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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...

Internet Brands

PRH to Sell Fodor’s Travel to Internet Brands

Internet Brands, an online media and tech company, announced today that it has acquired travel division Fodor’s from Penguin Random House. The deal is expected to completed soon. Full press release below: Fodor’s Travel to be acquired by Internet Brands from Penguin Random House LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (June 21, 2016)—Penguin Random House,...

ComicBlitz, comics, comic books, app

ComicBlitz Launches Universally Compatible Web Reader

ComicBlitz announced today that it is launching a universally compatible web app that operates on all devices: PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones on any OS. Previously, the app had only been available on iOS. ComicBlitz offers unlimited access to thousands of comic books and graphic novels, allowing readers to binge-read ongoing and completed series....

bibliotecha

Bibliotecha Brings New Product Portfolio to ALA

Bibliotecha announced today the launch of a new, long-term product set that “brings together the best of both the original bibliotheca and 3M Library Systems.” Full press release below: bibliotheca brings the best of new product portfolio to ALA Streamlined range and new cloudLibrary features bring increased benefits to libraries Oakdale, Minn. – Jun....

Exact Editions

Geographical Launches Complete Digital Archive with Exact Editions

Geographical, the official magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, announced today the launch of its complete 81-year archive in partnership with Exact Editions. Previously, only 10 years of back issues had been available. Full press release below: London, 21st June 2016 Geographical launches complete digital archive. Geographical, the official magazine of the Royal Geographical...

Reader's Legacy

Reader’s Legacy Is World’s First Hybrid E-Commerce Book Club

ReadersLegacy.com announced today that since its launch in February 2016, it has attracted more than 40,000 users to its hybrid e-commerce book club. Full press release below: WORLD’S FIRST HYBRID E-COMMERCE BOOK CLUB, READERSLEGACY.COM, INTRODUCES DISRUPTIVE MODEL FOR ONLINE SHOPPING CEO KEN DUNN’S CREATION PUTS SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE FIRST TO DRIVE PURCHASE DECISIONS LAS...

Hachette UK

Hachette UK Acquires Mobile Game Studio Neon Play

Hachette UK announced today that it has acquired the British mobile game development studio Neon Play, which will operate as a standalone business under the Hachette umbrella. The move allows Hachette to publish authors on new platforms and the publisher to “pursue more generally our aim to generate rapid growth” on other platforms. Neon...

boclips, knowledgemotion

Knowledgemotion Gets Funding from Ingram; Makes Deal with Pearson

Knowledgemotion announced today that it has received a “strategic investment” from ICG Ventures Inc., which is part of Ingram. In a separate announcement, Knowledgemotion said it has entered a multi-year “supply and services agreement” with Pearson. Full press release below: UK-based Knowledgemotion Receives Funding from Ingram Content Group Knowledgemotion also enters multi-year supply and...

gamescom, frankfurt book fair

gamescom Invites Publishers to Present at Annual Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that gamescom, Europe’s biggest trade fair for computer and video games, will be held August 17-21 this year, and that five publishing companies will be invited to present their projects. For a chance to be one of the five, companies should send a brief presentation of their projects...

Bookbaby

BookBaby Launches Editing Services for Self-Published Authors

BookBaby announced today that it is launching a new premium editing service for self-published authors. The new offering allows authors to access a network of editors from some of today’s bestselling books at affordable prices. Full press release below: BookBaby Launches Premium Editing Services for Self-Publishing Authors The nation’s leading self-publisher introduces world class...

Association of American University Presses

AAUP 2016 Convenes in Philadelphia

[Press Release] University Press Association Gathers in Philadelphia Publishing Industry Leader Chris Jackson to Speak Philadelphia, PA (June 15, 2016)–-The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) convenes tomorrow in Philadelphia, hosting more than 700 publishing and scholarly communications professionals from June 16–18. The program has been designed to “Energize...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

HMH Kicks Off ‘Curious World’ Summer Tour

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced today the launch of the Curious World Tour, which kicks off Sunday, June 26, at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The tour will stop in eight cities over the summer. In each area, HMH will work with local nonprofit organizations to donate books and resources. Full press release below: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT...

Pew Research Center

Pew’s 2016 State of the News Media Report

The Pew Research Center today made public its 2016 State of the News Media report, which analyzes “the status of the organizations that produce the news and make it available to the public.” Full press release below: State of the News Media 2016 Newspapers face recession-like year, while cable and network TV both saw...

Sync Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC Program for Teens Offers Free Weekly Audiobooks

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens is an annual summer program that gives away free audiobook downloads. Now in its seventh year, SYNC offers two free audiobooks aimed at teens every week of the summer. The titles are curated weekly thematic pairings of award-winning teen-focused titles and classics. The program is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and...

Penguin Random House Audio

PRH Audio Gives Away Free AudioBook for Audiobook Month

Penguin Random House Audio announced that June is Audiobook Month, and to celebrate the publisher is giving away free audiobook versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Starting June 24 at 10am ET, and lasting 24 hours, users can download their free copy through PRH Audio’s Facebook page or its Volumes app. PRH Audio...

Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center Announces Enhancements to RightFind

Copyright Clearance Center announced today a new round of enhancements to its cloud-based RightFind content workflow platform, including an updated interface, a new data feed and two new APIs. Full press release below: Copyright Clearance Center Announces Latest Enhancements to RightFind™ Content Workflow Solution Updated User Interface, New Data Source and APIs Headline June...

TED-Ed

The Evolution of the Book – TED-Ed Lesson

TED-Ed created a new video titled “The Evolution of the Book” that sets out to answer the following questions: • What makes a book a book? • Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? • Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the...

Writer's Digest

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Aug. 12-14 in New York

[Press Release] Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, Aug. 12 – 14 in N.Y.C., Gathers Best-Selling, Award-Winning Authors to Share Strategies for Success Authors Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci, Emily St. John Mandel and Many Others to Present Insights on the Craft and Business of Writing NEW YORK (June 13, 2016) – The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference...

Dreamspinner Press

Publishr Powers New Dreamspinner Press Website

Dreamspinner Press, one of the world’s largest LGBTQ publishers, announced today the launch of its new website, powered by Biztegra’s Publishr platform. Full press release below: BIZTEGRA’S PUBLISHR™ PLATFORM POWERS NEW DREAMSPINNER PRESS WEB SITE WORLD’S LARGEST LGBTQ PUBLISHER CHOOSES BIZTEGRA’S PUBLISHR™ TO DRIVE NEXT GENERATION DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER PROGRAM West Palm Beach, FL. — June...

De Gruyter

De Gruyter Signs Open Access Agreement with Dutch Universities

De Gruyter announced today that it has signed an open access license agreement for its hybrid journals with The Association of Universities in the Netherlands. Full press release below: De Gruyter Signs Open Access License Agreement with Dutch Universities Berlin, 13 June 2016 ‒ The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the...

scholastic, children's publishing

Scholastic to Launch Multi-Platform ‘Horizon’

Scholastic announced today that it is launching worldwide Horizon, a supernatural survival series for readers ages 9 and up. As part of Scholastic’s multi-platform publishing program, the new books are combined with “a fast-paced digital game that allows readers to test their survival skills.” The series will launch in January 2017. Full press release...

Company Snapshots

DBW Is Looking for Innovative Service Providers

Over the last few weeks, Digital Book World has rolled out a new series called “Company Snapshots,” in which we we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the...

Exact Editions

Exact Editions Launches New Web Reader

Exact Editions announced today the launch of a new web reader for magazines and ebooks on its platform. Full press release below: London, 8th June 2016 Exact Editions unveil new web reader. Digital publishing experts, Exact Editions, have today announced the launch of a cutting edge new web reader for all content on the...

Association of American University Presses

University Press Association Publishes ‘Best Practices in Peer Review’

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) announced today the release of Best Practices in Peer Review, an AAUP handbook. The handbook sets forth a set of practices the AAUP deems necessary for “a rigorous process” of peer review for scholarly monographs. Full press release below: University Press Association Publishes Best Practices in Peer...