American Library Association: 90% of Libraries in U.S. Now Lend Ebooks

See bolded area in the release below. [Press Release] Libraries Support Digital Readiness with Tech Training, STEM Programs, More Robust Online Collections Leading Role Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce …

Amazon Sales up 23% to $19.34 Billion in Second Quarter

Amazon continues to grow at a fast clip. Revenues at the nation’s largest bookseller increased 23% in its second quarter to $19.34 billion. At the same time, losses increased to $126 million; the company lost $7 million in the second …

John Ingram Invests in Media Content Site Mediander

[Press Release] MEDIANDER™ SECURES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT FROM JRI VENTURES TO ACCELERATE EXPANSION JRI Ventures managing member John Ingram invests in first-of-its-kind content site featuring a knowledge engine that powers discovery and exploration of millions of topics. Mediander.com (Mediander), an expansive content …

Scholastic Revenues and Profits Increase in 2014

Scholastic revenues and profits both increased in 2014 and the company expects the same in 2015. In 2014, the company booked $1.82 billion in revenue, a modest increase of 2% over the previous year’s $1.79 billion result. Profits were up …

Oyster Goes Browser-Based, Now on All Mobile Devices

[Press Release] OYSTER NOW AVAILABLE ON WEB AND MOBILE WEB BROWSERS Aiming to be on any platform where people want to read, Oyster takes the next step in product expansion Oyster, the unlimited ebook subscription service, today announced the launch …

Salad Days for Opted-in Authors and Publishers

Why authors and publishers participating in Kindle Unlimited have cause to celebrate, Amazon tries to quell authors’ dissent in Hachette feud, Oyster gets onto Web browsers, Apple adds 48 million new devices to the market and more.

Man Booker Prize: Disappointing and Disappearing

Book prizes have become an increasingly key route through which to discover and champion the best writers, to elevate and highlight the brilliant above the masses of books now being published every year. That’s why over the last few years …

Apple Adds Another 48 Million E-Reading Devices to Market in Q3

Apple sold another 48 million iPads and iPhones in the third quarter of 2014, according to its latest earnings report. Its year-over-year iTunes revenue also increased 12% in the quarter, which includes digital book sales. While iPhone sales were up …

Subscription Ebooks ‘Inevitable’?

Why the biggest questions for subscription services remain unanswered, Kindle Unlimited encourages authors to go exclusive, this week’s best-selling ebooks, Stephen Colbert endorses another Hachette book, big authors band together and much more.

For Subscription Ebooks, Great Expectations But Few Guarantees

A report released today by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) finds that 80% of publishers believe subscription ebooks becoming a major part of the publishing business is “inevitable.” The launch last week of Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, would appear to …

App Developer Activity Grows Around Amazon Fire Phone

[Press Release] Developer Excitement Grows for Amazon’s New Fire Phone Rate of app and game submissions to the Amazon Appstore have more than doubled since the Fire phone unveiling Innovative apps and games from developers—including Camouflaj, Craigslist, eBay, Fandango, Fluik, …

HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit

[Press Release]  BITLIT SIGNS HARPERCOLLINS TO EBOOK BUNDLING PILOT Vancouver Startup lets readers download e-books for books they already own in print Today, BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through …

Ebook Sales Continue to Increase in UK

Sales of ebooks in the UK have continued to grow in the early part of 2014, even as ebook sales growth has tapered in the U.S. Ebook sales are up 10.5% in the UK through the first four months of …

How Kindle Unlimited Stacks Up

Comparing Amazon’s new ebook subscription service to its competitors, selling ebooks through Facebook, the latest Author Earnings report, Google Play gets bigger, Apple’s settlement and more.

Young Readers Power Ebook Growth

The titles driving revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014, the scoop on Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited service, rising demand for audiobooks licensing, Apple’s payout through investors’ eyes, Aquafadas upgrades and more.

Empowering Writers with Data

A close writer friend called last week with a dilemma. She needs some extra money in her pocket within the next year and has a book project ready to go: Should she sign with a traditional publisher or go indie? …

Aquafadas Releases New Version of Digital Publishing System, E-Reader

[Press Release] Aquafadas Introduces Next Gen Reader in the Newest Version of Its Digital Publishing System Version 3.4 of the Aquafadas Digital Publishing System boasts the ultimate in responsiveness, fluidity and elegance thanks to the new Next Gen Reader Aquafadas, …

IPR License: Audio and Print Licensing Increasing

[Press Release] IPR License sees Q2 rise in Audio and Large Print licensing IPR License, the global digital platform for the licensing of book rights, has seen licensing demand for international audio and large print deals rise by 32% in …

Would You Buy ‘Kindle Unlimited’?

Inside Amazon’s new ebook and audiobook subscription service, four ways publishers can compete with Amazon, experiments in ‘risk-free’ publishing, Apple stands to pay consumers and much more.