App Developer Activity Grows Around Amazon Fire Phone

[Press Release] Developer Excitement Grows for Amazon’s New Fire Phone Rate of app and game submissions to the Amazon Appstore have more than doubled since the Fire phone unveiling Innovative apps and games from developers—including Camouflaj, Craigslist, eBay, Fandango, Fluik, …

HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit

[Press Release]  BITLIT SIGNS HARPERCOLLINS TO EBOOK BUNDLING PILOT Vancouver Startup lets readers download e-books for books they already own in print Today, BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through …

Ebook Sales Continue to Increase in UK

Sales of ebooks in the UK have continued to grow in the early part of 2014, even as ebook sales growth has tapered in the U.S. Ebook sales are up 10.5% in the UK through the first four months of …

Aquafadas Releases New Version of Digital Publishing System, E-Reader

[Press Release] Aquafadas Introduces Next Gen Reader in the Newest Version of Its Digital Publishing System Version 3.4 of the Aquafadas Digital Publishing System boasts the ultimate in responsiveness, fluidity and elegance thanks to the new Next Gen Reader Aquafadas, …

IPR License: Audio and Print Licensing Increasing

[Press Release] IPR License sees Q2 rise in Audio and Large Print licensing IPR License, the global digital platform for the licensing of book rights, has seen licensing demand for international audio and large print deals rise by 32% in …

Report: Simon & Schuster Now Also in Talks With Amazon

Hachette isn’t the only major publisher now in talks with Amazon, according to WSJ.com. Simon & Schuster is also in talks with Amazon: The country’s largest bookseller is also in talks with Simon & Schuster, said Leslie Moonves, CEO of …

Scholastic to Launch New Multi-Platform Series, TombQuest

[Press Release] SCHOLASTIC TO LAUNCH TOMBQUEST™, A NEW MULTI-PLATFORM ACTION ADVENTURE SERIES, IN FEBRUARY 2015 “Book 1: Book of the Dead” by Michael Northrop Brings the Thrill and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt to Life Joins Scholastic’s Collection of Bestselling Multi-Platform …

Kobo Adds Dr. Seuss Titles to Kids Store

[Press Release] OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!: KOBO WELCOMES BELOVED DR. SEUSS EBOOKS TO THE FAMILY, TAKING YOUNG READERS ON ZANY ADVENTURES THIS SUMMER Top titles like Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, and Horton Hears a Who! now available …

Amazon-Hachette Dispute to End ‘Soon’?

Given the negotiating positions in their months-long business dispute over trading terms between retailer Amazon and publisher Hachette, as well as the latest offer from the publisher, “a deal soon would not be a surprise,” according to the New York Times. …

Children’s Digital Reading Platform FarFaria Launches on iPhone

[Press Release] FarFaria Brings Unlimited Children’s Reading to the iPhone with New 3.0 Release The 3.0 release makes FarFaria a universal app, allowing families to extend their current iPad subscriptions to the iPhone platform FarFaria (www.FarFaria.com), the leader in digital …

Making Sense of Amazon’s Stance as Hachette Standoff Continues

When it comes to Amazon’s explanation for why it’s negotiating with Hachette, interpretations vary. According to Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, the comments offered by Russ Grandinetti, Senior VP of Kindle, to the Wall Street Journal yesterday were little more …

Amazon Editors Independent, Above Hachette-Amazon Fray

Editors at Amazon who make decisions about the retailer’s “best books” and featured picks work independently of the team negotiating with publisher Hachette over a new agreement between the firms. Over the past several weeks, Amazon has come up with …

Webcast: How to Use Data to Make Publishing Decisions

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, July 29 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a webcast exploring the multiplying strategic and operational roles data can play in publishers’ and authors’ decision-making. Utilizing data strategically is among …

Confronting Digital Production Challenges

In March, we hosted a popular series of webcasts covering three major areas in ebook production today: design and typography, source file preparation and digital workflow development. All three of those sessions were flooded with questions the speakers didn’t have time to answer. …