E-book 2013 Summer Reading List

E-book 2013 Summer Reading List

Summer for me – as it is for most readers – is a time for long road trips, family vacations and weekends spent enjoying long summer nights. Thankfully these are all perfect opportunities to catch up on some reading. I own a Kindle Fire and am a member of Goodreads, so it’s usually easy to find and download the latest bestsellers or discover a new book or author off the beaten path.

During the summer I sometimes dive into the classics (I can never tire of reading Pride and Prejudice or Frankenstein) or pick up a romance novel (the plots are typically gag-worthy but an easy read) or return to my favorite series from my favorite authors (my copies of Harry Potter and Dark Tower are falling apart). I’m currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (yes, I jumped on the bandwagon due to the popularity of the HBO show) and Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (a relatively unknown author who got his start on a horror forum).

Here at Booktango we have hundreds of new titles published every month. So, it can be tough to sort through all of our options, but what a lucky problem to have, right? I’ll highlight a few titles that I think are a fun summer read while you’re lounging on the beach or, for those who are stay-vacationing like me, on your porch while enjoying an adult beverage, which happens to be one of my favorite summer pastimes: Continue reading

Keep Calm and Run Your Report – New Royalty and Sales Reporting from Booktango

Keep Calm and Run Your Report

It’s human nature. We all have self talk with ourselves on a daily basis: How am I doing? What could I do better? How do I measure up?

We live in a competitive world with constant pressure to do our best. But in order to have a real understanding of where you stand, you need to have the right measuring stick. Measuring the success of your published e-books is no different.

Working with authors and internal customer service departments for over two years now, I know there is one word that can bring anxiety to an author who is trying to measure their book success: royalties. Continue reading

What is the e-reader market trying to tell you about publishing?

The gadget marketplace is rapidly growing for e-book consumers. The tablet marketplace launched about two years ago with the introduction of the Apple iPad in spring 2010. Then e-readers were first introduced in late 2007, less than five years ago, with the launch of the Amazon Kindle. Today, people who read e-books are faced with multiple e-reader options. So, where does the marketplace stand? And what exactly does it mean for you as an author?

What is the e-reader market share trying to tell you about publishing?Dedicated e-readers, such as the Barnes and Noble NOOK, Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, allow consumers to download and read e-books only. Tablets, such as the Barnes and Noble NOOK Tablet, Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy, serve as multifunctional devices that can access the Internet, email, social media and more.

Is it a surprise that tablets, with their added bells and whistles, are coming out on top in the popularity contest against dedicated e-readers?

Over the course of the past six months, Continue reading