Ebooks

Whoa! Amazon Throws Open a Million Books for Indians on Kindle at $3 a Month
September 2, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Amazon has just made the Indian bookworm’s dreams come true. Today, the American company launched Kindle Unlimited in India, a subscription service that allows its users to pick and read as much as they want from over a million books at a monthly fee of INR 199 (US$3). Early birds get it half price. India…

Rousting the Book Pirates From Google
August 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Google Play has been criticized as a sort of vast and unruly garden compared with Apple’s impeccably mowed lawns. In Forbes recently, Erik Kain called Google Play “an ugly, poorly organized store filled with myriad knockoffs, dubious ‘games’ and other apps.” That sounds a bit harsh to the Haggler, a Google Play regular who has…

Large Tablets May Be on the Rise Thanks to Enterprise Users
August 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Shipments of tablets are struggling as phablets like the iPhone 6 Plus become more popular. Enterprise users, however, may be the tablet’s saving grace, boosting sales of higher-end models like the Surface Pro 3 and the anticipated iPad Pro, which Apple is expected to announce in fall. This means increased sales of tablets with larger…

Simon & Schuster Adds (Two) Ebooks to Kindle Unlimited
August 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

When Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited last year, they built its catalog on indie and self published titles, with only a handful of titles from larger publishers. This did not include the Big Five trade publishers, who signed deals with other access-based ebook services but continued to boycott KU. Simon & Schuster broke the year-long this…

Summer Issue of Book Business is All About Meeting Readers Where They Are
August 28, 2015 at 1:40 pm

The Summer Issue of Book Business showcases leaders who are pushing the limits of how books can be created and shared in order to better serve readers and meet them where they are. The idea of “meeting readers where they are” takes a number of forms in this issue but it seems to coalesce around…

Amazon Ebook Deal with NYC Public Schools Postponed
August 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

City education officials have shelved a $30 million deal to give students electronic books after advocates complained it would exclude the visually impaired. Online retail giant Amazon had been poised to land the groundbreaking, three-year contract to create a new ebook marketplace for the Big Apple’s 1,800 public schools. But Department of Education officials said…

Trajectory Partners With Pan Macmillan UK to Distribute Ebooks to China
August 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

As the 22nd Beijing International Book Fair convenes, Boston-based Trajectory has announced a suite of new partnerships, capped by one that will take the Pan Macmillan UK catalog into China. "China is a key focus for Pan Macmillan," said PanMac's international director Jonathan Atkins in a prepared statement, "and we are very excited by the potential…

This Is the End of the Library As We Know It
August 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

In my 25-year career as an academic librarian, I have witnessed the explosion of digital technology into academic life and played a part in the ongoing struggle to balance digital information with the familiar solidity of print in academic library collections. While I believe there will always be a place for the book in the…

Press Release: Bookmate Moves Into Indonesia With Indosat
August 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm

LONDON and JAKARTA, 24 August 2015: Bookmate, the leading social ebook reading service today announced its partnership with Indosat, one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunication networks and service providers to launch a mass market mobile reading service under the Bookmate-Cipika Books brand. The union expands Bookmate’s services to reading fans in the Indonesian market. Ahead of…