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Publisher Net Revenue from Book Sales Declines 4.1% in First Half of 2015

[Press Release] Washington, DC; Oct. 8, 2015 – Publishers’ book sales for the first half of the year (Jan. – June 2015) were down 4.1% at $5.58 billion compared to $5.82 billion for the first six months in 2014. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade – fiction/non-fiction/religious, K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher...

Booktrack Announces New Content Deals

Booktrack Announces New Content Deals

[Press Release] BOOKTRACK ANNOUNCES CONTENT DEALS WITH SOURCEBOOKS, ROSETTABOOKS, NELSON LITERARY, ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS, MIGHTY MEDIA PRESS Executive Leadership from the Innovative Digital Reading Platform Speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBER 7, 2015 – Booktrack (www.booktrack.com), the first company to enrich the eBook experience by adding movie-style soundtracks and ambient...

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Book Club App Novellic Offers Early Access

[Press Release] New book-tech app, Novellic, offers book lovers and book clubs early access London, October 7th, 2015 A new London based book-tech venture, Novellic, has invited book fans and ebook lovers to register for early access prior to public launch Novellic, a new book platform developed to help readers create, find and join...

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Barnes & Noble Expands Nook Lineup

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Expands NOOK® by Samsung Lineup, Launches New NOOK Trade-In/Trade-Up Promotion Addition of New 9.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK® Brings NOOK Reading and Entertainment Experience to Large Screen Trade in Select Devices at a Barnes & Noble Store for Credit Toward Purchase of Any NOOK by Samsung Device Through...

Pubslush Closes, Colborne Communications Founds PubLaunch

Pubslush Closes, Colborne Communications Founds PubLaunch

[Press Release] Colborne Communications founds new company PubLaunch, parts ways with Pubslush October 6, 2015, TORONTO — Ontario-based Colborne Communications is parting ways with Pubslush and announcing the start of a new venture called PubLaunch, kicking off on February 1, 2016. PubLaunch is a web-based company that connects trusted industry professionals with writers while...

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The Classroom of the Future, 2015

[Press Release] The Classroom of the Future, 2015 Focus on hybrid schoolbooks/Nine pupils’ “explorative tours” to five subject areas/Motto: “Fantastic islands of learning” Frankfurt, 6 October 2015 – This year’s Classroom of the Future at the Frankfurt Book Fair (14-18 October 2015) will be innovative and digital – and even more varied than in...

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Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honor: Indonesia

[Press Release] THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit Market overview: Indonesia – the invisible market Frankfurt, 1 October 2015 – With the slogan “17,000 Islands of Imagination”, Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world, is offering glimpses into its rich cultural and literary landscape – for the first time in the German-speaking world....

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Kobo Partners to Launch Orbile in Mexico

[Press Release] LIBRERIA PORRUA AND GANDHI JOINTLY LAUNCH ORBILE: AN ALL-NEW EREADING SERVICE POWERED BY RAKUTEN KOBO FOR BOOKLOVERS IN MEXICO A reading revolution that gives passionate readers access to the best Spanish language eBooks, eReading devices, and free apps TORONTO and MEXICO CITY, Sept. 30, 2015 – As the book industry continues to evolve, so...

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New Foyles Store: Where ‘Physical Meets Digital’

[Press Release] Foyles Grand Central, Birmingham: Author voices bring books to life in digitally enhanced shop Foyles, the independent bookshop chain, has opened its latest branch in Grand Central, Birmingham today, Wednesday 30 September 2015. It has been described as a retail space where ‘physical meets digital’. John Browne, Finance Director and head of...

Mysterious Press Announces Prize for Best Ebook Mystery Novel

Mysterious Press Announces Prize for Best Ebook Mystery Novel

[Press Release] MysteriousPress.com Announces $25,000 Prize For Best E-Book Original Mystery Novel New York, October 1– Otto Penzler, President and Publisher of MysteriousPress.com, has announced a contest for the Mysterious Press Award, which will be given for the best e-book original mystery novel. The winning entry will receive a prize of $25,000 and guaranteed...

NetGalley Introduces Wish Granting Program

NetGalley Introduces Wish Granting Program

[Press Release] NetGalley introduces Wish Granting, a new program to facilitate book giveaways and reviews 29 September 2015—NetGalley today announced a new “wish granting” feature which will allow publishers to facilitate digital book giveaways and generate reviews from professional readers and consumer influencers using the NetGalley platform. Susan Ruszala, NetGalley’s President, commented, “NetGalley’s 275,000+...

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Japan’s BookWalker to Launch in English at NY Comic-Con

[Press Release] Debuting at NY Comic-Con 2015: BOOK☆WALKER KADOKAWA’s Online Store for Manga & Light Novels direct from Japan SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 – Kadokawa, one of Japan’s largest media, entertainment, and publishing companies is launching an English language version of BookWalker, their eBook online store in Fall 2015. Promotions will kick off at New...

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Millions of Students Using Ebooks as Learning Tool in Schools

[Press Release] Millions of Students Using eBooks as Learning Tool in Schools CLEVELAND, September 17, 2015 – OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, announced that nearly 13,000 schools and districts representing more than five million students from 41 countries have access to digital books this school year. Over the past nine...

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International Read an Ebook Day Set for September 18

[Press Release] International Read an eBook Day set for September 18 CLEVELAND, September 16, 2015 – International Read an eBook Day, an annual celebration to raise awareness for digital reading, is coming on Friday, September 18. As with most other aspects of our lives, the ways in which we read books have undergone radical...

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Hachette Livre Partners with Knewton to Develop Adaptive Curricula

[Press Release] Hachette Livre Partners with Knewton to Develop Adaptive Curricula For K-12 and Higher Education Students Partnership extends personalized learning across French schools NEW YORK – September 10, 2015 – Hachette Livre, the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world, announced a partnership with leading adaptive learning company Knewton today. Together, the...

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Amazon’s Kindle Scout Publishing Platform Expands Internationally

[Press Release] Amazon’s Kindle Scout Publishing Platform Expands Internationally Authors and readers from locations around the world can now submit and nominate never-before-published English-language manuscripts for an opportunity to earn a Kindle Press publishing contract SEATTLE—Sept. 9, 2015—(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon announced today that it is expanding Kindle Scout, its reader-powered publishing platform, to more authors and...

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Reedsy Launches Open Source Author Survey

How much money do authors typically make? And how much does it cost an author to self-publish a book? Questions like these are part of a new author survey launched by Reedsy, an all-encompassing self-publishing platform. “What’s the reality of being an author in 2015? This is what we’d like to uncover with the...

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Barnes & Noble Unveils Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble and Samsung Unveil New Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK® Best Ever NOOK® by Samsung Brings Together Samsung’s Most Powerful Tablet with NOOK’s Reading and Entertainment Experience Barnes & Noble and Samsung’s Thinnest, Lightest and Ultra-Fast Tablet Now Available in Barnes & Noble Stores and Online at NOOK.com New York,...

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EverAfter Romance Launches New Online Romance Community

[Press Release] EVERAFTER ROMANCE LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE ROMANCE COMMUNITY September 2, 2015, New York — Today EverAfter Romance, a division of Diversion Publishing Corp, announced the launch of a new online community site for fans of romance books, TV, film, and pop culture. The site is the latest extension of EverAfter’s rapidly expanding romance...

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Publishing Technology Launches New Online Platform ingentaDrive

[Press Release] Publishing Technology launches new online platform, ingentaDrive Oxford, 1 September 2015 – Publishing Technology has announced the launch of ingentaDrive – a new packaged online solution that allows publishers to go live with fully branded, online sites, delivered from the cloud, within weeks. Combining the ease-of-use of ingentaconnect with the bespoke, feature...

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AAP StatShot: Sales Down in May

[Press Release] AAP StatShot: Sales Down in May Washington, DC; Sept. 1, 2015 – Publishers’ book sales for January through May were down 5.8% for the year to date at $4.0 billion compared to $4.3 billion for the same five months last year. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade – fiction/non-fiction,...

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Opportunities in Mexico for Digital Growth

[Press Release] THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2015 Market overview: Mexico – opportunities for growth through digital transformation Frankfurt, 27 August 2015 – THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2015, the new conference to kick off the Frankfurt Book Fair (14-18 October 2015) will set the stage for the world’s largest industry event:...

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Scholastic Provides Comprehensive Literacy Solutions for Schools

[Press Release] Scholastic Starts the New School Year with New Service Providing Comprehensive Literacy Solutions to School Districts Scholastic Education Combines its Print and Digital Instructional Programs, Professional Learning Offerings and Family Engagement Resources into Customized Learning Program New York, NY – August 24, 2015 – As the new school year begins, Scholastic has...

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Kobo and ABA Partner to Encourage Local Ereading

[Press Release] KOBO AND ABA JOIN TOGETHER TO ENCOURAGE BOOKLOVERS TO EREAD LOCAL Program Enables Booklovers to Try Reading Digitally While Supporting Favorite Independent Bookstores Toronto, ON – August 24, 2015 – Kobo, a Rakuten company and leading innovator in the digital reading space, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today launched the “eRead...

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Bookmate Expands Mobile Reading Service to Indonesia

[Press Release] Bookmate moves into Indonesia with Indosat Bookmate and Indosat announce partnership to bring mobile reading to Indonesian book lovers LONDON and JAKARTA, 24 August 2015: Bookmate, the leading social ebook reading service today announced its partnership with Indosat, one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunication networks and service providers to launch a mass market...

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Crowdfunder Pubslush Acquired by Colborne Communications

[Press Release] Colborne Communications acquires crowdfunding site Pubslush Thursday, August 20 – TORONTO – Colborne Communications is excited to announce that it has acquired the book crowdfunding site Pubslush as of Monday, August 24, 2015. Pubslush will continue to take submissions for all book crowdfunding and pre-order campaigns. Since 1977, Colborne Communications has provided...

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Frankfurt Book Fair Partners with PressReader

[Press Release] Frankfurt Book Fair announces partnership with PressReader Digital publishing industry disruptor to be exclusive News Partner at Frankfurt Book Fair Frankfurt, 20 August 2015 – The Frankfurt Book Fair has announced a unique partnership with PressReader, the Canada-based digital media platform. As the exclusive News Partner of the Frankfurt Book Fair (14...

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Simon & Schuster and Hotels.com to Offer Ebooks to Travelers

[Press Release] SIMON & SCHUSTER AND HOTELS.COM TEAM UP TO OFFER BESTSELLING EBOOKS TO TRAVELERS NEW YORK, August 19—Simon & Schuster and Hotels.com® are joining together to promote the joy of reading and make life on the road or on vacation that much more pleasant for travelers. Beginning today, Hotels.com customers who book a...

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Blackwell’s Helps Ebooks Get More Interactive

[Press Release] Blackwell’s Helps Ebooks Get More Interactive in Time for the New Academic Year Leading academic bookseller Blackwell’s has added exciting new functionality to its ebook platform ahead of the start of the new academic year, including virtual notes, instant referencing and text to speech, giving students even more power at their fingertips....

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BISG Research Shows Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education

[Press Release] BISG Announces the Publication of New Research into Student and Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education New findings show significant traction for interactive learning tools and other forms of active learning (New York, NY: August 18, 2015) The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) has just released new findings from surveys...

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Nerdist Launches Collection on Inkshares

Inkshares, a crowdsourced publishing startup, announced that Nerdist, the Chris Hardwick-founded website, podcast network and YouTube channel, has launched a collection on Inkshares. The collection will be published under the Nerdist name and will be targeted at the Nerdist audience. According to the press release, “authors in the Nerdist collection will also have opportunities...

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HMH Acquires Ebook Assets from MeeGenius

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it has acquired select ebook and technology assets from MeeGenius, an ebook subscription service for children ages two through eight years old. MeeGenius is an app and subscription service that offers mobile access to hundreds of classic children’s stories, MeeGenius originals and content from authors around the world, enhanced...

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Scribd Selects New VP of Strategy

The subscription content platform Scribd announced today that it has hired its first Vice President of Strategy and New Content Verticals, Theresa Horner. Horner comes most recently from Barnes & Noble, where she served as Vice President of Digital Content and worked on the Nook ereader. Before that, she was Senior Director of Operations...