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Winners of the 2015 Digital Book Awards Announced at Gala Hosted by Ira Wolfman

The Digital Book Awards celebrate quality and innovation in digital content. Each year, award winners and finalists in fifteen categories illustrate the cutting edge of digital publishing, showcasing creative approaches to design, technology integration and e-reading experiences. The awards encompass all forms of digital content available to readers as ebooks, enhanced digital books and apps, to highlight and reward the work...

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Four Reasons to Attend Digital Book World 2015 Next Week

In many ways, 2014 was a challenging year for publishers, but it wasn’t without its upsides, either. The Amazon-Hachette dispute stoked mistrust about the biggest publishers’ relationship with their top distribution partner, but it resolved with Hachette regaining the right to set its own ebook prices, much as Simon & Schuster had done the month before....

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Macmillan Strikes an Ebook Deal with Amazon, Explores Subscriptions

Macmillan becomes the latest Big Five publisher, after Hachette and Simon & Schuster, to reach a new multiyear print and digital distribution agreement with Amazon that returns to a version of the agency model of ebook pricing. The deal goes into effect on January 5, 2015, and allows the publisher to set its own ebook prices....

Bookmate Takes Subscription Ebooks to Asia

Bookmate, the subscription ebook service and social e-reading platform, is now available in Singapore. Partnering with StarHub, a Singapore-based digital communications provider, Bookmate brings its more than 500,000-ebook catalog to the country’s growing market of e-readers, in what Bookmate founder Simon Dunlop in a statement today calls “a significant first step in increasing Bookmate’s footprint in...

Bibliocrunch Relaunches Site with Expanded Author Resources

[Press Release] Bibiocrunch Announces New Partnerships, Unveils Marketing Tools for Authors, and Launches New Site. The place for authors to connect with curated publishing professionals New York, NY—December 16,2014—Bibliocrunch, an online platform that connects authors with curated book-publishing professionals to create better books, is pleased to announce our new marketing tools, mobile-optimized site and...

2015 Digital Book Awards Finalists Announced

—More information on the 2015 Digital Book Awards —Q&A with Digital Book Awards Program Director Anne Kostick –Conversations with 2015 Digital Book Award Judges Joshua Tallent, Drew Podwal, Peter Costanzo and Franco Alvarado [Press Release] Digital Book Award Finalists Exemplify Publishing Excellence; Winners to Be Announced at Digital Book World Conference + Expo, Jan. 13...

BookShout Takes Direct Ebook Retail to South by Southwest

[Press Release] BookShout Teams with SXSW to Offer Ebooks and Digital Content to Conference Attendees and Online Followers SXSW 2015 Attendees Can Purchase Ebooks via Text Messaging, Social Links, Gift Codes and More NEW YORK, NY, December 11th, 2014 — Bookshout’s innovative platform and reading ecosystem will be coming to South by Southwest® (SXSW®)...

Eleven Trends and Opportunities for Digital Publishers in 2015

Publishers faced a number of challenges over the past year, from hashing out ebook pricing terms with Amazon to adapting to slower ebook growth. Looking ahead, it can be difficult for publishers to envision where the most promising opportunities lie. According to leading industry analyst Thad McIlroy, founder of The Future of Publishing blog, there are at least...

Teen Ebook Buying Lags Amid Discovery Challenges, Survey Finds

Children’s and young adult titles may continue to drive the lion’s share of growth in the book business overall, but young readers are still lagging behind older generations in ebook uptake, according to new Nielsen research. “While 20% of teens [are] purchasing e-books,” Nielsen analysts find, “25% of 30–44 year olds and 23% of 18–29...

Hachette Joins with Gumroad to Sell Books on Twitter

With the ink on its new Amazon contract barely dry, Hachette opens up a new distribution channel outside the e-tailer’s ecosystem. Partnering with the e-commerce platform Gumroad, which earlier this year launched an iOS app to help authors sell their books direct to consumers, Hachette rolls out a pilot program letting readers buy select titles inside their Twitter feeds. One irony...

F+W Adds Top-Level Leadership for E-Commerce

[Press Release] F+W Appoints eCommerce Executive to Board of Directors December 8, 2014 – NEW YORK – David Nussbaum, Chairman & CEO of F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company announced today the appointment of Jodi Watson, President of Consumer Direct for Wolverine Worldwide to its Board of Directors. Watson brings to the position more...

Raising the Bar on Digital Content: Q&A with Digital Book Awards Program Director Anne Kostick

It’s been an eventful year for digital publishing, to say the least. But it was sometimes easy for business-related news–like the Amazon-Hachette dispute and its recent resolution–to occlude less dramatic but noteworthy milestones in ebook technology and content development. That’s one reason the Digital Book Awards exists: to recognize real achievement and quality in digital publishing, and...

Kobo Offers Ebook Catalog on Third-Party E Ink Devices

Related: Hear Directly from Kobo President Michael Tamblyn at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] E INK ANNOUNCES KOBO EBOOK ACCESS PROGRAM Targeting E Ink’s Hardware Partners, the Program Seeks to Extend Kobo.com’s eBook Catalogue to a Larger Number of E Ink Enabled Devices Billerica, Mass. (December 2, 2014) – E Ink Holdings, an ePaper...

Free Webcast: Five Tips to Boost Your Digital Book Marketing Strategy

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, December 9 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast where you will learn how to fine-tune your metadata to boost discovery and drive sales in today’s changing digital market. There’s no doubt that effective book marketing for publishers and authors is becoming more difficult. There...

Ebooks, E-Reading Devices to Top Children’s Holiday Gifts

Among the various high-tech gifts and gizmos parents are planning to buy for their children this holiday season, ebooks and e-reading devices are likely to be among the most popular, according to a new survey by PlayCollective and Digital Book World. 45% of parents surveyed said they plan to buy a new device for their...

HarperCollins Takes Flight with JetBlue Ebook Partnership

When JetBlue rolls out its new in-flight digital content platform later this week, it will come equipped with a selection of samples of twenty best-selling ebooks published by HarperCollins. The deal between the publisher and the airline marks the latest in HarperCollins’s efforts at opening up new retail channels and digital marketing opportunities, beginning with the launch...

Simon & Schuster Strips “Buy It Now” Requirement from Library Ebook Program

When Simon & Schuster launched its library ebook program in June, it stipulated that participating libraries must offer a “Buy It Now” button allowing patrons to purchase the ebooks they borrow. Today the publisher makes that requirement optional in an effort to expand the program to libraries that hesitated to jump on board as a...

BitLit Bundles Elsevier Ebooks

Four months after HarperCollins launched a pilot program with the ebook bundling start-up BitLit, Elsevier follows suit. BitLit offers customers discounted ebook versions of titles they already own in print. More than two hundred publishers already offer their titles through BitLit’s bundling service, which currently consists of about 40,000 ebooks. Elsevier kicks off its own BitLit...

Five Digital Publishing Leaders Weigh in on Industry’s Future

Here’s one short thought each from five industry leaders on where digital publishing is headed: “For the foreseeable future, we will operate in a hybrid print and digital world.” —Jonathan Nowell, President, Nielsen Book “Ebooks and digital media enable execution of a variety of new business models globally, opening new channels by delivering content in...

Open Road Doubles Down on Spanish-Language Ebooks

Related: Emerging Markets and Global Distribution Opportunities Explored at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] OPEN ROAD ESPAÑOL PARTNERS WITH ROCA EDITORIAL IN PUBLISHING A SLATE OF BESTSELLING EBOOKS Open Road’s Spanish Imprint, Open Road Español, Will Market and Distribute Spanish-Language Ebook Translations of Bestselling Contemporary Fiction Backlist Titles from Authors Michael Connelly, Neil Gaiman,...

Nook Launches Audiobook App for Android

Nook launches an audiobook app for Android users, sweetening the deal by bundling two free audiobook titles with first-time downloads of the new app for a limited time. Earlier this month, Scribd added audiobooks to its subscription ebook platform in a move meant to give Amazon’s Audible a run for its money. An audio streaming start-up...

Digital Book World Seeks Input from Authors on Publishing Experiences

What do authors want? How are authors faring in the changing publishing ecosystem? Those are questions we’ve asked before, along with a number of others, in two previous Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Surveys. And they’re among the new set of questions about the author community that we’re asking again this year. We invite...

Amazon Adds Features to Latest Kindles

Amazon rolls out new features in a software update to its latest Kindle and Kindle Voyage e-readers. Two of the more noteworthy additions include support for “Family Library” and “Word Wise.” The first allows users to share content among Kindle devices through linked Amazon accounts. The latter is an in-text dictionary/thesaurus, designed to offer young...

Hachette and Amazon Bury the Hatchet

Hachette announces today it has concluded a new “multi-year” contract with Amazon, ending the standoff that has captured the industry’s attention since May of this year. The agreement covers print and ebook distribution and will take effect early next year. Much like Simon & Schuster, which struck a deal with Amazon last month–in a development many saw...

Vook Buys Enhanced Ebook and App Publisher

Related: Why Vook Is Bullish on Digital Publishing Acquisitions | Vook Co-Founder Matt Cavnar to Speak Live at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] Vook acquires Coliloquy’s publishing business Vook, Inc. is pleased to announce it is acquiring the publishing arm of Coliloquy, a Palo Alto-based digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps....

Land Rover Turns Enhanced Ebook Publisher

Perhaps the future on enhanced ebooks doesn’t hinge on cheaper-to-produce, universally supported interactive capabilities or on a more seamless multimedia reading experience. It could be that the what the format really needs in order to take off is corporate sponsorship. After all, one publisher recently announced a multimedia ebook partly underwritten by Sweet’N Low, in exchange for product placement within the...