Ebook Business Round-Up: Hot Topics, Observations and Highlights about Ebook Publishing-June 2011

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Ebook Business Round-Up: Hot Topics, Observations and Highlights about Ebook Publishing-June 2011

Ebook Business Round-Up-June 2011e-Reader ownership surges since last November; tablet ownership grows more slowly. A detailed, interesting study by the Pew Internet project. I suspect price has a lot to do with this. Let’s also hope people are reading more. (June 27)

J.K. Rowling launching Pottermore to sell ebooks direct to the public in all formats. Interesting because it bypasses retail stores. Amazon and B&N are both supportive—how can they not be? The rumor is that the books will be DRM-free but will be watermarked. Will other publishers and authors follow the lead? (June 24)

A Digital Rights Management (DRM) overview and why it doesn’t make sense. No one wants their work pirated but the author makes a strong case against encrypting ebooks. This is a big decision every publisher must face. (June 26)

Discovery is the new watchword when it comes to ebook marketing. The new website Byliner, a platform designed to expose writers to readers, is built on this notion. Nieman Journalism Lab calls them “the Pandora of narrative non-fiction”. They are also the publisher behind Three Cups of Deceit. (June 21)

Barbarians at the Gates of Book Expo America is a great editorial, by industry insider Richard Nash about what publishers can do to improve the BEA experience: add a networking event and allow public access. But they won’t. Be sure to read the comments too. (June 11)

These news briefs were originally prepared for the Publishers and Writers of San Diego July 2011 newsletter.

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