Bing Introduces Best-Selling Books Carousel in Search Results

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 Bing Carousel Best Selling Fiction Books

Looking for the next best-seller to read? You may want to head over to Bing.

The search engine has just introduced a carousel that displays the current New York Times best-sellers when you search for them.

For example, searching for “best-selling nonfiction books” gives you the following results:

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Print Book Sales Up in 2014

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Sales of print books in the U.S. were up 2.4 percent during 2014 over the previous year. Total sales of printed books was over $635 million.

Though the rise is relatively small, the Nielsen BookScan data shows that print books are selling better than they have since 2010 when ebooks first became immensely popular, according to Publishers Weekly. Sales through the “Retail & Club” channel were the primary driver of growth, with a 3.4 increase over the previous year. This channel includes online sources like Amazon as well as traditional bookstores. On the other hand, the “Mass Merchandiser Channel” (which includes stores like Wal-Mart and Target) saw a decrease, with sales falling 1.8 percent.

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Colorwise Printing Review – Laurie Wiles

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Working with Laurie was a pleasure and we look forward to working with her again soon!

 


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Book Design Guide: Front Matter

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When designing your book, it is easy to get so focused on the design of the main body of the book that you neglect the front matter – the information and pages that precede that main portion. However, since this section will be a second impression of sorts for your book (after the cover), you want to make sure it looks professional to avoid putting off any readers before they even get to the primary material of your book.

There is quite a bit of front matter material that may be included depending on your specific book. Here we’ll explore the most common elements of front matter, though please note that not every element here is included in every book.

One more note: all of these elements will be on right-hand page of the book (also known as a recto page) unless otherwise noted.

Elements of Front Matter for Books

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Book Design Tips: Page Number Layout

Thinking of the page number layout for your book may seem like something of an afterthought for many self-publishers. However, there are actually a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure you have a professional looking final project.

Here we’ll explore a few things about page numbers (also known as folios) and how they should be incorporated into your design.

Total Page Count

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How Much Does It Cost to Print a Book? [A Guide]

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It’s perhaps the most common question we get from new book printing customers:

How much does it cost to print a book?

The answer — at first — is always the same: it depends.

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Colorwise Printing Review – Christina Weinhammer

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Christina Weinhammer wrote a family history called “The Weinhammer Family Tree.” The book looks great and working with Christina was a wonderful experience!


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Reddit Launches Crowdfunding Service Redditmade

by David Rogers

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Reddit is getting into the crowdfunding game with its just announced redditmade platform.

Joining a slew of other crowdsourcing platforms including Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pubslush (the latter exclusively for authors), redditmade will serve as a platform designed specifically for the reddit community.

Reddit is one of the largest online communities, and essentially is a place for users (known as redditors) to share information. This information can be a news story, a photograph, a piece of original art or nearly anything else that can be shared on the internet.

How is redditmade Different from Kickstarter?

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Different Paper Types for Book Printing

by David Rogers

Paper Types for Book Printing

An important choice you’ll make about your book printing project is the paper type you will use as the inside stock of your book. This will define the look and feel of your book along with your binding type and cover stock choices.

If you take a look at the paper options on our quote page, you’ll see quite a few options for “Inside Text Stock.” However, understanding a bit about these different kinds of paper and how they will affect your specific project will make the decision fairly simple.

Two Primary Paper Types: Coated v. Uncoated

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300,000 new self-published books printed last year; up nearly 30 percent

by David Rogers

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More than 300,000 new self-published book titles were printed last year, up 28.8 percent from the year before.

This increase produced an overall 16.5 percent uptick in the overall number of new titles introduced to the self-publishing market, even though the number of new self-published ebooks declined 1.6 percent year over year to 155,942. The total number of new self-published titles last year was 458,564.

These stats come from the new Bowker report, “Self-Publishing in the United States, 2008-2013.” The report breaks down 2013 self-publishing numbers not only by print vs. ebook, but also by the companies that produce the self-published books.

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