Sunday, September 15, 2013

Digital Comics Best-Sellers for September 16, 2013

Sixth Gun 1


1. The Walking Dead #114
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us #25
3. X-Men, vol. 4 #5
4. Avengers, vol. 5 #19
5. Batman #23.2: Featuring Riddler
6. Justice League #23.2: Featuring Lobo
7. Mighty Avengers #1
8. Locke & Key Alpha #1
9. Action Comics #23.2: Featuring Zod
10. Final Crisis #2

DC wins in terms of most comics in the top ten, but it’s an odd mix: The latest issue of Injustice: Gods Among Us, as usual, three of the Villains Month special one-shots, and an issue of Final Crisis that was on 99-cent sale over the weekend. The Walking Dead, which has become a behemoth of a comic, tops the list, and it’s interesting to see another Big Two alternative, Locke & Key Alpha, make the top ten. This is the first issue of a two-issue final arc, and it’s priced at a rather steep $7.99 for 40 pages, but apparently the readers don’t care.


1. Injustice: Gods Among Us #35
2. The Sixth Gun, vol. 1
3. Injustice: Gods Among Us #34
4. Injustice: Gods Among Us #33
5. The Hedge Knight
6. The Walking Dead #114
7. The Walking Dead, vol. 1
8. Injustice: Gods Among Us #32
9. Fables, vol. 1
10. Injustice: Gods Among Us #1

There are some interesting alternatives on Kindle as well. The Sixth Gun, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s action-packed supernatural Western, has been out for quite a while so it’s interesting that it shows up not only here but on Amazon’s overall comics and graphic novels list (print and digital), where it’s in the fourth slot as of this writing and was number one a little while ago. In the number five spot we have The Hedge Knight, George R.R. Martin’s prequel to Game of Thrones, which won’t actually be out until November—it’s charting now based on pre-orders. And the other non-Injustice/Walking Dead title is the first volume of Bill Willingham’s Fables, in which the familiar characters of fairy tales and children’s literature take on new lives and adventures that are anything but childish.


1. Injustice: Gods Among Us #35
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us #32
3. Injustice: Gods Among Us #34
4. It’s a Dog’s Life, Snoopy!
5. The World According to Lucy
6. Snoopy at the Bat
7. Sandman #1
8. The Walking Dead, vol. 1
9. Injustice: Gods Among Us #1
10. The Walking Dead, vol. 2

There’s a certain sameness to the Nook charts; it’s Injustice, Peanuts, and The Walking Dead all the way, with just that one issue of Sandman to break things up a bit.


1. Injustice: Gods Among Us #35
2. My Little Pony: Micro Series #8 – Celestia
3. The Walking Dead #114
4. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #10
5. Injustice: Gods Among Us #34
6. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #7
7. Injustice: Gods Among Us #33
8. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #1
9. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #8
10. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #2

The iBookstore continues to be dominated by My Little Pony, and interestingly, it’s the only platform where this shows up at all.

Overall, a pretty ordinary week for comics, but it’s interesting to see readers reaching for a few new titles and snapping up some older comics (besides the first volume of The Walking Dead) in digital as well.

Digital Comics Best-Sellers for September 16, 2013 is a post from: E-Reader News

Big Library Read is back!

This morning the latest Big Library Read title was rolled out to users of more than 6,500 libraries. Patrons from around the world can borrow Jane O’ Connor’s “Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth” in eBook or audiobook form until Sept. 30th without wait lists of holds. This ‘global book club’ allows parents and children to read together and join thousands of users to read the same book at the same time!  To borrow the title simply log in to your library’s digital collection. You’ll see the title on the home page ready to checkout.


Jane O'Connor's Nancy Clancy titles are great for young readers who are learning both how to read and a love of literature. Her use of advanced vocabulary, while explaining what the words mean, helps children grow as readers. Checking out the eBook and audiobook will enable children and parents to listen to the title as they follow along with the text. Big Library Read is also a great way to introduce students and new users to your digital collection as they return to school.


If you’d like to learn more about Jane O’Connor and her writing you can join us for a Facebook chat on Tuesday, Sept 24th at 9 pm (ET). You’ll be able to ask Jane anything you’d like to know about her writing process, where Nancy Clancy came from or what we can expect from her next! You can also join the conversation on Twitter during this event by using the hashtag #BigLibraryRead.


Adam Sockel is a Marketing Communication Specialist with OverDrive



Newspaper And Book Publishers Facing The Heat From Digital Publishers


Book retailers in Australia have started voicing concerns over the loss in business that they have been witnessing for the past five years. Newspaper publishers have voiced similar concerns, which industry sources have pegged at 5.6 percent on an annual basis over the past five years. Experts are already predicting the loss for the 2013-14 period to stand at 5.6 percent which amounts to a considerable $3.8 billion.

The above trend comes on the back of contrasting factors, such as increase in disposal income among families, though several other factors can be considered to have contributed to the digital wave. These include a general lull in the world economic scene that has forced consumers to seek greener pastures, and an increase in internet penetration which has proved to be positive for online retailers and a source of concern for the conventional bookstores.

According to IBISWorld industry analyst Claudia Burgio-Ficca, the newspaper publishers are likely to respond to the changes scenario by rationalizing “distribution networks, cut newsagent margins and ramp up digital offerings over the next five years.”

Book publishers are also expected to adopt similar strategies as they try to enhance their digital presence to remain afloat in the changed world order.

Newspaper And Book Publishers Facing The Heat From Digital Publishers is a post from: E-Reader News

Aldiko Updated to Version 3.0 with New Look and Features

Aldiko is one of the most popular ePub reading apps for Android tablets and phones and it just got updated to version 3.0 today. The 3.0 update is being rolled out to Aldiko premium users first, and then the free version will be updated in the near future. The download for the 3.0 premium version […]

Overdrive to Bring Digital Library Book Lending into China


Overdrive is best known for their digital infrastructure that allows libraries to loan out eBooks to their patrons. The company has a massive footprint in Canada, Australia, US, Ireland and the UK. Recently Overdrive attended the IFLA annual conference as well as the Beijing International Book Fair.  The big news that broke out of these two events was a new contract being signed, that will bring Overdrive to China.

The China National Publications Import & Export Corporation (CNPIEC) and OverDrive signed an E-Publications Import License Agreement, in an official signing ceremony. With this agreement in place, OverDrive can now take steps towards making OverDrive's catalog of digital content available in China to libraries and retailers.

CNPIEC is the largest importer of publications in China with domestic customers of over 10,000 libraries and institutions. OverDrive's entry into China will provide an additional market for OverDrive's publisher partners, who can rely on the trusted relationship with OverDrive as their digital distribution partner.

The foray into China is something Overdrive has been focused on for the better part of a year. This is a huge deal, but there is no timeline in which the digital ecosystem will be widely available. Sources within the company have speculated that English Schools will be the first ones to make the eBooks available, as this makes up the bulk of Overdrives digital portfolio. It is currently unknown how many digital editions are currently in Chinese libraries, as publishers have been resistive in embracing them.

Overdrive to Bring Digital Library Book Lending into China is a post from: E-Reader News