Why Do Kids Prefer To Read Print And Not Ebooks?

Nearly two-thirds of children will always want to read print books even though there are ebooks available. Literacy advocate and teacher Donna Rasmussen thinks this is because “We are tactile creatures. We will judge books by their covers and that’s okay,” she said. “We do many creative things with books we can’t with digital, like building a poetry out of book spines.”

Recent research conducted by BookTrust in association with the Open University revealed that 76% of surveyed parents found their children prefer print books for reading for pleasure and 69% prefer print books for educational reading. As for interactive e-books…

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How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Are Changing Publishing | Digital Book World

“It’s these guys’ worlds. We just post in it and shop in it,” said New York University Professor Scott Galloway of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google at Digital Book World 2016. During a talk called “The Four Horsemen,” Galloway argued that these four companies are taking over the world and continually disrupting the publishing ecosystem.

Source: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Are Changing Publishing | Digital Book World

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E-book Sales Tumbled in October 2015 – According to the A.A.P. at least

Sales of adult e-books dropped 22.0% in the month, compared to same period last year, according to figures released by the Association of American Publishers through its StatShot program.

JZ Comment:  As with previous “falling ebook sales” reports, please always temper this news with the fact that these figures are ONLY from those who report figures. In this this case, only 1205 publishers of the AAP reported the figures that produced this report. With the huge ebook business generated by authors moving to self-publishing platforms it can’t simply be extrapolated from these reports that the entire ebook industry is seeing ‘plunging’ sales. It is highly likely that the ebook industry, as a whole, is seeing continued growth.

Source: E-book Sales Tumbled in October

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Nook Abandoning the UK Ebook Market


Nook Press have made the decision to pull out of the UK ebook market on 15th March 2016. From that date digital content from Nook Press will only be sold in the USA. Existing customer who have purchased ebooks will still have access to their content due to an arrangement with Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand.

In a statement being released to  authors and publishers, Nook Press say:

“We are writing to announce an important change to our NOOK Service that will affect NOOK Press vendors publishing content in the United Kingdom. Effective March 15, 2016, NOOK will no longer sell digital content in the United Kingdom. The NOOK Store on NOOK devices sold in the UK, on the NOOK Reading App for Android, and at www.nook.com/gb will discontinue operations.

NOOK customers in the UK will continue to have access to purchased NOOK Books until May 31, 2016. After this date, NOOK has arranged for the award‑winning Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand to provide access to customers’ purchased NOOK Books.

There is no change to NOOK Service or NOOK Press in the United States. If you are an author based outside the US in a supported country, you can continue to use NOOK Press to publish digital content in the United States and receive payment in your local currency.

After the March 15th, 2016 deadline, titles will be available for sale in the US only, with a list price in USD ($). For new titles, you will no longer be able to set pricing in British Pounds (£) or Euros (€). For existing titles, no changes need to be made by you at this time. If you are making a change to the Book Details, however, the Sales Territory Rights will default to “United States only”. Your sales reports will continue to report any sales of titles in the UK that were sold prior to the discontinuation date.”

It was only two years ago since Nook began selling content to the UK and Europe. This withdrawal is a sign that Nook have found it difficult to compete with Amazon and Kindle. Even in the US they have always lagged behind the Bezos Behemoth, and Nook has been more of a chain around the neck of Barnes and Noble than a profitable entity.

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Majority of parents worried about children’s digital reading, survey finds | Books | The Guardian

The majority of parents are concerned about their children using interactive ebooks, according to a new survey, with respondents suggesting they feared ebooks would negatively affect their children’s attention span or expose them to inappropriate content.

More than 1,500 parents of UK children aged up to eight were surveyed by the reading charity BookTrust in association with the Open University. Asking parents…

Source: Majority of parents worried about children’s digital reading, survey finds | Books | The Guardian

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How To Make Your Content Ebook-Friendly in Word


We released our first ebook resource today Formatting Ebook-Friendly Word Documents & Manuscripts, a handy guide which addresses the issues that can come from using Word content as a source for ebooks. MS Word is a powerful program overall and an easy to use word-processor but it wasn’t designed as a tool to prepare content for ebooks, so there’s a number of normal practices and methods authors employ using Word features which appear perfectly fine in Word, but can lead to problems down the line when the content is used as a source for ebooks. This guide helps you keep your content clean of hidden dangers! It’s aimed at both beginners and seasoned Word users.

The selling price is $5.99 but you can get Formatting Ebook-Friendly Word Documents & Manuscripts for a wallet-pleasing $3.99 till the end of February, exclusively from OmniLit.com!

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How publishing startups use tech tactics to thrive in the digital era – TechRepublic

Book publishing startups have picked apart every piece of the publishing stack and re-imagined it for a digital world. Hackathons and crowdsourcing are two pieces of this new puzzle. From content creation to manuscript acquisition to distribution to sales, publishing startups are combining traditional book publishing and tech startup tactics in fascinating ways to reinvigorate and reimagine book publishing. These book startups pride themselves on retaining much of the quality of a traditional publisher, while solving key problems with traditional publishing: high overhead, low tolerance for risk, and slow time-to-market. More…

Source: How publishing startups use tech tactics to thrive in the digital era – TechRepublic

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Oyster Ebook Subscription App Shutting Down | The Digital Reader


On Friday the ebook subscription service Oyster released the final update to its app for iPad and iPhone, and used that update to quietly announce that it was shutting down. The three-year-old startup was acquired by Google last September, and had promised to remain open into spring 2016 as the staff transitioned over to Google. Alas, that did not happen; instead Oyster started closing accounts in late December. Judging by the tweets I found, Oyster closed accounts as each account came up for renewal, and then followed that with a formal shut down of the service on Friday. In keeping with Google’s usual reticence, Oyster has said little since the acquisition last year (in fact, the changelog for the last update includes little more than a broken link to an FAQ). “As we continue on, we couldn’t be more excited about the future of ebooks and mobile reading. We believe more than ever that the phone will be the primary reading device globally over the next decade—enabling access to knowledge and stories for billions of people worldwide,” the Oyster team said last fall. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it was widely assumed that Oyster sold out and shut down because its service was […]

Source: Oyster Turns Off the Lights Following One Final iOS App Update | The Digital Reader

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JZ Editorial: Harry Potter digital arm loses millions and sheds jobs.

“IT WAS hailed as a revolution in publishing that would allow one of the world’s best-selling authors to control her own empire and add to her fortune.”

Source: Harry Potter digital arm loses £6m and sheds jobs – The Scotsman


One part of the above article struck me as annoying. If you have a read at it you’ll see it.

“But amid a decline in ebook sales and a print renaissance, even the phenomenon that is Harry Potter is not immune to global trends.”

This is a ‘fact’ that should rankle anyone in the ebook industry – be they authors, publishers, or other industry people. This ‘fact’ is drawn only from the big publishers. It is THEY who have experienced a drop in ebook sales, and it is only THEY, and other publishers who choose to participate in the reporting of sales, who provide the (mis)information that the ebook industry is in decline.

What about the thousands upon thousands upon thousands of authors who in their droves now choose to leave those very publishers and self-publish? What about the massive sales of ebooks by the #1 global book retailer, Amazon?


That’s right. Amazon do not release their sales figures. Self-publishing authors are not asked for their sales figures. Independent publishers are not asked for their sales figures. The ‘reports’ of a declining ebook industry are based on a mere fraction of lop-sided figures from just a few entities in publishing (and ironically those who were at the outset dead-set AGAINST ebooks). The much more likely truth of the matter is that the ebook industry is extremely healthy and still growing. In 2014 it was estimated that almost ONE MILLION ebooks were released through Amazon’s KDP publishing platform.

Ms Rowling resisted placing the Potter books into the ebook domain for so long, before deciding in 2011 to do so in a manner in which she could still control the books. She started ‘Pottermore’ – her own platform for selling the Potter ebooks to the fans hungry for them. It has now failed, largely due to existing fans getting their fill, no further Potter content, and no new fans coming in. So now you can find the Potter books appearing on the likes of Amazon, but it is still NOT Amazon who are selling it. If you click to buy you are still directed to Pottermore for the sale! The only difference is the ebook is sent directly to your device.

The mistake was made long ago when there was ongoing resistance to allowing anyone else to sell ‘Potter’. OK, Ms Rowling may have already made her fortunes from the franchise, but in doing so has denied for so long something many people already knew:


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