Monday News: Authors Guild appeals, digital book sales, digital lending & sales, and another cute video
Authors Guild asks court to rule against Google – From the files of ‘give it up already,’ the Authors Guild has filed an appeal with the 2nd Circuit, obviously unhappy with Judge Chin’s dismissal of their suit against Google. The Authors Guild is claiming that Google is engaging in anti-competitive behavior.
“Google is yanking readers out of online bookstores,” Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson said in a statement. “Google digitized authors’ works in order to lure book buyers away from online booksellers to its turf, seeking to bring countless eyeballs to its ads.” –USA Today
For E-books, More Good News, Few Trends: Facts & Figures 2013 – What I find most interesting about this article is not the commentary, but the lists of books themselves. Not just where books fall in the sales ranks, but which books end up there together. As the gap narrows between hardcover and digital sales, will traditional publishing try to move more aggressively into the digital market with books that try to recreate some of the indie successes? One thing’s for sure – it’s gonna be interesting.
Reports from the Association of American Publishers on e-book sales suggest that the industry is maturing and growth will plateau soon. This is a format that went from 3% of U.S. book sales in 2009, to 17% in 2011, to 22.55% in 2012. Figures for 2013 are not yet available, but judging by the number of publishers who shared their 2013 e-book stats for this roundup, the sense is that the sales numbers will continue to rise even if there is a slowdown. –Publishers Weekly
E-lending trial leads to click-through sales – Now here’s a shocker (not): digital lending boosts book sales, as readers purchase even as they’re reading the book they’ve borrowed from the library. The latest evidence comes from an experiment launched in UK public libraries with the cooperation of UK publishers, and it’s only been in implementation since early March. I hope Simon and Schuster is paying attention.
The trial also saw borrowed e-books yield click-through purchases. In Derbyshire, for example, 20 e-books were bought from 464 loans in the first monitoring period—many of which were purchased while the reader was part of the way through the e-book. –The Bookseller
These Four Talented Ladies Walked on Stage. What They Did Next Blew The Audience Away! – I don’t even want to share more than the title to this video, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. It’s pretty cool, though. –Reshareworthy