Inkitt, data, publisher, authors

Inkitt Announces Global Launch of iOS App

Data-driven publisher Inkitt announced today the global launch of its iOS app for iPhone and iPad that will give readers access to Inkitt’s digital library of more than 80,000 stories. The app was previously only available in Canada and Australia. “As more people read digitally we want to make it easier and faster for...

big data

Why Big Data Could Be Big Trouble

Equal parts mathematician and political activist, Cathy O’Neil has calculated the impact of algorithms on society. For the most part, she says, big data adds up to big trouble. When it comes to human activities, algorithms are expected to be models of objectivity, owing to their basis in mathematical formulae and reliance on enormous...

big data

Big Data, Big Trouble

Equal parts mathematician and political activist, Cathy O’Neil has calculated the impact of algorithms on society. For the most part, she says, big data adds up to big trouble. When it comes to human activities, algorithms are expected to be models of objectivity, owing to their basis in mathematical formulae and reliance on enormous...

Penguin Random House

PRH to Offer Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Penguin Random House announced today that it has partnered with Gradifi, a student loan pay down provider, to offer financial assistance to U.S. employees to pay down their student loan debt. “I know all too well that student loan debt burdens a great deal of our colleagues at Penguin Random House, and increasingly, our...

DBW, digital book world conference

Meet the 5 DBW 2017 Keynote Speakers

The DBW Conference attracts some of the biggest names in the industry each year to take the stage as keynote speakers. And for 2017, we’ve lined up five professionals whose experience and expertise cover a wide range of issues and subjects. John Sargent is the CEO of Macmillan Learning and Executive Vice President of the Holtzbrinck...

American Booksellers Association, Librio.fm, audiobooks, bookstores

ABA and Libro.fm Partner to Sell Audiobooks Through Indie Bookstores

The American Booksellers Association, a national trade group for independent bookstores, and digital audiobook provider Librio.fm announced today they have formed a new marketing partnership to enable independent bookstores to sell digital audiobooks. Full press release below: American Booksellers Association and Libro.fm Partner for Sale of Digital Audiobooks Through Independent Bookstores Popular Format Now...

Sharjah International Book Fair

Over 1.3 Million Visitors Attended Sharjah International Book Fair

The Sharjah International Book Fair announced today that more than 1.35 million visitors attended the event’s first week. Full press release below: Over 1.3 Million Visitors Attend First Week of Sharjah International Book Fair 2016 Footfall figures for opening seven days of 35th edition of fair break previous records Sharjah, November 9, 2016 Over...

authors, books, writing, marketing

How a Bestselling Romance Writer Cranks Out Her Books

Laurie Starkey is an indie author dynamo. She’s written 88 works of fiction in 20 months. Thirty of those 88 books were created as a ghostwriter. The other 50, she wrote and produced under several pen names, including Ali Parker, Kate Thomas and L. A. Starkey. Starkey writes in the Young Adult, paranormal New...

DBW, digital book world conference

6 Questions with DBW 2017’s Rick Joyce

DBW returns to New York City January 17-19 with a reimagined program packed with new content, more real-world solutions, and fresh faces—among them Rick Joyce. Joyvce was the chief marketing officer for the Perseus Books Group until its sale to Hachette and Ingram in 2016, and was involved since 2004 in the growth and digital...

DBW, digital book world conference

DBW 2017’s Roster Features New Voices and Familiar Faces

Digital Book World 2017’s Roster of Presenters Features New Voices, Familiar Faces from the Publishing Community and Its Partners Event Takes Place Jan. 17 – 19, 2017 in N.Y.C and Presents Leading Industry Experts NEW YORK (Nov. 8, 2016) — The 8th Annual Digital Book World (DBW 2017) announces a line-up of distinguished speakers,...

amazon, app, rapids, children, reading, kids

Does Amazon’s Newest App Dumb Down Reading?

At first I thought it was a “Saturday Night Live” parody about ebooks for kids. We’re so addicted to info-snacking, seemingly less able to (and interested in) focus on long-form reading, so let’s create a new platform that helps foster even shorter attention spans for our kids. Amazon Rapids, the company’s newest offering, is...

amazon, rapids, ebook, app, reading

Amazon Rapids and the Dumbing-Down of Reading

At first I thought it was a “Saturday Night Live” parody about ebooks for kids. We’re so addicted to info-snacking, seemingly less able to (and interested in) focus on long-form reading, so let’s create a new platform that helps foster even shorter attention spans for our kids. Amazon Rapids is nothing more than a series of...

ebooks, apps, reading, games, books, audiobooks

Ebooks, Print Under Glass, Apps and the Future of Reading

Reading a book used to be considered a fairly straightforward experience. You opened the book (it was a print book) and you started reading. Today we have ebooks and audiobooks, which, to varying degrees, have changed our reading experiences. With an ebook, we can read that same print book on our phones, on our...

ebooks, apps, reading, games, books, audiobooks

Do We Really Need to Innovate the Reading Experience?

Reading a book used to be considered a fairly straightforward experience. You opened the book (it was a print book) and you started reading. Today we have ebooks and audiobooks, which, to varying degrees, have changed our reading experiences. With an ebook, we can read that same print book on our phones, on our...

overdrive, ebooks, libraries, schools, app

Overdrive to Donate Hundreds of Ebooks to 1,000 Elementary Schools

Digital reading platform Overdrive announced yesterday that it is donating a collection of hundreds of popular ebooks to up to 1,000 elementary schools. The initiative is part of Overdrive’s marking its 30th anniversary. School officials can click here to apply to receive the donation for their school through the end of the school year. Overdrive...

OverDrive

OverDrive to Donate Popular Ebooks to 1,000 Elementary Schools

Digital reading platform Overdrive announced today that it is donating a collection of hundreds of popular ebooks to up to 1,000 elementary schools. The initiative is part of Overdrive’s marking its 30th anniversary. School officials can click here to apply to receive the donation for their school through the end of the school year. Overdrive...

amazon, app, reading, digital, children

Amazon’s Newest App Gives Kids Reading a Twist

Amazon announced yesterday that it has launched a new app for children called Rapids, which features “fun, engaging short stories told in a unique chat style.” The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and a subscription costs $2.99 a month. “Many kids already love using phones to chat with friends...

Amazon Rapids, app, reading, kids, children

Amazon Launches Rapids, a Chat-Style Kids’ Reading App

Amazon announced today that it has launched a new app for children called Rapids, which features “fun, engaging short stories told in a unique chat style.” The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and a subscription costs $2.99 a month. “Many kids already love using phones to chat with friends...

facebook, authors

How Authors Can Get Started Using Facebook

Love it or hate it, Facebook is a strong platform for authors, regardless of genre. With more than one billion users, you’re bound to find a community interested in your book(s). But before you get started, though, let’s talk about common Facebook terminology and best practices. Facebook Profile Versus Page When you sign up...

facebook, authors

Some Facebook Basics for Authors

Love it or hate it, Facebook is a strong platform for authors, regardless of genre. With more than one billion users, you’re bound to find a community interested in your book(s). But before you get started, though, let’s talk about common Facebook terminology and best practices. Facebook Profile Versus Page When you sign up...

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Scribd Adds Magazines and News to Subscription Service

Scribd announced today that it has added magazines and news articles to its subscription service, which also offers users access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, sheet music and documents. The magazines Scribd is adding are as follows: archive and current issues from Time, Fortune, Money, People, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Foreign Policy, New York Magazine, Newsweek...

Sweek, mobile, reading, writing, app, platform

Sweek Launches on All Platforms

Mobile reading and writing platform Sweek announced today that, as of the Frankfurt Book Fair, it has launched on iOS, Android and the web. Full press release below: Free mobile reading and writing platform Sweek present in over 75 countries During its successful pilot phase, Sweek, a global platform for free reading, writing and...

authors, books, sales, facebook, writing, ads

How One Author Wrote 88 Books in 20 Months

Laurie Starkey is an indie author dynamo. She’s written 88 works of fiction in 20 months. Thirty of those 88 books were created as a ghostwriter. The other 50, she wrote and produced under several pen names, including Ali Parker, Kate Thomas and L. A. Starkey. Starkey writes in the Young Adult, paranormal New...

IPR License

IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Announce Platform Partnership

[Press Release] IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. Announce Platform Partnership October 18, 2016 – IPR License and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. today announced a platform partnership just before the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair. IPR License is the first fully transactional rights and licensing marketplace within the...