Hard on the heels of Tesco pulling out of the UK ebook market comes troubling news from Germany. A German startup blog reported on Wednesday that txtr is insolvent. The future of the company is not known at this time, but I do know that an administrator has been appointed. Christian Köhler-Ma, a lawyer with Olswang LLP, has been tasked with overseeing txtr's affairs.
Oyster Adds a Little Magic to Its Subscription eBook Service ebook subscription, Harry Potter, Subscriptions When it comes to kids books, there are the cherished classics, new favorites, and other popular titles, and then there is Harry Potter.
New Data from Nielsen Book Shows Kindle Unlimited Subscribers Spend More on Books ebook subscription, Neilsen, Subscriptions Late last month I asked whether consumers were buying fewer books after switching to subscription ebook services like Scribd, Oyster, or Kindle Unlimited,
As the summer holidays fade and we drift back to work and school, the last few chapters of a good book still percolate pleasantly through the mind. But did you take an e-reader to the beach, or a paperback?
It didn’t take long after the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service for the outcry to begin, but unlike other criticisms the retail book giant has weathered, this one came from its most staunch supporters: self-published authors. With the announcement that all KDP Select titles would be included in the all-you-can-eat service, authors were initially excited about the prospect of a new revenue channel from the exclusive program; it didn’t take long, though, before some of the top names in self-publishing noticed a significant drop in their KDP-based income.
For the past three years Amazon has sold a particular type of Kindle format called Kindle Print Replica. This is basically a PDF file wrapped in a Kindle ebook file, and it offers many of the benefits of PDFs (fixed layout, graphics, charts, discrete page numbers).
Domestic e-book sales for the five groups—Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan—totalled 49m units in 2014, a 15.3% rise on 2013. Three of the five publishers recorded double-digits growth, with only Simon & Schuster down—albeit marginally—on 2013. By contrast, the top five publishers recorded an 18% rise in digital volume versus 2012, which followed that huge 105% gain in 2012 (on 2011).
The e-commerce platform that recently helped Hachette sell ebooks on Twitter launches a mobile app for Android. Gumroad says its December pilot program with Hachette was a success, in one case allowing author and musician Amanda Palmer to sell 100 copies of her book within twenty minutes of tweeting a ‘buy’ button to her followers.
Provisional administrator Christian Köhler-Ma has been appointed to German ebook service provider Txtr. Txtr provided ebook solutions to retailers such as Foyles, device makers and mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom. They developed a large international repository of ebooks which they serviced through a cloud based white label ebookstore and a comprehensive set of apps. Their service was based on Adobe ACS4 DRM and they sold ereaders based on eink technology.
In 2010, the daily deals website Groupon launched a competition to find a person willing to live off nothing but their discount vouchers for a year – in return for $100,000 (£66,000) cash at the end of it. They weren’t short of entrants, and the winner, a 28-year-old unemployed accountant from Chicago named Josh Stevens, even made it over to the UK as part of his discount tour.
The iPhone 6 Plus is the first large screen phone that Apple has ever released and is quite excellent at reading e-Books, comics, manga and staying on top of the daily news. Unlike iPhones of the past, the 6 Plus actually makes the process of digital reading very enjoyable.
When news broke yesterday that Blinkbox Books would be shutting down after it failed to find a buyer, I hoped that a 3rd-party would step in and at least save Blinkbox Books customers from losing all of their money.
In 2014, two library systems—Toronto Public Library and King County Library System in Washington—experienced more than 2 million checkouts from OverDrive. Additionally, eight library systems had circulations of more than 1 million. These numbers include ebooks, audiobooks, streaming music and video, and electronic periodicals. Clearly, e-reading is becoming a staple in libraries across North America. Data from BISG’s (Book Industry Study Group) and the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) BookStats released in June 2014 show a plateauing in ebook revenue after major gains in 2012; it was at $3 billion in 2013. Statistics from the U.K.’s Nielsen Book show a decline of 4% in 2013’s overall book sales.