Making good on its CEO’s promise of doubling-down on e-readers, Kobo has unveiled the latest generation in its series of such devices: the Kobo Aura HD. The product is aimed at what Kobo calls “the most passionate book lovers.”
In a pilot announced today, The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library will have available to them for purchase Simon & Schuster’s entire catalog of ebooks. If the pilot, powered by 3M, is successful, it will be rolled out nationwide.
Bezos’ letter to shareholders, Ganxy to enable ebook giveaways, Android tablets gaining market share, self-publishing is 25% of the U.S. ebook market?!, and more!
Kyobo Is to Korea as Amazon Is to the U.S.?, Zola hires a director of international business development, Discovery to explore the future of the classroom, HMH acquires game developer and more!
The books are closed on 2012, so to speak, when it comes to tracking book sales; and ebooks made big gains, according to the latest data from the Association of American Publishers.
BajaLibros comes to U.S., Smashwords expands internationally, Bowker goes mobile, there’s a new UK E-singles subscription site and much more!
Barnes & Noble launches Nook Press, e-reading on feature phones, an interview with St. Martin’s Dan Weiss and much more!
When it comes to ebook pricing in the post-Department of Justice era, the commentators mostly got it wrong. It’s not a race to the bottom; it’s a race to the middle.
Kobo’s doubling down on e-readers, shift to tablets continues, EU okays Penguin-Random House deal, France to digitize 60,000 out-of-print titles and more!
Just six months after forging a partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to help independent bookstores sell ebooks, Canadian upstart Kobo has shown that it can crush the competition – even when it’s one of the world’s largest and most admired companies. In fact, it only took a month. Despite the success, overall sales have been relatively slow and there are other problems indie bookshops face when signing up to sell ebooks and e-readers with Kobo.
We sat down with Serbinis to discuss why he joined the publishing industry, Kobo’s next moves, what advice he would give to Barnes & Noble and much more.
Toshiba launches e-reader in Japan, Random House’s deal with Beth Reekles of the Wattpad community, iPad Five rumors and much more!
Keeping up with the latest technology — what’s a publisher to do?, sad day for litigious Harlequin authors, agency walls crumbling in the UK and much more!
Kobo is selling e-readers direct, Amazon and publishers move to dismiss lawsuit, Bibliocrunch teams up with Wattpad and MediaBistro and much more!
The average price for a best-selling ebook ticked up over $8.00 this week for the first time since Feb., even as books in some of the pricier categories fell off the best-seller list.
How much did Amazon pay?, Why didn’t anyone else buy it?, Goodreads members as data, Random House parent invests in social media, Kindle Fire getting more advanced and much more!
Goodreads users and Twitter react, overlooking the back-list, Chinese firms gaining in the tablet market, the coolest librarians and more!
When it comes to which website’s pages come up first upon searching Google for a book, Amazon and Goodreads vie for dominance. Now, the former has bought out the competition.
Penguin expands ebook lending, UK Gov recommends e-lending, more discounts for Nook, EU to approve Random-Penguin and more!
Ebook sales lag in Europe, Harlequin’s popular author portal, ebooks are a different genre from print, Penguin sues Oregon library and much more!
This week, it’s Amazon’s turn to dominate the ebook best-seller charts. It has two titles in the top ten and three in the top twelve, all Hangman’s Daughter books by Oliver Pötzsch.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook giveaway, the reorg at HMH, Arab Publishers Association addresses translation and censorship, teens are going back to print and more!
At half-a-million members, The Reading Room is less than a tenth the size of the leading books-focused social networking site, Goodreads, but it has something its largest competitor currently lacks: An ebook store and an e-reading app. The company is also working on adding physical books to its store.
The global decline in book sales, Bookboard launches on iPad, Open Road partners with Enthrill to fill bulk orders and much more!
Ebook growth slows, Amazon’s “Send to Kindle” button, BookBub reaches million user mark, SEO for books, Amazon’s cloud contract with CIA and more!
Sales of adult trade ebooks continued to slow in Nov. 2012, according to new numbers from the Association of American Publishers.
Self-published Jennifer L. Armentrout scores six-figure deal, Supreme Court makes first sale global, Amazon Prime is growing at an exponential clip and more!
Following the huge success of her self-published best-seller Wait for You, hybrid author Jennifer L. Armentrout has signed a three-book, six-figure deal with HarperCollins imprint Avon for Wait for You and two other upcoming books in the series.
If you told publishing observers and executives at major publishing houses a year ago that the average price of a best-selling ebook would plummet to under $8.00 and that a self-published title would be the No. 1 best-seller for several weeks, they would probably say that’s impossible. “Impossible” just isn’t in the ebook dictionary anymore.
In 2012, for the first time ever, online channels accounted for more book purchases than bricks-and-mortar retail in the U.S., according to new data from Bowker Market Research.
In other digital publishing news: Google to launch ebook series, Amazon launches literary imprint, French ebook distributors join forces and much more!
Book marketing goes offline, Storia adds Hachette content, learning how to make ebooks, Google RSS Reader says goodbye and more!
What the publisher of the future will look like, what the reader of the future will look like, which libraries are lending the most ebooks and much more!