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 …

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.

Back to Agency Ebook Pricing at Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster reaches an agreement with Amazon allowing it to set ebook prices, Atavist Books shuts its doors, Apple Pay and in-app purchasing, librarians hamstrung to protect users’ privacy, enhanced ebooks embrace video and 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 …

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 …

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 …

Who Is Really an Author?

Debating who can lay claim to the term, a closer look at Hugh Howey’s self-publishing advocacy, making pricing decisions, analyzing Amazon’s ebook dominance and more.

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 …