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Foreign E-Book Sales Increase 333% For U.S. Publishers in 2011

Sales of e-books by U.S. publishers to readers in other countries increased to $21.5 million in 2011 from $4.9 million in 2010, a 333% increase, according to a report released today from the Association of American Publishers. At the same time, print sales by U.S. publishers for foreign readers increased by 2.3% to $335.9 million. While growing significantly faster than print, e-book sales only accounted for 6% of overall sales.


Paul Higgins: I am surprised that is so low (given my purchases) - I wonder do they include Amazon US figures where those are sold to overseas or are they US sales?


Full Story: Digital Book World

Posted at 3:33pm and tagged with: USA, ebooks, publishing, trends, tech, technology,.

Foreign E-Book Sales Increase 333% For U.S. Publishers in 2011


Sales of e-books by U.S. publishers to readers in other countries increased to $21.5 million in 2011 from $4.9 million in 2010, a 333% increase, according to a report released today from the Association of American Publishers. At the same time, print sales by U.S. publishers for foreign readers increased by 2.3% to $335.9 million. While growing significantly faster than print, e-book sales only accounted for 6% of overall sales.

Paul Higgins: I am surprised that is so low (given my purchases) - I wonder do they include Amazon US figures where those are sold to overseas or are they US sales?

Full Story: Digital Book World

stoweboyd:

Arc90 — the people behind Readability — have launched a new service called Readlists. Users can create a collation of links — of whatever sort — and bundle into an e-book that can be read on a Kindle, iPad, or iPhone.

I created one using the links I pulled together yesterday on Social Operating Systems, here. They are featuring a number on the www.readlists.com landing page, too.

This is what it looks like on my iPad in iBooks:

Note that it doesn’t seem to handle the ‘related posts’ javascript, so dynamic pages might be problematic, but still: very cool.

Posted at 3:41pm and tagged with: tech, technology, ebooks, publishing,.

smarterplanet:

iPad textbook publisher Inkling is partnering with college bookstore provider Follett. Starting this fall, Follett will sell “hundreds of Inkling titles” in its over 900 college bookstores — including Stanford and UC Berkeley — and on its website.

» via paidContent

via infoneer-pulse:

Posted at 3:42pm and tagged with: education, disruption, tech, technlogy, ebooks,.

Novelist Phyllis Campbell Illuminates the New World of E-Publishing for all Authors

Like many Smashwords authors, she has been publishing through traditional channels for many years.  

Unlike most writers, Phyllis has been blind since birth.  


Full Story: Smashwords

Posted at 10:10am and tagged with: publishing, ebooks, tech, technology, disruption, just because,.

Novelist Phyllis Campbell Illuminates the New World of E-Publishing for all Authors


Like many Smashwords authors, she has been publishing through traditional channels for many years.  Unlike most writers, Phyllis has been blind since birth.  

Full Story: Smashwords

infoneer-pulse:

For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and romance would write one book a year, output that was considered not only sufficient, but productive.

But the e-book age has accelerated the metabolism of book publishing. Authors are now pulling the literary equivalent of a double shift, churning out short stories, novellas or even an extra full-length book each year.

They are trying to satisfy impatient readers who have become used to downloading any e-book they want at the touch of a button, and the publishers who are nudging them toward greater productivity in the belief that the more their authors’ names are out in public, the bigger stars they will become.

“It used to be that once a year was a big deal,” said Lisa Scottoline, a best-selling author of thrillers. “You could saturate the market. But today the culture is a great big hungry maw, and you have to feed it.”

» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)

Posted at 6:31am and tagged with: ebooks, tech, technology, disruption, publishing,.

Author Bill Dicksion On Telling True Stories of the West


Paul Higgins - Inspiring!!

"Bill Dicksion is 87-years-young, and the author of seven novels. He stands as an inspiration for anyone wanting to become an independent author. He’s been with Smashwords for almost two years, and his sales have been growing each quarter as readers discover his books (when we see strong organic growth like this, we know we’re looking at a future bestseller).  He and his wife, Millie, live in Hawaii, where he is hard at work on more books about the American West."


Full Story: Smashwords

Posted at 12:00pm and tagged with: ebooks, demographics, technology, tech, publishing,.

Author Bill Dicksion On Telling True Stories of the West

Paul Higgins - Inspiring!!


"Bill Dicksion is 87-years-young, and the author of seven novels. He stands as an inspiration for anyone wanting to become an independent author. He’s been with Smashwords for almost two years, and his sales have been growing each quarter as readers discover his books (when we see strong organic growth like this, we know we’re looking at a future bestseller).  He and his wife, Millie, live in Hawaii, where he is hard at work on more books about the American West."

Full Story: Smashwords

futuresagency:

According to a new survey by the Pearson Foundation, the majority of U.S. college students now prefer reading digitally, for both studying and for “fun” reading. Other factors:

  • 57% preferred digital for fun reading
  • 58% preferred digital for textbook reading
  • 25% of US college students own a…

Posted at 3:27am and tagged with: tablets, tech, technology, ebooks,.

Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read?



Digital books are lighter and more convenient to tote around than paper books, but there may be advantages to old technology.
Paul Higgins: The evidence here seems a bit flimsy but it is a reasonable question to ask. The wider question must be in the context of how those e-books are used more generally. If I carry around a set of important e-books on my iPad and keep referring to them for information then that is likely to reinforce my knowledge more than the paper versions which I could never physically carry around in the same way. There are also social questions to ask with new sharing and annotating systems developing. The question of learning has to be in the context of how the e-books are used in total.



Full Story: Time

Posted at 8:34pm and tagged with: ebooks, cognitive, education,.

Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read?


Digital books are lighter and more convenient to tote around than paper books, but there may be advantages to old technology.

Paul Higgins: The evidence here seems a bit flimsy but it is a reasonable question to ask. The wider question must be in the context of how those e-books are used more generally. If I carry around a set of important e-books on my iPad and keep referring to them for information then that is likely to reinforce my knowledge more than the paper versions which I could never physically carry around in the same way. There are also social questions to ask with new sharing and annotating systems developing. The question of learning has to be in the context of how the e-books are used in total.
Full Story: Time

bbc.co.uk

Five US pub­lish­ers are being threat­ened with legal action over the way they set prices for elec­tron­ic books.

Posted at 6:07pm and tagged with: ebooks, economic, publishing,.