Ebooks

Press Release: Amazon Announces Third Quarter Sales Up 29% to $32.7 Billion
October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

SEATTLE--Oct. 27, 2016-- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 49% to $14.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $9.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $8.6 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared…

Maybe IDPF and W3C Should *Compete* in Ebook Standards
October 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

A controversy has been brewing in the world of ebook standards. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have proposed to combine. At first glance, this seems a sensible thing to do; IDPF's EPUB work leans heavily on W3C's HTML5 standard, and IDPF has been over-achieving with limited infrastructure…

Taking Book Search and Discovery to the Next Level
October 17, 2016 at 9:03 am

How are you helping consumers find the perfect book for their needs or interests? If you’re like most publishers, you offer a search function on your site. Visitors simply type in a topic and relevant titles from your catalog are displayed. This is pretty similar to how search works on Amazon. In both cases, book…

How Open Road Uses Agile Marketing to Power Growth
October 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm

When Open Road Integrated Media was founded by former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman in 2009, the industry as a whole was still fumbling over ebooks and the uncertain financial impact of digital publishing. Indeed, it was the rare publishing house that demanded digital rights in its contracts, and that was precisely why Open Road’s business…

When Is a Book Not a Book?
October 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm

The ebook has made continued inroads into the publishing world but the printed book has defied predictions of its death. Research by Professor John Thompson focuses on the challenges facing the publishing industry as it embraces the opportunities afforded by the digital revolution. In his book Merchants of Culture, Professor John Thompson recounts a conversation…

Press Release: Amazon Introduces Unlimited Reading Subscription with Prime Reading
October 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Seattle--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October, 5, 2016-- Amazon today introduced Prime Reading, a new reading benefit for U.S. Prime members. Prime members can now enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics and more – at no additional cost. Prime Reading joins the growing list of all-you-can-eat benefits for Prime members including unlimited fast, free…

Press Release: Hachette Audio Enhances YA Audiobooks With Booktrack Technology Platform
October 4, 2016 at 11:18 am

NEW YORK, NY (October 4, 2016)–– Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group, and literary technology pioneer Booktrack (www.booktrack.com) launch a new generation of audiobooks with an industry-first partnership, bringing full soundtracks to young adult novellas. This collaboration offers YA listeners an innovative new way to experience their favorite stories through immersive, synchronized movie-style…

Google Experiments With Book Discovery…And Fails
October 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Even though you probably never stray from the Kindle reader app I’d like to encourage you to expand your horizons. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on Apple’s iBooks and Google Play, for example, to explore other platforms and keep Amazon honest. After all, Amazon’s need to innovate diminishes if ebook platform competition…