amazon, kindle, goodreads, ebook, e-book, author

Goodreads Rolls Out Kindle Ebook Giveaway Program

Goodreads announced in a blog post that it has established a giveaway program for Kindle ebooks, currently in beta. Previously, the program had only been available for print books. Authors or publishers—whoever controls the digital distribution rights—can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook and choose how long the giveaway will...

Pew Research Center

Pew Report: Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Mobile World

An analysis by the Pew Research Center looked at time spent on mobile phones viewing long-form content vs. time spent viewing short-form content. The report’s big takeaway: “Consumers do spend more cellphone time on average with long-form news articles than with short-form.” Full press release below: Long-Form Reading Shows Signs of Life in Our...

Goodreads

Goodreads Introduces Kindle Ebook Giveaway Program

Goodreads announced in a blog post that it has established a giveaway program for Kindle ebooks, currently in beta. Previously, the program had only been available for print books. Authors or publishers—whoever controls the digital distribution rights—can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook and choose how long the giveaway will run....

libraries, schools, book, reading

National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Nord Compo

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 Nord Compo. What does your company...

Red Empress

Red Empress Publishing Offers Authors a New Alternative

Red Empress Publishing announced yesterday that it is calling for book submissions ahead of its May 17 launch. According to a press release, the American-owned but China-headquartered publisher “aims to offer writers an alternative to both traditional publishing and Print-On-Demand services by using cost-effective printing and shipping methods and passing these savings on to...

Hachette

Hachette Opens New Warehouse to Accommodate Acquisitions

Hachette announced today that it has opened a new warehouse in Lebanon Business Park—25 miles from Indianapolis—a space that the publisher has occupied for 20 years. Since that time, Hachette has continued expanding its footprint and will now occupy more than 2 million square feet spread over three facilities. The newest addition was built...

BookShout

HarperCollins Chooses BookShout to Provide Ebook Fulfillment

BookShout announced today that HarperCollins has selected its platform to provide ebook fulfillment for direct-to-consumer sales via HarperCollins US, HarperCollins UK and other websites. Bookshout’s app and web reader will replace the current HC reader that is available on iOS and Android devices, and will provide a more intuitive user interface, in-app book discovery,...

audiobooks, authors, self-publishing, indie authors, audio

4 Reasons Authors Should Produce Audiobooks

Recently, an author commented in a writer’s forum that he was just starting to create audiobooks and felt like he was coming late to the party. I could understand why he’d feel that way. After all, news sites and other authors often discuss the explosive growth in the audiobook market, noting that this industry...

audiobooks, authors, self-publishing, indie authors, audio

Make Audiobook Creation Your Goal for 2016

Recently, an author commented in a writer’s forum that he was just starting to create audiobooks and felt like he was coming late to the party. I could understand why he’d feel that way. After all, news sites and other authors often discuss the explosive growth in the audiobook market, noting that this industry...

Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center Acquires Ixxus

Clearance Center announced today that it has acquired Ixxus, a global leader in Enterprise Content Management solutions—a market expected to grow from $5.5 billion in 2014 to $9.4+ billion in 2018. Together, the companies aim to diversify the value they provide to customers and explore more in-depth content and rights management solutions. Full press...

Ingenta

Ingenta Partners with TrendMD and ReadCube

Ingenta announced today that it has partnered with the scholarly discovery services TrendMD and ReadCube to enhance discoverability of articles hosted on its aggregated content portal, Ingenta Connect. Full press release below: TrendMD and ReadCube integration across Ingenta Connect enhances scholarly article discovery Oxford, 3rd May 2016 – Ingenta has partnered with the scholarly discovery...

Shelfie

Harvard Book Store Partners with Shelfie to Offer Ebook Bundles

Harvard Book Store announced today that it has partnered with the smartphone app Shelfie to offer ebook bundles on a select number of New York Times bestsellers. According to a press release, bookstores that partner with Shelfie see a 180-percent lift in sales on “books stickered with the offer of a free or discounted...

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day Will Support Early Literacy Development

On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age, as well as building community and participation at local libraries. Last year, National Readathon Day raised $100,000 that went to benefit the...

Hachette

Hachette and Kadokawa Close Deal to Create Yen Press

Hachette and Kadokawa have closed their previously announced deal to create a joint venture, Yen Press LLC. Effective May 1, Kadokawa, a Japanese publisher of manga and light novels, is the majority owner of the new stand-alone company, and Hachette is its minority shareholder. With the completion of this deal, Yen Press will become...

books, ebooks, data, readers, publishers, authors

How Do We Make Reading Relevant to Today’s Consumer?

“In a world where users can access entertainment from their mobile devices anytime and anyplace,” writes Scribd COO Eric Shoup, “all forms of media are competing against each other for a resource that is quickly becoming scarce: user attention. “Media consumption patterns are increasingly mobile, increasingly digital and often multi-platform. This evolution has created...

books, ebooks, data, readers, publishers, authors

How to Make Reading Relevant to Today’s Consumer

In a world where users can access entertainment from their mobile devices anytime and anyplace, all forms of media are competing against each other for a resource that is quickly becoming scarce: user attention. Media consumption patterns are increasingly mobile, increasingly digital and often multi-platform. This evolution has created a “multi-tasking” form of consumption, in...

How Does Age Affect Reading Behavior?

How Does Age Affect Reading Behavior?

Do books have age-specific audiences? We will not look at the age of book buyers, but rather at how reading a book, and specifically the completion rate (the percentage of readers who finish reading a book), correlates with age. Completion rates are an interesting proxy for understanding how strongly a book engages a specific...

Amazon

Amazon Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion

[Press Release] Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion SEATTLE–Apr. 28, 2016– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended...

Inkitt

Data-Driven Publisher Inkitt Signs First Predicted Bestseller with Tor Books

Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today that it is partnering with Tor Books to, according to a press release, “release the first novel selected by an algorithm for publishing.” Bright Star, a young adult novel by Erin Swan, was discovered using predictive data that analyzed reading patterns on the platform. The novel is expected to...

IPR License

Frankfurt Book Fair Becomes Majority Shareholder of IPR License

The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that it has become the majority shareholder of IPR License, a global rights and licensing trading platform. The Fair had previously made “a significant investment” in IPR in May 2015. Full press release below: Frankfurt Book Fair takes majority shareholding in IPR License Frankfurt, 28 April 2016 –...

A Case Study on How to Build a Successful Indie Press

A Case Study on How to Build a Successful Indie Press

Most featured publishers in this series have some sort of niche. Indeed, many smaller publishing houses around the world benefit from a narrower focus than the big guys do, picking up enthusiasts in very specific areas of interest. And the interest area of today’s featured publisher isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. Octane Press...

Octane Press

Octane Press: Accelerating Growth Through a Niche Output

Most featured publishers in this series have some sort of niche. Indeed, many smaller publishing houses around the world benefit from a narrower focus than the big guys do, picking up enthusiasts in very specific areas of interest. And the interest area of today’s featured publisher isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. Octane Press...

Kobo, e-reading, e-readers, ebooks, e-books

Kobo Launches in Turkey

Kobo announced today that it has partnered with D&R, Turkey’s largest book and media retailer, to bring its e-reading platform and devices to the country. Full press release below: RAKUTEN KOBO PARTNERS WITH RETAILER D&R TO BRING WORLD-CLASS EREADING SERVICE TO READERS IN TURKEY Partnership offers a full-service digital reading experience powered by Kobo, complete...

facebook, amazon, bookstores, ebooks, e-reading

How Facebook Could Become the World’s Largest Bookstore

A month or so ago, Facebook reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015, and let’s just say they crushed the ball. Knocked the cover off. Pointed to the bleachers and then hit it out of the park. The big moneymaker was its burgeoning video ad business. Facebook states that people are watching...

AAP, books, ebooks, sales, publishers

Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth

The AAP released its latest sales numbers today, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014. Overall publisher revenue for 2015, however, was $15.4 billion, down 2.6 percent from the previous year. A couple key takeaways: Ebook sales declined in 2015; digital...

Ingenta

Ingenta and Kudos Partner to Drive Discoverability of Academic Content

Ingenta and Kudos today announced a new partnership to make the Kudos service available to publishers hosted on the Ingenta Connect platform. Kudos works with academic publishers to help scholarly authors increase the visibility and impact of their published articles. The service provides a platform for creating information to help searching, for sharing information...

Amazon

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds New Content for Kids Ages 9-12

Amazon today announced the addition of thousands of new pieces of content to the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited content subscription, all aimed at children ages 9-12. The new additions include books, videos, educational apps and games. Additionally, Amazon introduced FreeTime Smart Filters, a new feature that gives parents more control over what content their children...

Why Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books

Why Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books

An open letter has been making the rounds the last couple days that pits the self-publishing community against one of the banners of big corporate publishing. What this all comes down to is respect. The self-publishing community is a passionate one, believing its authors have just as much of a right to publish a...

Book Industry Guild of New York

BIGNY Accepting Submissions for 30th Annual New York Book Show

The Book Industry Guild of New York is holding its 30th annual New York Book Show October 13, 2016 and is now accepting submissions. The deadline is May 4, 2016. Full press release below: Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) Accepting 30th Annual New York Book Show Submissions April 25, 2016 For Immediate...

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble Should Carry Indie Books

An open letter has been making the rounds the last couple days that pits the self-publishing community against one of the banners of big corporate publishing. Here’s an excerpt from indie author Cambria Herbert’s “An open letter to Barnes and Noble” (Emphasis is hers): This isn’t just an angry letter because I got another form rejection....