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Print editions are no healthier than digital editions

In recently published research by the Media Convergence Research Unit of Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, the scepticism of readers towards eBooks was examined.  The study used two sample groups, young readers and elderly readers, asking them to read texts on paper, a Kindle and an iPad. The subjective response of most participants tested in the study was that they preferred reading from paper, finding it more comfortable.  But the study found no actual difference in reading performance between the printed page and an e-reader, “dispelling the widespread misconception that reading from a screen has negative effects” explained Professor Dr. Stephan Füssel who instigated the study.

Alnpete Press titles now available as eBooks from WH Smith

Alnpete Press titles are now available in electronic editions as ePub eBooks from WH SMith

Alnpete Press titles now in the Google ebookstores

We are pleased to announce that Alnpete Press titles are now in the Google ebookstore for purchase as eBooks in ePub format.

Alnpete Press titles now available on Apple iBookstore

We are delighted to announce that our titles are now available on all 32 Apple iBookstores in ePub format.

Alnpete Press eBook sales

It’s been an exciting time for us and our authors here at Alnpete Press, with the move into the world of eBooks being a great success.

   Alison Buck’s spooky horror novel Abiding Evil quickly went to the top of both Amazon UK and Kobobooks horror bestseller lists, it has also been No. 1 in Ghosts on both sites for ages.

   Sales in the UK, as well as the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere have been strong on Kobobooks, but sales outside the UK have been negligible on Amazon. There is a distinct and very palpable antagonism to small independent publishers / authors, especially if they are non-US, (to the point of extreme rudeness in many cases) on the amazon.com customer threads which is clearly reflected in the sales figures.

   So, thank you to our new readers who are discovering our titles for the first time in electronic format. Tell your friends ;-)

Alnpete Press titles now available on German Kindle store

With the launch of the amazon.de kindle store, Alnpete Press titles are now available in the English Books section.

Crypto da Vinci published just in time for Read an eBook week

If you’re still looking for an exciting new eBook to read for Read an eBook Week, you’ll be glad to know that Crypto da Vinci by Simon Buck has just been published as an eBook. It’s already on the Amazon Kindle Store and will soon be up on Kobo. If you like mysteries or thrillers, with some espionage, wit and a soupçon of whimsy thrown in for good measure, then you’ll love Crypto da Vinci, the latest in the Peter White mysteries.

What should determine the price of e-books?

On the FUTUReBOOK blog, in a recent post about app publishing and pricing, Simon Appleby mentions the dilemma facing publishers when it comes to pricing electronic editions of books:

While we know that e-books and enhanced e-books pose their own pricing challenges for the trade, at least there is a base expectation in the consumer’s mind that what they are purchasing has value as the fruits of someone’s labours – the debate is “cheaper than the book, but how much cheaper?”.

That is a good question, and I started to try and write a comment on his post but it developed into such a long comment that it became clear I should make it as a post here instead… Continue reading ‘What should determine the price of e-books?’

Absorbing the VAT increase for Alnpete Press eTitles

Alnpete Press are pleased to confirm that we have adjusted the prices of the eTitle editions of our books to ensure that they remain at £1.99 despite the increase in VAT.

Library of the Soul available on Kindle and Kobo

Devoted Sisters available on Kindle and Kobo

Abiding Evil available on Kindle and Kobo

Going digital with ePub – going global with Kobo

We have, up to now, published titles in trade paperback format. These have been available through the usual retailers, including high-street bookshops and online stores such as Amazon.co.uk, as well as from the Alnpete Press online bookshop. Although available for purchase by customers outside the UK, the delivery costs can be disproportionately high. Along with the virtual impossibility for a small UK publisher to have their titles stocked by overseas retailers, especially in large English language markets such as the US, this has seriously restricted the opportunity for most readers throughout the world to be able to read Alnpete Press titles. The advent of electronic books has, at last, provided the means for readers around the world to have ready access to titles from small publishers like Alnpete Press at a realistic price.

The widespread adoption of the ePub industry-wide standard for electronic books means that it has become a realistic option for a small publisher like us, with our own in-house technical capability, to produce a single, standard, electronic version of a title that can be read by the widest possible potential customer base. However, being able to make an electronic book available to a world-wide market was proving to be just as difficult as for print; the largely US-based online retailers make it difficult and/or uneconomic for small UK publishers.

We looked at Kobo, which is based in Toronto but has a truly global customer base, and were impressed by their customer-centric service and their device-neutral approach. When we contacted them to see about making Alnpete Press titles available through Kobo we were even more impressed. They couldn’t have been more helpful.