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Simon & Schuster Strikes Amazon Deal Reviving Agency Ebook Pricing

This post has been updated with new information. Simon & Schuster has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Amazon, according to reports today by the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. Neither Amazon nor Simon & Schuster have publicly announced the deal, but Publishers Lunch reports that it marks a return to the agency pricing model,...

Kobo President Michael Tamblyn to Indie Authors: You’re on Amazon’s Hit List

Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn (@mtamblyn) took to Twitter today to explain why, in his view, indie authors won’t be exempt from the tactics Amazon is using against Hachette in order to squeeze more profit from the publisher’s titles. Here’s what Tamblyn calls his “32 Notes on Amazon-Hachette-IndyAuthors.” Learn more: To hear more...

Ebook Subscription Service Entitle Improves Recommendation Engine

Entitle announces an upgrade to its recommendation engine in an effort to improve discovery through its subscription-based ebook platform. Related: Tactics for Boosting Ebook Discovery at Digital Book World 2015 Entitle CEO Bryan Batten explains how the upgraded recommendation system works: We currently employ a content analysis recommender system which reads, analyzes and understands the actual...

Growth Projected for Digital Educational Content

A new survey suggests the market for supplemental educational products is expanding, driven by an uptick in institutions’ investment in digital content as well as by the impact of the Common Core standards. Learn more: Digital Book World 2015 Explores the Digital Transition in Higher Education and What the Common Core Means for Publishers [Press Release] STAMFORD,...

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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...

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Higher-Priced Ebooks Climb the Best-Seller List

On last week’s list, seven titles with price tags higher than $10 contributed to pushing the average price of a best-selling ebook up to $7.74. That figure now jumps to $8.39, as more than a third of this week’s top-25 titles cost more than $10. Three of the nine titles in that category are making...

Kindle Scout, Amazon’s “Reader-Powered” Publishing Program, Launches

In a letter today to authors, Amazon named and officially rolled out “Kindle Scout,” the “reader-powered” publishing program that was rumored in the past few weeks to be in the works. Kindle Scout is one of two (unrelated) initiatives at Amazon that experiment with crowdsourcing in order to select content for publication. Related: More Crowdsourcing to...

Aspen Institute Applauds Libraries’ Digital Transformation, Urges More

A report released today by the Aspen Institute commends U.S. public libraries for the many ways they are adapting to the digital era. Taking the measure of those advancements, the report urges libraries to assume even broader roles as digital innovators and platforms for community building and information dissemination. In a press release accompanying...

ALA Confronts Adobe on Ebook Data Gathering

The American Library Association (ALA)’s President Courtney Young vowed to “continue investigating possible violations of applicable federal or state laws on commerce/trade and privacy” in response to last week’s revelations about Adobe’s extensive tracking of ebook readers’ data through Adobe Digital Editions 4. The platform is widely used by public libraries in order to lend...

Hachette Shares New Tools and Data With Authors and Agents

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group’s Author and Agent Portal October 9, 2014 Hachette Book Group has just launched their Author and Agent Portal, an important new channel within hachettebookgroup.biz, the company’s business platform. The Portal provides a self-service option that puts up-to-date information and resources at the authors’ and agents’ fingertips, including confidential sales...

Self-Publishing Maturing, Up 17% Last Year in the U.S.

The self-publishing market is entering a new stage of maturity after an initial boom several years ago, according to Bowker’s latest analysis of ISBN registrations in the U.S. from 2008 through 2013. To be sure, not all self-published authors obtain ISBNs for their work, but among those that have done so to date, their output...

HarperCollins Launches German Division

Related: Digital Book World 2015 Turns Spotlight on Publishing in Global Markets [Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Forms HarperCollins Germany Plans Expansion of Foreign Language Publishing FRANKFURT, Germany (October 8, 2014) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany, an expansion of the existing Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg. The operation will launch...

Futureproofs Platform Offers Collaborative In-Browser Editing Tools

[Press Release] Collaborative on-screen proofing tool launches Cambridge Publishing Solutions launch their new Futureproofs platform on 8 October 2014 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, helping publishers to create quality books more cheaply and quickly. Futureproofs is an innovative new browser-based platform that addresses many problems that editors, proofreaders and authors experience when working on...

Adobe Confirms It’s Gathering Ebook Readers’ Data

This post has been updated with new information. Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by The Digital Reader and Ars Technica that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the latest version of the widely used ebook platform, is gathering extensive data on its users’ ebook reading habits. According to Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, “Adobe is gathering data on...

E-Textbook Start-Up RedShelf Snags Former Macmillan Exec

Related: Inside the New World of Higher Education Publishing at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] RedShelf Cements Position in Digital Textbook Space and Hires Tom Scotty, former Macmillan Higher Ed Exec, as COO New data from RedShelf reveals eTextbook habits of ~30K students nationwide CHICAGO, October 7, 2014 – RedShelf, one of the...

McGraw-Hill Puts Professional Ebooks in Closer Reach of Libraries

[Press Release] McGraw-Hill Professional eBook Library Now Available Through YBP Library Services GOBI-3 Platform NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — McGraw-Hill Professional (MHP), a leading global publisher of professional content, is partnering with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, to make its eBook Library collections available through GOBI3....

Simon & Schuster Launches Books Section With Social Media Platform Milq

Related: Simon & Schuster Author Walter Isaacson Talks Digital Innovation at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] New York / Toronto – Milq (milq.com and Milq on the App Store) is partnering with Simon & Schuster on the launch of Books as a new content category for its culture sharing app and site. Starting today, users...

HarperCollins Author Program Encourages Direct Sales

Related: Hear from HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Launches E-Commerce Program for Authors Additional Royalty for Sales through HarperCollins Platform First Publisher to Pay Higher Royalties for Direct E-Commerce Sales New York, NY (October 2, 2014) — HarperCollins Publishers today announced the launch of an e-commerce...

HarperCollins Extends Scribd Partnership to Harlequin Ebooks

Scribd adds more than 15,000 Harlequin titles to its subscription-based ebook catalog, through a new one-year agreement announced today. The romance publisher was acquired by NewsCorp, the parent company of HarperCollins, earlier this year, in what was the largest merger since Penguin and Random House merged in 2013. HarperCollins was among the first publishers to make its titles available...

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, and Metrodigi®, the leading global cloud-based content creation software company, today announced a collaboration...

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. Gumroad currently offers 35,000 ebooks and digital comics in addition to 8,000 movies and...

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, with the company citing weaker performance in its Educational Technology division as well as severance...

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...

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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 fluctuation in the rankings. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl slides into the No. 1 spot with the...

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 for the coming year reflect that mix of new and familiar terrain: new, more frequent research...

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% growth in the trade sector during the first five months of 2014 over the...

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 introduced Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing. The anti-piracy solution embeds unique, imperceptible and traceable...

Millennials Read and Use Libraries as Much as Their Parents, Study Finds

A Pew report released today suggests the future for books and libraries is bright because younger Americans are still reading as much as their elders. The findings offer another, more hopeful facet to the evolving portrait of millennials’ reading habits, at a time when other recent research shows that demographic putting down books in favor of other media, a...

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Lee Child Unseats ‘If I Stay’ as Higher-Priced Ebooks Rise on Best-Seller List

Lee Child’s new Jack Reacher thriller Personal nudges Gayle Forman’s If I Stay out of the No. 1 spot that the young-adult title has held for the past five weeks on the ebook best-seller list. That’s only a coup in a limited sense, though, as both books are published by Penguin Random House, which has roundly bested its competitors when it comes to best-selling...