Google Play Rethinks Nonfiction Ebooks

New features show Google Play differentiating e-reading UX by genre, a look at one of the growing mobile device maker Xiaomi, consumers prefer Fire Phone ads to Fire Phone, why Sony might be considering ebook resale and much more.

Lights Out for Enhanced Ebooks?

Whether it’s still worth developing interactive digital content, a breakthrough in screen technology, why Apple is courting Alibaba, Amazon Prime stays hot as Fire Phone goes cold, mounting privacy concerns for mobile users and more.

Young Adult Still Driving Trade Growth

Recent sales figures show young adult and children’s titles still propelling modest growth for trade publishers, Hachette Livre increases its stake in a Russian publisher, iBooks bulks up its promotional toolkit and much more.

Self-Published Titles Rally on Ebook Best-Seller List

Recent weeks saw the brief ascent of higher-priced titles from traditional publishers on the Ebook Best-Seller List, a phenomenon that reversed course last week and is replaced this one by the resurgence of less expensive, self-published titles. Penelope Ward’s self-published Stepbrother Dearest remains squarely within the …

Kobo Adds Marvel Digital Comics

Marvel adds more than 250 of its titles to Kobo’s catalog, HarperCollins launches a new podcast series, ALA applauds Adobe’s privacy patch and calls for further steps, subscription ebooks eyeing emerging markets and much more.

ALA Applauds Adobe’s Privacy Steps, Encourages More

The American Library Association responds to Adobe’s recent software update to address concerns over the transmission of user data culled from Adobe Digital Editions, the ebook reading platform. In a statement today, the ALA applauded the patch Adobe instituted last week …

HarperCollins Widens Direct Marketing Push With Podcast Series

HarperCollins announces a weekly podcast program featuring conversations with some of the publisher’s top authors. The series, called “HarperCollins Presents,” builds on the publisher’s existing base of followers on SoundCloud, the audio streaming platform, and marks the latest in a coordinated …

Marvel Adds Digital Comics to Kobo Catalog

Marvel adds many of its most popular digital comics to Kobo’s content library, in a deal a Kobo spokesperson says encompasses more than 250 fixed-layout illustrated ebooks. Related: The Latest in Fixed-Layout Ebook Production | Kobo’s Nathan Maharaj to Speak at Digital Book World 2015 [Press Release] …

Hachette War Hurting Amazon?

Whether the ongoing standoff is finally impacting Amazon’s business, Austria mandates minimum ebook prices, Apple plays offense on iBooks, Pearson and Penguin Random House hold steady in third quarter and much more.

The How and Why of Browser-Based Ebooks

The strategic incentives and technical challenges of publishing ebooks in web browsers, Amazon shares slide as earnings disappoint, Adobe updates Digital Editions to improve privacy and more.

Adobe Updates Digital Editions to Address Privacy Concerns

As promised, Adobe is rolling out a software update to Digital Editions 4 in order to address privacy concerns involving the data gathering program that came to light earlier this month. In addition to displaying the relevant sections of its privacy policy more prominently, Adobe …

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 …