Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

04/17/2011

Ebook Sales Up 202% Over Last Year – Now King Format for American Publishing


Announcing King Ebook Format!

The digital revolution has caught up with, stomped and overtaken traditional publishing (TP) according to the latest report from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

AND, this conquering of TP has occurred one year earlier than previously forecasted by industry analysts! How bout them apples?

Of course, anyone who wasn’t in denial saw this coming…the crowning of the e-book as the single bestselling format in American publishing. We just didn’t see it charging so fast!

Welcome, King “E”…how can we serve thee? Or, better yet, how will you serve us? Cheaper prices, faster delivery, more publishing opportunities, etc., etc.? 

I sincerely hope there is an infusion of real money in there somewhere…

Now these details from T3, The Gadget Website:

Ebook sales overtake US paperbacks for the first time

US figures show huge consumer demand for e-readers 

The digital revolution continues apace in the old-tech world of publishing. In the US, the eBook has become the single bestselling format in American publishing for the first time, a year ahead of analysts forecasts.
 
The report from the Association of American Publishers, showed February’s eBook sales were $90.3m (£55.2m), compared to $81.2m (£49.8m) in paperbacks, a leap of 202.3% on the same time last year. Philip Jones, deputy editor of the Bookseller, believes that the UK is set to follow the US trend in the take-up of the technology, “the UK are a year behind but they are catching up quite fast.”

Despite the challenge of the rapidly expanding tablet market, many of which come pre-loaded with an e-reader, the figures show standalone eBook readers have carved out an important niche in a hugely competitive marketplace. Their popularity is down to choice – there are over a million free books on the Amazon Kindle – as well as a lower price-point than tablets, speedy downloads and portability.

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03/12/2011

All About E-Readers!


E-Readers are taking the lead!

If you want the REAL skinny…and I mean the deep down, nit-pickin, buck-naked,  microcosmic skinny…on e-readers, then I have the resource for you!

Goodereader has been in business for one and a half years as of today and performs detailed, hands-on testing, reviews, previews and tutorials on their site…which boasts a blog and a forum for users to get and give information as well as solve problems.

All in all a very worthwhile site to experience.

At Good e-Reader we are the leading authority on e-Readers and Tablet PC‘s! We do tons of hands on reviews, previews, videos and tutorials on our Blog! If you just got a e-reader or thinking about buying one, start your journey off with Good e-Reader.”

More details here from this PRWeb press release through the San Francisco Chronicle SFGate:

(PRWEB) March 12, 2011

Today Goodereader is celebrating their first full year and a half Anniversary being in business! Their Website and Blog is considered by many to be the leading online destination for industry professionals to find out the latest news on Digital Publishing, eBooks, Tablet PC‘s, e-Readers and Multi-Media content.

Good e-Reader first opened their doors October 2009 and since then has pioneered original content on their official Blog. Often they are updating it on average six to nine times per day with the help of Public Relations firms and major companies giving them essential industry information.

Their Blog writing staff on Good e-Reader has grown in leaps and bounds! They started with a staff of two people writing daily articles and has exploded to over 10 full and part time contributing authors and a full time editor. Having many different writers certainly adds a unique perspective to the various subjects the authors cover.

Not only does the blog feature written content, but Good e-Reader leads all of the tech blogs online with comprehensive hands on reviews in Audio and Video formats. Often many times a week the company is reviewing new E-Readers, Tablets and new Books. The Company’s Youtube channel has grown by over 150 review videos in just one year. They also do a series of podcasts entitled the Good e-Reader Radio Show. These audio podcasts are available both on their website and on iTunes.

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11/15/2010

Tipping-Point Season for E-Readers


This Christmas season should bring mucho cha ching to e-readers and their manufacturers. Forrester Research estimates that there are 9 million e-readers in use in the USA right now, with a huge expected upswing coming this holiday season! Should be well over 10 million just by the end of the year.

More details on the break-out marketing intro of e-readers to holiday shoppers (and some in-depth numbers) by Julie Bosman in this New York Times article:

Great Holiday Expectations for E-Readers

This could be the holiday season that American shoppers and e-readers are properly introduced.

E-readers will be widely available at stores like Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, and offered at prices that make sense for Christmas gifts — less than $150.

Publishers and booksellers are expecting that instead of giving your mother a new Nicholas Sparks novel or your father a David Baldacci thriller in the hardcovers that traditionally fly off the shelves and into wrapping paper at this time of year, you might elect to convert them to e-reading.

“This is the tipping-point season for e-readers, there’s no question,” said Peter Hildick-Smith, president of the Codex Group, a book market research company. “A lot more books are going to be sold in e-book format. It also means that a lot fewer people are going to be shopping in bookstores.”

Only a small slice of the book-buying public has bought an e-reader. About nine million devices are in circulation in the United States, according to Forrester Research.

That could jump in the coming weeks as consumers begin their holiday shopping, analysts predict. According to Forrester, at least 10.3 million e-readers could be in circulation by the end of the year.

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