After reports surfaced this week that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the latest version of the popular ebook platform, gathers extensive data on its users, the company offers details but fails to quell all concerns.
In the meantime, many questions remain unanswered, including why user data is apparently transmitting to Adobe’s servers unencrypted, leaving it potentially vulnerable to third parties, as initial reports suggest.
Much more, including a list of the data Adobe Digital Editions collects from users.
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Amazon and Apple Compete for Mobile Readers (PW)
Ebook reading on mobile devices is on the rise, and new survey data suggests the bulk of it occurs on either the Kindle or iBooks mobile apps. While Amazon’s platform appears to have a lead over Apple’s, the survey suggests it could be diminishing, especially among younger users.
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Hachette’s Best-Sellers Make Modest Comeback (DBW)
The publisher’s dispute with Amazon, not to mention the steep competition from the likes of Penguin Random House, have kept its footprint on the ebook best-seller list rather small. Despite one of its top titles falling off the list, Hachette titles inch further up the rankings this week.
Slicebooks Helps Rowman & Littlefield Go Direct (Digital Journal)
It seems everyone’s doing it these days. The publishing platform strikes a deal with Rowman & Littlefield’s journals division to build a custom e-commerce platform for selling content directly to consumers and institutions.
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New Data, New Exec at E-Textbook Start-Up (DBW)
RedShelf, an e-textbook platform founded in 2010, releases new survey data on 30,000 students in the U.S. The company also appoints former Co-President of Macmillan Higher Education Tom Scotty as its new COO.
Bertelsmann to Raise Stake in Penguin Random House (Bloomberg)
Rumors circulate that Pearson, which owns 47% of the world’s largest trade publisher, is willing to reduce that amount while Bertelsmann, which currently owns the other 54%, is looking to increase its own.
Where Print and Ebook Retail Diverge (The Shatzkin Files)
Digital Book World 2015 Conference Chair Mike Shatzkin digs into the respective economics behind print and ebook retail models and considers what’s in store for the digital market.
Publishing Vendor MPS Bulks Up (Medianama)
MPS Ltd., the Indian publishing services provider, acquires the New York-based Electronic Publishing Services, adding the company’s full-service digital publishing solutions to its own slate of offerings. The move positions MPS to expand its place in the education and market in North America.
Copyright Clearance Center Adds Users to Open Access Platforms (Businesswire)
Three scholarly publishers adopt two of Copyright Clearance Center’s open access content management and payment processing systems.