Interesting News in Publishing, July 2016

Interesting News in Publishing, July 2016

Company News
Blockchain content sharing app LBRY declares independent from Google, Apple and Amazon
LBRY, the decentralised content sharing and publishing platform owned by its users, has released a Beta version of its app, coinciding with more…
International Business Times UKAmazon Announces the Best Books of 2016 (So Far)
Amazon’s Editorial Team hand selected the list, awarding the top spot to Hope…Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at….Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets…
Business Wire‘Biggest-selling’ self-published book of 2016 lands Amazon deal
Croft self-published his ninth book Her Last Tomorrow in December, and has sold around of 150,000 units so far in the UK…
The BooksellerNon-fiction lovers: Amazon is making it easier to flip pages, find charts
Amazon is adding a new Kindle feature aimed at readers who find…Unlimited subscription service, and by the independent publishing business.
USA TODAYHow Amazon Is Pushing Audiobooks into the Mainstream
Howey has 37 audiobook titles on, and he published at least 16 of…In 2007, Amazon bought Brilliance Audio, which was the largest…
Digital Book WorldAmazon Launches Lighter, Thinner EBook Reader at Rs. 5999
Amazon on Wednesday unveiled an upgraded Kindle, aiming to boost its e-reader sales with a thinner, lighter device at a low price. The new Kindle…

EGX partners with Amazon for this year’s show
Amazon will be advertising the show with a marketing campaign across…“We are also working with our publishing partners to offer a few surprises for…

Amazon To Open Office In Minneapolis And Create 100 Full-Time, Technology Focused Jobs
To celebrate Amazon’s expansion in the Minneapolis community, Amazon is…Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets…

Apple iPads are getting crushed in a key market by what Tim Cook calls ‘test machines’
Apple’s iOS operating system — mostly iPads — accounted for only 17% of institutional educational purchases in the first quarter of 2016.
Yahoo Finance UK

Apple hits back at Spotify for ‘rumours and half-truths’
Amazon has previously tangled with Apple over being forced to use the latter’s in-app purchase system (with its 30% cut for Apple) for e-book sales in…
Music Ally

Apple Wants to Use AI to Keep Google Off Your iPhone
As Apple adds more AI-based voice and text understanding to its software….Linn Energy LLC kept undeveloped reserves on its books at the end of…

Apple’s China woes swell with new lawsuit for movie copyright infringement
China’s state media regulator has dealt a blow to Apple Inc by suing the…The film was not directly broadcast by Apple, but via Youku HD, an app…court ruled that apps in Apple online store infringed the copyright of the books of the …
YIBADA English

US consumers to receive Apple e-book refunds
Customers will receive $6.93 credit for every New York Times bestseller they purchased and $1.57 for every other e-book in refunds as part of the…
The Bookseller

Apple’s E-Books Lawsuit Yields Miniscule ‘Credits’ for Readers, $50 Million for Lawyers
Tuesday morning, Amazon users (and other e-book retail customers) who purchased e-books discovered their own prize: credits, a “gift” from Apple…
Heat Street

Barnes & Noble Reports Fiscal 2016 Year-End Financial Results
Retail sales, which include Barnes & Noble stores and, were $850 million for the quarter and $4.0 billion…NOOK sales, which include digital content, devices and accessories, were $42.0 million for the quarter and $191.5…
Business Wire

Barnes & Noble Reimagining Physical and Digital Shopping
Barnes & Noble has emerged from the crisis that was the digital book revolution not only still intact — unlike major competitor Borders — but thriving in …
RIS News

Barnes & Noble Launches NOOK® Press Print Platform
Barnes & Noble and authors can make self-published books available in stores and at events, which is something the competition can’t do. This is a…
Business Wire

Bonnier Publishing Australia to Represent Weldon Owen US in ANZ
Weldon Owen US is a high-quality, non-fiction, adult book publisher specialising in producing innovative, richly illustrated lifestyle books in the…

BookBaby Launches Editing Services for Self-Publishing Authors
The new editing solution allows self-published authors access to a network of editors of some of today’s bestselling books at affordable prices–up to…
Digital Book World

Traditional book publishing meets gaming as Hachette UK acquires Neon Play
Mobile game development firm Neon Play has been acquired by Hachette UK, the UK’s second largest book publishing group. Neon Play, which is…
Pocket Gamer.Biz

HarperCollins Launches Daily Facebook Live Program Featuring Authors
Authors, get ready for your close-up. HarperCollins Publishers is launching a daily Facebook Live program that enables readers to interact with its…
Wall Street Journal

RR Donnelley Awarded a Multi-Year Agreement to provide Print, Fulfillment and Distribution
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announces a new multi-year agreement with HarperCollins Publishers which renews and expands the…
What They Think

Harper Collins Is Giving A 90% Discount On Books At An Epic Garage Sale In Delhi
Harper Collins, India, has recently announced a grand garage sale on 24th and 25th June, and it’s going to be legendary…

Boston publisher grapples with ‘Mein Kampf’ profits
What do you do with the devil’s lucre? That’s the question Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been grappling with for more than 80 year …
Boston Globe

Online resource for books launches aggregator for reviews
Reviews will include links to the original publications, and individual books will be assigned composite letter grades by Lit Hub editors. Any work that…
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Penguin Random House to Sell Fodor’s to Internet Brands
Penguin Random House has reached an agreement to sell its travel division, Fodor’s, to Internet Brands, a Los Angeles-based online media and…
Publishers Weekly

JetBlue Adds Detroit as the Next Destination for Its ‘Soar with Reading’ Free Book Vending
In partnership with Random House Children’s Books and its Magic Tree House® series by Mary Pope Osborne, JetBlue will donate 120,000 free…
Business Wire

Scholastic to Launch Multi-Platform ‘Horizon’
As part of Scholastic’s multi-platform publishing program, the new books are combined with “a fast-paced digital game that allows readers to test their…
Digital Book World

Washington Post Looks to Publishing Platform as Growing Revenue Stream
Mr. Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon and now owner of the Post, has had a hand in building the publishing platform, which has been forged…
Wall Street Journal


What Brexit Means for Book Publishing
Caught in this maelstrom the book trade is a reasonably calm backwater. There are implications for us, but they are slower, smoother and some even…
Publishers Weekly

BREXIT ANALYSIS: ‘How Will “The Brexit” Impact Book Publishing?’
“Already several publishing professionals have voiced questions about the decision….Will international book sales decline for U.K. publishers?

First Chinese bookstore opens in Moscow
“This bookstore is a result of Sino-Russian cooperation in the field of book publishing,” Tong Jian, president, Zhejiang Publishing, told Rossiyskaya…
Russia Beyond the Headlines

China to see more local books get published overseas
We have published a host of books for international readers, which explain China’s road, theory and system. The efforts aim to make the international…

China’s censors stumped as rebels fail to play by the book
Yet when it comes to controlling a 15th century technology — mass book publishing first enabled by Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type — the…
Financial Times

India’s 3D printing market expected to reach $62 million by 2022
3D printer prototyping service market is expected to gain grounds in applications pertaining to education, medical, arts and architectural. However, the… (blog)

Books are making a comeback as sales rise again
Add $410m in education sales and leading Australian publishers are…(And I must declare Adler is publishing my much more modest book about life…
The Australian

The Current Threat to Australian Book Publishing
Have you heard about what’s happening behind the scenes in the Book Industry at the moment? No? Well, the Australian Booksellers Association, the…

Publisher to book industry: we have a price problem
An independent Australian publisher has challenged the assertions of a growing list of Australian literary writers that an open market will irreparably…
The Canberra Times


Rise in Sales of Physical Books to Drive the Global Production Printer Market 2020, Says Technavio
Publishing includes different types of book publications, such as educational books, photographic books, professional books, and trade books. In 2014…
Business Wire

Publisher Sales Down 6.7% in January: AAP Snapshot
Publishers book sales for trade books were down 6.7 percent in January 2016 as compared to January 2015, dropping from $1.06 billion to…

Who Listens To Audiobooks? Scribd Sheds Light On Commuter Trends In The U.S.  Bustle
You’ve probably passed them in the public library: those hulking, squat cases of CDs — formerly cassette tapes — filled with nothing but recorded …

From paying the bills, to £2000 a day: making a killing from self-publishing
He looked into Amazon’s self-publishing programme Kindle Direct Publishing, which offers royalties of up to 70%, depending on pricing. “I just wanted…
The Guardian

Stealing Books in the Age of Self-Publishing
In the world of self-publishing, where anyone can put a document on Amazon and call it a book, many writers are seeing their work being appropriated…
The Atlantic

From shelfies to BookTube, publishers embrace video
Book publishers are stepping up their YouTube game. In May, HarperCollins introduced Book Studio 16, a channel designed to cross-promote…

James Patterson doesn’t write his books. And his newest readers don’t read.
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. — In book publishing, there is James Patterson — and basically everyone else. His author bio: “James Patterson has…
Washington Post

Andy Cohen announces Superficial book under his new celebrity imprint
Cohen joins a growing list of celebrities with their own book imprints at major publishers, including Lena Dunham (Lenny at Random House), Chelsea…
Entertainment Weekly

Which is the best Netflix for books? Scribd vs. Kindle Unlimited vs. Bookmate
Paper is no longer even necessary to dive head first into a good story. These days, all you need is a tablet, an eBook reader, or another smart device.
Yahoo News

How Much Money Are Authors Making?
The study admits that “[m]ore than 50 [percent] of all traditionally-published book sales of any format in the US now happen on” — which…

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