Since document-sharing start-up Scribd launched its own ebook subscription service about a year ago, much has changed in this hot end of the market.
The company and its competitors, Oyster and Entitle, have grown the sizes of their ebook catalogs many times over, with the largest among them boasting over 500,000 titles. Amazon entered the business with Kindle Unlimited. And all the players have made many moves to upgrade their user experiences and reach.
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Penguin Random House, Sweet Seven (DBW)
The top seven best-sellers this week are all from one publisher. Guess which one. Meanwhile, some indie authors are choosing to do things a little different. More.
Samsung Doubles Down (DBW)
Just weeks after unveiling its new Nook tablet, Samsung has announced a wide-ranging sponsorship with the Frankfurt Book Fair that it intends to use to showcase what it can do for the book publishing industry.
Txtr Launches Web-Based Reading (DBW)
The German-based ebook and e-reader company has launched a Web-based reading app based on the Readium software development kit.
Kobo Adds Exclusive Kids Content (DBW)
Kobo has partnered with children’s reading company Reading Egg to bring its 120 titles to Kobo readers on an exclusive basis.
It Happened Overnight (Winnipeg Free Press)
One day kids were following along with their teacher’s lesson plan on a textbook, and the next everything was digital. Textbooks are now as foreign to some younger students as one-room schoolhouses are to most of us today.
Bokpris Wants to Help UK Readers Save Money (Digital Journal – Press Release)
A new European start-up is meant to help UK readers and students save on pleasure reading and educational materials.
Print-on-Demand-in-Stores Gains, Loses Toe-Hold (The Digital Reader)
Barnes & Noble is piloting the Espresso Book Machine, a nifty device that can print a book on demand for a customer in-store if it’s not available in stock. A similar pilot with Kodak has fallen through, however.
More Self-Publishing Services Start-ups (DBW)
Reedsy is an invite-only ebook services marketplace only for “qualified” editors, designers and other ebook professionals.
Kentucky Libraries Launch Portal for Self-Publishing (The Digital Reader)
Two West-Kentucky library systems join a handful that are helping their patrons self-publish books.