Audible

Audible Announces New Instant Gifting Feature

Audible announced today a new feature that allows listeners to give any audiobook they own in their library to other users instantly via e-mail, text message, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other services using iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. Each recipient gets his or her first title through for free, and Audible will pay...

W3C and IDPF Exploring Plans to Combine

W3C and IDPF Exploring Plans to Combine

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced yesterday that the two organizations have mutual interest in combining to advance publishing technologies at a faster rate. Tim Berners-Lee, director of W3C, and Bill McCoy, executive director of IDPF, revealed the plans following Berners-Lee’s keynote address at IDPF DigiCon...

Amazon

Amazon Bringing VoiceView to Kindle E-Readers

Amazon announced today the introduction of VoiceView to its line of Kindle e-readers, starting with the Paperwhite. The feature had previously only been available on the company’s Fire tablets. VoiceView allows visually impaired readers to use the devices through speech feedback. Just like on the Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports linear and touch...

W3C and IDPF

W3C and IDPF Are Exploring Plans to Combine

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced today that the two organizations have mutual interest in combining to advance publishing technologies at a faster rate. Tim Berners-Lee, director of W3C, and Bill McCoy, executive director of IDPF, revealed the plans following Berners-Lee’s keynote address at IDPF DigiCon...

VitalSource

VitalSource Launches Digital Content Authoring Platform

Ingram announced today the launch of VitalSource Content Studio, which aims to simplify digital publishing for educators, academic publishers and corporate training professionals. The new service, according to a press release, is “designed to enhance the learning experience” by giving users the tools to author digital-first content that is “standards-based, responsive, interactive and accessible.”...

INscribe Digital

INscribe Digital Launches POD and Distribution Services

Ebook distributor INscribe Digital announced today the launch of INdemand, a new on demand book printing and distribution service that will allow indie and small publishers to be more flexible with their print distribution plans. The company has partnered with Edwards Brothers Malloy for printing services, and Independent Publishers Group for print distribution services....

Should Publishers See Themselves as Service Providers?

Should Publishers See Themselves as Service Providers?

Today’s publishers have it pretty rough compared to previous generations: they’ve seen the sequential rise of the Internet and ebook software upend their traditional business models, and in many cases have risen to the challenge admirably. Despite this shift, though, the last thing they want to hear is that more change is coming. Data...

Playster

Playster Partners with StreetLib and Launches Affiliate Program

Playster announced today that it has partnered with StreetLib, the largest independent multi-language publishing distributor. The partnership will bring 90,000 ebooks to Playster’s platform, including titles from indie and self-published authors. In addition, the subscription service announced the launch of the Playster Affiliate Program, which allows authors and publishers to earn additional revenue by promoting their...

Should Publishers See Themselves as Service Providers?

Should Publishers See Themselves as Service Providers?

Today’s publishers have it pretty rough compared to previous generations: they’ve seen the sequential rise of the Internet and ebook software upend their traditional business models, and in many cases have risen to the challenge admirably. Despite this shift, though, the last thing they want to hear is that more change is coming. Data...

Company Snapshots

Company Snapshots: Bibblio

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 Bibblio. What does your company do?...

Shanghai International Children's Book Fair

Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair’s ‘Ambitious Plans’

The Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair announced today that it hopes to attract 30,000 visitors to its November fair, and that entries are now open for two awards. Full press release below: Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) announces ambitious plans for 2016 · China’s only fair dedicated exclusively to children’s publishing returns on...

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

Why Reader Analytics Is No Silver Bullet

The title of this post may surprise some readers. Why is the author, who is the founder of a reader analytics company, saying that reader analytics is not a silver bullet that solves all the acquisition, discoverability, marketing and sales problems of publishers? Well, our company is based on the principles of openness, transparency...

So Who’s Afraid of Reader Analytics?

Reader Analytics Is No Silver Bullet

The title of this post may surprise some readers. Why is the author, who is the founder of reader analytics company Jellybooks, saying that reader analytics is not a silver bullet that solves all the acquisition, discoverability, marketing and sales problems of publishers? Well, Jellybooks is based on the principles of openness, transparency and...

NIMAS: Opportunities With XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

NIMAS: Opportunities with XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

Since the early nineteenth century invention of braille, the concept of making written content available to the blind or visually impaired has been a noble aspiration of civilized society. Making that concept a practical reality is another matter. Even as new, more automated, technologies arise, the challenges of accessibility remain formidable. For educational publishers,...

Will an Open Web Liberate Reading Data?

Here’s Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus

There are a number of key attributes successful publishers will be known for in the future, and these core capabilities will be very different from the ones that have led to the modern empires of the Big Five. Some attributes will remain the same, of course. For example, it will always be crucial for...

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...

Macmillan Learning

Macmillan Learning Announces Partnership with Klopotek

Macmillan Learning announced today a partnership with software solutions provider Klopotek to improve workflow management for the learning science company. Full press release below: Publishing System to Support and Improve Management of Business Processes New York, NY. Macmillan Learning today announced their partnership with Klopotek, an international software solutions provider, to improve workflow management...