Android Wear owners have long been able to use their wrist-born smartphone accessories to control audiobook playback in the OverDrive app, and now they have similar control over the Audiobooks.com app. The Audiobooks.com app for Android was updated this week ith support for Android Wear 2.0. Here's the changelog; WHAT'S NEW Thanks for using Audiobooks.com! This update includes new compatibility with Android Wear smartwatches, allowing users to: Launch the Audiobooks.com app from their smartwatch Listen to any audiobook in their My Books library Access controls for play, pause, forward, rewind and volume Browse select free books and featured samples This update also fixes bug throughout. Google Play via Android Police Check These Out!
Amazon saw a better than expected jump in Kindle Unlimited usage last month. The retailer reported on its support forum that the KDP funding pool had jumped to $17.8 million, an increase of a million dollars from December 2016. The news not all good, however; the per-page rate fell in every market where we have data. Here in the US the December royalty was 0.52396 cents, which dropped to 0.4754 cents in January. US: $0.0048 (USD) Germany: €0.0033 (EUR) France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands: €0.0047 (EUR) Brazil: R$ 0.01150 (BRL) Mexico: 0.0791 (MXN) UK, Australia, India, Japan, Canada: no data This drop is the per-page rate follows the expected annual pattern; there is usually a spike in KU usage in January due to all the Kindles and Fire tablets sold the month before. The rate will likely increase again in February as trial users drop out. P.S. Here's a list of the monthly funding pools. It does not include the bonuses paid out each month. July 2014: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month) August 2014: $4.7 million September 2014: $5 million October 2014: $5.5 million November 2014: $6.5 million December 2014: $7.25 million January 2015 - $8.5 million February 2015: $8 million March 2015: [...]
For most publishers, the finished book is not just the main unit of currency but the single external output from the publishing process. Galleys or ARCs might go out, tightly controlled, to reviewers, but the manuscript itself and early rounds of proofs are strictly between author and editor. The exception of course is academic publishing, …
Three different trade publishers released their financial reports in the past week, and while the ebook news ranged from bad to nonexistent, the reports of audiobook sales were generally positive. Simon & Schuster parent company CBS released its annual report yesterday. Oddly enough, it focused far more on the 4th quarter than the year, so instead here is PW's report: Simon & Schuster finished 2016 with a small drop in revenue compared to 2015 but with a modest increase in earnings, parent company CBS reported. Revenue for the year was $767 million, down 1.8% from 2015 sales of $780 million. Operating income increased 4.4%, to $119 million. The revenue decline was due in part to a soft fourth quarter in which sales dropped 10.3%, to $209 million, but earnings increased 5.8%, to $36 million. The sales drop in the quarter was attributed to difficult comparisons to the last quarter of 2015, when Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams was a big bestseller. ... S&S's strongest performing division in 2016 was audio, which benefited from another year of double-digit growth in digital audio, Reidy said. The increase in sales in digital audio helped to offset some of the decline in e-books, [...]
Comixology announced on Tuesday that it was adding twenty Harlequin manga titles to its $6 a month unlimited reading service, which launched in May 2016. Romance publisher Harlequin has been publishing manga through its Japanese sub, Harlequinn KK, since 2008 in a partnership with Ohzora Publishing. Dark Horse began republishing some titles in English in 2005, and Harlequin took over distribution the following year. Harlequin's manga titles are available on a number of platforms, including Kindle and Comixology, and now the following 20 titles are available are available through Comixology Unlimited: A Man For All Seasonings by Day Leclaire and Towa Isezaki A Mistake In Identity by Sandra Field and Wataru Yasutake A Question Of Honor by Lindsay Mckenna and Kazuko Teradate A Secret Sorrow by Karen Van Der Zee and Masako Ogimaru A Wild Affair by Charlotte Lamb and Yoko Hanabusa Blind Date by Emma Darcy and Mihoko Hirose The Boss, The Baby And The Bride by Day Leclaire and Emi Hohsyo Dragon Bay by Violet Winspear and Rin Ogata Fast And Loose by Elizabeth Oldfield and Mao Karino Her Convenient Millionaire by Gail Dayton and Kasumi Kuroda The Husband Assignment by Helen Bianchin and Kei Kohsaki Little White Lies by Marjorie Lewty and Chieko Hara [...]
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