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Kindle, Nook Sales Slow…Use Smartphone eReader Instead

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According to DigiTimes Research, global shipments of eBook readers expected to reach only 2 million units in Q1 2012, down from 9 million shipped in Q4 2011.  This isn’t because people are not eReading, but because of the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet PCs, which has resulted in a substitution effect for Kindle eBook readers.  As a result, Amazon has reduced its orders for eBook readers from upstream suppliers since the beginning of 2012, said DigiTimes Research.

Overall, global shipments of eBook readers amounted to 22.82 million units in 2011, increasing 107% from a year earlier.  DigiTimes Research estimates that annual shipments of eBook readers are expected to top 60 million units by 2015, The major reason for such a big decline is the success of Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.  You could say “success of tablets”, but actually this is a new circumstance. The research states that “Since the introduction of the Nook Color there is no clear distinction any more between an eReader (it used to have an e-ink screen) and a tablet (multipurpose, color-screen). Nook Color is a single-purpose device with a color screen.  What’s even more important, Kindle Fire and both color Nooks are highly associated with eBooks, because they were launched by eBookstores. Apparently they became an alternative not for those who wanted to buy a tablet, but those who wanted to buy an eReader.”

One way to get around having that device is to read your eBooks on your smartphone.  It’s just as easy and you only have to carry one device around.  Of course, you may have to be willing to give up the “eReader experience” much as you have to give up the “book experience.”  But, overall, it’s the information gained, the knowledge applied that really counts.

Here are some free eReaders that you can use on a smartphone (depending upon OSes, obviously):

Remember: This is Read an eBook Week.  Do your part.  Read an eBook!

Written by Larry S. Bonura

7 March 2012 at 00:08

It’s That Time of Year: Read an eBook Week, 4-10 March

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March is here and that means it’s time for Read an eBook Week. This is the event’s ninth year.

Read an eBook Week 2012 Ad

From the web site: “Read an eBook Week was first registered with Chase’s Calendar of Events in 2004. Chase’s is a day by day directory of special days, weeks and months used by event planners or anyone looking for a reason to celebrate. By having the week officially recognized, eBook authors and publishers acquired a certain extra ‘legitimacy’ during that week to promote the new technology of eBooks. The public and media were initially wary of eBooks and many doors were closed to promotion. With the week officially recognized by Chase’s, authors reported they now had access to television morning chat shows and were allowed to set up library displays during the week-long event.”

Read an eBook Week educates and informs the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide are welcome to join in the effort. “We encourage you to promote electronic reading with any event,” according to the web site. These could include: public readings, library displays, reading challenges, school visits, newspaper and blog articles, chat show appearances, internet radio interviews, e-book give-ways, and banners on your website.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

29 February 2012 at 03:07

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Data Conversion Laboratory survey: eBook “Quality” Top Factor for 2012

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Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), a leading provider of digital publishing services, reports 70% of 411 respondents to a survey drawn from a cross-section of the publishing industry cited “quality” as the most important consideration when publishing an eBook. Another important finding is that 63% of the respondents plan to publish a digital book in 2012.

“Eighteen months ago, more publishers were concerned about getting their information onto an eBook platform and quality was not the overarching theme it is now,” said DCL President and CEO Mark Gross. “The survey demonstrates that the publishing industry realizes consumers will not tolerate typos and bad formatting on a $15 eBook,” predicted Gross.

In another shift from tradition, 64% of the respondents stated they were interested in publishing non-fiction and technical digital content. This statistic is indicative of an expansion in the use of ereaders from casual reading of novels to a myriad of business and technical applications.

“The survey confirms what we have been hearing from publishers, that while the initial push to digital was important, they are now seeing a need to go with the best partners and to improve their quality control and workflow,” said Bill Trippe, vice president and lead analyst at Outsell, Inc. an industry analyst firm. “Digital products are becoming the lifeblood for publishers, and consumers are expecting an optimal experience,” he added.

The DCL survey also discovered that 43% of publishers realized the importance of compatibility with all ereaders, including iPad, MOBI (Kindle), Nook, and custom formats. Within the publishers group, the iPad edged out Kindle at 44% as an ereader, versus 36% preferring a Kindle.

Smartphone Apps Used for Work

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A nice look at the applications used on smartphone for work:

Which do you use?  Complete the following poll:

 

Written by Larry S. Bonura

19 January 2012 at 04:29

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AAP eBook Sales Dip Further in October

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Reported in the 23 Dec 2011 Publishers Lunch newsletter:

“The AAP announced their tabulation of sales for October from reporting publishers. In the closely watched eBook sales category–where the AAP’s monthly number is the only standing statistic we have to go on, the now 20 reporting publishers recorded sales of $72.8 million, down from $80.3 million in August. It’s the lowest monthly eBook total recorded since April, and lower as an absolute comparison since the matching results that month came from just 14 publishers.

Seasonably sizable shipments of print books and flat month-to-month eBook sales trends left digital books in fourth place, trailing hardcover and trade paperback adult sales as well as hardcover children’s books. eBooks comprised just 12.6 percent of all recorded trade sales. (As a reminder, the AAP counts religious sales as trade; we do not in calculating our percentages, in part because their “religious” category includes both print and eBook sales.)

Once again, the gain in eBook sales compared to a year ago (up $32.6 million) could not overcome the decline in print sales, with the monthly trade sales total for October of $577.6 million down almost 10 percent from $639.5 million a year ago.”

Written by Larry S. Bonura

24 December 2011 at 01:40

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Jeremy Greenfield’s 10 Bold Predictions for Book Publishing in 2012

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Take a gander at Jeremy Greenfield’s 10 bold predictions for book publishing in 2012. Jeremy, the Digital Book World Editorial Director, lists the following predictions:

  1. We will see more self-published best-sellers next year with an exponential rise in the number of million-selling authors.
  2. Large publishing companies will go through major restructurings, creating new positions and redundancies of all shapes and sizes.
  3. Amazon will come out with a larger tablet with an 8.9-inch screen and it will be priced at $299 or lower.
  4. Apple will come out with a smaller iPad at a reduced price.
  5. Sony will get a second life in the e-reader game when Pottermore launches in the Spring.
  6. Literary agencies will engage in a campaign to communicate the value of their services to the book industry.
  7. Authors will become disenchanted with the rights they sign away to publishers. Shorter and more flexible copyright terms will become more attractive to authors.
  8. The standard e-book royalty from major publishing houses will rise next year and will escalate with increased sales.
  9. Standards of what an app and what a book is will change and apps will eventually be sold in the iBookstore.
  10. More publishing companies will form in-house transmedia groups.

Read the details at DigitalBookWorld.com: Ten Bold Predictions for Book Publishing in 2012

Written by Larry S. Bonura

19 December 2011 at 23:49

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6th Annual World eBook Fair starts today with 6.5 million free ebooks

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The brief history of the World eBook Fair shows a tremendous growth in the number of eBooks offered: the First World eBook Fair had 300,000 books available; in 2008, the Fair doubled to 600,000 books; and in 2009, it offered 1,250,000 books. This year’s World eBook Fair will offer 6,500,000 free eBooks!

You can download your free eBooks from today, 4 July, for one month, ending 4 Aug.

Contributions from 100+ eLibraries and thousands of volunteers from around the world made possible this World eBook Fair’s monstrous number of eBooks. The collections include light and heavy reading materials, more reference books, scientific items, and more. There are about 50,000 music entries in addition to the 12,000 that debuted last year.  The Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg are also presenting a number of items in other media, including music, movies, artwork, and even dance choreography.

Here’s an estimate of the numbers of titles available from different sources:

  • 2,800,000 from The Internet Archive
  • 2,100,000 from World Public Library
  • 1,510,000 from Wattpad
  • 115,000 from Project Gutenberg
  • 100,000 from International Music Score Library Project
  • 10,000 from various other eBook sites

In addition to presenting twice as many eBooks, the Fair’s organizers are trying to reach ten times as much of the population by including a number of programs a person can use to read these eBooks on phones, MP3 players, PDAs, iPods, and other mobile devices. Think about it this way: There aren’t even a million Kindles or Sonys, but there are now about 4.5 billion cell phones—which means the potential of readers reading via cell phones is larger than any other media.

As the organizer’s believe that the cell phone is the wave of the future (not, they claim, the Kindle or Sony approach), the World eBook Fair is looking to reach billions in this year’s month-long giveaway. And, obviously, to reach billions of worldwide readers, the Fair is offering more eBooks in more languages, including in English, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, and Urdu.

Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg and co-founder of the World eBook Fair says “We hope you and yours will find lifetimes of reading materials to expand your horizons over the years.” He also suggests that you “Start with the Browse Collections page.”

I’m curious: How many of you took part in the World eBook Fair last year and how many of you are planning on taking part this year?  Please complete the following poll: