In this weeks Self-Publishing News Special, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway looks at whether the possibility of a Covid vaccine will bring modifications to the book world, and a new series feature from KDP.
ALLis News Editor Dan Holloway
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Will a Vaccine Change the Book World?
Who would have thought last Wednesday that there would just be something individuals are talking about this week– and it wouldnt be a certain election. News of development towards a widely readily available Covid vaccine is obviously welcome on lots of levels. I want to take a moment to look at how it might specifically impact us in the book world. We have, like other sectors, found lots of new methods of being and working. Our occasions have moved online. Book launches look extremely various. And the way we sell and check out has actually altered. No matter how much we have actually grown to enjoy some of the new ways, we will not simply carry on as we are now.
The first story that struck me this week was the response of the monetary markets to the vaccine announcement. In large part this will be due to the fact that of the implosion of the crafted face mask market. Peloton is a truly fascinating one.
Which brings me to book shops. We have had a number of stories about Bookshop.org, the app that lets you support your local store through online paper book orders. But current figures about the growth of digital sales raise an interesting concern. What if there are no bookstores left to support? This felt like something of a landmark when Bloomsbury revealed recently that digital accounted for 30% of its sales. However Philip Jones in The Bookseller seem to think it might be a very negative one. The risk as he sees it is that this is another nail in the fate of book shops. If people dont really think about book shops as the locations they go for their books, then no amount of apps like Bookshop.org will secure them. And like other trends, the concern is that Covid may have sped up the death.
Amazons Adventures in Sweden
Its constantly news when Amazon goes into a brand-new market. When that market is Sweden, the news is far larger for the book world than you might envision if you didnt know something about the scenario in Sweden. Mark Williams kept in mind that the one thing Amazons Sweden rollout didnt consist of was a Kindle shop. A piece in Wired this week goes into a lot of information about the problems Amazon is already dealing with in Sweden. It notes that just 10,000 products on the entire store are from local suppliers. Sweden, it appears, has a truly strong set of local digital markets. And Amazon is going to have a hard time to encourage consumers to leave them.
Thats because Sweden is house to Storytel, Nextory, and Bookbeat amongst others. All of them are strong and growing gamers in the digital book market.
Lindisfarne Prize and London Book Fair
L J Ross and Sam Missingham are names that many of us understand well. The winner will get ₤ 2500 and complimentary ALLi and Society of Authors membership for a year.
London Book Fair has revealed dates for 2021. The really first times I began blogging about Covid it was in the context of London Book Fair. Would they cancel or wouldnt they? What a lifetime ago that appears! Next LBF will run from June 29 to July 1st, the organisers hope as a physical occasion. The objective will be to go back to March afterwards.
Many of you will, like me, have seen that your KDP control panel looks different. Because the very first book on my shelf no longer had its cover revealing, I noticed it. Without that, I wouldnt have known what was happening prior to checking out Nates post about it. Whats happening is that KDP has provided us the ability to develop series of books.
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This function permits you to do a lot of things, and the assistance page has plenty of useful details. You can decide whether a series is linear (one book comes after another) or thematic, for example. What I discovered it harder to establish was why I d wish to do all this. Due to the fact that I dont actually compose series, possibly thats. Im sure for the many of us who do it will be something interesting to explore.
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I want to take a moment to look at how it may specifically impact us in the book world. If people dont really believe of bookstores as the locations they go for their books, then no quantity of apps like Bookshop.org will secure them. When that market is Sweden, the news is far bigger for the book world than you may envision if you didnt understand something about the scenario in Sweden. Whats taking place is that KDP has offered us the capability to create series of books.
You can choose whether a series is linear (one book comes after another) or thematic.
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