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Opportunities in Mexico for Digital Growth

[Press Release] THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2015 Market overview: Mexico – opportunities for growth through digital transformation Frankfurt, 27 August 2015 – THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2015, the new conference to kick off the Frankfurt Book Fair (14-18 October 2015) will set the stage for the world’s largest industry event:...

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Introducing DBW Spotlight

Digital Book World is proud to announce the launch of DBW Spotlight—a new way for you to dive deeper into the issues that are important to your business. Starting in September, our editors will devote each month to putting the spotlight on a topic essential to successful digital publishing. Over the course of the...

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Scholastic Provides Comprehensive Literacy Solutions for Schools

[Press Release] Scholastic Starts the New School Year with New Service Providing Comprehensive Literacy Solutions to School Districts Scholastic Education Combines its Print and Digital Instructional Programs, Professional Learning Offerings and Family Engagement Resources into Customized Learning Program New York, NY – August 24, 2015 – As the new school year begins, Scholastic has...

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Kobo and ABA Partner to Encourage Local Ereading

[Press Release] KOBO AND ABA JOIN TOGETHER TO ENCOURAGE BOOKLOVERS TO EREAD LOCAL Program Enables Booklovers to Try Reading Digitally While Supporting Favorite Independent Bookstores Toronto, ON – August 24, 2015 – Kobo, a Rakuten company and leading innovator in the digital reading space, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today launched the “eRead...

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Bookmate Expands Mobile Reading Service to Indonesia

[Press Release] Bookmate moves into Indonesia with Indosat Bookmate and Indosat announce partnership to bring mobile reading to Indonesian book lovers LONDON and JAKARTA, 24 August 2015: Bookmate, the leading social ebook reading service today announced its partnership with Indosat, one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunication networks and service providers to launch a mass market...

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Crowdfunder Pubslush Acquired by Colborne Communications

[Press Release] Colborne Communications acquires crowdfunding site Pubslush Thursday, August 20 – TORONTO – Colborne Communications is excited to announce that it has acquired the book crowdfunding site Pubslush as of Monday, August 24, 2015. Pubslush will continue to take submissions for all book crowdfunding and pre-order campaigns. Since 1977, Colborne Communications has provided...

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Frankfurt Book Fair Partners with PressReader

[Press Release] Frankfurt Book Fair announces partnership with PressReader Digital publishing industry disruptor to be exclusive News Partner at Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt, 20 August 2015 – The Frankfurt Book Fair has announced a unique partnership with PressReader, the Canada-based digital media platform. As the exclusive News Partner of the Frankfurt Book Fair (14...

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Simon & Schuster and Hotels.com to Offer Ebooks to Travelers

[Press Release] SIMON & SCHUSTER AND HOTELS.COM TEAM UP TO OFFER BESTSELLING EBOOKS TO TRAVELERS NEW YORK, August 19—Simon & Schuster and Hotels.com® are joining together to promote the joy of reading and make life on the road or on vacation that much more pleasant for travelers. Beginning today, Hotels.com customers who book a...

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Blackwell’s Helps Ebooks Get More Interactive

[Press Release] Blackwell’s Helps Ebooks Get More Interactive in Time for the New Academic Year Leading academic bookseller Blackwell’s has added exciting new functionality to its ebook platform ahead of the start of the new academic year, including virtual notes, instant referencing and text to speech, giving students even more power at their fingertips....

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BISG Research Shows Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education

[Press Release] BISG Announces the Publication of New Research into Student and Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education New findings show significant traction for interactive learning tools and other forms of active learning (New York, NY: August 18, 2015) The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) has just released new findings from surveys...

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Nerdist Launches Collection on Inkshares

Inkshares, a crowdsourced publishing startup, announced that Nerdist, the Chris Hardwick-founded website, podcast network and YouTube channel, has launched a collection on Inkshares. The collection will be published under the Nerdist name and will be targeted at the Nerdist audience. According to the press release, “authors in the Nerdist collection will also have opportunities...

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HMH Acquires Ebook Assets from MeeGenius

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it has acquired select ebook and technology assets from MeeGenius, an ebook subscription service for children ages two through eight years old. MeeGenius is an app and subscription service that offers mobile access to hundreds of classic children’s stories, MeeGenius originals and content from authors around the world, enhanced...

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Scribd Selects New VP of Strategy

The subscription content platform Scribd announced today that it has hired its first Vice President of Strategy and New Content Verticals, Theresa Horner. Horner comes most recently from Barnes & Noble, where she served as Vice President of Digital Content and worked on the Nook ereader. Before that, she was Senior Director of Operations...

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The Industry’s Latest Thinking on Disruption and Innovation

With the digital transition slowing down, many publishers may find themselves with more breathing room than they did just a few years ago, when ebooks were growing at a rapid clip. That’s leading some to make important adjustments to core processes, while others are seeking growth opportunities through acquisitions. But for all those who welcome the stability...

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Macmillan Doubles Ebook Offerings on Scribd and Oyster

In an expansion of the partnerships with the leading subscription ebook platforms it kicked off in January this year, Macmillan doubles its offerings on both Scribd and Oyster, adding roughly 1,000 titles apiece to the two platforms. Both of those contributions cover popular back-list fiction and nonfiction ebooks, which Scribd says includes best-selling titles by Grace Paley, Hilary Mantel, John McPhee and...

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Barnes & Noble Selects New CEO to Refocus on Retail

The bookseller appoints Ronald D. Boire, the current head of Sears Canada, to serve as CEO of Barnes & Noble’s retail division beginning in early September. He is set to continue at the helm of the bookstore business that will remain after Barnes & Noble spins off its college division this summer. Boire will succeed Michael Huseby, who will become Executive...

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Scribd Culls Romance Ebooks from Subscription Platform

The subscription content platform Scribd alerts its publishing partners that it’s dropping an undisclosed number of romance and erotica titles from its ebook catalog. The news, shared late yesterday by Smashwords CEO Mark Coker, renews questions about the viability of the subscription model for ebooks at a time when Amazon has overhauled its  compensation model on Kindle...

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Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal of Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals today upholds the 2013 ruling of Judge Denise Cote that found Apple guilty of conspiring with leading trade publishers to fix the price of ebooks, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The two-to-one decision requires Apple to begin issuing settlement payouts to customers, a sum that’s been estimated...

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Disney Folds Publishing into New Interactive Media Division

The Walt Disney Company combines the division that houses its children’s publishing business with its interactive media division, in a move the company frames as a reaction to “changing consumer preferences” in a tech-driven market. Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media will be overseen jointly by the heads of the two categories it brings together—Leslie...

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Baker & Taylor Expands Tools to Help Libraries Buy Wisely

The library content distributor expands a pilot program with collectionHQ, the data analytics service for public libraries, to help librarians make acquisitions geared to patron demand. Called “evidence-based selection planning” (ESP) the program integrates collectionHQ’s analytics tools with Baker & Taylor’s Title Source 360 ordering platform. “Using powerful circulation-based data analytics,” a press release explains,...

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Library Content Platform Hoopla Digital Adds DC Comics

hoopla digital, the digital library content distributor, expands its offering of digital comics in a deal with DC Entertainment. The platform has made a range of multimedia content available to library patrons since it was launched by Midwest Tape in 2013, including video, music, audiobooks and digital comics, all of which can be access...

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Scribd Acquires Librify, Bulking up on Social E-Reading

The subscription-based content provider Scribd acquires Librify, a social e-reading platform, for undisclosed terms. Librify was founded in 2013 and launched publicly last summer as a “Goodreads plus a book-of-the-month retail platform,” according to co-founder and CEO Joanna Stone Herman. Scribd plans to use the start-up’s social features in order to develop a more robust social e-reading...

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Parterning with Findaway, Playster Adds 50,000 Subscription Audiobooks

The multimedia subscription platform Playster is still in a beta phase, but the Montreal-based start-up is busy bulking up its catalog. A new partnership with the digital content distributor Findaway brings some 50,000 digital audiobooks to Playster’s offering. The deal marks Playster’s first foray into audiobooks, rounding out a catalog that also offers ebooks, video, TV, games...

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MathML Language Certified an International Standard

MathML 3.0, the markup language used to render mathematical expressions online and in other digital content, gets the imprimatur of two international standards organizations. With MathML, mathematical formulas can be made interactive, rather than being published as static representations of mathematical concepts or equations. Advocates see that capability as one of the language’s chief virtues in...

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Smashwords Lets Users Offer Preorders without Final Ebook Files

In a move it calls its “most ambitious feature ever, the popular self-publishing platform Smashwords allows authors to begin selling preorders of their titles up to one year before uploading the final assets—a finished manuscript and cover image—to its system. Smashwords has offered preordering capabilities for over two years, but so far only for titles whose files...

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Penguin Random House and Amazon Reach New Ebook Deal

The world’s largest trade publisher today confirms it’s reached a multi-year agreement for Amazon to distribute its print and digital titles in the US and U.K., becoming the final Big Five publisher to do so. A spokesperson for Penguin Random House, speaking to Publishers Weekly, declined to give further details about the terms of the...

Amazon Refreshes Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

The latest version of Amazon’s popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is available for preorder starting today. The device retails for $119 and will ship on June 30. The new Kindle Paperwhite improves on the screen resolution of its predecessor, with a 300 ppi display featuring twice the pixels of the earlier model. It also utilizes Bookerly, Kindle’s recently designed default...

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Oyster Adds Light-Adjusting Technology for Easier E-Reading

Oyster, the ebook subscription service and retailer, adds a new feature to its e-reading platform that adjusts the color and brightness of mobile users’ screens in order to improve the e-reading experience. Called Lumin, the software decreases the amount of blue light emitted by LED screens, which some recent research has suggested can be harmful to readers’...

Highlights and Hot Topics from BookExpo America 2015

Like most big, annual trade conferences, BookExpo America was many things to many people. The sheer volume and variety of programming, not to mention all the news and announcements that broke during the three-day event last month, made for quite a lot to absorb. That’s why we’ve put together a special mid-month issue, the second in...

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ALA Slams Bid to Modernize U.S. Copyright Office

The American Library Association (ALA) says a bill now up for consideration in Congress does too little to address what it sees as the issues plaguing the U.S. Copyright Office. ALA President Courtney Young says the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act doesn’t solve the issue of severe underinvestment in technological resources...

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Amazon Hit with Ebook Antitrust Probe in Europe

Expanding its regulatory scrutiny of the biggest U.S. technology companies, the European Commission (EC) today opens an investigation into Amazon’s ebook contracts with publishers in the European Union. A key area of concern are clauses requiring publishers to inform Amazon of terms with its competitors that may be favorable, a practice the EC says may “make it...

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Inkshares Lets Users Crowdsource Book Ideas on Twitter

There’s good news for anyone with an idea for a book that can be summed up in 140 characters or less. The crowdsourced publishing start-up Inkshares introduces a feature allowing users to tweet those capsule concepts and see whether they’ll actually take shape. Called Inkshares Ideas, the company bills the new feature as a sort of...