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ALA Applauds Adobe’s Privacy Steps, Encourages More

The American Library Association responds to Adobe’s recent software update to address concerns over the transmission of user data culled from Adobe Digital Editions, the ebook reading platform. In a statement today, the ALA applauded the patch Adobe instituted last week in order to end the clear-text delivery of that data. But the organization expressed...

HarperCollins Widens Direct Marketing Push With Podcast Series

HarperCollins announces a weekly podcast program featuring conversations with some of the publisher’s top authors. The series, called “HarperCollins Presents,” builds on the publisher’s existing base of followers on SoundCloud, the audio streaming platform, and marks the latest in a coordinated effort to market directly to readers. HarperCollins launched a direct-to-consumer sales platform through its website...

Marvel Adds Digital Comics to Kobo Catalog

Marvel adds many of its most popular digital comics to Kobo’s content library, in a deal a Kobo spokesperson says encompasses more than 250 fixed-layout illustrated ebooks. Related: The Latest in Fixed-Layout Ebook Production | Kobo’s Nathan Maharaj to Speak at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] Top series like The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and Amazing Spider-Man...

Adobe Updates Digital Editions to Address Privacy Concerns

As promised, Adobe is rolling out a software update to Digital Editions 4 in order to address privacy concerns involving the data gathering program that came to light earlier this month. In addition to displaying the relevant sections of its privacy policy more prominently, Adobe is changing protocol to address what many saw as one of the biggest issues–the...

Simon & Schuster Strikes Amazon Deal Reviving Agency Ebook Pricing

This post has been updated with new information. Simon & Schuster has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Amazon, according to reports today by the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. Neither Amazon nor Simon & Schuster have publicly announced the deal, but Publishers Lunch reports that it marks a return to the agency pricing model,...

Kobo President Michael Tamblyn to Indie Authors: You’re on Amazon’s Hit List

Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn (@mtamblyn) took to Twitter today to explain why, in his view, indie authors won’t be exempt from the tactics Amazon is using against Hachette in order to squeeze more profit from the publisher’s titles. Here’s what Tamblyn calls his “32 Notes on Amazon-Hachette-IndyAuthors.” Learn more: To hear more...

Ebook Subscription Service Entitle Improves Recommendation Engine

Entitle announces an upgrade to its recommendation engine in an effort to improve discovery through its subscription-based ebook platform. Related: Tactics for Boosting Ebook Discovery at Digital Book World 2015 Entitle CEO Bryan Batten explains how the upgraded recommendation system works: We currently employ a content analysis recommender system which reads, analyzes and understands the actual...

Growth Projected for Digital Educational Content

A new survey suggests the market for supplemental educational products is expanding, driven by an uptick in institutions’ investment in digital content as well as by the impact of the Common Core standards. Learn more: Digital Book World 2015 Explores the Digital Transition in Higher Education and What the Common Core Means for Publishers [Press Release] STAMFORD,...

Kindle Scout, Amazon’s “Reader-Powered” Publishing Program, Launches

In a letter today to authors, Amazon named and officially rolled out “Kindle Scout,” the “reader-powered” publishing program that was rumored in the past few weeks to be in the works. Kindle Scout is one of two (unrelated) initiatives at Amazon that experiment with crowdsourcing in order to select content for publication. Related: More Crowdsourcing to...

Aspen Institute Applauds Libraries’ Digital Transformation, Urges More

A report released today by the Aspen Institute commends U.S. public libraries for the many ways they are adapting to the digital era. Taking the measure of those advancements, the report urges libraries to assume even broader roles as digital innovators and platforms for community building and information dissemination. In a press release accompanying...

ALA Confronts Adobe on Ebook Data Gathering

The American Library Association (ALA)’s President Courtney Young vowed to “continue investigating possible violations of applicable federal or state laws on commerce/trade and privacy” in response to last week’s revelations about Adobe’s extensive tracking of ebook readers’ data through Adobe Digital Editions 4. The platform is widely used by public libraries in order to lend...

Hachette Shares New Tools and Data With Authors and Agents

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group’s Author and Agent Portal October 9, 2014 Hachette Book Group has just launched their Author and Agent Portal, an important new channel within hachettebookgroup.biz, the company’s business platform. The Portal provides a self-service option that puts up-to-date information and resources at the authors’ and agents’ fingertips, including confidential sales...

Self-Publishing Maturing, Up 17% Last Year in the U.S.

The self-publishing market is entering a new stage of maturity after an initial boom several years ago, according to Bowker’s latest analysis of ISBN registrations in the U.S. from 2008 through 2013. To be sure, not all self-published authors obtain ISBNs for their work, but among those that have done so to date, their output...

HarperCollins Launches German Division

Related: Digital Book World 2015 Turns Spotlight on Publishing in Global Markets [Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Forms HarperCollins Germany Plans Expansion of Foreign Language Publishing FRANKFURT, Germany (October 8, 2014) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany, an expansion of the existing Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg. The operation will launch...

Futureproofs Platform Offers Collaborative In-Browser Editing Tools

[Press Release] Collaborative on-screen proofing tool launches Cambridge Publishing Solutions launch their new Futureproofs platform on 8 October 2014 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, helping publishers to create quality books more cheaply and quickly. Futureproofs is an innovative new browser-based platform that addresses many problems that editors, proofreaders and authors experience when working on...

Adobe Confirms It’s Gathering Ebook Readers’ Data

This post has been updated with new information. Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by The Digital Reader and Ars Technica that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the latest version of the widely used ebook platform, is gathering extensive data on its users’ ebook reading habits. According to Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, “Adobe is gathering data on...

McGraw-Hill Puts Professional Ebooks in Closer Reach of Libraries

[Press Release] McGraw-Hill Professional eBook Library Now Available Through YBP Library Services GOBI-3 Platform NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — McGraw-Hill Professional (MHP), a leading global publisher of professional content, is partnering with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, to make its eBook Library collections available through GOBI3....

Simon & Schuster Launches Books Section With Social Media Platform Milq

Related: Simon & Schuster Author Walter Isaacson Talks Digital Innovation at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] New York / Toronto – Milq (milq.com and Milq on the App Store) is partnering with Simon & Schuster on the launch of Books as a new content category for its culture sharing app and site. Starting today, users...

HarperCollins Acquires Majority Ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil

[Press Release] HarperCollins Christian Publishing acquires majority ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil Today, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) announced its acquisition of majority ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil (TNB) from joint venture partner Ediouro Group. HCCP, TNB and Ediouro will continue to work closely together in this valuable relationship. The TNB acquisition directly aligns with HCCP’s...

HarperCollins Author Program Encourages Direct Sales

Related: Hear from HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Launches E-Commerce Program for Authors Additional Royalty for Sales through HarperCollins Platform First Publisher to Pay Higher Royalties for Direct E-Commerce Sales New York, NY (October 2, 2014) — HarperCollins Publishers today announced the launch of an e-commerce...

Transaction Processing Providers SourceHOV and BancTec Merge

Two of the leading providers of transaction processing services for publishers, SourceHOV and BancTec, reached a merger agreement yesterday. Both Dallas-based companies offer payment processing and e-commerce solutions for a wide range of industries, including publishers. SourceHOV, itself the product of a 2011 merger between SourceCorp and HOV Services, reports over $600 million in...

Chart: Amazon Lags Behind Apple and Samsung in Global Tablet Market

Related: Tablet Sales Growth Disappoints in the First Half By the end of 2014, Amazon will only have a 3% share of tablet sales in the global tablet market, according to a new report by ABI Research, a Long Island-based research firm: The 2014 estimate is based on three quarters of sales data. Apple...

Oceanhouse Launches Children’s Ebook Subscription App

[Press Email] Good morning from Oceanhouse Media! We are excited to announce that the Little Critter Library is launching this Thursday, October 2nd! This iOS-exclusive app is a fantastic new digital subscription library that gives users unlimited access to dozens of beloved Mercer Mayer titles, including the classics “All By Myself”, “I Just Forgot”,...

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...