Nook on the Brink?

Tracking Nook’s steady decline and forecasting what comes next, two new iPhones ideal for e-reading but no Apple mention of ebooks, Rakuten pushes intol the U.S. market, an upset on the ebook best-seller list, trade sales dip at Wiley and much more.

Charting Nook’s Decline

Barnes & Noble’s Nook division hasn’t fared well over the past four years. What was once thought to be the only credible challenger to Amazon’s dominance of the ebook business in the U.S. has fallen into a distant second or …

Barnes & Noble Narrows Losses as Revenues Decline in First Quarter

Barnes & Noble improved its first quarter performance over last year,  narrowing losses considerably even as revenues continued to decline. The Nook division in particular got much smaller, shrinking by more than half. The company lost $28.4 million (or $0.56 …

Fire-Sale for New Amazon Phone

Amazon discounts Fire Phone to $0.99 ahead of Apple product launch, new leadership at Sesame Workshop, Rakuten stocks dip after Kobo Aura H2O rollout, Adobe Digital Editions goes EPUB3 and more.

Ruckus Media Founder Lands at Literary Agency

[Press Release] VETERAN PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE RICK RICHTER JOINS ZACHARY SHUSTER HARMSWORTH LITERARY & ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, the literary and entertainment agency based in Boston and New York, announced today that Rick Richter has joined the firm as an agent …

Amazon Drops Price of Fire Phone to $0.99 With Two-Year Contract

[Press Release] Amazon Fire Phone Now 99 Cents with Two-Year Contract Plus, one year of Prime membership included Free unlimited cloud storage for photos World-class customer support with Mayday—24×7, 365 days a year 32GB Storage—Standard Dynamic Perspective, Firefly, world-class customer …

New CEO at Sesame Workshop

[Press Release] SESAME WORKSHOP APPOINTS JEFFREY DUNN AS PRESIDENT AND CEO Vincent A. Mai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, announced today the appointment of Jeffrey D. Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, …

Enhanced Ebooks and Authors

Writing content to make use of digital capabilities, James Frey launches ebook publishing venture, Hachette author slams Amazon, Kobo rolls out ‘Gone Girl’ contest, Apple’s latest legal woes and more.

Enhancing Ebooks: An Author Perspective

Right now we are facing a game-changing moment in publishing, where publication is possible for those who might never have achieved it before, an opportunity created by the rise of digital publishing. As an author I am excited by the …

Data Scientist Hilary Mason to Keynote Digital Book World 2015

UPDATE: This release has been changed to reflect Hilary Mason’s current business. [Press Release] Hilary Mason Announced as Keynote Speaker at Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015 NEW YORK – (September 8, 2014) Hilary Mason, Founder, Fast Forward Labs, …

Amazon Gambles on the Kids

Amazon’s announcement of their Kindle Kids’ publishing software platform probably caught very few in the industry off-guard. It’s been clear that Amazon’s ambition is to become both the publisher and the retailer, which, irrespective of what the industry feels, lines …

An Author Website Checklist

For some publishing projects, it’s unclear who is responsible for what when it comes to marketing. Should the author or the publisher tweet and publish Facebook posts? Who answers reader emails? And, perhaps most importantly, who runs the author website? …

Amazon: Self-Publish Kids Books

Two new tools for self-publishing children’s books, Amazon’s CFO resigns, executive staffing changes at Penguin Random House and Verso, Oyster poaches Amazon books editor and much more.

Amazon Launches KDP Kids and Kindle Kids’ Book Creator

Amazon has launched a new self-publishing product that should help it continue to maintain its dominant control over the indie author market: KDP Kids and the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. KDP Kids is a new program that is designed to …

6 Steps to Overcoming Social Media Writer’s Block, Part 1

Part 1 in a 2-part series For self-published ebook authors, there’s one aspect of marketing that offers substantial exposure at a very low price: social media. It’s free, after all, and with social media, you can reach readers throughout the world. …

Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Partnership, Targeting Libraries

[Press Release] Ingram and ProQuest Expand Ebook Collaboration More titles from ebrary® and EBL™ available through OASIS®, with more points of platform integration, make e-book ordering easier for libraries Ingram Content Group Inc., and ProQuest LLC today announced an expanded …

Amazon Chief Financial Officer to Retire Summer 2015

[Press Release] Amazon.com has added a news release to its Media Room website. Title: Amazon’s Chief Financial Officer to Retire in Summer of 2015 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial …

The Changing Ebook Subscription Landscape

Taking stock of the fast-evolving subscription ebook world, Penguin Random House continues strong showing on ebook best-seller list, Samsung doubles down on publishing, Txtr gets onto web browsers and much more.

Kobo Adds Exclusive Kids Content From Reading Eggs

Related: Kobo Launches Waterproof Aura H2O E-Reader [Press Release] Kobo Announces Exclusive Partnership With Reading Eggs To Help Young Readers Come Out Of Their Shell This School Year Great educational titles for young “eggsplorers” of all levels now available at …