Does Enhanced Metadata Enhance Book Sales? (Part 2)

June 24, 2012

NOTE: The white paper mentioned here was updated in 2016. Download the new version here (PDF). The thrust of the report is the same, with updated data and analysis.

In my last post I introduced the recent (January 2012) book industry white paper called The Link Between Metadata and Sales (first version no longer available). (more…)

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Nielsen’s Study of Metadata and Sales, Part 1

NOTE: The white paper discussed below was updated in 2016. Download the new version here (PDF). The thrust of the report is the same, with updated data and analysis.

You can find part 2 of this blog here.

Most people know The Nielsen Company from its very famous TV ratings service. But the company is much more than that. Founded in 1923 and headquartered in the Netherlands, the Nielsen Company has its hand in most media businesses, including radio, online and books. (more…)

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Microsoft Surface Builds Tablet Momentum

June 18, 2012

I watched the Microsoft Surface tablet announcement this evening and I knew pretty quickly that I was looking at a winner (see mea culpa below). (more…)

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Diplomacy in Action: State Department Sides with Amazon

June 15, 2012

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried: (more…)

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The Ongoing Search for Findability

June 13, 2012

Trying to make a book truly discoverable can lead authors and publishers toward a world of pain. It’s not so much how do you find a needle in a haystack. It’s why would you even bother.

“Findability” is the kinder, gentler problem. How do you find a needle in a haystack? As it happens, the haystack has been indexed, and provided you don’t spell it kneedle, you should be in luck. (more…)

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