Innovative Publishing Out of Italy’s Rizzoli

Italy isn’t known as a hotbed of digital publishing innovation or activity. In fact, ebooks only account for somewhere around 4% of publisher revenue in the country, according to Marcello Vena, director of digital business at RCS Libri, which owns …

Most Americans Now Reading Ebooks?

A new poll suggests e-reading is more prevalent than does another recent study, Barnes & Noble’s founder reduces his stake in the company, Samsung gets a custom Kindle app, Oyster teams up with Spritz and much more.

Rich Pickings for the Small and Beautiful

It may by my father’s Communist-leaning sympathies – power to the people and all that – but I hate to see job losses and immediately imagine the stress it may cause to individuals’ families. Job losses are inevitable as companies …

Oyster Teams up With Spritz to Bring Faster Reading Experience

[Press Email] Oyster and Spritz have teamed up to provide a reading experience unlike any other before. With a groundswell of excitement around the capabilities of Spritz, Oyster is thrilled to provide the first platform for the public to read …

Riggio Reduces Stake in Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble founder and chairman of the board Len Riggio has reduced his stake in the company to about 20% after selling 3.7 million shares of stock in the bookseller. In a statement, Riggio said that he still believes …

New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Read Ebooks

The proportion of Americans who read ebooks just shifted radically, according to a new poll from Harris Interactive, a company owned by Nielsen. Some 54% of Americans currently read ebooks, according to the new poll, conducted in March 2014 among …

Amazon Brings Goodreads Closer

A new feature further integrates Goodreads with the Amazon ecosystem, UK publishers react to Amazon’s power, Book Expo America hosts start-up pitch contest and much more.

Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature

[Press Email] Our members have been asking for a long time for a quick way to add their Amazon book purchases to their Goodreads shelves. So, we’ve come up with a new way to help: Today, we’re starting to roll …

Book Expo America to Hold Book Start-up Pitch Contest

Book club start-up Librify is helping organize the event. More about Librify. [Presss Release] Startups Pitch at BookExpo America 2014 Announcing the unveiling of the BookExpo Startup Challenge; an event at Book Expo America where publishing startups compete for the …

Penguin Partners With We Transfer on Cover Art Discovery Project

[Press Release] Penguin Books collaborates with WeTransfer to showcase covers by leading designers and artists 16 April 2014, London – A new creative partnership between Penguin Books and free file-transfer service, WeTransfer, announced today, will see unique Penguin book covers …

Webcast: Ten Cheap and Easy Way to Promote Your Book

Join us Tuesday, May 13 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00AM PT / 5:00 PM GMT for a webcast where you’ll learn effective, economical methods for promoting your content. The web, social media and a host of new marketing platforms and initiatives …

UK Digital Publishers Have Caught up to U.S.

I went to the London Book Fair last week expecting to find a vibrant digital publishing market, albeit one a year or so behind that in the U.S. In speaking with nearly a dozen prominent digital publishing observers, executives and …

Scholastic Launches Literacy and Math Learning Programs for International Markets

[Press Release] Scholastic Launches New Digital and Blended Learning Education Programs for International Markets Scholastic Literacy Pro™ and Scholastic PR1ME™ Mathematics to Be Released in Multiple Markets Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the launch …

Amazon Acquires Digital Comics Retailer ComiXology

[Press Release] AMAZON.COM TO ACQUIRE COMIXOLOGY Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic …

Amazon Publishing: Authors Are Customers

When book publishers consider their customers, historically, they were stores that retailed books. As of recently, with the distance between publisher and reader now measured in electrons, readers have entered the mix as customers publishers relate with regularly. And with …

Rightscorp to Move Into Ebook Market

[Press Release] Rightscorp Targets the $15 Billion Book Publishing Industry Success and Growth of eBook Industry Leads Company to Expand Monetization Services to Copyright Infringements in Publishing Rightscorp (OTCQB: RIHT), the leading provider of monetization services for artists and holders …

Zola Adds Social Features to iOS App

[Press Release] Zola Books’ ereading app adds in-book commenting, sharing, and free books Zola Books, a cloud platform for book discovery and reading, has turned on new features that let users read alone or with friends using highlighting, commenting and …

Book Soundtrack Start-up Booktrack Launches Classroom Tool

[Press Release] BOOKTRACK LAUNCHES BOOKTRACK CLASSROOM – A FREE EDUCATIONAL TOOL THAT SYNCHRONIZES A SOUNDTRACK TO STORIES TO INCREASE READING COMPREHENSION AND ENGAGEMENT Expansion into Education For Peter Thiel Backed Company Follows Two University Studies Showing that Reading with Booktrack Increases Comprehension …

Barnes & Noble Nook Execs Optimistic About International Expansion

Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital device and content platform is now doing business in 32 countries and 14 languages and, despite turmoil on the balance sheet for the company, the executives leading its international expansion are optimistic about the future …

Children’s Ebook Library MagicBlox Offers Lifetime Access for $38

[Press Release] MAGICBLOX CHILDREN’S E-BOOK LIBRARY HITS 1M PAGEVIEWS, CELEBRATES WITH A LIMITED PROMOTIONAL OFFER; LIFETIME ACCESS FOR $38 The popular children’s e-book provider, MagicBlox announced today that it has surpassed one million pageviews for their website, which offers customers …