Amazon Brings Goodreads Closer

A new feature further integrates Goodreads with the Amazon ecosystem, UK publishers react to Amazon’s power, Book Expo America hosts start-up pitch contest and much more.

Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature

[Press Email] Our members have been asking for a long time for a quick way to add their Amazon book purchases to their Goodreads shelves. So, we’ve come up with a new way to help: Today, we’re starting to roll …

Amazon Acquires Digital Comics Retailer ComiXology

[Press Release] AMAZON.COM TO ACQUIRE COMIXOLOGY Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic …

Amazon Publishing: Authors Are Customers

When book publishers consider their customers, historically, they were stores that retailed books. As of recently, with the distance between publisher and reader now measured in electrons, readers have entered the mix as customers publishers relate with regularly. And with …

Amazon’s Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing

Related: Understanding authors — three Digital Book World reports on authors.  The term “self-publishing” may have outlived its usefulness, according to Jon Fine, director of author and publishing relations at Amazon, speaking at the Publishing for Digital Minds conference this …

Ebooks Way Too Cheap?

One content pricing consultant’s analysis, taking the tally of best-selling ebooks, estimating Kindle ebook sales, Hachette appoints a new executive editor and more.

Content Pricing Consultant: Ebooks Should Be (Much) More Expensive

Imagine a cold winter day in New England. Now, imagine wanting a particular book. You have three options, according to Frank Luby, a pricing consultant and former journalist, speaking at the Copy Right Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2014 conference in New …

Amazon Gets Into Living Rooms With Amazon Fire TV

[Press Release] Introducing Amazon Fire TV: The Easiest Way to Watch Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and More on Your Big-Screen TV Powerful performance with 3x the processing power, 4x the memory, dedicated GPU, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi …

Data on Readers Still Scarce, Retailers Should Take Action

As e-reading continues to spread, online reader communities to thrive and self-publishing and social reading platforms to develop, you’d think information about who’s reading what and how would be easier to come by. You’d be wrong. The book business is …

Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Harlequin’s Annual Results

Harlequin announced their annual results last week and it was another disappointing year for the world’s leading romance book publisher. Harlequin is an interesting case study review about how the disruption of digital has affected traditional publishing. Harlequin has sold direct …

Amazon Publishing Launches German-Language Publishing Program

Related: Amazon Publishing Roars With Best-Sellers [Press Release] Amazon Publishing Launches German-Language Publishing Program Debut list will include new titles from best-selling German authors Emily Bold and Alexander Hartung Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of a new German-language publishing …

Who Is Really an Author?

Debating who can lay claim to the term, a closer look at Hugh Howey’s self-publishing advocacy, making pricing decisions, analyzing Amazon’s ebook dominance and more.

Amazon Teams up With Kaplan on GMAT Study Ebook

[Press Release] Kaplan Test Prep Introduces the First GMAT Course eBook for Kindle Fire Tablets and Kindle Reading Apps via Whispercast With Tablet Adoption Surging, the Kindle Cross-Platform Offering Allows Aspiring Business School Students Greater Study Flexibility Kaplan Test Prep …

Ebooks Power Hachette to Strong 2013 Finish

Hachette’s fourth-quarter bump from digital sales, Amazon’s continued momentum on the ebook best-seller list, a new business forum for self-published authors, new spins on questions about relevance and elitism in traditional publishing and more.