Frankfurt! Hachette, Simon & Schuster, OverDrive and More

frankfurtThe leaves are changing, there’s a chill in the air (depending on how far North you are these days) and that wool scarf you’ve been knitting is almost done and it all adds up to one thing: It’s the Frankfurt Book Fair!
 
What that means to the digital book publishing world is a flurry of announcements from publishers and technology companies inventing the next epoch of the ebook era.
 
Day one wasn’t a disappointment, with announcements from Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Kobo’s Aquafadas, OverDrive and more (see more below).
 
Stay tuned to DBW to make sure you don’t miss a thing. You can check out a convenient list of yesterday’s important stories here.
 
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The rest of the day’s top news:
 
Digital Reading Survey: It’s Growing (DBW)
Nearly half of U.S. adults own an e-reader or tablet and those who read digitally are reporting that they read a lot more than those who don’t.
 
Meeting of the Minds (Pub Perspectives)
Digital publishing digirati got together before the Frankfurt Book Fair to discuss the pressing issue of the day. Two insights (among many): Smartphones may become more popular e-reading devices than tablets; content trumps platform in the digital age.
 
Robots Better at Reading to Kids Than Parents (DBW)
A study paid for by children’s digital content company MeeGenius asserts that children had an easier time reading when using “read along” functionality versus being read to by their parents.
 
Simon & Schuster Inks Deal With Chinese Publisher on Ebooks (DBW)
Yilin Press is working with Simon & Schuster to distribute its Mandarin-language titles to the worldwide ebook market.
 
Hachette Expands Ebook Distribution (DBW)
A partnership between Hachette Book Group (U.S.) and Hachette UK will help the large publisher’s English-language ebooks gain worldwide distribution.
 
OverDrive Expands Internationally (DBW)
The largest distributor of digital content to libraries has added an international catalog (now nearly two million) and library partners.
 
Aquafadas 3.1 (DBW)
Kobo’s Aquafadas released the latest version of its publishing system. Some of the new features give publishers an ability to create real three-dimensional environments and to create amusing mazes without writing any code.
 
E-Ink Smart-Watch (The Digital Reader)
The Digital Reader brings you the skinny on another gadget that uses e-ink display technology.
 
Scribd, International Deals and, Yes, Barnes & Noble (Good E Reader)
What would a Good E Reader radio show with DBW as a guest be without some talk of Barnes & Noble? Also, the skinny on Scribd, the holiday device wars and more!

 

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