Back to Agency Ebook Pricing at Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster reaches an agreement with Amazon allowing it to set ebook prices, Atavist Books shuts its doors, Apple Pay and in-app purchasing, librarians hamstrung to protect users’ privacy, enhanced ebooks embrace video and more.

Simon & Schuster Strikes Amazon Deal Reviving Agency Ebook Pricing

This post has been updated with new information. Simon & Schuster has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Amazon, according to reports today by the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. Neither Amazon nor Simon & Schuster have publicly announced …

Will Amazon Pressure Indie Authors?

Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn on why indie authors won’t be spared Amazon’s profit-improving tactics, Google Play’s swift growth, gloomy forecast for global e-reader market, Amazon tests “Apple store concept” and more.

Ebook Subscription Service Entitle Improves Recommendation Engine

Entitle announces an upgrade to its recommendation engine in an effort to improve discovery through its subscription-based ebook platform. Related: Tactics for Boosting Ebook Discovery at Digital Book World 2015 Entitle CEO Bryan Batten explains how the upgraded recommendation system works: We …

Wattpad Novel Scores Movie Deal

‘After’ by Wattpad author Anna Todd follows up its Simon & Schuster book deal by landing a movie deal with Paramount, the digital educational content market expands, Google and Apple face off on premium tablets and much more.

Growth Projected for Digital Educational Content

A new survey suggests the market for supplemental educational products is expanding, driven by an uptick in institutions’ investment in digital content as well as by the impact of the Common Core standards. Learn more: Digital Book World 2015 Explores the Digital …

Putting Big Data to Work

Clearing up common misperceptions about data analysis in publishing today, a sneak peek at Apple’s newest tablets, the Fire Phone still isn’t catching, weighing Amazon’s physical retail logic and much more.

Amazon Offers Authors More Crowdsourcing

Amazon rolls out new “reader-powered” publishing program Kindle Scout, Google takes on Amazon Prime with new delivery service, pricier ebooks selling briskly, Aspen Institute assesses libraries’ digital transition and much more.

Higher-Priced Ebooks Climb the Best-Seller List

On last week’s list, seven titles with price tags higher than $10 contributed to pushing the average price of a best-selling ebook up to $7.74. That figure now jumps to $8.39, as more than a third of this week’s top-25 titles …

Rethinking Ebooks for Web Browsers

Why publishers and ebook developers are looking anew at browser-based e-reading, new Nook gets a bigger screen, Scribd accused of ebook piracy, ALA upbraids Adobe on data gathering, Baker & Taylor expands to New Zealand and more.

ALA Confronts Adobe on Ebook Data Gathering

The American Library Association (ALA)’s President Courtney Young vowed to “continue investigating possible violations of applicable federal or state laws on commerce/trade and privacy” in response to last week’s revelations about Adobe’s extensive tracking of ebook readers’ data through Adobe …

Kobo Gives a Data Lesson

Kobo helps authors and publishers put their ebook data to use, poor UX hinders mobile e-reading, debating whether Amazon’s a monopoly, Amazon ups investment in video, Lenovo pushes tablet-based e-reading in India and much more.

Amazon Gets Physical

The e-tailer plans to open a physical store in Manhattan, Amazon arms authors with data and resources, ebooks on track to overtake print by 2018, HarperCollins adds titles to Bookmate’s catalog, the latest on Adobe’s data tracking and more.

Hachette Shares New Tools and Data With Authors and Agents

[Press Release] Hachette Book Group’s Author and Agent Portal October 9, 2014 Hachette Book Group has just launched their Author and Agent Portal, an important new channel within, the company’s business platform. The Portal provides a self-service option that …

Self-Publishing Turns a Corner

Data suggesting the self-publishing market is maturing, HarperCollins expands in Germany, Simon & Schuster imprint scraps DRM, Nook puts news into libraries, rethinking English translation rights sales, new workflow tools and more.

Self-Publishing Maturing, Up 17% Last Year in the U.S.

The self-publishing market is entering a new stage of maturity after an initial boom several years ago, according to Bowker’s latest analysis of ISBN registrations in the U.S. from 2008 through 2013. To be sure, not all self-published authors obtain …

HarperCollins Launches German Division

Related: Digital Book World 2015 Turns Spotlight on Publishing in Global Markets [Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Forms HarperCollins Germany Plans Expansion of Foreign Language Publishing FRANKFURT, Germany (October 8, 2014) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany, …

Futureproofs Platform Offers Collaborative In-Browser Editing Tools

[Press Release] Collaborative on-screen proofing tool launches Cambridge Publishing Solutions launch their new Futureproofs platform on 8 October 2014 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, helping publishers to create quality books more cheaply and quickly. Futureproofs is an innovative new browser-based …

Adobe Tracking Ebook Readers’ Data

Adobe Digital Editions confirms it’s collecting user data, Amazon and Apple compete for mobile readers, Bertelsmann weighs increasing stake in Penguin Random House, Slicebooks contracts d2c client and more.

Adobe Confirms It’s Gathering Ebook Readers’ Data

This post has been updated with new information. Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by The Digital Reader and Ars Technica that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the latest version of the widely used ebook platform, is gathering extensive data on its users’ ebook reading …

E-Textbook Start-Up RedShelf Snags Former Macmillan Exec

Related: Inside the New World of Higher Education Publishing at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] RedShelf Cements Position in Digital Textbook Space and Hires Tom Scotty, former Macmillan Higher Ed Exec, as COO New data from RedShelf reveals eTextbook …

Simon & Schuster’s New Social Experiment

The publisher teams up with social content-sharing platform Milq to boost discovery, Amazon distributes the ‘Washington Post’ through new tablets, Bertelsmann gets bigger, the latest in browser-based e-reading and more.

McGraw-Hill Puts Professional Ebooks in Closer Reach of Libraries

[Press Release] McGraw-Hill Professional eBook Library Now Available Through YBP Library Services GOBI-3 Platform NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — McGraw-Hill Professional (MHP), a leading global publisher of professional content, is partnering with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic …