Scribd makes cuts to romance in its catalog

Scribd has announced to publishers and distributors that it is “making some adjustments, particularly to romance” in its $8.99-per-month ebook subscription service. Described by Mark Coker, founder and c.e.o. of Smashwords, as “dramatic cuts to [Scribd’s] catalog of romance and erotica titles,” the changes are removing an unknown portion of the subscription’s titles from the… Read More

SELF-e Gets Indie eBooks Into Library Catalogs

  The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition opened Thursday (25th June, #alaac15), in San Francisco with something unprecedented being offered at this year’s gathering: Library SELF-e’s first-ever national curated collection is now ready, an array of 200 indie ebooks that librarians can peruse and consider carrying for their patrons to check… Read More

IfBookThen in Milan: Soaring past 'book' to 'then'

  “It was easy to wonder where was the book in IfBookThen,” as Lucio Braganolo writes at ApogeOnline. And that was precisely the point, the purpose, and the pride of this “post-publishing” conference in springtime Milan. Unique in an already-busy season of international conferences, BookRepublic’s IfBookThen 2015 was devised by c.e.o. Marco Ferrario to get right past what… Read More

Ebooks to and from China: Trajectory, Tencent, technology

At first glance, you may think that Trajectory is on a different trajectory. Today’s news — released first by The Bookseller this morning — is, if nothing else, about a lot of titles. And those titles, first and foremost, are part of a distribution deal. The Boston-based Trajectory, Inc., has inked a partnership with China’s big… Read More

'Are there too many literary agencies?'

The question with which I’ve headlined this post comes from literary agent Jonny Geller. More: I believe that the lack of changes in our industry will leave many authors exposed. I would say this, wouldn’t I? Well, I’m not actually criticising any one agent, or the notion of small agencies—but my industry as a whole.… Read More

AuthorEarnings: ISBN On Ice!

Everything’s Coming Up Indie. Right?  As slippery as the business of publishing-industry statistics is, the author Hugh Howey and his unnamed associate referred to as Data Guy have now given us a year of AuthorEarnings.com reports. This is a good thing. Despite Howey’s detractors and some of their misgivings, the AuthorEarnings series of interpretive essays have… Read More

'Print books are more like decorations': A #FutureChat recap

Could ebooks and print be friends instead of enemies? Having heralded The noise and fury— where he wrote, “Booksellers are back! The print book is on the rise! The ebook is dead!” — The Bookseller editor Philip Jones then returned Friday with classic irony in Surprise, surprise: Defying what we sometimes read in the wider… Read More

#DBW15: Can eBooks Steamroll Print?

‘What Sells in Print’ – eBooks’ impact on the market Not so fast, it seems we’re hearing from several directions. Today, our colleagues Tom Tivnan and Felicity Wood at The Bookseller are writing Print and digital help the book market in 2014. Here, from that story is an “e” and “p” — ebooks and print… Read More

During #DBW15: eBook subscription 24symbols partners with Facebook for Internet.org

NEW YORK, NY — 14th January 2015: Justo Hidalgo, founder and chief development officer of Madrid-based24symbols digital subscription reading service, has announced today during Digital Book World Conference + Expo that the company is in a partnership with Facebook for its Internet.org programme. Internet.org is a humanitarian initiative the goal of which is to provide… Read More

#FutureChat recap: Your 2015 Digital Publishing Predictions

We asked, and we received. We started with the excellent, provocative predictions of a group of invited guests. We’d asked them to give us around 50 words each on what they see ahead in digital publishing. Among some of the strongest commentary we had was Philip Jones’ estimation of the reader’s place in the digital dynamic… Read More