Ebooks, the faster way

Ebooks offer readers the ease of carrying literally thousands of books into one single device that is portable, light and accessible almost anywhere. This is the part on which we generally stress on but there is also another side of the ebook industry that has benefited recently from electronic books. This is the side of the writers, publishers and all else who are associated with actually creating a book. What was impossible just a year or two ago is now very much possible and is being done right at this moment. The magic lies in the modern tools that enable authors and publishers to work faster than ever thought likely.

Consider the Vook platform as an example, which enabled Alan Goldsher to write Linsanity: The Improbable Rise of Jeremy Lin in six days or less and was published in a day! It’s a huge hit and it is so mostly because it was possible to release the story of the incredible Asian-American basketball player while it was trending. This is the point we are discussing today, the usefulness of the latest ebook platforms which helps writers and publishers to create and release ebooks at astonishing speeds.

Other examples of ebooks that came out on recent trending topics before it fizzled out includes, Hawkeytown: The Chicago Blackhawks’ Unforgettable 2013 Season, The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight and To Have and Uphold: The Supreme Court and the Battle for Same-Sex Marriage. All of these books also took advantage of the fast creation techniques and trending topics offered by the electronic book industry to become hits on release.

While we recognize the advantages which platforms like Vook brings to us, it is also important to recognize that news and history are not the two same things. There should also be some scope for the author who takes the time required in order to get a more intimate look at events and how they turn out a little bit later. The internet has made publishing a lot easier and how that affects our culture in the long run remains to be seen.

User-friendly DRM which can stop ebook piracy

Ebook piracy is possibly the biggest threat which the entire industry is facing right now and it is one issue that manages to unite everyone associated with the industry under the banner of anti-piracy measures. However, the Germans seem to have come up with something that may just hold the possibility to change the scenario.

The DRM project, known as the SIDIM project, is being developed through a combined effort that involves the book industry, the researchers and even the government! The system is not yet in use but as far as our sources suggest, we know it to be some kind of a user-friendly DRM which will make each and every ebook unique by the help of watermarks. What this will do is that it will make it quite easy to track every pirated copy of a particular ebook to its original copy and thus to its first owner. As one can understand, the idea therefore is to scare off anyone from pirating a copy in the first place as that could later lead to detection and a resulting lawsuit!

SIDIM architecture

There is however, a slight issue that has come to light about this DRM in development. A problem that just might occur is the fact that SIDIM might change actual words within the ebook under its protection. For example, “unseen” might be changed to “not seen” or “impossible” might become “not possible.” A writer is a wordsmith and thus they may not like their art being manipulated by a DRM. Whether they manage to work around this quirk and when SIDIM will ultimately be put to use remains to be seen.

Self-published ebooks are a hit: a 20% market share confirms it

Self-published ebooks might be cheaper in price but readers definitely are not giving them any less attention than their counterparts from established publishing houses. It was revealed in a market research data analysis done by Bowker Market Research that self-published electronic books have enjoyed a 12% market share in the UK last year. Keep in mind that this is an overall figure and it starts to improve impressively as we take a look at more genre-specific data; for example, adult-fiction and nonfiction ebooks that were self-published in 2012, now have a 14% market share. The most notable figure in terms of market share is however exhibited by self-publishing writers of science-fiction, crime, humor and romance. Ebooks belonging to these genres have sold enough copies to constitute more than 20% of last year’s sales. A weaker sales pattern is observed when it comes to children’s books as 3% of the market share seems to be the weakest link for self-published ebooks at the moment. After the derogatory comments by Andrew Franklin (Managing director, Profile Books) at the Literary Consultancy Conference on the subject of self-published books, the research data stands as a testament to the reading habits of modern readers.

Research director at the UK division of Bowker, Mr. Steve Bohme has shared that the main reason as to why one buys a self-published ebook is definitely the cheaper price tag, compared to ebooks from reputed publishers. Another statistics from the same research data also reveals that self-published books usually find their buyers (61%) among avid readers who read more regularly than the average person. A conclusion that can be drawn from this analysis is that at times, the low cost of some of the really good self-published books offers a cheaper alternative or acts as ‘fillers’ for readers who read more than just the best sellers.