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The Wall Street Journal Begins Tracking E-Book Bestsellers

BY Whitney Sullivan, NOVEMBER 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

As of this week, the Wall Street Journal is now including the top ten fiction and non-fiction e-books on their weekly bestseller lists. By including e-books, the WSJ joins the New York Times and USA Today, which were already covering bestselling e-books. However, unlike these other two publications, the WSJ uses Nielsen BookScan for their information about what is hot in the e-format.

The WSJ’s addition to expanded list of selling stats premiered last Saturday, with the e-bestsellers for the week that ended on October 23. In a statement about this addition, Nielsen BookScan stated that they will be mining data from “all major e-book retailers” and the lists are set to include any books topping that list that sell for ninety-nine cents or higher. That is to say, Nielsen will now be collecting data about e-book sales from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google. 


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

Heart of a Knight by Barbara Samuel

Get It For Free >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Touched by Angels by Peggy Webb

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Vamped by Lucienne Diver

Buy For $1.99 >>

         


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Are Cheap E-book Prices Devaluing Authors' Work?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

In a recent blog post at The Future of Publishing, Thad McIlroy asserts that Amazon poses a danger to the industry — not because of the Internet giant’s recent expansion into the publishing business (e.g. Amazon publishing mysteries, romance, and sci fi/fantasy/horror), but in the company's role as a bookseller. McIlroy argues that Amazon has been able to take over too much control of the bookselling market, which in turn is affecting the publishing industry in several serious ways, not the least of which is how Amazon is driving down the price of books.


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A Good Alternative To E-books? Print On Demand With The Espresso Book Machine

BY Whitney Sullivan, OCTOBER 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Print-on-demand technology: what are your options and are POD books really a viable alternative to the e-revolution? With all the talk that we do about e-books, and the coverage that we give this emerging — or possibly the correct tense is emerged — e-book market, it seemed only fair that we pause in our almost overwhelming praise to consider the options available for readers who prefer to hold a print book in their hands.

Today, I am taking a look at whether the Espresso Book Machine, pictured left, may hold answers for the publishing industry and readers who love traditional print format books. 

The Espresso Book Machine is the invention of Jason Epstein, who has already changed the publishing industry in amazing ways. Epstein is widely lauded as the creator of the mass market paperback in the 1950s, after seeing that there would be a market for these books during his time at Columbia University. The man is also behind the creation of The Reader’s Catalog, which allowed booklovers access to titles that were no longer on the shelves of chain bookstores, during the end of the 1980s — a program that is often credited as the precursor to the online retailer Amazon.


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Tags: E-Book
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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

Every Night I'm Yours by Christie Kelley

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Pleasure With Purpose by Lisa Renee Jones

Get It For Free >>

 

Young Adult

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Buy For $2.99 >>

     


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

Lessons in Indiscretion by Karen Erickson

Buy For $2.69 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Sold To The Highest Bidder by Donna Alward

Get It For Free >>

 

Young Adult

Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson

Get It For Free >>

         


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Tags: E-Book
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Amazon Announces The New Breeds Of Kindle E-Readers!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

Amazon is winning the hearts and minds of readers all over again with the company's newest Kindle products. From the too-good-to-be-true sounding Kindle Fire to the Kindle Touch and even a version for the reader who wants a no-frills electronic device, Amazon is rolling out their new breed of Kindles just in time for the holidays. However, we were certainly not expecting more than four different types of Kindle e-readers to hit the stores for the holiday rush. Here’s everything you need to know before you order a device for yourself or a loved one:


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E-Loaning: Kindle Readers Can Now Connect To Their Local Libraries!

BY Whitney Sullivan, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Kindle lending has finally come — or is coming soon — to approximately 11, 000 local libraries all across the country. Earlier this week Amazon's Kindle lending programs launched at libraries such as my local spot for free reads, the New York Public Library. Although there are still many unanswered questions about Kindle's lending-library service, such as which libraries are involved, what publishers' materials they can grant digital access to and exactly how patron privacy will be protected as the libraries work in conjunction with Amazon, I decided to take the new service on a test drive to see exactly how usable it is if your library does offer Kindle lending.


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Across The Digital Divide: E-Books And The Poor

BY Whitney Sullivan, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

I was touched by the blog post that Seanan McGuire (aka author Mira Grant) wrote about the way that the so-called “death of print” is a threat to America’s poor. That is to say, this trend towards e-only publications — the result of the growth of the electronic book and device market over the past few years (and in one giant leap last winter) — is a move with many ramifications. 

Several of these changes are positive. For starters, authors are able to get their books to fans more quickly and often with a much small price tag for new releases. As a reader, one of my favorite aspects of my Kindle is that I can fit far more books on my e-reader than I would ever be able to house in my tiny apartment. I also love that while my Kindle is the size of a single book, it gives me access to many more novels so there’s no more sitting bored on the train, or wherever I am when I finish the book I’m reading. These benefits mean that I’ve adopted e-books as an inexpensive, way to devour more books than ever before.


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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady by Gayle Callen

Buy For $1.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Baby, I'm Yours by Susan Andersen

Buy For $2.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Buy For $1.99 >>

         


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