Young Adult Sales Strong in First Half of 2014

The first five months of 2014 have been prosperous ones when it comes to children’s and young adult fiction, according to the latest figures released by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Sales in that category are up 30.5% among the 1,209 trade publishers whose earnings from distributors the AAP surveyed, as compared with the...

Want To Sell More Books? Understand Your Readers

Know your readers well—and sell more books. Every self published author wants to sell the most books possible. But not every book appeals to every reader—not even books that achieve bestseller status. The cold, hard fact is your book has unique characteristics that only interest a select group. The good news is, you don’t need to appeal...

eBook Piracy Becomes a Top Concern

The UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has shut down a pirate eBook website called OnRead. This service provided over two million eBooks and bestsellers for a monthly fee. OnRead is claiming innocence, even though their entire domain has been seized by authorities. OnRead made a name for themselves by providing an illicit Neflix for...

Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores

What if the walls of check cashing stores and other establishments serving poor people did not just carry the usual commercial ballyhoo? Suppose colorful posters also promoted cell phones as a way for the poor to find books to read themselves---or read to their children. The post Why library e-book posters should go on the...

Does Amazon Prime have 50 Million Members?

Amazon is one of those companies that never divulges specific dollar amounts or how many eBooks they have sold. During the holiday season last year they strayed from the normal PR blackouts and proclaimed that tens of millions of members were members of Prime. This got annalists salivating, and we now have potential figures that...

New Amazon Kindle Voyage e-Reader is Sold Out

The new Amazon Kindle Voyage e-reader is experiencing ravenous demand since pre-orders went on sale last week. The device is poised to ship this October and already is sold out. New orders on the basic WIFI model with Special Offers will not be shipped out until November 28th and the 3G edition without Special Offers...

Round Table Discussion – New Amazon Kindle e-Readers and Tablets

Welcome back to another installment of the Good e-Reader Round Table Discussion Series! Today, Michael and Peter talk about all of the new Amazon products that were announced last week. They break down all of the e-readers and tablets to let you know if they are worth upgrading or what new features Amazon is bringing...

Android accelerates away from Apple

A recent article on Android Central entitled “The Insane Pace of Android” encapsulates a lot of what’s going on in the Android ecosystem – and why that should be a first concern among anyone looking to buy or upgrade a mobile device. Apple is basically eating Android’s dust. Especially in dusty Third World countries outside...

Ebooks, Children’s Titles Grow in 2014

Overall revenues are up slightly for U.S. trade books, according to monthly and year-to-date figures released today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). AAP’s StatShot program, which covers publishers’ net earnings from distribution channels rather than retailers, indicates 3.9% growth in the trade sector during the first five months of 2014 over the same...

Snapchat Poaches Google Comms Exec

Jill Hazelbaker, the Googler who heads up communications and government relations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is heading to Snapchat. The ephemeral messaging app snagged the exec to lead communications and policy amidst its expansion. “Very excited to join the team at Snapchat — and thankful for my years at Google,” Hazelbaker said...

Windows 9 Fresh Leaks Show That it Supports Resolutions Up to 8K and Improved DPI Scaling

Windows 8.1 already offers support for resolutions up to 4K, but the Windows 9 release is said to take things to the next level, adding support for 8K resolutions and improved DPI scaling. This was discovered in the leaked Windows 9 build 9832. DPI scaling will also be better now, as shown by the leaks...

Independent Author Previews and a “tide turning”: #FutureChat recap

The Bookseller's announcement that it will begin next month previewing self-published work from the Nook Press platform prompted our #FutureChat focus on efforts to "open up to indies," as the Alliance of Independent Authors' campaign (ALLi) has it. read more...

Mystery Samsung 7 inch Tablet Appears in Zauba Database: SM-T240

Leave it to Zauba, the Indian database tracking product imports and exports to supply your daily leaks! Today we uncover a fresh Samsung tablet, a 7 incher codenamed SM-T240, that appeared in said database. It would be high time for the Galaxy Tab 4 7 Lite to be unveiled if you ask me, but let’s...

Android One strengthens Google’s emerging markets armlock

Announced at the the Google I/O 2014 development conference in June 2014, Android One is Google’s new reference platform for emerging markets, with a sub-$100 price tag and solid hardware specs, including a 4.5″ screen, dual SIM slots, SD card port, FM radio, etc. Wasting no time, Google has already brought the new platform to market, via initial product releases...