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Readfy: Advertiser-Supported ‘Spotify for Ebooks’

Readfy, a new German start-up is calling itself “Spotify for ebooks,” a title that has many competitors. Unlike other subscription ebook services, however, Readfy is free and will be supported by ads. Currently, Readfy is an Android-based app with 15,000 ebook titles. The app currently has 3,500 beta testers and has plans to expand...

Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014

It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in the history of the business. Seeing as though 2013 is just about over, we’ve gathered more publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2014. In the interest of being truly bold, we’re...

Ebook Subscription Platforms: Look to Youth

There are several important roadblocks that purveyors of an ebook subscription platform need to overcome to make a commercially viable product: 1. Rights and licensing issues: Publishers, authors and agents all need to get in lockstep and it needs to happen on an early book-by-book basis. This is complex and potentially a non-starter for...

Why 24symbols Partnered With Zed and What Our Future Holds

When anyone starts a business, some premises must be defined. Those are your bets, the ones you believe that will be the framework of your potential success. 24symbols was founded with the belief that mobile devices were going to be the place where reading was going to happen next; and that new business models...

Are We Seeing the Rise of E-Book Subscription Services?

Yesterday, my employer, F+W Media, announced the launch of an e-book subscription site for art enthusiasts. If you’re an amateur artist, you can pay a flat, annual fee and have access to a library of titles about oil-painting, watercolors and whatever other arts you’re interested in. It struck me as a neat idea –...