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Big Data: Dispelling the Myths About One of Publishing’s Hottest Buzzwords

Introduction Big data was one of Frankfurt Book Fair’s hottest topics of discussion this year among digital publishing professionals. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute and author of the recent international best-seller Big Data, spoke forcefully about big data’s relevance to publishers and the insights they can...

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. BookBub offers its members exclusive discounts on popular ebooks and functions as an ebook discovery...

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 fees of competitors Oyster ($9.95) and Scribd ($8.99). By comparison, UK users will be asked to...

Barnes & Noble Brings Nook With Glowlight to UK

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Introduces the Lighter, Brighter NOOK GlowLight^™ to the UK The Lightest NOOK^® Ever – Excellent for Long-Form Reading, with Perfectly-Lit Pages, Sharper Text and Twice the Storage Available Today for Just £89 from Argos, ASDA, Blackwells, Foyles, John Lewis, Sainsburys and Very. NOOK Media™ LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes...

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 2014 versus the same period last year. In the U.S., ebook sales are up...

Rizzoli Unveils Three Category Winners of BigJump Literary Award, Launched in Italy with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

More than 500 self-published novels participating and more than 500,000 views in the BigJump dedicated section on the online platform provided by Italian startup 20lines Rizzoli announced the three Category Winners of BigJump, the first literary award in Italy for self-published novels, launched by Rizzoli, Amazon’s KDP and the Italian start-up 20lines. BigJump is brand-new form...

Webcast: How to Build a Global Ebook Sales Strategy

Join us Wednesday, June 25 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast where you’ll learn how to use ebook analytics to access emerging international markets. What do ebook sales professionals want above all else? Profitable and sustainable revenue growth. Crafting a winning international sales strategy is an increasingly...

Byte the Book Surveys the Latest Publishing Innovations

Re-posted here with permission from Justine Solomons. See the original post, with pictures, here. The piece was written by Byte the Book’s writer-in-residence Chris Russell.  The following describes what was discussed at a Byte the Book event in London and has been edited very lightly for style: For May’s Byte The Book event, Sara O’Connor (Digital and Editorial...

Revenues up, Profits Down at UK’s Bloomsbury

Digital sales increased about 20% at Bloomsbury to £12.2 million ($20.6 million), which had annual revenues of £109.5 million and profits of £9.5 million. Full financials here. [Press Release] Financial highlights The highlights for the year ended 28 February 2014 include: — Revenue up 11% to £109.5 million (2012/13: £98.5 million) — Profit before tax and...

Free E-Textbook Service Bookboon up to 55 Million Downloads in U.S.

Employer-advertising supported free e-textbook service Bookboon has gone from one million downloads of its content in 2011 to 55 million in 2013 in the U.S. and has ambitions to hit 100 million in 2014. The company makes money from collecting data on students that it sells to employers looking for new hires. It also...

Amazon Partners With Italian Bookstore to Sell Kindles

[Press Release] Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite will be available for purchase at 170 Giunti al Punto bookstores across Italy starting from 59 Euros Giunti’s online shop to offer Amazon.it products, including books, physical media and toys with purchases earning customers Giunti points Amazon and leading Italian bookstore chain Giunti announced an exclusive agreement to...

Kobo Takes Over Sony Ebook Business in Europe and Australia

Related: Kobo Takes Over Sony Ebook Business in U.S. and Canada [Press Release] KOBO BRINGS ITS WORLD-CLASS eREADING PLATFORM TO SONY READERS IN EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA Kobo keeps booklovers reading their favourite stories with Sony’s Readers, tablets, and smartphones Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it will provide Sony’s Reader™ and Sony’s...

European Library Association Launches Campaign to Get Ebooks

One of Europe’s library associations is just as upset about library access to ebooks as its American counterpart and has launched multinational campaign to try for change. The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) launched its Right to E-Read campaign today, a multi-country effort to bring awareness to readers as to what...

Innovative Publishing Out of Italy’s Rizzoli

Italy isn’t known as a hotbed of digital publishing innovation or activity. In fact, ebooks only account for somewhere around 4% of publisher revenue in the country, according to Marcello Vena, director of digital business at RCS Libri, which owns book publisher Rizzoli, among other companies. (He’s also a DBW blogger.) Yet, despite this...

Amazon Publishing: Authors Are Customers

When book publishers consider their customers, historically, they were stores that retailed books. As of recently, with the distance between publisher and reader now measured in electrons, readers have entered the mix as customers publishers relate with regularly. And with the rise of self-publishing, giving the competition for content from authors a new dimension,...

Amazon’s Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing

Related: Understanding authors — three Digital Book World reports on authors.  The term “self-publishing” may have outlived its usefulness, according to Jon Fine, director of author and publishing relations at Amazon, speaking at the Publishing for Digital Minds conference this week in London. When asked at a recent past conference what “self-publishing” looked like...

Amazon Is ‘Evil’ According to Digital Minds Conference Opening Keynote

“Amazon are evil bastards–I loathe them, I fear them,” said best-selling British author Anthony Horowitz, giving the opening keynote speech at the London Book Fair’s Publishing for Digital Minds conference in London, quickly adding, “but I use them all the time because they’re wonderful and that’s part of the problem.” Referring to Amazon’s dominance...

Byte the Book Tackles the Big Questions at London Event

Re-posted here with permission from Justine Solomons. See the original post, with pictures, here. The piece was written by author Jay Merill.  The following describes what was discussed at a Byte the Book event in London and has been edited very lightly for style:  Host: Justine Solomons; Chair Sam Missingham; Panel: Jon Woolcott (Buying and...

UK Government Moves to Update Copyright Law

[Press Release] Government takes important step towards modernising copyright Changes updating UK copyright law for the digital age progress as government publish final exceptions to copyright regulations. Changes to bring UK copyright law up to date for the digital age have taken an important step forward today (27 March 2014), as the government publishes...

What Are You Worth?

Publishing isn’t a high-paying industry, generally speaking, so I noted with interest GalleyCat’s post the other day listing the average salary of a Senior Editor at RH US — although it’s always difficult comparing salaries across the Atlantic! When I worked as an in-house editor for large publishing companies, it was always interesting to...

Book Industry Too Busy Playing with the Wrapping Paper

Not many working days go by without seeing another article regurgitating another survey offering another statistic saying that people don’t read anymore. Adults don’t read, children don’t read, teenagers don’t read, even their pets will bury books rather than bother to flick a paw at a cover. The only comfort to these usually poorly...

Nook’s Smart International Move

If you’re an author in Germany, France, Spain and several other European countries and want to self-publish an ebook to the Nook ebook store, now you can. Nook Press, the company’s self-publishing platform, has been launched in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium. It’s a smart move for Barnes & Noble and...

Nook Press Self-Publishing Platform Now in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Press^™ Self-Publishing Platform Is Now Available to Authors and Publishers in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium International Authors and Publishers Can Now Reach Millions of NOOK^® Customers Around the Globe and Can Receive Powerful NOOK Merchandising Opportunities NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of...

Five Myths About Book Apps

I recently surveyed my colleagues at the Book App Alliance to find out what myths they hear most often about book apps. Here’s a look at five of the most common. Related: Register for Karen Robertson’s DBW U course on how to create a book app.    1. You can tell the difference between...

OverDrive Adds Pearson E-Textbooks to Catalog

[Press Release] OverDrive adds Pearson eText titles to leading digital library lending platform Latest edition instructional materials available for the first time for schools, colleges and public libraries OverDrive announced today that it will now offer more than 100 eText titles from Pearson to its worldwide network of K-12 schools, colleges and public libraries...

Amazon Publishing Launches German-Language Publishing Program

Related: Amazon Publishing Roars With Best-Sellers [Press Release] Amazon Publishing Launches German-Language Publishing Program Debut list will include new titles from best-selling German authors Emily Bold and Alexander Hartung Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of a new German-language publishing program under the Amazon Publishing umbrella. The European Amazon Publishing team will acquire German-language...

Italian Publishing Group Mondadori Acquires Ebook Platform Anobii

[Press Release] MONDADORI BUYS ANOBII Acquisition of Anobii Ltd. the brand and the assets of the social reading service which has a million users around the world and over 300,000 in Italy Mondadori CEO Ernesto Mauri: “A platform for listening to readers is fundamental for growth in digital for books and for the creation...

Three Steps to Successful Ebook Design or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Reflowability

Successful ebook design demands that we work within sometimes surprising, often frustrating constraints and embrace the unpredictable. An ebook designer cannot be a typographic control freak, but must creatively build a robust ebook that can withstand reflowability, reader control, and quirky device behavior. Having said all of that, we also can’t shrug and walk...

Readfy: Advertiser-Supported ‘Spotify for Ebooks’

Readfy, a new German start-up is calling itself “Spotify for ebooks,” a title that has many competitors. Unlike other subscription ebook services, however, Readfy is free and will be supported by ads. Currently, Readfy is an Android-based app with 15,000 ebook titles. The app currently has 3,500 beta testers and has plans to expand...

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What Can Publishers Learn From a VC?

Having been through two funding rounds with a company in publishing, I actually think publishers and venture capitalists (VCs) have more in common than you would think: Both find a project (book/company) that they believe they can add value to and agree on appropriate terms. Often this is at a very early stage in...