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Barnes & Noble Splits off College Division to Form Standalone Company

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble to Separate College Business from Retail and NOOK Digital Businesses Will Create Two Highly Focused Companies with Different Growth Profiles and Enhanced Flexibility to Pursue Independent Operating Strategies NEW YORK, NY – February 26, 2015 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), today announced the filing of a Registration...

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Amazon to Publish First Batch of Kindle Scout Titles

Amazon rolled out its crowdsourcing initiative Kindle Scout in October last year, and now the first ten of 21 titles selected through the program for publication under the company’s Kindle Press imprint are due out a week from today. The authors of those projects chosen to date each receive a five-year contract, $1,500 advance and 50% digital...

HarperCollins Expands Subscription Ebook Partnership with Bookmate

[Press Release] Bookmate expands deal with HarperCollins Agreement will increase Bookmate’s English-language catalogue to 250,000 titles 20 February 2015: Bookmate, the subscription-based social reading service, has today announced the expansion of its deal with HarperCollins Publishers. The agreement, which expands the deal struck in October 2014, will add a significant number of books from...

Scribd Adds 10,000 Digital Comics as Subscription Catalog Hits 1 Million

The term “ebook subscription service” may be losing some of its utility. With the addition of 10,000 digital comics to its subscription-based content catalog today, Scribd now offers more than 1 million titles across a range of media. That puts the size of Scribd’s content offering roughly on par with Oyster’s, which said it had hit the...

Simon & Schuster Offers Expanded Author Services in New Multimedia Imprint

Simon & Schuster rolls out a new imprint designed to “offer authors an expanded suite of profile-building, ancillary services that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional publishing,” according to a statement released today. The imprint, called North Star Way, will focus on wellness and self-improvement nonfiction, delivered in a variety of multimedia formats in addition to...

Ebook Bundling Start-up BitLit Signs Wiley

In a deal with Wiley announced today, BitLit, the Vancouver-based print-and-ebook bundling start-up adds nearly 1,000 of the publisher’s technical titles to its offering. Wiley’s contribution includes the full catalogs of its Wrox Press and Sybex imprints. Since launching a pilot program with Elsevier in November 2014, BitLit has roughly doubled the total number of ebooks it...

Gumroad Takes Direct Sales Platform to Android

E-commerce platform Gumroad launches an Android mobile app today, as it promised to do four months ago after rolling out an iOS app. As with that version, the new Android app allows users to build custom libraries of digital content sold by partnering content creators over an array of social media channels and websites. Extending the same offering available to Apple...

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...

In Amazon-Publishers Debate, Weighing Menace With Metaphors

Last year, at Digital Book World 2014, The Everything Store author Brad Stone reminded publishers that Amazon viewed them as sickly “gazelles” and itself as a “cheetah” intent on going after them. That was in January, months before the Hachette-Amazon battle became public in May and went on to steal headlines clear through the end of the dispute...