Friday Debate: Accessibility to ARCs

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Friday Debate: Women and Fantasy

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Friday Debate: E-book Access

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Friday Debate: US Second Titles

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Indie Booksellers Outraged Over Decision to Launch “Marlon Bundo” on Amazon

Marlon Bundo maybe making the bestseller list but to some independent booksellers, they feel were not given the chance to reap the benefits. Continue reading “Indie Booksellers Outraged Over Decision to Launch “Marlon Bundo” on Amazon”

Books By Women: Female Writers To Watch Out For

As much as we like to think much has changed, the literary world is still a male-dominated industry.  Women may buy more books than men but that doesn’t account for female writers being overlook in the book world, according to a survey done by VIDA, Women In Literary Arts.  But just because the publishing world refuses to progress, that doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t. So in honor of International Women’s Day, let us take the time recognize the female authors. 2018 looks like it is going to be another great year for book written by women. Just check out these ten books and see what great we can anticipate for the rest of the year: Continue reading “Books By Women: Female Writers To Watch Out For”

E-Book Sales Decline As Paperback Sales Rise

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Those who said the printed word was dead might want to take that back.

A news report suggests that people are ditching e-books and are returning to the good old fashioned printed books. E-book sales have declined 18.7% in the U.S. over a period of nine months in the beginning of 2016, according to the Association of American Publishers. While e-books’ sales decreased, paperbacks and hardcovers sales increased.

A similar trend occurred in the UK. As reported by the Guardian newspaper:

Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011 – the year the ebook craze took off as Jeff Bezos’ market-dominating Amazon Kindle took the UK by storm.

It is the second year running that sales of consumer ebooks – the biggest segment of the £538m ebook market, which fell 3% last year – have slumped as commuters, holidaymakers and leisure readers shelve digital editions in favour of good old fashioned print novels.

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Oyster Closes The Book On Its Operations

The company that was tagged the “Netflix for books” is closing the book. Literally.

Oyster announced that there online book subscription service will be shutting down and offering refunds to their customers over the next few weeks. As reported:

The news comes as a bit of a surprise—Oyster was one of the major players in the e-book subscription space along with San Francisco startup Scribd and Amazon, which offers all-you-can eat reading through Kindle Unlimited. Unlike Amazon, however, Oyster had the backing of the Big Five publishers—Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster—who offered their books on the service. (The Big Five also work with Scribd.) The e-book subscription business model is based on paying publishers a sum of money after “a fair portion” of a book is read, as well as sharing anonymized reading activity with publishers to help them target readers.”

Unfortunately, this is not a surprise. With better services out there (*cough* your public library), these type of online book subscriptions don’t appear to have a viable future. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and Scribd are still continuing, but you have to wonder for how long.

To read the full article, you can find it here.

E-Book Sales Decline Due To New Amazon Contracts

I thought this news report would mix well with this week’s Weekly Tea Discussion.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal:

When the world’s largest publishers struck e-book distribution deals with Amazon.com Inc. over the past several months, they seemed to get what they wanted: the right to set the prices of their titles and avoid the steep discounts the online retail giant often applies.

But in the early going, that strategy doesn’t appear to be paying off. Three big publishers that signed new pacts with AmazonLagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group, News Corp ’s HarperCollins Publishers and CBS Corp. ’s Simon & Schuster—reported declining e-book revenue in their latest reporting periods.

“The new business model for e-books is having a significant impact on what [the big] publishers report,” said one publishing executive. “There’s no question that publishers’ net receipts have gone down.”

A recent snapshot of e-book prices found that titles in the Kindle bookstore from the five biggest publishers cost, on average, $10.81, while all other 2015 e-books on the site had an average price of $4.95, according to industry researcher Codex Group LLC.

“Since book buyers expect the price of a Kindle e-book to be well under $9, once you get to over $10 consumers start to say, ‘Let me think about that,’” said Codex CEO Peter Hildick-Smith.”

If you noticed by the infograph created by the newspaper, you really see no difference in pricing between an e-book and a hardcover:

This is why my purchasing of ebooks has decreased. There really isn’t that much of a difference. You might as well buy the hard copy.

Publishers fought so hard for the right to set e-book prices. They won but I can’t help but think they ended up being the losers in the situation.

As publishers game out e-book pricing, the stakes are high for authors and agents. “I want my clients’ books to be sold for as high a value as possible, but the important word is sold,” said Richard Pine, an agent at Inkwell Management.”

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Weekly Tea Discussion: Book Sequels

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When you think of sequels, you most likely associated with movies. When a movie becomes a huge hit, either culturally or financially (mostly focused on the latter), a sequel is quickly announced. I mean, take a look at Jurassic World (which was awesome by the way). It became the 3rd top-grossing of all time and  Universal Studios announced a sequel for 2018.

But as we have seen with the parade of sequels that stroll through theaters basically every summer, they can be both a blessing and a curse. When the latter happens, it tends to ruin the elements and characteristics of the original movie. This can also be applied to books and with the recent release of Go Set  a Watchman  by Harper Lee, I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss book sequels.

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