Editor's note: The FutureBook community’s Eric Briys, co-founder of France’s Cyberlibris, has provided us with this extensive discussion of ebook subscription services. We have it for you in two parts.
• Today: How does (should) subscription really work? Data, pricing and money talk
• Tomorrow: Is there life beyond (proper) pricing? The hidden treasure of reading data
Friday (22nd August) after our good #FutureChat exchange about the recent protests of Amazon's negotiating tactics, one of our FutureBook community members noticed that the #UK's "Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store" ranking seemed to be top-heavy with a group of Amazon Publishing titles.
In fact, these titles doing so well on the list were all books published by Amazon Publishing imprints. And they were the same titles, in fact, that the mobile-service company EE was offering in a free-Kindle-ebook promotion.
Oil and water...The general pattern, of course, has been simple: many bookshops, objecting to Amazon's effects on the industry, have declined to carry books from Amazon Publishing imprints.
Amazon officials confirm to The FutureBook that downloads of #Kindle ebooks from Amazon Publishing imprints made available free of charge to customers in a telephone-company promotion have temporarily skewed the UK's 'Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store' rankings at Amazon.co.uk.
"Operating within their online world" ... In an increasingly digital world, children’s and YA publishers have to market their books using social media platforms.
“There is no flattening out yet over here in ebook sales” ..."Our country is quite unique in the diversity of its ebook landscape," says Timo Boezeman, a sales account manager in the digital division of the Dutch distributor CB Logistics.
Join us each Friday for a #FutureChat live Twitter discussion on issues of publishing and innovation: 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
‘People thought there was no business model’
Open Access (OA) is a wonderful thing in theory: it utilizes technology to make scientific research and results freely available, for the benefit of all.
From Big Ideas to a big move
Innovation isn't the holy grail of the moment only for publishing. It can, in fact, mean a leap of faith away from the day-to-day heart of the business for some of our industry's players.
Join us Friday for a #FutureChat live Twitter discussion on issues of children’s literature in the digital age: 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
When The Bookseller launched the FutureBook Hack earlier this year, I wrote that the “book business has a remarkable record in publishing innovation, and a terrible reputation for digital inertia”. Part of the reason for this is that there are more ideas about this business, and what might be changed about how we go about the business, than there is capacity within it for the ideas to be given the oxygen they need.
"I love algorithms. They get you so much more of the way there than starting with human search." And a lot of folks who agree with Bowker's Laura Dawson were glad she said that during Friday's #FutureChat with The Bookseller's TheFutureBook.net community.
"Nothing could have prepared me for how gosh-darn complicated it all is."
Join our #FutureChat Friday (8th August) when Laura Dawson chats with us about data, its place in publishing, and what we can expect from it in the future. Join us at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
The digital trumpet fanfare sounded for me in 2012
That's when the Apple software application iBooks Author arrived on the scene.
Unbound is publishing’s answer to the question: ‘What happens when the computer says no, but the reader might say yes?’
Launched in 2011 by three authors—Crap Towns’ Dan Kieran, QI’s John Mitchinson and historian Justin Pollard—the publisher crowd-funds projects that would otherwise struggle to be published traditionally. Its biggest hit to date is Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note—whose funding target of £50,000 was over-subscribed (283%). The book, co-published with Canongate, has now sold 42,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan’s TCM.
"To build our own vision of ebook nirvana"... It's not that Chris Kubica and his "perfect e-bookstore" associates didn't know the task was difficult.
Romancing the concept of working together
Join us today when our #FutureChat with The Bookseller's FutureBook community focuses on the cries and whispers aroused by the "Authors United" protest, responses to it, and the overall question of efforts in author-advocacy. We'll be live on Twitter at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m.