Amid Pandemic, Libro.fm and Bookshop.org Sales Skyrocket

Amid Pandemic, Libro.fm and Bookshop.org Sales Skyrocket

Book Culture

Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, many people have chosen to self-quarantine and practice social distancing in efforts to stop the spread. This leaves many with newfound free time on their hands and the challenge of finding ways to entertain themselves while quarantining at home. In this quest, many have turned to reading to fill their spare time and rather than go to a bookstore to acquire these books, they can be found entirely online.    Audio-bookstore, Libro.fm, and online bookstore, Bookshop.org have both seen sales skyrocket, as a result of the recent coronavirus pandemic. Both online stores collaborate with independent …

New Wattpad Publishing Imprint Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Examine Stories’ Popularity

New Wattpad Publishing Imprint Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Examine Stories’ Popularity

Book Culture

Last week, popular online publishing site Wattpad announced its entry into the world of physical books. The new publishing imprint, Wattpad Books, already has its starting lineup of new releases: six YA novels across popular genres, a decision which officials believe should appeal to the site’s Millenial and Gen-Z reader base. Despite the stigma surrounding self-publishing, these stories have had mass market appeal. Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman, the most popular story among these picks, has racked up over 40 million reads during its time on the site. But the selection process for these books is more than just a numbers …