Study: E-book Sales Continue to Flourish

kobo ereader  E-book Sales continue to be rock solid according to BookStats, a collaboration between the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). This first BookStats report covers the years 2008-10. Get the complete details here.

“The BookStats study indicates that the publishing industry is healthy and growing during a time of unprecedented change,” said Dominique Raccah, the founder and CEO of Illinois-based publisher Sourcebooks and the chair of the BookStats committee. “Publishers in every sector of our business have made significant investments in content and technology to better serve their audiences’ needs, and those efforts seem to correlate with the results we’re seeing.”

Related story: HarperCollins e-book sales now comprise 11% of its total revenue, the company has said following parent NewsCorp’s latest results. [MORE DETAILS HERE]

 

15 Years Later 90-year-old Man Publishes Digital Book

In the prime of death

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Studying journalism in 1937, Roscoe Born never dreamed of seeing his own writing in digital format. But looking back now, the 90-year-old author said he is grateful for the technology advancement that has given him the ability to publish a roughly 95,000-word murder-mystery novel, which he started 15 years ago, in the form of an e-book.

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“In The Prime of Death” – get the full details on this book here.

Columbia’s Publishing Course Impacted by E-books

college courseThe success of e-books is affecting all aspects of the publishing industry, recently leading to a change in the material discussed at Columbia’s Publishing Course, a annual six-week summer session to educate college graduates on book editing, sales, cover design and publicity. 

This year, the course focused on “The Digital Future” of publishing and the transition to e-books.  The course… [CLICK HERE]

South Korea Going Book-less by 2015?

Yes, it’s hard to imagine a world without a book case, and the handful of novels we never got around to picking up yet. In South Korea, there seems to be much less fear over a paperless world, as the country has promised to replace all the paper in its schools by 2015.

The peninsular nation plans on spending over $2 billion developing digital text books, which would then be available on students’ school-supplied tablets. Along with more traditional learning content, students will also get… [LEARN MORE – CLICK HERE]