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New ePubDirect Platform Offers Data and Analytics on Global Ebook Markets

Related: ePubDirect CEO Gareth Cuddy to Address Global Publishing Challenges and Opportunities at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] ePubDirect Launches new Worldwide eBook Platform Powerful new analytics tool enables book publishers to grow revenue November 3, 2014, Cork, Ireland. – ePubDirect, the fastest growing eBook company in the market, have announced the release of...

Oyster Adds User Curated Ebook Recommendations to Drive Discovery

Ebook subscription service Oyster introduces “Book Lists,” allowing users to recommend and share personalized collections of titles. The feature offers a rough equivalent to the experience of creating and sharing a playlist on a music streaming platform like Spotify, and it’s likewise aimed at boosting discoverability. Book Lists are now available to all Oyster subscribers at...

Wiley Partners With Safari on Digital Reference Platform

[Press Release] Wiley & Safari’s PubFactory Announce Strategic Partnership John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Safari today announced a strategic partnership that will deliver the next generation in digital reference platforms for students, faculty and librarians. Wiley Reference Library will combine Safari’s award-winning PubFactory platform with Wiley’s prestigious online reference portfolio. Wiley Reference Library...

Publishers Adopt Lexile Reading Metric to Level Children’s Content

Related: Publishers Launch Kids Explores the Cutting Edge of Children’s Publishing at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] HarperCollins, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books Among Publishers to Add Lexile Measures for Its Books Major Publishers Use Popular Reading Metric to Help Individuals Choose Level-Appropriate Texts DURHAM, NC–(Marketwired – Nov 3, 2014) – Today,...

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Self-Published Titles Rally on Ebook Best-Seller List

Recent weeks saw the brief ascent of higher-priced titles from traditional publishers on the Ebook Best-Seller List, a phenomenon that reversed course last week and is replaced this one by the resurgence of less expensive, self-published titles. Penelope Ward’s self-published Stepbrother Dearest remains squarely within the top ten, jumping two places into the No. 4 position this week. And Deborah...

ALA Applauds Adobe’s Privacy Steps, Encourages More

The American Library Association responds to Adobe’s recent software update to address concerns over the transmission of user data culled from Adobe Digital Editions, the ebook reading platform. In a statement today, the ALA applauded the patch Adobe instituted last week in order to end the clear-text delivery of that data. But the organization expressed...

HarperCollins Widens Direct Marketing Push With Podcast Series

HarperCollins announces a weekly podcast program featuring conversations with some of the publisher’s top authors. The series, called “HarperCollins Presents,” builds on the publisher’s existing base of followers on SoundCloud, the audio streaming platform, and marks the latest in a coordinated effort to market directly to readers. HarperCollins launched a direct-to-consumer sales platform through its website...

Marvel Adds Digital Comics to Kobo Catalog

Marvel adds many of its most popular digital comics to Kobo’s content library, in a deal a Kobo spokesperson says encompasses more than 250 fixed-layout illustrated ebooks. Related: The Latest in Fixed-Layout Ebook Production | Kobo’s Nathan Maharaj to Speak at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] Top series like The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and Amazing Spider-Man...

Adobe Updates Digital Editions to Address Privacy Concerns

As promised, Adobe is rolling out a software update to Digital Editions 4 in order to address privacy concerns involving the data gathering program that came to light earlier this month. In addition to displaying the relevant sections of its privacy policy more prominently, Adobe is changing protocol to address what many saw as one of the biggest issues–the...

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...