The newest outcome from the Amazon/Goodreads merger is a new sharing feature which enables you to import all of your purchases over to Goodreads so all of your ‘friends’ can see what you’re reading.
You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – both print and Kindle books – to your Goodreads shelves. This will be available in the next few weeks to members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
See full story at Digital Book World
This is a great opportunity for a little bit of extra visibility for Indie authors, and perfect for a word of mouth type spread, but it will also mean that you can’t be embarrassed about any of your reading material haha… It will be all out there!
Damn time flies in NYC! These past 10 days have flown.
Super interesting development back in the UK – The Guardian’s new monthly literary prize for self-published authors.
Check it out : http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/08/self-published-diy-books-monthly-prize-legend-times
It really does set an interesting slant on the direction of the self publishing industry. It feels as though it is mirroring the progression of the music industry, with artists focusing more on their branding and a total 360 experience for their followers.
Some 54% of Americans currently read ebooks, according to the new poll, conducted in March 2014 among 2,234 U.S. adults. This result conflicts with a recent study from Pew, which found in January 2014 that 28% of Americans read an ebook in the last year.
Full post here: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/new-poll-finds-majority-of-americans-read-ebooks/
Being out here in NY and riding the subway ALL THE TIME, It is very easy to see that e-readers are everywhere, and the eBook market is booming. Everyone and their Nan seem to have some sort of device. There is poverty and lack of resources in some parts of this city, but as has always been the case, reading is the truly accessible activity that enriches daily life. It is great to see the poetry posters on some of the lines, lovely having something to read if you have forgot your reader.
The same cannot be said for the Tube in London though; in my experience it is taking a bit longer to shake the hard copies out of the clutches of readers in favor of e-readers. Of course, the important thing is that people continue to disappear into a book, regardless of whether it is paper, e-ink or shiny tablet version.