Posts Tagged ‘e book’

Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?

October 28th, 2012 10:10 admin View Comments


danspalding writes “I’m an adult education teacher in SF who wrote an e-book about how to teach adults. It will be available to download for free in January 2013. I Kickstarted enough money for editing, design and publicity, but not enough to pay me anything up front. I’m considering making a $1, $10 and $25 version available from Amazon as a way for folks to donate money to me, as well as a straight up PayPal link on my site. Is it possible to produce quality material for teachers to download for free in a way that’s economically sustainable? Might readers accidentally pay for a copy without realizing there’s a free download and get angry? And where should I host the free-to-download version?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?

Kindle E-Book Sales Surpass Print Sales In UK

August 7th, 2012 08:03 admin View Comments


twoheadedboy writes “Book lovers are increasingly turning to e-books, and in the UK Amazon has announced it now sells more e-books than physical copies on Kindle books surpassed sales of hardbacks in the UK back in May 2011 at a rate of two to one and now they have leapfrogged the combined totals of both hardbacks and paperbacks.”

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Amazon Patents Electronic Gifting

May 31st, 2012 05:09 admin View Comments


theodp writes “Simply giving your mother an e-book for her birthday could constitute patent infringement now that the USPTO’s gone and awarded a patent on the ‘Electronic Gifting’ of items such as music, movies, television programs, games, or books. BusinessInsider speculates that the patent may be of concern to Facebook, which just dropped a reported $80 million on social gift-giving app maker Karma Science.”

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What Book Publishers Should Learn From Harry Potter

March 28th, 2012 03:30 admin View Comments


New submitter Volanin writes “The e-book versions of the Harry Potter series are being released through Pottermore, and J.K. Rowling has chosen to do a number of interesting things with them, including releasing them without DRM restrictions. ‘One of the encouraging things about the Pottermore launch is that the books will be available on virtually every platform simultaneously, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, the Kindle and Google’s e-book service. … even Amazon has bowed to the power of the series and done what would previously have seemed unthinkable: it sends users who come to the titles on Amazon to Pottermore to finish the transaction.’”

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Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

February 27th, 2012 02:55 admin View Comments

ereader_150.jpgAll is not well in the e-book market. Amazon and Google have each scaled back some e-book programs in the past week because business was weaker than expected. Both e-book sellers are having trouble doing business with publishers.

Amazon has pulled more than 4,000 books from its e-shelves after publishers wouldn’t budge for lower prices. Google is cutting off partners in its e-book affiliates program because sales referrals are too low to be worthwhile.


What’s going on here? E-book sales passed print in all trade categories last year, and e-book library lending is huge, but print still brings in more revenue for publishers. The problem is that consumers expect e-books to be cheaper, so publishers can’t charge as much for them as they might like. In other words, it’s a problem of business models, not of demand.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s profits are sagging, and Google Books trails far behind in terms of sales. They’re both getting tired of the middlemen, i.e. the publishers., and the squeeze they put on e-book sales.

Amazon is not shy about its efforts to get authors comfortable with self-publishing of e-books. Meanwhile, when publishing houses can’t meet its price expectations, Amazon pulls the plug on their books. Google’s affiliate program for e-books gave partners a better deal than Amazon’s affiliate links, but it’s cutting off the partners who can’t perform.

The author and the reader are hamstrung by the presence of not just one but two middlemen. Something’s got to give.

Inevitably, it will. It will be the publishers.


It’s getting amazingly easy for authors to publish their own books, and Amazon, Apple and Google are all working on ways to let authors expand the idea of the e-book itself. Amazon is poised for a big Kindle push in Brazil. There’s no question that the future of the book business is in the hands of these tech companies, not the publishers who can’t keep up.

See also: Books Continue to Evolve – Check Out E.O. Wilson’s ‘Life on Earth’ iBook

Do you read e-books? Which store(s) and device(s) do you use?

Source: Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

The Looming Library Lending Battle

December 25th, 2011 12:00 admin View Comments


smitty777 writes “The NY Times is running a piece on the tug of war between publishers and libraries for e-book lending. With the In one corner are the publishers, who claim that unlimited lending of e-books ‘without friction is not a sustainable business model for us.’ For example, Harper Collins claims in this corporate statement that unlimited lending would lead to a decrease in royalties for both the publisher and the writers. The NTY author further states that ‘To keep their overall revenue from taking a hit from lost sales to individuals, publishers need to reintroduce more inconvenience for the borrower or raise the price for the library purchaser.’ Their current solution is to limit the number of readings to 26 before a book license must be renewed. In the other corner are the libraries, who are happy that e-books are luring people back to libraries, bringing with them desperately needed additional funding. With e-book sales going extremely well this year and the introduction of more capable e-readers, this debate is likely to get worse before it gets better. The Guardian also has an interesting related piece on the pricing practices of the Big Six publishers.”

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How Amazon Plans to Give Indie Authors a Leg Up (Hint: There’s Cash Involved)

December 8th, 2011 12:30 admin View Comments

Amazon really wants to attract more independent authors to its publishing platform. It also wants to add competitive muster to its Kindle Store for e-books and the new Kindle e-book lending library. In a move designed to achieve both goals, the company today announced the launch of KDP Select, a program that gives Kindle Direct Publishing authors an incentive to participate in Amazon’s e-book lending initiative.

If indie authors are willing to sell their e-book exclusively through Amazon for 90 days, those books become available through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Each time a writer’s book is loaned through the system, they get a cut of revenue on top of the royalties they get from book sales.

Amazon has launched a new $6 million annual fund to help fuel the program. That money is divvied up among all participating authors each month, depending on what percentage of the total number of books shared were written by each author. The more their e-books are borrowed, the more money they make. At the same time, the more authors that participate, the smaller each piece of the pie gets. For writers whose e-books are widely shared among readers, this could work out to thousands of dollars in extra revenue per month.

Who Needs Big Publishing Houses?

Not too long ago, the only way for an author to get significant reach and income was to get on board with a major publishing house, no small feat for any author. Today, thanks to the spread of e-books and programs like this, the barriers to entry are much lower and the financial pay-off keeps getting more attractive.

Last year, Amazon increased the revenue share it offers Kindle authors to 70%, likely in anticipation of the launch of Apple’s iBooks store.

By offering an extra stream of revenue via KDP Select, Amazon boosts those profits for writers while making its own lending library seem more attractive to them. After all, why participate in a program that doesn’t generate any revenue, especially if you’re the little guy (or gal)?

Amazon has set aside $6 million for the fund in 2012, but wasted no time getting things started. They’ve already pledged $500,000 for the month of December.

Last year, the e-commerce giant announced that e-book editions of best-sellers had outsold their printed counterparts on the site for the first time. Then, earlier this year, the company revealed that it had sold more e-books than paperback and hardcover books combined.

Its line of Kindle e-readers was already doing quite well when the company launched its full-color, Android-based media tablet the Kindle Fire. As the holidays approach, the $200 device is expected to land in the hands of many more consumers. On Black Friday alone, Amazon sold 400% more Kindles that it did on the same day last year.

Source: How Amazon Plans to Give Indie Authors a Leg Up (Hint: There’s Cash Involved)

The Weight of an e-Book

October 30th, 2011 10:21 admin View Comments


whoever57 writes “According to Prof Kubiatowicz from Berkeley, each time an additional book is downloaded to an e-reader, the mass of the e-reader increases. The effect doesn’t really make the devices more difficult to carry: the professor calculates that 4GB of books would increase its weight by a billionth of a billionth of a gram— about the mass of a single virus or DNA molecule.”

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Looking For E-Ink Applications Beyond Ebook Readers

October 13th, 2011 10:54 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “When MIT’s Media Lab originally came up with E-Ink back in 1997, doubt they expected the technology to be this widely popular. Today, we see E-Ink’s applications take a step further than just E-book Readers. From streaming videos onto your wardrobe to camouflaging tanks, various companies have been experimenting with the technology to discover its next big adoption.”

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Amazon Stymies Lendle E-book Lending Service

March 22nd, 2011 03:14 admin View Comments


CheerfulMacFanboy writes “CNET quotes Lendle co-founder Jeff Croft: ‘They [Amazon] shut the API access off, and without it, our site is mostly useless. So, we went ahead and pulled it down. Could we build a lending site without their API? Yes. But it wouldn’t be the quality of product we expect from ourselves.’ Croft also said ‘at least two other Kindle lending services got the same message’ yesterday.’”

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