Book reviews’ importance to discovery is arguably growing, and Amazon has taken note, cracking down on fake reviews and launching a platform to surface more relevant reviews to customers over time. Yet the e-tailer’s approach to book reviews is causing friction with some indie authors who say their reviews of other writers’ books are...
The ebook soundtracking platform Booktrack now lets authors and publishers sell audio-enhanced titles to its users. Booktrack’s soundtrack-generating tools remain free to use, and so far only about 150 of the platform’s thousands of audio-equipped titles are for sale. But Booktrack says has ambitions to emerge as a retailer of “a new ebook genre.”...
Slow money is better than no money, or so it appears from the 2015 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey. Authors in this year’s sample who self-published their work were more likely to be satisfied than their traditionally published counterparts by more modest earnings. One reason why, writes Dana Beth Weinberg, who...
Why one expert sees promise in more ebook publishers embracing HTML5 and EPUB3, a free look at a forthcoming resource on book metadata, low prices ring in 2015 on the ebook best-seller list, debating ebook sales in the UK and much more.
The American Library Association sits down with New York-based book publishers to talk library ebook lending and more.
Author and 'New Yorker' contributor Ken Auletta on whether publishers can--or should--up their clout in Amazon negotiations, unfinished business for Authors United, Kobo sizes up the global ebook market and much more.
Kobo partners with E Ink to bring its ebook catalog to users of third-party-built devices, iBooks rep unrepentant ahead of Apple appeal, Amazon gets more audiobook competition in Europe, a top Hachette sales exec departs and much more.
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.
This post has been updated with new information. Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by The Digital Reader and Ars Technica that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the latest version of the widely used ebook platform, is gathering extensive data on its users’ ebook reading habits. According to Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, “Adobe is gathering data on...
A new line of tablets and e-readers quietly enters the market, Amazon outbids Google for ".buy" domain, Nook and 'The Bookseller' boost self-published authors, UK publishers lodge antitrust complaints against Amazon and much more.
The mixed blessings of self-publishing's speed to market, another great week for Penguin Random House best-sellers, value-added taxes on European ebooks, HarperCollins helps indies during the holidays and more.
Vook acquires short-form ebook start-up Byliner, India's tremendous ebook potential, the New York Times launches new monthly best-seller lists, Amazon UK expands, Colorado libraries rethink catalogs and more.
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.
A Pew report released today suggests the future for books and libraries is bright because younger Americans are still reading as much as their elders. The findings offer another, more hopeful facet to the evolving portrait of millennials’ reading habits, at a time when other recent research shows that demographic putting down books in favor of other media, a...
With new production tools come new quality challenges, debating whether the Fire Phone has failed already, Amazon's foray into Brazil's print market, harnessing libraries' promotional power and more.
Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, October 21 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast where you will learn how to optimize your metadata for the library market. Authors and publishers know that high-quality metadata can be a game-changer when it comes to the discoverability of their titles. That’s no...
Inside Kobo's new Aura H2O ereader, Penguin Random House's summer successes with best-selling ebooks, publishing salaries inch upward, a Florida university debuts an ebook-only library and more.
Navigating the latest challenges in digital publishing, Penguin Random House dominates ebook best-seller list, authors' stakes in the Amazon-Hachette feud, BiblioBoard expands its catalog and more.
The close look at the state of e-lending worldwide, how much longer the Amazon-Hachette war could rage, Apple's settlement approved, a new approach to crowdsourced content and much more.
Major publishers have widened U.S. libraries’ access to their catalogs in recent months, but as a new background paper from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) asserts, that isn’t happening everywhere around the world. According to the report, “the overriding ebook issues for libraries continue to be the withholding of content and...
How the new subscription service is impacting best-sellers, Amazon lays out its goals in Hachette dispute, a new digital-first Amazon imprint, Macmillan provides full front-list to libraries, Axis 360 integrates with Boopsie and much more.
Amazon's latest financial figures halfway through a busy year, Amazon helps authors set prices, Scholastic sees growth and expects more, 90% of American libraries now lending ebooks, John Ingram invests in Mediander and much more.
Why authors and publishers participating in Kindle Unlimited have cause to celebrate, Amazon tries to quell authors' dissent in Hachette feud, Oyster gets onto Web browsers, Apple adds 48 million new devices to the market and more.
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.
Diverging views on Amazon's strategy and priorities in Hachette negotiation, signs excitement could be dimming ahead of Fire Phone launch, authors ask readers to go to bat against Amazon and more.
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.
As reported earlier today, Simon & Schuster announced that it is converting its pilot on library ebook lending to a national program. Frankly, for some time I thought this day would never come. Flash back to a wintry day in 2012 in New York City. This was the first American Library Association (ALA) leadership...
Inside the terms of the dispute, why Japan no longer leads the world in ebooks, a retailer experiments with selling ebooks with multiple-user licenses, Spain cracks down on book piracy and much more.
An close look at what publishers actually make, why Amazon is chasing publishers' profit margins, Amazon's app store boasting some quarter million apps, how libraries gamble on ebooks and more.
A closer look at the new "Ask the Author" tool in Goodreads, Hugh Howey goes to bat for Amazon, self-publishing booming in the UK, predictions for Amazon's new smartphone and much more.
Global sales insights from the popular genre, Amazon's new payment plan, Rizzoli partners with Kindle to crowd-source books, Candlewick Press targets YA crowd on Tumblr and much more.
Assessing the impact of authors' criticism, four lessons libraries can learn from Amazon, politics and reality in Common Core-aligned publishing, Google Play launches in Norway and much more.
An idea so crazy it just might work, a small publisher goes to bat for Jeff Bezos, the American Booksellers Association goes on the attack against Amazon, Next Big Book wins BEA start-up contest and more.