Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Interesting Things Going Down at #dbw11

Just an update for those of you interested in what's being said about the Digital Book World conference in New York this week.  A lot of to do about eBooks and of course, Google's growing market share in that field.  

Future Book.net has a list of Google eBook's bestsellers. No surprises there with romance as the top selling genre. It seems to be mimicking the NYT bestseller list. That makes the whole, "eBook customers and brick-and-mortar customers are two different species" argument a tad more interesting.  Are they?

The guy speaking at the conference from Goldman Sachs actually called brick and mortar booksellers an investment to steer clear of...ouch.  One thing that came out is the belief that indie booksellers can find a niche in the rapidly shifting market. I still love bookstores. I'm not giving up on them just yet.

This coming after hearing that 80% of Amazon's books are sold at cost. They're more interested in growing their market share than making money right now...pretty smart business move, actually.

Speculation at the conference on whether or not the prediction that multi-device homes are as common as we think.  I read books on my Droid, my PC, and in book form.  My husband wants a Kindle. I guess its not that uncommon after all. Still, most trade paper purchases are made by women...does that mean men are the eBook customer to court?   

If you're interested in following what's going on and what's being said at the Digital Book World conference, follow the hashtag (#dbw11) on Twitter.  

Until next time...Go Write!
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Elena Solodow said...

Thanks for the info!

Laura Marcella said...

This is interesting! Thanks for sharing, Raquel.

Jill Kemerer said...

Great topic! I'm fascinated by what's happening with the publishing industry right now.

Thanks for this information!

L'Aussie said...

Hey this is great info. I felt a bit panicked with what you said about bricks and mortar bookstores. Holey moley, where would I go? As much as I applaud getting books out there in any form one of my fave indulgences is to wallow in a bookstore, browsing for hours. Wouldn' be the same just searching Amazon would it?

BTW I haven't seen you at my Publication Party! It's been underway for 2 weeks now. New session starts Wednesday with Alex J Cavanaugh. There's great stories about publication, great champagne, great writer friends, and great prizes. Did I overdo the great?? Hope you can pop in this week.

Denise :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Interesting! I still read physical books - usually hardbacks. I do have an iPad as well and have downloaded several eBooks.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This is interesting. I wish we had an indie store near us with a coffee bar.
Our house has a Kindle, a Nook, and a Kobo.

Erin Kane Spock said...

That was great info. I read that the sales of romance have improved with e-books. It sort of goes along with my current rant subject -- that people are embarrassed to be seen reading the genre. In an e-book, no one knows.
I have yet to read a book in electronic format, but I'm slowly getting more interesting in the Kindle.

Julie Musil said...

This whole topic is fascinating! I'm amazed by the changes that are going on right now. I can barely keep up. Thanks for the information!