Digital Book Wire

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 reading, writing and...

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 marketplace within the...

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 digital publishing platform...

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 independent bookstores to...

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 solutions and opportunities...

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 will represent Sourcebooks...

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 Fair is traditionally...

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, October 20, 2016...

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 Announce Partnership on...

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 their most receptive...

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 revenue comes from...

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 13, 2016: Today...

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 engine. Bookish will...

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 marketing and social...

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 platform Knotion. “Our...

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 incorporating social media,...

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 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...

Unbound Worlds, penguin random house, content, website, books

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...

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 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...