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Amazon

Amazon Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion

[Press Release] Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion SEATTLE–Apr. 28, 2016– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended...

Inkitt

Data-Driven Publisher Inkitt Signs First Predicted Bestseller with Tor Books

Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today that it is partnering with Tor Books to, according to a press release, “release the first novel selected by an algorithm for publishing.” Bright Star, a young adult novel by Erin Swan, was discovered using predictive data that analyzed reading patterns on the platform. The novel is expected to...

IPR License

Frankfurt Book Fair Becomes Majority Shareholder of IPR License

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that it has become the majority shareholder of IPR License, a global rights and licensing trading platform. The Fair had previously made “a significant investment” in IPR in May 2015. Full press release below: Frankfurt Book Fair takes majority shareholding in IPR License Frankfurt, 28 April 2016 –...

Kobo, e-reading, e-readers, ebooks, e-books

Kobo Launches in Turkey

Kobo announced today that it has partnered with D&R, Turkey’s largest book and media retailer, to bring its e-reading platform and devices to the country. Full press release below: RAKUTEN KOBO PARTNERS WITH RETAILER D&R TO BRING WORLD-CLASS EREADING SERVICE TO READERS IN TURKEY Partnership offers a full-service digital reading experience powered by Kobo, complete...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth

The AAP released its latest sales numbers today, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014. Overall publisher revenue for 2015, however, was $15.4 billion, down 2.6 percent from the previous year. A couple key takeaways: Ebook sales declined in 2015; digital...

Ingenta

Ingenta and Kudos Partner to Drive Discoverability of Academic Content

Ingenta and Kudos today announced a new partnership to make the Kudos service available to publishers hosted on the Ingenta Connect platform. Kudos works with academic publishers to help scholarly authors increase the visibility and impact of their published articles. The service provides a platform for creating information to help searching, for sharing information...

Amazon

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds New Content for Kids Ages 9-12

Amazon today announced the addition of thousands of new pieces of content to the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited content subscription, all aimed at children ages 9-12. The new additions include books, videos, educational apps and games. Additionally, Amazon introduced FreeTime Smart Filters, a new feature that gives parents more control over what content their children...

Book Industry Guild of New York

BIGNY Accepting Submissions for 30th Annual New York Book Show

The Book Industry Guild of New York is holding its 30th annual New York Book Show October 13, 2016 and is now accepting submissions. The deadline is May 4, 2016. Full press release below: Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) Accepting 30th Annual New York Book Show Submissions April 25, 2016 For Immediate...

Amazon

Amazon Spends $30 Million to Sell Ebooks to NYC Schools

Amazon won a $30 million deal yesterday to provide ebooks to New York City public schools, according to The Wall Street Journal. New York’s Panel for Education Policy voted in favor of the three-year deal with the Department of Education, which will go into effect in the next school year. If the three years...

OverDrive

Overdrive Adds Titles from DC Comics

Overdrive announced yesterday that it has added more than 150 comics and graphic novels from DC Comics to its catalog. Public library and school systems in the United States and Canada now have access to titles such as Batman: The Killing Joke, Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes,...

Amazon

Amazon Adds New Color and Storage Options for Fire Tablet

Amazon announced today that it has added new color and storage options to its Fire tablet. In addition to black, the Fire is now available in magenta, blue and tangerine, and can have 8 gigabytes of internal storage for $49.99, or 16 gigabytes of internal storage for $69.99. In addition, the Fire Kids Edition...

Sony DADC

Sony DADC Announces Collaboration with Datalogics

[Press Release] NEW YORK, April 19, 2016 — Sony DADC today announced a strategic collaboration with Datalogics, Inc. to bring Sony DADC’s eBook DRM solution to customers looking for an innovative eBook distribution option. Sony DADC has been a market leader in Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions for a broad array of entertainment products,...

Ontotext

Ontotext Releases New Version of Semantic Graph Database

Semantic platform provider Ontotext announced today the release of the newest version of its semantic graph database, GraphDB. The newest version makes database setup and data access easier, according to the press release, improving implementation and monitoring of services, and is updated to handle latest versions of the W3C standards and third-party open source...

Authors Guild

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Authors Guild’s Appeal

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge from The Authors Guild to Google’s online book library. Previously, lower courts have said that Google can offer small portions of books online without violating copyright laws. This ends the Guild’s decade-long battle, which started in 2005. Here is a copy of the litigation’s timeline, courtesy...

Boopsie

Boopsie’s User-Friendly Library Mobile App Is Now Live

[Press Release] Abu Dhabi University Library Works with Boopsie to Develop User-Friendly, Custom Mobile App Abu Dhabi University partners with leading platform-as-a-service provider to meet growing user demand for library mobile apps in Middle Eastern universities Sunnyvale, CA – April 18, 2016 – Boopsie, Inc. broadened its reach into new strategic international markets with...

Book Industry Guild of New York

Panel Discusses Challenges for Women in Publishing

On April 12, the Book Industry Guild of New York held a panel discussion with four women in book publishing to discuss their professional experiences and challenges faced within the industry. The discussion, titled “Groundbreaking Women: The Second Wave,” was moderated by Karen Romano, Thomson-Shore’s director of business development, and featured Barbara Marcus, president...

Kobo Writing Life

Kobo Expands Kobo Writing Life Services

Kobo announced Wednesday the expansion of its Kobo Writing Life services for self-published authors, which include cover design, ebook conversion and copyrighting. Full press release below: Kobo Writing Life Tool Kit Helps Self-Published Authors Cross the Finish Line Author access to advantageous pricing on a variety of publishing services TORONTO, April 13, 2016: Whether it’s...

Amazon

Amazon Introduces New Kindle Oasis

On Wednesday, Amazon confirmed much speculation over the last week that it was releasing a new Kindle e-reader called Oasis. Oasis is the thinnest and lightest Kindle yet, weighing just 4.6 ounces and spanning 3.4mm at its thinnest point—30 percent thinner on average and more than 20 percent lighter than any other Kindle. Oasis...

Ganxy

Ganxy Announces New Bulk Ebook Sales Feature

Ganxy, a company that helps publishers sell their content digitally, announced yesterday the launch of Ganxy Bulk Sales, a new feature that allows publishers to automate bulk sales and special orders directly from their website. In a blog post, the company wrote, “Until now, eBook bulk orders and special sales haven’t happened as often...

International Excellence Awards

London Book Fair Announces International Excellence Awards Winners

[Press Release] THE LONDON BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016: WINNERS ANNOUNCED · French publisher Actes Sud wins Adult Trade Publisher · Readings in Australia crowned Bookstore of the Year · US and Chinese publishers lead the field with two awards each · Sudan, Brazil, Poland and New Zealand also won awards LONDON, 12...

codemantra

codeMantra Announces collectionPoint 4.0

[Press Release] codeMantra Announces collectionPoint 4.0 cP 4.0: The Ultimate Content Services Platform Content creation to delivery in one unified platform Boston, MA, April 12, 2016: codeMantra announced today the next generation of its well-established collectionPoint platform. The new and greatly enhanced platform – collectionPoint 4.0 – supports the entire publishing content lifecycle from...

Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks Acquires First Project Through Partnership with Wattpad

[Press Release] Sourcebooks Acquires First Project through Submission Partnership with Wattpad NAPERVILLE, IL (April 12, 2016)—Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, has acquired its first project through the ‘submit2sourcebooks’ program with Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers. This ‘submit2sourcebooks’ program, which launched in July, was created in order to create new opportunities...

Hachette

Hachette’s Yen Press and Kadokawa Form Joint Venture

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA form Joint Venture Monday, April 11, 2016 (New York) – Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA Corporation announced today that they have entered into an agreement to create a new venture, joining HBG’s Yen Press imprint, a leader in the US publication of Japanese manga and light novels,...

OverDrive

OverDrive Adds 500 New Publishers to Global Ebook Catalog

[Press Release] OverDrive adds 500 new publishers to global eBook catalog for schools and libraries Enhanced eBooks using EPUB3 and HTML5 enable publishers to grow sales LONDON — April 11, 2016 – OverDrive, the industry-leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, continues to expand internationally as new channel partners...

Amazon

Amazon to Announce New Kindle Next Week

Amazon will announce a new version of its Kindle e-reader next week. In a tweet, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said, “Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.” Given that that’s all the information given, it’s not clear whether next week’s announcement will...

Libro.fm

Indie Stores Are Now Selling Digital Audiobooks

[Press Release] Indie stores are now selling digital audiobooks Libro.fm Launches Indie Partner Program SEATTLE, April 4, 2016 – Libro.fm (www.libro.fm) has launched its Indie Partner Program which allows any independent bookstore to sell digital audiobooks. “Independent bookstore customers are buying digital audiobooks, just not from their favorite indie stores. Using Libro.fm’s platform, independent...

OverDrive

Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools

[Press Release] ASCD and OverDrive Survey Finds Digital Content Used in 80% of Schools and Districts eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks use in the classroom on the rise with more teachers planning on using the digital content for curriculum use CLEVELAND — April 1, 2016 – Digital content use in schools is no longer...

Datalogics

Datalogics Announces Integration of Active Textbook

[Press Release] Datalogics eBook solution, Active Textbook, integrated with iFlipd, enhancing new pay-as-you-go textbook platform Chicago, IL, March 30, 2016 – Datalogics, Inc., the premier source for PDF and eBook technologies for developers, today announced the integration of Active Textbook to create new pay-as-you-go digital textbook platform, iFlipd. Active Textbook is an end-to-end solution...

IPR License

IPR License Announces Three Key STM Partnerships

[Press Release] IPR License announces three key STM partnerships IPR License, the global rights and licensing specialists, has continued to strengthen its key partnership network within the STM marketplace by announcing affiliations with leading industry names Cambridge University Press, Wiley and Informa. These high-profile partnerships have further extended IPR’s market presence as increasing numbers...

Bookticker

Bookticker Promotes Ebook Deals and Discovery

Bookticker, a new data-driven website for ebook deals, launched today. The platform uses metadata feeds from publishers to display new ebook deals in real time. Bookticker specifically focuses on promoting bestselling titles with reduced prices, publisher-promoted titles and titles that’ve fallen in price without any promotion. “We wanted to create a site that would...

hoopla

HarperCollins Signs Audiobook Deal with hoopla digital

HarperCollins announced a new audiobooks deal today with hoopla digital, a free service that offers library patrons online and mobile access to more than 450,000 movies, ebooks, music and more. Starting today, the publisher is offering its entire digital audiobooks catalog to the service, including Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of...

the markets, frankfurt book fair, poland, global publishing summit

Market Overview for Poland: Last Hope for Fixed Book Prices?

[Press Release] THE MARKETS – Global Publishing Summit 2016 Visionaries, Analysts, Business partners Market overview for Poland: Last Hope for Fixed Book Prices? Frankfurt, 23 March 2016 – Following its successful debut in 2015, Frankfurt Book Fair’s opening conference THE MARKETS will once again shift the focus to seven book and media markets. The...

London Book Fair

London Book Fair Adds Julian Fellowes to Author Line-up

[Press Release] Julian Fellowes, Audrey Niffenegger and Jeffrey Archer Among Star-Studded London Book Fair Events Programme The London Book Fair 2016 Author Line-Up London, 23 March 2016: The London Book Fair has unveiled a glittering author line-up for 2016 including Julian Fellowes, Audrey Niffenegger, Jeffrey Archer and many more. Alongside the Fair’s Authors of...