HarperCollins Expands Bookmate Offering

Many of the leading ebook subscription services are growing, both in terms of content and reach. Amazon brought Kindle Unlimited to Mexico and Canada less than two weeks ago. And earlier this month, Scribd added 10,000 digital comics to its subscription-based platform. Now Bookmate brings its total catalog up to 250,000 titles after adding...

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When Low Ebook Prices Aren’t Enough

As the economics of digital bookselling evolve, bargain prices don’t always pack the punch they once did in terms of driving sales. That’s partly a function of the sheer volume of titles being pumped into the market, but major publishers’ willingness to experiment with price promotions is also influencing readers’ buying habits and expectations....


Why All Publishers Can and Should Go Direct-to-Consumer

Many publishers think direct-to-consumer (D2C) programs are difficult to implement, expensive to operate and generate heaps of extra work that their bottom lines can never justify, leaving those initiatives the exclusive territory of only the biggest players in the industry. But all publishers can and should be developing D2C strategies, including—and especially—small and mid-size...


Amazon Prime Members Spending Big

By one recent estimate, Amazon Prime subscribers spend more than twice what the e-tailer’s other customers do. Prime members drop an average of $1,500 a year, compared with the $625 spent on average by non-Prime members, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The same research group estimated that about 7...

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Mobile Boom Spurs Ebook Growth in China

One of China’s largest booksellers reports its customers bought 60 million ebooks in 2014. That’s about 20% the volume of its hardcover sales but a share that’s risen by 10% since the previous year. As industry experts have said repeatedly over the past year, China’s book market is growing fast. And ebooks in particular are on...


iBooks Adding a Million New Users a Week

Apple's iBooks head Keith Moerer joins DBW15 to discuss the ebook business's rapid growth, charting the rise of audiobooks among ebook readers and beyond, Macmillan and Springer merge, rethinking social media and more.

HarperCollins Ebooks Get Airborne

The publisher and airline team up to offer an in-flight ebookstore, Kindle Unlimited rumored to set sights on Brazil, Adobe pushes latest fixed-layout EPUB tools, Kobo eyes self-publishing market in Europe and much more.

HarperCollins Takes Flight with JetBlue Ebook Partnership

When JetBlue rolls out its new in-flight digital content platform later this week, it will come equipped with a selection of samples of twenty best-selling ebooks published by HarperCollins. The deal between the publisher and the airline marks the latest in HarperCollins’s efforts at opening up new retail channels and digital marketing opportunities, beginning with the launch...

BitLit Bundles Elsevier Ebooks

Four months after HarperCollins launched a pilot program with the ebook bundling start-up BitLit, Elsevier follows suit. BitLit offers customers discounted ebook versions of titles they already own in print. More than two hundred publishers already offer their titles through BitLit’s bundling service, which currently consists of about 40,000 ebooks. Elsevier kicks off its own BitLit...

Forget the Book Launch

Why ebook marketing is increasingly about the long-game and relies less on a traditional book launch, Blurb gets competition from Reedsy in curating publishing services, Apple still dominates tablets on several fronts and much more.

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.

Two Wins for HarperCollins

Sales are up 25% at HarperCollins in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Total revenue is up $406 million, from $328 million last year. That’s largely thanks to two things: a “modest” boost from the addition of Harlequin, which HarperCollins acquired this summer, and the continued strong performance of Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent series,...

Oyster Goes Social for Discovery

The ebook subscription service adds a shareable recommendation feature to drive discovery, emerging markets to power Google Play growth, children's publishers adopt Lexile metric, Sherlock Holmes enters public domain and more.

Kobo Adds Marvel Digital Comics

Marvel adds more than 250 of its titles to Kobo's catalog, HarperCollins launches a new podcast series, ALA applauds Adobe's privacy patch and calls for further steps, subscription ebooks eyeing emerging markets and much more.

HarperCollins Widens Direct Marketing Push With Podcast Series

HarperCollins announces a weekly podcast program featuring conversations with some of the publisher’s top authors. The series, called “HarperCollins Presents,” builds on the publisher’s existing base of followers on SoundCloud, the audio streaming platform, and marks the latest in a coordinated effort to market directly to readers. HarperCollins launched a direct-to-consumer sales platform through its website...

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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 Gets Physical

The e-tailer plans to open a physical store in Manhattan, Amazon arms authors with data and resources, ebooks on track to overtake print by 2018, HarperCollins adds titles to Bookmate's catalog, the latest on Adobe's data tracking and more.

Self-Publishing Turns a Corner

Data suggesting the self-publishing market is maturing, HarperCollins expands in Germany, Simon & Schuster imprint scraps DRM, Nook puts news into libraries, rethinking English translation rights sales, new workflow tools and more.

HarperCollins Launches German Division

Related: Digital Book World 2015 Turns Spotlight on Publishing in Global Markets [Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Forms HarperCollins Germany Plans Expansion of Foreign Language Publishing FRANKFURT, Germany (October 8, 2014) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany, an expansion of the existing Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg. The operation will launch...

HarperCollins Acquires Majority Ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil

[Press Release] HarperCollins Christian Publishing acquires majority ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil Today, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) announced its acquisition of majority ownership of Thomas Nelson Brasil (TNB) from joint venture partner Ediouro Group. HCCP, TNB and Ediouro will continue to work closely together in this valuable relationship. The TNB acquisition directly aligns with HCCP’s...

HarperCollins Entices Authors to Sell Direct

The publisher offers to boost authors' royalties for selling ebooks through its e-commerce site, Harlequin adds titles to Scribd, Amazon's two new crowdsourced publishing initiatives, regulatory pressure on Amazon builds and more.

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...

HarperCollins Launches Expedited Holiday Shipping Program to Help Indie Bookstores Close the Gap

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Announces Holiday Express Shipping for Independent Retail Accounts HarperCollins Publishers today announced a Holiday Express Shipping program for independent bookstores in the United States for all HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian Publishing titles beginning November 3, 2014 and running through January 16, 2015. All qualifying orders from participating stores received by...

HarperCollins Adds Security Layer to Ebook Files

[Press Release] Digimarc Launches Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing HarperCollins Publishers and LibreDigital first to adopt anti-piracy solution that protects copyrighted material for e-book authors and content owners Beaverton, Ore. – September 15, 2014 – Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) today introduced Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing. The anti-piracy solution embeds unique, imperceptible and traceable...

Hope for the Future of Books

A new study finds reading and library use are strong among younger Americans, HarperCollins enters the Chinese book market, Barnes & Noble bemoans ebook prices, new leadership at Andrews McMeel and more.

HarperCollins Enters China Ebook Market Through Partnership With JD.com

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Initiates Sales of English-Language E-Books to China HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has signed an agreement with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to sell English-language e-books in China. HarperCollins has been selling print books in China for many years, but this marks the...