Author Archives: DBW

Vital Source Launches Interactive Content Tools for Education Publishers

[Press Release] Vital Source Collaborates with Metrodigi to Enable Production of Interactive Content Initiative Gives Publishers Tools to Create Interactive Course Materials, Available through VitalSource Bookshelf eReader ORLANDO, FL –Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading digital textbook solution, and Metrodigi®, the leading global cloud-based content creation software company, today announced a collaboration...

Ebook Subscription Service Bookmate Launches iPhone, Android Apps

[Press Release] Bookmate launches new reading app for iOS and Android App features new social features and access to 500,000 titles in nine languages Bookmate, the subscription-based social e-reading service, has today released a new app, tailored for reading books on smartphones and tablets. The app’s features include a social feed which will allow...

New Gumroad iPhone App Helps Authors Sell Ebooks Direct

Digital content sales platform Gumroad is launching an iOS app today to help authors and other content creators sell their work directly to consumers. The new iPhone app allows users to create custom mobile libraries of digital content purchased through Gumroad. Gumroad currently offers 35,000 ebooks and digital comics in addition to 8,000 movies and...

Tablet Growth Disappoints in First Half 2014, iPad Sales Down, Samsung up

[Press Release] Branded Tablet Growth Expected to Disappoint with Only 2.5% Growth; Apple Down and Samsung Up ​The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in...

IPR License Launches Program to Market Book Rights

[Press Release] IPR License launches Spotlight IPR License has announced the launch of Spotlight, an innovative new promotional tool showcasing exclusive rights for key titles from publishers across a range of global territories. The inaugural Spotlight webinar will focus on some of the hottest new Spanish language works and goes live at 2pm GMT...

Simon & Schuster Distributes Through Danish Ebook Subscription Service Mofibo

[Press Release] SIMON & SCHUSTER TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH MOFIBO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE Leading global publisher teams up with Scandinavian e-book success The world-renowned publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a collaboration with Mofibo, the fast growing Scandinavian e-book subscription service. The collaboration brings Simon & Schuster’s substantial e-book backlist, from all of its publishing companies...

Bookshout! Nears Bulk Ebook Distribution Milestone

[Press Release] BookShout! Approaches 10M Codes Distributed for Special and Bulk Ebook Sales BookShout!’s market-leading technology allows corporations and organizations to distribute ebooks in bulk through branded sites, codes, gift cards, text messaging and more BookShout!, the market leader in special and bulk ebook sales to corporations and organizations, announced that they have distributed...

BookBub Extends Discounts to UK Ebook Readers

It’s shaping up to be quite a day for British ebook readers. Amazon announced it’s launching a UK version of Kindle Unlimited, its subscription-based ebook and audiobook program. Today the email book marketing start-up BookBub extends its offering to UK readers as well. BookBub offers its members exclusive discounts on popular ebooks and functions as an ebook discovery...

Amazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK

UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. Unlimited access to Amazon’s 650,000-title-strong catalog costs stateside users $9.99 a month, a price-point a few notches higher than the access fees of competitors Oyster ($9.95) and Scribd ($8.99). By comparison, UK users will be asked to...

Mix of New and Familiar Players, Challenges at BISG Annual Meeting

New entrants and challenges are joining–but not necessarily upending–the old ones in today’s publishing landscape, according to speakers at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s annual meeting in New York City today. The list of new initiatives BISG’s Executive Director Len Vlahos outlined for the coming year reflect that mix of new and familiar terrain: new, more frequent research...

Ebooks, Children’s Titles Grow in 2014

Overall revenues are up slightly for U.S. trade books, according to monthly and year-to-date figures released today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). AAP’s StatShot program, which covers publishers’ net earnings from distribution channels rather than retailers, indicates 3.9% growth in the trade sector during the first five months of 2014 over the...

Nook Signs Deal With The Bookseller in UK to Give Boost to Self-Published Authors

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Press^® Self-Publishing Platform Partners with The Bookseller on a New Preview Section for Self-Published Authors in the UK NOOK Press Will Sponsor the ‘Independent Author Preview’ Section and Exclusively Provide Self-Published Titles for Preview Consideration Through April 2015 NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc....

Amazon Readying New, More Expensive Kindle Model?

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch the Kindle Voyage, the latest model of its series of Kindle e-readers. The Verge, which has the news, is citing pages on Amazon sites in Germany and Japan that have since been taken down. According to the reports, the new Kindle has a high-resolution screen and a new...

How Many New Customers Will Apple iBooks Get From the New iOS 8?

Some time today, Apple will start updating its mobile device operating system to iOS 8 for all its users. For ebook publishers, it’s the most important update yet, as iOS 8 will come pre-loaded with iBooks, a new development. According to an Apple spokesperson, some 150 million Apple mobile devices have iBooks installed as of...

HarperCollins Launches Expedited Holiday Shipping Program to Help Indie Bookstores Close the Gap

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Announces Holiday Express Shipping for Independent Retail Accounts HarperCollins Publishers today announced a Holiday Express Shipping program for independent bookstores in the United States for all HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian Publishing titles beginning November 3, 2014 and running through January 16, 2015. All qualifying orders from participating stores received by...

HarperCollins Adds Security Layer to Ebook Files

[Press Release] Digimarc Launches Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing HarperCollins Publishers and LibreDigital first to adopt anti-piracy solution that protects copyrighted material for e-book authors and content owners Beaverton, Ore. – September 15, 2014 – Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) today introduced Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing. The anti-piracy solution embeds unique, imperceptible and traceable...

BookShout Partners to Bring Online Book Retailing to Public Radio, Television Stations

[Press Release] Forest Incentives Partners with BookShout! and Top Publishers to Provide Premium eBook Delivery Platform to Millions of Donors and Thousands of Public Television and Radio Stations Public Media Stations and Non-Profits Will Provide Bestselling eBooks to Donors; HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Open Road Integrated Media, Simon & Schuster, Wiley, Workman Publishing and Others...

Shatzkin Takes on Shirky in Amazon-Hachette Debate

After a month of few angry words over the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute from either party or key observers, author and technology thinker Clay Shirky and industry consultant and Digital Book World conference chairman Mike Shatzkin traded pieces on the subject. In an essay on the blogging platform Medium titled “Amazon, Publishers, and Readers,” Shirky...

Webcast: Reaching Readers Through Tumblr—How to Leverage the Platform’s Marketing Power

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, September 30 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a webcast where you will learn how authors and publishers can incorporate Tumblr into a successful book marketing strategy. Authors and book marketing professionals are well aware of the opportunities—and the limitations—of platforms like Facebook and Twitter when it...

Nook Partners on London Literacy Initiative

[Press Release] NOOK^® Signs Multi-Platform Partnership with ESI Media Partnership to build on success of last year’s Get London Reading initiative NOOK to sponsor Best Play accolade at 2014’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards Actress Cush Jumbo to visit a London primary school to promote partnership ESI Media and NOOK Media, LLC, a subsidiary of...

HarperCollins Enters China Ebook Market Through Partnership With JD.com

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Initiates Sales of English-Language E-Books to China HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has signed an agreement with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to sell English-language e-books in China. HarperCollins has been selling print books in China for many years, but this marks the...

Andrews McMeel Universal Names Magazine Veteran Andy Sareyan CEO

[Press Release] Andrews McMeel Universal Names Andy Sareyan President, Chief Executive Officer Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) chairman John P. McMeel and vice chairman Hugh T. Andrews announce the appointment of Andy Sareyan to president, chief executive officer of Andrews McMeel Universal, effective November 3, 2014. Sareyan will report to McMeel and Andrews and will...

Millennials Read and Use Libraries as Much as Their Parents, Study Finds

A Pew report released today suggests the future for books and libraries is bright because younger Americans are still reading as much as their elders. The findings offer another, more hopeful facet to the evolving portrait of millennials’ reading habits, at a time when other recent research shows that demographic putting down books in favor of other media, a...

Apple Unveils New iPhones: Better for E-Reading With Bigger Screens and Sharper Displays

At a presentation in Cupertino, Calif. today, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both upgrades for ebook reading. The new iPhones come in two sizes: a 4.7-inch display, and a phablet (phone-tablet mash-up) with a larger 5.5-inch display. The smaller model has a 1334 by 750-pixel resolution display and the larger one has a 1920 by 1080-pixel resolution. Both...

Scholastic Partners With Usher on Literacy Initiative, Including Free Ebook

[Press Release] Usher Joins Scholastic to Launch “Open a World of Possible” Initiative and Celebrate the Power & Joy of Reading Register now for the live “BIGGERTHAN WORDS” webcast with Usher to be held on November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, today announced...

Ebook Distributor ePubDirect Expands With New Office, New Hires in U.S.

[Press Release] ePubDirect expand to the United States Global eBook Distributors, ePubDirect has announced their expansion to the United States and the continued growth of their team. ePubDirect have announced the opening of their first office in the United States. Having successfully won long-term distribution contracts with an increasing number of US based clients,...

Barnes & Noble Narrows Losses as Revenues Decline in First Quarter

Barnes & Noble improved its first quarter performance over last year,  narrowing losses considerably even as revenues continued to decline. The Nook division in particular got much smaller, shrinking by more than half. The company lost $28.4 million (or $0.56 per share) in what is typically a weak quarter, versus $87 million a year ago....

Kobo Parent Rakuten Takes Big Step Into U.S. Market With $1 Billion Acquisition of Ebates

Rakuten, Japan’s largest online retailer, is attacking its worldwide rival Amazon on the Seattle-based company’s home turf. Rakuten has acquired Ebates, the largest “cash-back” shopping website in North America, according to a press release (below). In Canada, Japan, the U.S. and countries around the world, Rakuten and Amazon battle for control of the ebook...

Ruckus Media Founder Lands at Literary Agency

[Press Release] VETERAN PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE RICK RICHTER JOINS ZACHARY SHUSTER HARMSWORTH LITERARY & ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, the literary and entertainment agency based in Boston and New York, announced today that Rick Richter has joined the firm as an agent based in the firm’s Boston offices. Rick Richter brings 30 years of diverse publishing...

Amazon Drops Price of Fire Phone to $0.99 With Two-Year Contract

[Press Release] Amazon Fire Phone Now 99 Cents with Two-Year Contract Plus, one year of Prime membership included Free unlimited cloud storage for photos World-class customer support with Mayday—24×7, 365 days a year 32GB Storage—Standard Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, world-class customer support with Mayday, free unlimited cloud storage for photos, 32GB of storage—and, for a...

New CEO at Sesame Workshop

[Press Release] SESAME WORKSHOP APPOINTS JEFFREY DUNN AS PRESIDENT AND CEO Vincent A. Mai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, announced today the appointment of Jeffrey D. Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, effective September 29, 2014. Mr. Dunn, formerly the President and CEO of HiT Entertainment,...