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Overdrive

Seven Reasons Schools Use Digital Audiobooks with Students

[Press Release] Seven reasons why schools are using digital audiobooks with students every day CLEVELAND, December 3, 2015 – These days, technology and classroom are two words that go hand in hand. More schools and educators have an increased focus on engaging students by leveraging eBook and audiobook technology to support instruction in the...

Amazon

Amazon Fire Tablet Now Available in China

[Press Release] Amazon Fire Tablet Now Available in China Millions of customers in China already using Kindle e-readers BEIJING—December 3, 2015—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Fire, its fastest-selling tablet ever, is now available to customers in China for just RMB 499 Yuan. With access to hundreds of thousands of Kindle books and with English...

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Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9, N.Y.

Digital Book World Conference + Expo, March 7-9, Presents Strategies for the Digital Transformation of Publishing Registration Is Open for the Book Publishing and Digital Content Community’s Premier Event; Best Early-Bird Rates Expire Dec. 15 NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2015) – The 7th Annual Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW) returns to New...

Inkshares

Sword & Laser to Launch “Sequel” to First Publishing Contest

[Press Release] Sword & Laser to Launch “Sequel” to First Publishing Contest December 1, 2015 (San Francisco, CA)—Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced today that after running an initial publishing contest in the spring of 2015 with Sword and Laser—an award-winning science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, video show, and podcast—they will be...

Amazon

Amazon Brings New Features to Fire Tablets

Amazon announced that starting today, December 2nd, and over the next couple of weeks, Amazon’s Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8, and Fire tablets will receive a free, over-the-air software update that will add several new Fire OS 5 “Bellini” features, including: Introducing Blue Shade – Read Comfortably at Night Want to read that...

AUTHORS

AUTHORS Announces YA Fiction Competition

[Press Release] AUTHORS.me ANNOUNCES YOUNG ADULT FICTION COMPETITION Three Winners to Collect Prizes of Cash, Editing and Promotional Services AUSTIN, TEXAS November 23, 2015 – AUTHORS, Inc., creator of AUTHORS.me, the premier online platform for queries, manuscript submissions and acquisitions discovery empowering writers, agents, and publishers, announced its Young Adult Fiction Competition, YA! 2015....

NetGalley

NetGalley Adds Excerpt Support Via Dial-a-Book

[Press Release] NetGalley adds support for excerpts via Dial-a-Book, Firebrand’s excerpts service December 2, 2015—NetGalley today announced that shareable excerpts are now available on book pages in NetGalley when they are included in the Dial-a-Book excerpt database. Dial-a-Book, part of Firebrand Technologies, is a free service for publishers which creates, aggregates and distributes first...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Announces Nook Audiobooks App

Barnes & Noble announced the release of the Nook Audiobooks App for iPhone and iPad, as well as a new website, NOOKAudiobooks.com. The website has been designed to complement the apps, allowing customers access to a selection of more than 60,000 audiobooks online with the ability to listen anywhere. The app allows customers to...

123Library

123Library Offers Publishers B2B Ebook Distribution Tools

123Library, a specialist ebook platform based in the UK, has developed a new service that provides publishers with a customized cloud-based platform to deliver titles directly to institutions, corporations and libraries. The company aims to fill the existing gap in the market for affordable ebook platforms and level the playing field for smaller and...

Macmillan Education

Macmillan Education Partners with Blinklearning

Macmillan Education has partnered with educational technology company Blinklearning to build new digital products for students and teachers globally. Of the collaboration, Gonzalo Baranda, Blinklearning founder and CEO, said, “Blinklearning’s mission is to improve education quality through useful and accessible technology. We’re excited to strengthen our operations with such a leading publisher as Macmillan...

AAP

Publishers’ Net Revenue and Growth for First Half of 2015

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released statistics on industry sales and revenue for January to July 2015. During that period, publishers’ trade book sales were up by 0.3 percent, compared to the same period during the previous year. July, in particular, was a strong month for trade books, with adult, children/YA, and religious...

HarperLegend

HarperOne to Publish Digital-First Fiction at HarperLegend

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced the launch of HarperLegend, a new publishing line that aims to publish undiscovered fiction authors in a digital-first format. HarperLegend will publish fiction that meets its criteria of “visionary and transformational” and is accepting submissions. Submissions will be reviewed digitally only and reviewed by the line’s editorial team....

IPR License

IPR License Has Membership Surge After Successful FBF

IPR License announced a host of new member sign-ups after a strong presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair. IPR License offers fully transactional online rights and a licensing marketplace. New members include Baylor University, Warrior Publishing Group, University of Wisconsin, Plaza Y Valdes, Dreamspinner, University of Indiana, Solution Tree Press, Pio-Seelos Books, Kitchen Press, W...

ClubsGalore and Open Road Launch 'Ebook of the Month Club'

ClubsGalore and Open Road Launch ‘Ebook of the Month Club’

ClubsGalore and Open Road Integrated Media have launched ClubGalore.com’s “Ebook of the Month Club,” a curated list of ebooks aimed at the holiday season. “Getting ready for the holidays means a lot of shopping, and ClubsGalore is committed to bringing the most unique gifts and partnerships to our customers. What we love about the...

Amazon Publishing Announces Contest for Emerging Poets

Amazon Publishing Announces Contest for Emerging Poets

Amazon announced a new contest, Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to discovering emerging poets. The company is soliciting poets who have published no more than one book of poetry. From today through December 20th, contestants can submit their full-length collections for consideration for the chance to win a prize of $5,000 as well as...

HarperCollins Buys Ebook Deal Newsletter, The Midlist

HarperCollins Buys Ebook Deal Newsletter, The Midlist

HarperCollins announced its acquisition of The Midlist, a daily email newsletter that features ebook deals, from Libboo. The newsletter will merge with HarperCollins’ own newsletter platform, Bookperk, which delivers deals and other offers to its million plus subscribers in the U.S and the U.K. via newsletters and an app on iOS and Android. “Folding...

3 New Sesame Street Comics to Be Released Digitally

3 New Sesame Street Comics to Be Released Digitally

Nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop and Ape Entertainment announced a collaboration to bring characters from the popular children’s show “Sesame Street” into three new comic books. The original titles will launch throughout the fall in print and ebook formats as individual issues with standalone short stories. Each issue will focus on educational and entertaining...

Inkshares

Inkshares Announces New Publishing Tier, Funding Goal

Crowd-funded publisher Inkshares announced significant changes to its platform in an effort to publish more books and grow the company at a faster rate. Changes consist of a new funding goal structure and a refined credit system. The new structure will implement changes on October 30th, and.clients who are already funding a project with...

PubCoder

PubCoder Releases New Version, 2.0

Digital publishing platform PubCoder announced the release of a new version of its software, PubCoder 2.0. The updated platform contains new features that are available for PC and Mac. Current PubCoder users can upgrade to PubCoder 2.0 for free while new users are offered a 30-day trial. Features of PubCoder 2.0 include faster operation, a...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious World App

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the launch of Curious World, an app that offers a collection of games, videos and ebooks targeted toward key learning areas. The app is available for free on the iPad and iPhone with limited content and basic features. More advanced features are offered for $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually...

Overdrive

Read-Along Ebooks Growing in Popularity at Local Libraries

Ebook distributor OverDrive has released a list of its most borrowed Read-Along ebooks for the month of September from libraries across the nation, as well as suggested Halloween titles. Read-Along ebooks are synchronized audio and text, and were introduced to libraries last year, experiencing immediate popularity with a 22-percent increase in ebooks borrowed between...

Epic!

Ebook Service Epic! Is Netflix for Kids

Epic!, an ebook subscription service for children 12 and under, launched less than two years ago, but it has already achieved a major milestone: more than 10 million books read. The company, which works with more than 100 American publishers—including HarperCollins, Macmillan and National Geographic—also announced that it has added more than 500 Spanish...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Announces New Stock Repurchase Program

Barnes & Noble announced on Tuesday that its Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program for up to $50 million of its common shares. Under this program stock repurchase may be made through open market as well as privately negotiated transaction occasionally in amounts subject to management’s approval. There is no expiration...

Royal Society of Chemistry Signs Up for Fusion

Royal Society of Chemistry Signs Up for Fusion

NBN International announced on Monday that it has signed the Royal Society of Chemistry up for its ebook distribution service, Fusion—a fully managed service that provides access to a wide range of ebook vendors globally across all sectors through a single entry point for file management and sales analysis. NBN International is a UK-based...

IPR License

IPR License Partners with 3 Major Chinese Publishers

[Press Release] IPR License, the global rights and licensing specialists, has formed an alliance with three major Chinese publishing houses to help widen the international gateway for Chinese language titles. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP), Yilin Press and Foreign Languages Press (FLP) have all partnered with IPR License to utilise its fully...

Amazon Publishing

AmazonCrossing Announces Spotlight on Indonesian Literature

[Press Release] AmazonCrossing Announces Spotlight on Indonesian Literature Amazon Publishing commits to publish Indonesian authors beginning in 2016 Spotlight part of $10 million investment to increase publication of international books into English SEATTLE—October 15, 2015—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—AmazonCrossing, the literary translation imprint of Amazon Publishing, today announced a commitment to publish exceptional works of literature from...

IPR License

63% Rights Buyer Uplift for TradeRights

[Press Release] 63% rights buyer uplift for TradeRights TradeRights, IPR License’s global rights licensing marketplace, has announced a 63% increase in rights buyer activity since the onset of its partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) in May. Tracking activity on the TradeRights marketplace – powered by IPR License and in partnership with FBF...

Hachette

Hachette to Use Syncrofy for Data Solutions

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group (HBG) Selects Syncrofy™ by CoEnterprise to Gain Visibility into B2B Data and Streamline Operations New York, NY – October 14, 2015 – CoEnterprise, a B2B software and professional services company based in New York City, announced today that Hachette Book Group (HBG) has chosen Syncrofy to help them gain...

NetGalley

NetGalley and Vorablesen Partner in German Book Market

[Press Release] Vorablesen and NetGalley to join forces in the German book market 14 October 2015—NetGalley is partnering with reader platform Vorablesen, an independent initiative launched by Ullstein Publishers, to launch NetGalley in the German book community. NetGalley provides secure, digital review copies to 270,000+ reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, educators and other professional readers....

Overdrive

Overdrive Adds More Than 300,000 Titles

[Press Release] More than 300,000 digital titles added to industry-leading global eBook catalog Top publishers and authors from more than a dozen countries join the OverDrive catalog FRANKFURT, October 13, 2015 – As the world’s authors and publishers convene in Frankfurt, Germany for the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, leading digital content provider OverDrive announced...

Inkling Partners with SPi Global to Build Digital Content Experience

Inkling Partners with SPi Global to Build Digital Content Experience

[Press Release] Inkling partners with SPi Global to Build Digital Content Experience October 12, 2015, Manila, Philippines. SPi Global, one of the world’s leading content and knowledge solutions provider, has expanded its digital technology enrichment portfolio to include Inkling. As a certified and preferred partner to Inkling, SPi expands its digital and interactive media...