Audiobooks

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Lagardère Profits Shrink

Sales at Hachette Book Group fell 4.9% in 2014 from the previous year, according to the publisher’s parent company Lagardère, which finds its full-year profits down 11.7% during the period. In the U.S. Hachette weathered a difficult 2014, which included an acrimonious dispute with Amazon over ebook margins. The publisher attributes the 3% drop...

Scribd Adds 10,000 Digital Comics as Subscription Catalog Hits 1 Million

The term “ebook subscription service” may be losing some of its utility. With the addition of 10,000 digital comics to its subscription-based content catalog today, Scribd now offers more than 1 million titles across a range of media. That puts the size of Scribd’s content offering roughly on par with Oyster’s, which said it had hit the...

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Mobile Moves to the Center

How the mobile boom is driving a number of trends in a digital landscape where ebook growth has stalled, a full recap of Digital Book World 2015 conference coverage, Amazon reassures authors on Kindle Unlimited, data on authors' earnings and much more.

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iBooks Adding a Million New Users a Week

Apple's iBooks head Keith Moerer joins DBW15 to discuss the ebook business's rapid growth, charting the rise of audiobooks among ebook readers and beyond, Macmillan and Springer merge, rethinking social media and more.

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Why 2015 Is the Year of the Customer

Rodale Books Publisher Mary Ann Naples agrees with Seth Godin that publishers must rethink their customer relationships, the can- and can't-do's of data-based publishing, Recorded Books bulks up and much more.

Eleven Digital Publishing Trends for 2015

Trends and opportunities for digital publishers to watch heading into next year, Digital Book World 2015 Conference Chair Mike Shatzkin's exhaustive precap of the approaching conference, the appeal of 'digical' retail and more.

Microsoft Bids Nook Adieu

Barnes & Noble agrees to buy out Microsoft's stake in Nook Media, why Walmart should set its sights on Nook, Barnes & Noble has another weak quarter, weighing whether Amazon can be constrained and whether or not it should, 3M adds audiobooks and more.

Kobo Moves to Expand Ebook Footprint

Kobo partners with E Ink to bring its ebook catalog to users of third-party-built devices, iBooks rep unrepentant ahead of Apple appeal, Amazon gets more audiobook competition in Europe, a top Hachette sales exec departs and much more.

Nook Returns to Audiobooks

The audiobook market heats up as Nook gets back into a game Scribd just joined, Simon & Schuster launches an online magazine, Open Road eyes Spanish ebook readers, why Penguin Random House should try subscription ebooks and more.

Nook Launches Audiobook App for Android

Nook launches an audiobook app for Android users, sweetening the deal by bundling two free audiobook titles with first-time downloads of the new app for a limited time. Earlier this month, Scribd added audiobooks to its subscription ebook platform in a move meant to give Amazon’s Audible a run for its money. An audio streaming start-up...

What’s Next for Ebook Retail?

A look at what's in store for the ebook retail landscape now that Hachette and Amazon have settled, debating the viability of subscription ebooks, Penguin Random House launches app to boost audiobook discovery and much more.

Scribd Adds Audiobooks

Scribd offers 30,000 audiobook titles to subscribers in a bid for Audible customers, Simon & Schuster pleased with ebook sales on subscription platforms, HarperCollins wins Open Road Media suit, Android developers make strides and more.

Scribd Launches Unlimited-Access Audiobook Catalog

Scribd adds a 30,000-title library of audiobooks to its subscription-based catalog, at no additional cost to users. The move is the latest expansion of Scribd’s content offering after adding more than 15,000 Harlequin ebooks, building on an existing partnership with HarperCollins, which acquired the romance publisher in May. According to Scribd co-founder Jared Friedman, the Harlequin addition has “gone...

Two Wins for HarperCollins

Sales are up 25% at HarperCollins in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Total revenue is up $406 million, from $328 million last year. That’s largely thanks to two things: a “modest” boost from the addition of Harlequin, which HarperCollins acquired this summer, and the continued strong performance of Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent series,...

E-Reading’s Social Future

Bookmate's founder on why subscription ebooks alone won't cut it, the subscription model expands to audiobooks, a new multiplatform publishing imprint draws on film industry, Amazon says it botched Fire Phone pricing and more.

Lights Out for Enhanced Ebooks?

Whether it's still worth developing interactive digital content, a breakthrough in screen technology, why Apple is courting Alibaba, Amazon Prime stays hot as Fire Phone goes cold, mounting privacy concerns for mobile users and more.

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.

Young Readers Power Ebook Growth

The titles driving revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014, the scoop on Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited service, rising demand for audiobooks licensing, Apple's payout through investors' eyes, Aquafadas upgrades and more.

Kindle App Integrates Audible for Seamless Audiobook-Ebook Transitions

[Press Release] Kindle Reading Apps Now Even Better with Audible Integration—Switch Between Reading and Listening Without Leaving the App Whispersync for Voice lets you start reading while you’re at home, switch to listening on your commute—now with just one tap Audio upgrades to Kindle books are available from Audible for as little as $0.99,...

Digital Content Distributor Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobooks Platform

[Press Release] Findaway World Unveils AudioEngine Leader in digital audiobook delivery launches new platform to enable integration of audiobooks into partner products and applications SOLON, OH (March 31, 2014) — As consumer adoption of audiobooks reaches an all-time high, Findaway World (www.findawayworld.com), a leading provider of technology for the delivery of digital audiobook and...

3M Cloud Library Adds E-Audiobooks to Offerings

[Press Release] 3M Cloud Library Adds eAudiobooks —- New content and features demonstrated at Public Library Association tradeshow 3M Library Systems announces the launch of the newest innovation to its 3M Cloud Library Digital Lending System—eAudiobooks. Debuting with 40,000 titles powered by Findaway World, a premier provider of digital audiobook technology and delivery, the...

StorySticker Wants Parents to Read Print Books to Their Children Even When Away

Perhaps inspired by Sourcebooks’ children’s customized story platform Put Me in the Story, software company stkr.it has launched StorySticker, a customized children’s audio book platform. StorySticker allows parents to record their reading of children’s books and then place a customized sticker in the inside cover of the book that forever links that recording with...