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Sharjah International Book Fair

Over 1.3 Million Visitors Attended Sharjah International Book Fair

The Sharjah International Book Fair announced today that more than 1.35 million visitors attended the event’s first week. Full press release below: Over 1.3 Million Visitors Attend First Week of Sharjah International Book Fair 2016 Footfall figures for opening seven days of 35th edition of fair break previous records Sharjah, November...

DBW, digital book world conference

DBW 2017’s Roster Features New Voices and Familiar Faces

Digital Book World 2017’s Roster of Presenters Features New Voices, Familiar Faces from the Publishing Community and Its Partners Event Takes Place Jan. 17 – 19, 2017 in N.Y.C and Presents Leading Industry Experts NEW YORK (Nov. 8, 2016) — The 8th Annual Digital Book World (DBW 2017) announces a line-up...

OverDrive

OverDrive to Donate Popular Ebooks to 1,000 Elementary Schools

Digital reading platform Overdrive announced today that it is donating a collection of hundreds of popular ebooks to up to 1,000 elementary schools. The initiative is part of Overdrive’s marking its 30th anniversary. School officials can click here to apply to receive the donation for their school through the end of...

Amazon Rapids, app, reading, kids, children

Amazon Launches Rapids, a Chat-Style Kids’ Reading App

Amazon announced today that it has launched a new app for children called Rapids, which features “fun, engaging short stories told in a unique chat style.” The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and a subscription costs $2.99 a month. “Many kids already love using phones to...

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Scribd Adds Magazines and News to Subscription Service

Scribd announced today that it has added magazines and news articles to its subscription service, which also offers users access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, sheet music and documents. The magazines Scribd is adding are as follows: archive and current issues from Time, Fortune, Money, People, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Foreign Policy, New...

Sweek, mobile, reading, writing, app, platform

Sweek Launches on All Platforms

Mobile reading and writing platform Sweek announced today that, as of the Frankfurt Book Fair, it has launched on iOS, Android and the web. Full press release below: Free mobile reading and writing platform Sweek present in over 75 countries During its successful pilot phase, Sweek, a global platform for free...

IPR License

IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Announce Platform Partnership

[Press Release] IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. Announce Platform Partnership October 18, 2016 – IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. today announced a platform partnership just before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair. IPR License is the first fully transactional rights and licensing...

Semantico, Scolaris, digital publishing, scholarly publishing

Semantico’s Scolaris Now Has Native Integration with PaperHive

Semantico announced today that its Scolaris digital publishing platform is now fully integrated with scholarly publishing tool PaperHive. The integration will help publishers using Scolaris develop new revenue streams through increased usage, while giving end-users enhanced usability and an enriched experience. Full press release below: Semantico announce native integration of Scolaris...

Libro.fm, audiobooks, digital audiobooks, indie bookstores

Libro.fm Audiobooks Now Available in 150 Indie Bookstores

Libro.fm, a digital audiobook provider for independent bookstores, announced today that its services are now featured in more than 150 bookstores in the United States. The list is available here. The provider, which says its mission is to encourage readers to “choose indie,” offers DRM-free audiobooks with high-quality audio, and allows...

DBW, digital book world conference

DBW Conference Focuses on Solutions and Opportunities for Publishers

Digital Book World’s Conference Program, Jan. 17 – 19 in N.Y.C., Focuses on Key Solutions and Opportunities for Publishers and Their Partners NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2016) — The 8th Annual Digital Book World (DBW 2017), Jan. 17 – 19, 2017 in N.Y.C., will present fresh content on key topics, real-world...

Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks Signs 4 International Deals to Expand Markets

Sourcebooks announced today that it has signed four deals in an effort to increase international sales and distribution, with both online and traditional retailers. The independent publisher will be one of the first to join Baker & Taylor’s Global Publishers Services (GPS), a program that providers publishers with international services. GPS...

Ingram

Ingram Academic Services Signs 2 University Presses at FBF

At the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, Ingram Academic Services signed the University of Ottawa Press and Stanford University Press to multi-year agreements for print and digital sales and distribution. Full press release below: Ingram Academic Services signs Leading University Presses around Frankfurt Book Fair FRANKFURT, GERMANY — The annual Frankfurt Book...

VitalSource

New E-Textbook Study Finds Mostly Positive Results

Ingram’s VitalSource released the findings from a new study that shows positive, albeit uneven, results for students using digital offerings. Full press release below: Promise of eTextbooks Being Realized, Albeit Unevenly at UK Universities Recent Study Finds Students Are Happier with Digital Offerings Coupled with Formal Training Programmes on Use London,...

Vistaar

Vistaar and Open Road Partner on Global Ebook Pricing Initiative

Price management solution provider Vistaar and Open Road Integrated Media announced a partnership on a global pricing initiative, allowing the digital publisher to “react faster to the latest market trends and effectively scale the price management process across its entire catalog.” Full press release below: Vistaar and Open Road Integrated Media...

Ingenta

Ingenta Adds ‘Audience’ Feature to ‘Ingenta Advertising’

Ingenta announced today that it has added a new feature to its Ingenta Advertising package called Ingenta Audience, which allows digital publishers to sell online newspaper and magazine advertising space by leveraging programmatic buying capability. Full press release below: New Ingenta Audience enables advertisers to find and reach their audience at...

Frankfurt Book Fair

Wiley CEO Mark Allin Delivers Keynote at Frankfurt’s Markets Conference

Mark Allin, president and CEO of Wiley, delivered the keynote address at today’s Markets conference on the first day of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Titled “The New Customer Relationship,” Allin’s presentation discussed how the digital transformation has upended how Wiley and the publishing and education industries at large interact with the customer. Wiley’s...

Inkitt, data, publisher, authors

Inkitt Posts Author Contract Online in Act of Transparency

Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today that it has posted the platform’s publishing contract online “to create a greater level of transparency in the publishing process for aspiring authors.” Full press release below: DATA-DRIVEN PUBLISHER INKITT SHARES AUTHOR CONTRACTS ONLINE Contracts to promote transparency and fairness in the publishing industry BERLIN, OCT...

NetGalley

NetGalley Acquires Bookish.com

NetGalley announced today that it has acquired Bookish.com, a digital resource that offers author interviews, book recommendations and literary roundups. Bookish.com was founded by Hachette, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster, and launched in February 2013. It was acquired by Zola books in January 2014, along with Bookish Recommends, a book recommendation...

Authors Guild, authors, writers

Authors Guild Opens Membership to New and Unpublished Writers

The Authors Guild announced today that it is allowing new and unpublished writers to join the organization. Called the Emerging Writers membership, this new option gives writers access to, according to a press release, “almost all of the resources that the Authors Guild provides, including free or discounted services, such as...

LightSail Education, students, reading, literacy, teachers

LightSail Education Expands Literacy Platform to South America

LightSail Education, an adaptive digital reading platform for students, announced today that it has expanded its services to Mexico and Guatemala. LightSail will be available to 10,000 students in the firs year of the expansion, growing to 100,000 students by the end of 2018 through a distribution agreement with digital learning...

cylo, allexis epublishing, content, digital, publishers

Cylo Launches Allexis ePublishing Platform

Cylo announced today the launch of Allexis ePublishing, a new online platform designed to help publishers manage and sell their digital content, as well as connect with book buyers around the world. The new platform allows publishers to create branded websites and online communities built around individual authors or genres, while...

reedsy, reedsy learning, authors

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

W3C, world wide web consortium

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...

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...