Why do we emphasize the need to release new books in all of the major eBook formats? Our Director of Production Dmitri Barvinok explains the basics of this important phase of our work, including examples from Kindle to Kobo about the unique reach of various devices and platforms. Yes, eBook sales have declined as an overall share of book sales, but millions of Americans still are buying and reading in these digital formats.
The New Year 2019 dawns with wonderful news in American publishing: Book sales continue to grow each year. There’s not a better time to write and publish a book. However—the “December squeeze” that publishers have experienced in recent years became a December crisis as 2018 drew to a close. In this column, Editor David Crumm writes about nationwide book-production problems at the holidays.
Our Director of Production Dmitri Barvinok continues our Metadata 101 exploration of publishing by explaining the ubiquitous—yet little understood—ISBN. They’re on every book you buy, but the purpose and rules for using ISBNs are among the more arcane mysteries of publishing. Dmitri unlocks that realm to help authors (and readers) understand a lot more about what those numbers can tell us about a book.
“Should I mention Barney?” Rabbi Robert Alper asked me as we were proofing his Author Bio. Barney is the rabbi’s lovable dog, often mentioned in Bob’s stand-up comedy. At Front Edge Publishing, we get lots of questions about the important “Bio” that appears on many prominent bookstore pages. In this column, David Crumm explains how we sort out the details. But, wait! There’s more! We’ve got a video of Barney in action!
Front Edge Publishing Editor David Crumm reports on the latest sales trends, which show print books continuing to grow in popularity on the strength of nonfiction. In particular, books on religion continue to be a strong segment of the market. E-books remain a small but important segment of sales, each year.