Yet another UK publishing house have seen their eBook sales double in 2011- Penguin Books recently released this Trading Report which clearly outlines the rise in the digital market. eBook Magazine, an essential online resource has a full report.
iPad owners are able to download free a copy of the Official Royal Wedding programme - the digital copy is identical to the paper copies that were sold on the big day.
Italy is the latest country to fall to the lure of eBooks - Italians are taking to eReaders. “There are likely 150,000-200,000 people using eReading devices and 20 plus stores selling eBooks. Considering that less than 50% of Italians buy at least a book a year, these are pretty good numbers for a six month old market.” Marco Ferrario, CEO of 40k a new digital publisher in Italy. For full interview go HERE
F+W Media has acquired Tyrus Books, the company’s first move into the crime book space. Tyrus founder Benjamin LeRoy will serve as publisher of a brand new imprint, F+W Crime.
The imprint will publish its first books in June, and up to 200 eBook-only titles are scheduled for the year. They will also publish “select” print releases this fall.
Macmillan has created a new online community for crime fiction and nonfiction readers, CriminalElement.com. Here’s more from the press release: “At launch there will be excerpts, original fiction and articles by authors Joseph Finder, Steve Hamilton, Rosemary Harris, Charles Ardai, Luis Alberto Urrea and more…CriminalElement.com is ‘publisher neutral,’ meaning that it will include author participation from all publishers and other content creators, and is not exclusive to Macmillan authors.”Crime writers from any publisher can submit original short stories and pre-release excerpts to senior manager Liz Edelstein. This site will also have a Facebook page and Twitter page.
HERE . Titled, Loving and Taking Care of our Readers, the article offers some interesting insights into the role of the author in the modern world - "Obviously, if we choose to self-pub or go with a smaller press, we’ll need to shoulder the bulk of marketing and publicity. With a larger traditional publisher, authors will have the publisher’s sales team working for them, getting their books into brick-and-mortar stores, advertising with distributors, and sending it out to major reviewers." Read the full article