While their customers may argue over whether it's better to be "a Mac" or "a PC" in a long-running series of TV commercials, Microsoft and Apple now are arguing over a trademark. According to an article on MobileMarketer.com, Microsoft has filed an objection to Apple's application to trademark the term "app store" for its exclusive use, claiming it is a generic term.
Library services provider ProQuest has acquired digital content and services provider ebrary, a union that will "add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuest's monumental content offerings," according to a press release issued by ProQuest about the acquisition. The release also cited that ebrary, which was founded in 1999, had increased its 2010 revenue by more than 30 percent over the previous year.
Scholastic Book Clubs has launched a monthly bestsellers list, which will feature the most popular books selected by children ages five to 14 nationwide. According to Scholastic, the list was "designed to inform parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers and book lovers about which children's books are most popular with kids."
(Press Release) NEW YORK, NY, January 7, 2011—Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced an entirely original form of eBook collaboration today with bestselling powerhouses Brad Meltzer, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
A copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against children's publisher Scholastic Inc. by the estate of author Adrian Jacobs has been dismissed. The suit claimed that one of J.K. Rowlings' "Harry Potter" books copied Jacobs' work. Scholastic released the following statement regarding the lawsuit:"Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible,…
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced that it collected and donated more than one million books for children in need all over the country during its 2010 Holiday Book Drive.
(Press Release) Wattpad is reporting a record December, seeing a 20 percent growth over November's traffic and 300 percent more visitors when compared to the previous year.
(Press Release) Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2011—Copia, the groundbreaking social eReading platform, today announced its release of Copia for Android.
(Press Release) New York, New York, January 6, 2011—Despite their fondness for social networking and cell phones, most college students say they prefer textbooks in printed rather than e-text form.
While publishers are feeling the weight of the Kindle, Nook, and e-books, one Massachusetts-based non-profit, The PJ Library, is helping boost publishing sales, build family libraries, and enhance the tradition of reading with children at bedtime.
(Press Release) SAN DIEGO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2011, PRNewswire— Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and Atheros Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHR), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Qualcomm intends to acquire Atheros, a leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired local area connectivity in the computing, networking and consumer electronics industries.
(Press Release) NEW YORK, January 3, 2011—Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing, education and media company, today announced the introduction of its "Touch & Tilt" line of iPad book applications on the iTunes App Store.
(Press Release) NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2011, PRNewswire—To help the multitude of new owners with eBook reading devices, Kaplan Publishing is offering more than 130 free eBooks in a promotion that runs from January 4-10th. Owners of the Nook, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Sony eReader can find select Kaplan titles absolutely free by visiting: www.FreeKaplaneBooks.com.
Today, Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt wrote in his blog "Why the iPad Couldn't Kill the Kindle."
He wrote: "When Apple launched the iPad last spring, most everyone assumed it would kill the Kindle. After all, the iPad had a multi-touch screen, a crisp, color display, the ability to view books, photos, and movies, and run thousands of applications."
He also writes: "it is clear that we have two distinct product classes here with less overlap than originally thought. Apparently, the market is big enough for both." On this point, I don't disagree, however, I don't believe the battle is over.
(Press Release) New York, New York, December 30, 2010—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced that with millions of NOOK eReading devices sold, the line has become the company's biggest bestseller ever in its nearly 40-year history.
As I write this, I am not only in the midst of Book Business production, but the holiday season as well—parties, decorating and card writing, and lots of gift shopping. In the course of my shopping, I've managed to buy a few books as presents for, well, myself. (I've been good, Santa, I promise.) I…
With a P.T. Barnum-like flourish, Google launched its eBookstore as "the largest e-books collection in the world!" Over 3 million titles! Step right up! Best-sellers and public-domain titles! Google made good on its commitment of launching the eBookstore before the end of 2010, and 2011 will be an interesting year for the e-book world. The…