Ebooks

RedShelf Raises $4M to Shake Up College Textbook Market
August 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

Walk through a bookstore and you can see $5.99 paperbacks along one wall and omg-how-much? college textbooks along the other. E-textbook company RedShelf today announced it raised a $4 million Series B from Coniston Capital, with participation from existing investors, including the National Association of College Stores. The company tells me it will use the funding to drive…

New Tech Company Looks to Reimagine Enhanced Ebooks
August 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Although enhanced ebooks and apps with sound and video have been poorly received by book consumers, Neoglyphic Entertainment, an entertainment technology developer, has created a platform that makes use of data science, gaming technology, machine learning and crowdbased focus groups to create new experiences around traditional storytelling. The company has plans to offer its multimedia…

Press Release: Open Road Integrated Media Launches New Logo
August 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm

NEW YORK — August 15, 2016 Open Road Integrated Media today introduced new branding for their corporate identity. The logo design embodies the transformation of the growing enterprise, and unites all of the company’s consumer brands under one modern mark. When it launched in 2009, Open Road Integrated Media’s mission was to be an innovative…

Open Ebooks Coming to Project MUSE: An Interview with Wendy Queen
August 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm

It seems that we hear about new efforts to reposition the scholarly monograph for an open environment almost every day: services such as Knowledge Unlatched, programs like Luminos, imprints like Lever Press, and research such as “Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain”. AAU, AAUP, and ARL have taken a collective interest, not “as a response…

The iPad Is Dead. Long Live the iPad.
August 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

A smartphone will not make us smart. Its intrinsic mobility means that it can never really hold our full attention. We don't read stories anymore. Instead we flit between fragments. Never lingering. Constantly moving. Like printed pocketbooks, smartphone reading is essentially a narrative subdivided into easily referenceable, bitesize chunks. Poetry and psalms replaced by Twitter…

What Can Publishers Learn from Pokémon Go?
August 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

Long considered nothing more than a gimmicky fad, it turns out that augmented reality (AR) is actually alive and well. At least that’s the case when it’s associated with a brand as large as Pokémon. By now you’ve undoubtedly heard all the Pokémon Go stories and maybe you’ve even dodged a player or two, overly-focused…

Hachette Partners With Tapas to Reach Mobile Readers With Bite-Sized Content
August 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

On Monday, Hachette Book Group announced a unique partnership with Tapas Media, the creator of the bite-sized reading app Tapas. The Tapas app allows users to access free “episodes” of comics and books in a variety of genres, from fantasy to comedy and horror. Users can unlock the premium episodes of these stories by paying…

Amazon Japan Starts All-You-Can-Read Service
August 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

Leading e-commerce operator Amazon Japan G.K. on Wednesday launched Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can-read digital book service. According to the company, subscribers can access more than 120,000 Japanese books including novels by Jun Ikeido, Ira Ishida and other high-profile authors, as well as manga and magazines, for a monthly fee of ¥980. Subscribers also have access…