September Bookstore Sales Fell 8% – I guess by now anyone who has ever been interested in reading a 50 Shades book has bought it already. In September the spring and summer’s robust sales due to the trilogy have worn off leaving bookstore sales to droop 8% behind the previous year’s already lackluster numbers. Publishers Weekly
Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning – It’s a good thing skeumorphism* is on its way out the door at Apple (or so says everyone with the firing of Scott Forstall) because Apple just was granted a patent for page turning on an digital device. This makes about as much sense as Apple being granted a patent for rounded corners on a rectangle. Go USPTO! Good Job. The Register
*Skeumorphism is the concept of making a digital device replicate physical objects. I.e., the hideous looking background for the bookshelf in iBooks.
How Readers Discovered a Debut Novel: A Case Study – Goodreads posts an article describing the discovery growth of Colleen Hoover’s debut self published novel, Slammed. In the initial months of its release, Slammed gained very little attention. After Hoover hosted a couple of giveaways, noise about her book increased. A few major bloggers picked it up a couple of months later and the book began to steamroll. Goodreads
For Slammed, that initial buzz paid off in a big way. In late April, the Goodreads Recommendation Engine picked up the book. On average, a book needs to have several hundred ratings before it starts to be included by our algorithm. From that point forward, it became the dominant way that Goodreads members discovered the book. That’s the blue section you see in the graph.
The Big 6 – eBooks in Libraries – Kansas State library takes its case for digital library lends to facebook. If it gains an increasing amount of attention, more libraries may follow and leverage social media against the big 6. Kansas State’s facebook page identifies books that are not available to libraries and the publisher associated with those books. It’s bad publicity.Facebook
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com