Crowdsourcing at a Crossroads?

What’s next for crowdsourced publishing, Perseus Books Group and Amazon reach agreement on ebook terms, ebooks still lag behind print sales, library discovery platform for indie ebooks expands and much more.

More Crowdsourced Content on Its Way

Last week Amazon confirmed it’s adding a crowdsourced-based option to its current slate of self-publishing offerings. While details are still forthcoming, the fact that Amazon is taking greater interest in exploring crowdsourcing as a publishing model suggests its profile is on the …

Bigger Sales, Bigger Loss at Scholastic

Inside Scholastic’s first-quarter financial report, Hachette UK reorganizes children’s division, sourcing ideas that drive digital innovation, a glitchy week for Apple, why Britain could soon seen more ebook buyers and much more.

Kindle Unlimited Goes British

UK readers get Amazon’s ebook subscription service, BookBub expands into UK market, Penguin Random House doubles down on movies, Amazon invests in hardware development, Authors United solicits Justice Department and more.

Amazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK

UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. Unlimited access to Amazon’s 650,000-title-strong catalog costs stateside users $9.99 a month, a price-point a few notches higher than the access …

Rethinking Ebooks and Media Tie-Ins

A closer look at the relationship between best-selling ebooks and TV and film adaptations, subscription ebooks redefine “publisher,” reassessing Barnes & Noble’s prospects, Amazon looks to the Netherlands, Perseus takes sales team global and more.

Authors United Mistaking Its Enemy?

Why complaining about Amazon might be the wrong approach for authors, an inside look at the state of children’s publishing, six steps to connecting with readers, reevaluating Amazon Prime’s customer base, Google’s mobile e-commerce push in India and more.

The Content Flood and Authors Whining

Sales are down for most authors. You don’t see blog posts about it or tweets, but it’s a reality. And the reason is simple: there’s more content out there than ever before. Jon Fine of Amazon calls it a tsunami …

Young Adult Sales Strong in First Half of 2014

What’s driving recent sales figures, ebook growth flattens out in Canada, tensions swirl during Amazon’s author retreat, Kindle Voyage shipments delayed, Apple’s antitrust compliance record, UK cracks down on ebook piracy and more.

Amazon Drops New Devices

A new line of tablets and e-readers quietly enters the market, Amazon outbids Google for “.buy” domain, Nook and ‘The Bookseller’ boost self-published authors, UK publishers lodge antitrust complaints against Amazon and much more.

Apple’s Big Move

How Apple’s iOS 8 could shift the e-reading terrain by adding many more iBooks customers, future-proofing ebooks, rumors of a new Kindle on the horizon, inside Amazon’s new Kindle Direct payouts and much more.

Amazon Readying New, More Expensive Kindle Model?

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch the Kindle Voyage, the latest model of its series of Kindle e-readers. The Verge, which has the news, is citing pages on Amazon sites in Germany and Japan that have since been taken down. …

Should Self-Published Authors Slow Down?

The mixed blessings of self-publishing’s speed to market, another great week for Penguin Random House best-sellers, value-added taxes on European ebooks, HarperCollins helps indies during the holidays and more.

Shatzkin Takes on Shirky in Amazon-Hachette Debate

After a month of few angry words over the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute from either party or key observers, author and technology thinker Clay Shirky and industry consultant and Digital Book World conference chairman Mike Shatzkin traded pieces on the subject. …

India’s Ebook Industry Shows Great Potential

The ebook industry in India is still an emerging market but feels like it’s about to grow – it’s like a storm brewing in the distance. It continues to swirl and swirl, yet it’s not certain when it will unleash …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 Future of Fixed-Layout Ebooks

How ebook designers can impact what comes next, Amazon widens cloud storage access and gains support for drone delivery, Audible gets into discovery, digital opportunities in Latin America and more.

Closing the Print-Digital Price Gap

One expert’s suggestion for getting customers to pay more for digital content, a study says smartphone users aren’t downloading new apps, Amazon buys video-streaming service Twitch, Pentian’s growing appeal and more.

Amazon Adds to Media Arsenal With Twitch Acquisition

Amazon announced today that it’s buying the popular live video streaming service Twitch for $970 million. The deal comes after Google, which already owns YouTube, reportedly walked away, fearing antitrust repercussions. Twitch is primarily a platform for video gamers to share live streams of the …