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Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016

Amazon announced today its list of the best-selling books of 2016. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script topped the list in every category: Best-Selling Book overall, Best-Selling Kid & Teen Book, Most Gifted Book and Most Wished For Book. This year marks the first...

reedsy, ebooks, indie authors, independent authors, self-publishing

Reedsy Launches Smart Margins for Reedsy Book Editor 

Publishing marketplace Reedsy announced today that it has added a new feature called Smart Margins to its book editing platform. With the new feature, the margins of physical copies of books authored using the platform will now be calculated automatically based off a book’s word count. In an email to users, Reedsy wrote: “Why...

Semantico, Scolaris, digital publishing, scholarly publishing

Semantico Partners with TrendMD for Content Discoverability Engine

Semantico announced today a partnership with TrendMD to use the latter’s content discoverability tool within Semantico’s Scolaris digital publishing platform. Full press release below: Semantico announce partnership with TrendMD content discoverability engine Press release – Brighton, UK 01-12-16 Semantico have announced a partnership to provide the native integration of TrendMD within their Scolaris digital...

Copyright Clearance Center

CCC Announces Enhancements to RightFind XML for Mining

Copyright Clearance Center announced today that it has made enhancements to its cloud-based RightFind XML for Mining software, which allows organizations using text mining to glean important insights from vast amounts of scientific, technical and medical (STM) content. Full press release below: Copyright Clearance Center Announces Enhancements to RightFind® XML for Mining Danvers, Mass....

Libro.fm, audiobooks, digital audiobooks, indie bookstores

Libro.fm Announces the Top 10 Audiobooks of 2016

Libro.fm, a digital audiobook provider for independent bookstores, announced today its list of the 10 bestselling digital audiobooks from indie bookstores in 2016. 1. H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (audio by Blackstone; print by Grove Atlantic) 2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio) 3. My Brilliant Friend...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Offering 15% off BN.com on Cyber Monday

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Announces Amazing Cyber Monday Deal: 15% off Your Entire Order Online at BN.com on November 28 Special Offers on Books, New NOOK®, Toys & Games, and More New York, New York – November 28, 2016 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a...

Wattpad

Wattpad and Universal Cable Productions Partner on TV Content

Wattpad announced today a partnership with Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, to develop original TV content. Full press release below: UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND WATTPAD TEAM UP TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL CONTENT FOR TV Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company, and Universal Cable Productions (UCP), a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment,...

DBW, digital book world conference

DBW’s Indie Author Conference: Strategies, Lessons and Insights

Speakers at DBW’s Indie Author Conference to Present Strategies, Lessons and Insights for the ‘New Professional Author’ One-Day Indie Author Conference Takes Place on Jan. 19, 2017 in New York City – Part of the Overall Digital Book World Conference Program, Which Runs Jan. 17 – 18, 2017 NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2016) — At DBW...

OverDrive

Overdrive Launches New Library Websites and App

Overdrive announced today that it has launched new digital library websites and a new app. The ebook and audiobook prover, which is used by more than 90 percent of U.S. libraries, updated its service with enhanced security, a simplified borrowing process and improved discoverability. With Overdrive’s improved technology, users will have a more seamless...

Bookbaby

BookBaby Launches 2017 Self-Publishing Survey

BookBaby announced today that is launching its 2017 Self-Publishing Survey, a comprehensive study aimed at revealing the most successful book marketing and promotion strategies for self-published authors. The company has partnered with 15 self-publishing providers to ask published and aspiring authors to share their marketplace experiences and opinions. “The self-publishing community is gigantic and...

Barnes & Noble

B&N Introduces New 7″ Nook Tablet for $49.99

Barnes & Noble announced today that it will debut a new 7″ Nook tablet for $49.99 available in stores on November 25 (Black Friday). The e-reader is the least expensive device the company has created. The new Nook features front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth compatibility, a soft-touch back, a quad-core processor, and expandable storage...

Inkitt, data, publisher, authors

Inkitt Announces Global Launch of iOS App

Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today the global launch of its iOS app for iPhone and iPad that will give readers access to Inkitt’s digital library of more than 80,000 stories. The app was previously only available in Canada and Australia. “As more people read digitally we want to make it easier and faster for...

Penguin Random House

PRH to Offer Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Penguin Random House announced today that it has partnered with Gradifi, a student loan pay down provider, to offer financial assistance to U.S. employees to pay down their student loan debt. “I know all too well that student loan debt burdens a great deal of our colleagues at Penguin Random House, and increasingly, our...

American Booksellers Association, Librio.fm, audiobooks, bookstores

ABA and Libro.fm Partner to Sell Audiobooks Through Indie Bookstores

The American Booksellers Association, a national trade group for independent bookstores, and digital audiobook provider Librio.fm announced today they have formed a new marketing partnership to enable independent bookstores to sell digital audiobooks. Full press release below: American Booksellers Association and Libro.fm Partner for Sale of Digital Audiobooks Through Independent Bookstores Popular Format Now...

Sharjah International Book Fair

Over 1.3 Million Visitors Attended Sharjah International Book Fair

The Sharjah International Book Fair announced today that more than 1.35 million visitors attended the event’s first week. Full press release below: Over 1.3 Million Visitors Attend First Week of Sharjah International Book Fair 2016 Footfall figures for opening seven days of 35th edition of fair break previous records Sharjah, November 9, 2016 Over...

DBW, digital book world conference

DBW 2017’s Roster Features New Voices and Familiar Faces

Digital Book World 2017’s Roster of Presenters Features New Voices, Familiar Faces from the Publishing Community and Its Partners Event Takes Place Jan. 17 – 19, 2017 in N.Y.C and Presents Leading Industry Experts NEW YORK (Nov. 8, 2016) — The 8th Annual Digital Book World (DBW 2017) announces a line-up of distinguished speakers,...

OverDrive

OverDrive to Donate Popular Ebooks to 1,000 Elementary Schools

Digital reading platform Overdrive announced today that it is donating a collection of hundreds of popular ebooks to up to 1,000 elementary schools. The initiative is part of Overdrive’s marking its 30th anniversary. School officials can click here to apply to receive the donation for their school through the end of the school year. Overdrive...

Amazon Rapids, app, reading, kids, children

Amazon Launches Rapids, a Chat-Style Kids’ Reading App

Amazon announced today that it has launched a new app for children called Rapids, which features “fun, engaging short stories told in a unique chat style.” The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and a subscription costs $2.99 a month. “Many kids already love using phones to chat with friends...

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Scribd Adds Magazines and News to Subscription Service

Scribd announced today that it has added magazines and news articles to its subscription service, which also offers users access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, sheet music and documents. The magazines Scribd is adding are as follows: archive and current issues from Time, Fortune, Money, People, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Foreign Policy, New York Magazine, Newsweek...

Sweek, mobile, reading, writing, app, platform

Sweek Launches on All Platforms

Mobile reading and writing platform Sweek announced today that, as of the Frankfurt Book Fair, it has launched on iOS, Android and the web. Full press release below: Free mobile reading and writing platform Sweek present in over 75 countries During its successful pilot phase, Sweek, a global platform for free reading, writing and...

IPR License

IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Announce Platform Partnership

[Press Release] IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. Announce Platform Partnership October 18, 2016 – IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. today announced a platform partnership just before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair. IPR License is the first fully transactional rights and licensing marketplace within the...

Semantico, Scolaris, digital publishing, scholarly publishing

Semantico’s Scolaris Now Has Native Integration with PaperHive

Semantico announced today that its Scolaris digital publishing platform is now fully integrated with scholarly publishing tool PaperHive. The integration will help publishers using Scolaris develop new revenue streams through increased usage, while giving end-users enhanced usability and an enriched experience. Full press release below: Semantico announce native integration of Scolaris digital publishing platform...

Libro.fm, audiobooks, digital audiobooks, indie bookstores

Libro.fm Audiobooks Now Available in 150 Indie Bookstores

Libro.fm, a digital audiobook provider for independent bookstores, announced today that its services are now featured in more than 150 bookstores in the United States. The list is available here. The provider, which says its mission is to encourage readers to “choose indie,” offers DRM-free audiobooks with high-quality audio, and allows independent bookstores to...

DBW, digital book world conference

DBW Conference Focuses on Solutions and Opportunities for Publishers

Digital Book World’s Conference Program, Jan. 17 – 19 in N.Y.C., Focuses on Key Solutions and Opportunities for Publishers and Their Partners NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2016) — The 8th Annual Digital Book World (DBW 2017), Jan. 17 – 19, 2017 in N.Y.C., will present fresh content on key topics, real-world solutions and opportunities...

Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks Signs 4 International Deals to Expand Markets

Sourcebooks announced today that it has signed four deals in an effort to increase international sales and distribution, with both online and traditional retailers. The independent publisher will be one of the first to join Baker & Taylor’s Global Publishers Services (GPS), a program that providers publishers with international services. GPS will represent Sourcebooks...

Ingram

Ingram Academic Services Signs 2 University Presses at FBF

At the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, Ingram Academic Services signed the University of Ottawa Press and Stanford University Press to multi-year agreements for print and digital sales and distribution. Full press release below: Ingram Academic Services signs Leading University Presses around Frankfurt Book Fair FRANKFURT, GERMANY — The annual Frankfurt Book Fair is traditionally...

VitalSource

New E-Textbook Study Finds Mostly Positive Results

Ingram’s VitalSource released the findings from a new study that shows positive, albeit uneven, results for students using digital offerings. Full press release below: Promise of eTextbooks Being Realized, Albeit Unevenly at UK Universities Recent Study Finds Students Are Happier with Digital Offerings Coupled with Formal Training Programmes on Use London, October 20, 2016...

Vistaar

Vistaar and Open Road Partner on Global Ebook Pricing Initiative

Price management solution provider Vistaar and Open Road Integrated Media announced a partnership on a global pricing initiative, allowing the digital publisher to “react faster to the latest market trends and effectively scale the price management process across its entire catalog.” Full press release below: Vistaar and Open Road Integrated Media Announce Partnership on...

Ingenta

Ingenta Adds ‘Audience’ Feature to ‘Ingenta Advertising’

Ingenta announced today that it has added a new feature to its Ingenta Advertising package called Ingenta Audience, which allows digital publishers to sell online newspaper and magazine advertising space by leveraging programmatic buying capability. Full press release below: New Ingenta Audience enables advertisers to find and reach their audience at their most receptive...

Frankfurt Book Fair

Wiley CEO Mark Allin Delivers Keynote at Frankfurt’s Markets Conference

Mark Allin, president and CEO of Wiley, delivered the keynote address at today’s Markets conference on the first day of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Titled “The New Customer Relationship,” Allin’s presentation discussed how the digital transformation has upended how Wiley and the publishing and education industries at large interact with the customer. Wiley’s revenue comes from...

Inkitt, data, publisher, authors

Inkitt Posts Author Contract Online in Act of Transparency

Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today that it has posted the platform’s publishing contract online “to create a greater level of transparency in the publishing process for aspiring authors.” Full press release below: DATA-DRIVEN PUBLISHER INKITT SHARES AUTHOR CONTRACTS ONLINE Contracts to promote transparency and fairness in the publishing industry BERLIN, OCT 13, 2016: Today...

NetGalley

NetGalley Acquires Bookish.com

NetGalley announced today that it has acquired Bookish.com, a digital resource that offers author interviews, book recommendations and literary roundups. Bookish.com was founded by Hachette, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster, and launched in February 2013. It was acquired by Zola books in January 2014, along with Bookish Recommends, a book recommendation engine. Bookish will...

Authors Guild, authors, writers

Authors Guild Opens Membership to New and Unpublished Writers

The Authors Guild announced today that it is allowing new and unpublished writers to join the organization. Called the Emerging Writers membership, this new option gives writers access to, according to a press release, “almost all of the resources that the Authors Guild provides, including free or discounted services, such as marketing and social...