Interesting News in Publishing, June 2016

Interesting News in Publishing, June 2016

Company News
Amazon challenges Google and Facebook with a YouTube service of its own
The new service is called Amazon Video Direct and comes with an … “The upload and publishing process is easy and fast, and we can directly monitor …
BGRAmazon’s Kindle Audio Adapter reads ebooks for the visually impaired
The new dongle will initially be available as part of a bundle with the Kindle Paperwhite, with a software update that not only allows the ebook to be …
SlashGearAmazon Announces the Third Indie Literary Prize for Spanish-Language Authors
… into English and published in digital, print and audio formats by AmazonCrossing, the Amazon Publishing imprint for translated world literature.
Business Wire (press release) Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America
Seattle, Wash., the home of Amazon’s headquarters, kept its title as the … Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, …
Business Wire (press release)

The Market Is Underestimating Amazon
Ken Kam: What does the market expect from Amazon? … Amazon has had success with its self-publishing service, Kindle Direct Publishing, and now …

This Is the Only Company Spending More on R&D Than Alphabet
Its line of Kindle tablets and e-readers helped usher in the age of e-books and supports a thriving independent publishing industry. Oh, and Amazon …
Motley Fool

Apple’s Tim Cook Jabs Back at Investor Concerns About China
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook said Monday that slowing consumer … And should there be any lingering sluggishness in China, Apple now is “really … addressed China’s recent shutdown of Apple’s online shop for digital books …
Top Tech News

Tim Cook is going to Beijing with $1 billion in goodwill
The deal could benefit Apple’s relationship with Beijing, and give Cook … companies that provide online content such as videos, games and books.

Apple Loses Chinese Lawsuit Over iPhone Name
Apple Loses Chinese Lawsuit Over iPhone Name …. Cook also addressed China’s recent shutdown of Apple’s online shop for digital books and …
NewsFactor Network

What Apple’s new software accelerator means for India
In my books, it does have the potential to have a big impact on the Indian “start-up” ecosystem, apart from getting Apple into the good books of the …

Barnes & Noble Introduces First-Ever National Teen Book Festival
Felicia Frazier, Senior Vice President, Director, Young Readers Sales, PenguinRandom House, said, “Penguin Random House really looks forward to …
Business Wire (press release)

Bloomsbury partners with Arabic publisher Kalimat Group
The Kalimat Group is comprised of Kalimat, an Arabic children’s book publisher; Horouf, an initiative that offers a modern and integrated educational …
The Bookseller

Bowker Teams with FastPencil and Infinity Publishing to Offer Automated Self Publishing Solution …
Founded in 1997, Infinity Publishing’s industry leading, author-originated book publishing model puts authors in control of their books. Infinity’s authors …
PR Newswire (press release)

Disney Infinity shuttered as Disney exits game publishing biz
If you’ve been wondering about the lack of major updates on Disney Infinity, or why Apple said it won’t update Infinity 3.0 on the Apple TV, now we all …

Facebook Secures Trademark Victory In China Following Apple’s Embarrassing Loss
Hongqun also pointed out that intricate masks called “face books” are … That’s something Apple found out when it recently lost a trademark dispute …
Hot Hardware

Globe Pequot to team-up with Active Interest Media on multi-year book publishing partnership
Guilford, CT, and Boulder, CO – May 18, 2016 — Independent book publisher Globe Pequot and enthusiast media company Active …
Talking New Media

Goodreads Offering Ebook Deals in Move to Leverage User Data
On May 17th, Amazon-owned social reading platform Goodreads announced a new deals service, Goodreads Deals, that will notify users of ebook …

Hachette: Revenues Down 10.3% in Q1 2016
Hachette Book Group’s first quarter revenues were down 10.3 percent in Q1 2016 as compared to the same period last year. “Although HBG’s gross …

HarperCollins Announces New Indie Bookstore Development Program
New York, NY (May 12, 2016) — HarperCollins Publishers today … HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the …
Digital Book World

VitalSource Launches Digital Content Authoring Platform
VitalSource Ingram announced today the launch of VitalSource Content Studio, which aims to simplify digital publishing for educators, academic …
Digital Book World

INscribe Digital Launches POD and Distribution Services
INscribe Digital Ebook distributor INscribe Digital announced today the launch of INdemand, a new on demand book printing and distribution service …
Digital Book World

Macmillan Publishers weighs leaving Flatiron Building for a new HQ
Macmillan Publishing, the sole office tenant in the Flatiron Building, … In recent years several book publishers have followed the migration of tech and …
The Real Deal Magazine

Overdrive Introduces Summer Reading Program for Schools
Schools in the U.S. and Canada that utilize the OverDrive platform during the school year for eBooks and audiobooks are eligible to participate.
Digital Book World

Penguin Random House opens bookstore in Puerto Rico
Penguin Random House (PRH) has opened a bookstore in US territory Puerto Rico, in partnership with local bookseller The Bookmark, reports the …

Author Sues S&S Over E-book Royalties
A former Simon & Schuster author has filed a class action suit alleging that the publisher is cheating authors on e-book sales. As first reported by Law …
Publishers Weekly

SoftChalk Releases Major Upgrade to Digital Curriculum Authoring Platform
The most significant new feature is SoftChalk Cloud’s new eBook creation and publishing options. Now, SoftChalk lesson content can be packaged …
PR Newswire (press release)


China’s murky media rules put companies on edge
HONG KONG (CNNMoney) — If Apple and Disney can’t crack China’s … Apple says it hopes to make books and movies available again in China “as …
KITV Honolulu

Hong Kong cartoonist drops publisher amid charges of self-censorship
The animals were intended to appear on the cover of his new book. He told AppleDaily that the publisher asked him to drop a cartoon satirising …
Hong Kong Free Press

New children’s publisher launches in Herefordshire
… with many of the top names in children’s books, and publishing the classic picturebook Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch.
Hereford Times

Authors condemn changes to Australian book copyright and imports
Magda Szubanski at the Australian book industry awards on Thursday. …. Would any book that has won an award here tonight have been published in …
The Guardian

Is it time to tame Iran’s lawless publishing sector?
Foreign authors objecting to their books being translated and published in Iran without their consent is nothing new. Even before Atiq Rahimi, authors …

‘Book Law’ banning discounts on book sales repealed
While overall book sales fell by 20%, say publishers, sales of newly publishedbooks – which fall under the law’s restriction on discounts – declined by …
Arutz Sheva


Six Things All Self-Publishers Should Know
Last year I self-published my first real book – by this I mean a book that I physically launched and is in bookshops and everything. A book I have …
Huffington Post

Publishing ‘most robust’ area of children’s media
The book market is the most thriving business within children’s media, … of research organisation MTM London, said publishing is in “robust health”.
The Bookseller

The Death of Out-of-Print Titles Is Near
With improved print-on-demand technologies, book publishers have an opportunity to eliminate out-of-print titles and create new revenue streams.
Book Business

Big Publishing is Not as Big Anymore
According to Publishing Perspectives coverage of a recent BEA talk given by Kempton Mooney, NielsenBook Senior Director of Research and …

Turning a book into a global entertainment franchise
Publishing professionals know all too well the likelihood of success of a fiction book. Over decades the industry has adopted an approach of low-cost, …
The Bookseller

Hollywood Banks on the Underdog, Pushes Indie Book Publishers Into the Mainstream
BOWIE, Md., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Jennifer Barnes and John Lawson, owners of publishingcompany Raw Dog Screaming Press, find …
PR Newswire (press release)

Through self-publishing, local authors take control of their literary fate
Since then, Nowodazkij, now a Glen Burnie resident, has published four more romance novels using Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle Direct …
Baltimore Sun

Boys who live with books ‘earn more as adults’
Over the period studied, the research, published in the Economic Journal, found that an additional year of education increased a man’s average …
The Guardian


Waterstones Ebook Store Is Closing
The Waterstone’s eBook Store is closing and all of the digital content is being transferred over to Kobo. The UK bookseller announced this today on …

Epic Success in Kids’ E-Book Subscription
Often hand-in-glove with talk of e-books, publishers continue to analyze and explore digital subscription services—a delivery system for e-books that …
Publishers Weekly

Should it be legal to resell e-books, software, and other digital goods?
This question is vital in the digital era, and relevant not just to the world of book publishing, but also the realms of music, film, and games. You’re able …
Ars Technica UK

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