New Gumroad iPhone App Helps Authors Sell Ebooks Direct

Digital content sales platform Gumroad is launching an iOS app today to help authors and other content creators sell their work directly to consumers. The new iPhone app allows users to create custom mobile libraries of digital content purchased through Gumroad. …

Wattpad: Digital Storytelling With a Social Twist

The digital marketplace has changed the rules for both readers and writers. Authors no longer need to be separated from their readers. Readers no longer have to wait for books to be complete before getting a peek at authors’ work. …

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.

Amazon Adds to Media Arsenal With Twitch Acquisition

Amazon announced today that it’s buying the popular live video streaming service Twitch for $970 million. The deal comes after Google, which already owns YouTube, reportedly walked away, fearing antitrust repercussions. Twitch is primarily a platform for video gamers to share live streams of the …

UNESCO Sees Mobile’s Potential to Boost Global Literacy

Not only is the spread of mobile devices around the world creating new access to content and boosting literacy, according to a new UNESCO report, it’s being done largely without the latest in digital reading technology. It’s happening on pre-smartphone …

Internet, Mobile Boom Creating Avid Users Worldwide

A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project found that Internet, cell phone and social media use is surging worldwide. And most people to adopt those technologies are becoming avid, rather than occasional, users of them. …

Children’s Publishers Look Toward Mobile as Next Frontier

“There isn’t a single trend that will have a bigger impact on our business in the next year than the move to mobile,” said Kristen McLean, founder of books analytics start-up Bookigee, speaking at Launch Kids at Digital Book World …

Why Publishers Need to Start Thinking Mobile-First

Long before we were harangued into believing that the future of publishing is in the data cloud, we were berated about the modesty of our mobile publishing ambitions. Like many of my publishing colleagues I fought back with ennui: I …

BookScout Launches Mobile App

Related: BookScout Book Discovery App From Random House [Press Release] Random House Debuts Mobile Version of BookScout for Facebook Introduces Curated Seasonal Reading Recommendations to Book Discovery App Random House, Inc., announces the release of the mobile version of BookScout, …