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 …

Progress and New Directions With Ebooks

What to watch for as ebooks enter their adolescence, Apple could be slyly needling Amazon through the iBooks store, rumors of a new waterproof Kobo device, Amazon to sell physical books in Brazil and more.

Book Marketing Blueprint

Retooling marketing strategies for the digital era, Amazon’s retort to German authors, “sorceress” turns songstress on Pottermore, Firebrand’s new ebook QA tool, tips for making book apps and much more.

Top Ebook Publishers of 2014

Tallying the publishers with the most best-selling ebooks so far this year, Kindle head Russ Grandinetti’s role in the publishing world, Bezos-owned Washington Post briefly adds Amazon ‘buy’ button, how cheap books could hurt readers and much more.

The New Trend in Ebook Prices

Accounting for the steady rise in prices of best-selling ebooks, Amazon’s gamble on customer loyalty, the Colbert Report’s hand in boosting books, Orwell’s estate responds to Amazon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt grows and more.

New Ebook Production Tools

Getting acquainted with the new production technologies, weighing the future of digital content development, Rosetta Books moves to reinvent print models, Amazon’s campus expansion and more.

Amazon Expands Campus Bookstore Program, Launches at Purdue

Amazon has launched an online campus bookstore at Purdue that the university says will save students there $6 million a year. The launch is an expansion of its Amazon Campus program, which opened a similar store at University of California, …