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Rakuten

Rakuten Invests in Digital Content Provider getAbstract

Rakuten announced today that it is set to acquire a “substantial minority stake” in getAbstract AG, which compresses digital content and offers a library of more than 14,000 summaries of business books, business articles, video talks and economic reports. The investment positions getAbstract for further international expansion. “Rakuten will continue to accelerate growth of...

InstaFreebie

InstaFreebie Partners with Random House

InstaFreebie announced today that it has partnered with Random House, which will provide free, exclusive content to readers through instaFreebie’s platform. In April, the publisher had released a preview for its upcoming Star Wars: Bloodline through instaFreebie, which had proved to be, according to Random House’s director of digital strategy, Matt Schwartz, “a great...

The Man Booker Prize 2016

2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist Is Announced

The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize was announced today. The list includes books by five American authors and is as follows: • Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld) • J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) – The Schooldays of Jesus (Harvill Secker) • A.L. Kennedy (UK) – Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape) • Deborah Levy...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Audio Grows, Ebooks Fall for Feb. 2016

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its latest StatShot data, for February 2016. The highlights are below: • Publishers’ revenue was up for Feb. 2016 compared to Feb. 2015, growing 4.2 percent from $597.4 million to $662.2 million. • Year-to-date sales were down 3.0 percent to $1.68 billion vs. the same two months...

Ingram

Ingram Launches Ingram Academic Services

Ingram announced today the launch of Ingram Academic Services. The announcement marks the first joint initiative between Ingram and Perseus since Ingram’s acquisition of Perseus’s distribution businesses. Ingram Academic Services offers customized resources, tools and services to university presses and academic publishers. “Ingram Academic Services is one of the first ways we’ve quickly combined...

Frankfurt Book Fair

FBF Announces Lineup for 30th Frankfurt Rights Meeting

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today its lineup for the 30th Frankfurt Rights Meeting, which will be held on October 18. Speakers from a variety of countries will discuss examples of books that are “surprising successes in challenging times.” The Frankfurt Rights Meeting was previously known as the International Rights Directors Meeting. Full press...

scholastic, graphix, comics

Scholastic Announces Contest for Comic Artists

Scholastic announced today that it is holding a contest to find up to five comic artists to be published on its Graphix imprint, which is focused on children’s graphic novels. Winners will receive an offer to publish under Graphix and a $15,000 advance. Full press release below: SCHOLASTIC ANNOUNCES CONTEST TO DISCOVER THE NEXT...

Booktrack

Booktrack Partners with Little, Brown on YA Novellas

Booktrack announced today that it has partnered with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to bring soundtracks to young adult novellas. Booktrack, which syncs text with movie-style soundtracks, will use its platform to offer YA readers a new way to read such authors as Libba Bray, Laini Taylor, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Jennifer...

RECO, app, recommendation, discovery, discoverability, books

Indigo Launches Book Recommendation App ‘RECO’

Indigo announced today the launch of RECO, a book recommendation app that claims to be the first to provide users with access to “a global community of friends and influencers to discover, share, capture, and discuss books.” What separates RECO from similar apps, according to a press release, is that its recommendations are curated...

Amazon

Amazon Launches Kindle Singles Classics

Amazon announced today the launch of Kindle Singles Classics, a new series of essays and stories from iconic authors. Many of the essays are available digitally for the first time. Singles Classics are exclusive to Kindle and free for Kindle Unlimited members. Full press release below: Kindle Announces Singles Classics Singles Classics launches with...

acx, audible. amazon, audiobooks

ACX University Offers Online Sessions Through Aug. 17

ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange), Audible’s marketplace for audiobook creation, is currently running a six-week series of one-hour webinars. ACX University, which was previously a one-day, in-person event for roughly 70 narrators, and is now in its fifth year, has transitioned the entire program to digital. ACX University is free and is available through YouTube....

Lyrical Press

Digital-First Lyrical Press to Publish Mass Markets

Kensington Publishing announced at the 2016 Romance Writers of America Conference in San Diego today that Lyrical Press, its digital-first imprint, will launch a line of mass market paperback originals under the Lyrical Press banner. Full press release below: KENSINGTON’S DIGITAL-FIRST IMPRINT LYRICAL PRESS ANNOUNCES PRINT LINE TO DEBUT IN 2018 July, 2016: Kensington...

Bookbaby

BookBaby Expands POD Service

BookBaby announced today that it has expanded its print on demand service to now be available through its BookShop direct-to-reader sales website. Full press release below: BookBaby expands Print On Demand service to pay out highest royalties to self-published authors With POD on BookShop™, indie authors earn more, get paid faster, and enjoy guaranteed...

eStories

eMusic Relaunches Audiobook Store as eStories

Online store eMusic announced today that it has relaunched its audiobook service as eStories. The “fully upgraded” service offers more than 80,000 titles and unlimited cloud storage. Full press release below: eMusic Audiobooks Relaunches as eStories eMusic unveils a premium audiobook service at low prices: eStories offers 80K titles, unlimited cloud storage, mobile apps,...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Partners with Adaptive Studios

Barnes & Noble announced today that it has partnered with Adaptive Studios, a publisher that repurposes content across different platforms. Full press release below: Barnes & Noble Announces Exclusive Publishing Partnership with Adaptive Studios Innovative Publishing Gives B&N Customers Access to New Books from Reimagined & Reinvigorated Stories New York, NY – July 14,...

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DBW Returns to NYC Jan. 17–19 with a Reimagined Program

Digital Book World Returns to N.Y.C. Jan. 17 – 19 with a Reimagined Program on Integrated Print and Digital Publishing DBW Names Leading Publishing Consultant Ted Hill the 2017 Conference Chair NEW YORK (July 14, 2016) — The 8th Annual Digital Book World (DBW) – the premier event for publishers and their partners – is...

IPR License

IPR License Signs Up The Mark Allen Group

IPR License announced today that it has signed up The Mark Allen Group, a media company that delivers content to specialist publications. Full press release below: IPR LICENSE SIGNS UP THE MARK ALLEN GROUP IPR License, the global rights and licensing specialist, has continued to strengthen its key partnership network by announcing it has...

Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center Adds RUP to RightFind XML for Mining

Copyright Clearance Center announced today that The Rockefeller University Press is now participating in RightFind XML for Mining, a service that allows publishers to offer life science companies controlled access to full-text articles in native XML format for import into text mining software. Full press release below: The Rockefeller University Press Participating in Copyright...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: U.S. Publishing Made $28 Billion in 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released data from its latest survey today, which found that the U.S. publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue in 2015. That amount was spread over 2.71 billion units, according to the AAP’s numbers. Both figures were essentially flat compared to 2014’s numbers, with a 0.6-percent decrease...

Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair Announces Global Illustration Award

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today the debut of its Global Illustration Award. IlluSalon, an illustration resource platform, will run the competition, and illustrators can submit entries until August 14. Full press release below: First-ever Global Illustration Award to be awarded at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair Winner to receive 10,000 euros Frankfurt, 11...

Booktrack

Hugh Howey’s ‘Silo’ Trilogy Now Available on Booktrack

Hugh Howey‘s Silo trilogy, including Wool, Shift and Dust, are now available on Booktrack, a platform that syncs text with movie-style soundtracks. Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox are currently developing the series for film. Full press release below: SCI-FI AUTHOR HUGH HOWEY BRINGS HIS BOOKS INTO THE FUTURE OF READING WITH BOOKTRACK New...

Harlequin

Harlequin Launches BookBreaks App for Serialized Stories

Harlequin announced today that it has released a new app called BookBreaks that offers romance readers a convenient way to read serialized stories. Full press release below: Harlequin’s BookBreaks App Finds the Read that Fits Your Mood Toronto (July 5, 2016)—Harlequin has released a convenient new mobile application that allows readers to tailor their...

Penguin Random House

PRH CEO: ‘Publishing Is Undeniably a Force for Good’

Penguin and Random House merged three years ago, in 2013, and today Penguin Random House’s CEO, Markus Dohle, sent an anniversary letter to employees in which he congratulated them on their hard work, but more importantly, detailed how that work is affecting people throughout the world. “Along this road, we have continued to write...

Amazon

Amazon Launches Page Flip Feature for Kindle

Amazon announced today the launch of Page Flip, a new feature for its line of Kindle e-readers, that makes it easier for readers to flip back and forth between pages to different parts of the book without losing their place. Page Flip will be delivered starting today as part of a free, over-the-air update....

Sweek, mybestseller, self-publishing, authors, writing

Mybestseller Launches Reading and Writing Platform Sweek

Mybestseller announced today the launch of Sweek, a new global and mobile platform that allows readers to read and write both online and off. Writers can post stories that are available instantly at no charge. Sweek is currently available on Android and the web, and will be available on iOS in July, when it...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Adds Print Feature to Nook Press

Barnes & Noble announced today the launch of a new print feature for its self-publishing platform, Nook Press, which will allow authors to turn their ebooks into print versions that can be sold in B&N stores and online at BN.com. The program is self-service and allows authors to create both hardcover and paperback versions....

Datalogics

Datalogics Announces Availability of READynamic

Datalogics announced today the availability of READynamic, a server-to-client ebook solution for enhancing, managing and distributing learning content. READynamic™, a comprehensive eBook solution, now available from Datalogics Chicago, IL, June 27, 2016 – Datalogics, Inc., the premier source for PDF and eBook technologies for developers, today announced the availability of READynamic™, a comprehensive eBook...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

HMH and Google Launch VR Field Trips Program

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced today that, in partnership with Google, it is launching the first-ever curriculum-based virtual reality field trips. HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions have been developed to integrate with the HMH curriculum. Relevant programs will contain free teacher guides for HMH customers, including student activities and lesson plans, which will enable...

OverDrive

Overdrive’s Platform Sees ‘Record Number’ of Students

Overdrive announced today that “a record number” of K-12 students are reading digital books on the provider’s platform. In the last school year, approximately 6 million students had access to Overdrive’s collection of ebooks and audiobooks, and the number of digital books borrowed through the platform increased nearly 60 percent. Full press release below:...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Ebooks Decline, Audio Grows and Publishers’ Sales Drop

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its new newest numbers this morning, which compare January 2016 to January 2015. Ebook sales took a big hit, according to the AAP’s numbers, dropping 24.9 percent to $99.9 million. Hardcover books didn’t do much better, falling 18.7 percent to $151.3 million. Paperback books, on the other...

OverDrive

Overdrive Helping Librarians Reach New Readers

Overdrive announced today that at the American Library Association’s annual conference, the ebook and audiobook provider will be updating the industry on its latest news, including a new app, new merchandising tools and new suppliers. Full press release below: OverDrive’s Innovative Digital Resources Help Librarians Reach New Readers Powerful curation options give the librarian...

Amazon

Amazon Launches All-New Kindle and Updated Paperwhite

Amazon announced today that it is releasing a new version of its Kindle e-reader. The device is thinner and lighter than the previous Kindle, and and has twice the memory. It also has a more rounded design and is available in black or white. The new Kindle remains $79.99 and will be available July...

Boopsie

Boopsie Publishes Report on Mobile App Best Practices

Boopsie announced today that it has published a report on mobile app best practices for libraries. Last month, the service provider surveyed more than 350 librarians to learn how mobile apps benefited their communities and what obstacles were in the way. Full press release below: Boopsie Publishes Report on Mobile App Best Practices Mobile...