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Lever Press Makes Academic Publishing Free

The Oberlin Group, a consortium of university libraries across the United States, has started a new project called Lever Press, which allows academic authors to publish on an open access digital platform. Production costs will be taken care of by supporting academic institutions, and readers will access content for free. The organization hopes to...

London Book Fair

The London Book Fair Announces Market Focus 2017: Poland

[Press Release] The London Book Fair Announces Market Focus 2017: Poland London/Krakow, 3 March 2016: The London Book Fair, its UK partners the British Council and the Publishers Association; and the Polish Book Institute have announced Poland as the Market Focus for London Book Fair 2017. The London Book Fair Market Focus programme is...

Launch Kids

‘Launch Kids’ at DBW ’16 Looks at Children’s Book Publishing

‘Launch Kids’ at DBW ’16 Looks at Children’s Book Publishing and How the Industry Is Transforming for a More Digital Future Event Features Speakers from Disney Publishing Worldwide, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop and Tumblr, as Well as New York Times Bestselling Author Jenny Han, Among Others NEW YORK (March 2, 2016) — The 5th annual...

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Sales for Trade Books Increase by 0.5% in October 2015

This morning, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released data revealing that trade book sales from January to October 2015 were up 0.5 percent compared to the same time last year. AAP, a trade association for the consumer, educational, professional and scholarly publishing industry, tracks publishers’ net revenue on a monthly basis, analyzing sales...

Digital Book World

Innovative Korean Technology at Digital Book World 2016

While many US publishers know Korea as a vibrant market for translations, it is also home to a growing number of innovative technology companies serving the publishing community—particularly in the areas of children’s books and educational titles. At the 2016 Digital Book World Conference + Expo, you will have the opportunity to meet with...

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Data-Driven Publisher Inkitt Turns One

[Press Release] DATA-DRIVEN PUBLISHING HOUSE INKITT CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY BERLIN, FEBRUARY 18, 2016: Half a million stories have been read on Inkitt, the data-driven writing community, since the company launched in 2015. The Berlin-based publishing startup this week marks its first year in business. Inkitt (www.inkitt.com) is an online writing community where budding authors...

OverDrive

Overdrive Partners with Nord Compo and Book Buddy

[Press Release] OVERDRIVE ESTABLISHES NORD COMPO AND BOOK BUDDY AS PREFERRED PARTNER FOR PRODUCTION OF POPULAR READ-ALONG EBOOKS NEW YORK — February 17, 2016 — OverDrive, the industry’s leading supplier of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, has signed an agreement with French technology company Nord Compo, a leader in providing prepress and...

Hachette

Hachette Signs Distribution Deal with Phoenix International

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group Signs Distribution Deal With Phoenix International Publications, Inc. February 17, 2016 – Hachette Book Group (HBG) has signed a distribution agreement with Phoenix International Publications, Inc., also known as pikids (http://www.pikidsmedia.com/). Beginning May 1, 2016, HBG will provide North American distribution, fulfillment, customer service and billing/collection services to pikids....

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Shelfie App Now Produces Personalized Recommendations

[Press Release] Shelfie has a better way to do book recommendations. Amazon is the world’s biggest book retailer, but despite billions in sales and millions invested, the best they can do is “people who bought this also bought”. But, have you ever found a book you’d like to read while browsing a friend’s bookshelf?...

Scribd

Scribd Announces Major Changes to Subscription Service

Scribd today announced major changes to its subscription service. As part of the re-structured service, all Scribd users will receive unlimited access to “Scribd Select” books and audiobooks, a rotating collection spread across a variety of genres. In addition, all users will have access to three books and one audiobook of their choice each...

Digital Book World

Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Tech

Digital Book World 2016 Evaluates ‘Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Technology’ and ‘Transformation in Publishing,’ Among Other Hot Topics NEW YORK (Feb. 5, 2016) — “Women at the Intersection of Publishing, Finance and Technology” and “Transformation in Publishing: Quarto & Sourcebooks” are just two of the highly anticipated sessions and hot...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble’s Chief Digital Officer to Speak at DBW16

Barnes & Noble’s Chief Digital Officer to Speak at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9 in N.Y.C. Fred Argir to Share Insights During DBW 2016; Early-Bird Registration Deadline Is Feb. 8, and the Final Pre-Conference Registration Rate Expires March 6 NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2016) — The 7th Annual Digital Book...

HarperAudio

HarperAudio to Host Radio Drama Contest with NYU

[Press Release] HarperAudio to Host Radio Drama Contest with the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts New York, NY (February 3, 2016) – HarperAudio, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced a radio drama contest open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and alumni (who graduated no...

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B&N to Carry ‘Put Me In The Story’ Personalized Books

Barnes & Noble announced today that it is partnering with Put Me In The Story, a personalized book service owned by Sourcebooks. Two-hundred Barnes & Noble stores will carry the personalized books, including You! by bestselling author, artist, and designer Sandra Magsamen, The Night Night Book and I Love You So by award-winning and...

Firebrand

Firebrand Launches Eloquence on Demand

[Press Release] Firebrand unveils Eloquence on Demand, a highly-efficient tool to meet the growing information needs of a complex marketplace Newburyport, MA, USA, February 2, 2015—Firebrand Technologies, a pioneer in publishing technology services, today announced the launch of Eloquence on Demand™, which delivers print, ebook and audio metadata and digital content to the global...

Inkshares, Nerdist Launch 6 New Publishing Contests

Inkshares, Nerdist Launch 6 New Publishing Contests

[Press Release] Nerdist and Geek & Sundry Launch Publishing Contest Series on Inkshares Six Contests Over Twelve Months Will Target Most Popular Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy February 1, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)—Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced today that they will be expanding their partnership with Nerdist to include its sister site,...

AAP

Publishers’ Sales Decline 2% Through Third Quarter of 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released a quarterly update this morning, saying that publishers’ sales for the first three quarters of 2015 (January-September) were down 2.0 percent at $11.9 billion, compared to $12.1 billion for the same period in 2014. The AAP tracks sales for trade fiction, non-fiction and religious, K-12 instructional materials, higher...

Inkling

Inkling Unveils Inkling for Enterprise, All-in-One Platform

[Press Release] Inkling today unveiled its all-in-one enterprise content platform, Inkling for Enterprise, a new way for businesses to reach both internal and external audiences with dynamic, engaging content on mobile devices and PCs. The announcement follows strong overall business growth for Inkling, including a third consecutive year of triple-digit revenue growth. Inkling was...

DBW Conference + Expo

DBW Conference Publishes New White Paper on ‘Digital Transformation’

Digital Book World Conference + Expo Publishes New White Paper, ‘Viewpoints on Publishing’s Digital Transformation’ Pundits from DBW 2016, March 7 – 9 in N.Y.C., Share Lessons and Insights for the Digital Book Publishing and Content Communities; Conference Early-Bird Rates Expire Feb. 8 NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2015) — A newly published white paper...

Pronoun’s Publishing Platform Now Available to All Authors

Pronoun’s Publishing Platform Now Available to All Authors

Digital book publishing platform Pronoun announced today that its service is now open to all authors. Since Pronoun opened its waitlist three months ago, 8,000 authors have signed up for early access, creating more than 1,000 books on the platform. In December 2015 alone, Pronoun authors published 140 books across all major digital retailers, including...

INscribe Digital

Dreamspinner Press Partners with INscribe Digital

[Press Release] Dreamspinner Press LLC Partners with INscribe Digital To Optimize Sales and Marketing Reach SAN FRANCISCO, CA – INscribe Digital today announced a new relationship with Dreamspinner Press LLC that enables the independent genre fiction publisher to increase retail distribution and market awareness of the 3,500 backlist titles in its three imprints: ·...

BEA Announces Conference Programming for 2016

BEA Announces Conference Programming for 2016

BOOKEXPO AMERICA (BEA) CONTENT & DIGITAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 WITH FOCUS ON NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) Libraries Transform: ALA@BEA sessions and New Conference Tracks Covering Children’s and Self-Publishing Add to Programming Created to Engage and Educate Leaders in Publishing Industry Norwalk, CT, January 20, 2016: BookExpo America (BEA),...

F+W Names Tom Beusse New CEO

F+W Names Tom Beusse New CEO

F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company announced today the appointment of Tom Beusse as CEO, effective immediately. Beusse most recently served as founder and president of the USA Today Sports Media Group. In his three years in the position, Beusse built the company (which incorporated dozens of assets across Gannett’s many media properties) into one of...

IPR License

IPR License Has 28% Year-on-Year Membership Growth

[Press Release] IPR License in 28% year-on-year membership growth IPR License, the global rights and licensing solution, has announced a 28% year-on-year growth in new member sign-ups. The 28% membership growth in 2015 compared favourably with the 21% increase experienced in 2014. Q4 2015 was highlighted as a particularly strong period as a result...

Blurb

Blurb Announces New CEO

Book and magazine self-publishing platform Blurb announced on Tuesday that Todd Larsen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Larsen succeeds Founder and CEO Eileen Gittins, who becomes Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as an advisor to the company. “I am honored and excited to lead Blurb into its next phase of...

Scribd

Scribd Hires New COO

The subscription content platform Scribd announced today that it has hired Eric Shoup, previously of eBay and Ancestry.com, as its new Chief Operating Officer. “I am thrilled to be joining Scribd as COO,” Shoup said. “I believe Scribd has the right ingredients to be a global brand at scale. I am looking forward to...

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Announces Kindle iOS App Updates

Amazon today announced three new updates to its Kindle iOS app: • Native Social Sharing – This feature makes it easier to recommend a book to a friend or discuss a line from the book. Readers and senders can recommend the book or share a quote from the book with whomever they want. Readers can also choose...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Reports Holiday Sales Results

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Reports Holiday Sales Results Core Comparable Sales Increase of 1.6% Marks Second Consecutive Holiday Increase Company Reiterates Full-Year Outlook New York, NY (January 7, 2016)—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today reported sales for the nine-week holiday period ending January 2, 2016. Core comparable store sales, which exclude NOOK...

Verso Books Signs on with Virtusales

Verso Books Signs on with Virtusales

Verso Books has partnered with Virtusales Publishing Solutions to introduce a new sales analytical and reporting tool called Biblio Intelligence. According to Virtusales, Biblio Intelligence is a “fully integrated business intelligence module, enabling deeper analysis and better decision making based on complete, real-time data.” Jacob Stevens, managing director of Verso Books, said, “This [partnership]...

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Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks. Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable...

Pew Research Center

Share of Americans with Broadband at Home Has Plateaued

[Press Release] Share of Americans With Broadband at Home has Plateaued More rely only on their smartphones for internet access WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 21, 2015) – Home broadband adoption stands at 67% of Americans, down slightly from 70% in 2013, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. This small, but statistically significant, difference...

Odilo

Odilo and Gardners Partner to Boost Library Offering

[Press Release] ODILO offers close to one million titles with Gardner’s Partnership (Denver, CO) December 16, 2015: ODILO, one of the leading eBook providers in Europe and Latin America, has recently partnered with Gardners, Europe’s leading independent wholesaler of English language products and content (both physical and digital). With the addition of over 650,000...

Transformation in Publishing Is Key Theme at DBW 16

Transformation in the Publishing Community Is a Key Theme at Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9 in N.Y.C. DBW 2016 Speakers Reveal How They’re Thriving Through and Beyond Publishing’s Digital Transformation; Early-Bird Registration Deadlines Approach NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2015) — The 7th Annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW) is...