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The New Era of Ebooks in India

The ebook market in India is at the cusp of a major revolution. By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world, with nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, as per a report by E&Y. India has become the second biggest smartphone market in terms of active unique...

How Digital and Print Publishing Must Coexist

How Digital and Print Publishing Must Coexist

Digital has signaled the end of print publishing, has it not? This is what we’ve heard every year since what feels like the dawn of time. But while traditional publishing is certainly challenged by the digital revolution and changing consumer habits, there is actually a huge opportunity here, and the approach should not be...

More People Are Reading on Their Phones

The Wall Street Journal has a piece out on the growing trend of people reading on their phones. In a Nielsen survey of 2,000 people from late last year, about 54 percent of ebook buyers said they also read on their smartphones “at least some of the time.” That figure is up from 24...

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Three Stats on the Mobile Future

If publishers are inching toward mobile by fits and starts, consumers are barreling forward. Here are key pieces of the emerging mobile picture: 1. It’s dominated by smartphones, ownership of which just hit 64% in the U.S., rising from 35% in 2011. 2. It’s no country for old men, who can get by more easily...

Tablets to Overtake Notebooks by 2016

The tablet market may be slowing, but notebooks appear to be doing worse. According to new figures from ABI research, notebooks are ceding market share to other mobile computing devices. Analysts estimate that by 2016, notebooks will account for only 47% of the market—falling from 51% in 2013—whereas tablets are projected to hit 52% by that time. It’s...

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Smartphone Ownership Hits 64% in the U.S., Millennials “Heavily Dependent”

64% of American adults are smartphone owners, a figure that’s risen from 35% just four years ago, according to the latest Pew study. For many, the devices are a primary means of accessing the Internet. 15% of Americans say they have few other ways to get online besides their smartphones. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of those who rely most on...

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 Announces Fire Phone

Amazon has a new piece of hardware that it can sell to readers: Fire Phone. The smartphone handset, unveiled today at a private presentation in Seattle, features a 4.7-inch screen, a Quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, two gigabytes of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera. According to early reporting on WSJ’s live blog of the Seattle...

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 cell phone handsets, otherwise known as feature-phones. Readers in the developing world tend to...

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 really don’t see why you think my web site needs to display brilliantly on...

Digital App Connects Parents And Book Info At Scholastic Book Fairs

  What publishers call “book discovery” many parents call “the struggle to find the right book” for their kids. The folks who run Scholastic Book Fairs have been thinking about this issue and addressed it with a new, free app for iPhone and iPod touch and some Android devices. Parents or students can point...

Now You Can Read Ebooks on Takeoff and Landing on U.S. Flights

New Federal Aviation Administration rules are allowing for passengers on airplanes to use tablets, phones, laptops and, yes, e-readers during that crucial ten minutes at the beginning and end of flights. Now, when a flight attendant walks up and down the aisle after seat-belts are fastened and tray tables are locked, you don’t have...

Half of Cell Phone Owners Now Download Apps

Nearly all Americans now own cell phones (91%) and half of them say they use those devices to download apps, according to the latest study from the Pew Internet & American Life project. Other primary findings of the study include: — 81% send or receive text messages — 60% access the internet — 52%...

Do You Read E-Books on Your Phone?

If you and your friend are like most Americans, one of you probably owns a smartphone; according to the latest data from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, some 45% of U.S. adults own a smartphone. The numbers go up for people between the ages of 18 and 29 (66%) and 30 and...