Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 02/10/2013

SMASHWORDS NOW ACCEPTS EPUB E-BOOK FILES
About a month ago, he who must not be named – I am not a big fan, as you can tell – announced that Smashwords would be accepting professionally done ePUBs on their site. I was excited for indie authors and publishers because the more outlets… [read more]
Source: E-BookBuilders.com

PUBLISHERS AS BOOKSELLERS?
No less than three of the companies exhibiting at this year’s Tools of Change conference serve only to help publishers of any size distribute their digital content and sell it under their own online ebook shops. iPublish, under the company Impelsys, is… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

BARNES & NOBLE SEES NOOK UNIT LOSS INCREASING IN 2013
Barnes & Noble Inc said on Wednesday it expects its Nook business to post an increased full-year loss in fiscal 2013, as the top U.S. bookstore chain struggles with slower sales of e-readers and e-books and rising costs… [read more]
Source: Reuters

SMASHWORDS HITS 200,000 TITLES
Self-publishing platform Smashwords has now published 200000 ebooks by indie authors, founder and CEO Mark Coker told Digital Book World. When we sat… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

WHY E-BOOK RETAILERS ARE EMBRACING SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS
Last week, Apple’s iBookstore launched Breakout Books in the U.S., a new book merchandising feature that showcases books from popular self-published authors, including several that have already achieved New York Times bestseller status. The New York… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post (blog)

BOWKER & VOOK PARTNER TO EXPAND SELF-PUBLISHING SERVICES
“The self-publishing community is growing dramatically and we’re eager to support these authors with access to high-quality services,” explained Beat Barblan, director of Bowker Identifier Services, in a statement. “We are continuously evolving… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

INKLING TAKES ON AMAZON, APPLE WITH NEW E-BOOK PUBLISHING TOOL
Inkling, which counts Sequoia Capital and publishers McGraw-Hill and Pearson among its investors, yesterday at an event in New York City unveiled a new digital book publishing tool for professionals, dubbed Habitat. It also launched the… [read more]
Source: CNET (blog)

CAN THE NOOK KEEP BARNES & NOBLE ALIVE IN A POST-PAPERBACK WORLD?
It’s been year and a half since book giant Borders announced its liquidation after years of troubling performance. Though the Borders brand is now gone forever, Barnes & Noble is continuing the good fight to stay relevant in our digital world with its… [read more]
Source: Digital Trends

SELF-PUBLISHING STIGMA: BECAUSE REVOLUTIONS TAKE TIME
I remember once someone compared self-publishing to indie films; at the time I was at a trade show surrounded by legions of New York editors, one or two of whom snickered at that comment. Self-publishing was not to be respected, it was to be mocked… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post (blog)

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