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Link: NYTimes on print vs. eBook

 

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This week the New York Times takes a look at print vs. eBook behaviors.

People are ditching eBooks for print, citing the “feeling of a print book…absorbing and pleasurable.” Researchers even proved that students who use print score higher on exams because of print’s “immersive experience” (as explained in The Allure of the Print Book)

On the flip side, technology companies are trying to develop apps that mimic the print experience while adding value. As outlined in Out of Print, Maybe, but Not out of Mind, the physical design of print books are limited. eBooks can include additional features, like built-in dictionaries.

These two articles bring up interesting points about the “experience” of reading.

  • What are the pros and cons of reading a eBook vs. a print version?
  • Is there really a difference between carrying a devise vs. a bounded bunch of paper?
  • What does the “immersive experience” really mean?

Wiley Exchanges: even more content for authors

Wiley Exchanges is another one of our resources for authors.  Recently, Exchanges posted some new content focusing on publishing trends, promotion, and professional development written by experts.

You can subscribe to updates via email or RSS feed or follow Exchanges on Twitter.

Bookbaby.com features blog and how-tos for authors

visit blog.bookbaby.com

Bookbaby.com is a site where authors can gain access to a number of tools for publishing their own eBooks. The site offers cover design services, distribution with vendors, file conversion, and website hosting (through HostBaby).

The most notable part of their site is the BookBabyBlog. This blog has a lot of great information on how to write, publish, and promote your titles.

11 Must-Haves for Author Websites calls attention to important website elements like:

  • biographies about yourself and your career,
  • links to testimonials, profiles, and interviews written about your work or your career,
  • and a “call to action” (where you ask your reader to do something, like ask for more information, buy a book, or attend a reading).

How to edit your own book: Tips for authors on the revision process

Blogging for Authors: How to Spend Less Time Coming Up w/ Your Next Article Idea

There is also a section where you can download free how-to publishing guides about a variety of topics, including blogging, growing your business, and print book design.

Thinking about the eBook debate

In the US, a federal judge in the District Court of Manhattan ruled in the eBook pricing case of United States vs. Apple Inc., et al.  The decision, ruled against Apple, said that Apple worked with the 5 major publishers to raise the price of ebooks, thus violating anti-trust laws. Specifically, Apple aimed to undercut Amazon’s ebook market share by creating a pricing scheme that would force Amazon to raise its ebook pricing structure above $9.99 (as reported in Reuters).

You can read the entire ruling here.

Here at the blog, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking on how to talk about this issue.

With the popularity of ebooks, it is likely that changes will be afoot. These changes may affect everything from the speed at which manuscripts are processed, the types of manuscripts that are accepted, and the advances that authors receive.

Many experts believe that publishing companies will also choose to merge, as Random House and Penguin did. Others believe there also may be increased self-publishing.  As an editorial in The Nation pointed out, ebooks aim to democratize the reading and publishing process.  More people will have access to ebooks due to lower price points and increased format options.

The Scholarly Kitchen addressed the issue, pointing out that the ruling represents how ebooks are a larger part of the market and there is a push to protect consumers.

We’ve love to hear what you think of this ruling, as both authors and readers.

Do you think it will change the way you present your work and consume publications?

Amazon: Kindle ebooks now outsell print books in UK

Amazon announced yesterday that sales of their Kindle ebooks are far outstripping the sales of their print books.

Since the beginning of 2012, for every 100 hardback and paperback books sold on its UK site, 114 ebooks are downloaded. These figures apparently include sales of printed books which do not have Kindle editions, but exclude free ebooks.

It is important to note that these figures are specific to Amazon.co.uk and don’t factor those print or ebook sales bought anywhere else online or in physical stores. Even so, this upsurge marks a definite shift in the publishing world.