- 2014 Nov 05
Enhanced 'Mockingbird' E-book Out
Oprah Winfrey and Tom Brokaw are among the featured commentators for an "enhanced" e-book of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' released Tuesday by HarperCollins.
Dictionaries in a Digital World
A lexicographer at Merriam-Webster writes about how going electronic changed dictionaries.
- 2014 Nov 03
Most Popular Passages in Books
According to Kindle data.
- 2014 Oct 29
E-book Prices May Rise As VAT Kicks In
Publishers and retailers will aim to prevent e-book prices from soaring when a new European-wide VAT law on digital products is introduced on January 1, 2015.
- 2014 Oct 22
Do Readers Really Prefer Paperbacks?
The e-book industry by the numbers, in an infographic.
- 2014 Oct 17
Is Jeff Bezos the Bad Guy?
Alex Beam, in the 'Boston Globe,' asks.
- 2014 Oct 15
Google vs. Amazon
Google thinks Amazon is its biggest competitor, according to Slate's Alison Griswold.
- 2014 Oct 08
Adobe Spyware Reveals the Price of DRM
Two independent reports claim that Adobe’s e-book software, “Digital Editions,” logs every document readers add to their local “library,” tracks what happens with those files, and then sends those logs back to the mother-ship, over the Internet, in the clear.
- 2014 Oct 01
A Parent's Attachment to Print
Parents who buy books for their children have an attachment to print vs. e-books, a new Nielsen study has found.
- 2014 Sep 30
This Interactive Book Makes $70k a Week
Since the last week of August, the interactive book 'Alice' been pulling in $70,000 a week from iOS customers alone and is on Apple’s list of top-grossing apps, the app’s creator Emanuel Paletz revealed to VentureBeat.
- 2014 Sep 25
Nearly 75% of Young People Prefer Print
New research shows that while nearly three-quarters of young people in the U.K. said they prefer the print form, only 27% prefer e-books and 31% said they don’t buy e-books at all.
- 2014 Sep 22
Vintage to Release Márquez E-books
Six months after his death at 87, Gabriel García Márquez is finally getting a digital makeover.
- 2014 Sep 15
Line by Line, E-books Go Poetry Friendly
More than a decade into the e-book revolution, poetry publishers are scrambling to carve out a place in the digital market.
- 2014 Sep 02
How We Can Fix Scientific Publishing
TechCrunch tells us how the digital revolution can change scientific publishing.
- 2014 Aug 29
Greer: E-books 'Should Cost Pennies'
Writer Germaine Greer has said that e-books should “cost pennies” and accused people of having an “irrational attachment to the [printed] book."
- 2014 Aug 20
E-reading Adversely Affects Plot Recall
Kindle readers are “significantly” worse at recalling plot compared to paperback readers, according to a new Europe-wide study.
- 2014 Aug 15
Reading Literature On Screen
A new study suggests that there may be some cognitive drawbacks to reading even short works of literature on a screen.
- 2014 Aug 12
Amazon Book Battle is Yesterday's War
What Amazon, authors, and publishers fail to recognize is "in the world of digital literature, book ownership will soon be an anachronism," according to Leonid Bershidsky at BloombergView.
- 2014 Aug 07
Sainsbury Now Sole Owner of Anobii
The U.K. supermarket has purchased the HarperCollins and Penguin Random House stakes in the Anobii e-book platform, and now owns 100% of the company.
- 2014 Aug 05
What Amazon's E-book Numbers Say
Carolyn Kellogg, at the 'Los Angeles Times,' writes about what Amazon's math on e-books does and doesn't tell you.
- 2014 Jul 25
Judge Troubled by Apple Settlement
A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals.
- 2014 Jul 11
iBook Bestsellers Vs. Kindle Bestsellers
Are they different?
Gladwell Takes Comedic Shot at Amazon
The author gets cheeky in a video about the ongoing terms dispute between the e-tailer and Hachette.
- 2014 Jul 07
Summer's Most Un-Read Bestsellers
Relying on Kindle data, the WSJ looks at the book people are buying, but not reading.
- 2014 Jun 30
The E-reader Death Watch Begins
E-readers are dying, says Slate. So what does that mean for book sales?
- 2014 Jun 20
I Was a Digital Bestseller
Tony Horwitz pens an opinion piece in the "New York Times" about his experience with digital publishing.
- 2014 Jun 04
Byliner Seeks Partners
Byliner, a company that publishes long, literary journalism and fiction online and as e-books, told its contributors Tuesday that it has been struggling and is seeking partners to ensure its future.
- 2014 May 28
Target to Offer E-books
As the retailer works to build a more competitive e-commerce experience, it's partnering with a startup e-book subscription service called Librify to give customers an online platform for buying, sharing, and discussing their favorite books.
- 2014 May 20
Jane Friedman talks tech, e-books and why content still rules, at "Forbes."
- 2014 Apr 28
Kids on E-books
Could e-books actually get in the way of reading?
'To Kill a Mockingbird' Going Digital
Filling one of the biggest gaps in the e-library, "To Kill a Mockingbird" will become available as an e-book and digital audiobook on July 8, HarperCollins Publishers announced Monday. Harper Lee, in a rare public statement, cited a "new generation" of fans in agreeing to the downloadable editions of her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.
- 2014 Apr 25
Hemingway Goes Digital
Ernest Hemingway’s collected works will be made available in e-book for the first time in a global project by Simon & Schuster.
- 2014 Apr 24
Pharrell Releasing Digital Book Today
Just hours after the busy "Happy" hit-maker released the music video for his new single "Marilyn Monroe," he also revealed that he is releasing a new, untitled book.
- 2014 Apr 21
You Don't Own Your Kindle Books
Amazon reminds one customer.
Enhanced E-books and Scholarly Writing
For scholars in the humanities, the "enhanced" e-book format is a game changer. Now we can much more easily disseminate our work in art history, archaeology, and many other scholarly fields that have presented high hurdles to print publishing.
- 2014 Apr 14
Students Reading E-books are Losing Out
Students who read conventional books have a higher reading comprehension than those reading digitally, according to a new study.
- 2014 Mar 28
The Great E-book Royalty War
A backstage battle between publishers and authors over royalties may be limiting which e-books you can buy.
- 2014 Mar 26
The Revolutionary Atavist
Inside the digital platform that, according to PolicyMic, is about to revolutionize book publishing.
- 2014 Mar 10
Forecasting the Self-Pub Market
Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, estimates that self-published e-books will account for 50% of digital sales by 2020.
- 2014 Feb 07
First Arab E-bookstore Launched
Kotobi.com, the first webstore where Arabic books can be downloaded and purchased online, was launched at this year's Cairo International Book Fair.
- 2014 Jan 23
The Author Life in a Digital Age
We used to know what it took to be a writer – you had to publish a book. But electronic publishing is piling pressure on myths of the author's life.
- 2014 Jan 10
'Mein Kampf': E-Book Bestseller
Salon explores why Hitler's memoir/manifesto has become a bestseller in digital.
- 2013 Dec 20
Kindle Readers Make Their Mark
Amazon's popular highlights chart reveals a revolution in reading habits.
- 2013 Dec 19
Startup Settles Dispute with Publishers
Boundless, a ed-tech startup that aimed to provide free, online alternatives to textbooks, was served with a lawsuit citing a violation of the Copyright Act from three major textbook publishers in March 2012. The companies have now reached a settlement, which will set a precedent for digital publishing and serve as a warning to future education technology startups.
- 2013 Dec 03
Australian Kindle Store
Amazon has been prising open the wallets of Australian consumers for years – but what will its local push on Kindle mean for readers, writers and publishers?
- 2013 Dec 02
HarperCollins, Beyond E-Books
The New York-based publishing house, whose roots date back to 1817, was the only one of the Big Five publishers to offer some of its backlist titles — and perhaps more importantly, some of its prestige — to startups at launch, helping to kickstart the fledging Netflix-like e-book subscription market.
- 2013 Nov 26
YA Readers Prefer Printed Books
A survey finds that 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents.
- 2013 Nov 21
HC U.K. Boss: Take Storytelling Back
HarperCollins U.K. CEO Charlie Redmayne warns that publishers must take their space back from digital rivals by going beyond e-books to apps, games and video.
- 2013 Nov 12
The Rise & Fall of Kno
Kno launched with much fanfare and raised nearly $100 million in venture capital and debt, only to find out that the world of education didn’t care much for the company’s products or for that matter the company itself. It crash landed at Intel last weekend.
- 2013 Nov 04
Startup to Offer Didion E-books
Beginning Monday, ZolaBooks.com will be the only place consumers can find the e-book edition of Slouching Towards Bethlehem, an essay collection by Didion that was published in 1968.
- 2013 Oct 18
Franzen's Worst Nightmare
Apple’s exploring ways to autograph e-books. Slate asks, what does that even mean?
- 2013 Sep 13
White Plains High Goes All Digital
Students at Stepinac High will no longer be lugging around their print textbooks after the catholic school created a unique digital textbook program with Pearson.
- 2013 Sep 10
APA Creates Publishing Arm
The L.A.-based talent and literary agency is launching digital book publishing business called Beverly Drive Press.
- 2013 Aug 12
Amazon's Kindle Biz Worth $4.5 billion?
Morgan Stanley has released a report estimating the e-tailer will make $4.5 billion selling Kindle devices in 2013.
- 2013 Jun 18
Magzter Launches E-Book Store
Magzter, an online store front for digital magazines, is to launch an e-book store with a planned beta version rolling out in July.
- 2013 May 16
Steve Jobs's E-book Email
“Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.”
- 2013 Apr 24
Guardian: "Amazon's bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving."
- 2013 Apr 10
Former Amazon Exec's Literacy Cause
David Risher is hoping to teach all children in the developing world to read...one e-book at a time.
- 2013 Feb 12
How the People Saved Book Publishing
Forbes.com publishes an excerpt from the new e-book by DBW's Jeremy Greenfield.
- 2012 Dec 10
Baen Moves to Kindle Store
If you’re looking for proof about how the e-book market has changed in the 5 years since the Kindle Store launched, today’s news concerning Baen Books will give you a clue.
- 2012 Oct 22
Hearst Plans Holiday Recipe E-book
While Hearst has already dipped its toe into electronic publishing for individual magazines like Cosmopolitan and Esquire, the e-book (published by Open Road) is the first time Hearst has published content from a variety of its magazines in digital form.
- 2012 Oct 19
No One Needs a Publisher
The Denver Post has just found out authors can self-publish. The paper's done its 'you don't need a publisher' story, attempting to make it timely--we assume--by tying it to a growing DIY ethic in the culture at large.
- 2012 Aug 14
Harper Plans Deluxe Chabon E-book
"Telegraph Avenue" will have an interactive map of Oakland, eight videos, an animated cover, and more.
- 2012 Jul 17
Penguin Makes Major E Push in India
"Penguin Books India has firmed up some grand plans to register its presence in the burgeoning e-book segment, which analysts believe can make printed books obsolete in the not too distant future."
- 2012 Jun 25
Amazon's E-book Issue
Daily Mail: "Amazon has been accused of making money selling offensive, racist and potentially dangerous ebooks on subjects ranging from bomb-making to drug growing."
Folger Shakespeares Go to E
NY Times: The Folger Shakespeare Library editions will be available in e-book format for the first time beginning Monday.
- 2012 Jun 22
'New Yorker' Takes on the Ebook 'War'
In Monday's magazine Ken Auletta digs into the showdown over e-books between Apple, Amazon, book publishers, and the DoJ.
- 2012 Jun 12
What Will E-books Look Like in 2016?
New data from Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Global Entertainment and Media Outlook projects that e-books will make up 50 percent of the U.S. trade book market by 2016.
- 2012 Jun 07
The 'War & Peace' Nook vs. Kindle War
Guardian: In the Nook version of Tolstoy's classic, every instance of the word "kindle" is replaced with the word "nook."
- 2012 May 25
What and why people read on devices.
- 2012 May 10
China Wants E-books to be 50 Cents
Readers in China expect their e-books to be a very low price.
- 2012 Mar 13
Amazon Sells 2 Million Kindle Singles
In just over a year, Amazon has crossed the 2 million mark.
- 2012 Mar 06
NYT On Kindle Singles
The New York Times looks at the burgeoning market for short form content, focusing on Kindle Singles.
- 2012 Mar 02
E-books Turning Oligopolistic
"Certain developments in the e-book marketing show some alarming trends that may make it a kingdom of oligopoly where things are decided not by readers but by Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble."
- 2012 Feb 15
'USA Today' On Ease of Self-Publishing
The paper looks at the growing number of options for those looking to self-publish.
- 2012 Feb 08
Charles Orlando Talks Self-Publishing
The author/relationship guru talks to Fast Company about self-publishing and why he walked away from a "traditional" book deal.
- 2011 Dec 19
Apple's Agency Deals Investigated
The Guardian on Apple, Amazon, and the ongoing pricing of e-books debate.
- 2011 Nov 28
How Much Does a 99c E-book Cost Amazon?
The economics of Amazon's e-book trade.
- 2011 Oct 28
E-Book Bestsellers in WSJ
The Wall Street Journal's bestsellers lists to include e-books, reports the AP.
- 2011 Oct 03
Harry Potter E-books Delayed Until 2012
The reason: to bring as many people as possible to Pottermore.
- 2011 Sep 15
Controversial App Banned by Apple
Apple has banned "Phone Story" from its App Store, which references child labor and factory-worker suicides.
- 2011 Sep 06
E-books Rewrite Sales Story
USA Today on how e-books are changing everything.
- 2011 Aug 25
Three 99-cent E-books Are Bestsellers
Thriller writer Michael Prescott has 3 99-cent self-published e-books in the USA Today top 150.
- 2011 Aug 09
Opening Up About Open Road
Jane Friedman talks to Business Insider about how Open Road is doing.
- 2011 Aug 04
Book Publishing Needs To Get Dirty
The Chicago Tribune on how publishing and the supporters of physical books need to fight back against the seductiveness of e-books.
- 2011 Aug 01
The New Yorker's iPad Success
The NYT reports that the no-frills New Yorker iPad app is outselling any other Conde Nast iPad magazine. Turns out people just want to read words sometimes...
Oh, the Pages That Glow!
How kids are embracing e-readers.
- 2011 Jul 24
Apple Cracks Down on eBookstores
The Digital Reader reports that the Kobo iOS app no longer offers access to the Kobo eBookstore, in compliance with Apple's newly enforced in-app purchase rules.
- 2011 Jul 19
Novels on Facebook
The University of Michigan press is serializing two novels on its Facebook page.
- 2011 Jul 18
No Textbooks for iBooks
TUAW has some thoughts on the implications for iBooks of Kindle's new textbook lending program.
- 2011 Jul 13
Cambridge Press Opens Digital Platform
Beginning this October, University Publishing Online will provide institutions with e-books and "related database products” from publishers across the world.
- 2011 Jul 11
E-Books are for 'Bloodless Nerds'
Booker Prize-winning author Penelope Lively says there are no substitutes for real books.
- 2011 Jul 08
Create a Branded iOS Home Screen Icon
A useful post from TUAW (via GIGAOM) for publishers who want to create a branded homescreen icon for iOS for when users bookmark your site to their home screen.
- 2011 Jul 06
La Martinière Joins the iBookstore
French publisher joins the e-book game, from TheBookseller.
- 2011 Jul 05
The Vancouver Sun on the multimedia potential of Rowling's new digital venture.
- 2011 Jun 30
E-books will "blow apart" cover design
From TheBookseller. How publishers should do book design on the digital front: "drop text entirely in favor of a distinctive "icon" that can transfer to social media like Twitter.
- 2011 Jun 29
How Romance Writers Recycle Books
From WNYC: "Summer Secrets," the former #1 e-book bestseller, was actually first published in 2004, but rights reverted back to the author, Barbara Freethy.
- 2011 Jun 27
E-books to Sell Print Books
The NYT looks at a promotion from Algonquin books--the publisher is using discounted e-books as an incentive for print book buyers.
E-Reader Ownership Surges
Fast Company reports on a Pew survey that shows e-reader adoption has surged, surpassing even tablet adoption.
iPhone 5 In September
TUAW reports on Morgan Stanley's prediction that the iPhone 5 will launch in September.