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How Book Publishers Can Navigate the Death Squeeze
March 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm

The 2016 publishing sales data shared by Author Earnings at Digital Book World reminded me of all the times I have been the sad-sack tasked with managing the “death squeeze.” I went through it in the consumer photo business, the paper atlas business, and then the CD-ROM mapping software business. Each of these industries relied…

Benefits of Mobile Reading on the iPhone 7
February 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 7 for Christmas and have already doubled my reading time. And most of that doubling is because my reading is now truly mobile. Let me offer some personal examples. My wife likes to shop. A lot. I do not. While she was shopping at Goodwill last week, I read…

Press Release: W3C and IDPF Officially Combine
February 1, 2017 at 8:59 am

1 February, 2017 — The vision to align Publishing and Web technologies and create a new roadmap for the future of publishing became official today with the announcement that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have combined organizations. W3C is the global standards organization that develops foundational Web…

Another Way Digital Could Complement Print Books: Print-to-Digital Highlights
January 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the news digital…

The New Barnes & Noble Nooks Come with Free Malware
December 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Barnes & Noble began outsourcing its Nook e-readers a few years ago after a partnership with Samsung and their latest $50 Nook 7 android tablet, announced last month, shows us how that has worked out for them. Their latest e-reader includes ADUPS, a firmware that sends user data back to the manufacturer or an interested…

Libraries Are Dying – But It’s Not About the Books
December 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

Public libraries have had another bad year. They are like churches and local railways. People like having them around, and are angry if they close. But as for using them, well, there is so little time these days. The latest Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy figures on library closures are dire. In the…

Press Release: Datalogics Strengthens the Sony DADC URMS Solution with the Launch of the New Bookvia Reading Application
December 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

CHICAGO — December 16, 2016 — Datalogics, the premier source for PDF and ebook technologies, announces the release of Bookvia™, a new mobile reading solution integrated with Sony DADC’s User Rights Management System (URMS). Bookvia, an eReader app designed to support major DRM systems, allows users to consolidate their electronic publications in one application.  Bookvia…

Should Writers Be Paid for Their Ebooks Lent by Libraries?
December 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

When libraries lend books to the public, authors and publishers receive remuneration from the Government under the Lending Rights schemes, but this is not the case when libraries lend ebooks. Is this fair? This year, the government has distributed almost A$22 million under these Public Lending Rights and Educational Lending Rights Schemes. For each book…

Hachette Livre Acquires Majority Stake in Mobile App Company Brainbow
December 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Hachette Livre has acquired a majority stake in a London-based mobile app company, Brainbow Ltd. Brainbow, founded in 2012, created the brain-training app Peak, a mobile digital subscription service that has accrued 15m downloads around the world. It was named Apple's "Best App" in 2014, while Google Play chose it as its "Best Self Improvement App" in 2015 and 2016. Peak is also a Future Fifty…

Press Release: New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership
December 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

NEW YORK — December 13, 2016 — The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and ebooks for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more. The bulk…

Book-Choice App Alexi Aims to Free Readers from 'Algorithm Rabbit Hole'
December 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

It started as an idea at a kitchen table between friends frustrated by the limitations of algorithm-driven digital recommendations and star ratings of books that they believed had encouraged a “deep engagement with the shallow” over the last 10 years. Two years on, the founder of the Folio prize Andrew Kidd and Silicon Valley veteran…

‘Sell More, Serve More’: FutureBook’s Bracing Message
December 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

A funny thing happened on the way to the future: the book didn’t get left behind, after all. That’s a functional if simplistic interpretation of what the more-than 550 attendees at The Bookseller’s annual FutureBook Conference in London on Friday (December 2) found themselves hearing. Now deep into the digital shakedown, the industry seems to be coming…

Hachette Streamlines Apps Strategy
December 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Hachette UK has "canned" many of its apps to focus on "fewer and better" following its acquisition of mobile apps and games developer Neon Play in June, its chief executive Tim Hely Hutchinson has revealed. At the same time, he said in the future games could be as important to its business as children’s books or…

Iowa Considering Ebook Sales Tax
December 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Iowa is the latest state considering the introduction of a sales tax on digital products such as e-books and software. Today, state legislators and Iowa Department of Revenue officials met to discuss the proposal, which would result in a tax on digital products sold by companies with a nexus, or significant physical presence, in the…

Ebook Subscription Service Bookmate Sets Sights on Europe & Southeast Asia
December 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

In just a few short years, the Russian ebook subscription service Bookmate has become a market force in Indonesia, Latin America and CIS countries. Expansion plans include Northern Europe and additional South Asian countries. Bookmate's Managing Director Andrei Bayev told RBTH how the Russian company manages to inspire a love of reading in countries around…

Press Release: Semantico Partners with TrendMD to Improve Discoverability of Academic & Professional Content
December 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Brighton, U.K. -- December 1, 2016 -- Semantico have announced a partnership to provide the native integration of TrendMD within their Scolaris digital publishing solution. The partnership will deliver to publishers an enhanced research experience for their end-users and increased content discoverability, but above all, the potential for increased usage. The market-leading content discoverability tool…

HMH Launches New, Interactive Social Studies Program for Grades 6-12
December 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

BOSTON -- November 30, 2016 -- Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the release of HMH Social Studies ©2018, its new, next generation social studies curricula for grades 6 through 12. The comprehensive program covers history, civics, psychology, government, geography and economics. Program highlights include document-based investigations and new, analytic skills activities…

If You Build Better Metadata, Readers Will Come
November 29, 2016 at 10:26 am

Creating or aggregating content and actually getting readers to see it are two sides of the same coin. Without both content and a reliable way for people to find it, the motivation to create or house such content becomes less. One feeds the other. So, how do content aggregators and authors find that sweet spot…

Press Release: Rakuten Kobo and Fnac Partner to Lead the Digital Book Industry in Spain
November 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

MADRID — November 24, 2016 – Rakuten Kobo, leading innovator in ebooksand digital reading, today announced it has partnered with Fnac, beloved retailer of cultural, entertainment and technology products, to bring Kobo’s world-class ereading platform and devices to Spanish readers. Customers now have access to the Kobo by Fnac service at www.fnac.es and in-store at…

Pottermore Returns to Growth
November 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Pottermore, the digital content company for J K Rowling's Harry Potter books, returned to growth in its last financial year after the firm’s decision to make its ebooks and audiobooks available via Amazon, Apple, Audible and others “really paid off”. In the year to end-March 2016, sales more than doubled to £15.1m, compared to £7m…