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Ebook Sales Slip and Print Is far from Dead

Ebook Sales Slip and Print Is Far from Dead

Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print. As readers migrated to new digital devices, ebook sales soared, up 1,260 percent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online. But the digital apocalypse...

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Where Does Book Publishing Go from Here?

“This is not a zero-sum game and it isn’t simple,” writes Mike Shatzkin. “It’s Rubik’s Cube complicated.” In Shatzkin’s latest deep dive, he analyzes a slew of factors that are propelling the publishing industry into rapid change, including the return to agency pricing, declining ebook sales, the rise of subscription services, and, perhaps biggest...

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.

Ebook Subscription Service Entitle Improves Recommendation Engine

Entitle announces an upgrade to its recommendation engine in an effort to improve discovery through its subscription-based ebook platform. Related: Tactics for Boosting Ebook Discovery at Digital Book World 2015 Entitle CEO Bryan Batten explains how the upgraded recommendation system works: We currently employ a content analysis recommender system which reads, analyzes and understands the actual...

HarperCollins Extends Scribd Partnership to Harlequin Ebooks

Scribd adds more than 15,000 Harlequin titles to its subscription-based ebook catalog, through a new one-year agreement announced today. The romance publisher was acquired by NewsCorp, the parent company of HarperCollins, earlier this year, in what was the largest merger since Penguin and Random House merged in 2013. HarperCollins was among the first publishers to make its titles available...

E-Reading Device Growth Slows

New data on the tablet market and why growth might have peaked, HP rolls out two new budget tablets, Simon & Schuster signs on with Danish subscription ebook provider, Bookshout! widens direct ebook distribution and more.

Ebook Subscription Service Bookmate Launches iPhone, Android Apps

[Press Release] Bookmate launches new reading app for iOS and Android App features new social features and access to 500,000 titles in nine languages Bookmate, the subscription-based social e-reading service, has today released a new app, tailored for reading books on smartphones and tablets. The app’s features include a social feed which will allow...

Simon & Schuster Distributes Through Danish Ebook Subscription Service Mofibo

[Press Release] SIMON & SCHUSTER TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH MOFIBO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE Leading global publisher teams up with Scandinavian e-book success The world-renowned publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a collaboration with Mofibo, the fast growing Scandinavian e-book subscription service. The collaboration brings Simon & Schuster’s substantial e-book backlist, from all of its publishing companies...

Kindle Unlimited Goes British

UK readers get Amazon's ebook subscription service, BookBub expands into UK market, Penguin Random House doubles down on movies, Amazon invests in hardware development, Authors United solicits Justice Department and more.

Nearly a Year Under Its Belt, Scribd Confronts Changing Subscription Landscape (Infographic)

Scribd’s ebook subscription service celebrates its first birthday in a month. How the company navigates the rapidly evolving subscription landscape will have at least as much bearing on its future as its accomplishments during the past year (see infographic below). Related: Subscription Ebooks Enter Act Two Correction: Scribd launched in October 2013, nearly a year ago. The post...

Subscription Ebooks Enter Act Two (Free Download)

In the short time since their arrival, ebook subscription services have grown noticeably more prominennt. But while there’s little question about the force of their presence today, the longer-term questions of their permanence, and their impact on the publishing ecosystem, are unresolved. That remains true despite the flurry of activity surrounding subscription ebooks this summer, most dramatically with...

Does the Acquisition of BookLamp Signal Apple’s Entry Into the Ebook Subscription Service Market?

In March of this year, shortly before Apple bought ebook recommendation start-up BookLamp, music subscription champion Spotify made a very similar acquisition. Spotify bought music recommendation service Echonest of Cambridge, MA. for approximately $100 million and with it secured the industry’s leading music recommendation and data mining service. Why? Many think that recommendation services...

Oyster Goes Browser-Based, Now on All Mobile Devices

[Press Release] OYSTER NOW AVAILABLE ON WEB AND MOBILE WEB BROWSERS Aiming to be on any platform where people want to read, Oyster takes the next step in product expansion Oyster, the unlimited ebook subscription service, today announced the launch of its web and mobile web reader. Now available to read on web and...

Subscription Ebooks ‘Inevitable’?

Why the biggest questions for subscription services remain unanswered, Kindle Unlimited encourages authors to go exclusive, this week's best-selling ebooks, Stephen Colbert endorses another Hachette book, big authors band together and much more.

For Subscription Ebooks, Great Expectations But Few Guarantees

A report released today by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) finds that 80% of publishers believe subscription ebooks becoming a major part of the publishing business is “inevitable.” The launch last week of Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, would appear to corroborate that finding — but are they? Professionals within the trade, scholarly, professional and higher...

How Kindle Unlimited Stacks Up

Comparing Amazon's new ebook subscription service to its competitors, selling ebooks through Facebook, the latest Author Earnings report, Google Play gets bigger, Apple's settlement and more.

Amazon Officially Launches Ebook Subscription Service, Kindle Unlimited

Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service that directly competes with start-ups Scribd and Oyster. The service will cost users $9.99 a month and give them access to over 600,000 ebooks and audiobooks. Kindle Unlimited is only available in the U.S., according to an Amazon spokesperson. At $9.99 a month, Kindle...

Report: Amazon Testing ‘Kindle Unlimited’ Subscription Ebook Service

Amazon is testing an all-you-can-read subscription ebook service to compete with firms like Scribd and Oyster, according to multiple blogs, citing Web pages on Amazon.com that have now been removed. The service is reportedly dubbed “Kindle Unlimited” and has over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month, many from Amazon Publishing and Kindle Direct Publishing,...

Kids Ebook Subscription Service Epic! Adds National Geographic and Andrews McMeel Content

[Press Release] NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND ANDREWS MCMEEL SELECT EPIC! FOR KIDS’ EBOOK SUBSCRIPTION DEAL Top Children’s Digital Media and Publishing Veterans Join Growing Startup’s Team Palo Alto, CA. (July 14, 2014) – Epic!, the first all-you-can-read eBook subscription service designed for kids 12 and under, today announced an agreement with National Geographic Kids, the...

Ebook Retailer Forgotten Books to Launch Unlimited Download Subscription Service

[Press Release] Forgotten Books launches an unlimited download subscription service with nearly half a million titles for just $8.99 per month. Forgotten Books’ move to unlimited access provides users with more books than they could read in a lifetime. Publishing company Forgotten Books runs the world’s largest ebook library at www.forgottenbooks.com. Starting on July...

Scribd Adds Exclusive Short Story Content From Start-up Connu

We have confirmed through a Scribd spokesperson that part of the deal prevents Connu content from appearing on other ebook subscription services like rival Oyster. [Press Email] Wanted to share some exciting news from Scribd – today we’re teaming up with the literary app & website, Connu, to offer Scribd readers completely exclusive content....

Ebook Subscription Service Oyster Now on Android

[Press Release] Unlimited ebook Subscription App, Oyster, Now Available On Android, Kindle Fire And Nook HD Built from the ground up, Oyster for Android showcases beautiful, immersive design and brings subscription books to new, eager audience Oyster, the unlimited ebook subscription service, today announced the launch of Oyster for Android. The app is now...

Skepticism Remains Despite Strides for Ebook Subscription Services

While ebook subscription services have made significant inroads in recent months, their place in the digital publishing landscape remains an open question. For panelists arguing in a Digital Book World debate today on the services’ impact on publishers, authors and readers, that represents an enormous opportunity. But for their opponents–and, ultimately, for a significant portion of listeners who...

Ebook Subscription Service Entitle Adds Christian Vertical

[Press Release] Entitle Books Launches Christian Vertical – Boasting a Catalog of Over 10,000 Christian focused titles. Some of Entitle Christian’s participating publishers at launch include: David C Cook, Baker Publishing Group, B&H Publishing Group, Howard Books and HarperCollins Christian (Thomas Nelson & Zondervan) Entitle, the e-book subscription service offering members access & ownership...

Scribd Adds Perseus and Front-List Titles to Ebook Subscription Offering

Related: Simon & Schuster Joins Ebook Subscription Business | Ebook Subscription Model Gains Acceptance Among Biggest Publishers [Press Email] Scribd Introduces Perseus BooksWhat do Friday Night Lights, Skinny Bitch, and Belly Laughs have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing new titles being added to Scribd this week!We’re happy to announce a...

Shebooks Launches Ebook Subscription Service for Ebooks for Women

The new publisher dedicated to publishing ebooks by and for women is entering the sizzling ebook subscription market. Related: Ebook Subscription Model Gains Acceptance Among Biggest Publishers | The Great Ebook Subscription Debate [Press Release] Shebooks Launches Subscriptions to Short E-books by and for Women Innovative publisher builds a business on a new media format...