In a new report the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group confirmed what we had all suspected: Ebook sales flattened in 2013.
In the U.S., ebook revenue in 2012 and 2013 was about $3 billion. The AAP and BISG note in their annual BookStats report that the 2013 numbers are still impressive because of outliers in 2012 like Fifty Shades of Grey and the Hunger Games trilogies.
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Simon & Schuster Expands Ebook Access (DBW)
Simon & Schuster is the latest big publisher to make all its ebooks available to libraries to purchase. They will be available for one year terms.
Forgotten Books Launches Ebook Subscription Service (DBW)
Specialty ebook retailer Forgotten Books is making its nearly 500,000 ebook catalog available for users who are willing to pay $8.99 a month for access to unlimited downloads.
Amazon Expands Kindle Worlds (DBW)
Novelists Barbara Freethy, Bella Andre, H.M. Ward and Lucy Kevin are now making their titles available for commercial fan fiction, bringing a little romance to Worlds.
Can a Budget Smartphone Spark Ebook Reading Worldwide? (The Digital Reader)
A super-cheap smartphone from Google could be just the thing to help expand ebook reading to even more of the world.
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Fixed Book Pricing in Quebec Killed (PW)
Quebec’s new elected government put the kibosh on a plan to fix the price of books for new titles.
ProQuest Launches New ebrary E-Reader (DBW)
The new e-reader at the library ebook platform was designed with feedback from library patrons. It includes a simpler design, better scrolling and more accessibility options for the visually impaired.
IPR License Expands (DBW)
A new deal puts its licensing capabilities in new territories in Eastern Europe and East Asia.