ebookcraft's first-ever ebook design competition, So You Think You Can Code (SYTYCC), came to a close on March 31 when the 2016 grand prize winner was announced live to an excited crowd of conference attendees. Congratulations are due to Rebecca Springer, who took home the $2,500 cash prize courtesy of Rakuten Kobo, subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud and FlightDeck, and eternal nerd glory.
Loan Stars, a new readers' advisory service fuelled by the votes and reviews of Canadian library staff, has officially launched with its first monthly list. The list, featuring the top 10 books being released this May, was generated through a collaborative voting process hosted on e-catalogue service BNC CataList and will be published at loanstars.ca.
The overall print book market in Canada remained relatively steady in 2015, with a 0.8% increase in units sold (52.6 million) and a 1.6% increase in value ($983.4 million) over last year. While fiction saw unit sales fall by 0.9% (accompanied by a 3.5% increase in value), non-fiction books saw unit sales increase by 5.5% and overall value rose by 2.8%.
For ebook designers with the necessary swagger, there are some major prizes at stake this spring at ebookcraft 2016. The inaugural So You Think You Can Code ebook design competition will include a $2,500 cash prize courtesy of e-reading company Rakuten Kobo, alongside a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($900 value) and a three-month 25-titles-per-month subscription to FlightDeck ($120 value).
From keynote sessions to panels, more than 50% of speakers at Tech Forum 2016 will be women talking about book publishing, technology, and marketing. On March 30-31, ebookcraft, Tech Forum's conference-within-a-conference on ebooks, will also be 50/50 designated for the second year in a row.
The sale of print books in Canada went up in 2015 after several years of downward trends. According to BookNet Canada's sales tracking service, BNC SalesData, unit sales of print books in the Canadian trade market saw a 1% increase over 2014, and the overall dollar value went up by 3%.
The future of ebook design will get competitive this March when designers and developers compete to design the perfect digital book for prizes and nerd glory at ebookcraft 2016. The inaugural So You Think You Can Code competition is open to all attendees and will be judged by a roster of superstar digital production professionals.
Canadian publishers’ digital publishing programs continue to progress, according to a report released today by BookNet Canada. The State of Digital Publishing in Canada 2014 lays out the results of a survey conducted by BookNet Canada in early 2015.
In the first quarter of 2013, the overall print market was down in both volume and value. All categories were in decline but this quarter, it was juvenile books that dipped the lowest.