Apple Is ‘Its Own Worst Enemy,' Says U.S. Antitrust Monitor
October 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Apple is "its own worst enemy," says a court-appointed monitor whom the company continues to impede. After it was confirmed that Apple conspired with at least five major book publishers to up ebook prices and keep competitors such as Amazon at bay from the industry, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote assigned former U.S. Justice Department…

How Penguin Random House Helped Save the Book Shop
October 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

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, increasing 1,259 percent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online. Print sales dwindled, bookstores struggled…

Bonnier is Working on Its Own Ebook Subscription Service – BookBeat
October 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm

With Oyster walking away and Scribd scaling back, it would be easy to assume that the future of streaming ebook services is Kindle Unlimited, but Bonnier would disagree. This publishing conglomerate has just started developing a subscription ebook and audiobook service in its native Sweden. Bookbeat is not yet open to the public and is…

Why Have Digital Books Stopped Evolving?
October 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

From 2009 to 2013, every book I read, I read on a screen. And then I stopped. You could call my four years of devout screen‑reading an experiment. I felt a duty – not to anyone or anything specifically, but more vaguely to the idea of ‘books’. I wanted to understand how their boundaries were…

Publishing’s Evolution Means You Need to Be Everywhere, Always
October 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

The $100 billion global book publishing industry has entered a new phase of rapid evolution. As the industry transitions from print to digital and from local to global we are reminded of Bob Dylan’s song – “The Times they Are A-Changin,‘” a song that helped to clearly define a generation. The transition from print to…

B&N Teases the Samsung Galaxy Tab E on Its Developer Portal
October 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook behind us and the Nook Glowlight Plus expected to appear in the next few weeks, it looked like B&N had all its hardware out in the open. But no, B&N has surprised us again. Barnes & Noble has quietly alerted Nook app developers to start…

Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks Are Now Available in China
September 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

It's no secret that China is one of Apple's most important markets, and today Apple is giving the country more entertainment services to match the growing demand for its hardware. Apple Music, the iBooks store, and iTunes movies are now all available in China, with Apple touting local and international content on all three services.

5 Things We Learned from the Demise of Oyster Books
September 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

The news from Oyster Books was disappointing but hardly surprising. They recently announced plans to “sunset” the service in the coming months, a fancy way of saying their all-you-can-read experiment is over. It’s unfortunate, as I believe there are both a market demand and a viable business model to be found for book subscriptions. I’ve…

The Future of the Book Business Is on Digital Platforms Where Authors and Readers Connect
September 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

The future of the book business is obviously very closely aligned with the evolution of the format of the book itself. Such change is not only irreversible but often happens quite quickly. Consider the speed of reader migration from paperback to digital. Within three years of introducing the Kindle, Amazon reported that their ebook downloads…