Coming Soon: Advertisements in E-books

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published this morning, Ron Adner, a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and William Vincent, a former Houghton Mifflin editor, declare the inevitability of advertisements in e-books. Falling e-book prices (and profits for publishers), combined with the advertising-friendly digital format, may very well make in-book advertising …

Poll Results: Hot Digital Topics in Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week, we asked you to choose three digital topics you would like to know more about. 55 percent of you chose digital book rights and royalty rates. I guess pricing and e-book sales through Amazon and Apple have everyone stirred up. And with both companies under investigation over the agency model, digital rights and royalty rates …

Chad Post on Amazon’s Grant Program

In What's the Buzz by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post, Guest Editor First off, I want to thank Ed Nawotka for allowing me to guest edit Publishing Perspectives this week. This is a real honor, and it’s great that he did the most of the work for which I’ll hopefully get a lot of the credit. (Although the “e-books in Argentina” piece appearing tomorrow is totally my …

Rumor that Amazon May Launch Kindle Service in China

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao As Shanda Technology company announced the arrival of its e-reader Bambook today, industry insiders are also discussing the possibility of the sale of Amazon’s Kindle in China. A job opening for a “Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Kindle” was spotted on Amazon.cn on July 19, according to National Business Daily in Shanghai. The description of the job stated …

Wylie’s Odyssey Editions Explained by Chad Post

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Over at the Three Percent blog, Chad Post of Open Letter Books (and next week’s guest editor on Publishing Perspectives) wrote a great in-depth article on Wylie’s Odyssey Editions. He looks at the holes (or lack thereof, depending on whose side you’re on) that exist in publishing contracts of the past which encouraged Wylie to begin publishing …

Kindle Books Outsell Hardcover Books on Amazon.com

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Kindle and other e-reading devices have gotten lots of news coverage recently as retailers continue to drop the price of devices in order to gain a larger share of the growing e-book market. The Kindle is now priced at $189 (down from $259), and both the Kobo Reader from Borders and the Nook from Barnes & …

Is It Still “Self-Publishing” When Relying on Lulu and Amazon?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Angela K. Durden describes self-publishing in the terms of a cottage industry. She is particularly appreciative of the independence it gives her. Self-publishing implies independence, but is that description still accurate when a self-publisher relies on large corporations like Lulu.com to produce their books and Ingram and Amazon to distribute them? Doesn’t “cottage …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers: Nook Wi-Fi Priced at $149

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Barnes & Noble has a new Nook e-reader, the Nook Wi-Fi. Priced competitively at $149, the Nook Wi-Fi does not have 3G access, but still includes the eInk screen and color touch screen for navigation. B&N also announced that it will lower the price of the 3G Nook to $199. The Kobo eReader recently became available on …

No Spain, No Brazil: Where Else is Amazon Missing Out?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the launch of a new online bookstore in Spain that aims to become the equivalent of Amazon.com Amazon runs their own branded stores in the US (natch), UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and China (under the name Joyo.com). And though they don’t have a store in Spain, they do offer plenty of Spanish-language …