In a move that puts it in line with its competitors, Sony has launched an iOS reading app.
Many of its competitors – Google, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, for instance – have long had iOS reading apps. Sony, like the others, has opted not to sell books through its iOS app so as not to give Apple a cut of sales.
The question is will the move do anything to help Sony gain purchase once again in the e-reading wars? The Japanese electronics manufacturer is thought to have a miniscule ebook market-share in the U.S. compared with Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble, the three companies that dominate the market.
But this isn’t the first move Sony has made in the past months. In Aug., it released the latest version of its Reader, the enticingly named PRS-T2. And in Oct. it launched a book club to inspire reader and author interaction around monthly title selections.
Will any of it work? Does Sony have more planned? If publishing consultant (and Digital Book World 2013 partner) Mike Shatzkin is correct, publishers are rooting for Sony, among others.
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Is Amazon Saying All Authors Are Competitors? (Los Angeles Times)
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Tim Ferriss: New Chef Book Have Recipe for Crow? (paidContent)
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Authors Guild to Antitrust Officials: Investigate Random-Penguin Deal (Authors Guild)
In a letter to members, Authors Guild president Scott Turow calls on the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the proposed Penguin-Random House merger. Turow says that the combined company would control 35% of the U.S. trade book market.
Random House to Take Over Random House Mondadori (Pub Lunch)
Random House will pay €54.5 million ($68.71) to buy the 50% of Random House Mondadori that it doesn’t already own. Random House is taking advantage of the opportunity to improve its position in the Spanish book market, the company said in a statement. It’s thought that part of the impetus for the Penguin-Random House merger is that both companies bring something to the table internationally.
New Thoughts on Library Ebook Lending (The Shatzkin Files)
For trade publishers, libraries currently make up a small part of their business. Ebooks have been a sore point, to say the least. But a new startup, Recorded Books, aims to help publishers and libraries resolve their differences and do more business.
Going Android (DBW)
London-based children’s book app publisher Nosy Crow has released its first set of Android apps in partnership with Barnes & Noble. Will children’s digital publishing grow past linear young adult books and into a larger illustrated ebook market?
Wiley Invests in Digital Learning (Pub Lunch)
Wiley continues to move away from trade publishing and toward learning. The company has purchased Efficient Learning Systems, a finance and accounting e-learning provider, for $24 million.
INscribe Digital Expands (DBW)
The digital distributor has signed a spate of deals with specialty and regional publishers, including History Publishing Company, a publisher of American history titles and test prep publisher Ace Academics.
iPad Mini Buoys Android Tablet Sales? (C|Net)
Consumers sitting out the third quarter waiting for the iPad Mini to come on the market may have helped lift Android market-share. Apple only accounted for half of all tablet sales in the quarter – down from nearly two-thirds in the previous quarter.
Famous Dictionaries Go Digital (The Next Web)
Macmillan will no longer print its iconic dictionary starting in 2013. The company will continue to grow its online dictionary play, which it launched in 2009 and says is growing quickly.