Kobo has a massive portfolio of over 5 million eBooks and magazines and serves millions of users across the world. The Canadian based company has expressed interest in the audiobook business for the last year and it looks like they offering them as soon as next year. The Kobo Insiders program is a private community [...]
Penguin Random House is the world’s leading trade book publisher, comprised of nearly 250 imprints and brands on five continents, with more than 15,000 new titles and 800 million print, audio and e-books sold annually.
A just-leaked draft impact assessment on the modernization of European copyright rules could spell the end for many online services in Europe as we know them. The document's recommendations foreshadow new a EU Directive on copyright to be introduced later this year, that will ultimately bind each of the European Union's 28 member states. If these recommendations by the European Commission are put in place, Europe's Internet will never be the same, and these impacts are likely to reverberate around the world.
Sometimes working in academia feels like being a gymnast at the Olympics. Not because we’re tumbling through the lab in glittering costumes, but because of the constant pressure to succeed. Gymnasts are tasked to perform more spectacular routines at every competition, while scientists are expected to publish several high impact papers a year. And as …
Audible has been making audiobooks lately of some very unconventional things. Nothing personifies their new direction then the new partnership with The National Archives and Bloomsbury. Right now you can listen to letters written by Churchill, Catherine Howard, ‘Jack the Ripper’, the Ford Dagenham women and more. Audible, The National Archives and Bloomsbury today debut [...]
Amazon has always been an online bookseller and many people claim that they drove Borders out of business and contributed to the decline in Barnes and Noble’s retail sales. Amazon has experimented with a series of physical bookstores in Seattle, New York and San Diego. They will soon be opening up a location in Portland [...]
McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC (MHGE) is a learning science company focused on higher education, professional learning and information markets both in the US and internationally with content, tools and services delivered via digital, print and hybrid solutions.
HarperCollins is a subsidiary of News Corp, a global media and information services company comprised of businesses across a range of media, including news and information services, cable network programming in Australia, digital real estate services, book publishing, digital education, and pay-TV distribution in Australia.
Pearson was founded in 1844 by Samuel Pearson as S. Pearson and Son, a small building firm in Yorkshire in the North of England. Today Pearson is the world’s leading learning company with 41,041 employees in more than 70 countries.
Penguin Random House has in the past denied that readers want an ebook subscription service. What with Kindle Unlimited now paying authors and publishers more than the Nook Store, and possibly even more than Kobo or Google, that excuse was getting a little thin, but recently PRH changed its tune. The global CEO of Penguin Random House, Markus Dohle, was speaking at the Global Top 50 Publishing Summit at Beijing International Book Fair in China earlier this week . According to The Bookseller, Dohle said that: PRH had not signed its titles up for any subscription services, such as Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, Mofibo or Scribd, because the ‘all you can eat’ models threaten to “devalue” intellectual property (IP) at a time when most authors can barely afford to earn a living. In the US, Dohle said 40% of the readership accounted for 85% of publishers’ revenue, so "heavy readers" switching to subscription models would have a “huge impact” on the industry. He explained that the industry’s existing publishing model, successful for over 500 years, was "robust" and "not broken at all", and argued that subscription models were "not in the reader’s mindset". If they became popular, they would ultimately lead to "lower prices" [...]
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