Book Expo America to Hold Book Start-up Pitch Contest

Book club start-up Librify is helping organize the event. More about Librify. [Presss Release] Startups Pitch at BookExpo America 2014 Announcing the unveiling of the BookExpo Startup Challenge; an event at Book Expo America where publishing startups compete for the …

Penguin Partners With We Transfer on Cover Art Discovery Project

[Press Release] Penguin Books collaborates with WeTransfer to showcase covers by leading designers and artists 16 April 2014, London – A new creative partnership between Penguin Books and free file-transfer service, WeTransfer, announced today, will see unique Penguin book covers …

Scholastic Launches Literacy and Math Learning Programs for International Markets

[Press Release] Scholastic Launches New Digital and Blended Learning Education Programs for International Markets Scholastic Literacy Pro™ and Scholastic PR1ME™ Mathematics to Be Released in Multiple Markets Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the launch …

Amazon Acquires Digital Comics Retailer ComiXology

[Press Release] AMAZON.COM TO ACQUIRE COMIXOLOGY Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic …

Rightscorp to Move Into Ebook Market

[Press Release] Rightscorp Targets the $15 Billion Book Publishing Industry Success and Growth of eBook Industry Leads Company to Expand Monetization Services to Copyright Infringements in Publishing Rightscorp (OTCQB: RIHT), the leading provider of monetization services for artists and holders …

Zola Adds Social Features to iOS App

[Press Release] Zola Books’ ereading app adds in-book commenting, sharing, and free books Zola Books, a cloud platform for book discovery and reading, has turned on new features that let users read alone or with friends using highlighting, commenting and …

Book Soundtrack Start-up Booktrack Launches Classroom Tool

[Press Release] BOOKTRACK LAUNCHES BOOKTRACK CLASSROOM – A FREE EDUCATIONAL TOOL THAT SYNCHRONIZES A SOUNDTRACK TO STORIES TO INCREASE READING COMPREHENSION AND ENGAGEMENT Expansion into Education For Peter Thiel Backed Company Follows Two University Studies Showing that Reading with Booktrack Increases Comprehension …

Barnes & Noble Nook Execs Optimistic About International Expansion

Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital device and content platform is now doing business in 32 countries and 14 languages and, despite turmoil on the balance sheet for the company, the executives leading its international expansion are optimistic about the future …

Children’s Ebook Library MagicBlox Offers Lifetime Access for $38

[Press Release] MAGICBLOX CHILDREN’S E-BOOK LIBRARY HITS 1M PAGEVIEWS, CELEBRATES WITH A LIMITED PROMOTIONAL OFFER; LIFETIME ACCESS FOR $38 The popular children’s e-book provider, MagicBlox announced today that it has surpassed one million pageviews for their website, which offers customers …

UK Paper The Guardian Launches Monthly Self-Publishing Award

[Press Release] The Guardian and Legend Times launch ground-breaking self-publishing award The Guardian and Legend Times have announced a new monthly writing prize, highlighting the best self-published novels. The winning novel will be selected by a panel of industry judges …

Amazon’s Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing

Related: Understanding authors — three Digital Book World reports on authors.  The term “self-publishing” may have outlived its usefulness, according to Jon Fine, director of author and publishing relations at Amazon, speaking at the Publishing for Digital Minds conference this …

Barnes & Noble Names Tulane University President to Board

[Press Release] TULANE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT SCOTT COWEN NAMED TO BARNES & NOBLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), today announced that Scott S. Cowen, President of Tulane University in New Orleans, has been elected to the Barnes …

Inkling Launches Android App

[Press Release] Inkling Releases Inkling for Android Inkling’s premium digital reading experience now available on all devices Inkling, the premier platform for interactive digital books, today announced the availability of its award-winning digital reader for Android. The addition of Android, …

Liberty Media Reduces Ownership Stake in Barnes & Noble

[Press Release] Liberty Media & Barnes & Noble Announce Change in Liberty Media’s Ownership of Preferred Shares Liberty Media Corporation(NASDAQ: LMCA, LMCB) & Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today announced that Liberty Media Corporation has entered into agreements to …

Michael Tamblyn Promoted to President, Chief Content Officer at Kobo

Related: – Rakuten Replaces Kobo CEO With Internal Candidate – Michael Tamblyn: “Publishers Should Experiment More” [Press Release] KOBO APPOINTS MICHAEL TAMBLYN AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Tamblyn to continue driving growth and delivering the best international eReading experience Kobo, …

Content Pricing Consultant: Ebooks Should Be (Much) More Expensive

Imagine a cold winter day in New England. Now, imagine wanting a particular book. You have three options, according to Frank Luby, a pricing consultant and former journalist, speaking at the Copy Right Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2014 conference in New …

Wattpad Launches Literary Prize

[Press Email] Today, Wattpad – a social platform that connects people through words – announced The Wattpad Prize, as a contest to celebrate the achievements of the readers and writers in the Wattpad community. The contest jury will be made …

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Collection of Literacy Apps

[Press Release] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces New Collection of Apps to Strengthen Literacy Skills for Today’s Mobile Learners Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment apps designed for at-home and classroom use Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ (HMH®) today introduced …

Amazon Gets Into Living Rooms With Amazon Fire TV

[Press Release] Introducing Amazon Fire TV: The Easiest Way to Watch Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and More on Your Big-Screen TV Powerful performance with 3x the processing power, 4x the memory, dedicated GPU, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi …

Creators Need to Think Beyond ‘Copyright’ to ‘Credit-Right’

Content creators and rights holders need to move beyond the business model of simply exploiting intellectual property rights to survive and grow, according to Jeff Jarvis, author of multiple books on media, professor of journalism at the journalism graduate school …

Hachette Hires Stacy Creamer as Executive Editor for New Imprint

[Press Release] STACY CREAMER TO JOIN HACHETTE BOOKS AS VICE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE EDITOR Mauro DiPreta, VP, Publisher of Hachette Books, announced today that Stacy Creamer will join Hachette Book Group as Vice President, Executive Editor of Hachette Books, a new …

Emboldened, Oyster Looks Ahead at Explorers Club Party

Even as guests began arriving last night at the stone mansion on East 70th Street where The Explorers Club makes its New York City headquarters, for a cocktail party hosted by ebook subscription service Oyster, it wasn’t quite clear what …