Amazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK

UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. Unlimited access to Amazon’s 650,000-title-strong catalog costs stateside users $9.99 a month, a price-point a few notches higher than the access …

Mix of New and Familiar Players, Challenges at BISG Annual Meeting

New entrants and challenges are joining–but not necessarily upending–the old ones in today’s publishing landscape, according to speakers at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s annual meeting in New York City today. The list of new initiatives BISG’s Executive Director Len Vlahos outlined …

Ebooks, Children’s Titles Grow in 2014

Overall revenues are up slightly for U.S. trade books, according to monthly and year-to-date figures released today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). AAP’s StatShot program, which covers publishers’ net earnings from distribution channels rather than retailers, indicates 3.9% …

Amazon Readying New, More Expensive Kindle Model?

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch the Kindle Voyage, the latest model of its series of Kindle e-readers. The Verge, which has the news, is citing pages on Amazon sites in Germany and Japan that have since been taken down. …

How Many New Customers Will Apple iBooks Get From the New iOS 8?

Some time today, Apple will start updating its mobile device operating system to iOS 8 for all its users. For ebook publishers, it’s the most important update yet, as iOS 8 will come pre-loaded with iBooks, a new development. According to …

HarperCollins Adds Security Layer to Ebook Files

[Press Release] Digimarc Launches Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing HarperCollins Publishers and LibreDigital first to adopt anti-piracy solution that protects copyrighted material for e-book authors and content owners Beaverton, Ore. – September 15, 2014 – Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) today …

Shatzkin Takes on Shirky in Amazon-Hachette Debate

After a month of few angry words over the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute from either party or key observers, author and technology thinker Clay Shirky and industry consultant and Digital Book World conference chairman Mike Shatzkin traded pieces on the subject. …

Nook Partners on London Literacy Initiative

[Press Release] NOOK^® Signs Multi-Platform Partnership with ESI Media Partnership to build on success of last year’s Get London Reading initiative NOOK to sponsor Best Play accolade at 2014’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards Actress Cush Jumbo to visit a London …

HarperCollins Enters China Ebook Market Through Partnership With JD.com

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Initiates Sales of English-Language E-Books to China HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has signed an agreement with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to sell English-language e-books in China. HarperCollins …

Andrews McMeel Universal Names Magazine Veteran Andy Sareyan CEO

[Press Release] Andrews McMeel Universal Names Andy Sareyan President, Chief Executive Officer Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) chairman John P. McMeel and vice chairman Hugh T. Andrews announce the appointment of Andy Sareyan to president, chief executive officer of Andrews McMeel …

Barnes & Noble Narrows Losses as Revenues Decline in First Quarter

Barnes & Noble improved its first quarter performance over last year,  narrowing losses considerably even as revenues continued to decline. The Nook division in particular got much smaller, shrinking by more than half. The company lost $28.4 million (or $0.56 …

Ruckus Media Founder Lands at Literary Agency

[Press Release] VETERAN PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE RICK RICHTER JOINS ZACHARY SHUSTER HARMSWORTH LITERARY & ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, the literary and entertainment agency based in Boston and New York, announced today that Rick Richter has joined the firm as an agent …

Amazon Drops Price of Fire Phone to $0.99 With Two-Year Contract

[Press Release] Amazon Fire Phone Now 99 Cents with Two-Year Contract Plus, one year of Prime membership included Free unlimited cloud storage for photos World-class customer support with Mayday—24×7, 365 days a year 32GB Storage—Standard Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, world-class customer …

New CEO at Sesame Workshop

[Press Release] SESAME WORKSHOP APPOINTS JEFFREY DUNN AS PRESIDENT AND CEO Vincent A. Mai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, announced today the appointment of Jeffrey D. Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, …

Data Scientist Hilary Mason to Keynote Digital Book World 2015

UPDATE: This release has been changed to reflect Hilary Mason’s current business. [Press Release] Hilary Mason Announced as Keynote Speaker at Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015 NEW YORK – (September 8, 2014) Hilary Mason, Founder, Fast Forward Labs, …

An Author Website Checklist

For some publishing projects, it’s unclear who is responsible for what when it comes to marketing. Should the author or the publisher tweet and publish Facebook posts? Who answers reader emails? And, perhaps most importantly, who runs the author website? …

Amazon Launches KDP Kids and Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

Amazon has launched a new self-publishing product that should help it continue to maintain its dominant control over the indie author market: KDP Kids and the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. KDP Kids is a new program that is designed to …