Publishing News Ebooks Are Losing Popularity—and Here’s Why This examines how and why ebooks have been losing popularity, with particular emphasis on book performance in 2016: “Ebooks are losing popularity, and have been for the last couple years. Publishing professionals have speculated on several possible reasons, including the types of books that are popular. But it comes down to this: people need a break from their electronics.” Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away. This article, by Simon Jenkins, examines the misconceptions that fed the myth that books would die at the hands of the digital alternatives. “It was rubbish, all rubbish. Like other aids to reading, such as rotary presses, Linotyping and computer-setting, digital had brought innovation to the dissemination of knowledge and delight. But it was a means, not an end.” 3 Facebook Changes and How They Impact YOU As competition heats up between platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, even these behemoths must adjust. Digital Book World recently posted an article outlining new adjustments to Facebook’s platform and three ways their changes could impact you as a writer or book marketer. BookBaby Launches Direct-to-Consumer Book Retail Platform for Authors (DBW Daily) BookBaby, the publishing arm of CD Baby, the world’s largest distributor of independent music, is ready to start a whole new chapter with the opening of BookShop (www.bookbaby.com/bookshop), which will help authors connect directly with readers in ways they’ve never been able to before. Future of Physical Books (NYT) According to the New York Times, physical books are on their death bed. (This, of course, is untrue in myriad ways, but moving on…) So, what’s the afterlife for physical books? Fastest Readers (Paste) A lot of interesting info is coming out of ebook subscription services like Scribd. The latest: Which countries read the fastest. Germany tops the list. The U.S. is No. 14. Print Books Better for Reading Comprehension, New Study Suggests (Las Cruces News) Ignore the completely inaccurate headline the editors decided to give to this article. The meat of it is that a very small, unscientific study showed that kids show better reading comprehension and recall details better when reading print books. A History of Amazon’s Ascendance (Investors Business Daily) How did Amazon go from yet another “dotcom” about to go under to the Wall St. powerhouse it is today? Most Americans Now Reading Ebooks? (DBW Daily) A new poll by Harris Interactive, a Nielsen company, suggests they are. The poll, conducted last month, found a majority of Americans reading ebooks. It estimates that share at 54%, a number far exceeding the 28% a Pew study reported in January. Requests for comment on this discrepancy were not returned. Not only does the new poll indicate an unprecedented proportion of ebook readers in the U.S., it also found those who read ebooks actually read more books overall.