Macmillan Strikes Ebook Deal with Amazon

Macmillan regains agency pricing in Amazon agreement and turns to explore subscription ebooks, Oyster adds Bloomsbury titles to its catalog, assessing Kindle Direct Publishing’s pricing model and much more.

Indie Publishers Weigh Distribution Options

Smaller publishers and authors assess the distribution landscape, four changes ahead in book metadata, Amazon maps out the future of e-reading, whether Walmart is really eyeing Nook and much more.

Finding New Paths to Digital Readers

Paper Lantern Lit’s co-founders on building a “story experience” tailored to digital readers today, inside Apple’s ebook pricing appeal hearing, Google doubles down on e-commerce, Amazon updates Kindle iOS apps and much more.

Doing More with Data

The need to improve data-driven publishing tactics grows more urgent, announcing finalists for the 2015 Digital Book Awards, Scribd adds Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ebooks, linking websites and social media book marketing and more.

Eleven Digital Publishing Trends for 2015

Trends and opportunities for digital publishers to watch heading into next year, Digital Book World 2015 Conference Chair Mike Shatzkin’s exhaustive precap of the approaching conference, the appeal of ‘digical’ retail and more.

Publishers, Who’s Your Customer?

Author and squidoo.com founder Seth Godin on why publishers need to figure out who their customers are, CBS head praises Simon & Schuster’s Amazon deal, teen ebook buying lagging, Capstone Young Readers bundles print and ebooks and much more.

The Costs of Low-Cost Ebook Conversion

How the first wave of print-to-digital conversions created issues ebook publishers increasingly need to confront, publisher leaves Amazon Publishing, gambling on books by YouTube stars, ebook series still paying off and more.

Hachette Takes Bookselling to Twitter

Hachette partners with Gumroad on a direct sales platform for Twitter, Wattpad and Amazon face off on fan fiction market, Addr picks up where Readmill left off on social e-reading, Kobo crowdsources innovation and much more.

How Publishers Can Regain Leverage

Author and ‘New Yorker’ contributor Ken Auletta on whether publishers can–or should–up their clout in Amazon negotiations, unfinished business for Authors United, Kobo sizes up the global ebook market and much more.

Microsoft Bids Nook Adieu

Barnes & Noble agrees to buy out Microsoft’s stake in Nook Media, why Walmart should set its sights on Nook, Barnes & Noble has another weak quarter, weighing whether Amazon can be constrained and whether or not it should, 3M adds audiobooks and more.

Book Marketing Changes Gears Amid Social Media Shifts

How changes in Facebook, mobile e-reading and discovery are rewriting the digital marketing playbook, Wattpad adds paid content, best-selling author H. M. Ward voices discontent over Kindle Unlimited, Jeff Bezos on authors and ebook prices and much more.

Kobo Moves to Expand Ebook Footprint

Kobo partners with E Ink to bring its ebook catalog to users of third-party-built devices, iBooks rep unrepentant ahead of Apple appeal, Amazon gets more audiobook competition in Europe, a top Hachette sales exec departs and much more.

Four Ways Publishers Should Rethink Author Partnerships

A fresh take on the argument that publishers need to rethink what they offer authors, the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey evolves, high praise for HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray, how Amazon is disrupting itself and more.

Digital Start-ups Dig in

Weighing new opportunities for digital publishing start-ups and children’s content developers, inside Amazon’s Black Friday deals, a French ebook distributor comes stateside, Google on the chopping block in Europe and much more.

Ebooks, Devices to Top Kids’ Holiday Gifts

A sneak peak of new survey data on children’s e-reading and a holiday gift-buying forecast, four tips for rethinking the book blurb, Perseus’s strong fiscal 2014 finish, Amazon’s ground war with Alibaba and more.

HarperCollins Ebooks Get Airborne

The publisher and airline team up to offer an in-flight ebookstore, Kindle Unlimited rumored to set sights on Brazil, Adobe pushes latest fixed-layout EPUB tools, Kobo eyes self-publishing market in Europe and much more.

Self-Publishing Shifts Focus

An industry insider’s take on how the self-publishing world is moving away from earlier concerns to tackle new issues, judge approves Apple ebook settlement, weighing the future of ebook subscriptions and bundling and much more.

Oyster Turns Web Publisher

The subscription ebook service turns web publisher with an online literary magazine, Simon & Schuster widens its library ebook program, BiblioBoard offers library ebooks by indie authors, BitLit bundles Elsevier ebooks and much more.

Nook Returns to Audiobooks

The audiobook market heats up as Nook gets back into a game Scribd just joined, Simon & Schuster launches an online magazine, Open Road eyes Spanish ebook readers, why Penguin Random House should try subscription ebooks and more.

How Authors Publish Now

Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest ask authors to share insights as their publishing options in the digital market evolve, moving the goalpost on ebook forecasts, Nokia gets into tablets as Samsung scales back smartphones and more.

New Ebooks by Veteran Authors Storm Best-Seller List

This week sees a number of changes on the ebook best-seller list, beginning right at the very top. Stephen King’s new novel Revival knocks John Grisham’s Gray Mountain down a peg to No. 2, after the latter spent two weeks at No. 1. Grisham and King …

Kindle Unlimited a Mixed Blessing for Authors

Authors’ payout per read declines as Kindle Unlimited subscriptions increase, young adult and children’s titles still driving trade sales, Kobo and HarperCollins partner on ebook bundling program in Australia and much more.

What’s Next for Ebook Retail?

A look at what’s in store for the ebook retail landscape now that Hachette and Amazon have settled, debating the viability of subscription ebooks, Penguin Random House launches app to boost audiobook discovery and much more.

Hachette and Amazon End Feud

Amazon and Hachette put an end to their long-running dispute in a new agreement restoring agency ebook pricing, diverse analysis of the deal, Vook acquires digital publisher Coliloquy, sales flat at Bertelsmann and much more.

Land Rover Tries Ebook Publishing

The automaker releases an enhanced ebook as part of a new marketing campaign, Barnes & Noble tries ebook bundling, Amazon buys ‘.book’ domain, Nook Media cuts staff, pricing worries stymie ebook growth in Europe and much more.

Nook Expands Publishing Services

Nook adds to its slate of offerings for publishing services as that marketplace expands, brushing up on metadata before the holiday shopping season, ebooks by self-published authors comprise a fifth of the best-seller list and much more.

Self-Published Ebooks Keep Ahead on Best-Seller List

Self-published authors keep up their recent strong showing on this week’s ebook best-seller list, with three of them moving into the top ten. All three titles in Deborah Bladon’s Ruin trilogy appear on this week’s list, a fifth of which consists of self-published titles. The …

Forget the Book Launch

Why ebook marketing is increasingly about the long-game and relies less on a traditional book launch, Blurb gets competition from Reedsy in curating publishing services, Apple still dominates tablets on several fronts and much more.