When it comes to digital book publishing start-ups, there has been ample optimism to go around but not a lot of success.
There are many stories of new companies that haven’t worked out – as there are in every industry – but what has happened in book publishing can be perhaps summarized in the story of Small Demons, a discovery start-up that purported to do something every lover of books could get behind: connect all the places, people and things in books with each other. Yet, it didn’t have commercial application – at least enough to sustain a business.
Now another book publishing start-up is going away, or at least ceasing to operate on its own. The short-form ebook publisher Byliner is being acquired by Vook, which plans on making it its first in-house imprint.
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Ebook Potential in India (DBW)
Ebooks in India are a storm brewing in the distance. They represent about 2% of the $2 billion trade book industry there but are poised for growth. A local expert breaks it down.
New York Times Goes Niche (Pub Lunch)
The New York Times is launching a dozen new monthly book best-seller lists, including categories “how-to” and “manga.”
Amazon UK Moving, Expanding (The Guardian)
Amazon will be moving its UK offices to the hip London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The company will also be hiring.
A New Kind of Library Catalog (PostIndependent.com)
A set of Colorado libraries claims to be the first to employ a new digital library catalog that gives patrons a search and find experience more akin to what they’re used to with the Web: that is, powerful, complete and easy to use.
Libraries Can Digitize Without Permission, EU Court Rules (PC World)
An EU court ruled that libraries can digitize copyrighted content and make it available at library reading posts, a potential blow to the textbook industry.
Tablets and Ebook Prices (DBW)
Two big reasons why Nook is a shadow of itself. More charts and more analysis.
Literary Reinvention (Pub Perspectives)
Literary agents, like everyone else in the industry, have had to reinvent themselves. Fortunately, having access to a world of authors, publishers and editors via the internet has made that job much easier.
Dutch Cloud Bookshelf Does Deal With Kobo (The Digital Reader)
A new Dutch ebook cloud storage start-up is integrating with ebook retailer Kobo. The start-up, LeesID, supports Adobe digital rights management software, solving some headaches for cloud bookshelf users.