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 …

Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Partnership, Targeting Libraries

[Press Release] Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Collaboration More titles from ebrary® and EBL™ available through OASIS®, with more points of platform integration, make e-book ordering easier for libraries Ingram Content Group Inc., and ProQuest LLC today announced an expanded …

Amazon Chief Financial Officer to Retire Summer 2015

[Press Release] Amazon.com has added a news release to its Media Room website. Title: Amazon’s Chief Financial Officer to Retire in Summer of 2015 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial …

Kobo Adds Exclusive Kids Content From Reading Eggs

Related: Kobo Launches Waterproof Aura H2O E-Reader [Press Release] Kobo Announces Exclusive Partnership With Reading Eggs To Help Young Readers Come Out Of Their Shell This School Year Great educational titles for young “eggsplorers” of all levels now available at …

Txtr Launches Web-Based Reading

[Press Release] txtr launches Web reading powered by Readium Berlin – 02.09.2014, following the recent launch of its new Readium-based iOS 7 ebook app with EPUB 3 support in May 2014, txtr just released a new Web reading functionality also …

Samsung Doubles Down on Publishing, Sponsors Frankfurt Book Fair

Just weeks after announcing its new reading-focused tablet in partnership with Barnes & Noble, electronics giant Samsung is back in book new again, announcing a wide-ranging partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair (details below). Related: Will the New Nook Samsung …

Self-Publishing Service Start-up Reedsy Launches

[Press Release] Self-publishing startup Reedsy officially launches today! Reedsy is excited to release to the public the first version of its website, progressively inviting editors and designers to join their marketplace over the course of the next 48 hours. Increasingly, …

Young Adult Best-Sellers Drive Penguin Random House Sales

For anyone keeping an eye on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, it comes as no surprise that hit fiction titles like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars played a big role in driving sales at Penguin Random House, whose …

Forging a Way Forward for Fixed-Layout Ebooks

Fixed-layout digital content has remained a stubbornly niche format in the broader ereading marketplace, and it always may. But their prevalence could soon be expanding, and according to Laura Brady, ebook production expert and Principal at Brady Type who joined Digital Book World …

Kobo Debuts Waterproof Aura H2O Reader

Some claim that smartphones and tablets are already making ereaders obsolete, and it’s far from certain that the latest Nook Barnes & Noble released last week will turn around the bookseller’s sinking ebook business. But that hasn’t stopped Kobo from developing a new …

Amazon Adds to Media Arsenal With Twitch Acquisition

Amazon announced today that it’s buying the popular live video streaming service Twitch for $970 million. The deal comes after Google, which already owns YouTube, reportedly walked away, fearing antitrust repercussions. Twitch is primarily a platform for video gamers to share live streams of the …

Pottermore Publishes Song From ‘Singing Sorceress’

[Press Release] POTTERMORE RELEASES NEW CONTENT FROM J.K. ROWLING ABOUT SINGER CELESTINA WARBECK AND, FOR THE FIRST TIME, POSTS A SONG ON WEBSITE For release, August 18, 2014, 6am EST | 11am BST J.K. Rowling’s website pottermore.com has posted new …

Firebrand Launches Ebook Production Checking Tool: FlightDeck

Related: For the best in innovative, high-quality ebooks, check out the Digital Book Awards.  [Press Release] Firebrand Technologies, a leading publishing industry technology services company, announced today that FlightDeck, the new EPUB quality assurance tool from Firebrand’s eBook Architects team, …