Archive for December, 2011

 

During 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing had tremendous growth, thanks to you and others.

To benefit our clients we kept adding distribution points throughout the year. Our extensive (and growing) list now shows us to be the industry’s largest single-source eBook distributor to on-line booksellers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. We look forward to delivering more good news in 2012.

Wishing you prosperity and continued success in the New Year!

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Sky News, 12:31pm UK, Monday December 26, 2011

David Crabtree, Midlands correspondent

The phenomenal rise in the number of people choosing to read books on electronic devices is expected to continue over the next year.

The industry is reluctant to give out detailed sales figures, but David Roth-Ey from publisher Harper Collins said: “The electronic market is really booming.

“We are seeing 600% growth year on year in eBooks. That is in a frankly stagnant book selling market.”

 There are a number of devices available on which to download electronic books.

Amazon says the Kindle is their best selling product. Eight months ago the company announced that customers were choosing Kindle books over hardcover books at a rate of more than two to one, even as hard cover sales continued to grow.

On Amazon since April 2011, 242 Kindle books have been sold for every 100 hardcover books.

“It is so exciting. From a revenue point of view I am earning money from the minute that I put the book out there and that’s a huge advantage obviously for an author.” —  Author Sophie Nicholls

Amazon’s Allan Lyall said: “They are really convenient, easy to use. You can change the font size to suit you eye. You can just flip the pages through. So folks are finding the product itself really convenient. And of course it is delivered in a very convenient way.”

I asked a group of 17-year-old’s what they thought. Becky Summerfield told me: “It is easier than going into a library and searching through.”

Sam Payne-Cheney said: “I often have six or seven books to take with me to school. If I’ve got them all on the device I just have to carry this.”

But Katrina Watson was less convinced.

“There is something more personal about getting a book. You can pass them down to generations. But with this you’ve just got it all stored there and there’s nothing exciting about it,” she said.

The technology means authors like Sophie Nicholls, who is based in York, can circulate work without a publisher. One of her eBooks ‘The Dress’ became a bestseller.

“I have been able to put a book together, get it edited and proof read myself, put it out there literally with the click of a few buttons. It is so simple to do.

“It is so exciting. From a revenue point of view I am earning money from the minute that I put the book out there and that’s a huge advantage obviously for an author.”

There will be those who believe it will never really catch on – but all the evidence points to the fact it already has.

Amazon’s Allan Lyall said: “They are really convenient, easy to use. You can change the font size to suit you eye. You can just flip the pages through. So folks are finding the product itself really convenient. And of course it is delivered in a very convenient way.”

I asked a group of 17-year-old’s what they thought. Becky Summerfield told me: “It is easier than going into a library and searching through.”

Sam Payne-Cheney said: “I often have six or seven books to take with me to school. If I’ve got them all on the device I just have to carry this.”

But Katrina Watson was less convinced.

“There is something more personal about getting a book. You can pass them down to generations. But with this you’ve just got it all stored there and there’s nothing exciting about it,” she said.

The technology means authors like Sophie Nicholls, who is based in York, can circulate work without a publisher. One of her eBooks ‘The Dress’ became a bestseller.

“I have been able to put a book together, get it edited and proof read myself, put it out there literally with the click of a few buttons. It is so simple to do.

“It is so exciting. From a revenue point of view I am earning money from the minute that I put the book out there and that’s a huge advantage obviously for an author.”

There will be those who believe it will never really catch on – but all the evidence points to the fact it already has.

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If you’ve ever published or self-published in print book form, you quickly realized the benefit of having your book at as many booksellers as possible. More locations mean more exposure and more exposure leads to more sales.

Ebook publishing is no different. The more distribution points that list your eBook, the more opportunities exist for a potential reader to find it. Most readers will buy an eBook from the seller affiliated with their eReader.  Kindle owners are most likely to buy at Amazon, Apple product owners—iPad and the like, will purchase at the iTunes bookstore, B&N for Nook owners, etc. With that said, we have discovered that many shop for an ebook in the Google eBookstore, or were directed there from a Google search.  Although, they still tend to make the purchase at their eReader platform’s store.  The biggest names aren’t the only names.

Where and how people shop is key. It is far better for numerous listings to appear for a Google search of your title or author name than only just a few results.  This is sort of the virtual answer for “Social Proof”.  That is to say, “If this many distribution points list it; it must be good.”  An interesting side note; a recent study showed that 27% of people who bought print books on-line, first discovered the title in a brick and mortar shop.

Distribute your title(s) through a qualified aggregator and master distributor that can put your book out to the most booksellers and distribution points, including libraries, schools, colleges and universities.  Your book may not be appropriate for all points, (for example a business and finance non-fiction  is not likely to be picked up by a romance novel bookseller) but have them distributed there anyway, especially if your book is multi-genre.

There is safety in numbers. Don’t be swayed by “funds” programs for authors by booksellers that prohibit your book from being listed with any other distribution point.  The paltry percentage that you end up with (you are in competition with millions of other titles for the funds) may pale in comparison to what you will lose, (or blacklist you for listing with competing booksellers) by listing with only that one seller.  In addition, you will sorely disappoint fans who go to purchase your eBook at their preferred eBookstore and cannot

There is a worldwide market for billions of potential readers for your eBook.  Don’t miss out.  Some eBook sellers will charge an extra percentage for a  foreign-soil sale, but it’s well worth it. If you do not make your eBook available to those markets, you will have zero sales there. Write locally, offer your work globally.

For a pertinent list of distribution points where your eBook should be submitted visit: http://www.firsteditiondesignebooks.com/html/distribution.html

About First Edition Design Publishing:

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

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Google announced the launch of offline support   for Google eBooks for those using Chrome or Chrome OS, so they can continue reading books even when they’re not actually connected to the Internet.

“We’ve all been there: the Internet is suddenly down, and you can’t keep on reading your ebook to see what the character decides to do next,” says Google Books Product Manager Xinxing Gu. “Or you’re about to head to the airport and want to be able to dive into a newly-purchased ebook during a long flight.”

“Whether you are flying through the air, backpacking through the European countryside, or simply facing intermittent network connections, you can always read your Google eBooks in your Chrome browser or on your Chromebook,” says Gu.

Offinline access requires the installation of the Google Books app, which can be found in the Chrome Web Store.

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We wanted to address a few points about the free downloadable report mentioned in our last post, courtesy of the good people at eBrary. It was based on a paper by Allen M. McKiel, Ph.D., Dean of Library Services, Western Oregon University.

The report shows a clear preference for libraries to provide access for patrons
to mobile offline reading. Interestingly, the reader of choice is the Apple  iPad for offline reading (the seemingly popular Amazon Kindle ranked fifth), while Windows based desktop/ laptops led the tethered (on-line) category and the Kindle ranked sixth.

The study was primarily answered by academic librarians, which may have influenced the numbers in that the iPad is popular among students.

Amazon Kindle’s massive sales numbers are not reflected in the survey. With just 7% of the responses coming from public libraries, the report may not be representative of what the general public is reading eBooks on.  Over 70% of the answers came from the United States. Again, it may show trends among American academic libraries, but not necessarily the world-view of accessing information.

It was shocking to see no replies from Japan, while there where 2 from Afghanistan.  Norway (9 responses) outdid Brazil and Argentina that combined for a total of 2.  It is not known if the survey was only offered in English.

Overall, the 27 question survey does provide an outstanding look at trends. It is well worth downloading and taking a look… whether you are tethered or offline.

 

About First Edition Design Publishing:

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

Visit: www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com

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ebrary, a ProQuest business and provider of ebooks and research technology, announced that the results of its survey of more than 1,000 librarians regarding ebook mobile and offline access is now publicly available online. Anyone may register to receive the full results along with a paper authored by Allen McKiel, Ph.D. and dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University, at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151.

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Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to ebooks more or equally important than providing online access. “Librarians in this survey clearly reflect a view of the critical nature of portability to the future of ebooks,” wrote McKiel. “The clear preference for offline mobile access has its roots in the experience of reading a print book. In order for the experience of reading an ebook to be as satisfying as reading a print book it must at least provide similar ease of use. The two simplest expectations are portability and usability. You need to be able to hold it comfortably, turn the page, and find things in the book. Tablets are getting better and better at providing the basics for the reading experience. They also provide the additional benefit of providing access to a portable library.”

ebrary recently launched download capabilities and will soon announce a dedicated mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Source: ebrary

About First Edition Design Publishing:

Ebook Publishing Design Edition First Graphic Aggregators Ebooks Publishers Distribution POD Designing Approved Aggregator How Services Academic Distributor Chapter Submission Professional Firsteditiondesignpublishing.com published book market First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

Visit: www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com

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Oh Canada!

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Read an eBook Week Now Officially a Month-long Event in Canada.
By Nate Hoffelder on December 15, 2011 10:59 AM
When next March rolls around, Canada won’t just spend a week reading an eBook, they’ll spend a month. Read more…

About First Edition Design Publishing:

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Power of Words – a must see!

Posted: December 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

From www.greenbaypressgazette.com  by Kathy Walsh Nufer

Use of ebooks by Brown County Library patrons has grown 400 percent in the past year, and numbers are expected to continue to grow in 2012.

The state’s public libraries plan to purchase $1 million      in new content in 2012 for a Digital Download Center  sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. The purchase will dramatically expand the center’s offerings — including ebooks, audio books, videos and music — to Wisconsin residents.

“It should make library patrons very, very happy,” said Tasha Saecker, assistant director of the Appleton Public Library. “Nothing of this sort that I know of has been done before.”

Officials at the Brown County Library estimate that customers downloaded 7,500 ebooks in the past year, a 400 percent increase over 2010. And that number likely will jump this winter, as users begin using the Kindles, Nooks and other electronic devices they unwrapped during the holidays, said Dale Cropper, collections development manager for the Brown County Library.

Readers can download ebooks to their e-reading devices, or to their personal computers by using the library’s website so long as they have Adobe Digital Edition software installed.

“It’s not like they will replace printed books in the near future, but we definitely plan to expand our offerings to meet demand,” he said Thursday.

Downloading activity peaked last holiday season when people received their new devices and is expected to be “several times greater this year,” said Rebecca Petersen, director of the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, which includes the public libraries in Brillion, Chilton and New Holstein.

Peterson’s libraries’ investment in ebook offerings will be possible by reallocating a portion of each library’s planned 2012 acquisitions budget. Contributing funds to the statewide purchasing pool will not increase their operational budgets, but it’s a significant outlay to keep pace with patrons’ interests.

The effort began in May when the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning of the state Department of Public Instruction sponsored a statewide ebook summit. The summit’s primary recommendation was to establish a statewide ebook buying pool.

A summit committee and the library consortium later set a target goal of allocating $1 million for ebooks and audio book purchases.

In addition to $700,000 in funding from the state’s 17 library systems and its 385-member public libraries, the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning will commit $300,000 in grant funds in 2012 for the ebook purchasing pool.

Currently, the Digital Download Center offers roughly 5,000 titles. Starting in January, two representatives from each library system will help select e-books and audio books for purchase, said Diana Sandberg, media librarian for the Appleton Public Library, who is one of the selectors.

The checkout period for ebooks and audio books varies from seven to 21 days. Patrons can now check out 10 items at a time.

“Digital downloading is growing all the time but it doesn’t mean people read less paper books,” she said. “It means they read more overall. Some go totally electronic but most stay with reading some print and some electronic.”

— Kathy Walsh Nufer writes for The Post-Crescent of Appleton