amazon, kindle, kindle reading fund, e-readers, fire, tablet

Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund

Amazon announced in a blog post today that it is launching the Kindle Reading Fund, a program that will work to make books “more easily available to communities around the world through digital reading.” The Fund will include donations of Kindle e-readers and ebooks. As part of the new program, Amazon is partnering with...

ebooks, pdf, ocr, scan, agents, authors, publishers

What Agents Should Know About Ebooks Made from PDFs

Agents, here’s what you should know about ebooks made from PDFs: they’re not perfect. Knowing this will put you in a better position to protect your authors’ work. While an ebook made from a PDF is almost certainly better than one made from a scan (OCR), don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it...

ebooks, pdf, ocr, scan, agents, authors, publishers

What Agents Need to Know About Their Authors’ Ebooks

Agents, here’s what you should know about ebooks made from PDFs: they’re not perfect. Knowing this will put you in a better position to protect your authors’ work. While an ebook made from a PDF is almost certainly better than one made from a scan (OCR), don’t fall into the trap of thinking that...

bibliotecha

Bibliotheca Announces Partnership with PRH’s Living Language

Bibliotecha announced today that it has partnered with Living Language, an imprint of Penguin Random House, to exclusively distribute its digital language learning courses to public libraries. Full press release below: bibliotheca partners with Living Language as the exclusive distributor of digital subscriptions for public libraries Oakdale, Minn. – Aug. 23, 2016 –bibliotheca announced...

Booktrack

Booktrack Classroom Partners with Microsoft

Booktrack, a platform that synchronizes ebooks and audiobooks with movie-style soundtracks, has partnered with Microsoft to bring its technology to millions of students. The New Zealand-based Booktrack will get a major boost for its educational platform, Booktrack Classroom—currently used in more than 15,000 classrooms—which will take advantage of Microsoft’s single sign-on technology and will...

ODILO

ODILO Partners with Claned on EdTech Solutions

ODILO announced last week that it has partnered with Claned, bringing the former’s 1.1 million pieces of digital content to Claned’s customer base. Claned, a Finnish company working in “education methodology,” will bring its artificial intelligence technology to ODILO’s customers. “Claned is a natural partner for us,” said Rodrigo Rodriguez Lopez, CEO of ODILO. “We...

bookstores, barnes & noble, data, amazon, publishers

Why Shop at a Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore?

Do you still shop at your local bookstore? I typically go once, maybe twice a year, and the last time for me was December 2015. This weekend, though, I made a rare summer visit to my local Barnes & Noble in search of books for my almost six-month-old grandson, Jasper. No matter how good...

publishers, data, big data

What the Panama Papers Tell Publishers About Big Data

The release of the Panama Papers earlier this year unveiled a global conspiracy of tax evasion and money laundering by some of the world’s most powerful politicians, officials and businesses. Just a month ago, new revelations showed that corrupt officials across Africa have used shell companies to hide profits from the sale of natural...

publishers, data, big data

How the Panama Papers Show Publishers the Value of Big Data

The release of the Panama Papers earlier this year unveiled a global conspiracy of tax evasion and money laundering by some of the world’s most powerful politicians, officials and businesses. Just a month ago, new revelations showed that corrupt officials across Africa have used shell companies to hide profits from the sale of natural...

marketing, books, authors

The Author’s Guide to Book Marketing

I’ve worked in the world of books for over a decade, mostly in marketing, from major houses like Wiley and FSG to Amazon to my current role at the start-up Inkshares, where I’m VP of Marketing & Operations. I’ve worked with hundreds of authors and have even been a part of getting a few...

audiobooks, print books

Why Audiobooks Are Better Than Print Books

I’m always surprised by the hesitancy with which some people approach audiobooks. Despite their ability to offer consumers a uniquely beneficial experience with the text, the format is frequently met with reservations. Last month, Daniel Berkowitz discussed some of those misgivings in his piece “Audiobooks Make Me Feel Like I’m Cheating” for this publication....

audiobooks, print books

Why Audio Is Better Than Print

I’m always surprised by the hesitancy with which some people approach audiobooks. Despite their ability to offer consumers a uniquely beneficial experience with the text, the format is frequently met with reservations. Last month, Daniel Berkowitz discussed some of those misgivings in his piece “Audiobooks Make Me Feel Like I’m Cheating” for this publication....

Copyright Clearance Center

CCC Launches RightFind Content Decision Support

Copyright Clearance Center announced today the launch of RightFind Content Decision Support, an easy-to-use, cloud-based analytics platform that helps information center managers make data-driven decisions to optimize content investments. According to a press release, CDS “combines comprehensive usage and spend data, predictive analytics and data visualizations, and budget forecast and planning tools in a...

Amazon

Amazon Publishing Announces Winner of Little A Poetry Contest

[Press Release] Amazon Publishing Announces Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa as the Winner of the Little A Poetry Contest Jericho Brown, Cornelius Eady and Kimiko Hahn select Rummage by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa as the winner of the Little A Poetry Contest Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa’s collection will be published by Little A in 2017 Today, Amazon Publishing...

Ratings Catcher

Ratings Catcher Adds Support for Goodreads, B&N and Kobo

Ratings Catcher, a recently launched service that offers authors a convenient way to gather all their books’ reviews in one central place, announced today that it has added review monitoring for Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. The service was previously limited to Kindle and iBooks. Ratings Catcher also offers options to track reviews...

indie publishers

Welcome to the Golden Age of Indie Publishers

A number of years ago, I predicted the publishing and bookselling industries would follow a boutique model, with the large and small and little in between. Note: this also applies to other industries, in most part due to the digital age and today’s customer. Book sales would be split between higher priced print books,...

indie publishers

The Global Golden Age for Independent Publishers Has Begun

A number of years ago, I predicted the publishing and bookselling industries would follow a boutique model, with the large and small and little in between. Note: this also applies to other industries, in most part due to the digital age and today’s customer. Book sales would be split between higher priced print books,...

CliffNotes, e-learning, digital learning

CliffsNotes Adds Personalized, Subscription-Based Digital Guides

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and digital learning platform BenchPrep announced today that they have partnered to add a set of new digital features to the CliffNotes study guide series. HMH, which acquired CliffsNotes in 2012, will provide subscription-based test prep and subject review guides by CliffsNotes for both web and mobile through BenchPrep’s platform. “We are...

publishers, seo, research, keywords, editorial

Topic (Keyword) Research & Analysis Insights for Publishers

In this article, you’re going to get an insider look at how to effectively research and analyze keywords for print and online publishing. The data that you have at your disposal is incredible, and it’s vital that a publisher extract all the knowledge it can from understanding how its target audience seeks out topics...

gamescom, frankfurt book fair

Frankfurt Book Fair and gamescom to Host Publishers’ Pitch

[Press Release] Publishers’ Pitch launched at gamescom 2016: Five publishers present book projects with games-appeal Holger Volland will speak at the gamescom congress about storytelling in the age of virtual reality Frankfurt, 8 August 2016 – Book publishers and the games industry want to do more business together. The Frankfurt Book Fair (19 to...

augmented reality, ar, publishers, customers, sales, ebooks, print, digital

What Publishers Can Learn from Pokemon Go

Long considered nothing more than a gimmicky fad, it turns out that augmented reality (AR) is actually alive and well. At least that’s the case when it’s associated with a brand as large as Pokemon. By now you’ve undoubtedly heard all the Pokemon Go stories, and maybe you’ve even dodged a player or two,...

augmented reality, ar, publishers, customers, sales, ebooks, print, digital

What Can Publishers Learn from Pokemon Go?

Long considered nothing more than a gimmicky fad, it turns out that augmented reality (AR) is actually alive and well. At least that’s the case when it’s associated with a brand as large as Pokemon. By now you’ve undoubtedly heard all the Pokemon Go stories, and maybe you’ve even dodged a player or two,...

video, publishers, virtual reality, vr, mobile, augmented reality, self-driving cars

What Digital Publishers Need to Know About Video

If one were to define “digital publishing” loosely, it would be an amalgam of interactive, engaging content—delivered straight to the end user through online platforms. What sets it apart from traditional publishing is its format, which is designed for ease of consumption and extending unparalleled accessibility. Digital publishing has provided a global platform for...

authors, facebook, marketing, books, sales

3 Facebook Changes Authors Need to Know About

The competition to be king of the social media hill is hotter than ever, and Facebook cannot coast just because it’s on top. Snapchat and Twitter are making changes regularly to try to woo users to their platforms. In order to stay on top, therefore, Facebook needs to constantly innovate. You can always expect...

authors, facebook, marketing, books, sales

3 Facebook Changes You Need to Know About

The competition to be king of the social media hill is hotter than ever, and Facebook cannot coast just because it’s on top. Snapchat and Twitter are making changes regularly to try to woo users to their platforms. In order to stay on top, therefore, Facebook needs to constantly innovate. You can always expect...

video, publishers, virtual reality, vr, mobile, augmented reality, self-driving cars

Is Video for Digital Publishers Worth the Hype?

If one were to define “digital publishing” loosely, it would be an amalgam of interactive, engaging content—delivered straight to the end user through online platforms. What sets it apart from traditional publishing is its format, which is designed for ease of consumption and extending unparalleled accessibility. Digital publishing has provided a global platform for...

Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks Expands ‘Put Me in the Story’ to Simple Truths Imprint

Sourcebooks announced today that it is expanding its personalized book platform, Put Me in the Story, beyond children’s books with the addition of Simple Truths. Simple Truths, an imprint that focuses on business, leadership, teamwork and motivational books, will now offer businesses and organizations the ability to add their logos, brands and messages to...

Typefi, fonts, workflow, automation

Typefi and Extensis Partner to Streamline Font Management in Workflows

Typefi and Extensis announced today that the two companies will partner to integrate Extensis’s font management solutions with Typefi’s publishing platform. Typefi, founded in 2001, allows publishers to automate many daily tasks. Extensis offers font management solutions, including Universal Type Server and FontLink, that help companies avoid font-related issues during their workflows. “Fonts are...