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Anatomy of successful ebooks (infographic)
Have a look at this extremely helpful infographic about the DNA of successful ebooks, prepared by HipType, a company that gathers analytics data from e-readers.
The graphic should be analyzed first of all by book authors. Do you know that books with a female protagonist are 40% more likely to become a bestseller? Or that only 4% of sample chapters and bundled ebooks are completed? Or that 30% of readers will have stopped reading by page 50?
What is most interesting about this visualization, though, is that it’s based on data collected by HipType from the usage of e-readers. What you should remember is that if your device is connected to a virtual bookshelf (via your Kindle, or Nook, or Kobo account, for instance), every action you make leaves a trail – and can be collected and analyzed.
What are the genres you like to read most; what is the average time of a reading session; do your reading sessions last longer on weekends; how many of ebook samples you eventually buy; which passages of the text you highlight or share; which part of the book makes you stop reading it and putting back to the archived items.
The results presented in the infographic are interesting also because they reflect the natural reading behavior. They’re not based on what you answer in a survey or on focus groups. They’re based on what you actually do with your ebook.
The title from a Mashable article, where I found the infographic, is “The lure of a good book“, but I think we have to clearly state that it’s about successful ebooks – and ebooks only. The way one person read an ebook on an e-reader is different from the way the same person reads a print book.
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
The Hunger Games Prequel
by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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