Ebooks

Kobo

Flipkart Transfers Users to Kobo

[Press Release] KOBO KEEPS FLIPKART EBOOKS CUSTOMERS READING ON ITS WORLD-CLASS DIGITAL READING PLATFORM Flipkart eBooks customers will enjoy a seamless transfer of their libraries to Kobo’s eReading service, gaining access to a catalogue of more than 3.7 million titles Toronto, Dec 11, 2015 – Rakuten Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, is...

Why Publishers Need to Be Mobile-Friendly

Why Publishers Need to Be Mobile-Friendly

Can you imagine life without a smartphone or tablet? Before 1994, access to the Internet was limited to desktops and laptops, confining website commerce to the home and business. Believe it or not, the first micro/mobile browser made its debut that year. And 13 years later, how we all use the Internet changed immeasurably...

Scribd

Scribd Introduces Sheet Music

Scribd announced today that it has added a new vertical to its subscription service: sheet music. Subscribers can now receive access to more than 2,600 sheet music selections from renowned songbook publisher Hal Leonard. These range from contemporary hits to classics, and users have the ability to browse by song, artist, genre, instrument or...

PCG

PCG Signs Agreements with Three New Publishers

[Press Release] PCG signs agreements with three new publishers to sell content in emerging markets Boston, December 8, 2015 –Publishers Communication Group (PCG) today announced representation agreements with Berrett-Koehler Publishers, The MIT Press and Morgan & Claypool Publishers for direct sales into new global markets, including one or more of India, China and Latin...

Amazon

Amazon Unveils Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition

[Press Release] Introducing the All-New Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition: The Best Tablet for Reading New Reader’s Edition comes with the all-new Fire HD 8, a year of Kindle Unlimited, and a limited edition leather cover—all for only $249.99 With Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS “Bellini” feature that limits sleep-suppressing blue wavelength light...

BitLit

BitLit Partners with Springer to Offer Ebook Bundles

[Press Release] BITLIT PARTNERS WITH SPRINGER TO OFFER EBOOK BUNDLES Leading international publisher to work with Vancouver start-up to offer readers e-versions of books they own in print. December 7, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Today, BitLit announces an agreement with preeminent science, technology and medicine publisher Springer to offer ebook bundles to their customers....

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Ebook developer Joshua Tallent has been using his Digital Book World column recently to discuss some best practices, ideas and opinions about ebook front matter. And in his latest installment, he concludes his deep dive into the table of contents. For many years, publishers and readers have complained that there are no page numbers...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Table of Contents, Part 2

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

Overdrive

Seven Reasons Schools Use Digital Audiobooks with Students

[Press Release] Seven reasons why schools are using digital audiobooks with students every day CLEVELAND, December 3, 2015 – These days, technology and classroom are two words that go hand in hand. More schools and educators have an increased focus on engaging students by leveraging eBook and audiobook technology to support instruction in the...

Code Validation

What Publishers Need to Know About Code Validation

Millennials of the world might cite the most important event of 1994 as the birth of pop star Justin Bieber (I did say “might,” ok?). But webmasters and coders might view 1994’s highlights a bit differently: that year was the origin of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3c), the organization that dictates the Web...

Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch on the Future of Publishing

Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch on the Future of Publishing

I’ve been hearing about the demise of book publishing since the first day I stepped through the doors of a publisher back in 1978. But here we are still, publishers like Little, Brown, with histories going back 100 and 200 years. What other American industry has companies still in existence after two centuries, evolving...

Print Primacy Vs. Digital Diversity?

Is Print the Single Source of Truth?

No matter what the trend in ebook sales, digital publishing continues to evolve. New resources have allowed for the development of products that complement and expand the publisher’s mission. Editors have had to give ground to producers and software developers, as new assessment modules, learning objects, multimedia tools and social medial platforms take hold....

How Publishers Must Use Images

How Publishers Must Use Images

Let me drop some statistics on you: the Google domain was registered in September 1997, and today, the most popular search engine in the world indexes close to 50 billion webpages. Out of those webpages, Google has indexed over 1 trillion page images for its Google Image Search (as of 2013). In case you...

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

Why Publishers Are Missing out by Not Using EPUB3

If you are a publisher of books that are not strictly narrative, are your ebooks a mirror image of your print books? Or have you taken advantage of the capabilities that the EPUB3 format provides to offer readers an enhanced reading experience? If not, Larry Bennett argues in a blog post for Digital Book...

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

If you are a publisher of books that are not strictly narrative, are your ebooks a mirror image of your print books? Or have you taken advantage of the capabilities that the EPUB3 format provides to offer readers an enhanced reading experience? Ebooks, in rudimentary form, have been around since the 1980s, predating many...

Is Your Publishing Toolkit As Strong As It Can Be?

Is Your Publishing Toolkit As Strong As It Could Be?

For leaders of production and digital teams in publishing, the dizzying change of the past five years may seem like a hurdle that’s been overcome. And while most publishers now have a mix of internal and outsourced systems in place for metadata and asset management, frontline staff are often still challenged not only to...

Pentian

Pentian CEO: ‘Publishing with a Purpose Is a Privilege’

In the latest entry in Digital Book World’s series Interviews in Innovation, we sat down with Enrique Parrilla, founder and CEO of the Spanish crowdfunding publisher Pentian. One trouble people find with crowdfunding projects is that once the donation is met, there is little incentive for backers to continue offering support. Pentian, however, has...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Ebook developer Joshua Tallent has been using his Digital Book World column recently to discuss some best practices, ideas and opinions about ebook front matter. And in his latest installment, he dives into the table of contents. Speaking to the Nav Doc, Tallent writes: “In EPUB 2, the Table of Contents (TOC) is actually...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Table of Contents, Part 1

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

123Library

123Library Offers Publishers B2B Ebook Distribution Tools

123Library, a specialist ebook platform based in the UK, has developed a new service that provides publishers with a customized cloud-based platform to deliver titles directly to institutions, corporations and libraries. The company aims to fill the existing gap in the market for affordable ebook platforms and level the playing field for smaller and...

HarperLegend

HarperOne to Publish Digital-First Fiction at HarperLegend

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced the launch of HarperLegend, a new publishing line that aims to publish undiscovered fiction authors in a digital-first format. HarperLegend will publish fiction that meets its criteria of “visionary and transformational” and is accepting submissions. Submissions will be reviewed digitally only and reviewed by the line’s editorial team....

Transformation and Life Among the Giants

Transformation and Life Among the Giants

The best super-early pricing for our seventh annual Digital Book World conference—moving from January to early March, still in New York City—expires today, November 9th. We are continuing to clear more speakers and panels for posting, including keynoter Virginia Heffernan, who will look at how the Internet and digital technologies have changed our fundamental...

Booktrack

DBW Interview with Paul Cameron, CEO, Booktrack

Booktrack is one of the more unique e-reading platforms out there, allowing for the combination of music and sound effects with ebooks to create an immersive experience for the reader—something of a movie-style soundtrack. The site went live in August of 2011, and since that time, the platform, to some extent, has divided critics....

Who Cares How You Read? Just Read.

Who Cares How People Read? Just Read.

There has been a lot of press lately about data that looks like it’s pointing to declining ebook sales and surging print sales. There has also been some chatter about the inferior experience of reading ebooks. “The biggest point,” writes ebook developer Laura Brady in a blog post for Digital Book World, “that I...

Who Cares How You Read? Just Read.

Who Cares How You Read? Just Read.

There has been a lot of press lately about data that looks like it’s pointing to declining ebook sales and surging print sales. There has also been some chatter about the inferior experience of reading ebooks. The biggest point, though, that I think gets lost in some of the print book / ebook hullabaloo...

ClubsGalore and Open Road Launch 'Ebook of the Month Club'

ClubsGalore and Open Road Launch ‘Ebook of the Month Club’

ClubsGalore and Open Road Integrated Media have launched ClubGalore.com’s “Ebook of the Month Club,” a curated list of ebooks aimed at the holiday season. “Getting ready for the holidays means a lot of shopping, and ClubsGalore is committed to bringing the most unique gifts and partnerships to our customers. What we love about the...

The Popularity of E-Readers Declines

The Popularity of E-Readers Declines

The Pew Research Center has a new report out on the demographics of device ownership in the United States. Nineteen percent of adults report owning an e-reader—a handheld device such as a Kindle or Nook primarily used for reading ebooks. This is a sizable drop from early 2014, when 32 percent of adults owned...

Another Big SEO Factor for Publishers

Another Big SEO Factor for Publishers

When we talk about something being “meta,” we are aware of the self-referential nature of the object —a movie about a movie, a song about a song, etc. And when the prefix “meta” is used to talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), it is being self-referential in relation to your website. In this part...

Overdrive

Read-Along Ebooks Growing in Popularity at Local Libraries

Ebook distributor OverDrive has released a list of its most borrowed Read-Along ebooks for the month of September from libraries across the nation, as well as suggested Halloween titles. Read-Along ebooks are synchronized audio and text, and were introduced to libraries last year, experiencing immediate popularity with a 22-percent increase in ebooks borrowed between...