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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.

Big data features

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...

“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 and others in the publishing industry have coldly responded to this offer. Dustin Kurtz...

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...

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...

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 terms that we concluded it was time for legitimate copyright owners to throw in...

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...

Google Says You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too.

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? No point in googling the answer: the answer is Google. Noam Cohen of the New York Times frames the paradox: “Is Google search an intermediary like the phone company — simply connecting people with the information they seek? Or is Google search a publisher,...

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 2011 MS took a $2.6 billion loss in its online services division. But thanks...