Day: December 29, 2010

Go Read This | The E-Publishing Success Narrative Will Have to Change

This is a nice corrective to the Ebook story, though in some ways too it glosses over the access point (that ebooks opens access to distribution for many unpublished authors, some good, others not).

Playing the either/or game is dangerous and misses the point of the whole discussion. So let’s repeat some more platitudes: e-books taking 10% of total trade market share is still 90% accounted for by print. E-publishing, at least for now, favors writers who generate or have generated a sizable backlist, ergo favoring genre fiction.

via The E-Publishing Success Narrative Will Have to Change.

Go Read This | KOBO™ BREAKS EBOOK RECORDS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON — Kobo

I’m always amused by press releases that include either selective or somewhat confusing stats. Kobo’s press release if full of those. However I’m intrigued by them. Try and see if you can get anything meaningful from it. Nice to see Emma Donoghue in the top gifted though!

Kobo became the first eReading service to launch an eBook gifting and gift card program and for the first time in history, eBooks “arrived” digitally in people’s email accounts this Christmas morning. The top three most popular eBooks gifted this holiday were:

• “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

• “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson

• “Room” by Emma Donahue

via KOBO™ BREAKS EBOOK RECORDS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON — Kobo.