Licensing In China: A Two-Way Street

As I come to the end of a very busy and productive Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), there have been many lessons to reflect on in what has been a fascinating week. As part of IPR License’s full launch in …

Young Adult Best-Sellers Drive Penguin Random House Sales

For anyone keeping an eye on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, it comes as no surprise that hit fiction titles like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars played a big role in driving sales at Penguin Random House, whose …

New Ebook Production Tools Heighten Focus on Quality

Changes in ebook production and conversion technologies are opening up new opportunities when it comes to digital content. But that expansion is also creating a handful of challenges for those who use such tools, and quality assurance methods will need to adapt to keep …

The Future of Fixed-Layout Ebooks

How ebook designers can impact what comes next, Amazon widens cloud storage access and gains support for drone delivery, Audible gets into discovery, digital opportunities in Latin America and more.

Forging a Way Forward for Fixed-Layout Ebooks

Fixed-layout digital content has remained a stubbornly niche format in the broader ereading marketplace, and it always may. But their prevalence could soon be expanding, and according to Laura Brady, ebook production expert and Principal at Brady Type who joined Digital Book World …

Kobo Debuts Waterproof Aura H2O Reader

Some claim that smartphones and tablets are already making ereaders obsolete, and it’s far from certain that the latest Nook Barnes & Noble released last week will turn around the bookseller’s sinking ebook business. But that hasn’t stopped Kobo from developing a new …

Closing the Print-Digital Price Gap

One expert’s suggestion for getting customers to pay more for digital content, a study says smartphone users aren’t downloading new apps, Amazon buys video-streaming service Twitch, Pentian’s growing appeal and more.

Amazon Adds to Media Arsenal With Twitch Acquisition

Amazon announced today that it’s buying the popular live video streaming service Twitch for $970 million. The deal comes after Google, which already owns YouTube, reportedly walked away, fearing antitrust repercussions. Twitch is primarily a platform for video gamers to share live streams of the …

Progress and New Directions With Ebooks

What to watch for as ebooks enter their adolescence, Apple could be slyly needling Amazon through the iBooks store, rumors of a new waterproof Kobo device, Amazon to sell physical books in Brazil and more.

Book Marketing Blueprint

Retooling marketing strategies for the digital era, Amazon’s retort to German authors, “sorceress” turns songstress on Pottermore, Firebrand’s new ebook QA tool, tips for making book apps and much more.

Pottermore Publishes Song From ‘Singing Sorceress’

[Press Release] POTTERMORE RELEASES NEW CONTENT FROM J.K. ROWLING ABOUT SINGER CELESTINA WARBECK AND, FOR THE FIRST TIME, POSTS A SONG ON WEBSITE For release, August 18, 2014, 6am EST | 11am BST J.K. Rowling’s website pottermore.com has posted new …

Firebrand Launches Ebook Production Checking Tool: FlightDeck

Related: For the best in innovative, high-quality ebooks, check out the Digital Book Awards.  [Press Release] Firebrand Technologies, a leading publishing industry technology services company, announced today that FlightDeck, the new EPUB quality assurance tool from Firebrand’s eBook Architects team, …

Top Ebook Publishers of 2014

Tallying the publishers with the most best-selling ebooks so far this year, Kindle head Russ Grandinetti’s role in the publishing world, Bezos-owned Washington Post briefly adds Amazon ‘buy’ button, how cheap books could hurt readers and much more.