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Litsy Is a Book-Focused Social Network that Goes Beyond Reviews
April 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

If you’re a book lover, Litsy might be the social app for you. The startup was founded by Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, who previously launched the book-themed clothing company Out of Print. Lawton told me the idea for Litsy came from connecting with Out of Print fans at events like book festivals and comic…

Audible, Long Known Only for Audiobooks, Is Branching Out into Podcasts — and News
April 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm

If you’ve been reading Hot Pod here on Nieman Lab or podcast news more generally, you’ll know that Audible has been staffing up with audio talent — notably from public radio — to build out original content. And you know that the podcast/audio world has been awaiting what Audible — part of giant Amazon —…

Pigeonhole to Launch 'Disappearing Book'
April 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Online publishing platform The Pigeonhole is launching its first "disappearing book" with new Scandi crime thriller Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem (Head of Zeus). Subscribers will be sent one "stave" every day starting from 18th April which will consist of a few chapters. Readers will then have just 24 hours to read each…

How Publishers Are Seizing the Online Learning Opportunity
April 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Editor's Note: On April 20th, Book Business' sister brand Publishing Executive will be hosting a free webinar that will explore the new revenue streams publishers are developing through paid, online learning. The webinar "Seizing the Online Learning Revenue Opportunity" will feature presentations from magazine publishers, but the lessons on audience development and digital content monetization…

Content + Curation + Community = Recipe for a New Apple Books
March 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Apple is missing the boat on ebooks. And there’s billions of dollars at stake. PWC estimates the 2018 US e-book market at $9B, FutureBook estimates the UK market at £381.5m. Apple gets 10%. That’s abysmal, considering the ubiquity of Apple devices. The Amazon/Hachette fiasco revealed that many in the book world don’t really like Amazon.…

Ebooks Are Not the Answer to a Literacy Crisis
March 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

When librarian Jennifer Nelson arrives at the tiny library at Crewe Primary School each morning, she is confronted with a cart of first-generation iPads. The detritus of attempts to infuse technology into one of the poorest and most rural schools in Virginia, the tablets are hopelessly obsolete, worth little more than the cart on which…

What Amazon's OER Platform Means for Education Publishers
March 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

One topic of discussion at Digital Book World earlier this month was the degree to which the “Big 4” technology companies -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google -- are setting the agenda for what happens in the publishing industry. In the K-12 sector of the industry, however, it has seemed -- until recently -- that…

Press Release: O'Reilly Media Debuts New Learning Platform Oriole Online Tutorials
March 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — March 21, 2016 — O'Reilly Media introduces Oriole Online Tutorials, a unique new medium that blends code, data, text, and video into a narrated learning experience with computable content. Oriole Online Tutorials run on HTML pages driven by Jupyter notebooks. "There are people who learn by reading, there are people who learn…

Springer Nature to Expand Content Sharing to All Journals
March 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Springer Nature is to expand its nature.com content sharing initiative to its entire journals portfolio. The initiative, which originally saw articles from 47 subscription journals made freely shareable between subscribers and non–subscribers around the world for personal, non-commercial use, as well to certain media outlets, was extended indefinitely in December following a year-long pilot which…

Press Release: Metrodigi Joins Forces with SPi Global to Expand Mobile and Digital Content Solutions
March 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm

MANILA, Philippines — March 8, 2016 — SPi Global, a leading technology-enabled digital content and customer relationship provider, is partnering with Metrodigi, creators of the cloud-based Chaucer authoring platform, to offer interactive digital content solutions and consultative services. SPi works closely with clients to understand their strategic goals, user research and product objectives, thereby delivering…

How Clearleft Created Penguin Random House’s Website
March 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Penguin Random House started life as the world’s largest English language publisher after £2.4 billion merger in 2013 and has since launched two new websites – one aimed at consumers and one at the corporate world. We chat to the founder and managing director of Brighton-based design agency Clearleft, Andy Budd, about how they created…

Is Your Metadata Ready for Direct-to-Consumer Marketing?
March 2, 2016 at 11:52 am

In the age of mobile, digital, social, and online shopping, brand and marketing messages are increasingly interpreted and catalogued by computers. As a result, metadata is taking on a new and important role for authors and publishers. It is becoming a crucial foundation for successful direct-to-consumer marketing and discoverability. We all know that content consumption…

Press Release: Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google
February 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Farmington Hills, Mich., February 29, 2016 — Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily…

How Standards Can Improve Book Discovery & UX in 2016
February 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Last week Book Business hosted a free webinar (currently available on-demand) and asked industry experts what trends will shape book publishing in 2016. One of those experts was Kat Meyer, director of content development and acquisition at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). She said that BISG members are most concerned with improving book discovery…

On Spanish Poetry Publishers in the Digital Era
February 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

The Spanish publishing industry is facing radical changes in the digital era, but poetry is often overlooked in discussions about these changes. Has it been disregarded because it is a minor genre? What kind of experimentation is happening in Spanish poetry publishing today? Thanks to new technology, many new Spanish poetry publishers have launched and…

HarperCollins Italia Buys 20lines
February 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

The Italian division of HarperCollins, HarperCollins Italia, has acquired 20lines, an app for iPhone and Android that allows to people write, read and share short-format stories. The publisher, which announced the news on its Italian website, said 20lines has more than 220,000 registered users, who create more then 15,000 new stories every month.

How Auto-Tagging & Text Analysis Could Make Ebooks Better
February 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

I’m convinced we’re still in the very early stages of ebook evolution. The current print-under-glass model works great for some books but long-form digital content has so much more potential. The market will ultimately move beyond the only option readers have today of consuming dumb content on smart devices. Content enrichment is one way forward…

Google Quietly Shutters Play For Education
February 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Back in 2013, Google launched Play for Education, a program that made it easier for educators to purchase apps and books and distribute them to their students’ Android tablets. Now, this program is coming to an end. As first reported by CRN and also confirmed by us today, Google will stop selling Play for Education…

Publishers Need To Match The Amazon Experience To Grow D2C Sales
February 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

More than ever before, publishers are attempting to sell books directly to consumers. But, what if this trend plays right into Amazon’s hands? What if the effort to shift sales away from Amazon actually gives them more power? Could the direct-to-consumer (D2C) movement backfire and create a worse dynamic in the industry? We live in…