Ebooks

How Publishers Can Cure “Ugly Sample Syndrome”
September 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

What if publishers could sell more books by learning the secrets of selling chicken sandwiches? In my hometown of Atlanta, GA, Chick-Fil-A is the dominant fast-food restaurant chain. Started in 1967, the company’s annual sales now eclipse over $6 billion. In addition, their stores generate more revenue per restaurant than any other fast-food chain in…

Press Release: Rakuten Kobo Keeps Sainsbury’s Ebook Customers Reading Digitally
September 20, 2016 at 11:37 am

TORONTO — September 20, 2016 — Rakuten Kobo, a global digital reading company created by booklovers for booklovers, is working with Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand (part of Sainsbury’s, one of the UK’s leading food and non-food retailers), to offer Sainsbury’s customers the opportunity to transfer their ebook libraries to Kobo’s eReading service as Sainsbury’s exits…

This Ebook Publisher Doesn’t Have Authors. It Has Writers’ Rooms
September 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Matthew Cody began his new book ReMade with a premise sure to be a hit with fans of dystopian YA fiction: In a post-apocalyptic future, 23 teenagers wake up to look for answers in the wreckage of human civilization, all while being hunted by machines. But beyond its initial chapter, he didn’t write the details…

Cengage Reports OER May Triple in Use as Primary Courseware Within Five Years
September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education have the potential to triple in use as primary courseware over the next five years, from 4 percent to 12 percent, according to a survey of more than 500 faculty by Cengage Learning. In addition, the use of OER for supplemental learning materials may nearly quadruple in size,…

Press Release: BookShout Distributes Record 237,000 Ebooks in 48 Hours on T-Mobile Tuesday
September 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

NEW YORK — September 6, 2016 — BookShout, an elegant ebook platform focused on creating new digital initiatives for top brands, companies, and partners, today announced it distributed more than 237,000 eBooks as part of T-Mobile Tuesdays. The engagement, which occurred over two separate 24-hour blocks, resulted in customers reading more than 97,000,000 words read…

A Return to Print? Not Exactly
September 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Ebooks are not taking over the world! That seems pretty clear from a Pew Research Center survey released last week, which showed that the percentage of Americans who read digital books hasn't risen since 2014. The survey didn't show any real sign of a print resurgence either, though. Overall, the percentage of Americans consuming books in any…

Now Arriving on the New York Subway: Free Ebooks, Timed for Your Commute
August 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Rainier Velardo watched the basketball-player-tall man in the blue shirt who sat down next to him — the man had gotten on at the last subway stop, West Fourth Street in Manhattan, and this was an F train going to Brooklyn. Mr. Velardo watched the man tap the screen of an iPad. He heard the…

Amazon Introduces the Kindle Reading Fund
August 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm

I’m constantly amazed by the missionaries I work with on the Kindle team — they have the singular goal of making it easier for people around the world to discover and enjoy great books. This team wakes up every day motivated to invent on behalf of readers in large part because of the stories we…

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…