Making Sense of Amazon’s Stance as Hachette Standoff Continues

When it comes to Amazon’s explanation for why it’s negotiating with Hachette, interpretations vary. According to Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, the comments offered by Russ Grandinetti, Senior VP of Kindle, to the Wall Street Journal yesterday were little more …

Amazon Editors Independent, Above Hachette-Amazon Fray

Editors at Amazon who make decisions about the retailer’s “best books” and featured picks work independently of the team negotiating with publisher Hachette over a new agreement between the firms. Over the past several weeks, Amazon has come up with …

Webcast: How to Use Data to Make Publishing Decisions

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, July 29 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a webcast exploring the multiplying strategic and operational roles data can play in publishers’ and authors’ decision-making. Utilizing data strategically is among …

Confronting Digital Production Challenges

In March, we hosted a popular series of webcasts covering three major areas in ebook production today: design and typography, source file preparation and digital workflow development. All three of those sessions were flooded with questions the speakers didn’t have time to answer. …

BookStats: Ebooks Flat in 2013

Ebook revenue in the U.S. leveled off at $3 billion, according to a new report released today. The BookStats report, from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group, confirmed earlier reports from the AAP and anecdotal …

ProQuest Launches New E-Reader on ebrary Library Ebook Platform

[Press Release] ProQuest Debuts Beta of New Ebook Reader on ebrary Platform Showcasing another step in integration of ebrary and EBL, new Reader reveals close collaboration with users ProQuest continues to innovate the use of ebooks in research, launching a beta version …

Amazon Expands Fan Fiction Play Kindle Worlds Into Romance

Related: See Amazon’s head of Kindle Russ Grandinetti interviewed at Digital Book World 2015! [Press Release] Kindle Worlds Introduces Four New Worlds from Best-Selling Romance Novelists Barbara Freethy, Bella Andre, H.M. Ward, and Lucy Kevin   From contemporary romance to …

IPR License Expands Into Eastern Europe, East Asia

[Press Release] IPR License enhances sub-agent & scouting network IPR License, the global and digital marketplace for whole books rights, has enhanced its sub-agent and scouting network and broadened its proposition across Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia to meet growing …

Aptara Announces New End-to-End Offering to ‘Information Providers’

[Press Release] Aptara, the Digital Publishing Innovator, Now Offers End-to-End Content and Business Support Solutions for Information Providers Comprehensive Solutions Will Enable Enterprises to Monetize Content Assets and Measurably Improve Performance Company-Wide As Aptara celebrates its 25th year as an …

Barnes & Noble to Spin Off Nook Business

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not admit the possibility that Nook could be sold to a private investor before 2015. The story has been changed to reflect this possibility.  Barnes & Noble will spin off its long-troubled …

McGraw-Hill Partners With Follett to Sell Ebooks Into School Libraries

[Press Release] McGraw-Hill Professional Delivers Premier Content to K-12 Schools via Follett’s Market Leading Destiny Platform McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global publisher of education and professional content, today announced a partnership with Follett to further expand availability of its eBook …

Seth Godin Added as DBW 2015 Keynote Speaker

[Press Email] Seth Godin Added as DBW 2015 Keynote Speaker In a rare interactive discussion, Seth Godin will join Digital Book World 2015 to talk about “what’s possible and what’s important” for a variety of players in the publishing value …

3M Unveils Next Generation Library Ebook App for Cloud Library

[Press Release] 3M Unveils Personalized Library Experience with Next Generation eLending App Intuitive new app also features expanded content offerings from new publishing partners 3M Library Systems will introduce a new standard for eBook and eAudiobook lending with the newest …

BISG Pulls Out of Deal With AAP on BookStats Annual Report

[Press Releases] AAP Statement on BISG Withdrawal from BookStats Joint Venture On June 19, the Book Industry Study Group Board voted not to renew its joint agreement with the Association of American Publishers to continue as co-producers of the annual …

Report: Amazon’s Demands in Hachette Negotiation

Pre-order buy buttons, book recommendations and a paid-for employee specifically to handle Hachette are some of the things Amazon is reportedly asking to be funded in its negotiation with book publisher Hachette. The report comes from The New York Times in an article about local …

Czech Retailer Palmknihy Launches Multi-License Ebooks

[Press Release] Palmknihy started the sale of e-book multi licenses To download an e-book for more than one reader has not been possible until this moment. Most companies had to deal with this problem, and solved it by buying a …

Scribd Adds Exclusive Short Story Content From Start-up Connu

We have confirmed through a Scribd spokesperson that part of the deal prevents Connu content from appearing on other ebook subscription services like rival Oyster. [Press Email] Wanted to share some exciting news from Scribd – today we’re teaming up …

Amazon Announces Fire Phone

Amazon has a new piece of hardware that it can sell to readers: Fire Phone. The smartphone handset, unveiled today at a private presentation in Seattle, features a 4.7-inch screen, a Quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, two gigabytes of RAM and a …

Ebook Subscription Service Oyster Now on Android

[Press Release] Unlimited ebook Subscription App, Oyster, Now Available On Android, Kindle Fire And Nook HD Built from the ground up, Oyster for Android showcases beautiful, immersive design and brings subscription books to new, eager audience Oyster, the unlimited ebook …

How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually Make

Over the past ten years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the ebook revolution. According to a new analysis from DBW-partner Publishers Lunch, the worldwide …

Amazon Touts Growth of App Store Selection, Revenue

[Press Release] Amazon Appstore Selection Nearly Triples Year-Over-Year   According to a recent survey, 65% of surveyed developers said that the total revenue achieved on Kindle Fire is equal to, or even better than other platforms Amazon today announced that …