A panel at Digital Book World last week offered several insights on how ebook platforms are analyzing user data and what they have discovered.
Digitization is changing every aspect of the book publishing business, providing new opportunities for publishers and authors to create, market and sell their print and digital content.
Keith Moerer, Director of Apple’s iBookstore, revealed that Apple’s iBookstore is growing at a million users per month and has seen 1 billion downloads.
The myth of the Long Tail for ebooks may be fading away as the digital book market grows, and it is operated by few mega e-retailers, argues Marcello Vena.
Low-cost ebook conversions enabled massive growth of the market, but there were many errors. It’s now time to upgrade those ebooks to a higher quality.
Publishers need to create their own software solutions, argues John Pettigrew, founder of the newly launched Futureproofs platform for editorial teams.
The Bookseller’s Futurebook conference found the UK publishing industry focused on issues of marketing, ebook subscriptions and direct sales, among others.
Data Conversion Laboratory’s Mark Gross argues that digitizing even the most esoteric material and making it searchable can create a market for it.
At Labo de l’edition, a co-working, networking and training center in Paris, professionals working in ebooks and digital media collaborate on new projects.
Books in Browsers V demonstrated various efforts by Silicon Valley to help the publishing industry explore new digital opportunities.
Frankfurt Book Fair StoryDrive speaker and Swedish provocateur, Alexander Bard, argues that the internet is engendering a new collective spirituality.