Amazon

Amazon Launches Page Flip Feature for Kindle

Amazon announced today the launch of Page Flip, a new feature for its line of Kindle e-readers, that makes it easier for readers to flip back and forth between pages to different parts of the book without losing their place. Page Flip will be delivered starting today as part of a free, over-the-air update....

Sweek, mybestseller, self-publishing, authors, writing

Mybestseller Launches Reading and Writing Platform Sweek

Mybestseller announced today the launch of Sweek, a new global and mobile platform that allows readers to read and write both online and off. Writers can post stories that are available instantly at no charge. Sweek is currently available on Android and the web, and will be available on iOS in July, when it...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Launches Nook Press Self-Publishing Platform

Barnes & Noble announced today the launch of a new self-publishing print platform called Nook Press, which will allow authors to turn their ebooks into print versions that can be sold in B&N stores and online at BN.com. The program is self-service and allows authors to create both hardcover and paperback versions. Through the...

publishing, publishers, podcasts, content, books, subscription

Why Publishing Should Look More Like Podcasting

Did you make the same mistake I did and assume that podcasts are yesterday’s platform—that interest in them has plateaued (at best) and they’re not worth thinking about today? What seemed like a fad that’s dying off is actually showing nice growth. And I’m contributing to that growth, as I now listen to a...

Datalogics

Datalogics Announces Availability of READynamic

Datalogics announced today the availability of READynamic, a server-to-client ebook solution for enhancing, managing and distributing learning content. READynamic™, a comprehensive eBook solution, now available from Datalogics Chicago, IL, June 27, 2016 – Datalogics, Inc., the premier source for PDF and eBook technologies for developers, today announced the availability of READynamic™, a comprehensive eBook...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

HMH and Google Launch VR Field Trips Program

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced today that, in partnership with Google, it is launching the first-ever curriculum-based virtual reality field trips. HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions have been developed to integrate with the HMH curriculum. Relevant programs will contain free teacher guides for HMH customers, including student activities and lesson plans, which will enable...

OverDrive

Overdrive’s Platform Sees ‘Record Number’ of Students

Overdrive announced today that “a record number” of K-12 students are reading digital books on the provider’s platform. In the last school year, approximately 6 million students had access to Overdrive’s collection of ebooks and audiobooks, and the number of digital books borrowed through the platform increased nearly 60 percent. Full press release below:...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

AAP: Ebooks Decline, Audio Grows and Publishers’ Sales Drop

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released its new newest numbers this morning, which compare January 2016 to January 2015. Ebook sales took a big hit, according to the AAP’s numbers, dropping 24.9 percent to $99.9 million. Hardcover books didn’t do much better, falling 18.7 percent to $151.3 million. Paperback books, on the other...

What Book Publishers Can Learn from the Podcast Model

What Book Publishers Can Learn from the Podcast Model

Did you make the same mistake I did and assume that podcasts are yesterday’s platform—that interest in them has plateaued (at best) and they’re not worth thinking about today? If so, here’s a short article that might help you re-think your stance. If you’re still not convinced, have a look at the infographic in...

ocr, optical character recognition, ebook, author, publisher, book

Why Authors Should Talk to Their Publishers About OCR

If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news. The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation. What’s special about the year 2008? Nothing, really....

ocr, optical character recognition, ebook, author, publisher, book

What Authors Should Know About OCR

If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news. The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation. What’s special about the year 2008? Nothing, really....

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Bowker

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Bowker. What does your company do?...

learning, digital learning platforms, students, ebooks, textbooks, teachers

What Are the Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms?

Students have used print textbooks for centuries, but in recent years higher education learning companies have made the concerted effort to shift from print materials to digital tools in the form of digital learning platforms. With this change, content has become more engaging and interactive, and the benefits are obvious. Digital learning platforms include...

OverDrive

Overdrive Helping Librarians Reach New Readers

Overdrive announced today that at the American Library Association’s annual conference, the ebook and audiobook provider will be updating the industry on its latest news, including a new app, new merchandising tools and new suppliers. Full press release below: OverDrive’s Innovative Digital Resources Help Librarians Reach New Readers Powerful curation options give the librarian...

books, ebooks, authors, self-publishing, ebook conversion

What Self-Published Authors Should Know About Hard Copies

This is part five of a six-part series. Ebooks might be cheap to produce and distribute, but many authors still choose to do a short print run or make their books available in stores on a print-on-demand basis. Readers still like printed books—they’re not going away any time soon! And even if you don’t...

self-publishing, author, indie author, indie publishing, publishers

How to Prepare for Self-Publishing: Formatting for Hard Copy

This is part five of a six-part series. Ebooks might be cheap to produce and distribute, but many authors still choose to do a short print run or make their books available in stores on a print-on-demand basis. Readers still like printed books—they’re not going away any time soon! And even if you don’t...

Amazon

Amazon Launches All-New Kindle and Updated Paperwhite

Amazon announced today that it is releasing a new version of its Kindle e-reader. The device is thinner and lighter than the previous Kindle, and and has twice the memory. It also has a more rounded design and is available in black or white. The new Kindle remains $79.99 and will be available July...

Boopsie

Boopsie Publishes Report on Mobile App Best Practices

Boopsie announced today that it has published a report on mobile app best practices for libraries. Last month, the service provider surveyed more than 350 librarians to learn how mobile apps benefited their communities and what obstacles were in the way. Full press release below: Boopsie Publishes Report on Mobile App Best Practices Mobile...

Internet Brands

PRH to Sell Fodor’s Travel to Internet Brands

Internet Brands, an online media and tech company, announced today that it has acquired travel division Fodor’s from Penguin Random House. The deal is expected to completed soon. Full press release below: Fodor’s Travel to be acquired by Internet Brands from Penguin Random House LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (June 21, 2016)—Penguin Random House,...

ComicBlitz, comics, comic books, app

ComicBlitz Launches Universally Compatible Web Reader

ComicBlitz announced today that it is launching a universally compatible web app that operates on all devices: PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones on any OS. Previously, the app had only been available on iOS. ComicBlitz offers unlimited access to thousands of comic books and graphic novels, allowing readers to binge-read ongoing and completed series....

bibliotecha

Bibliotecha Brings New Product Portfolio to ALA

Bibliotecha announced today the launch of a new, long-term product set that “brings together the best of both the original bibliotheca and 3M Library Systems.” Full press release below: bibliotheca brings the best of new product portfolio to ALA Streamlined range and new cloudLibrary features bring increased benefits to libraries Oakdale, Minn. – Jun....

Exact Editions

Geographical Launches Complete Digital Archive with Exact Editions

Geographical, the official magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, announced today the launch of its complete 81-year archive in partnership with Exact Editions. Previously, only 10 years of back issues had been available. Full press release below: London, 21st June 2016 Geographical launches complete digital archive. Geographical, the official magazine of the Royal Geographical...

audiobooks, amazon, kindle, audible

Amazon Is Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

audiobooks, amazon, kindle, audible

How Amazon and Audible Are Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream

In reading DBW’s recent interview with Hugh Howey, I was surprised that he never mentioned audiobooks even though he obviously believes in the format. Howey has 37 audiobook titles on Audible.com, and he published at least 16 of them personally. Howey’s remarks about Amazon made me think about the company’s tremendous influence on the...

Reader's Legacy

Reader’s Legacy Is World’s First Hybrid E-Commerce Book Club

ReadersLegacy.com announced today that since its launch in February 2016, it has attracted more than 40,000 users to its hybrid e-commerce book club. Full press release below: WORLD’S FIRST HYBRID E-COMMERCE BOOK CLUB, READERSLEGACY.COM, INTRODUCES DISRUPTIVE MODEL FOR ONLINE SHOPPING CEO KEN DUNN’S CREATION PUTS SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE FIRST TO DRIVE PURCHASE DECISIONS LAS...

authors, self-publishing, marketing, facebook, twitter, social media

Can Authors Sell More Books with Less Social Media?

A mind-boggling 78 percent of Americans have a social media profile. According to Statista, 2.72 billion people will be social media users worldwide by 2019. It is a given that authors can develop loyal audiences and sell more books with the help of social media. But as numbers of users rise, the pressure to...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Hummingbird Digital Media

In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Hummingbird Digital Media. What does your...

Hachette UK

Hachette UK Acquires Mobile Game Studio Neon Play

Hachette UK announced today that it has acquired the British mobile game development studio Neon Play, which will operate as a standalone business under the Hachette umbrella. The move allows Hachette to publish authors on new platforms and the publisher to “pursue more generally our aim to generate rapid growth” on other platforms. Neon...

How to Build a Successful Indie Press

How to Build a Successful Indie Press

Of all the independent publishers I’ve spoken to recently, Chris McVeigh of Fahrenheit Press stands out as one of the most outrageous. He won’t mind me saying that, I’m sure. “Indie Innovation” is about featuring smaller publishers that are doing things a bit differently, and when I heard about Fahrenheit Press’s mantra, it was...

boclips, knowledgemotion

Knowledgemotion Gets Funding from Ingram; Makes Deal with Pearson

Knowledgemotion announced today that it has received a “strategic investment” from ICG Ventures Inc., which is part of Ingram. In a separate announcement, Knowledgemotion said it has entered a multi-year “supply and services agreement” with Pearson. Full press release below: UK-based Knowledgemotion Receives Funding from Ingram Content Group Knowledgemotion also enters multi-year supply and...