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New AAP Figures Show Ebook Growth Mostly Flat

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) introduces new, full-year snapshot of the U.S. book market in 2014. The program, called StatShot Annual, is distinct from both the monthly StatShot reports the organization releases and the now retired BookStats program. With a sample size somewhat larger than that of the monthly report (based on some 1,200 publishers),...

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IPR License Adds NetGalley Integration

The rights platform IPR License partners with NetGalley to allow its users to request digital review copies. IPR License is pushing to make its platform more attractive to rights-holders seeking to license content worldwide. In March the company launched a campaign designed to help self-published authors monetize their work in foreign markets. For NetGalley, the new...

Simon & Schuster to Distribute Gallup Titles

Simon & Schuster signs a global sales and distribution agreement with Gallup Press, the research organization’s publishing arm. Effective January 1, 2016, the deal puts Simon & Schuster in charge of distributing all of Gallup’s English-language print and ebooks around the world, as well as translated titles in certain markets. The agreement covers both front- and back-list titles. In an...

Survey: What’s Next for Children’s Content?

The children’s book market is a subject of considerable debate among authors and publishers. Are young readers fundamentally different from their elders? If so, in what ways? Research over the past year or two has painted sometimes conflicting pictures of the children’s market, with some saying millennials are more than happy sticking with print, and others...

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HarperCollins Adds Ebooks to K-12 E-Reading Platform

In a deal announced yesterday, HarperCollins adds “thousands” of popular trade ebooks to Actively Learn, a digital content platform for K-12 students. Actively Learn aims to make it cheaper for school districts to access learning content than the typical costs of buying print or digital titles a la carte. It says its e-reading platform and content...

Digital Book World Launches Free Booklet Series, Revamps Membership Program

For those who work in digital publishing, keeping up with the conversations at the heart of the industry isn’t always easy. News of partnerships, staffing changes, product launches and start-up entrances and exits either seem to whip by too fast or start to feel redundant. The popular DBW Daily email newsletter condenses that flood of news and information into a...

Do Publishers Innovate Too Slowly? Can Start-ups Help?

“Books gestate very slowly,” veteran publishing entrepreneur Richard Nash observed at IDPF’s Digital Book 2015 conference at BookExpo America in New York City yesterday. “But the life-cycles of start-ups are much shorter.” When it comes to driving innovation, Nash asked, is that mismatch a problem, an advantage or something else altogether? Start-up leaders who joined Nash on yesterday’s panel couldn’t answered that question...

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Authors Guild Pushes for Book Contract Reform

The Authors Guild launched a “Fair Contract Initiative” yesterday designed to rethink what the organization sees as inequitable agreements between authors and publishers in the digital age. Through a series of “commentaries” it will publish on its website, the Authors Guild wants to arm authors with information about key terms over which to haggle with publishers. According Mary...

HarperCollins Expands LibreDigital Contract for Global Ebooks

HarperCollins extends its partnership with the R. R. Donnelley–owned Libre Digital for global ebook services and metadata management. The multi-year agreement allows HarperCollins to leverage LibreDigital’s Harvest platform, which the company describes in an announcement today as offer tools that help “publishers to scale their digital businesses globally while maintaining visibility and control of their...

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HarperCollins Partners with Shazam on Interactive Mobile Marketing

HarperCollins and Shazam team up to offer mobile users access to interactive multimedia content, including “author interviews, special offers, videos, playlists and more,” according to an announcement the publisher released today. The Shazam logo will now appear on certain HarperCollins print and digital titles, and readers who scan their devices across it will automatically launch a...

Discovery Challenges Mount in a Reader-Driven World

Editors and imprints are steadily losing the ability to dictate how their content is curated and discovered, says Canelo co-founder Michael Bhaskar, speaking at the International Digital Publishing Forum’s Digital Book 2015 conference at BookExpo America in New York City this morning. That power, as Bhasksar sees it, has devolved to readers. Or, at...

HarperCollins Adds Ebooks to Follett’s Pre-K–12 Offering

[Press Release] Follett to Offer HarperCollins eBooks to PreK-12 Students Nationwide New agreement supports Follett’s continuing effort to drive literacy; available titles to include Harper Lee’s anticipated ‘Go Set a Watchman’ MCHENRY, Ill., May 27, 2015 – Follett today announced it has launched a robust collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through...

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Kobo Entices Booksellers to Sell Ebooks

Expanding its partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA), Kobo launches a program that rewards booksellers for getting customers to try ebooks. Called “eRead Local” and due to kick off later this summer, the initiative offers booksellers $5 for every new customer they drive to Kobo, plus a $5 credit for customers toward their first...

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Survey: What Matters Now in Digital Publishing?

The Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2016 is now roughly nine months away, and a program that reflects the emerging issues and challenges facing the industry is already taking shape. The unprecedented depth and breadth of programming this year’s conference delivered was the product of intensive conversations with thought leaders and research into publishers’ most pressing concerns and...

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Macmillan Adds Ebooks to Subscription Platform Epic!

Macmillan becomes the third Big Five publisher, after HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, to partner with the children’s ebook subscription service Epic!, in a deal announced today. The agreement makes “a few hundred” of Macmillan’s back-list ebooks available on Epic!’s catalog, which currently numbers more than 10,000 titles. According to the company’s co-founder Kevin Donahue, Epic!...

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Sharpening Global Focus, Scribd Adds to Front-List Catalog for Australia

The subscription content platform Scribd adds more than 200 front-list ebooks to the catalog available to Australian readers, including best-selling titles from Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Harlequin Australia. According to a Scribd spokesperson, the company is focused on taking a targeted approach to international growth, “and one of the main ways we’re accomplishing that...

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Portal for Ed-Tech Developers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches a new web portal allowing designers and developers to collaborate on digital ed-tech products. The portal is the brainchild of HMH labs, a technology incubation division set up last year, and marks the first time Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has exposed its application programming interfaces, or APIs, to external developers. A key reason for doing...

Tablet Sales Diminish for Apple and Samsung Alike

Apple’s iPad sales fell 23% in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year, according to new figures from ABI Research. It’s the second consecutive quarter where the tech company’s tablet sales have shrunk. While ABI found Samsung managed 7% tablet growth over the course of 2014, its first-quarter 2015 sales are likewise down—in Samsung’s...

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BookBub Gets $7 Million in New Funding

BookBub, the email book marketing start-up that launched a localized program in India earlier this month, pulls in an additional $7 million in new equity and debt financing to pursue further growth. The latest funding comes scarcely more than a year after the company raised $3.8 million, and CEO Josh Schanker says the new resources will...

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Amazon Launches Cloud Computing Education Program

Amazon Web Services introduces a program designed to help secondary and higher education students gain skills and training in cloud computing technology. Called “AWS Educate,” the program offers a slate of resources to instructors and institutions to incorporate cloud-related content into their coursework. Amazon cites the growing demand within many industries for skilled workers with training in...

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Kobo Launches Free Ebook Platform for Southwest Airlines Travelers

In a deal announced yesterday, Kobo introduces an e-reading platform for Southwest Airlines passengers, the latest in a flurry of separate initiatives to put ebooks in closer reach of travelers. The platform offers approximately 140 free ebooks (a figure Kobo plans to grow), of which about 85% are full-text editions, while the remainder are samples of titles readers can buy after landing. Nearly a...

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Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling Ebooks Direct

66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according to a new survey by BookNet Canada. That share rose 24% since 2013, when 42% of Canadian publishers reported offering direct sales. Ebook retailers remain the primary distribution channels for most publishers, BookNet Canada finds, but the sharp growth in direct-to-consumer sales methods shows widespread interest...

Digital Book World Retires Ebook Best-Seller List, Launches New Column

After nearly three years of tracking the top 25 best-selling ebooks each week, Digital Book World is retiring our popular Ebook Best-Seller List. Past editions can still be found here, spanning August 2012 through April 2015. But because making sense of the limited sales data that freely exists about the ebook market remains a top priority for authors...

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BookBub Expands Discount Ebook Service to India

The email book marketing start-up BookBub launched in India yesterday, the company’s third international expansion after rolling out its service in Canada in January this year and the UK in September 2014. In order to help connect English-language titles with more Indian readers, BookBub also introduces support for Flipkart, the e-tailer considered to be India’s biggest online...

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Macmillan Partners with BitLit on Ebook Bundling

The ebook bundling start-up BitLit adds Macmillan to its list of publishing partners in a deal that brings just under 3,000 titles to BitLit’s offering. The majority of those are published by Tor, a science-fiction and fantasy imprint well-known for its digital rights management (DRM)—free ebooks. Macmillan also includes select Farrar, Straus & Giroux and St. Martin’s...

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Booktrack Adds Retailing and Embedding Functions

The ebook soundtracking start-up Booktrack yesterday introduced monetization and embedding functionality to its platform. The move turns Booktrack into a retailer for what it considers to be “a new ebook genre,” according to the company’s Co-founder and CEO Paul Cameron: the ebook enhanced with immersive audio. Booktrack’s soundtrack-generating tools remains free to use and thousands of its titles free...

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What Drives Innovation in Education Publishing (and What Doesn’t)

Big companies aren’t always great innovators. But how come? Clancy Marshall, VP of Global Core Platforms at Pearson, posed that question to Inkling founder and CEO Matt MacInnis at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s “Adapt, Innovate, Learn” conference on higher education in New York City this morning and received this two-word answer: finance...

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Students Value Efficiency and Effectiveness in Digital Content

52% of higher education students who responded to a recent Book Industry Study Group (BISG) survey agreed with this statement: “I would rather pay $100 for a learning solution that improves my result by one letter grade and reduces my study time by 25% than $50 for my current textbook.” According to Nadine Vassallo, BISG’s...

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Scholastic’s Ed-Tech Business

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announces plans to buy Scholastic’s Education Technology and Services business for $575 million in cash, in a deal set to close in the second quarter of 2015. Speaking with Digital Book World last December, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Linda Zecher said, “I believe we need to put our focus on making...

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Inkling Partners with Ixxus on Alfresco Content Management Tools

[Press Release] Inkling and Ixxus Announce Partnership to Deliver Off-the-Shelf Inkling-Alfresco Integration Ixxus, leading provider of publishing solutions, becomes Inkling’s Global Systems Integration partner London, UK — April 23, 2015 — Inkling, creators of the world’s only integrated cloud content platform, today announced a new technology partnership with Ixxus, the leading global provider of publishing solutions. The...

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Penguin Random House Launches Discovery-Focused Website

It was said back in January that 2015 would be the year of the customer, with publishers thinking afresh about how to build direct relationships with readers. And sure enough, Penguin Random House today launches a new website that greatly expands its consumer-facing marketing and discovery efforts. As CEO Markus Dohle put it in a...

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BookShout Serves Simon & Schuster Ebooks with Cheerios

The ebook distribution platform BookShout partners with Cheerios to serve select Simon & Schuster titles to breakfasting children across the U.S. The publisher’s “Cheer on Reading” literacy program has placed free Simon & Schuster children’s books inside Cheerios boxes since 2003. Now, instead of stuffing print titles into cereal boxes, they’ll come printed with BookShout-provided codes...