John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is at the top of the ebook best-seller list this week after being discounted to $4.99 from $7.40.
That’s not the only title at a noticeably lower price-point this week. Two Hachette titles, Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, and The Target by David Baldacci, were both selling at higher prices last week.
That could have been a result of the publisher’s dispute with Amazon in the midst of contract negotiations.
Related: Inside Amazon’s Battle With Hachette
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Simon & Schuster Joins HarperCollins on Scribd and Oyster (DBW)
The large publisher becomes the second among the “big five” to makes its ebook available to the ebook subscription services Oyster and Scribd. More.
Related: Scribd “Ahead” of Oyster
What Book Publishers Can Learn from the New York Times (DBW)
Like the book publishing industry, the newspaper industry has gone through a digital transition. With newspapers, the transition has been much rougher – and bloodier. There are lessons book publishers can learn. We’ve distilled them here.
America’s Most Well-Read Cities (DBW)
Amazon released its annual list today with Alexandria, Va. being named most well-read for the third straight year. Miami was the highest ranking big city at No. 2. Amazon’s own Seattle clocked in at No. 4.
Revenues up, Profits Down at Bloomsbury (DBW)
Digital revenues were also up about 20% at the UK publisher. Meanwhile, revenues were up and profits were down. At many publishers, the opposite holds true as digital revenues rise.
Start-up Investments Paying off for Harvard Common Press (PW)
For years, Harvard Common Press has been making investments in food-related start-ups, culminating with the creation of an incubation space in the company’s Boston office. Those bets are starting to pay off.
Library Journal to Distribute Self-Published Titles (Good E Reader)
Following OverDrive’s deal with Smashwords this week, industry trade publication has also developed a path for self-published authors to get their ebooks into library collections. Libraries today, bricks-and-mortar bookstores tomorrow?
Ebooks Exploding in Egypt? (Pub Perspectives)
With the launch of Vodafone’s Kotobi Arabic-language ebook store, publishers are now jumping on the digital bandwagon in Egypt.
Kobo Launches Book Reviews (The Digital Reader)
The ebook retailer has long been without a reviews service of it’s own. That’s changing.