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eBooks Now Multi-Billion Dollar Category for Amazon

Amazon reported today that net sales increased 22 percent to $21.27 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. The release also noted that eBooks are now a “multi-billion dollar category” for the company.

CEO Jeff Bezos had this comment: “After 5 years, eBooks is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast – up approximately 70% last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just 5%. We’re excited and very grateful to our customers for their response to Kindle and our ever expanding ecosystem and selection.”

According to CNBC, Wall Street analysts had predicted $22.26 billion in revenue for the quarter. At the same time, Amazon’s net income was down 45 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, falling to $0.21 per diluted share from $0.38 from the same period last year.

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25 Free Christmas eBooks

Want to give free eBooks to your friends and family this holiday season?

For all the GalleyCat readers who celebrate Christmas, we’ve collected 25 free digital books about the holiday–they can be downloaded in all eBook formats. Our list includes old classics like A Christmas Carol (pictured) but we also discovered some lost gems like A Kidnapped Santa Claus.

Follow these links to explore more free eBooks at Project Gutenberg: our 50 Free eBooks To Be Thankful For list, our Free Books for Halloween collection, our Free Herman Melville books list, our Free Edgar Allan Poe books collection, our Downton Abbey poetry reading list, our Free Bram Stoker collection and our Free Books That Inspired David Foster Wallace list and Free Books Neil deGrasse Tyson Thinks Everybody Should Read.

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How AskMen Published 7 eBooks in Two and a Half Months

The online men’s magazine AskMen has opened a new publishing program through PressBooks, creating seven new eBooks in two and a half months.

Led by AskMen managing editor Emma McKay, the imprint uses content from her pool of writers at the site. Check it out:

AskMen did two books with us to test the waters, and in October, decided on a bigger project: they planned to get 7 books out the door before the end of the year. Two-and-a-half months is too quick to do that, I told Emma, but we set up Askmen with a PressBooks Publisher platform (website, book catalog, and ebook production), and thought, “Ha. Good luck meeting those crazy publishing deadlines, Emma!” Well, Emma and her team at AskMen did meet the deadline:7 books, live on a PressBooks Publisher site, and out in ebook retailers (through PressBooks distribution partner, INscribe Digital).

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Amazon Is The Most Lucrative eBook Sales Channel

Not surprisingly, Amazon is the most lucrative sales channel for eBooks, according to Revealing the Business of eBooks: 2009-2012, the fourth eBook survey of publishers conducted by Aptara and Publisher’s Weekly. The study, which was conducted in April, found that 68 percent of eBook publishers sell via Amazon making it the most popular sales channel for eBooks, followed by Apple’s iBookstore which is used by 58 percent of eBook publishers.

The study found that 4 out of 5 publishers are now publishing eBooks, which is an increase of 30 percent from three years ago. Making titles available as eBooks is helping drive sales. According to the report, 36 percent of eBook publishers are “realizing double-digit annual eBook revenues,” which is up 100 percent since last year. Still, the report points out that 65 percent of eBook publishers have converted less than half of their backlist titles into eBooks.

Curiously, the report found that while 31 percent of eBook publishers produce enhanced eBooks, only 12 percent of those publishers are finding that these enhancements have a positive impact on sales.

Scholastic Teams Up with Ruckus Media Group to Launch New Transmedia Imprint

Scholastic is teaming up with Ruckus Media Group to launch a new children’s transmedia imprint–utilizing different platforms to tell stories. The new imprint will also explore backlist titles with these new tools.

The Scholastic Ruckus imprint will publish books for all ages (from infants to teens) in a variety of platforms including print, eBooks and enhanced eBooks. The imprint has several projects in the works and has titles slated for release in 2012. What Scholastic authors would you like to see enhanced eBooks from?

Here’s more from the release: “In addition to intellectual property from titles in the Ruckus library and new projects developed for both digital and print, Ruckus Media is aggressively acquiring rights to out-of-print backlist titles to publish in print or in e-book formats to be distributed by Scholastic under the Ruckus imprint.” What do you think?