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Reedsy Launches Learning Platform for Authors

Publishing marketplace Reedsy has launched a new learning platform for authors called Reedsy Learning, which consists of series of free daily email courses over 10 days about specific aspects of the book publishing process. The courses are taught by industry experts. The platform went live today at 9am BST. “After completing over 1,000 publishing...

Amazon

Amazon Launches Prime Reading Benefit

Amazon added a new benefit to its Prime service today. Prime Reading, available only in the U.S., allows Prime members unlimited access to a rotating selection of books, magazines and comics at no additional cost. Prime Reading features more than 1,000 books, including Red Sparrow, The Butterfly Garden, The 5 Love Languages, The Atlantis...

smashwords, ebooks, authors, indie presses, independent publisher

Smashwords Enhances Coupon Manager Tool

Smashwords has made two enhancements to its Coupon Manager tool to give authors and publishers more flexibility over their promotions. With its new metered coupon feature, Smashwords now allows authors to set redemption values to help create urgency for limited campaigns. For example, an author can create a coupon that enables the first 100...

Crown Publishing Group, Penguin Random House, publisher

PRH Launches 11-Week Serialized Story Series

Penguin Random House and its Crown Publishing Group division have launched “Season of Stores,” an 11-week series that sends serialized stories directly to readers’ inboxes. Readers can sign up now to begin receiving stories October 11. The new storytelling project is free and features stories from Anthony Marra, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adam Johnson, Elizabeth McCracken...

hachette audio, booktrack, audiobooks, ya, young adult

Hachette Audio Partners with Booktrack on YA Audiobooks

Hachette Audio and Booktrack, a platform that synchronizes ebooks and audiobooks with movie-style soundtracks, announced today that they have partnered on audiobook versions of four young adult (YA) novellas. Booktrack had previously partnered with Little, Brown (a Hachette imprint) on YA novellas. “We were thrilled with the reception of Booktrack ebooks from Little, Brown...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

Studies Show Digital Course Materials Improve Students’ Performance

Digital textbooks are helping college students get higher grades and learn better, according to several new studies reported on by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). One study that followed students using Pearson’s digital learning platform for a two-semester Anatomy and Physiology course found that there was a 13-percentage-point improvement in students earning an...

De Gruyter, publisher

De Gruyter Establishes ‘Global Communications Function’

De Gruyter announced today that it is establishing a “global communications function” to improve communications with researchers, librarians and business partners and to expand and increase employee communications. Eric Merkel-Sobotta will join the academic publisher on October 1 as Director of Communications and will lead the effort. He was previously at Springer Science+Business Media...

CNET

CNET’s Technically Literate Publishes New Work from Lauren Fox

CBS Interactive announced last week that award-winning author Lauren Fox has written the next original story for Technically Literate, CNET’s series of original illustrated works of short fiction, which was launched in March 2016. Fox’s new story, “Happy This, Congratulations That,” is “an amusing and witty look” at the way one text message can...

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Penguin Random House Launches SciFi/Fantasy Site ‘Unbound Worlds’

Penguin Random House announced yesterday the launch of a new science fiction and fantasy website, Unbound Worlds. The site, according to a press release, will “occupy the crossroads of science fiction and fantasy, including slipstream, pop science, fairy tales and folklore, magical realism, urban fantasy, and more.” The website is the successor to Suvudu....

Writer's Digest

‘Author in Progress’ Features Lessons from 50+ Best-Selling Authors, Experts

[Press Release] ‘Author in Progress’ Features Lessons from 50+ Best-Selling Authors, Experts A New Book from Therese Walsh, Writer Unboxed and Writer’s Digest Offers Wisdom and Advice on the Various Stages to Becoming a Published Author NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2016) — Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to...

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W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) hosted a gathering of 500 web technology experts to address challenges and new opportunities for the future of the Web’s technical roadmap and standardization work. Full press release below: W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web Annual Technical Plenary Meeting in Lisbon Draws Record...

Read an Ebook Day, ebooks, overdrive, libraries, digital reading

Today Is International Read an Ebook Day

Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16. Throughout the day, readers have a chance to win a tablet by sharing what they’re reading, pictures of what they’re...

DBW, digital book world conference

Get Ahead in 2017 with New Skills, Data and Insights

Think of the reimagined DBW 2017 as your go-to resource for all the information you’ll need to inform and drive your publishing plan. This year’s programming goes beyond the hypothetical and deep into the skills and information you’ll need to have a successful, forward-thinking strategy for the coming year. The final schedule is still...

Shelfie, app, ebooks, audiobooks

Shelfie Launches Deal Finder Feature

Shelfie, an app that allows users to take a picture of their physical books and receive free or discounted digital versions, announced today that it has launched a new “Deal Finder” feature. The feature recognizes patterns in the way readers organize their bookshelves to recommends books they might be interested in, and then monitors...

Open Ebooks, school, educators, app, e-reading, library

Open Ebooks Announces Compatibility with Clever

Open Ebooks, the non-governmental ebooks program whose app gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles, announced today that it is now compatible with Clever, a secure educational login platform. The move is designed to make it easier for educators to help children use the Open Ebooks program, and to increase access to even...

De Gruyter

De Gruyter Partners with Kudos to Enhance Authors’ Visibility

Academic publisher De Gruyter announced today that it has partnered with Kudos, a service that enables authors to increase the visibility and impact of their published articles by allowing them to offer additional information or material for their publications, such as abstracts or videos, and track the success of their activities. “This partnership will...

Pew Research Center

Pew: Americans Express Positive Views on Local Libraries

The Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey today that asked Americans about their views on local libraries. Overall, most Americans view public libraries favorably, according to the survey, with 77 percent saying that their libraries provide them with the resources they need, and 66 percent saying that the closing of...

LightSail Education, students, reading, literacy, teachers

LightSail Partners with Antares Reading on Student Literacy

LightSail Education, an adaptive reading platform for students, announced that it has partnered with children’s book publisher Antares Reading to receive access to 850 original digital titles, in English and Spanish, for K-9 students. The new digital content is available on LightSail’s adaptive literacy platform and includes in-text, real-time assessment. The available titles are...

NetGalley

NetGalley Partners with CBA

NetGalley announced that it has partnered with CBA, a leading association for providers of Christian products. The partnership will give Christian retailers quicker and wider access to digital galleys of forthcoming books from more than 20 Christian publishers, including HarperCollins Christian, B&H Publishing, Baker Books, Barbour Publishing and David C Cook. “Often physical galleys...

Bookshout, ebooks, app

BookShout and T-Mobile Partner to Distribute 237,000 Ebooks

BookShout announced today that it has distributed more than 237,000 ebooks as part of T-Mobile Tuesdays. The partnership, which occurred over two separate 24-hour blocks, resulted in customers reading more than 97,000,000 words read on the top day. Full press release below: BookShout Distributes Record 237,000 eBooks in 48 Hours on T-Mobile Tuesday More...

Novel Effect, app, audio, children, children's books

Novel Effect Launches Immersive Children’s iOS App

Novel Effect, a startup based out of Seattle, WA, has launched a new iOS app for children’s books that uses voice recognition to add movie-style audio in real time. As the book is read aloud, the app uses patent-pending technology to add music and sound effects that sync up with the text, like an...

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DBW Conference Announces New Tracks, Conference Captains for 2017

Digital Book World announced today the breakdown of its new programming for DBW 2017, the eighth installment of the industry conference, which will take place January 17-19 in New York. DBW 2017 will feature four tracks spread over the first two days of the conference: Editorial Acquisitions + Development, Production + Distribution, Marketing + Sales,...

Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House and NYC Launch Subway Ebook Promotion

If you live in New York City, you are probably aware of the state of the city’s subway stations. Lots of people, lots of heat, and scattered access to WiFi. And while there’s little that can be done about the first two, recent improvements to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s WiFi system have given New...

NetGalley

NetGalley to Make Access to Digital Proofs in Australia Easier

NetGalley, which delivers digital proofs to readers to help promote and market new books, announced today that it has launched a new initiative for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), now allowing its members to take advantage of the digital service. NetGalley will validate ALIA member ID numbers within NetGalley profiles. ALIA members...

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Scribd Launches New Discovery Features

Scribd announced in a blog post today that the ebook and audiobook subscription service has launched three new discovery features to help readers find new books. The new features are Interests, Trending and Featured Reading Lists. Interests groups new books together by subject, allowing users to “[d]ive deep into the interests that matter to...

smashwords, ebooks, authors, indie presses, independent publisher

Smashwords Launches Alerts Feature for Favorite Authors

Smashwords announced in a blog post that it has launched a new feature, Smashwords Alerts, that automatically notifies readers of new releases from their favorite authors. Starting today, readers who have previously “favorited” authors on Smashwords’s platform will receive notifications of new releases. Tracking an author is fairly simple: readers go to an author’s...

Shelfie, app, ebooks, audiobooks

Shelfie Partners with De Gruyter on Ebook Bundles

Shelfie announced today that it has partnered with De Gruyter to make the scientific book publisher’s entire catalogue available to individual customers through ebook bundles. Shelfie is a free mobile app that allows users to take a photo of the physical books they own and then receive the digital or audio versions of those...

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Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund

Amazon announced in a blog post today that it is launching the Kindle Reading Fund, a program that will work to make books “more easily available to communities around the world through digital reading.” The Fund will include donations of Kindle e-readers and ebooks. As part of the new program, Amazon is partnering with...

bibliotecha

Bibliotheca Announces Partnership with PRH’s Living Language

Bibliotecha announced today that it has partnered with Living Language, an imprint of Penguin Random House, to exclusively distribute its digital language learning courses to public libraries. Full press release below: bibliotheca partners with Living Language as the exclusive distributor of digital subscriptions for public libraries Oakdale, Minn. – Aug. 23, 2016 –bibliotheca announced...

Booktrack

Booktrack Classroom Partners with Microsoft

Booktrack, a platform that synchronizes ebooks and audiobooks with movie-style soundtracks, has partnered with Microsoft to bring its technology to millions of students. The New Zealand-based Booktrack will get a major boost for its educational platform, Booktrack Classroom—currently used in more than 15,000 classrooms—which will take advantage of Microsoft’s single sign-on technology and will...

ODILO

ODILO Partners with Claned on EdTech Solutions

ODILO announced last week that it has partnered with Claned, bringing the former’s 1.1 million pieces of digital content to Claned’s customer base. Claned, a Finnish company working in “education methodology,” will bring its artificial intelligence technology to ODILO’s customers. “Claned is a natural partner for us,” said Rodrigo Rodriguez Lopez, CEO of ODILO. “We...

Copyright Clearance Center

CCC Launches RightFind Content Decision Support

Copyright Clearance Center announced today the launch of RightFind Content Decision Support, an easy-to-use, cloud-based analytics platform that helps information center managers make data-driven decisions to optimize content investments. According to a press release, CDS “combines comprehensive usage and spend data, predictive analytics and data visualizations, and budget forecast and planning tools in a...