Archives: February 2012

eBook Production Outpacing Hardbacks

The Bookseller is reporting that, for the first time ever, more eBooks were produced in the UK than hardbacks.

According to figures recently released by Neilsen Bookscan, 149,800 new ISBNs were registered in the UK in 2011 (down from last year’s 151,959). Of that total, 35,000 ISBNs were registered for eBooks, 30,175 for hardback books, and 71,000 ISBNs were assigned to new paperbacks.

As an official milestone, this is an important occasional.  Now it is no longer fair to complain about eBooks being priced as high as hardbacks; instead we should complain about hardbacks being prices as low as eBooks.

Kidding aside, we probably reached this point some time in 2009 or 2010, and I’m guessing this because the Neilsen figures don’t count all the eBooks being produced, just the ones with ISBNs. A significant part of self-pubbed eBooks don’t have ISBNs, so Neilsen cannot track them.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Removes Amazon Links

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has responded to the Amazon/Independent Publishers Group (IPG) contract lapse — which resulted in the removal of almost 5,000 indie books from the Kindle book store — by removing Amazon links for books on its website. The site now links to other retailers, including Powell’s and Barnes & Noble.

SFWA explains the move on its site: “Our goal is to make sure that it is possible to order our members’ fiction. Hurting authors to make a point about a publishing model is not a good practice, for anyone.”

GalleyCat has more: “SFWA is not alone. Last week author Jim Hanas removed the Amazon buy button from his website for the book Why They Cried. eBook social networking site Copia also responded by running a sale on titles that had been cut from the Kindle store.”

Indie Bookstore Shuns eBooks

This photo was taken in the window of independent book store Spoonbill & Sugartown in Brooklyn, NY.

It reads: “‘e-books’ are not books, only books are books. Happiness is a warm book.”

As you can see from the sign in the window, they are not one of the indie book stores that are embracing eBooks and selling them through Google.

Funnily enough some of the other bookstores that they mention as “other great bookshops” include Word, St. Mark’s and Greenlight, all of whom sell eBooks from their websites.

Top 20 Free eBook Apps Of The Week

iBooks continues to lead as the most popular free app in the Apple App Store this week, according to Apple. Kindle is the second most popular free book app in iTunes. Barnes & Noble’s Nook app joins the list this week at No. 5. The book retailer’s B&N app remains on the list at No. 13, where it joined the list last week.

Explore these 20 free apps and find out what kind of literary apps succeed in this crowded marketplace. We spotlight the top grossing book apps, the top paid Android books apps and the most popular free apps every week.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS apps of the week–linking to iTunes so that you can check out the apps. Read more

Will App Users Get Fed Up With Privacy Issues?

Developers who create content for Apple’s App Store have revealed that they can create apps that can access users address book and photos without the user knowing.

The New York Times reports: “The New York Times asked a developer, who asked not to be named because he worked for a popular app maker and did not want to involve his employer, to create a test application that collected photos and location information from an iPhone. When the test app, PhotoSpy, was opened, it asked for access to location data. Once this was granted, it began siphoning photos and their location data to a remote server. (The app was not submitted to the App Store.).” Read more