Forging a Way Forward for Fixed-Layout Ebooks

Fixed-layout digital content has remained a stubbornly niche format in the broader ereading marketplace, and it always may. But their prevalence could soon be expanding, and according to Laura Brady, ebook production expert and Principal at Brady Type who joined Digital Book World …

Kobo Debuts Waterproof Aura H2O Reader

Some claim that smartphones and tablets are already making ereaders obsolete, and it’s far from certain that the latest Nook Barnes & Noble released last week will turn around the bookseller’s sinking ebook business. But that hasn’t stopped Kobo from developing a new …

Amazon Adds to Media Arsenal With Twitch Acquisition

Amazon announced today that it’s buying the popular live video streaming service Twitch for $970 million. The deal comes after Google, which already owns YouTube, reportedly walked away, fearing antitrust repercussions. Twitch is primarily a platform for video gamers to share live streams of the …

Pottermore Publishes Song From ‘Singing Sorceress’

[Press Release] POTTERMORE RELEASES NEW CONTENT FROM J.K. ROWLING ABOUT SINGER CELESTINA WARBECK AND, FOR THE FIRST TIME, POSTS A SONG ON WEBSITE For release, August 18, 2014, 6am EST | 11am BST J.K. Rowling’s website pottermore.com has posted new …

Firebrand Launches Ebook Production Checking Tool: FlightDeck

Related: For the best in innovative, high-quality ebooks, check out the Digital Book Awards.  [Press Release] Firebrand Technologies, a leading publishing industry technology services company, announced today that FlightDeck, the new EPUB quality assurance tool from Firebrand’s eBook Architects team, …

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Overall Revenues, Profits up, Trade Down

Related: See HMH CEO Linda Zecher speak at Digital Book World 2015! More info: agenda.  Sales and profits are up at Boston-based educational and trade publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, even as the company’s trade division had a softer second quarter …

More Wiley Journals Have ‘Impact’ This Year Than Last

[Press Release] Wiley Announces Continued Growth in Titles with Impact Factor John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced a continued increase in the proportion of its journal titles indexed in the 2014 release of Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). …

Amazon Expands Campus Bookstore Program, Launches at Purdue

Amazon has launched an online campus bookstore at Purdue that the university says will save students there $6 million a year. The launch is an expansion of its Amazon Campus program, which opened a similar store at University of California, …

Financial Times: Prescription for Publishers Surviving Amazon

“What happens if your biggest customer is also your worst nightmare?” asks the Financial Times. While the question is reductive (for many publishers, Amazon has been far from a “worst nightmare,” giving purchase to previously “out of print” books, reviving authors’ …

Library Ebook Platform BiblioBoard Cuts Deals With Distributors, Boosting Catalog

[Press Release] BiblioBoard® partners with ePub Direct, Independent Publishers Group, CoreSource and Firebrand BiblioBoard announces new partnerships with four major content delivery services: ePubDirect, Independent Publishers Group, CoreSource and Firebrand Technologies. These partnerships will better serve current and future publisher …

OverDrive Launches International ‘Read an Ebook’ Day

[Press Release] International Read an eBook Day debuts September 18 First-ever eBook holiday celebrates and raises awareness of digital reading August 11, 2014 – Thursday, September 18, will mark the first International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to …

HarperCollins Moves to Strengthen Independent Bookstores With Marketing Spend

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Announces Promotional Fund for Independent Retail Accounts HarperCollins Publishers today announced the HarperCollins Promotional Fund (HCPF), which will provide an additional fund of marketing dollars for Independent Retailers in the company’s fiscal year 2015, which began …

Report: Perseus-Hachette-Ingram Deal Falls Apart

The three-way deal that would have seen Hachette grow its U.S. revenues roughly 10% and content distributor Ingram swallow one of its main competitors has fallen apart, according to Publishers Lunch. Announced at the end of June, the blockbuster deal …

Study: Student Content Consumption Shifts to Cheap and Digital

Students are using core textbooks less and online study guides more, according to the latest Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education report from the Book Industry Study Group. At the same time, students are getting better at acquiring course …

Barnes & Noble Brings Nook With Glowlight to UK

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Introduces the Lighter, Brighter NOOK GlowLight^™ to the UK The Lightest NOOK^® Ever – Excellent for Long-Form Reading, with Perfectly-Lit Pages, Sharper Text and Twice the Storage Available Today for Just £89 from Argos, ASDA, …