The slower ebook growth of recent years has some questioning when, if ever, digital sales will surpass those of print. But in the meantime, the relatively calmer landscape is allowing start-ups and other new entrants to gain a more solid footing.
That’s especially true for those that focus on app-based e-reading, many of which are “becoming mainstream players,” according to Made in Me’s Eric Huang. In addition, entertainment companies like DreamWorks are also looking afresh at their own content offerings and competing with established players.
“I think the momentum of start-ups and independents will continue to find a balance in 2015,” Huang says. “I’m certain there will be more mergers and acquisitions, more companies closing down–and new ones popping up.”
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Amazon Bundles Kindle Unlimited with Devices (Good E Reader)
For Black Friday, Amazon offers U.S. customers who purchase certain new Kindles or Fire tablets six free months of Kindle Unlimited, its subscription ebook service. The popular Kindle Voyage and Fire HDX are not part of the offer.
Another Fire Phone Fire Sale (CNet)
Amazon already offered a major discount on the Fire Phone once before, in September, after launching the smartphone earlier this year. Still no runaway success, Amazon now rolls out an unlocked version for $199, available through today only.
After Amazon Deal, Hachette Best-Sellers Gain Steam…A Little (DBW)
On balance, Hachette’s best-selling ebooks appear to be performing ever so slightly better in the first week after the publisher resolved its dispute with Amazon. In case you missed it before heading out for the holiday last week, here’s the most recent top-25 roundup.
French Ebook Distributor Comes Stateside (Good E Reader)
Ebookezvous launches an online ebookstore in the U.S., featuring more than 170,000 titles in both English and French.
Related: Explore Strategies for Finding Global Ebook Audiences at DBW15
Google on the Chopping Block in Europe (Gigaom)
The push among European regulators to deal a blow against Google’s dominance continues apace, with the European Parliament passing a resolution late last week to consider breaking the tech giant up. Here’s one observer’s thoughts on what might happen next.
Keeping Pace with Metadata Changes (Publishing Trends)
The ways that metadata flows through the digital ecosystem has never been more sophisticated or complex. At the same time, metadata has never been so essential to ebook discovery. Book metadata expert Renée Register discusses how she’s updating her popular Metadata Handbook to keep pace with authors’, publishers’ and distributors’ needs.
Learn more: Join Renée Register for a hands-on metadata workshop live at DBW15 or sign up for one of her new courses at Digital Book World University.
Lone Star Falling in Textbook Wars? (San Antonio Express-News)
As the textbook market evolves and becomes increasingly digital, the influence of the Texas State Board of Education in shaping the content that education publishers develop is thought to be waning. Texas authorities recently approved a controversial new slate of social studies materials.
Amazon Partners with UK Post Offices on Delivery (Teleread)
Amazon is moving swiftly to expand its distribution system in the UK, now partnering with Royal Mail to deliver Amazon packages directly to post offices.