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.

Nook Returns to Audiobooks

The audiobook market heats up as Nook gets back into a game Scribd just joined, Simon & Schuster launches an online magazine, Open Road eyes Spanish ebook readers, why Penguin Random House should try subscription ebooks and more.

Wattpad Novel Scores Movie Deal

‘After’ by Wattpad author Anna Todd follows up its Simon & Schuster book deal by landing a movie deal with Paramount, the digital educational content market expands, Google and Apple face off on premium tablets and much more.

Amazon Offers Authors More Crowdsourcing

Amazon rolls out new “reader-powered” publishing program Kindle Scout, Google takes on Amazon Prime with new delivery service, pricier ebooks selling briskly, Aspen Institute assesses libraries’ digital transition and much more.

Crowdsourcing at a Crossroads?

What’s next for crowdsourced publishing, Perseus Books Group and Amazon reach agreement on ebook terms, ebooks still lag behind print sales, library discovery platform for indie ebooks expands and much more.

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.

Authors United Mistaking Its Enemy?

Why complaining about Amazon might be the wrong approach for authors, an inside look at the state of children’s publishing, six steps to connecting with readers, reevaluating Amazon Prime’s customer base, Google’s mobile e-commerce push in India 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.

Crowdfunded Self-Publishing Expands

Pentian brings its model for Spanish-language books to the U.S. market, Omnific’s two new agreements, Simon & Schuster’s library ebooks’ impact on consortia, Google takes aim at Amazon and much more.

Sourcing Books on Wall Street

A company can grow organically (investing in new product, developing new channels to market, improving customer service, in other words innovating) or it can grow by mergers and acquisition (M&A). The oil industry has a name for this — “drilling …

U.S. Ebook Sales at $3 Billion

Revenues flattening out as predicted, Simon & Schuster widens ebook access for libraries, five tips for digital publishing start-ups, Forgotten Books launches subscription services and much more.

Amazon’s Latest Giant Leap

How much Amazon’s new Fire Phone could affect ebooks, investor versus consumer interests clashing for Amazon, Scribd adds exclusive content, Bertelsmann retires its book club and much more.

“The Best of Both Worlds?” – Not So Sure…

Amazon made the headlines once again with the introduction of Amazon Source. This is an outreach to independent bookstores to sell Amazon Kindles. The headline on their site states, “The Best of Both Worlds.” Needless to say, many bookstore owners …

Indie Bookstore Sales of Kobo Ebooks Dwarf Google; Still Small

Just six months after forging a partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to help independent bookstores sell ebooks, Canadian upstart Kobo has shown that it can crush the competition – even when it’s one of the world’s largest and most admired companies. In fact, it only took a month. Despite the success, overall sales have been relatively slow and there are other problems indie bookshops face when signing up to sell ebooks and e-readers with Kobo.

Inkling to Turn Google Into Storefront, Take Run at Amazon

The most trafficked ebook store in the world today is Amazon. Very soon, that might not be the case. Illustrated ebook store and ebook production management start-up Inkling has found a way to make Google Search a storefront for its ebooks, where readers can discover, browse and buy. It’s called the Inkling Content Discovery Platform.

Google Decides Legit Copyright Owners May Have a Point

Last spring Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt dealt authors and publishers a staggering blow by declaring his absolute opposition to any effort to curtail Google’s right to link to piracy websites like Pirate Bay. He said it in such unequivocal …

Zola Aims to Replace Google Books, Then Take on Amazon

A new bookselling start-up funded by authors and other investors is forming partnerships with publishers and independent booksellers and aims to replace the Google eBooks re-seller program as the go-to platform for indies interested in selling e-books. Oh, and the company plans on taking on Amazon, too.

Google Announces New Nexus 7 Tablet Starting at $199

Google has announced its latest product: a seven-inch tablet computer called the Nexus 7. It will be ready to ship to consumers in two or three weeks. The tablet will come in an eight gigabyte version for $199 and a 16 gigabyte version for $249. The tablet will come with a $25 credit to the Google Play store for a limited time, according to the product’s page at the Google Play store.

Will Bing Ever Be a Verb?

Back in 2009, when Microsoft introduced its search engine Bing, we asked: You Can Google Bing, But Will You Bing Google? Up to now, Bing has scarcely made a ding in the armor of its titanic rival Google. Indeed, in …