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Pew Research Center

Share of Americans with Broadband at Home Has Plateaued

[Press Release] Share of Americans With Broadband at Home has Plateaued More rely only on their smartphones for internet access WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 21, 2015) – Home broadband adoption stands at 67% of Americans, down slightly from 70% in 2013, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. This small, but statistically significant, difference...

Odilo

Odilo and Gardners Partner to Boost Library Offering

[Press Release] ODILO offers close to one million titles with Gardner’s Partnership (Denver, CO) December 16, 2015: ODILO, one of the leading eBook providers in Europe and Latin America, has recently partnered with Gardners, Europe’s leading independent wholesaler of English language products and content (both physical and digital). With the addition of over 650,000...

Transformation in Publishing Is Key Theme at DBW 16

Transformation in the Publishing Community Is a Key Theme at Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9 in N.Y.C. DBW 2016 Speakers Reveal How They’re Thriving Through and Beyond Publishing’s Digital Transformation; Early-Bird Registration Deadlines Approach NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2015) — The 7th Annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW) is...

Shelfie

Shelfie Partners with Findaway on Print-Audiobook Bundles

[Press Release] Shelfie Partners with Findaway to Offer Print-Audiobook Bundles Vancouver start-up partners with leading audiobook distributor to make print-audiobook bundles available to readers December 14, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Today, Shelfie announces a partnership with leading audiobook distributor, Findaway, to offer audiobook bundles to readers on titles from Blackstone Audio, Gildan Media, Hachette...

DBW

Data Guy to Present on Stage for the First Time at DBW 16

Data, Discovery and SEO Are Key Themes at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9 in N.Y.C. Data Guy to Present on Stage for the First Time; Early-Bird Registration Rates Expire Dec. 15 NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2015) — Data, discovery and SEO are hot topics in the book, content and tech...

Kobo

Flipkart Transfers Users to Kobo

[Press Release] KOBO KEEPS FLIPKART EBOOKS CUSTOMERS READING ON ITS WORLD-CLASS DIGITAL READING PLATFORM Flipkart eBooks customers will enjoy a seamless transfer of their libraries to Kobo’s eReading service, gaining access to a catalogue of more than 3.7 million titles Toronto, Dec 11, 2015 – Rakuten Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, is...

NetGalley

NetGalley Adds Social DRM Reading Option

[Press Release] NetGalley adds Social DRM reading option to facilitate “read anywhere” access to galleys 11 December 2015—As publishers begin to explore alternatives to traditional digital rights management (DRM), NetGalley today announced the addition of a “Social DRM” reading option, which when enabled by publishers, will allow members to access digital galley content on...

Playster

Playster Announces U.S. Launch

[Press Release] Playster Announces U.S. Launch, Offers Free Tablet, Premium Headphones To Subscribers Of All-Inclusive, Unlimited Entertainment Platform MONTREAL, Dec. 10, 2015 — Playster, the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform, announced today the U.S. launch of its unlimited platform of content across all forms of entertainment, including books, audio books, video games, music, movies...

Scribd, subscription, ebooks, audiobooks

Scribd Introduces Sheet Music

Scribd announced today that it has added a new vertical to its subscription service: sheet music. Subscribers can now receive access to more than 2,600 sheet music selections from renowned songbook publisher Hal Leonard. These range from contemporary hits to classics, and users have the ability to browse by song, artist, genre, instrument or...

Digital Book World 2016

DBW 16 Presents Dynamic, Forward-Thinking Leaders

The Nexus of Tech, Content, Strategy – Digital Book World Conference + Expo Speakers Focus on Publishing’s Digital Transformation DBW 16 Presents Some of the Most Dynamic, Forward-Thinking Leaders Who Are Shaping and Driving the Industry; Best Early-Bird Registration Rates Expire Dec. 15 NEW YORK (Dec. 8, 2015) — The Digital Book World Conference...

PCG

PCG Signs Agreements with Three New Publishers

[Press Release] PCG signs agreements with three new publishers to sell content in emerging markets Boston, December 8, 2015 –Publishers Communication Group (PCG) today announced representation agreements with Berrett-Koehler Publishers, The MIT Press and Morgan & Claypool Publishers for direct sales into new global markets, including one or more of India, China and Latin...

Amazon

Amazon Unveils Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition

[Press Release] Introducing the All-New Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition: The Best Tablet for Reading New Reader’s Edition comes with the all-new Fire HD 8, a year of Kindle Unlimited, and a limited edition leather cover—all for only $249.99 With Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS “Bellini” feature that limits sleep-suppressing blue wavelength light...

BitLit

BitLit Partners with Springer to Offer Ebook Bundles

[Press Release] BITLIT PARTNERS WITH SPRINGER TO OFFER EBOOK BUNDLES Leading international publisher to work with Vancouver start-up to offer readers e-versions of books they own in print. December 7, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Today, BitLit announces an agreement with preeminent science, technology and medicine publisher Springer to offer ebook bundles to their customers....

Overdrive

Seven Reasons Schools Use Digital Audiobooks with Students

[Press Release] Seven reasons why schools are using digital audiobooks with students every day CLEVELAND, December 3, 2015 – These days, technology and classroom are two words that go hand in hand. More schools and educators have an increased focus on engaging students by leveraging eBook and audiobook technology to support instruction in the...

Amazon

Amazon Fire Tablet Now Available in China

[Press Release] Amazon Fire Tablet Now Available in China Millions of customers in China already using Kindle e-readers BEIJING—December 3, 2015—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Fire, its fastest-selling tablet ever, is now available to customers in China for just RMB 499 Yuan. With access to hundreds of thousands of Kindle books and with English...

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Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9, N.Y.

Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9, Presents Strategies for the Digital Transformation of Publishing Registration Is Open for the Book Publishing and Digital Content Community’s Premier Event; Best Early-Bird Rates Expire Dec. 15 NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2015) – The 7th Annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW) returns to New...

Inkshares

Sword & Laser to Launch “Sequel” to First Publishing Contest

[Press Release] Sword & Laser to Launch “Sequel” to First Publishing Contest December 1, 2015 (San Francisco, CA)—Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced today that after running an initial publishing contest in the spring of 2015 with Sword and Laser—an award-winning science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, video show, and podcast—they will be...

Amazon

Amazon Brings New Features to Fire Tablets

Amazon announced that starting today, December 2nd, and over the next couple of weeks, Amazon’s Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8, and Fire tablets will receive a free, over-the-air software update that will add several new Fire OS 5 “Bellini” features, including: Introducing Blue Shade – Read Comfortably at Night Want to read that...

AUTHORS

AUTHORS Announces YA Fiction Competition

[Press Release] AUTHORS.me ANNOUNCES YOUNG ADULT FICTION COMPETITION Three Winners to Collect Prizes of Cash, Editing and Promotional Services AUSTIN, TEXAS November 23, 2015 – AUTHORS, Inc., creator of AUTHORS.me, the premier online platform for queries, manuscript submissions and acquisitions discovery empowering writers, agents, and publishers, announced its Young Adult Fiction Competition, YA! 2015....

NetGalley

NetGalley Adds Excerpt Support Via Dial-a-Book

[Press Release] NetGalley adds support for excerpts via Dial-a-Book, Firebrand’s excerpts service December 2, 2015—NetGalley today announced that shareable excerpts are now available on book pages in NetGalley when they are included in the Dial-a-Book excerpt database. Dial-a-Book, part of Firebrand Technologies, is a free service for publishers which creates, aggregates and distributes first...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Announces Nook Audiobooks App

Barnes & Noble announced the release of the Nook Audiobooks App for iPhone and iPad, as well as a new website, NOOKAudiobooks.com. The website has been designed to complement the apps, allowing customers access to a selection of more than 60,000 audiobooks online with the ability to listen anywhere. The app allows customers to...

123Library

123Library Offers Publishers B2B Ebook Distribution Tools

123Library, a specialist ebook platform based in the UK, has developed a new service that provides publishers with a customized cloud-based platform to deliver titles directly to institutions, corporations and libraries. The company aims to fill the existing gap in the market for affordable ebook platforms and level the playing field for smaller and...

Macmillan Education

Macmillan Education Partners with Blinklearning

Macmillan Education has partnered with educational technology company Blinklearning to build new digital products for students and teachers globally. Of the collaboration, Gonzalo Baranda, Blinklearning founder and CEO, said, “Blinklearning’s mission is to improve education quality through useful and accessible technology. We’re excited to strengthen our operations with such a leading publisher as Macmillan...

AAP

Publishers’ Net Revenue and Growth for First Half of 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released statistics on industry sales and revenue for January to July 2015. During that period, publishers’ trade book sales were up by 0.3 percent, compared to the same period during the previous year. July, in particular, was a strong month for trade books, with adult, children/YA, and religious...

HarperLegend

HarperOne to Publish Digital-First Fiction at HarperLegend

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced the launch of HarperLegend, a new publishing line that aims to publish undiscovered fiction authors in a digital-first format. HarperLegend will publish fiction that meets its criteria of “visionary and transformational” and is accepting submissions. Submissions will be reviewed digitally only and reviewed by the line’s editorial team....

IPR License

IPR License Has Membership Surge After Successful FBF

IPR License announced a host of new member sign-ups after a strong presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair. IPR License offers fully transactional online rights and a licensing marketplace. New members include Baylor University, Warrior Publishing Group, University of Wisconsin, Plaza Y Valdes, Dreamspinner, University of Indiana, Solution Tree Press, Pio-Seelos Books, Kitchen Press, W...

ClubsGalore and Open Road Launch 'Ebook of the Month Club'

ClubsGalore and Open Road Launch ‘Ebook of the Month Club’

ClubsGalore and Open Road Integrated Media have launched ClubGalore.com’s “Ebook of the Month Club,” a curated list of ebooks aimed at the holiday season. “Getting ready for the holidays means a lot of shopping, and ClubsGalore is committed to bringing the most unique gifts and partnerships to our customers. What we love about the...

Amazon Publishing Announces Contest for Emerging Poets

Amazon Publishing Announces Contest for Emerging Poets

Amazon announced a new contest, Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to discovering emerging poets. The company is soliciting poets who have published no more than one book of poetry. From today through December 20th, contestants can submit their full-length collections for consideration for the chance to win a prize of $5,000 as well as...

HarperCollins Buys Ebook Deal Newsletter, The Midlist

HarperCollins Buys Ebook Deal Newsletter, The Midlist

HarperCollins announced its acquisition of The Midlist, a daily email newsletter that features ebook deals, from Libboo. The newsletter will merge with HarperCollins’ own newsletter platform, Bookperk, which delivers deals and other offers to its million plus subscribers in the U.S and the U.K. via newsletters and an app on iOS and Android. “Folding...

3 New Sesame Street Comics to Be Released Digitally

3 New Sesame Street Comics to Be Released Digitally

Nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop and Ape Entertainment announced a collaboration to bring characters from the popular children’s show “Sesame Street” into three new comic books. The original titles will launch throughout the fall in print and ebook formats as individual issues with standalone short stories. Each issue will focus on educational and entertaining...

Inkshares

Inkshares Announces New Publishing Tier, Funding Goal

Crowd-funded publisher Inkshares announced significant changes to its platform in an effort to publish more books and grow the company at a faster rate. Changes consist of a new funding goal structure and a refined credit system. The new structure will implement changes on October 30th, and.clients who are already funding a project with...

PubCoder

PubCoder Releases New Version, 2.0

Digital publishing platform PubCoder announced the release of a new version of its software, PubCoder 2.0. The updated platform contains new features that are available for PC and Mac. Current PubCoder users can upgrade to PubCoder 2.0 for free while new users are offered a 30-day trial. Features of PubCoder 2.0 include faster operation, a...