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, …

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. …

Scholastic Sales Up as Loss Per Share Widens

Sales rose 3% to $283.8 million, from $276.3 a year ago, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 at Scholastic Corporation, which reported its financial results this morning. Scholastic’s loss per share stands at $1.05, up from $0.94 during the same period last year, …

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. …

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 …

Media Tie-Ins Power Half the Week’s Best-Selling Ebooks

We’ve written before about the impact of popular TV and film productions on the Ebook Best-Seller List, and the power of media tie-ins to drive ebook sales is no secret inside the publishing industry. This week that phenomenon is especially noticeable even amid significant …

Mix of New and Familiar Players, Challenges at BISG Annual Meeting

New entrants and challenges are joining–but not necessarily upending–the old ones in today’s publishing landscape, according to speakers at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s annual meeting in New York City today. The list of new initiatives BISG’s Executive Director Len Vlahos outlined …

Ebooks, Children’s Titles Grow in 2014

Overall revenues are up slightly for U.S. trade books, according to monthly and year-to-date figures released today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). AAP’s StatShot program, which covers publishers’ net earnings from distribution channels rather than retailers, indicates 3.9% …

HarperCollins Adds Security Layer to Ebook Files

[Press Release] Digimarc Launches Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing HarperCollins Publishers and LibreDigital first to adopt anti-piracy solution that protects copyrighted material for e-book authors and content owners Beaverton, Ore. – September 15, 2014 – Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) today …

Young Adult Best-Sellers Drive Penguin Random House Sales

For anyone keeping an eye on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, it comes as no surprise that hit fiction titles like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars played a big role in driving sales at Penguin Random House, whose …

Kobo Debuts Waterproof Aura H2O Reader

Some claim that smartphones and tablets are already making ereaders obsolete, and it’s far from certain that the latest Nook Barnes & Noble released last week will turn around the bookseller’s sinking ebook business. But that hasn’t stopped Kobo from developing a new …

Amazon Adds to Media Arsenal With Twitch Acquisition

Amazon announced today that it’s buying the popular live video streaming service Twitch for $970 million. The deal comes after Google, which already owns YouTube, reportedly walked away, fearing antitrust repercussions. Twitch is primarily a platform for video gamers to share live streams of the …

More on Kindle Unlimited and Its Effects

How the new subscription service is impacting best-sellers, Amazon lays out its goals in Hachette dispute, a new digital-first Amazon imprint, Macmillan provides full front-list to libraries, Axis 360 integrates with Boopsie and much more.

Amazon Spells Out Objectives in Hachette Negotiation

In a short note today on its website, the Amazon Books team spelled out for observers and readers just what its goals are in its negotiation with Hachette. Amazon says that its overall goal is to make more money for …

BigJump Rizzoli Winner already published in print

Only 4 months from the submission of the draft manuscript to the availability in bookshops of the final print edition. During a public event on June 23rd, Rizzoli unveiled the final winner of BigJump, the first literary award in Italy …

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 …

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. …