IDPF DigiCon Will Highlight Ebook UX, Data & D2C Sales
May 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Next week I’ll be attending IDPF DigiCon in Chicago on May 10th and 11th. Now boasting a new name and location, DigiCon looks to tackle many challenges within the book industry brought on by rapidly changing technology. Sessions ask forward-looking questions like: How can publishers reimagine the ebook as an open and cross-platform experience? How…

HarperCollins Inexplicably Turns to Bookshout to Offer Ebook Downloads
May 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

If there’s one thing readers love it’s extra reading apps on their iOS and Android devices. A few years ago there were about a dozen – apps for long-form writing, apps for books, apps that let publishers monetize (not really) by offering their own downloads. Now there’s Kindle. And, we learn today in a press…

Bookstores Can Double Their Sales by Offering Print/Ebook Bundles
May 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

When it comes to Shelfie's ebook/print bundles, it's pretty clear how consumers and publishers benefit; one gets a discount on their digital purchase, and the other gets a reader's email address (marketing opportunities). But there's one question no one seems to be asking: how do bookstores benefit?

The Survey Says – Without XML You’re Leaving Money on the Table
May 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and the Center for Informational Development (CIDM) asked publishers how they are developing and publishing their content in our 4th annual survey, “Following the Trends.” With close to 350 participants ranging from writers to content strategists, information architects, and publishers, the breadth of knowledge and insight was prodigious. Each year this…

Amazon Profits Soar Thanks to Cloud Business
May 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Last week Amazon announced its first quarter sales for 2016. Sales increased 28% to $29.1 billion. CEO Jeff Bezos credited this jump to the popularity of Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire, Fire TV Stick, and Amazon Echo. Bezos said in a press release that, “Amazon devices are the top selling products on Amazon. . .…

Press Release: Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion
May 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm

SEATTLE — April 28, 2016 — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $6.4 billion for the trailing…

Conflicting Reports: Are HarperCollins Kindle Ebooks Unavailable Internationally?
April 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Michael Kozlowski at GoodEReader is reporting that Kindle ebooks from HarperCollins have become unavailable for purchase at many or all Amazon stores worldwide except for Amazon.com in the USA. However, apart from commenters chiming in on an earlier GoodEReader story to note that the books are unavailable from their stores, I have not been able…

Press Release: Rakuten Kobo Partners with Retailer D&R to Bring World-Class E-Reading Service to Readers in Turkey
April 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

TORONTO —April 27, 2016— Rakuten Kobo, a leading innovator in the digital reading space, today announced it has partnered with D&R, Turkey’s largest book and media retailer to bring Kobo’s world-class e-reading platform and devices to avid Turkish readers. Customers can now access the service through D&R, both in-store and online at www.dr.com.tr. Coming in…

Book Publishers: Dealing with Disruption
April 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

This webinar will explore book publishers’ strategies for harnessing disruptive technologies so they can win in today’s economy.