Ever since BitTorrent first announced its BitTorrent Bundle platform in May 2013, I've wondered whether it could prove to be a useful channel for selling enhanced ebooks, digital comics, audiobooks, and other bulky files. While we still don't know if BitTorrent Bundle is going to be able to generate meaningful revenue for authors, I can report today... Read More »
Amazon Kindle Unlimited, Entitle, Oyster and Scribd all have e-book subscription models that allow you to read as many titles you want, for a low monthly price. Given that there are close to 100,000 books on each platform are people binge reading the same way Netflix users watch television? Do they have the capability to evolve?
The subscription content platform Scribd adds more than 200 front-list ebooks to the catalog available to Australian readers, including best-selling titles from Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Harlequin Australia. According to a Scribd spokesperson, the company is focused on taking a targeted approach to international growth, “and one of the main ways we’re accomplishing that is through localization.”
The proposition was that “the brand is everything.” It was put to me in such a forceful and peremptory way that I imagined it in uppercase: Brand Is Everything. Now, whenever I am in the presence of uppercase idealists and abstract ideas–Idealists and Ideas–I fly away.
What are the most important digital change issues publishers face? To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. It would be extremely limiting for that selection to be based on my thoughts and opinions alone, and we have a process in place to make sure that it isn’t. (More on that to come in the next post here.) But if we were relying on me alone, here’s what we’d be focused on.
Would you buy an e-book from an airport, museum or hotel? Big five publisher Simon & Schuster hopes you will. Simon & Schuster has partnered with mobile content delivery service Foli to offer customers complimentary access to a selection of full-text e-books in airports, museums and hotels in the United States.
Amazon's Whispersync for Voice is one of the niftier features for the Kindle platform. It lets you easily switch from an ebook to a matching audiobook and back without loosing your reading or listening position. It's a nifty feature but it's also one which is difficult to pull off without distributing audiobooks through Audible (and thus giving Amazon a lot of control). But now it's is getting a little easier.
Apple’s iPad sales fell 23% in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year, according to new figures from ABI Research. It’s the second consecutive quarter where the tech company’s tablet sales have shrunk.
So Amazon is apparently trying to crush the UK branch of Penguin Random House. The retailer has arranged a leak about the ongoing negotiations to Re/code, which has covered the leak with hysterically inaccurate hysteria.
Kobo has a long track record with issuing e-readers and it is the companies sole focus, aside from their fleet of e-book apps. The company has gotten out of the tablet game and every year they release a new e-reader or two. Their first new device in 2015 is the Kobo Glo HD. It has a lot going for it, but how would you change it?
The end of the world sure is taking a long time. Ever since the breakout success of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel The Road, America has been degraded, devastated, and decimated time and time again — at least, on the page. Granted, McCarthy didn't invent post-apocalyptic fiction. But he helped spark a literary trend that shows no signs of abating.
Looking to assuage his guilt for shopping at Amazon, a developer in the UK has released a new Chrome extension which lets you browse Amazon.co.uk and shop a participating local bookstore. Just announced on Medium, BookIndy is so new that its accompanying website is still blank, but the extension itself works well enough. When installed, the extension pulls data from whatever book listing you're browsing on Amazon.co.uk and checks to see if the book can be found in a local bookshop.
Penguin Random House UK is to become the global publisher and distributor for all BBC-branded physical and digital audiobooks. The deal signed today with BBC Worldwide extends an agreement signed by Random House Audio and BBC Worldwide in 2013 to sell and distribute BBC audiobooks that had previously been available through the now-defunct AudioGO.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches a new web portal allowing designers and developers to collaborate on digital ed-tech products. The portal is the brainchild of HMH labs, a technology incubation division set up last year, and marks the first time Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has exposed its application programming interfaces, or APIs, to external developers.
Did you ever wonder why Amazon developed a custom font just for its E-ink ereaders in 2012, and then developed a completely different font (Bookerly) or the Fire tablets last year? If you'd like to know why Kobo developed the Nickel font for its ereaders but isn't using the font in its iOS apps, or why Google commissioned the Literata font, then I have a video for you to watch.
Although sales and earnings at Bloomsbury were relatively flat for the year ended February 28, 2015, compared to fiscal 2014, the company did make progress in easing its dependence on the “traditional book market,” company chief executive Nigel Newton reported in comments that accompanied the release of results. Sales rose to 111 million pounds from 109.5 million pounds, and pre-tax earnings increased to 9.6 million pounds from 9.5 million pounds. The company’s academic and professional segment posted the biggest gain with revenue up 12%, to 36 million pounds. Acquisitions and a 35% rise in digital sales drove the increase, which offset a 4% drop in print sales.
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