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Designing Your Career in Publishing

Authors and publishers have been working in an environment of constant change for the last several years. New tools and technologies keep popping up. New sales options and strategies arise. Data has become important even to those without backgrounds in statistics. There’s always something new to learn, and many people have found themselves taking...

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How Authors Can Get Started Using Facebook

Love it or hate it, Facebook is a strong platform for authors, regardless of genre. With more than one billion users, you’re bound to find a community interested in your book(s). But before you get started, though, let’s talk about common Facebook terminology and best practices. Facebook Profile Versus Page When you sign up...

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Scribd Adds Magazines and News to Subscription Service

Scribd announced today that it has added magazines and news articles to its subscription service, which also offers users access to ebooks, audiobooks, comics, sheet music and documents. The magazines Scribd is adding are as follows: archive and current issues from Time, Fortune, Money, People, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Foreign Policy, New York Magazine, Newsweek...

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Scribd Launches New Discovery Features

Scribd announced in a blog post today that the ebook and audiobook subscription service has launched three new discovery features to help readers find new books. The new features are Interests, Trending and Featured Reading Lists. Interests groups new books together by subject, allowing users to “[d]ive deep into the interests that matter to...

A Wrap-Up of Digital Book World 2016

A Wrap-Up of Digital Book World 2016

The 2016 Digital Book World Conference came and went this week and was a resounding success. All you have to do is search Twitter for #DBW16 to get a sense of how much tweeting and conversation was going on throughout the three-day event. It all started on Monday, with the Launch Kids Conference, Nielsen sessions, masterclasses...

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Scribd Adds 6,000 Titles from Macmillan

Scribd announced today that it has added more than 6,000 titles from Macmillan. This is the third time the “Big Five” publisher has upped its number of titles available on the subscription service, and is the largest to date. The changes go into effect today. In a statement, Co-Founder and CEO of Scribd, Trip...

5 Key Lessons for Creating Quality Learning Materials

5 Key Lessons for Creating Quality Learning Materials

Many of us still remember lugging around a backpack full of textbooks to and from school. While textbooks remain integral to a learning curriculum, the reality is different than what we experienced growing up. Today’s modern classrooms are full of quality digital and adaptive products. From game-based learning to interactive courses and simulation activities,...

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Scribd Announces Major Changes to Subscription Service

Scribd today announced major changes to its subscription service. As part of the re-structured service, all Scribd users will receive unlimited access to “Scribd Select” books and audiobooks, a rotating collection spread across a variety of genres. In addition, all users will have access to three books and one audiobook of their choice each...

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How Publishers Are Squandering Their Data

Who has access to the data that can best predict how readers will spend their money? Who has data on how people read books—how far they get, how many they buy, how often they buy, whether their purchases cluster around certain dates? Who has the permission to contact readers by post, email or text—to...

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Scribd Hires New COO

The subscription content platform Scribd announced today that it has hired Eric Shoup, previously of eBay and Ancestry.com, as its new Chief Operating Officer. “I am thrilled to be joining Scribd as COO,” Shoup said. “I believe Scribd has the right ingredients to be a global brand at scale. I am looking forward to...

10 Ways Publishers Can Beat Amazon

10 Ways Publishers Can Beat Amazon

Recently, I’ve been talking to people in the book industry about a new program my company is launching that allows individuals and organizations to retail ebooks and audiobooks like the big three do: Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. One of the most common questions I get asked, though, is, “How can anyone compete...

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Scribd Introduces Sheet Music

Scribd announced today that it has added a new vertical to its subscription service: sheet music. Subscribers can now receive access to more than 2,600 sheet music selections from renowned songbook publisher Hal Leonard. These range from contemporary hits to classics, and users have the ability to browse by song, artist, genre, instrument or...

Authors United Asks DoJ to Investigate Amazon

Authors United has made a formal request to the Department of Justice (DoJ) that it investigate Amazon for monopolistic practices and anti-competitive behavior. The group has been pushing this case for some time, along with a number of other groups representing authors and publishers, arguing that Amazon controls a giant share of the ebook...

The Life of an Ebook Developer

“Finding community as an ebook developer is a weird challenge,” writes Laura Brady, as “some of us work in complete isolation in our remote offices.” So where do these people go to commiserate with like-minded folks? To get help and to ask questions? To find that community? “Believe it or not, Twitter.” The social...

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Scribd Selects New VP of Strategy

The subscription content platform Scribd announced today that it has hired its first Vice President of Strategy and New Content Verticals, Theresa Horner. Horner comes most recently from Barnes & Noble, where she served as Vice President of Digital Content and worked on the Nook ereader. Before that, she was Senior Director of Operations...

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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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Barnes & Noble Beats a Path Back to Retail

Barnes & Noble names a new CEO to help steer the company back toward its roots as a bookstore chain after the spinoff of its college division is completed this summer. Ronald D. Boire, the head of Sears Canada, comes to Barnes & Noble with executive-level experience in retail and consumer technology, with a...

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Scribd Adjusts Subscription Model under Strain

Scribd cuts an unspecified number of romance and erotica ebooks from its subscription-based catalog, apparently because paying its content partners based on readers’ activity in the genre is becoming too burdensome. “We’ve grown to such a point that we are beginning to adjust the proportion of titles across genres to ensure that we can...

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Scribd Culls Romance Ebooks from Subscription Platform

The subscription content platform Scribd alerts its publishing partners that it’s dropping an undisclosed number of romance and erotica titles from its ebook catalog. The news, shared late yesterday by Smashwords CEO Mark Coker, renews questions about the viability of the subscription model for ebooks at a time when Amazon has overhauled its  compensation model on Kindle...

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New Deals around Subscription Content

Two deals announced yesterday reflect some of the changes afoot in the market for subscription ebooks. Newcomer Playster, whose app is still in beta, adds 50,000 audiobooks to its subscription catalog through a partnership with the digital content distributor Findaway. And separately Scribd announces it’s acquired the social e-reading platform Librify. Both moves can...

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Scribd Acquires Librify, Bulking up on Social E-Reading

The subscription-based content provider Scribd acquires Librify, a social e-reading platform, for undisclosed terms. Librify was founded in 2013 and launched publicly last summer as a “Goodreads plus a book-of-the-month retail platform,” according to co-founder and CEO Joanna Stone Herman. Scribd plans to use the start-up’s social features in order to develop a more robust social e-reading...

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Macmillan Adds Kids’ Ebooks to Epic! Catalog

Deepening its participation in the subscription model, Macmillan contributes several hundred children’s ebooks to Epic!, a leading subscription service for kids’ content. Nearly six months into its experiment with subscription ebooks, Macmillan becomes the third Big Five publisher, after HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, to partner with Epic!. Epic!, which offers more than 100,00...

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Sharpening Global Focus, Scribd Adds to Front-List Catalog for Australia

The subscription content platform Scribd adds more than 200 front-list ebooks to the catalog available to Australian readers, including best-selling titles from Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Harlequin Australia. According to a Scribd spokesperson, the company is focused on taking a targeted approach to international growth, “and one of the main ways we’re accomplishing that...

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...

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Penguin Random House Joins Scribd on Audiobooks

When Hachette and Penguin Random House joined in the launch of Oyster’s ebookstore last week, both made it clear they have no intention of putting their ebooks on the subscription model. But who said anything about audiobooks? Adding 9,000 digital audiobook titles to Scribd’s catalog, Penguin Random House deepens its collaboration with the major...

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...

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The Business Case for Publishers Going Direct

Many publishers agree direct-to-consumer strategies are critical for building a brand identity and connecting with customers in novel ways. In other words, the marketing case for going direct is pretty widely understood. But fewer publishers are as convinced they can establish revenue streams on their own that are substantial enough to compete with the...

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Kindle Unlimited Hits the Rest of North America

Just a couple of months after expanding to France and Brazil, Kindle Unlimited comes to Canada and Mexico. Amazon has moved swiftly to give its ebook subscription service an international edge since launching in the UK in September 2014, just two months after the program’s U.S. rollout. It’s now also available in Spain, Italy...

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Looking Beyond Ebooks, Scribd Bulks up

Scribd has doubled its content offering over the past six months, hitting the 1 million mark after adding 10,000 digital comics yesterday. In the course of that expansion, the label typically used to describe Scribd’s main program–“ebook subscription service”–has become a bit of a misnomer. Scribd expanded into audiobooks last November, adding 30,000 titles...

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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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.