing etc, but to make the most of these features with your […]

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Articles of Interest

February 4th, 2011 · Comments Off

Education World ® Technology Center: E-readers Bring E-xcitement and E-ase to Reading Technolog – Kindle books now outsell paperbacks Q&A: Smashwords Founder Mark Coker Predicts Drop in eBook Prices – eBookNewser Apple Rejects Sony App, Kindle & Nook Beware – eBookNewser HarperCollins Acquires Book From Community Writing Site Inkpop.com – eBookNewser New Ebook Platforms Target […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Publishing · Vendor News

November e-book sales up 108%

January 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

The rise of e-books: IDPF reports November e-book sales up 108 percent—and here’s some analysis By Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords Mark Coker is founder of Smashwords and Dovetail Public Relations, as well as moderator of a February 10 panel at Tools of Change on “The Rise of E-Book.” See a San Jose Mercury News […]

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