THE EREADING BLOG

26

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

Categories:

Can Barnes & Noble’s Redesigned Shopping Bags Revise its Bookstores?

LOGO-BarnesNoble-VerticalA few days back, an article by Belinda Lanks at BloombergBusiness asked a pretty simple question: "Can Barnes & Noble's Redesigned Shopping Bags Revive Its Bookstores?"

In a word: "No."

Using their plastic shopping bags to promote the Nook reader for the past few years didn't prop up that division or make it a particue market softened in 2013.    

The truth is, Barnes & Noble’s problems go way beyond the effectiveness of their shopping bags.

One of our biggest strengths at Eread Technologies is that

Read More

02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

Categories:

Scribd Offers 10,000 Digital Comics to Subscribers

SCRIBED LOG-TBWhen I read this headline, my initial reaction was, "so what?"

Ever since ebook subscriptions were introduced I have asserted that they are not a money-making business model...except for the retailers offering the subscriptions, and to a somewhat lesser extent, the publishers themselves.  In fact, only self-published content creators with a solid fan base might make enough money to live on with the subscription model. 

As of right now that is a big "maybe". 

If recent accounts from top-earning authors on Kindle are to be believed, their income under Kindle Unlimited is taking a real beating.  Another recent story on Digital Book World examined the ebook subscription models of...

Read More

02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

Categories:

Amazon Kindlescout to Begin Publishing Crowd-Sourced Titles

LOGO-1-Kindle ScoutAmazon is moving full-speed ahead with their plan to crowd-source at least part of the editorial and publishing process through their Kindlescout program.  Kindlescout is an interesting concept and is sure to appeal to some readers. The main concern readers and authors should have is whether this is another step toward Amazon's stated goal of essentially eliminating legacy publishing.  Not just as a competitor to their publishing initiatives, but as an overall business model. 

Contrary to some opinions, there is room for both the Amazon-type model and the legacy model.  That certain vocal parties won't acknowledge Amazon's intent should be problematic to anyone examining the current state of publishing.  No one is stopping any author from self-publishing on Amazon...

Read More

02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

Categories:

Barnes & Noble Splits Off Education Division

PrintAccording to Digital Book World and other sources, Barnes & Noble has elected to split off their "education division" (read: college textbooks) into a separate company.

Read the whole story here.

This sounds like good news for B&N stakeholders...until you look at their efforts to build a unified platform for both readers and publishing professionals so far.  And what I mean by that is that in all the years they've been competing with Amazon, they still haven't made any serious efforts to do so.  Today, B&N remains one of the most fragmented companies in the bookselling and publishing industries.  Among the issues I've observed are:

An inability to make decisive decisions concerning their often money-losing brick-and-mortar locations.

A strange unwillingness to capitalize on their base of...

Read More