Bold Predictions: Half of US Publishers Expect E-books to Be Dominant Format by 2014

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: Facts and figures about the e-book business remain elusive. So anyone who can provide some concrete data is a welcome guest at any publishing conference. On Tuesday, James McQuivey, a research analyst at Forrester, served up several intriguing data points as part of the Digital Book World conference taking place in New York this week. Forrester’s …

No Surprise: US is 75% of Global E-Reader Market, Apple & Amazon Dominate, Says IDC Study

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka US-based Apple and Amazon are the leading global vendors of tablet computers and e-readers, respectively, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, published by International Data Corporation (IDC). Pandigital and Barnes & Noble have lapped Sony to become the #2 and #3 global vendor of e-readers. Sony is neck and neck with Chinese-producer Hanvon in distributing …

Back to the Future: In Brazil, Door-to-door Book Sales are Booming

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa and Maria Fernanda, PublishNews Imagine a single country spreading across 50% of South America. A country with 27 states where there are 190 million people living in different conditions. Some of them are very poor while others are far too rich. This is Brazil. And a nation with such enormous magnitude offers serious opportunities -– the book …

German Book Title Production Drops 7% in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New releases in Germany in 2010 were once again heavily weighted toward fiction titles, which accounted for an overall share of 70% of new titles published (up from 66% in 2009). However, overall title production was down 7% compared to 2009 and 9% compared to the long-term average. According to buchreport, a total of 5431 new titles …

Just 7% of Publishers Enhancing E-books, Among Findings in New Aptara E-book Survey

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Digital service provider Aptara released the second in a series of surveys tracking the development of the e-book market. This new survey covered some 600 publishers across trade, professional and education markets. Dev Ganesan, Aptara’s President and CEO, noted in the press release about the survey, “With a desire to meet the growing expectations of digitally-savvy readers, …

Report from the UK’s FutureBook Conference: Bringing Great Writers into the Digital, Multimedia Mix

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Sophie Rochester LONDON: If there was a key lesson from the first FutureBook conference organized by The Bookseller magazine and held in London for the first time last year, it was “experiment, learn and adapt”. Back again for a second conference, held the past Tuesday, the UK publishing industry appears to be responding well to the challenges of digital …

Simba Releases Statistics on iPad E-book Reading

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Simba Information estimates that 35% of iPad owners don’t use their iPads for reading e-books. In a press release, Michael Norris, senior trade book analyst at Simba Information said, “The fact that over a million iPad buyers haven’t used the gadget for e-books shows that not all new gadgets equate to a new e-reader.” I don’t think …

E-book Bestseller Lists from New York Times Coming in 2011

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The New York Times announced yesterday that it will begin publishing e-book bestseller lists for fiction and nonfiction titles early next year. The Times created and verified its e-book tracking system over a period of two years, says Janet Elder, the editor of news surveys and election analysis. Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus said the addition of …

Digital to Represent 20 to 28% of Publishing’s Profits, says Forum d’Avignon/Bain & Co. Report

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A new study, “Publishing in the Digital Era,” commissioned by the Forum d’Avignon and compiled by Bain & Co. states that e-readers, tablets other digital reading devices “could be in the hands of 15 to 20% of the developed world’s population by 2015,” and offers an unprecedented opportunity for publishers and authors. The “redistribution of value among …

Latest Statistics on Mobile Apps and Smartphone Usage

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Millennial Media has just released a “State of the Apps Industry” report on the current state of the mobile app industry and makes predictions about next year, which include the growth of Android and Windows Phone 7, as well as increased revenues from mobile apps next year. Download the complete report from Millennial Media here. (via ReadWriteWeb). …