Author Archives: DBW

Openstax and Knewton

OpenStax and Knewton Partner on Adaptive Learning

OpenStax and Knewton announced today that they have partnered to introduce peer-reviewed digital textbooks that are personalized for each student. Full press release below: OpenStax Teams With Knewton To Introduce Adaptive Learning Into Open Educational Resources Peer-reviewed digital textbooks will be uniquely personalized for each student NEW YORK – (May 16, 2016) – OpenStax...

Frankfurt Book Fair

Norway to Be Guest of Honor at Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that Norway will be its guest of honor in 2019. Full press release below: Norway is the Guest of Honour at Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 Frankfurt am Main, 12/05/2016 – Norway’s participation as the Guest of Honour of Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 was confirmed when Margit Walsø, Director...

HarperCollins

HarperCollins Announces New Indie Bookstore Development Program

HarperCollins announced today a “New Bookstore Development Program” for indie booksellers in the US who are opening new stores or expanding to new locations. Through the program, qualifying stores will be eligible for market development and fixture fund discounts. In addition, HarperCollins will provide grants toward ABA membership dues and three months of Above...

Futureproofs

Publishing Startup Futureproofs Expands into Ireland

UK-based publishing startup Futureproofs announced today that it gained its first customer from Ireland this week, Gill Education. Full press release below: **Publishing startup Futureproofs expands into Ireland** This week, the online proofing platform Futureproofs gained its first customer from the Republic of Ireland. Its adoption by Gill Education marks another step in the...

Audible

Audible Announces New Instant Gifting Feature

Audible announced today a new feature that allows listeners to give any audiobook they own in their library to other users instantly via e-mail, text message, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other services using iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. Each recipient gets his or her first title through for free, and Audible will pay...

Amazon

Amazon Bringing VoiceView to Kindle E-Readers

Amazon announced today the introduction of VoiceView to its line of Kindle e-readers, starting with the Paperwhite. The feature had previously only been available on the company’s Fire tablets. VoiceView allows visually impaired readers to use the devices through speech feedback. Just like on the Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch...

W3C and IDPF

W3C and IDPF Are Exploring Plans to Combine

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced today that the two organizations have mutual interest in combining to advance publishing technologies at a faster rate. Tim Berners-Lee, director of W3C, and Bill McCoy, executive director of IDPF, revealed the plans following Berners-Lee’s keynote address at IDPF DigiCon...

VitalSource

VitalSource Launches Digital Content Authoring Platform

Ingram announced today the launch of VitalSource Content Studio, which aims to simplify digital publishing for educators, academic publishers and corporate training professionals. The new service, according to a press release, is “designed to enhance the learning experience” by giving users the tools to author digital-first content that is “standards-based, responsive, interactive and accessible.”...

INscribe Digital

INscribe Digital Launches POD and Distribution Services

Ebook distributor INscribe Digital announced today the launch of INdemand, a new on demand book printing and distribution service that will allow indie and small publishers to be more flexible with their print distribution plans. The company has partnered with Edwards Brothers Malloy for printing services, and Independent Publishers Group for print distribution services....

Playster

Playster Partners with StreetLib and Launches Affiliate Program

Playster announced today that it has partnered with StreetLib, the largest independent multi-language publishing distributor. The partnership will bring 90,000 ebooks to Playster’s platform, including titles from indie and self-published authors. In addition, the subscription service announced the launch of the Playster Affiliate Program, which allows authors and publishers to earn additional revenue by promoting their...

Shanghai International Children's Book Fair

Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair’s ‘Ambitious Plans’

The Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair announced today that it hopes to attract 30,000 visitors to its November fair, and that entries are now open for two awards. Full press release below: Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) announces ambitious plans for 2016 · China’s only fair dedicated exclusively to children’s publishing returns on...

Pew Research Center

Pew Report: Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Mobile World

An analysis by the Pew Research Center looked at time spent on mobile phones viewing long-form content vs. time spent viewing short-form content. The report’s big takeaway: “Consumers do spend more cellphone time on average with long-form news articles than with short-form.” Full press release below: Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our...

Red Empress

Red Empress Publishing Offers Authors a New Alternative

Red Empress Publishing announced yesterday that it is calling for book submissions ahead of its May 17 launch. According to a press release, the American-owned but China-headquartered publisher “aims to offer writers an alternative to both traditional publishing and Print-On-Demand services by using cost-effective printing and shipping methods and passing these savings on to...

Hachette

Hachette Opens New Warehouse to Accommodate Acquisitions

Hachette announced today that it has opened a new warehouse in Lebanon Business Park—25 miles from Indianapolis—a space that the publisher has occupied for 20 years. Since that time, Hachette has continued expanding its footprint and will now occupy more than 2 million square feet spread over three facilities. The newest addition was built...

BookShout

HarperCollins Chooses BookShout to Provide Ebook Fulfillment

BookShout announced today that HarperCollins has selected its platform to provide ebook fulfillment for direct-to-consumer sales via HarperCollins US, HarperCollins UK and other websites. Bookshout’s app and web reader will replace the current HC reader that is available on iOS and Android devices, and will provide a more intuitive user interface, in-app book discovery,...

Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center Acquires Ixxus

Clearance Center announced today that it has acquired Ixxus, a global leader in Enterprise Content Management solutions—a market expected to grow from $5.5 billion in 2014 to $9.4+ billion in 2018. Together, the companies aim to diversify the value they provide to customers and explore more in-depth content and rights management solutions. Full press...

Ingenta

Ingenta Partners with TrendMD and ReadCube

Ingenta announced today that it has partnered with the scholarly discovery services TrendMD and ReadCube to enhance discoverability of articles hosted on its aggregated content portal, Ingenta Connect. Full press release below: TrendMD and ReadCube integration across Ingenta Connect enhances scholarly article discovery Oxford, 3rd May 2016 – Ingenta has partnered with the scholarly discovery...

Shelfie

Harvard Book Store Partners with Shelfie to Offer Ebook Bundles

Harvard Book Store announced today that it has partnered with the smartphone app Shelfie to offer ebook bundles on a select number of New York Times bestsellers. According to a press release, bookstores that partner with Shelfie see a 180-percent lift in sales on “books stickered with the offer of a free or discounted...

Hachette

Hachette and Kadokawa Close Deal to Create Yen Press

Hachette and Kadokawa have closed their previously announced deal to create a joint venture, Yen Press LLC. Effective May 1, Kadokawa, a Japanese publisher of manga and light novels, is the majority owner of the new stand-alone company, and Hachette is its minority shareholder. With the completion of this deal, Yen Press will become...

Macmillan Learning

Macmillan Learning Announces Partnership with Klopotek

Macmillan Learning announced today a partnership with software solutions provider Klopotek to improve workflow management for the learning science company. Full press release below: Publishing System to Support and Improve Management of Business Processes New York, NY. Macmillan Learning today announced their partnership with Klopotek, an international software solutions provider, to improve workflow management...

Amazon

Amazon Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion

[Press Release] Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion SEATTLE–Apr. 28, 2016– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended...

Inkitt

Data-Driven Publisher Inkitt Signs First Predicted Bestseller with Tor Books

Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today that it is partnering with Tor Books to, according to a press release, “release the first novel selected by an algorithm for publishing.” Bright Star, a young adult novel by Erin Swan, was discovered using predictive data that analyzed reading patterns on the platform. The novel is expected to...

IPR License

Frankfurt Book Fair Becomes Majority Shareholder of IPR License

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that it has become the majority shareholder of IPR License, a global rights and licensing trading platform. The Fair had previously made “a significant investment” in IPR in May 2015. Full press release below: Frankfurt Book Fair takes majority shareholding in IPR License Frankfurt, 28 April 2016 –...

Kobo, e-reading, e-readers, ebooks, e-books

Kobo Launches in Turkey

Kobo announced today that it has partnered with D&R, Turkey’s largest book and media retailer, to bring its e-reading platform and devices to the country. Full press release below: RAKUTEN KOBO PARTNERS WITH RETAILER D&R TO BRING WORLD-CLASS EREADING SERVICE TO READERS IN TURKEY Partnership offers a full-service digital reading experience powered by Kobo, complete...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth

The AAP released its latest sales numbers today, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014. Overall publisher revenue for 2015, however, was $15.4 billion, down 2.6 percent from the previous year. A couple key takeaways: Ebook sales declined in 2015; digital...

Ingenta

Ingenta and Kudos Partner to Drive Discoverability of Academic Content

Ingenta and Kudos today announced a new partnership to make the Kudos service available to publishers hosted on the Ingenta Connect platform. Kudos works with academic publishers to help scholarly authors increase the visibility and impact of their published articles. The service provides a platform for creating information to help searching, for sharing information...

Amazon

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds New Content for Kids Ages 9-12

Amazon today announced the addition of thousands of new pieces of content to the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited content subscription, all aimed at children ages 9-12. The new additions include books, videos, educational apps and games. Additionally, Amazon introduced FreeTime Smart Filters, a new feature that gives parents more control over what content their children...

Book Industry Guild of New York

BIGNY Accepting Submissions for 30th Annual New York Book Show

The Book Industry Guild of New York is holding its 30th annual New York Book Show October 13, 2016 and is now accepting submissions. The deadline is May 4, 2016. Full press release below: Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) Accepting 30th Annual New York Book Show Submissions April 25, 2016 For Immediate...

Amazon

Amazon Adds New Color and Storage Options for Fire Tablet

Amazon announced today that it has added new color and storage options to its Fire tablet. In addition to black, the Fire is now available in magenta, blue and tangerine, and can have 8 gigabytes of internal storage for $49.99, or 16 gigabytes of internal storage for $69.99. In addition, the Fire Kids Edition...

Sony DADC

Sony DADC Announces Collaboration with Datalogics

[Press Release] NEW YORK, April 19, 2016 — Sony DADC today announced a strategic collaboration with Datalogics, Inc. to bring Sony DADC’s eBook DRM solution to customers looking for an innovative eBook distribution option. Sony DADC has been a market leader in Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions for a broad array of entertainment products,...

Ontotext

Ontotext Releases New Version of Semantic Graph Database

Semantic platform provider Ontotext announced today the release of the newest version of its semantic graph database, GraphDB. The newest version makes database setup and data access easier, according to the press release, improving implementation and monitoring of services, and is updated to handle latest versions of the W3C standards and third-party open source...

Authors Guild

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Authors Guild’s Appeal

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge from The Authors Guild to Google’s online book library. Previously, lower courts have said that Google can offer small portions of books online without violating copyright laws. This ends the Guild’s decade-long battle, which started in 2005. Here is a copy of the litigation’s timeline, courtesy...

Boopsie

Boopsie’s User-Friendly Library Mobile App Is Now Live

[Press Release] Abu Dhabi University Library Works with Boopsie to Develop User-Friendly, Custom Mobile App Abu Dhabi University partners with leading platform-as-a-service provider to meet growing user demand for library mobile apps in Middle Eastern universities Sunnyvale, CA – April 18, 2016 – Boopsie, Inc. broadened its reach into new strategic international markets with...