Barnes and Noble Reveals Book Graph and SmartGift

Book Graph

Barnes and Noble recently released two very different apps, in anticipation of the holiday season.

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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.”

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

Weekly Tea Discussion: Can I Have An E-Book With That Book Please?

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When you order a hamburger, you most likely like get fries on the side because I don’t about you, but a hamburger feels a little incomplete without the fried. When you go to the Olive Garden, you get an endless supply of breadsticks and salad on top of the entrée you ordered. If I haven’t made you hungry and you’re still with me , in some cases we always expect something on the side or combined with your main order. It has always worked with food and in restaurants…

Can the same be applied with e-books?

When e-books first arrived, I don’t think people imagined how quickly it would catch on. Although there is a decrease in sales, e-books are still very popular. Phone reading (reading e-books on your phone) is also on the rise. Digital reading is the future.

But as much as you enjoy reading from e-books, there is no other feeling like feeling real pages through your fingers or the great smell of a new book. So you love both e-books and physical books but you can’t have both…or can you? Wouldn’t be great to have the best of both worlds? And that is what I want to discuss this week: should we get an e-book with a physical book purchase? Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Can I Have An E-Book With That Book Please?”

Reading in America | Visual.ly

Found this originally on Pinterest

Reading in America | Visual.ly.

Reading in America Infographic