That coincides with a strong opening weekend for the film based on the first book in Veronica Roth’s trilogy; the Divergent movie just raked in $56 million.
Meanwhile, fourth place on this week’s list goes to the collection of all three titles for $14.99, making a pretty strong case for ebook bundling.
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Payback (Pub Lunch)
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and other ebook retailer customers received small deposits of capital into their accounts as part of the ebook price-fixing settlement. Publishers are set to see some of that money, which they shelled out, come their way.
Apple Case Absurd? (GigaOm)
GigaOm columnist Jeff John Roberts thinks that the government’s moves against Apple are bordering on the absurd as consumers are sent their ebook price-fixing settlement money.
Byliner Launches Subscription Service (DBW)
For six dollars a month, readers can enjoy some 30,000 articles and shorts from Byliner. If successful, it would prove a powerful argument for publishers with much bigger lists to launch their own subscription services.
How Ebook Subscription Services Can Succeed (Pub Perspectives)
Eight ways that ebook subscription services like Oyster and Scribd can find success.
Advertising in Ebooks the Next Big Things? (iMedia Connection)
At least one book publishing industry outsider thinks it’s the next frontier and will provide new business models for authors and publishers.
Me Books Gains Popularity (DBW)
The UK-based children’s digital publisher has surpassed one million downloads and has launched a new comics app.
Print Books Better for Reading Comprehension, New Study Suggests (Las Cruces News)
Ignore the completely inaccurate headline the editors decided to give to this article. The meat of it is that a very small, unscientific study showed that kids show better reading comprehension and recall details better when reading print books.
Video Games in Ebooks (VentureBeat)
Slowly but surely, the idea of “playing” a book – not just reading it – is gaining traction and even proving itself in the marketplace.
Penguin Random House Merge Publisher Service Groups (Pub Lunch)
The integration of the world’s two largest publishers continues.
Publisher Quercus Acquired (Pub Lunch)
Just two months after going up for sale, publisher Quercus is been acquired by publisher Hodder & Stoughton for £12.6 million ($20.8 million).
Early Ebook Bet Pays Off for Maryland Library System (Southern Maryland Online)
Nearly ten years ago, Maryland’s head librarians created a state-wide ebook loaning program. Fast forward to today and they find that the bet has paid off.
Follett Consolidates (DBW)
As more publishers are contracting with the content and school supplies seller to bring their digital products into the classroom, Follett is consolidating its three lower school divisions into one business, Follett School Solutions.
Ebooks’ Impact on Education in South Africa (BizCommunity.com)
Experts believe that the e-textbook revolution is five years away in South Africa.