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Lovers of ink and paper, take heart. Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated

A 2012 survey revealed that just 16% of Americans have actually purchased an e-book.

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 Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone.

Half a decade into the e-book revolution, though, the prognosis for traditional books is suddenly looking brighter. Hardcover books are displaying surprising resiliency. The growth in e-book sales is slowing markedly. And purchases of e-readers are actually shrinking, as consumers opt instead for multipurpose tablets. It may be that e-books, rather than replacing printed books, will ultimately serve a role more like that of audio books—a complement to traditional reading, not a substitute.

How attached are Americans to old-fashioned books? Just look at the results of a Pew Research Center survey released last month. The report showed that the percentage of adults who have read an e-book rose modestly over the past year, from 16% to 23%. But it also revealed that fully 89% of regular book readers said that they had read at least one printed book during the preceding 12 months. Only 30% reported reading even a single e-book in the past year.

What’s more, the Association of American Publishers reported that the annual growth rate for e-book sales fell abruptly during 2012, to about 34%. That’s still a healthy clip, but it is a sharp decline from the triple-digit growth rates of the preceding four years.

The initial e-book explosion is starting to look like an aberration. The technology’s early adopters, a small but enthusiastic bunch, made the move to e-books quickly and in a concentrated period. Further converts will be harder to come by. A 2012 survey by Bowker Market Research revealed that just 16% of Americans have actually purchased an e-book and that a whopping 59% say they have “no interest” in buying one.

Meanwhile, the shift from e-readers to tablets may also be dampening e-book purchases. Sales of e-readers plunged 36% in 2012, according to estimates from IHS iSuppli, while tablet sales exploded. When forced to compete with the easy pleasures of games, videos and Facebook on devices like the iPad and the Kindle Fire, e-books lose a lot of their allure. The fact that an e-book can’t be sold or given away after it’s read also reduces the perceived value of the product.

Beyond the practical reasons for the decline in e-book growth, something deeper may be going on. We may have misjudged the nature of the electronic book.

From the start, e-book purchases have skewed disproportionately toward fiction, with novels representing close to two-thirds of sales. Digital best-seller lists are dominated in particular by genre novels, like thrillers and romances. Screen reading seems particularly well-suited to the kind of light entertainments that have traditionally been sold in supermarkets and airports as mass-market paperbacks.

These are, by design, the most disposable of books. We read them quickly and have no desire to hang onto them after we’ve turned the last page. We may even be a little embarrassed to be seen reading them, which makes anonymous digital versions all the more appealing. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon probably wouldn’t have happened if e-books didn’t exist.

Readers of weightier fare, including literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, have been less inclined to go digital. They seem to prefer the heft and durability, the tactile pleasures, of what we still call “real books”—the kind you can set on a shelf.

E-books, in other words, may turn out to be just another format—an even lighter-weight, more disposable paperback. That would fit with the discovery that once people start buying digital books, they don’t necessarily stop buying printed ones. In fact, according to Pew, nearly 90% of e-book readers continue to read physical volumes. The two forms seem to serve different purposes.

Having survived 500 years of technological upheaval, Gutenberg’s invention may withstand the digital onslaught as well. There’s something about a crisply printed, tightly bound book that we don’t seem eager to let go of.

Source: WSJ.com By Nicholas Carr

—Mr. Carr is the author of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.”

 

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eBook Evolution #FED_ebooks #author #ebook #indieauthor #writer

Recording the written word has undergone an amazing evolution.
Take a whimsical look at what has changed for authors and readers.

 

 

 

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Could eBooks Save Libraries #FED_ebooks #library #author #writer #ebook

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Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries?

 

Over the last few years several libraries around the UK have either transferred to volunteer control or closed completely – and more closures are planned in the near future. But while this has prompted widespread outrage from the public – and much discussion in the national media – something else has been happening which could have an equally major impact on libraries and their long-term future.

 

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EBooks could save libraries

Many libraries around the UK have recently launched their own e-lending services. This morning I visited one of them, Holborn Library in Camden, where readers can now download e-books from their account on the council’s website directly onto their e-reading device – without even having to visit the physical library premises. Once the loan period of a maximum of three weeks has expired, the book simply disappears from the e-reader.

I spoke to Janene Cox, President of the Society of Chief Librarians. “Librarians on the whole are very positive about e-lending,” she told me, “and I think the reasons for that is that they recognise that if libraries are to remain relevant and accessible in a digital age then we have to provide our services in a way that people want to make use of them. So e-books provide us with an opportunity for our books to be 24/7 and for people to access them remotely and for people to download them to their own digital device.”

But e-book lending around the country is patchy and there’s no comprehensive service. So tomorrow, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.

The Minister for Libraries, Ed Vaizey, told me: “We’ve seen that sales of digital books have increased massively in the UK; they now represent something like 10 per cent of all books sales. Amazon says it’s selling more digital books than it’s selling physical books. So in order for libraries to keep pace and remain relevant to people they should be able to lend books electronically.”

 

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But there are major concerns that the e-books lent by libraries could be copied illegally and prompt a rise in piracy. And several key figures in the publishing industry are worried that e-lending could seriously damage book sales. Many of us like owning and collecting the physical books we read but this isn’t true for e-books. Put simply, if we can borrow e-books for free, then why would we ever buy them?

I spoke to Richard Mollet, CEO of the Publishers Association. He told me: “Publishers work very closely with libraries and have done for decades. I think the nub of the problem with e-lending is that we have to be sure publishers can have a sustainable business model because when it is as easy to buy a book as to click a button and borrow one, a lot more people are going to take the borrowing option and that has serious implications for authors and their royalties, for booksellers and as well for publishers.”

And several authors have already expressed strong opinions on the subject – and on one aspect of it in particular.

Under the public lending right scheme, authors get paid 6.05p each time one of their physical books is borrowed from a public library. But despite the recommendations of the Digital Economy Act 2010, as it stands e-books are still exempt from the scheme.

I spoke to SJ Parris, bestselling author of the Giordano Bruno trilogy of historical novels, Heresy, Prophecy and Sacrilege. She told me: “I think it seems self-evident that e-books should be treated in exactly the same way as hardbacks and paperbacks; they’re just another format for the same content and the same amount of work has gone into it. And for a lot of authors that income that comes through PLR is vital to them, it’s not a little extra, it’s a vital part of their income. And I don’t think e-books should be able to undermine that.”

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 Parris also commented on a recent shift in people’s attitudes towards the way they consume their entertainment. “I think collectively we’ve almost unquestioningly accepted that it’s the norm to be able to access our entertainment, whether that be books or films or music or even the news, that we should be able to get hold of that for free at the click of a touchscreen. And I think those of us who create the content, creative artists and the people that represent us, we do need to be vocal about this and we need to keep reminding people that at a certain point somebody’s labour and time and creative work went into making that film or that song or the novel that people are enjoying.”

Like many authors, Parris is also concerned about the impact of e-lending on the kind of readers libraries were set up to serve – those who might not be able to afford to buy physical books or indeed an e-reader. And the DCMS has already come under fire from readers around the country for failing to prevent local councils from closing libraries.

I asked Ed Vaizey whether a nationwide e-lending service would leave more libraries vulnerable to closure. “Well, we’ve specifically asked the review to take into account the impact of e-lending on library premises,” he told me. “Clearly there’s a debate about library closures, some libraries have closed but of course people who put library closures at the forefront fail to mention that actually lots of libraries are also opening. Next year, for example, Birmingham is going to open the biggest library in Europe. The death of the library has been hugely exaggerated and we still have a massively thriving public library service.”

Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending.

Source: blogs.channel4.com By: Matthew Cain Sept 25, 2012

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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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#eBook Sales Zoom Upward #FED_ebooks #indieauthor

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Digital e-books sales reach new heights

 

Digital fiction sales have seen a huge increase in the UK, according to a report by the Publishers Association.

The sale of e-books and works of digital fiction in the first half of 2012 increased by 188 per cent compared with the same period in 2011.

“Certainly the strong e-book growth has taken the tarnish off the otherwise tricky market,” Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller told the BBC.

“It is good news that the market is transitioning and making money from that, but it is moving to a trickier situation where there are fewer booksellers.”

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A new wave of tablet devices, such as this model from retailer Toys R’ Us, will flood the market this holiday season and boost ebook sales.

Popular best sellers like Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James have contributed to the sales climb in the last year.

Digital sales of children’s books have gone up 171 per cent, whilst non-fiction titles have increased by 128 per cent.

In contrast, printed books continue to see a drop in sales, as physical book sales have tumbled 0.4 per cent year on year.

“The huge increase in digital sales shows how rapidly readers and publishers are embracing e-book reading,” said Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association.

“Whether books are enjoyed physically or electronically, publishers will continue to invest in exciting authors and titles.

“They can do this because of the stability provided by the UK’s robust and flexible copyright framework.

“This is why The PA is at the forefront of calls to government to ensure that copyright is not eroded and that creator’s rights are protected and supported online.”

As the market changes, independent booksellers are struggling to keep up with the likes of Amazon, with stores like Waterstones aiming to enter into contracts with e-book manufacturers to boost sales.

“What we don’t know yet is what will happen when more book readers get tablet devices,” said Philip Jones, editor of the Bookseller.

“This will be the first Christmas where you get more cheap tablet devices from the likes of Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Kobo.

“There’s a good deal of uncertainty about what will happen on Boxing Day 2012 when a few million people open up their tablet and think ‘What am I going to buy on it?’.”

Source: bigmouthmedia.com – 18 September,2012 By: J Ogville

 

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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Digital Books for Schools #FED_ebooks #ebook #teacher #writer

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Digital Books in the Classroom

 
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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How To Save Your eBook From Pirates

How To Save Your eBook from Pirates

Source: mediabistro.com                                                                 By Jason Boog 

Digital book piracy is a major problem facing some 21st Century authors. At the same time, many publishers and authors don’t have the financial resources to hire a legal service to fight piracy. For all the authors, publishers and readers who want to defend digital books against piracy, we’ve put together a simple five-step plan to discover and prevent eBook piracy.

1. Start a daily Google Alert for your name and the name of your book. If your book is being indexed on a pirate website, the Google alert will pick up most mentions of your name or the book’s name.  eBook piracy

2. Search the most popular file sharing sites. We won’t list them here, but you need to search for your book in all the popular pirate haunts.

3. Send a DMCA take-down notice. You need to send this Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) form letter to every single site hosting a pirated copy of your book. If you visit the file-sharing site’s main page, you should be able to find a “DMCA Policy” and email address. Save this form letter.

4. Save a list of all the sites where you discovered pirated copies and keep checking them. Sometimes pirates will repost the book at a later time or use a file mirroring service to keep the link alive. You will need to send the letter again.

5. Send a list of all the infringing sites to your publisher. Many publishers are also fighting these sites and can help you in this process.  (Photo via fdecomite)

 First Edition Design eBook and POD PublishingFirst Edition Design Publishing  is the world’s largest eBook distributor. Ranked first in the industry, they convert, format and submit eBooks to AmazonAppleBarnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, scores of additional on-line retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company also has a POD (Print On Demand) division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. The Company is a licensed and approved eBook Aggregator, Apple Developer and Microsoft Solution Provider.

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By Jason Boog on July 9, 2012 6:21 PM