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Friction as Book Reviews’ Roles Widen

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...

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Booktrack Turns Enhanced Ebook Retailer

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.”...


Authors Recalibrate for Tight Book Market

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...

How Publishers Can Regain Leverage

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 Moves to Expand Ebook Footprint

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.

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.

Adobe Confirms It’s Gathering Ebook Readers’ Data

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...

Amazon Drops New Devices

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.

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.

Millennials Read and Use Libraries as Much as Their Parents, Study Finds

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...

IFLA Report: Library Ebook Lending Worldwide Lags Behind U.S.

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...

Amazon Revenue up as Losses Mount

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.

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.

Thank You, Simon & Schuster

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...

Romance Ebook Sales Stats

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.

How Hachette Can Beat Amazon

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.