Will New iOS 8 Give Apple iBooks Boost?

1.39228984784E+12_iBooksOne knock on ebooks is that in some ways they’re harder to share than their print counterparts. The latest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system and its iBooks e-reading software aims to help change that.

Up to six household members can share content from iTunes, iBooks, the Apple App store and other Apple platforms.

The new operating system is being touted by Apple as its “biggest release since the launch of the App Store.”

Related: Is Apple Now the No. 2 Ebook Retailer in the U.S.?

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Independent Publisher Awards (DBW)
Nearly 1,300 entries from independent publishers (small publishers and self-publishing authors) were whittled down to a handful of winners.

Publishers Obsess Over Amazon at BEA, Readers Don’t (Tribtown.com)
While Amazon-Hachette was all the talk among publishers and industry insiders at BEA last week, among readers it was all about authors.

Professional Attendance Down Slightly at BEA (Pub Lunch)
Nearly 11,000 industry professionals descended on the Jacob Javits Center in New York last week for BEA, 129 fewer than last year.

Chinese Publishers Eye U.S. Market (China Daily)
A dozen Chinese publishers were at Book Expo America this year, looking at the U.S. market, especially when it comes to ebooks.

Penguin Random House on Madrid Subway Via Vodafone (Telecom Paper)
The big telecom has forged a deal with Penguin Random House to offer one free ebook a month to subway riders on the Madrid subway. Rizzoli has a similar deal on Italy’s high-speed trains.

Sony Stays Course on Ebooks in Japan (The Bookseller)
Despite heavy losses across the company for years, the massive conglomerate will continue on with ebooks in Japan. Sony has retreated from the ebook business everywhere else.

Another Way Ebooks Replace Print (WashPo)
Government officials are now being sworn in to their offices over ebook copies of bibles when a print version of the book isn’t readily available.

Fifty Shades Suit (Pub Lunch)
“The complicated publication path of EL James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has finally yielded legal action, as James’ first publisher, Australian-based The Writers Coffee Shop owner Amanda Hayward, was sued last week in a Texas state court by her former business partners Jennifer Pedroza and Christa Beebe, for a share of the massive proceeds from the trilogy.”

Barnes & Noble Shuts Down Downloadable Audio Section (The Digital Reader)
B&N has shut down its downloadable audiobooks business. It was buried on the B&N website and may not have been very successful.

Book Tour Start-up Togather Folding? (PW)
The start-up’s founder is in conflict with its owners and is trying to work it out to resume the business’s operation. Togather helps authors and publishers organize profitable book tours and other events.

The Week That Was (Good E Reader)
DBW and Good E Reader talk BEA, Amazon-Hachette and more on this weekly podcast.


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