It’s essential for publishers to track and analyze ebook sales data, but the process is time-consuming. A new ebook analytics tool from app ranking company App Annie aims to make the process easier.
Digital now accounts for 11.3 percent of Hachette’s sales worldwide, and about 20 percent of Random House’s
When Open Road Media launched in 2009, the idea of an all-digital publisher was still fairly new. Nearly four years later, it’s encountering more competition as publishers of all sizes hone their digital strategies. Here’s what it’s doing to try to stay ahead.
The crux of the government’s case against Apple is that it acted as the “ringmaster” of a conspiracy among the publishers to raise the price of ebooks above what Amazon was selling them for. But what the government calls a conspiracy in restraint of trade, Apple calls standard operating procedure for entering a concentrated media market.
Mobile analytics companies provide app publishers with data about their users. Hiptype, a Y Combinator startup, wants to do the same thing for ebooks. That could be huge for data-starved book publishers — except that for now, Hiptype only works on platforms that support HTML5.
Print books still dominate, but a new report reveals that in 2011, ebooks made up 15 percent of all trade book sales. In addition, digital is now the most popular format for adult fiction. Despite the massive growth of digital, though, bricks-and-mortar stores are still the largest sales channel for publishers.
In a brief filed with the Department of Justice this morning, Barnes & Noble says the proposed e-book pricing settlement “represents an unprecedented effort” to become “a regulator of a nascent technology that it little understands.” In fact, B&N argues, e-book and hardcover prices have fallen.
Our primer to today’s DOJ lawsuit against five publishers and Apple — how we got here and what comes next.
A couple of years ago, with Amazon steadily pushing down the prices of e-books, the fortunes of the big book publishers were sinking fast. T…
The ultimate outcome of the Department of Justice’s case against Apple and five major book publishers over alleged price fixing and collusion in e-books is unknown, but it seems obvious that prices are likely to go down — and that could be a good thing for publishers.