In this weeks Self-Publishing News Unique, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway looks at the growth of ebook lending in libraries, and whether ebooks take on audio.
ALLis News Editor Dan Holloway
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Does Audio Cannibalise ebook Sales?
Is offering books an absolutely no amount game? Its a question weve been asking in a great deal of contexts for a long time. If I offer my thriller does that mean one fewer consumer for yours? Most of us are on board with the reality that getting more people checking out someone elses book will result in more sales in general. And that includes for other individuals. A deep-seated belief in zero sums still underpins many of the disputes in the book world. Its at the heart of many of the conversation about piracy. A pirated download is a lost sale. Thats how the conversation goes.
Publishers over the last year have presented a series of procedures that have actually made it more pricey for libraries to buy ebooks of new releases. A new report from Bookwire called Listen and Read looks specifically at the relation between audio (audiobooks and podcasts) and ebooks.
There are numerous beneficial insights into the habits of various groups. Child Boomers (print readers), Gen Z (listeners) and Gen X & & Y(” heavy users of all media”) are neatly segmented. The essential finding is that ebooks and audio enhance rather than completing with each other (by and big). This fits with another of the big arguments of the year, naturally. Due to the fact that it was an unauthorised grab of ebook rights, audibles captions feature provoked anger. And this report perhaps provides assistance to the concept that may indeed impact sales across formats. Mark Williams is offering regular updates on the report, and you can download it free of charge by signing up for Bookwire here.
Immersive Reading: Panorama Project Researches How We Read
Bookwires findings lead well to the statement of another major piece of work. This time its from The Panorama Project, in partnership with Portland State University. The “Immersive Media & & Reading 2020” customer survey will measure immersive media engagement and purchasing behaviours across crucial formats and platforms.
The Panorama Project to develop books location in the bigger media ecosystem by comprehending how readers discovered, accessed, and taken in the books theyve read most just recently; and how acquiring or borrowing decisions are impacted by engagement with other immersive media– specifically tv, gaming, and movie. And due to the fact that of the Projects connection to libraries, a secondary goal is to establish public libraries role in the discovery journey. You can learn more about the project at a webinar on November 5th which you can sign up to through this link.
This is an appropriate place to keep in mind that after growing throughout lockdown, Netflix shares have fallen after slower than expected development in the 3rd quarter of 2020. As we take a look at the growth of membership in the book world, this might trigger us to ask some concerns. Was the subscription boom overemphasized by lockdown, or has Netflix just reached a saturation point? I hope this survey will at least posture the concerns.
Libraries See ebook Lending Grow
And a similarly related story reveals that ebook loaning by libraries in the UK has actually boomed throughout lockdown. As ebook sales have also grown, along with membership, this brings us back to those preliminary questions about whether formats and platforms enhance or cannibalise each other.
Hardship Fund for Writers Open to Indies
Imaginative Scotland has actually opened a challenge fund for imaginative artists terribly impacted by Covid. ₤ 590,000 of it will be used to help writers and administered by the Society of Authors. Please examine the FAQ here for all eligibility criteria but the fund is open to indies.
What Would a Virtual Bookstore Look Like?
Bookbugs and Dragon Tales, in Norwich in the UK, has actually opened a virtual version of its store that intends to reproduce the experience of remaining in the store as best as possible. It includes the capability to walk around and browse from a very first person perspective. This truly will be so much easier when virtual reality tech has caught up. Take the trip by clicking this link.
That feels like an odd question to ask. It would appear like Amazon.? Or perhaps, for the more indie-minded, it would look like Bookshop-org. With the unavailability of the physical spaces weve come to take for given because lockdown, more and more people are looking for ways to translate those physical experiences to a virtual world.
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Upcoming Events and conferences
Help us fill this with great online events in the coming months and weeks.
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)– Zoom conferences the 2nd Saturday of monthly
Panorama Project Webinar, 5 NovSociety of Young Publishers, 9-13 Nov
Publishers over the last year have actually introduced a series of steps that have actually made it more costly for libraries to purchase ebooks of brand-new releases. A brand-new report from Bookwire called Listen and Read appearances specifically at the relation between audio (audiobooks and podcasts) and ebooks.
The crucial finding is that ebooks and audio strengthen rather than competing with each other (by and large). And a similarly associated story shows that ebook financing by libraries in the UK has actually grown throughout lockdown. As ebook sales have actually likewise grown, along with subscription, this brings us back to those preliminary questions about whether platforms and formats increase or cannibalise each other.
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