eBook Architects Pilots Quality Assurance Tool

[Press Release] FlightDeck Tool from eBook Architects Launches Open Beta Firebrand Technologies, a leading publishing industry technology services company, announced today that its eBook Architects team has released a new EPUB quality assurance tool, FlightDeck, into a 2-month open beta. …

Hachette Books Discounted, Penguin Random House Still on Top of Best-Sellers List

Penguin Random House is still on top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list this week with another strong performance from The Fault in Our Stars, the John Green hit that hits theaters as a movie in early June. It may not have needed the boost, but the book was discounted to $4.99 from $7.40. Meanwhile, updates on Hachette ebook discounts and an Amazon best-seller.

Hachette Loses Grip on No. 1 Ebook Best-Seller Spot, Prices Drop

Hachette has lost its grip on the No. 1 ebook best-seller spot as David Baldacci’s The Target fell to No. 7 on our weekly best-seller list. And for the first time this year Penguin Random House is No. 1 on the list with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which is riding publicity from an upcoming film, which hits theaters June 6.

Amazon Continues Best-Seller List Success

Following up on its first-ever week with a No. 1 ebook best-seller, Amazon Publishing again made a splash on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. The upstart publisher had four titles on the list with Long Knives by Charles …

Amazon Roars With Top Ebook Best-Sellers

Amazon had four of the top-25 best-selling ebooks last week, including the No. 1 best-selling ebook, The Barkeep by William Lashner. To date, the highest Amazon Publishing has been on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list is No. 3 — When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde had its high-water mark in July 2013; the title is currently sitting at No. 9.

Book Publishing M&A Getting Revved

A dawning age of mergers and acquisitions, calling out especially “disgraceful” Barnes & Noble branches, sizing up Amazon’s future might, more rumored executive defections from Barnes & Noble and more.

Film Drives Hachette’s Lone Survivor to No. 1

The release of the film Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, has helped drive the ebook of the same title to No. 1 on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. Readers snapped up Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account …

Brain Drain at Nook

Nook’s leadership troubles, a big acquisition for F+W Media, Baker & Taylor’s new CEO, insights on the Penguin Random House merger and more.

E-Reading Expansion Continues

The steady growth of e-reader ownership, self-published authors’ sales retail challenges, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s new digital chief, and much more from this week’s Digital Book World 2014.

Amazon: A Cheetah Hunting Gazelles (Publishers)

Echoing a haunting analogy from his book about the world’s biggest e-tailer, The Everything Store, Brad Stone reminded the publishers sitting in the audience at Digital Book World 2014 that Amazon views publishers as “sickly” gazelles and itself as a cheetah.