Rakuten Kobo Becoming Tolino's Tech Partner in Germany

Taking over from Deutsche Telekom as the Tolino alliance’s e-reading tech partner, Canada’s Rakuten Kobo enlarges its European footprint. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Tamblyn: ‘Excellent News for All Concerned’ In an announcement dated Tuesday (January 2), Deutsche Telekom has announced what it terms “a change in technology partner” in the Tolino e-reader alliance. Toronto-based Kobo, owned… Read More

From ‘Older’ Publishing to New: Two Industry Veterans Go Indie

Ashton Applewhite and Bob Stein list 37 vendors and counting, in producing Applewhite’s ‘This Chair Rocks.’ That’s how you roll, they say, when you take the indie route—and mean to get it right. Read More

Self-Publishing and the 'Curatorial Mark': Jon Fine

The high view of self-publishing, in Jon Fine’s words, is peopled with ‘increasingly sophisticated authors’ supported by ‘increasingly sophisticated consultants’—a movement growing into its own alongside the ‘curatorial mark’ of trade publishing. Read More

A New Global Ebook Report on a Mercurial World Market

BEA’s’ Director of International Affairs Rüdiger Wishenbart’s new Global Ebook Report cites continental Europe’s ebooks “stalling even earlier” than in the US and UK. Read More

Climbing Down: Mall Operator Says Comment ‘Not Intended To Represent Amazon’s Plans’

By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson Editor-in-Chief CHICAGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP) Chief Executive Officer Sandeep Mathrani has indicated that a statement he made concerning Amazon during GGP’s earnings conference call held on February 2, 2016, was not intended to represent Amazon’s plans. Not a complete reverse-ferret, is it? More qualification than clarification, that’s… Read More

Authors United’s Divisive Stand on Amazon

Authors Unlimited’s 3-hour event at New America warned that Amazon’s market position will cause “long-term effects on the global book trade.” Read More

At ALA’s Midwinter Meeting: BiblioBoard Pivots As ‘Libraries Transform’

Libraries: From Info Vaults To Creative Hubs The American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Boston, has just closed with some impressive numbers to report. Gary Price at Library Journal reports that a total 11,716 people attended the five-day event—librarians, library workers and supporters including 3,622 exhibitors. This makes the 2016 event some 1,000 people larger… Read More

It’s Fat Season For Diet Books

Larding On The Advice According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 38 percent of American adults are technically obese (with a body mass index over 30), up from 35 percent in 2011-2012 and 32 percent in 2003-2004. That’s Robert Paarlberg at The Washington Post in a new commentary, Why Can’t America Get Its… Read More