ebook pricing

books, publishers, search, discovery, metadata

Experimenting to Build the Right Ebook Pricing Strategy

What are effective ebook pricing strategies in today’s book business? Based on trends we observe at Ingram Content Group from both publishers and readers, we think about three general segments for ebooks: entertainment value, education value and marketing value. Entertainment Value Most trade ebooks generally fit into the entertainment value segment. The hard part...


Scribd Adjusts Subscription Model under Strain

Scribd cuts an unspecified number of romance and erotica ebooks from its subscription-based catalog, apparently because paying its content partners based on readers’ activity in the genre is becoming too burdensome. “We’ve grown to such a point that we are beginning to adjust the proportion of titles across genres to ensure that we can...

Apple ebook antitrust price-fixing Denise Cote

Apple Loses Antitrust Appeal

An appeals court yesterday affirmed Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 verdict finding Apple guilty of violating antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to fix ebook prices. The majority opinion in the two-to-one ruling finds Cote’s judgment in the case “amply supported and well-reasoned.” But a dissent from the third judge on the panel lays the...

Apple ebook antitrust price-fixing Denise Cote

Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal of Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals today upholds the 2013 ruling of Judge Denise Cote that found Apple guilty of conspiring with leading trade publishers to fix the price of ebooks, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The two-to-one decision requires Apple to begin issuing settlement payouts to customers, a sum that’s been estimated...

Kindle Unlimited Russ Grandinetti Amazon DBW15 subscription ebooks

Amazon Hit with Ebook Antitrust Probe in Europe

Expanding its regulatory scrutiny of the biggest U.S. technology companies, the European Commission (EC) today opens an investigation into Amazon’s ebook contracts with publishers in the European Union. A key area of concern are clauses requiring publishers to inform Amazon of terms with its competitors that may be favorable, a practice the EC says may “make it...

Penguin Random House ebooks publishing

Penguin Random House Revamps Web Presence

Most publishers, it’s been noted, don’t have especially strong relationships with their readers. Penguin Random House unveils a unified consumer-facing website designed to change that—in the words of CEO Markus Dohle, “one author, one book, and one reader at a time.” Like other recent editorially driven discovery efforts, the new site combines information on...

Digital Book World ebook best-sellers

‘The Girl on the Train’ Extends Lead as Best-Selling Ebook Prices Creep up

Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train is settling into its fourth week at the top of the Ebook Best-Seller List, seemingly immune from the game of musical chairs other best-selling titles appear to be playing. Many of those, including Wild, Gone Girl, American Sniper, Unbroken, and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy—all three titles of which hit the top 25 for the first time...

Finding New Paths to Digital Readers

Paper Lantern Lit's co-founders on building a "story experience" tailored to digital readers today, inside Apple's ebook pricing appeal hearing, Google doubles down on e-commerce, Amazon updates Kindle iOS apps and much 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.

Hachette and Amazon Bury the Hatchet

Hachette announces today it has concluded a new “multi-year” contract with Amazon, ending the standoff that has captured the industry’s attention since May of this year. The agreement covers print and ebook distribution and will take effect early next year. Much like Simon & Schuster, which struck a deal with Amazon last month–in a development many saw...

Hachette War Hurting Amazon?

Whether the ongoing standoff is finally impacting Amazon's business, Austria mandates minimum ebook prices, Apple plays offense on iBooks, Pearson and Penguin Random House hold steady in third quarter and much more.

Simon & Schuster Strikes Amazon Deal Reviving Agency Ebook Pricing

This post has been updated with new information. Simon & Schuster has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Amazon, according to reports today by the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. Neither Amazon nor Simon & Schuster have publicly announced the deal, but Publishers Lunch reports that it marks a return to the agency pricing model,...

Will Amazon Pressure Indie Authors?

Kobo's Michael Tamblyn on why indie authors won't be spared Amazon's profit-improving tactics, Google Play's swift growth, gloomy forecast for global e-reader market, Amazon tests "Apple store concept" and more.

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.

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 Spells Out Objectives in Hachette Negotiation

In a short note today on its website, the Amazon Books team spelled out for observers and readers just what its goals are in its negotiation with Hachette. Amazon says that its overall goal is to make more money for itself, for publishers and for authors, and to help reading compete better with other...

Making Sense of Amazon’s Stance as Hachette Standoff Continues

When it comes to Amazon’s explanation for why it’s negotiating with Hachette, interpretations vary. According to Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, the comments offered by Russ Grandinetti, Senior VP of Kindle, to the Wall Street Journal yesterday were little more than a recap of Amazon’s earlier stated goals: keeping ebook prices low for the...

Tracking the Downward Trend on Ebook Prices

If you’ve been following along with the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list (as I know many of you are), you’ve probably noticed that over the past 15 months, the prices for best-selling ebooks have generally dropped. Last year around this time, the average price of a top-25 best selling ebook was near $12.00....

Why Ebook Best-Seller Prices Will Continue to Decrease

In the past six five weeks, ebook best-seller prices have stabilized to between $7.00 and $8.00 but I don’t think this mini-trend will last the year. As soon as the holiday selling season starts, I see ebook best-seller prices decreasing to levels perhaps unseen in the year I’ve been tracking the price many consumers...

Kobo: Self-Publishing Responsible for Low Average Ebook Price

The global average ebook price has dropped 8% year-over-year in the first quarter, according to Kobo ebook sales data presented by chief content officer Michael Tamblyn at the IDPF conference in New York. Worldwide, ebook prices have been fluctuating between $7.00 and $9.00 dollars, with an average selling price lingering at $7.50, according to...

Self-Published Authors Seeing the Wisdom of Higher Ebook Prices

Last year at this time, the most popular price point for self-published authors using the Smashwords distribution platform was $0.99; this year it’s $2.99, according to analysis by Smashwords. This data dovetails what we’ve seen at Digital Book World through tracking price in the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list. It used to be that the...