A Bunch Of Ebook News

Former Sony ebook and Marketing Executive Places Bet on ebook Industry

Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2008 — Clint Brauer, General Manager of CyberRead, LLC, announced today that his firm has acquired CyberRead.com, a pioneer in the ebook retail and publishing industry.

CyberRead.com has been selling ebooks since 1999 under the guidance of Marilyn Jenkins, former CEO and president of the company.

“We are here to do what the large public retailers cannot do; think about our customers first and our bottom line second,” said Clint Brauer, General Manager, CyberRead, LLC. “The acquisition of CyberRead.com provides a solid technical foundation that we will use as a launching pad to gain velocity into the quickly growing ebook retail industry.”

Monthly traffic on CyberRead.com and the pace at which its customers buy ebooks have nearly doubled since the official acquisition. Their wide selection of ebook titles has steadily increased from 10,000 to over 50,000 books, ranging across 130 different genres from both major and independent publishers.

That’s a very confusing release, what with both companies having just about the same name. And I haven’t heard of either one of them. And where’s the Sony link?

PRESS RELEASE: iNova Publishes Actions! eBook

Lights… Digital Camera… Actions! delivers over 600 original iNovaFX Photoshop Actions and a 248-page interactive eBook into the hands of photographers who want to take their images to the next level. And the one after that.

This is author Peter iNova’s tenth digital photography eBook since 2000. His recent dSLR-series with coauthor Uwe Steinmueller includes three Canon and four Nikon titles. Prior eBooks have traditionally included a repertoire of customized iNovaFX Actions.

Now this really shows off the e part of ebook:

Nearly all the images on the eBook are interactive. Roll the mouse cursor over the shot and it changes into an alternate version. A/B comparisons are in-register. Some are up to 10 images deep.

That brings an added dimension. The e is not simply electronic, it’s also enhanced. Just what David Rothman over at Teleread has advocated for years.

Smashwords Previews Breakthrough ebook Publishing Platform Where Authors Control the Pricing, Sampling and Marketing of Their Works
Authors Earn 85% of Net Sales Proceeds

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — O’Reilly Tools of Change —

Smashwords, a new digital publishing startup, today previewed a breakthrough ebook publishing platform for authors and publishers at the O’Reilly Tools of Change publishing conference in New York City. The company began accepting applications today for a limited number of beta testers at http://www.smashwords.com.

Smashwords allows anyone to become a published ebook author in minutes. The site is ideal for full length novels, short fiction, essays, poetry, personal memoirs, non-fiction and screenplays. Authors receive 85% the net sales proceeds from their works, and retain full control over sampling, pricing and marketing.

The site offers authors free viral marketing tools to build readership, such as precent-based sampling; dedicated pages for author profiles and book profiles; support for embedded YouTube book trailers, author interviews and video blogs; widgets for off-site marketing; reader reviews; and reader “favoriting.”

Get this boast:

“We plan to do for ebook authors what YouTube did for amateur video producers,” said Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, based in Los Gatos, Calif.

Note to Mark Coker: YouTube didn’t have a stupid name! I see that if you had created it, it would have been called SmashTV. FAIL!

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One Comment on “A Bunch Of Ebook News”

  1. SEO Says:

    I just had a book published on Amazon Kindle. I wonder how the above compare, as Amazon takes a staggering 65% of the sale price, plus a % to the editor and they pay you three months in arrears. With no advanced fee of course for your work….there are much better deal for writers offline still.


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