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Archives: February 2011

Random House Adopts Agency Pricing Model

Random House will adopt an agency pricing model as of March 1st.

The publisher issued this statement late this afternoon: “Going forward, Random House will set consumer prices for the e‐books we publish, and we will provide retailers with a commission for each sale.  There are no changes to our terms of sale for physical books. The agency model guarantees a higher margin for retailers than did our previous sales terms. We are making this change both as an investment in the successful digital transition of our existing partners and in order to give us the opportunity to forge new retail relationships.”

GalleyCat has more: “The American Booksellers Association immediately issued a statement supporting the move. The new price model for Random House books will also help 200 ABA booksellers sell Google eBooks through their websites. ABA CEO Oren Teicher had this statement: ‘We have believed from the beginning that the agency model is in the best interest of not only the book industry, but the consuming public as well … We appreciate the careful and thoughtful deliberation Random House has brought to this issue, and applaud their decision to adopt agency pricing.’”

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JPMorgan Expects Tablet Sales To Soar

JPMorgan Securities Analyst Mark Moskowitz told Reuters that he expects the tablet market to hit $35 billion market by 2012, cutting into PC sales.

Moskowitz told Reuters: “We expect tablets to have an increasingly negative impact on PC shipments. More than 35 percent of tablets sold in 2012 will be cannibalistic, particularly as relates to netbooks and notebooks.”

Reuters has more from the brokerage house’s outlook report: “JP Morgan raised its 2011 tablet revenue estimates to $26.1 billion from $24.9 billion and 2012 estimates to $35.2 billion from $34.1 billion. It expects 2011 unit shipments of 47.9 million, up from its prior view of 46.1 million. For 2012 it sees unit shipments of 79.6 million, up from its prior view of 78.2 million.”

Much like what happened with eReader, JPMorgan predicts that soaring tablet sales will drive lower prices.

Will You Join the HarperCollins Boycott?

Last Friday the world learned that HarperCollins had decided to restrict how many times one of its eBooks can be checked out of the library.  (If you haven’t read about this story yet, check out eBookNewser’s coverage here.)

Given how fast the internet moves, it should come as no surprise that someone has already started a boycott movement. There’s even a website.

Considering that HarperCollins decision to restrict eBook lending is highly unpopular among librarians and readers, this movement might become powerful enough to actually change HarperCollins ‘ mind. Are you going to join?

Boycott HarperCollins

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Broadcastr App Merges Storytelling And Location Based Social Networking

Electric Literature is taking location based social networks to a whole new level with the beta launch of a new storytelling website called Broadcastr. The site lets people share their stories from around the globe through shared audio clips, and organizes them by location.

Electric Literature co-founders Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum introduced the site at the eBook Summit this past December. GalleyCat reports: “The storytelling app will let people record audio versions of location-specific stories around the globe–like Foursquare for storytellers. Above, we’ve embedded a video of the eBook Summit presentation.”

It could be a great way to discover a new place when traveling, and share your own stories. Here is more from the Broadcastr site: “Users can take a GPS-enabled walk as stories about their surroundings stream into their headphones, like a museum tour of the entire world. Users can record their own content, create playlists, follow their friends, and share on Facebook.”

Bristol Classical Press eBook Sales Grew 18x In 2010

Bloomsbury Publishing reported $147.5 million (£90.7m) in revenue for 2010 up from $141.8 million (£87.2m) in 2009.

The company attributed the growth to bestsellers such as Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, as well as to eBook sales. In 2010, Bloomsbury’s Bristol Classical Press imprint (which added Duckworth Academic through acquisition in November 2010), saw eBook sales grow eighteen fold in 2010 over 2009 from $131,000 to $2.3 million.

Nigel Newton, Chief Executive at Bloomsbury commented: “With sales of digital devices such as the Kindle, Nook and iPad growing rapidly, 2011 will clearly be the year of the e-book.  Our overall trade e-book sales are currently running at just under 10% of print sales, a proportion we expect to increase as more backlist titles are added and as the UK market gains the kind of momentum being seen in the US…On 1 March 2011, we will be implementing a new strategic plan for One Global Bloomsbury with Four Worldwide Publishing Divisions.”

New Nook Color For $200 On eBay

Daily Deals is offering a $50 off coupon for the Nook Color on eBay, good until 3 pm ET today, so act fast. There are currently more than 10 coupons available.

The eReader device is sold from the Barnes & Noble seller account and comes with free shipping.

To redeem the coupon, you must be a registered eBay user and purchase the item from the “Buy It Now” option. Then you can apply the coupon code at check out. And you must pay for the item via PayPal by March 3rd at 8am PT.

Kodansha’s New President Is An eBook Advocate

Some time in mid April a new President will be assuming leadership at Kodansha Ltd, a major Japanese publishing house.  Yoshinobu Noma, currently the executive vice president, is expected to replace his mother when she retires from the position she’s held for the past 24 years.

Mr. Noma also currently serves as a director for the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan.

Back in 2010, he had this to say about ebooks: “Electronic books have the potential to increase the ways in which literary works are read. This would stimulate demand for paper books and revitalize the publishing market, including bookstores.”

via Asahi

Geodesic Limited HiAchieve Partnership Brings Social Media To Digital Textbooks

Digital education is getting more social. Geodesic Limited, a company that makes instant messaging and VoIP platforms, has partnered with HiAchieve Digital Technology, a Taiwan-based digital learning company services, to embed Geodesic’s Mundu Messenger into HiAchieve’s Android-powered eWonderPad tablet.

The eWonderPad has reading materials, simulated tests, and textbooks, and now with this new partnership, it will include IM as a way to make studying more social. Students can also use the platform to share photos, video clips and audio clips, as well as post to their social networking pages.

David Lin, CTO of HiAchieve Digital Technology had this statement: “IM and social networking are becoming important in all aspects of day-to-day life, including studying. With the addition of Mundu IM to eWonderPad, students can instantly communicate with each other on schoolwork – making the study process collaborative versus solitary. This is truly the next generation of digital learning.”

Have You Backed Up Your Ebooks Lately?

Did you here what happened over the weekend? Google accidentally reset 150 thousand GMail accounts. That’s 150 thousand people who have lost all their emails, contact info, and any attached files. Some of them have used GMail for 5 years or more, and now it’s all gone.

Google is working to recover the lost data, yes. But what about the next disaster? Ebookstores don’t last forever, and some have even lost ebooks that they promised to store (Fictionwise, Amazon, Sony). An ebookstore might even close unexpectedly. Are you ready?

The first rule of backup is to have a copy off of your main device. If you use an eReader, make sure you have a copy of all your ebooks on your computer.  Next, you might want to consider keeping a copy of your library on another computer or on some type of Flash storage (thumb drive, SD card, etc).  Or you might want to have your second backup online. Dropbox is a good, free option, with up to 2 GB free disk space.

P.S. The same goes for all your data, actually. It’s never too soon to plan for the next fiasco.

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(The same goes for all your data, actually.)

Dorothee Kocks Uses eBook Sales To Help New Zealand Earthquake Victims

Wanting to help people in New Zealand, author Dorothee Kocks and her publisher New Zealand Rosa Mira Books is donating all proceeds from eBook sales of Kocks’ novel The Glass Harmonica to the citizens of Christchurch.

Rose Mira Books e-mailed eBookNewser with the details, describing her reason for doing so. From the publisher: “I grew in Christchurch and was in the area during the quake. Rebuilding the infrastructure and re-establishing normal life in the city will be a long, slow process. In the meantime, many are short of basic household and food supplies.”

All proceeds from eBook sales for the book between now and March 7th will be donated to the Christchurch’s Mayoral fund, which was set up for donations to the citizens of Christchurch in need last week’s earthquake. Follow this link to buy the eBook.