- 2015 May 01
Publishing Startup Raises $1.2M
Booktrope, a Seattle-based startup with a platform and service for book authors, has raised $1.2 million of a planned $2.3 million funding round, according to a new filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
- 2015 Apr 28
Common Sense Media Goes to DC
James P. Steyer of Common Sense Media advocates for the organization and expands its reach.
- 2015 Apr 16
L.A. Schools to Drop Pearson
The country’s second-largest school district is taking another step to back away from an ambitious school technology project, ending its use of content produced by Pearson PLC that was planned for the district’s personal devices.
- 2015 Mar 30
'Granta' Undergoes Digital Makeover
The literary magazine is undergoing a digital transformation that will see its online and mobile offering pulled closer together in the hope of attracting new readers.
- 2015 Mar 25
Authors in Publishing's Digital Age
Alan Cheuse, author of 'Prayers for the Living,' writes that the "link between writer and reader has morphed into a rapidly changing field of play."
- 2015 Mar 24
Atavist Gets a Refresh
The four-year-old digital magazine and publisher unveiled several significant design and functionality changes Monday.
- 2015 Mar 10
Tech Blog GigaOm Shuts Down
Gigaom, a pioneering technology blog that became a fixture in Silicon Valley and claimed 6.4 million monthly readers, abruptly announced on Monday that it would shut down.
- 2015 Mar 04
Former Borders V-P Pitching Startup
Bob Chunn, a former exec at Borders, has been meeting with angel and venture capital investors to help launch his publishing startup, ContentOro LLC.
- 2015 Feb 24
Why Young Adults are Reading Print
An article discusses how many young adults prefer to read in print.
- 2015 Feb 18
'LA Times,' Award-Winning Journo Team Up
The 'Los Angeles Times' has announced a venture with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to establish #EmergingUS, a multimedia platform which will explore the evolving American identity in the 21st century.
- 2015 Feb 13
Dana Schwartz making fun of YA dystopian books via Twitter.
- 2015 Feb 05
Hotfile to Settle Piracy Suit
Hotfile and several major book publishers have agreed to an out-of-court settlement of their piracy dispute. Last year the publishers filed a complaint with a Florida District Court, demanding up to $7.5 million from the defunct file-hosting service.
- 2015 Feb 04
E.B. White to E-book
"Charlotte's Web," ''Stuart Little," and "The Trumpet of the Swan" will be available as e-books.
- 2015 Jan 09
Apple, Amazon, or Google
Who will win the battle of the tech titans?
- 2014 Dec 23
Germany Skeptical About Digital for Kids
Surveys in Germany show parents and teachers wary of too much digital media for kids.
Screen Time Means Reading Time
A study shows that boys in low-income families might learn best through touch screens.
- 2014 Nov 11
'Crash Course' Comes to PBS
The Vlogbrothers to bring "Crash Course" to PBS.
- 2014 Oct 23
'We Need Books' Launches
Pearson and First Book to spearhead "We Need Books" digital platform.
- 2014 Oct 17
The Debate Over E-Reading to Toddlers
An article addressing whether e-reading to toddlers helps or hinders development.
- 2014 Oct 16
Videos of illustrators doodling.
Video Games Help Build Literacy Skills?
An article argues that videogames like "Minecraft" help kids learn to read.
- 2014 Oct 07
Rowling Twitter Tease
J.K. Rowling posts a riddle on Twitter feed.
- 2014 Aug 21
How Wattpad has helped teen girls.
An article about low-tech and high-tech interactive books for kids.
- 2014 Jul 28
Apple Buys BookLamp
Apple has acquired the book analytics and recommendation company in an estimated $10-15 million deal.
- 2014 Jul 21
The Best Literary Hashtags on Twitter
From #readwomen2014 to #WeNeedDiverseBooks, hashtags are helping to build community in the literary world.
- 2014 Jul 10
Laureate on Digital Reading
Malorie Blackman discusses children reading digitally.
- 2014 May 27
Music Data Analysts Takes on Books
Next Big Sound, which analyzes vast amounts of data about musicians to show effects on sales, is bringing its analytics to book publishing.
- 2014 May 15
How Your iPhone is Saving Literature
Let pundits blame technology for distracting us from great books. Ordinary readers are rediscovering the classics
- 2014 Apr 17
Is Reading Anti-Social?
Another attempt to socially network books has bitten the dust. Maybe readers just want to be alone.
- 2014 Apr 09
Wattpad Raises $46M
The startup has raised a Series C round of funding worth $46 million, led by OMERS Ventures, and including August Capital, Raine Ventures and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, and all of the company’s existing investors.
- 2014 Mar 27
Zoobean Launches Recommendation Service
The 'Netflix for children's books' is debuting a recommendation service.
- 2014 Mar 20
Tumblr Book Fandoms
A list of seven books with hearty fan bases on Tumblr.
What's Your Faction?
A quiz to determine your 'Divergent' faction.
- 2014 Mar 18
Rowling Quidditch World Cup
"Geeking Out" on the new Quidditch World Cup history.
Young People Not Buying E-Readers
A study finds that only 5% of young people plan to buy an e-reader in the next year.
Rowling Publishes Quidditch History
J.K. Rowling posts online history of the Quidditch World Cup.
- 2014 Mar 14
Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds
If you’re a true bibliophile, Tumblr has lots of blogs to feed your love of the written word. Here’s a small sampling of its book bonanza.
- 2014 Feb 24
Jobs Axed as Digital Shop Collapses
Dozens of jobs have been axed after a digital book retailer collapsed into administration. A total of 24 of the 50 staff at U.K.-based Computer Bookshops have lost their jobs after administrators from Grant Thornton were called in.
- 2014 Feb 10
Self-publishing used to be synonymous with unprestigious "vanity publishing," where well-off authors who couldn't get their books into print by traditional means paid small, independent presses to publish them. But with the advent of e-books, social reading sites and simple digital self-publishing software and platforms, all that has changed.
- 2014 Jan 14
Digital is Critical
Digital engagement is taking center stage for YA publishers.
- 2014 Jan 10
What's Next in Digital Publishing
U.K. publishing execs talked to "The Guardian" about how they think the book business will transform in 2014.
- 2014 Jan 09
Broadband Speeds Slow Schools
Nationwide schools are expressing frustration over slow broadband speeds.
- 2013 Nov 12
Seventeen percent of kids under age 8 use a mobile device every day.
- 2013 Nov 06
Small Demons Faces Closure
Small Demons, the Los Angeles-based start-up, has told publishers that it will close later this month unless a buyer comes in for the business. The company, founded in 2009, had been close to securing a sale to an international tech firm, but said this process had stalled.
Disputes Over Finke's Plans Grow
Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke has parted ways with the website she founded, Deadline.com, but her nearly year-long feud with its owner Jay Penske isn’t over.
- 2013 Oct 24
How Amazon, Goodreads Could Lose Readers
When Amazon bought Goodreads it got a community of passionate readers, not all of whom want to follow the new rules.
On Amazon and Goodreads
An article about claims of censorship on Goodreads.
- 2013 Sep 26
High School Hackers
Students at an L.A. High School hack iPads to surf web.
Study Shows Digital Media Trumps Reading
A Nielsen Book study has found that reading among British children is decreasing due to digital entertainment.
- 2013 Sep 10
Classroom's slow internet speeds may hinder access to e-bookstore.
FanGirl Launches Tumblr Bookclub
Rainbow Rowell's FanGirl is the first selection for Tumblr's Reblog Book Club.
- 2013 Jul 16
The Pros and Cons of Digital
A Pew study shows that digital technology both helps and hinders students' writing skills.
- 2013 Jul 05
Why DRM-free Comics are a Big Deal
"When publishers address piracy like rational human beings, we all win."
- 2013 Jun 27
Genre's Changing Rules
Why publishers think genre fiction is the future of e-books.
- 2013 Jun 21
FAA Eases Up on Gadgets?
Experts envision a world with "gate to gate" device use.
- 2013 Jun 19
Amazon Dumps Minn. Affiliates
To avoid collecting online state sales tax.
Amazon Debuts Gifting Platform
Amazon Birthday Gift is the company’s Facebook-integrated social gifting product.
Book Rec Engine Gets $2M
San Francisco startup Parakweet has gotten $2 million from angel investors to help make BookVibe a going concession.
- 2013 Jun 18
Pottermore gets makeover.
New DRM Changes Words
German researchers have created a new DRM feature that changes the text and punctuation of an e-book ever so slightly.
- 2013 Jun 06
Amazon Resurrects Kindle DX
"It’s almost comically oversized compared to the more popular and current e-reader models, which include the Kobo Aura HD and Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, and the technology within is now almost three years old."
- 2013 Jun 05
Correcting the Cost of E-books
"With e-books, so many of the costs of publishing are eliminated, and publishers need to adjust prices accordingly."
- 2013 May 31
Grading Apple's Digital Textbook Tech
Shortly after his world history students began a pilot program testing a digital textbook for the iPad, Ken Halla noticed something different: His students were actually reading their textbooks.
- 2013 May 30
Amazon's Login Service
Amazon launched a new service called ‘Login with Amazon’ today that lets its 200 million active customers sign-in to apps, games and websites created by third-party developers using their existing account details.
- 2013 May 29
Kindle Dates in China
After more than a year of speculation and delays, Amazon Kindle e-readers and tablets will reportedly be available for sale in China on June 7.
The Decline of School Newspapers
A look at the waning tradition of school newspapers.
First paperless public library opens in Bexar County, Texas.
Parents Say Print Still Reigns
The Pew Research Center reports that parents still prefer print over digital for their children's reading.
- 2013 May 24
Kobo to Fund NPR
Beginning immediately after BookExpo America, Kobo e-readers and e-books will be featured in a national brand campaign on NPR.
- 2013 May 13
Goodnight, Sweet Print
Salon: "Are words on paper gone forever?"
- 2013 May 10
Amazon Developing 3D Smartphone
Rumors that the retail giant is building a smartphone first surfaced more than a year ago. A new report suggests a smartphone with a 3D screen may be on deck.
Spreading Literature in Africa
E-Book Piracy Debate Revisited
Inside Tor's announcement that they've "seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles.”
- 2013 May 06
Amazon's Got An Android Store in China
Amazon has launched and Android app store in China beating, among others, Google to the punch.
- 2013 May 01
E-books Rise 134%
The Publishers Association (The PA) Statistics Yearbook 2012 shows that total consumer e-book sales have continued to rise in 2012, by 134%, reaching £216 million.
E-Books and Democracy
"The information revolution raises profound questions about the future of books, reading and libraries."
- 2013 Apr 29
Kobo's Greatest Asset?
It's not Amazon.
- 2013 Apr 25
Amazon's Kindle TV Set-Top Box
Amazon is planning to introduce a device this fall dedicated to streaming video over the Internet and into its customers’ living rooms, according to three people familiar with the project who aren’t authorized to discuss it.
- 2013 Apr 19
Amazon-Goodreads Quashed iBooks Plan
Amazon's buyout of Goodreads in late March also had the effect of derailing Apple's plans for the iBookstore.
Court Nixes Viacom Suit Against YouTube
For the second time in three years, a federal judge has dismissed Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube, saying the online video site doesn't have to police itself as long as it removes infringing videos when copyright owners give notice.
- 2013 Apr 18
Complaints Against Amazon Grow
"International publishers and booksellers at the London Book Fair this year have become increasingly vocal about their difficulties in working with Amazon."
- 2013 Apr 17
Do E-Readers Inhibit Comprehension?
Research suggests that the devices can prevent readers from wholly absorbing longer texts.
Introduced at the London Book Fair.
- 2013 Apr 16
Everybody Was 'Quidditching'
Quidditching = the newest online photo meme fad.
- 2013 Apr 11
Spotify-Like Service for Books
To be launched by Waterstones founder this year.
Welsh Kindle Row
A Welsh language publisher says it plans to protest over Amazon's current inability to support its books.
- 2013 Apr 09
Do Your E-Reading!
College professors are testing CourseSmart, technology that enables them to track students' E-Textbook reading.
Teacher Knows If You've E-Read
Several Texas A&M professors know something that generations of teachers could only hope to guess: whether students are reading their textbooks.
- 2013 Apr 08
The View of E-books from the Inside
NY Times: "It is refreshing to see Jason Merkoski, a leader of the team that built Amazon’s first Kindle, dispense with the usual techo-utopianism and say, 'I think we’ve made a proverbial pact with the devil in digitizing our words.'”
- 2013 Apr 02
Raised On Screens
A piece about the impact of Tablets and other devices on children's minds.
Microsoft Phone Developer Goes to Amazon
Charlie Kindel updated his LinkedIn profile to say he’s now director of “something secret” at the Seattle-based online retailer.
- 2013 Apr 01
What Do Tablets Do to Kids' Minds?
“We really don’t know the full neurological effects of these technologies yet."
- 2013 Mar 28
Amazon's Porn Problem
Adult books come up in searches for "teen books for girls."
Blind Dates with Books?
The problem is not one of finding books, it is one of discrimination, of deciding which books are worth reading, and it’s a problem is compounded by the vast choice on offer.
- 2013 Mar 27
Hulu Selling to Amazon?
According to Reuters, Hulu's board has approached potential buyers to gauge their interest in acquiring the online video service.
- 2013 Mar 26
Why E-books Are a Different Genre
- 2013 Mar 25
Why Kids Aren't Reading Digital Comics
And what might make them start.
- 2013 Mar 22
Rakuten Defies European Gloom?
"We're very confident we'll be able to grow in any kind of (economic) circumstance."
- 2013 Mar 21
Amazon/CIA Ink Cloud Deal
In a move sure to send ripples through the federal IT community, FCW has learned that the CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with electronic commerce giant Amazon, worth up to $600 million over 10 years.