Hope for the Future of Books

A new study finds reading and library use are strong among younger Americans, HarperCollins enters the Chinese book market, Barnes & Noble bemoans ebook prices, new leadership at Andrews McMeel and more.

Nook on the Brink?

Tracking Nook’s steady decline and forecasting what comes next, two new iPhones ideal for e-reading but no Apple mention of ebooks, Rakuten pushes intol the U.S. market, an upset on the ebook best-seller list, trade sales dip at Wiley and much more.

Charting Nook’s Decline

Barnes & Noble’s Nook division hasn’t fared well over the past four years. What was once thought to be the only credible challenger to Amazon’s dominance of the ebook business in the U.S. has fallen into a distant second or …

Barnes & Noble Narrows Losses as Revenues Decline in First Quarter

Barnes & Noble improved its first quarter performance over last year,  narrowing losses considerably even as revenues continued to decline. The Nook division in particular got much smaller, shrinking by more than half. The company lost $28.4 million (or $0.56 …

Samsung Doubles Down on Publishing, Sponsors Frankfurt Book Fair

Just weeks after announcing its new reading-focused tablet in partnership with Barnes & Noble, electronics giant Samsung is back in book new again, announcing a wide-ranging partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair (details below). Related: Will the New Nook Samsung …

Barnes & Noble Brings Nook With Glowlight to UK

[Press Release] Barnes & Noble Introduces the Lighter, Brighter NOOK GlowLight^™ to the UK The Lightest NOOK^® Ever – Excellent for Long-Form Reading, with Perfectly-Lit Pages, Sharper Text and Twice the Storage Available Today for Just £89 from Argos, ASDA, …

Ebook Publishing’s Long Tail Still Lives

The other side of the debate about the elusive long tail in the digital book market, Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter campaign successes, putting data to work in publishing, a new learning app and more.

Barnes & Noble to Spin Off Nook Business

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not admit the possibility that Nook could be sold to a private investor before 2015. The story has been changed to reflect this possibility.  Barnes & Noble will spin off its long-troubled …

Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point?

The Amazon-Hachette feud has been on going for over a month. Everyone has an opinion. Most of the press and book industry pundits take Hachette’s side; even Stephen Colbert has weighed in. The usual Amazon defenders have stepped up with …

How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually Make

Over the past ten years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the ebook revolution. According to a new analysis from DBW-partner Publishers Lunch, the worldwide …

Barnes & Noble and Samsung Partner on New Nook Tablet

With Nook on the ropes and Samsung quickly abandoning its ebook aspirations, the two have partnered on a new Nook tablet, which will marry “leading Samsung tablet technology with the award-winning Nook reading experience,” according to a press release. The …

An Ebook’s Best Salesperson

Four steps to crafting an effective book blurb, Macmillan launches rewards program with Swagbucks, Smashwords and OverDrive push indie books into libraries and much more.

Most Americans Now Reading Ebooks?

A new poll suggests e-reading is more prevalent than does another recent study, Barnes & Noble’s founder reduces his stake in the company, Samsung gets a custom Kindle app, Oyster teams up with Spritz and much more.

Riggio Reduces Stake in Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble founder and chairman of the board Len Riggio has reduced his stake in the company to about 20% after selling 3.7 million shares of stock in the bookseller. In a statement, Riggio said that he still believes …

Barnes & Noble Nook Execs Optimistic About International Expansion

Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital device and content platform is now doing business in 32 countries and 14 languages and, despite turmoil on the balance sheet for the company, the executives leading its international expansion are optimistic about the future …

Barnes & Noble Names Tulane University President to Board

[Press Release] TULANE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT SCOTT COWEN NAMED TO BARNES & NOBLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), today announced that Scott S. Cowen, President of Tulane University in New Orleans, has been elected to the Barnes …

Liberty Media Reduces Ownership Stake in Barnes & Noble

[Press Release] Liberty Media & Barnes & Noble Announce Change in Liberty Media’s Ownership of Preferred Shares Liberty Media Corporation(NASDAQ: LMCA, LMCB) & Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today announced that Liberty Media Corporation has entered into agreements to …

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 …