How Publishing Startups Use Tech Tactics to Thrive in the Digital Era
February 5, 2016 at 4:13 pm

From content creation to manuscript acquisition to distribution to sales, publishing startups are combining traditional book publishing and tech startup tactics in fascinating ways to reinvigorate and reimagine book publishing. These book startups pride themselves on retaining much of the quality of a traditional publisher, while solving key problems with traditional publishing: high overhead, low…

Ebook Sales Abate for Big Five in U.K.
February 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm

For those who predicted the death of the physical book and digital dominating the market by the end of this decade, the print and digital sales figures (see below) from the Big Five for 2015 might force a reassessment. Somewhat smugly, The Bookseller predicted 2015’s ebook decline in these very pages back in 2013—and endured…

Publishers And Google Partner to Create 'Unprintable' Fiction
February 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Publisher Anna Gerber isn’t trying to kill off the printed book – she’d just like you to spend a bit more time on your mobile. “We don’t really think the point is to change the way we read,” she says, “but we do like the idea of trying to immerse readers in books on their…

Germany Extends Fixed Prices to Ebooks
February 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm

The German cabinet has agreed to extend to electronic books a law that fixes book prices to protect bricks-and-mortar stores from being driven out of business and ensure the availability of a wide range of publications. In addition, the law will be applied to cross-border book sales to buyers in Germany, regardless of where the…

Press Release: Curious World Launches First-Ever Original Video Series
February 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

NEW YORK — Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), announced today the launch of 58 original video productions for Curious World™, the interactive content service that offers an expanding collection of games, videos and eBooks mapped to key early learning areas. The new videos are part of six original short-form series: three live action…

Press Release: Firebrand Unveils Eloquence on Demand
February 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

Newburyport, MA. February 2, 2015--Firebrand Technologies, a pioneer in publishing technology services, today announced the launch of Eloquence on Demand™, which delivers print, ebook and audio metadata and digital content to the global supply chain. The tool represents the next generation of Eloquence, the book industry’s gold standard for more than 18 years, and gives…

Amazon's Audible Invests in Podcasts
February 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

Amazon.com Inc. is ramping up its investment in podcasts and other radio-style shows to expand the types of programming it offers via Audible, the audiobook company it acquired in 2008. Audible has recruited well-known comedians, along with radio and podcast producers for the initiative, and job postings suggest a significant global push. Maria Bamford and Jonathan…

Libraries See The Ebook Glass As Half Full
February 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

According to a panel of experts assembled by the American Library Association’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ebook glass is half full. Libraries have reasons to be optimistic about the ebook future, though this optimism is tempered by warnings to keep the pressure on publishers, vendors, and…

Amazon’s Shares Plunge as Sales, Profit Miss Wall Street Estimates
January 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Amazon's holiday quarter profit missed Wall Street's estimates by a wide margin as the world's No. 1 online retailer faced rising operating costs and growth slowed in its cloud services business. Its shares plunged 12 percent after hours on Thursday, after its quarterly report, following a 9 percent increase in regular trading.

U.S. Book Publishing Revenue Declines 2% in First 3 Quarters of 2015
January 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

This week the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released Q3 revenue numbers from more than 1,200 trade, K-12, higher education, university press, and professional publishers. The data spans January to September of 2015, and compared to the same period in 2014, publishers’ net revenue declined 2% from $12.1 billion to $11.9 billion. Driving much of…