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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...

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Why the Amazon Question Is Also a Mobile One

Not long after upgrading its search algorithm to give pride of place to mobile-optimized sites, Google develops a plan to add ‘buy’ buttons to certain search results appearing on mobile devices. The move is reportedly aimed at stemming the tide of shoppers who get irritated trying to make purchases through retailers’ cumbersome mobile sites...

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The Mobile Future Is Now and Amazon Is Winning It

No, I’m not talking about the Fire Phone. Two recent moves by Google drive home an e-commerce lesson many book publishers worried about Amazon’s market dominance are beginning to learn themselves—that a great deal depends on owning customer relationships with mobile users. Last month Google updated its search algorithm to give priority to mobile-responsive websites, and on Friday the Wall...

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One EPUB to Rule Them All?

There are those who question whether EPUB is the optimal format for publishers to adhere to in producing digital content. Indeed, some argue that standards themselves hold back innovation. In the meantime, there’s disagreement among ebook developers who work in EPUB whether to generate an individual file to deliver to all retailers or to...

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Penguin Random House Joins Scribd on Audiobooks

When Hachette and Penguin Random House joined in the launch of Oyster’s ebookstore last week, both made it clear they have no intention of putting their ebooks on the subscription model. But who said anything about audiobooks? Adding 9,000 digital audiobook titles to Scribd’s catalog, Penguin Random House deepens its collaboration with the major...

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Kobo Takes Aim at Kindle Voyage

Unveiling its newest device, the Glo HD, Kobo makes a play for the top shelf of the e-reader market. Retailing for $70 less than Amazon’s premium e-reader, the Kindle Voyage, the Glo HD boasts comparable specs, including six-inch, 300 ppi E Ink touchscreen, 1GHz of processing power and approximately two months of battery life....

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What Publishers Pay to Change Strategy

Adjusting to the digital market means continuously recalibrating investments to support strategic goals and the organizational resources for pursuing them. Bibliocloud founder Emma Barnes sees those costs as amounting to a “strategy tax” publishers and booksellers shoulder in order to compete. But more than just the “toll a business must pay in order to set the...

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What Drives Discovery the Best?

That’s a question publishers, start-ups and ebook retailers have been testing answers to for years. Two recent discovery initiatives don’t so much stake a new ground as offer a sense of how much of it stands between them in the current field. Going where a number have gone before, Penguin Random House earlier this...

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Google Pushing Publishers to Go Mobile

If many publishers have yet to catch up with where their readers are, Google plans to pressure them to. A few weeks ago, Google made a rare announcement of a change set to weight mobile-responsive websites more favorably in searches. “It’s a push to make mobile responsiveness the new normal for everyone (including publishers),”...

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Publishers Getting Left Behind on Mobile

Did you feel it? Did you feel the change? If you’re in the publishing world there’s a chance you didn’t. One reason for that could be you’ve been existing on the industry’s shifting sands for a while now. Maybe you’ve grown so used to change that it doesn’t even phase you anymore. But I...

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.

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Big Data: Dispelling the Myths About One of Publishing’s Hottest Buzzwords

Introduction Big data was one of Frankfurt Book Fair’s hottest topics of discussion this year among digital publishing professionals. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute and author of the recent international best-seller Big Data, spoke forcefully about big data’s relevance to publishers and the insights they can...

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.

Same-Day Book Delivery Doesn’t Best Bookstores…Yet

Want a book, and want it now? Your local bookstore is probably still your best bet. With some out-of-town travel lined up for this evening but no airplane reading on hand, I thought I’d try out Amazon’s new same-day delivery service as well as Barnes & Noble’s Manhattan-only counterpart (not the newly announced Barnes...

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 for oil on Wall Street” — as opposed to investing money into wild catting,...

HarperCollins Partners With Digital Book Award-Winning Niantic Labs on New Transmedia Project

Related: Niantic Wins Digital Book Award for Best Transmedia Project, Presented by LeVar Burton [Press Release] HarperCollins, Google’s Niantic Labs, 20th Century Fox Collaborate With Bestselling Author James Frey On Next Generation Cross-Media Project, ENDGAME NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — HarperCollins Publishers US and UK announced today that it has acquired English...

American Library Association Applauds Judge’s Google Book Scanning Decision

Related: Judge Chin Finds Google’s Book Scanning Is Fair Use, and Eight-Year Case Is Over | Authors Guild Vows Appeal of Google Fair Use Ruling — Learn more about libraries in the age of ebooks at this innovative Digital Book World workshop about libraries and new book discovery.  — [Press Release] Libraries Applaud Dismissal...