Buyers Prefer DRM-Free Ebooks!


The publishing industry’s major companies are still invested in anti-piracy software, but self-published authors benefit when they give it up, according to a recent study. AuthorEarnings.com, a site that studies how authors can best make money, recently took a detailed look at Amazon’s e-book bestseller list on a single day—July 14, 2014. Those listings were then used to draw some conclusions about unit sales, gross earnings, and author earnings.

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Is the Book Industry Dying?


Borders is long gone, Barnes & Noble (BKS) is on the ropes, and total sales at U.S. bookstores have fallen 22% over the past five years. Is every book lover’s nightmare coming true? Is the publishing industry somehow being destroyed by a combination of Amazon (AMZN) price cutting and a wave of Netflix (NFLX) watching, iPhone gaming and tweeting?

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Bookmate Takes Subscription Ebooks to Asia


hi-256-0-2ac87bb134cbaefb52fa81da89cd9d73e4c3a2d9Bookmate, the subscription ebook service and social e-reading platform, is now available in Singapore.

Partnering with StarHub, a Singapore-based digital communications provider, Bookmate brings its more than 500,000-ebook catalog to the country’s growing market of e-readers, in what Bookmate founder Simon Dunlop in a statement today calls “a significant first step in increasing Bookmate’s footprint in Southeast Asia.”

In an interview earlier this year, Dunlop voiced qualified agreement with skeptics of the subscription model for ebooks, saying it “does not seem viable” on its own. When combined with robust social features, though, he said be believes the approach brings sufficient value to readers to make it a scalable business.

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In The Last Decade, Children’s Book Market Has Grown To 44%


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Children are reading in record numbers in the last decade, which has propelled billion dollar properties such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Twilight, Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Not only have these titles done staggering well but it has promoted the success of books with similar subjects and themes and are benefiting from each other’s successes.  Over the course of the last two years John Green and Veronica Roth are the highest-selling authors; juvenile fiction is performing so amazingly that 17 of the 20 overall bestsellers in the US during 2014 were books for children.

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