Hard on the heels of TuneIn's announcement that it was adding audiobooks comes the news that the music streaming service Deezer is following suit. Deezer is not yet available in the US, but over in Germany BuchReport.de reports that Deezer has added "thousands" of German-language audiobooks. The Paris-based service boasts of having more than 6 million paying subscribers in more than 180 countries. They also claim to offer the largest music catalog in the world with 35 million songs and over 30,000 streaming radio stations (TuneIn claims to have 100,000 radio stations). And now Deezer is adding audiobooks, including both new releases like the latest work from Dan Brown and classics like Sherlock Holmes. The audiobooks can be heard in Deezer's apps for iOS and Android. Deezer offers both a free tier and a paid tier (10 euros) which promises better audio quality (320 kbps) and more features, including playing songs offline and skipping radio tracks. The free tier is subsidized by adverts inserted between tracks (and between audiobook chapters, probably). The service is moving into competition with Kindle Unlimited, which offers thousands of audiobooks in its streaming ebook service. There have also been rumors that Amazon was planing to launch a streaming audiobook service in [...]
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When Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited last year, they built its catalog on indie and self published titles, with only a handful of titles from larger publishers. This did not include the Big Five trade publishers, who signed deals with other access-based ebook services but continued to boycott KU. Simon & Schuster broke the year-long this month, albeit in a very small way. The publisher has added Transfer of Power and The Last Man to KU. These are the first and last titles in the late Vince Flynn's Mitchell Rapp series, and they've been available in Kindle Unlimited since 12 August. S&S added their catalog to Scribd and Oyster last April, and have struck deals with services including Denmark's Mofibo, but this is the first time they've dabbled in KU. And it looks like this will be the exception and not the rule. S&S said that the two books were added to promote the publication of the next book in the series. S&S is scheduled to publish Kyle Mills' The Survivor in October, and a spokesperson confirms that the KU promotion is directly related to the new release: This is a special promotion meant to build excitement for the upcoming new Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp title, The Survivor, that we [...]
Do you know that saying of Clay Shirky's that "publishing now is a button"? That statement referred to the fact that publishing was so simple now that it was no longer an industry or profession but was instead an automatic process. I was reminded of Shirky's saying today when I realized that it now has a corollary: Self-publishing is now a machine, or at least that is the common usage. I reached that conclusion this week when I realized that the general media now refers to the Espresso Book Machine as a "self-publishing machine". While it is technically a POD, or print-on-demand, machine, it's now widely referred to as a self-publishing machine, or SPM for short. This first came up in late July when The Windsor Star reported that the local library's self-publishing machine "was a hit". About a week later the Sacramento Bee announced that "nearly 200 authors have used the self-publishing machine", and then just a couple days ago DNAInfo revealed that the Shakespeare & Co was getting a new look and a new self-publishing machine. A few minutes with a search engine has revealed that this is not a sudden change. I've found two references dating to 2013, including one from the WSJ. (Books-a-Million [...]
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