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Self-publishing fuels growth of print books

Once demeaned as vanity projects, homegrown books are behind the 6% growth last year in print titles.

The romance with the printed word shows no signs of abating. Despite the rapid growth in e-book sales in recent years, print book output in 2011 grew by 6%, to 347,178 titles, compared to the prior year.

First Edition Design Publishing Print On DemandThe preliminary numbers released Tuesday by bibliographic database Bowker are “the most significant expansion in more than four years” in the traditional publishing sector, the company said in its annual report on U.S. print book publishing. The uptick was driven entirely by self-published titles. Without them, the number of print titles would have been flat.

“Much as e-books have been the sexier topic over the past few years, most people still read print books,” noted Michael Norris, a senior analyst with publishing research firm Simba Information.

He added that the allure of print clearly extends to self-published titles. “If you talk to the given self-published author, some will admit they get a certain amount of pleasure from holding a physical book, signing it, and giving it as a gift—something that you just can’t do with e-books,” he said.

The universe of printed books is larger than those tracked by Bowker, which only counts books assigned an ISBN number, which identifies them for commercial purposes.

Bowker also has a separate count for titles it classifies as reprint/print on demand. Those titles are sold almost exclusively on the Web, and are put out mainly by publishing houses specializing in works that are in the public domain.

There were 1.1 million titles in that category in 2011, down 69% from the prior year. Reprint and print-on-demand has seen explosive growth in recent years, and the 2011 number was still up 15% over 2009, the report noted.

Among the categories tracked by Bowker, fiction remained No. 1, with 60,000 titles. Children’ literature, including young adult, was second with 36,000 titles.

Though the report does not track sales, Bowker noted that the landscape of publishing is changing.

“What was once relegated to the outskirts of our industry—and even took on demeaning names like ‘vanity press’—is now not only a viable alternative but what is driving the title growth of our industry today,” said Kelly Gallagher, vice president of Bowker Market Research, in a statement. “Self-publishing is a true legitimate power to be reckoned with. Coupled with the explosive growth of e-books and digital content, these two forces are moving the industry in dramatic ways.”

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By: Matthew Flamm

First Edition Design eBook and POD Publishing

First Edition Design Publishing, is the world’s largest eBook distributor. Ranked first in the industry, they convert, format and submit eBooks to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, scores of additional on-line retailers and 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 Liz McKeown  Nashville Books Examiner

First Edition Design Publishing is a Print on Demand (POD) and ebook publishing company with clients in over 18 countries. First Edition Design’s scope spans from self-publishing to book distribution to software application development.

Question: Did First Edition Design Publishing get started as a self-publishing First Edition Design Publishingcompany or did it start out with software application development?

Answer: The company dates back almost three decades. Its roots go back to graphic design. That was at the dawn of the internet, web site development and so forth. Early on, we became Apple Developers and Microsoft Solution Providers. With digital technology expertise well in hand, we were well positioned as we grew into the burgeoning ebook industry. Our past experience and relationships enabled us to establish a massive global distribution network. Our background is what moved us into position as publishers, aggregators and Master Distributors.

Question: If someone has an ebook on Amazon already and just wants a distributor and more attention for the book, what does First Edition Design Publishing have to give?

Answer: As Master Distributors, we submit authors’ books to over 100,000 distribution points in over 100 countries including on-line retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. In addition to Amazon, we submit books to Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and scores of other on-line booksellers. We do provide a comprehensive list, which is constantly growing, at http://www.firsteditiondesignebooks.com/html/distributionchannels.html

Question: What does your company offer that its rivals don’t?

Answer: As mentioned–unequaled distribution. On top of that, we provide awesome customer support and the best cost to value in the industry for services.

Question: I know First Edition Design Publishing offers fiction and non-fiction. Are there any categories of books that you and others in your company are particularly excited about?

Answer: Children’s books is an area we have always served, but we are now experiencing a tremendous surge in that department. Academic books are another growth area for us.

Question: I understand that comic book authors have an easier time publishing their illustrated work as ebooks. Can First Edition Design Publishing accomodate authors with pictures, graphs, etc.?

Answer: Yes and no. If you submit your file with color pictures and the e-reader which many are black and white; the picture will only appear to be black and white to the reader.

The availability of color e-reader devices has greatly improved over the last year or two with the proliferation of the Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color, Apple’s iPad, smartphones, and others, all of which support color graphics. You also have to keep in mind an e-reader is smaller than a printed book. Therefore, viewing any details of a picture will be very difficult for the user.

The format of the picture cannot be wrapped around any text. The picture must reside either at the top or under a block of text. If you submit your book with graphics and the picture is not formatted properly, we will move the picture to the top or bottom of the corresponding text area.

One other option is to remove the picture and provide a link as to where the picture resides. You can set up an html page with your pictures, upload the page, right click on the picture and copy picture link. Insert the link instead of submitting the picture. The text of the link should be “picture”. The reader will know to tap on the “picture” link to view.

Question: What’s new in First Edition Design Publishing?

Answer: We had another ebook release, Daria Rose and The Day She Chose by award-winning Children’s Book Author Yvonne Capitelli, hit Amazon’s bestseller list last week. This month, we also further expanded our ebook distribution in Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. We also added MBS Books, Textbooks.com, Feedbooks, OnlineBookPlace, SmartEbook.com, Starland Books and Eguidebooks to our distribution list along with three more Christian book outlets, Mardel, Parable, and Berean. There are a few other dynamic projects in development that we will announce in the upcoming months.

Question: What is the biggest mistake a self-published author can make?

Answer: Since you asked, the biggest mistake would be for an author to not contact us before submitting their manuscript to us. It can save them a lot of unnecessary heartache. With that said, (another big mistake) is not having their work professionally proofread and copy edited. We see so many “rookie errors” in writing style by indie authors in addition to the usual grammar faux pas. It can really kill a book.

From a book marketing standpoint, I see distinct areas for failure. The first is setting unrealistic goals and having expectations for far greater than what the author and book content can generate. With or without high expectations, most authors don’t put nearly enough time or effort into marketing their book. Authors always want marketing advice… but many don’t apply it and follow through. Another area is poor book cover design. We have had some really awful covers submitted. By the time it gets to the submission point—some authors are emotionally attached to their cover. They don’t (or will not) see what a good art editor or designer sees and the author doesn’t want to part with it. It’s just another area where knowing what the market expects, in addition to skill and wisdom, that pays a dividend.

Question: Any advice for people specifically interested in publishing a POD book?

Answer: Be sure your manuscript is error free before submitting it. Typos, misspellings, misused words, etc. can get costly to change later, or disastrous, if you’ve ordered copies and they contain errors. You will have no one to blame but yourself. Don’t worry about interior design. A good self-publishing service will set it up for you and provide a proof to look over for your approval before it goes to the print house.

Question: Would you recommend that a POD author buy about 25-50 copies of the book and sell them at in event, such as a book fair?

Answer: Book fairs, BOR (Back Of Room) sales at author talks, and book signings are all great ways to promote a book. An author should always have some copies on hand, but how many is the question. That’s the beauty of POD (Print On Demand). With First Edition Design Publishing’s service, authors don’t have to order large quantities, unless they want to. A minimum order for print books is only five. Most authors will see that they have the potential to sell many more books on-line. That’s where the value of a Master Distributor comes in.

Question: I have seen a lot of book trailers on You Tube that are nothing more than the author reading from the book in front of a camcorder. What makes an exciting, enticing book trailer, in your opinion?

Answer: Like anything else that’s audio-visual—it needs a hook. You have to grab the viewers’ attention in the first fifteen seconds. It has to have energy.

Question: Is there anything you want to tell me that I haven’t asked?

Answer: The whole ebook publishing industry is in a fluid state. Major announcements are being made on a weekly basis. As a company, we’ve been able to view the evolution from a slightly different angle. As I said, we were on the digital scene well in advance of the ebook arrival around 2007. Authors who shy away from adding an ebook version to their already published print book, or new release, are giving away a big market share. After all, it’s about giving readers what they want and delivering a book in the way they want to read it. And again, it’s about availability through wide distribution.

Amazon has been selling more ebooks than print books by a considerable margin. Border’s Books sat on their corporate hands when ebooks rolled out. They viewed it as a passing fad that would never catch on. The rest is history. What more do you need to know? Ebooks aren’t the future; they’re the present. Authors and publishers have to respond to the market demands.

I was on a flight last night and looked around. I counted seven people reading ebooks on a variety of ereader devices and one person was reading a paperback. Okay—so that’s a small random sampling of the population, but it says a lot. Authors, and future authors, who rail against ebooks, are only kidding themselves. Then again, there were people who couldn’t accept changes in transportation when the automobile started to become popular 100 years ago.

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Liz has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. She worked as a writer and actress for Shockwave, a science fiction comedy radio show from 1993-1995 on KFAI, Minneapolis-St.Paul. She has more than 1000 followers on Twitter who are indie romance, Vampire, mystery or Chick Lit writers. Liz has over 10 years experience as a secretary for two world-famous research scientists; the late Professor Karl Folkers co-discoverer of Vitamin B12; and Professor Lee Wattenberg, founder of Cancer Prevention Research. Her duties included typing up, proofreading and submitting medical research articles for publication in such periodicals as Cancer Research, Science and AACR (American Association for Cancer Research). In addition to book reviews, Liz wants to interview indie authors, especially those who write romance novels, mysteries, Vampire books, time travel, paranormal romance, New Age and paranormal books. 


eBooks Help the Environment #FED_ebooks #ebooks #Author #environment Pls RT

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eBooks Help the Environment One Download at a Time

Posted by Brian Clark Howard of National Geographic News

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By Allen Tellis

Sales of eBooks went up 164 percent from 2009 to 2010. eBooks, which include digital newspapers, books, blogs, or journal articles, can be readily downloaded right to a computer or mobile device.

eBooks had an 8 percent share of the book market in 2010, which rose to 15 percent by 2011. It is expected that in 2012, the market share of digital books will be around 20 percent. By 2025, eBooks are forecasted to comprise around 75 percent of the market.

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It's all about Mother Earth

The steady rise of eBooks should benefit the environment by reducing use of paper and ink, and by slashing transportation, warehouse, and shelf-space impacts.

The printed book not only uses paper, but also requires a lot of water and energy. There are also other environmental impacts when storing and shipping physical books. eReaders use resources, of course, but by displaying many books and newspapers, their overall footprint is lower.

The amount of paper used for books in one year was estimated at 1.5 million metric tons, and each book produced gave off an estimated 8.85 pounds of carbon dioxide. Study groups have found that the carbon released from eBooks is offset after people read more than 14 eBooks. For the life cycle of a device for reading books, the carbon emitted is offset after the first year. The savings in carbon emitted into the air is around 168 kilograms for the following years after the first year of use.

An avid reader, who will read more than 10 books a year, should consider buying a device and download ebooks to benefit our environment. Some eReaders will allow you to search the Web and answer e-mails, as well as read all the books you desire. Using a reading device could bring down a person’s overall carbon footprint.

The prediction is that eBooks will eventually take over the printed word completely. Going paperless has been a long-time goal, though we still have a ways to go.

We also need to make more progress in recycling spent tablets and eReaders.

It’s also true that one potential downside of the eBook revolution is the decline of local bookstores. But a number of other factors are also at play, including rising rents, competition from big box stores and major online retailers, and changing consumer habits.

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E-books click as library visitors fall #FED_ebooks #library #ebooks #author #writer

Knox Weekly    Bayswater Vic Australia

by Tara McGrath

ONCE UPON A time, libraries were places to hunt out an old and dusty book – but that image is quickly being replaced by e-books, free wi-fi and interactive websites.

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However, as technology advances, the number of people visiting Eastern Regional Libraries branches in person is down by almost 500,000 in the past five years.

In the 2006-07 financial year there were 2.5 million physical visits to ERL branches, but in 2010-11 that dropped to just over 2 million. Website hits rose to 1.4million in 2010-11 from 478,406 hits in 2006-07.

ERL information services manager Paul Burden said this was because website redevelopments now featured e-resources and online learning for children.

E-books have been available on the ERL website since June last year and there have been 14,000 checkouts in that time.

Mr Burden said those numbers were rapidly increasing, with 2800 books checked out during February, and a spike in rentals just after Christmas last year.

Mr Burden said ERL had about 7000 electronic titles available, including e-books and audio books.

But Amazon Kindles cannot use the ERL software yet because of copyright problems with the e-book platform Overdrive. “There’s an 82-year-old lady in a retirement village who keeps asking when they’re going to be compatible because she has a Kindle she wants to use,” Mr Burden said.

Knoxfield bookworm Annette Schlafrig, 57, reads ERL e-books on her Netbook. Ms Schlafrig said the books were especially suited to older readers because they could change the font size.

“E-books have also been great for me while I’ve had a broken arm. I’ve read book after book but haven’t actually borrowed any physical books.”

Knox residents can learn how to use these new devices at a ‘technology petting zoo’ lined up at ERL branches.

Details: erl.vic.gov.au.

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600% Growth In eBook Sales.

 

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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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eBook Distribution—Why More is Better.

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

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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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