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Ebooks, young readers stimulate publishing industry growth #FED_ebooks #ebook #author


By Aaron Souppouris

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 The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its January sales figures this week, revealing a 27.1 percent rise in revenue over the same period last year, led by a huge 73.2 percent increase in ebook sales. The gains weren’t at the expense of traditional mediums, however — hardcover and paperback revenue both saw overall growth as well, but not on the same scale.

As well as reporting total trade figures, the monthly report breaks down hardcover, paperback, and ebook sales for three key demographics: adult, child / young adult, and religious. It’s in these subsections that we see figures more in line with what we’d expect. There’s an overarching trend away from paperbacks, with marketshare down significantly, and the growing popularity of ebooks likely to blame. The industry tactic of holding some titles back from ebook stores for the initial hardcover run seems to be working, however, as sales are up in this sector across all three categories.

Perhaps the most encouraging trend is to be found in the child / young adult statistics. Ebooks saw an incredible 475 percent increase in this demographic, up from just $3.9 million to $22.6 million, in the space of 12 months. The AAP speculates that the increase in ebook sales may be down to “more options for devices aimed at those demographics as well as a number of popular new releases.” Overall revenue was up by 80.5 percent, with child / young adult titles now accounting for 25 percent of the entire publishing industry. While the dramatic increase may be due to the inexplicable popularity of titles like Twilight among non-young adult readers, we’re hoping it indicates that devices like the Kindle and iPad are inspiring the halflings to read more often.

Aldiko 2.1 eBook app now available for Android tablets #FED_ebooks #Aldiko #ebooks


By Brad Linder

Aldiko has released a free tablet-friendly version of its eBook reader for Android. The developers actually first released a tablet-optimized version of Aldiko in December, but at the time the only way to get the version optimized for Android 3.0 and up was to pay $2.99 for the premium version of the app.

Aldiko 2.1

Now the free app features many of the same improvements. There’s a new dual-pane home screen that shows the Aldiko menu on the left and a bookshelf on the right when you’re using the app on a tablet in landscape mode.

You can also see dual-panel views when viewing the books in your library or browsing for books from online book stores.

When you’re reading an eBook you can also tap the screen to bring up the new Honeycomb/Ice Cream Sandwich optimized menu. And if you shrink the fonts low enough, Aldiko will automatically switch from a one-panel text view to a two-pane window.

I took Aldiko 2.1 for a spin on an HP TouchPad and a NOOK Tablet. Both are running Android 4.0, but I found that while the new user interface shows up on the TouchPad, the NOOK Tablet still shows the older UI. So it looks like you need a screen resolution higher than 1024 x 600 pixels in order to use the new tablet user interface.

Other improvements in the latest version of Aldiko include:

  • The ability to open and import books directly from a web browser, email attachment or other third party apps
  • Opening PDF file attachments from Gmail on tablets running Android 3.0 or later
  • Higher quality book covers
  • Performance enhancements
  • Support for more languages
  • OPDS callback features

Aldiko 2.1 is available as a free download from the Google Play Store.

– Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He’s been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

AAP Reports eBook Sales Up #FED_ebooks #ebooks #author #writer


By Nate Hoffelder

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eBook Sales Up in January, AAP Reports

The American Association of Publishers debuted a new monthly report in January and the news is good.

Sales of adult eBook titles rose 49.4 percent in January ($99.5 million vs $66.6m), while eBook sales in the children & young adult segment shot up 475 percent over last year ($22.6m vs $3.9m). eBooks made up 17.5% of the children trade segment, and a startling 31 percent of the adult trade segment. The trade market as a whole also grew to $503.5 million in January, up significantly from $396 million in January 2011.

The new report, dubbed Monthly StatShot, includes sales data from 1,149 publishers. This is a significant improvement over the old report, which was based on sales figures reported by just over 100 reporting companies with only a couple dozen contributing to most of the categories. On a related note, the AAP has also collected sales figures dating back at least a year for all participating publishers, which means year vs year comparisons have been kept accurate.

#EBooks: The Unlikely Savior Of The Hardback #FED_ebooks #ebook #Author


Faced with flatlining sales, the end of the money-spinning Twilight and Harry Potter series and severe competition from rival media, it has been hard for book publishers to feel optimistic recently. But 2012 began with a glimpse of sunlight through the clouds. Hardback books have been thrown an unlikely lifeline by ebooks. As a result publishers are reassessing their strategy towards a format declared dead only a year ago.

The format was predicted to be the chief victim in the bloodbath following the rapid rise of digital books, but data from Nielsen BookScan, which monitors sales in eight book markets worldwide, shows second publication paperbacks are under more threat from ereaders like Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad.

Though the data shows a decline in print sales across all mature markets of between 1.7% and 14.8%, the percentage decline in hardback sales is lower than that of paperbacks, 8.5% compared to 11.7%. Speaking with publishers, the news looks even more optimistic.  More…

Top 5 Most Expensive eBooks in the Kindle Store #FED_ebooks #author #ebook #writer

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By Nate Hoffelder

I was browsing the Kindle Store today when I realized something. It’s been quite some time since I last looked at the higher eBook prices, and that’s always been entertaining. Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but some Kindle eBooks are rather expensive. I like to sort through the list and chuckle while pondering if anyone actually buys the eBooks. The most expensive eBook currently in the Kindle Store costs $6,232, and it’s on sale for a healthy 20% off. The 5th most expensive Kindle eBook costs $5,300. All 5 titles are from the same publisher (Springer) and they look to be reference manuals that you mind find on the shelves in an institution.

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A Cover Story from First Edition Design Publishing #FED_ebooks #ebook #author #writer

Here’s a look at a few of First Edition Design Publishing‘s recent book covers designed for ebooks and POD (Print On Demand) print books. First Edition Design Publishing: Master Distributors – submitting books to over 100,000 locations worldwide.

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Paradise Regained Released Worldwide in #eBook by First Edition Design Publishing #FED_ebooks #author

 First Edition Design Publishing has released Paradise Regained by Edward Shafik to over 100 countries.

Paradise Regained by Edward Shafik is based on real events. Paradise Regained (ISBN 9781937520731)  tells the story of Egyptian Coptic Christians who were massacred for their faith in a terrorist act secretly sponsored by the Muslim-dominated government. The story explores Egypt’s rich culture and traditions while painting an unforgettable image of the collision between Christianity and Islam. Shafik used Biblical facts and extensive research in creating Paradise Regained

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Paradise Regained is a colorful tapestry of real events woven into a spiritual realm. The reader is  suddenly  surrounded by unforgettable characters in fast action scenes that lead to the tragic death of six young Coptic Martyrs in front of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox church in Nag Hammadi, Egypt.

With powerful words, Ed Shafik transport the readers from the hot and humid desert weather to the Third Heaven, which St. Paul visited but didn’t describe what he had seen.

Edward Shafik is a master story teller that reminds me of literary giants such as Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, and Naguib Mahfouz, the first Egyptian writer to win a Nobel Prize.

Paradise Regained is a political thriller destined to entertain and inform readers for many generations to come.” — Mounir Fargallah,  Author, Play Wright, Speaker, Novelist.

“The book is an awesome endeavor, one that may well lead many Muslims to Christ. Ed’s writes with exceptional vibrancy and power…I hope you will join me in applauding Ed Shafik.” — Joanne Hillman

Key Words – Coptic Christian, El Faumoy, Jihad, Muslim, Egypt, Terrorist, True Story, Government, Massacre, Muslim Brotherhood, Political Thriller

Paradise Regained…A very needed ministry into a dark arena! “ — Dave Longeuay,  Author/ Multimedia Producer

First Edition Design PublishingFirst Edition Design Publishing, the world’s largest eBook distributor, based in Sarasota, Florida, USA leads the industry in eBook distribution.  They convert, formats and  submit eBooks to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Android, EBSCO, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, scores of additional on-line retailers and libraries, schools, colleges and universities. Their reach is to over 100,000 distribution points in more than 100 countries.  The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network.


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Report shows Kindle Fire owners are most likely to use device to read e-books #ebooks #author #writer #FED_ebooks

 From: – –  March 19, 2012

By Laura Hazard Owen

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Analysts don’t know how many Kindle Fires have been sold any more than you do. Sometimes, though, they do cool stuff like an analysis  of their family’s Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Prime usage—or, in the case of a new Citigroup report released today, a survey on Kindle usage and Prime membership.

Some tidbits from Citi analyst Mark Mahaney’s survey of over 1,100 “U.S. Internet consumers” (so just imagine “Citi says” in front of all these bullets):

—Twenty-three percent of survey respondents own a Kindle e-reader—just a Kindle, not a Kindle or some other type of e-reader. A July 2011 Pew report estimated U.S. adults’ e-reader ownership at 12 percent, hence Citi’s assertion that “Kindle ownership has increased about 100% over the past 7 months”). Six percent of respondents own a Kindle Fire.

—“We see Amazon’s eReader revenue contribution as actually materially greater than its Tablet revenue contribution for the foreseeable future.”

—“E-reader owners purchase about 2.4 books per month….this survey finding is higher than our prior assumption of about 1.5 books purchased per month by Kindle owners.” Also, 24 percent of respondents said they’d purchased five or more e-books in the past 30 days.

—Kindle Fire owners are most likely to use their device to read e-books (35 percent), browse the Internet (18 percent), and play games (18 percent).

—Eighty-one percent of Kindle Fire owners have purchased digital products, 10 percent have purchased physical products and 8 percent have purchased nothing.

—About 20 percent of Amazon shoppers in the survey were also Prime subscribers—most through a paid annual membership (58 percent). Also, Citi agrees with me that this Bloomberg report on Prime subscribers is stupid: “12 percent of Amazon shoppers in our survey are paying Prime subs. Although a relatively low %, this would seem to suggest that the recent report that Amazon has only 2-3MM Prime Subs was a bunch of bull-twinkie.”

—“Prime subs shop more frequently (22x per year
vs. 9x purchases per year done by non-Prime subs) and spend more dollars ($458 vs. $310, or about 48% more than non-Prime subs.”

—Finally, for those who just really like analysts’ estimates of devices sold: Citi estimates that 30 million Kindle e-readers will be sold in 2012, compared to 12 million Kindle Fires. And Citi estimates Amazon’s e-book sales at $6.2 billion this year, up 176 percent from 2011.

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Bestselling #Authors & #eBooks from BooksOnBoard #FED_ebooks

WEBWIRE – Monday, March 19, 2012


BooksOnBoard’s bestsellers lists have seen little change this week, but with a particularly interesting development: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s latest young adult fantasy, Infamous, has dominated the lists in both the US and the UK.

“Infamous is one of a rather small set within the young adult fantasy genre” remarked Mindy Erickson, BooksOnBoard’s Merchandising and PR Specialist. “In a genre overflowing with female protagonists, Infamous follows Nick Gautier, a teenager tasked with helping save the world from evil while simultaneously juggling the pressures of school and his social life. Although names like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Artemis Fowl cast long shadows, male protagonists such as Nick are not this genre’s norm”

Infamous is the third in the Chronicles of Nick series, a spin-off of Kenyon’s wildly popular Dark-Hunter series. “Kenyon’s flexibility as a writer is obvious; she crafted a vibrant fantasy world for a steamy adult romance series, then reexamined it through the lens of a young adult author” Erickson said. “I would very much like to see more authors–across all genres–doing the same.”

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1. Infamous — Sherrilyn Kenyon
2. Victims — Jonathan Kellerman
3. The Thief — Clive Cussler
4. Crucible of Gold — Naomi Novik
5. Chasing Midnight — Randy Wayne White
6. A Crown Imperiled — Raymond E. Feist
7. Celebrity In Death — J.D. Robb
8. Doubletake — Rob Thurman
9. The Sound of a Scream — John Manning
10. Echoes of Betrayal — Elizabeth Moon

Bestselling Romance eBooks
1. The Darkest Seduction — Gena Showalter
2. Angels’ Flight — Nalini Singh
3. Fair Game — Patricia Briggs
4. Oracle’s Moon — Thea Harrison
5. My Lord Vampire — Alexandra Ivy
6. Motor City Mage — Cindy Spencer Pape
7. A Rogue By Any Other Name — Sarah MacLean
8. The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne — Madeline Hunter
9. The Marriage Bargain — Jennifer Probst
10. The Husband Hunt — Lynsay Sands

Bestselling Authors
1. Jonathan Kellerman
2. Sherrilyn Kenyon
3. Clive Cussler
4. Naomi Novik
5. J.D. Robb

Bestselling Romance Authors
1. Gena Showalter
2. Nalini Singh
3. Thea Harrison
4. Cindy Spencer Pape
5. Patricia Briggs

BooksOnBoard is the largest independent online retailer of eBooks, with an inventory of approximately 500,000 unique titles.

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See the eBook eVolution #ebook #author #writer #FED_ebooks

The written word has traveled a wandering path over the centuries. This video is a whimsical look at its evolution from the Dark Age to the Digital Age and how authors have adapted. 

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