‘Experiences and Story’: PRH’s Dan Franklin on ‘Strata’ of Innovation
May 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Welcome to Strata, a new digital storytelling project by the versatile comics illustrator and designer Tommy Lee Edwards and the synth act I Speak Machine, produced by independent label Lex Records in partnership with Penguin Random House (PRH) UK and Google’s Editions At Play, on the homepage of which, the link to Strata calls it, “The book…

Should It be Legal to Resell Ebooks, Software and Other Digital Goods?
May 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

One of the most interesting questions in the world of modern entertainment may soon be pondered at Europe's top court: can people resell the ebooks that they buy? This question is vital in the digital era, and relevant not just to the world of book publishing, but also the realms of music, film, and games.…

How to Sell Books That Are Good Enough to Steal
May 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

How do you know if what you’ve created is worthwhile? In my experience, it has to pass the “good enough to steal test.” Business owners, authors, artists, and musicians don’t like to hear this, but it’s true. The fact is the majority of goods and services produced do not actually meet this benchmark of success.…

Amazon's ComiXology Aims to Rekindle Digital Comics Market with 'Unlimited' Plan
May 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

If you like binge-watching comics themed TV shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead or Wynonna Earp through subscription-based video services, there’s now a comparable way to get up to speed on the comics themselves without spending a fortune on single issues or graphic novels. ComiXology, the digital…

Simon & Schuster Slapped with Ebook Royalty Class Action Lawsuit
May 23, 2016 at 9:31 am

A book is a book, except when it comes to ebook royalties. That's the premise of a class action lawsuit filed on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York by class representative Sheldon Blau, MD. The lawsuit alleges Simon & Schuster has been cheating its authors by improperly categorizing…

Waterstones Cuts Ebook Deal with Kobo
May 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

Waterstones is to stop selling ebooks from its website and instead divert customers to Kobo’s reading platform for digital sales. The chain book store will begin informing customers of the change from 14th June and explain how those who already have Waterstones digital libraries can transfer them to Kobo’s platform.

Goodreads Is Finally Cashing in on Its Devoted Community
May 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm

The premise of Goodreads is simple, as it has been since the service launched in 2007: Track the books you read, leave ratings and reviews, and network with fellow readers. In practice, though, the platform has grown to be a sprawling literary social network, equal parts Facebook, Yelp, and Reddit. Message boards, recommendations, and listicles…

W3C and IDPF: Better Together?
May 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

I am both an insider and an outsider. I now work for the “big five” trade publisher Hachette, but I started working with ebooks fifteen years ago, and have made thousands over the years. Of course, there were things about EPUB that were maddening, but that’s just the way it was. I vaguely knew that…

How iBooks Author Is Quietly Winning the Innovation Game
May 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

Before Steve Jobs passed away, he oversaw the creation of iBooks Author, a technology he hoped would "digitally destroy" the educational textbook market. This software would make it easier than ever before to publish a digital book. And by including multimedia, such as high-resolution photography, audio, and video, it would make it easier than ever…

Press Release: Exact Editions Launches Digital Books Service for Institutional Market
May 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

LONDON — May 12, 2016 — Exact Editions, has today launched a brand new digital books service. In partnership with four publishers, Exact Editions are using their expertise to deliver books in a new digital format, specifically aimed at the institutional market. The service launches with a range of books for the academic market, with…