Digital Book Wire

F+W Adds Top-Level Leadership for E-Commerce

[Press Release] F+W Appoints eCommerce Executive to Board of Directors December 8, 2014 – NEW YORK – David Nussbaum, Chairman & CEO of F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company announced today the appointment of Jodi Watson, President of Consumer Direct for Wolverine Worldwide to its Board of Directors. Watson brings to the position more...

Raising the Bar on Digital Content: Q&A with Digital Book Awards Program Director Anne Kostick

It’s been an eventful year for digital publishing, to say the least. But it was sometimes easy for business-related news–like the Amazon-Hachette dispute and its recent resolution–to occlude less dramatic but noteworthy milestones in ebook technology and content development. That’s one reason the Digital Book Awards exists: to recognize real achievement and quality in digital publishing, and...

In Amazon-Publishers Debate, Weighing Menace With Metaphors

Last year, at Digital Book World 2014, The Everything Store author Brad Stone reminded publishers that Amazon viewed them as sickly “gazelles” and itself as a “cheetah” intent on going after them. That was in January, months before the Hachette-Amazon battle became public in May and went on to steal headlines clear through the end of the dispute...

RedShelf Adds Publishers to E-Textbook Distribution Platform

E-textbook start-up RedShelf now boasts five of the biggest academic publishers as partners in its distribution platform, after adding Wiley to its roster this fall. RedShelf recently hired Tom Scotty, former Co-President of Macmillan Higher Education, as its Chief Operating Officer. Macmillan and Cengage were among the first of the major academic publishers to make...

Kobo Offers Ebook Catalog on Third-Party E Ink Devices

Related: Hear Directly from Kobo President Michael Tamblyn at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] E INK ANNOUNCES KOBO EBOOK ACCESS PROGRAM Targeting E Ink’s Hardware Partners, the Program Seeks to Extend Kobo.com’s eBook Catalogue to a Larger Number of E Ink Enabled Devices Billerica, Mass. (December 2, 2014) – E Ink Holdings, an ePaper...

Free Webcast: Five Tips to Boost Your Digital Book Marketing Strategy

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, December 9 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast where you will learn how to fine-tune your metadata to boost discovery and drive sales in today’s changing digital market. There’s no doubt that effective book marketing for publishers and authors is becoming more difficult. There...

Ebooks, E-Reading Devices to Top Children’s Holiday Gifts

Among the various high-tech gifts and gizmos parents are planning to buy for their children this holiday season, ebooks and e-reading devices are likely to be among the most popular, according to a new survey by PlayCollective and Digital Book World. 45% of parents surveyed said they plan to buy a new device for their...

HarperCollins Takes Flight with JetBlue Ebook Partnership

When JetBlue rolls out its new in-flight digital content platform later this week, it will come equipped with a selection of samples of twenty best-selling ebooks published by HarperCollins. The deal between the publisher and the airline marks the latest in HarperCollins’s efforts at opening up new retail channels and digital marketing opportunities, beginning with the launch...

Simon & Schuster Strips “Buy It Now” Requirement from Library Ebook Program

When Simon & Schuster launched its library ebook program in June, it stipulated that participating libraries must offer a “Buy It Now” button allowing patrons to purchase the ebooks they borrow. Today the publisher makes that requirement optional in an effort to expand the program to libraries that hesitated to jump on board as a...

BitLit Bundles Elsevier Ebooks

Four months after HarperCollins launched a pilot program with the ebook bundling start-up BitLit, Elsevier follows suit. BitLit offers customers discounted ebook versions of titles they already own in print. More than two hundred publishers already offer their titles through BitLit’s bundling service, which currently consists of about 40,000 ebooks. Elsevier kicks off its own BitLit...

Five Digital Publishing Leaders Weigh in on Industry’s Future

Here’s one short thought each from five industry leaders on where digital publishing is headed: “For the foreseeable future, we will operate in a hybrid print and digital world.” –Jonathan Nowell, President, Nielsen Book “Ebooks and digital media enable execution of a variety of new business models globally, opening new channels by delivering content in...

Oyster Invites Authors’ Input on Business Model, Launches Literary Journal

Ebook subscription service Oyster launches two new programs today–one to improve what happens behind the scenes, the other geared specifically to readers. Oyster’s new Author Advisory Board invites top authors to weigh in on how Oyster does business. According to an Oyster spokesperson, board members “will provide input and feedback on product and content decisions at Oyster to...

Open Road Doubles Down on Spanish-Language Ebooks

Related: Emerging Markets and Global Distribution Opportunities Explored at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] OPEN ROAD ESPAÑOL PARTNERS WITH ROCA EDITORIAL IN PUBLISHING A SLATE OF BESTSELLING EBOOKS Open Road’s Spanish Imprint, Open Road Español, Will Market and Distribute Spanish-Language Ebook Translations of Bestselling Contemporary Fiction Backlist Titles from Authors Michael Connelly, Neil Gaiman,...

Nook Launches Audiobook App for Android

Nook launches an audiobook app for Android users, sweetening the deal by bundling two free audiobook titles with first-time downloads of the new app for a limited time. Earlier this month, Scribd added audiobooks to its subscription ebook platform in a move meant to give Amazon’s Audible a run for its money. An audio streaming start-up...

Digital Book World Seeks Input from Authors on Publishing Experiences

What do authors want? How are authors faring in the changing publishing ecosystem? Those are questions we’ve asked before, along with a number of others, in two previous Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Surveys. And they’re among the new set of questions about the author community that we’re asking again this year. We invite...

Amazon Adds Features to Latest Kindles

Amazon rolls out new features in a software update to its latest Kindle and Kindle Voyage e-readers. Two of the more noteworthy additions include support for “Family Library” and “Word Wise.” The first allows users to share content among Kindle devices through linked Amazon accounts. The latter is an in-text dictionary/thesaurus, designed to offer young...

Hachette and Amazon Bury the Hatchet

Hachette announces today it has concluded a new “multi-year” contract with Amazon, ending the standoff that has captured the industry’s attention since May of this year. The agreement covers print and ebook distribution and will take effect early next year. Much like Simon & Schuster, which struck a deal with Amazon last month–in a development many saw...

Vook Buys Enhanced Ebook and App Publisher

Related: Why Vook Is Bullish on Digital Publishing Acquisitions | Vook Co-Founder Matt Cavnar to Speak Live at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] Vook acquires Coliloquy’s publishing business Vook, Inc. is pleased to announce it is acquiring the publishing arm of Coliloquy, a Palo Alto-based digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps....

Land Rover Turns Enhanced Ebook Publisher

Perhaps the future on enhanced ebooks doesn’t hinge on cheaper-to-produce, universally supported interactive capabilities or on a more seamless multimedia reading experience. It could be that the what the format really needs in order to take off is corporate sponsorship. After all, one publisher recently announced a multimedia ebook partly underwritten by Sweet’N Low, in exchange for product placement within the...

Launch Kids to Explore Digital Opportunities in Children’s Publishing

[Press Release] ‘Launch Kids’ at Digital Book World Conference + Expo Centers on the Transformation, Opportunities of the Children’s Publishing Business Event Looks at How Content Providers, Publishers Reach and Teach Kids of All Ages Through New Media, Devices and Technology NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2014) — The 4th annual Launch Kids, a one-day...

Blurb Links Authors With Vetted Publishing Professionals

There’s no shortage of freelancers, consultants and service providers for authors looking for help with their publishing projects. But evaluating them all is a forbidding undertaking, and Blurb is aiming to fix that. With the launch of its “Dream Team,” the publishing platform offers to connect authors with vetted publishing professionals who come recommended by...

Scribd Launches Unlimited-Access Audiobook Catalog

Scribd adds a 30,000-title library of audiobooks to its subscription-based catalog, at no additional cost to users. The move is the latest expansion of Scribd’s content offering after adding more than 15,000 Harlequin ebooks, building on an existing partnership with HarperCollins, which acquired the romance publisher in May. According to Scribd co-founder Jared Friedman, the Harlequin addition has “gone...

LibraryThing for Libraries Improves Recommendation System

Related: Rethinking Ebook Discovery Technologies at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] LibraryThing for Libraries Answers “What Do I Read Next?” New additions to recommendations feature makes Catalog Enhancement even more useful to patrons ANN ARBOR, MI, November 4, 2014 – Library users will find it easier than ever to discover what to read...

New ePubDirect Platform Offers Data and Analytics on Global Ebook Markets

Related: ePubDirect CEO Gareth Cuddy to Address Global Publishing Challenges and Opportunities at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] ePubDirect Launches new Worldwide eBook Platform Powerful new analytics tool enables book publishers to grow revenue November 3, 2014, Cork, Ireland. – ePubDirect, the fastest growing eBook company in the market, have announced the release of...

Oyster Adds User Curated Ebook Recommendations to Drive Discovery

Ebook subscription service Oyster introduces “Book Lists,” allowing users to recommend and share personalized collections of titles. The feature offers a rough equivalent to the experience of creating and sharing a playlist on a music streaming platform like Spotify, and it’s likewise aimed at boosting discoverability. Book Lists are now available to all Oyster subscribers at...

Wiley Partners With Safari on Digital Reference Platform

[Press Release] Wiley & Safari’s PubFactory Announce Strategic Partnership John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Safari today announced a strategic partnership that will deliver the next generation in digital reference platforms for students, faculty and librarians. Wiley Reference Library will combine Safari’s award-winning PubFactory platform with Wiley’s prestigious online reference portfolio. Wiley Reference Library...

Publishers Adopt Lexile Reading Metric to Level Children’s Content

Related: Publishers Launch Kids Explores the Cutting Edge of Children’s Publishing at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] HarperCollins, Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books Among Publishers to Add Lexile Measures for Its Books Major Publishers Use Popular Reading Metric to Help Individuals Choose Level-Appropriate Texts DURHAM, NC–(Marketwired – Nov 3, 2014) – Today,...

ALA Applauds Adobe’s Privacy Steps, Encourages More

The American Library Association responds to Adobe’s recent software update to address concerns over the transmission of user data culled from Adobe Digital Editions, the ebook reading platform. In a statement today, the ALA applauded the patch Adobe instituted last week in order to end the clear-text delivery of that data. But the organization expressed...

HarperCollins Widens Direct Marketing Push With Podcast Series

HarperCollins announces a weekly podcast program featuring conversations with some of the publisher’s top authors. The series, called “HarperCollins Presents,” builds on the publisher’s existing base of followers on SoundCloud, the audio streaming platform, and marks the latest in a coordinated effort to market directly to readers. HarperCollins launched a direct-to-consumer sales platform through its website...

Marvel Adds Digital Comics to Kobo Catalog

Marvel adds many of its most popular digital comics to Kobo’s content library, in a deal a Kobo spokesperson says encompasses more than 250 fixed-layout illustrated ebooks. Related: The Latest in Fixed-Layout Ebook Production | Kobo’s Nathan Maharaj to Speak at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] Top series like The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and Amazing Spider-Man...

Adobe Updates Digital Editions to Address Privacy Concerns

As promised, Adobe is rolling out a software update to Digital Editions 4 in order to address privacy concerns involving the data gathering program that came to light earlier this month. In addition to displaying the relevant sections of its privacy policy more prominently, Adobe is changing protocol to address what many saw as one of the biggest issues–the...