Subscription Ebook Services Rising

subscriptionsWith Simon & Schuster joining HarperCollins, hundreds of other publisher big and small and thousands of indie authors, have ebook subscription services finally arrived?

Yes. Oyster, Scribd and others now have very large and attractive ebook catalogs for readers to buy into for all-you-can-read access. Gaining acceptance among enough publishers to build a solid base catalog of ebooks was step one for these start-ups.

Step two is to continue to keep it lively for current readers by surfacing or adding hot, new titles. And step three is to run profitably – that is, generate more subscription revenue than it costs to keep those readers stocked with all the reading material they want.


Related: The Great Ebook Subscription Debate

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Children’s Ebook Subscription Platform Epic! Signs HarperCollins (DBW)
The big publisher joins Simon & Schuster at Epic! along with dozens of others, adding 1,000 titles to bring the catalog for the $9.99 all-you-can-read service to 4,000 titles.

Webcast: Five Success Factors for Publishing Start-ups (DBW)
The ebook revolution opened up a wealth of opportunities for new publishing start-ups to disrupt and transform the book business irreversibly. Many succeed. Many more don’t. Find out what sets them apart. Register.

You Can’t Fight Amazon (NYT)
The story of one woman who wanted to stand up and fight Amazon because she didn’t know how it treats publishers – and how the big retailer ultimately won with good service and selection.

Ebook Bundling Gets Funding Boost (DBW)
Canada-based ebook bundling start-up BitLit has raised a round of angel funding led by a new shop headed by former Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis.

Start-ups for BEA Challenge Announced (DBW)
The start-ups competing for cash and recognition at Book Expo America’s start-up challenge have been announced. DBW will be on the scene.

Globe Pequot Press Acquired by Rowman Littlefield (Pub Lunch)
The staggering pace of consolidation continues in the book publishing industry.

YouTube to Book (NYT)
Simon & Schuster’s innovative Atria division has formed a new imprint to bring YouTube’s stars to the printed page.

Related: Atria Publisher Judith Curr on Experimentation and Innovation

Webcast: How Publishers Can Take Advantage of New Educational Standards (DBW)
With the Common Core educational standards taking effect nationwide, educational publishers and content developers are retooling their products to fit the new curriculum specifications. Doing so presents as many challenges as it does opportunities. Learn how to take advantage of them. Register.

Related: Demystifying the Common Core

BookLikes Goes International (DBW)
The book-focused blog platform (think tumblr but for books) has added a database of multilingual titles.

Mobile Library Platform Beefs up Content Offerings (DBW)
BiblioBoard, which allows libraries to give patrons an attractive mobile content experience, has beefed up its content offerings significantly.

Crowdfunding: The New Agent? (Pub Perspectives)
According to crowdfunding entrepreneur Adam Gomolin, “crowdfunded publishing provides its own legitimate filter, because it relies on a scarce resource: people’s money.”

Related: Are Literary Agents Worth Their Commission?

BookSnacking Let’s You Sample Ebooks Anywhere (PW)
Digital publishing start-up Yudu has launched a product where publishers can upload content to widgets that readers can access to view excerpts and find out where to buy books.


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