Tag: e-books

by Janet Asteroff

After almost a century in business, electronics stalwart RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. Their well situated real estate presents an opportunity for one of the companies that put them out of business: Amazon. Sprint and the hedge fund Standard General agreed to buy 1,500 to 2,400 of RadioShack’s 4,000 company-owned stores in the United States. The […] more »

by Rich Bellis

As we speculated might happen, both of the titles in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy that debuted last week on the E-Book Best-Seller List last week have made mighty leaps up the rankings ahead of the film adaptation’s release this Valentine’s Day. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is now the No. 4 title and “Fifty Shades Freed” No. 9, while Paula […] more »

by Marcy Goldman

There are so many op-eds these days on when or if to self-publish, and even more so, features (albeit they’re dwindling) on how inferior self-published works are — just by the very fact they are self-published. This premise is applied even if the self-publishing author has the budget, foresight and professionalism to engage all manner […] more »

by Jenny Shank

Every year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces a “personal challenge” in January that he plans to tackle for the rest of the year. In 2011 he vowed to only eat meat from animals he’d killed himself, and in 2014 he promised to write one thank you note every day. (I don’t know about […] more »

by Rich Bellis

With a hotly anticipated film adaptation of the E.L. James bestseller ready to hit theaters this Valentine’s Day, two titles in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy return to the E-Book Best-Seller List. The eponymous first book of the series as well as its third installment, “Fifty Shades Freed,” slide into the No. 18 and No. 21 spots, respectively. If […] more »

by Rich Bellis

The well-known power of media tie-ins to drive sales of best-selling e-books was on ample display in the second half of last year, and the phenomenon shows no signs of diminishing in the first few weeks of 2015. “American Sniper” lands not one but two places on this week’s E-book Best-Seller List as the film adaptation starring Bradley Cooper plays in theaters now. […] more »

by Rich Bellis

Two of the Big Five publishers to have recently regained agency e-book pricing from Amazon began setting their own prices on some titles a little over a week ago, but that shift doesn’t seem to have registered yet on the best-seller list. Macmillan finds itself without any e-books within the Top 25 for a third week in a row, and […] more »

by Simon Owens

If you were to go back and interview James Clear’s high school English teachers, none of them would identify him as a particularly talented writer. “It was never top of mind for me that, oh, I should make money from my words or I should build a business around writing,” he told me in a […] more »

by Rich Bellis

On the first E-book Best-Seller List of the new year, low prices appear to carry the day. The average price of a bestseller is just $4.36, down from $5.96 the week before the holidays. Discounting meant to appeal to last-minute holiday shoppers is the likeliest reason for the sharp drop. Only a single title among this week’s top 25 has a price-tag greater […] more »

by Carla King

In 2014 it seems that both publishers and authors accepted the fact that self-publishing and traditional publishing are not mutually exclusive. Non-delusional authors sell books and build platforms concurrently with seeking an agent and a traditional deal. Today’s publishers like to see proof that the author has an audience. The “hybrid author” is more the […] more »