Oyster adds a new feature allowing users to create personalized “Book Lists.”
Call it the equivalent of a Spotify playlist for subscription ebooks. Oyster users can share their lists with fellow subscribers within the platform as well as post them on other social media channels.
The addition marks not only another discovery mechanism–Oyster already recommends new content using a combination of an algorithm and editorial curation–but also a push among ebook subscription services to bulk up on social features.
Bookmate’s co-founder Simon Dunlop wrote recently that he doesn’t see the subscription model surviving without a robust social e-reading experience.
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Emerging Markets to Drive Google Play Growth (Android Headlines)
A recent study suggests Android users in Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, India and other emerging markets are poised to supply the next wave of growth for Google’s rapidly expanding Play Store.
Data Analysis Democratizes (ZDNet)
Today, Google, Amazon and Facebook are in a league of their own when it comes to large-scale databases and data analytics, but one industry insider argues smaller web service providers are fast becoming more sophisticated, putting data insights in closer reach of clients.
Related: Dispelling Myths About Big Data in Publishing | Data Pioneers to Share Expertise at DBW15
Children’s Publishers Adopt Reading Metric (DBW)
HarperCollins, Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books add Lexile designations to their children’s titles. The system organizes content by reading level according to its complexity (though opinion is divided as to how well).
Related: Learn How the Educational Standards Are Reshaping Children’s Publishing at DBW15
Wiley Partners With Safari on Reference Library (DBW)
John Wiley & Sons announces plans to develop an online reference library using Safari’s PubFactory platform. The library will go live in the first half of next year.
Tablets Overtake E-Readers in Libraries (Good E Reader)
E-reading devices are declining in usage in U.S. libraries and being replaced by tablets, according to a recent report, owing to their ability to access a much wider range of content demanded by patrons.
Bezos Named Top CEO (Harvard Business Review)
The news may sound strange to Amazon watchers no less than to the company’s investors, especially after a weak third quarter sent stock prices tumbling. Nevertheless, Harvard Business Review ranks Jeff Bezos as the best performing CEO in the world, arguing that Amazon’s “mature businesses…are profitable; it’s [Bezos] deep investments in new businesses that create accounting losses, which he regards as a false measure of performance.”
Case Closed for Sherlock Suit (Pub Lunch)
The Conan Doyle estate has pursued licensing fees from Random House for publishing new fiction based on Sherlock Holmes characters, but the Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal.
Digital Book World Seeks an Associate Editor (DBW–Job Opportunity)
Digital Book World is hiring an associate editor to develop content and resources that help publishing professionals improve what they do and push the industry forward. Learn more about the position and how to apply.