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What’s the Missing Ingredient for Unlimited Reading Services?

What’s the Missing Ingredient for Unlimited Reading Services?

I’ve been a fan of unlimited e-reading services for at least a couple years now. When Oyster Books went under I shifted to Kindle Unlimited. For short-form magazine content I use Texture, the offering formerly known as Next Issue. Prices for these services are typically in the $10-15/month range and, for the most part,...

The Mousetrap of Better Book Discovery

The Mousetrap of Better Book Discovery

Remember ebooks? Those were the days, weren’t they? Those crazy few years when the fad of reading on a Kindle swept the nation. Now, of course, that fit of mass hysteria is behind us. Ebook sales are falling, down more than 10 percent in 2015—YA down 44 percent—while used bookstores are coming back. Yes,...

The Show Must Go On – More Opportunities Than Ever for Publishers at MIPJunior

Opportunities for Publishers in the Television Landscape

“MIPJunior, the world’s largest showcase for children’s television rights, was both inspiring and invigorating this year,” writes Jacks Thomas in a blog post for Digital Book World. “It saw authors and TV producers, digital players and licensing gurus, all rubbing shoulders as they showcased the very latest content and debated the challenges and opportunities...

A Critical Element Publishers Must Improve

A Critical SEO Element Publishers Must Improve

In the second installment of his new column, The Optimized Publisher, Murray Izenwasser discusses an important SEO issue for publishers: the disconnect between the number of pages crawled by Google for a website (and displayed in the SERPs) and the number of pages indexed (or the total number of site pages for that specific...

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Amazon VP: Why I Work for Amazon

Maria Renz, vice president and technical advisor to the CEO at Amazon, wrote an article for Re/code describing her experience working for the tech giant. “I wouldn’t describe myself as outspoken,” Renz writes. “However, in the wake of the recent New York Times article about Amazon’s culture, I felt the need to contribute my...

Ebook Sales Slip and Print Is far from Dead

Ebook Sales Slip and Print Is Far from Dead

Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print. As readers migrated to new digital devices, ebook sales soared, up 1,260 percent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online. But the digital apocalypse...

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Macmillan Doubles Ebook Offerings on Scribd and Oyster

In an expansion of the partnerships with the leading subscription ebook platforms it kicked off in January this year, Macmillan doubles its offerings on both Scribd and Oyster, adding roughly 1,000 titles apiece to the two platforms. Both of those contributions cover popular back-list fiction and nonfiction ebooks, which Scribd says includes best-selling titles by Grace Paley, Hilary Mantel, John McPhee and...

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Oyster Ups the Ante on E-Reading Experience

If the e-reading experience were better, would more people pick up the habit? Oyster is hoping they might. Much as Kobo aims to convert print devotees with its latest e-reader, Oyster intends a new feature to make e-reading “more comfortable and enjoyable for our existing users” as well as to court “readers who might...

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Oyster Adds Light-Adjusting Technology for Easier E-Reading

Oyster, the ebook subscription service and retailer, adds a new feature to its e-reading platform that adjusts the color and brightness of mobile users’ screens in order to improve the e-reading experience. Called Lumin, the software decreases the amount of blue light emitted by LED screens, which some recent research has suggested can be harmful to readers’...

Which Authors Do Subscription Services Benefit?

Subscriptions services may yet turn out to be a next game-changer in publishing, but for the moment that market is in a state of flux and expansion. Oyster recently added an ebookstore loaded with Big Five titles, a move that could in turn bolster the subscription model, potentially attracting new readers and making the brand more competitive...

Penguin Random House Tries Subscription Audiobooks with Scribd

Penguin Random House may be keeping its ebooks out of the subscription market, but not its audiobooks. One week after partnering with Oyster on its newly launched ebookstore—but not on its subscription platform—the world’s biggest trade publisher brings more than 9,000 digital audiobook titles to Oyster’s competitor in the subscription ebook space, Scribd. (Oyster does not offer...

Oyster Opens Ebookstore

With all Big Five publishers on board, Oyster launches an ebookstore that puts it into closer competition with major retailers like Amazon. Readers can still sign up for the start-up’s subscription program, which offers unlimited access to over 1 million ebooks for $9.95 a month. But now, all of those titles plus about 100,000 more...

Eyeing Amazon, Oyster Launches Ebookstore with All Big Five Publishers

Starting today, the ebook subscription service Oyster is no longer just that. Eighteen months after launching publicly, the company unveils an ebookstore offering a la carte titles from all of the Big Five publishers, encompassing all front- and back-list ebooks, including preorders, available everywhere else. Because the new store’s wares are available even to non-subscribers, Oyster moves...

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New Ebook Discovery Efforts Differ on Means

With ebook growth mostly flat, publishers, retailers and a smattering of start-ups are testing new ways to help readers discover content that interests them. One key question they’re all trying to answer in the process is what methods lead to the most meaningful recommendations. Two recent efforts, Penguin Random House’s new children’s reading website Brightly...

Scribd Adds 10,000 Digital Comics as Subscription Catalog Hits 1 Million

The term “ebook subscription service” may be losing some of its utility. With the addition of 10,000 digital comics to its subscription-based content catalog today, Scribd now offers more than 1 million titles across a range of media. That puts the size of Scribd’s content offering roughly on par with Oyster’s, which said it had hit the...

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Where Does Apple Go from Here?

Nearly 70% of Apple’s revenue in the most recent quarter and the entirety of its growth came from the iPhone, leading one observer to remark that the tech company “is now as dependent on the success of one product line…as Microsoft once was with Windows.” Pointing to the experience of Microsoft, at one time...

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Gumroad Takes Ebooks to Android Users

The e-commerce platform that recently helped Hachette sell ebooks on Twitter launches a mobile app for Android. Gumroad says its December pilot program with Hachette was a success, in one case allowing author and musician Amanda Palmer to sell 100 copies of her book within twenty minutes of tweeting a ‘buy’ button to her...

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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...

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Kids Gain Control Over Their E-Reading

Why more children's publishers are training their focus on kids themselves rather than their parents, Macmillan enters a shifting subscription ebook landscape, Penguin Publishing Group reshuffles upper ranks and more news from DBW15.

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Macmillan Strikes an Ebook Deal with Amazon, Explores Subscriptions

Macmillan becomes the latest Big Five publisher, after Hachette and Simon & Schuster, to reach a new multiyear print and digital distribution agreement with Amazon that returns to a version of the agency model of ebook pricing. The deal goes into effect on January 5, 2015, and allows the publisher to set its own ebook prices....

Bookmate Takes Subscription Ebooks to Asia

Bookmate, the subscription ebook service and social e-reading platform, is now available in Singapore. Partnering with StarHub, a Singapore-based digital communications provider, Bookmate brings its more than 500,000-ebook catalog to the country’s growing market of e-readers, in what Bookmate founder Simon Dunlop in a statement today calls “a significant first step in increasing Bookmate’s footprint in...

Self-Publishing Shifts Focus

An industry insider's take on how the self-publishing world is moving away from earlier concerns to tackle new issues, judge approves Apple ebook settlement, weighing the future of ebook subscriptions and bundling and much more.

Oyster Turns Web Publisher

The subscription ebook service turns web publisher with an online literary magazine, Simon & Schuster widens its library ebook program, BiblioBoard offers library ebooks by indie authors, BitLit bundles Elsevier ebooks and much more.

Five Digital Publishing Leaders Weigh in on Industry’s Future

Here’s one short thought each from five industry leaders on where digital publishing is headed: “For the foreseeable future, we will operate in a hybrid print and digital world.” —Jonathan Nowell, President, Nielsen Book “Ebooks and digital media enable execution of a variety of new business models globally, opening new channels by delivering content in...

Oyster Invites Authors’ Input on Business Model, Launches Literary Journal

Ebook subscription service Oyster launches two new programs today–one to improve what happens behind the scenes, the other geared specifically to readers. Oyster’s new Author Advisory Board invites top authors to weigh in on how Oyster does business. According to an Oyster spokesperson, board members “will provide input and feedback on product and content decisions at Oyster to...

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.

Oyster Adds User Curated Ebook Recommendations to Drive Discovery

Ebook subscription service Oyster introduces “Book Lists,” allowing users to recommend and share personalized collections of titles. The feature offers a rough equivalent to the experience of creating and sharing a playlist on a music streaming platform like Spotify, and it’s likewise aimed at boosting discoverability. Book Lists are now available to all Oyster subscribers at...

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.

Oyster Poaches Books Editor From Amazon for Editorial Director Position

Kevin Nguyen is leaving Amazon after three-and-a-half years on its books editorial team to join start-up ebook subscription service Oyster as editorial director. Nguyen is a “proven writer, editor, and technologist who has a sharp insight into books and readers,” according to a blog post by Willem Van Lancker, one of the company’s co-founder....