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Pan Macmillan Digital Director Says Digital Revolution Is Far From Over
June 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

The digital revolution is “absolutely” not over, Sara Lloyd, digital and communications director at Pan Macmillan has said, while arguing that there is “no room for complacency in our industry”. Speaking at The Bookseller’s Marketing and Publicity Conference today (28th June), Lloyd argued that the publishing industry needs to expand its horizons and keep pushing…

Press Release: HMH Unveils Curriculum-Based Virtual Reality Field Trips for Google Expeditions
June 29, 2016 at 11:07 am

BOSTON – June 27, 2016 – Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today launched the first HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions for students grades K-12. Announced at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, HMH’s offering currently includes four field trips aligned to select HMH science and social studies curriculum, which…

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers
June 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Just ahead of the back-to-school season, Amazon plans to make a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools, a territory that Apple, Google and Microsoft have heavily staked out. Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and…

Press Release: Book Sales Down at the Start of 2016, Ebooks Decline
June 27, 2016 at 2:32 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 27, 2016 —  Publishers’ revenues were down Jan. 2016, compared to Jan. 2015. Trade publishing had double-digit declines in Childrens/YA Books and Adult Books, while Religious Presses had modest gains. Notably, ebook sales had another steep decline with reporting publisher sales declining nearly 25%, compared to Jan. 2015. Big Picture Data:…

The Battle to Define the Future of the Book in the Digital World
June 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Readers are legitimately confused as they try to understand the future of the book in the digital world. They somehow know that the inexorable advance of technology will likely eventually render the printed book obsolete, at least for many of the uses that it sees today. Indeed, the elimination or suppression of the book (often…

3 Things Book Publishers Can Learn From the Podcast Model
June 27, 2016 at 8:31 am

Did you make the same mistake I did and assume that podcasts are yesterday’s platform, that interest in them has plateaued (at best), and that they’re not worth thinking about today? If so, here’s a short article that might help you re-think your stance. If you’re still not convinced have a look at the infographic…

Ebook Subscription Service Storytel Buys Swedish Publisher
June 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Subscription audiobook and ebook streaming service Storytel has bought Sweden’s oldest publisher, Norstedts Förlagsgrupp, for £12.5m from Swedish co-operative union and retail group KF (Kooperativa Förbundet). The acquisition is the latest in a number of deals for Storytel in the company's bid to “speed up growth". Last month, it bought Danish ebook and audio streaming service Mofibo for £10m, and it also acquired Swedish publishers…

Apple Starts to Shell Out $400 Million to Customers in Ebook Settlement
June 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Ebook buyers affected by Apple's alleged price-fixing scheme will receive a bit of money starting Tuesday. Millions of ebook purchasers will get either credits or checks for twice their losses, legal firm Hagens Berman, which helped litigate the class action lawsuit, said on Tuesday. Apple is on the hook for $400 million in damages plus…

As Ebook Sales Decline, Digital Fatigue Grows
June 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

Though various sources have reported a decline in ebook sales for traditional publishers in 2015 compared to 2014, no one has come up with a clear reason for the drop. To gain some insight into the trend, the Codex Group devoted a recent survey of book buyers’s shopping preferences to looking more deeply into the…

Can Children Learn on Digital Devices? That’s the Wrong Question.
June 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm

One of the issues that troubles parents and educators alike is the question of whether children can learn to read on digital devices, or if they need to read good old-fashioned books in order to become literate. Many people have strong views on both sides of this issue, but the relevant research is inconclusive. Along…

Press Release: Scholastic Expands Multiplatform Publishing with Launch of Horizon
June 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm

NEW YORK, NY (June 10, 2016)— Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, and the pioneering force behind the groundbreaking and bestselling multi-platform properties The 39 Clues® and Spirit Animals™, expands its innovative multi-platform publishing program with the worldwide launch of Horizon, a supernatural survival series for readers ages 9 and up. To…

How Siri, Alexa, and Other IPAs Will Revolutionize Publishing
June 13, 2016 at 9:31 am

For the past several years I’ve been writing about how containers such as books, newspapers, and magazines are slowly fading away. They’ll certainly be around for many years but their relevance will slip into the background as personalized, digital content streams become more important. The more I think about the future, the more I believe…

Has the Tide Gone Out for Ebooks in Mexico?
June 9, 2016 at 2:11 pm

In an ongoing push to promote ebooks in Mexico, the third annual Ink International Digital Novel Prize launched its call for submissions this month. The program is organized by Mexican digital publisher Editorial Ink and the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM). The jury includes Mexican writers Ana Clavel and Raúl Avilés Fabila, and Daniel Ferreira of Colombia. The winner sees his or…

TaleHunt Taps Flash Fiction Trend, Publishing Stories 250 Characters Long
June 8, 2016 at 10:22 am

Co-founder and CMO Aby Mathew says that the TaleHunt app is breaking new ground in literature, championing very short stories or “flash fiction” for aspiring and professional authors. The app, which launched in January and has about 10,000 users, is the first dedicated platform for flash fiction, limiting stories to just 250 characters. Mathew says…

The Blending of Books & Video Games Points to Future of Storytelling
June 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm

It was called “the end of days” for literature. Bold doomsaying letters across headlines predicted that with the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the era of books would meet its untimely end, and the larger publishing world would be rendered obsolete. But traditional books didn’t die—they simply fled into the digital world and returned with new…

Let’s Take “Search Inside the Book” to a Whole New Level
June 6, 2016 at 9:22 am

Do you remember when Amazon introduced both “Look Inside” and “Search Inside” functionality for books? They were such simple yet revolutionary features at the time. Before Look/Search Inside it was impossible to do a simple flip test like you could at a brick-and-mortar store. Fast-forward to today where we take Look/Search Inside features for granted,…

Why Teenagers Are So Resistant to Ereaders
May 31, 2016 at 2:02 pm

It’s worth remembering that, against all odds, the sale of physical books is on the up and the sale of digital books is falling. A lot. Maybe you’re thinking, “Well, adults and young children read books too! No evidence to say that teens aren’t going digital”. Hah. Well… A survey carried out for the Bookseller…

‘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.…