Interesting News in Publishing, March 2016

Interesting News in Publishing, March 2016

Company News
China Is Amazon’s Fastest Growing Destination
Looking at such positive numbers, more and more Chinese publishers want to work with Amazon’s online store.
WorldcrunchAmazon to spur e-book reading
AMAZON officially debuted its Kindle Unlimited in China yesterday, and users are able to access 44,000 e-books at a cheaper price than…
Shanghai Daily (subscription)

It’s Time for Bookstores to Stop Boycotting Amazon Publishing
When announced it was going to start publishing books as well as selling them, my reaction, like many in the publishing world, was …
Huffington Post

The Only Way Retail Stores Would Make Sense
Most of the store is devoted to books, but a central section features gadgets like the Fire TV and …
Motley Fool

Amazon picks up 26% stake in Westland
American e-commerce giant Amazon has picked up 26% stake in leading publishing house Westland…
Times of India

Amazon may never win the book market in Germany, thanks to a century-old agreement
Last week, rumors that Amazon may open hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores sent some booksellers and publishers into a panic.

New features added to Amazon Giveaway, tool for running online promo contests
Amazon announced today that Kindle eBooks and items fulfilled by Amazon can now be used as contest prizes by users of Amazon Giveaway, a free …

Supreme Court Turns Away Apple Appeal in E-Books Antitrust Case
With its appeals now exhausted, Apple is expected to pay $450 million, most of it to e-book consumers, as part of a settlement with private plaintiffs …
Wall Street Journal

Ebook buyers to see $400 million of refunds from Apple
“Apple’s liability for knowingly conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of ebooks is settled once and for all,”..
Yahoo Finance

Instant Analysis: Apple Pay Launching in China on Thursday
China will mark the fifth new country for Apple Pay as the company …
Motley Fool

Barnes & Noble: 84% Upside Potential Within 2-3 Years With A Base-Case Scenario
Barnes & Noble is one of the nation’s largest booksellers providing customers ways to trade books, textbooks…
Seeking Alpha

Barnes & Noble To Open New Stores In Next Fiscal Year
Nook revenue, including devices, e-books and accessories, fell 33% because of lower …
Wall Street Journal

Barnes & Noble Draws Up a Digital Prototype Store
Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. plans to open a digitally influenced prototype bookstore later this year.
Book Business

327340 Shares in Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS) Acquired by TFS Capital LLC
TFS Capital LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Barnes & Noble, Inc. …
The Hilltop News

Barnes and Noble is Closing the Nook Bookstore in the UK
Barnes and Noble expanded into the United Kingdom in 2012 with the advent of the Nook Bookstore.
Good E-Reader (blog)

B&N remains committed to NOOK, even as eBook division revenue falls
Barnes & Noble’s NOOK division saw sales of $51.7 million the most recent quarter, which represents a decline of 33 percent…

Google Patents Two New Types Of Ebooks
Google has received two new U.S. patents for ebook designs that actually put the “e” in a different place.

Editions at Play is Google’s effort to sell books that can’t be put on paper
Reading books on smartphones isn’t anything new, with e-books available through apps like Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play Books.

Build Your Foundation With This $10 Google Sheets Mastery Course
Google Sheets is a feature-rich, cloud-based spreadsheet application that allows you to format and analyze all kinds of data.
Business 2 Community

Hachette Reaches New Deal With Perseus Books
Hachette, which sought to buy Perseus Books in a 2014 deal that collapsed, announced it would buy Perseus’s publishing arm.
New York Times‎

Insight Studios teams with publishing house Hachette for gamebook format
British book publisher Hachette and developer Insight Studios are working together on a new type of game.

Hachette Has Redesigned its Website
The new site is designed to make it easier for readers to discover books from across Hachette’s many imprints and catalogs.

Bloomsbury’s A&C Black Music list acquired by HarperCollins
The A&C Black Music list, currently owned by Bloomsbury, is moving to HarperCollins, where it will become part of the Collins Learning division.
The Bookseller

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Full Year 2015 Results
HMH reported net sales of $1,416 million for the full year 2015, up 3% or $44 million compared with $1,372 million in 2014.
PR Newswire (press release)

Investors Reaping Profits on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company stock has moved in an upward direction over the past week, yielding a nice bump for investors.
Business Standard Tribune

Ingram Has Acquired Perseus’ Client Services Business
Perseus Books Group has reached an agreement to sell its client services business to Ingram Content Group.

Kobo CEO faces uphill e-book battle against Apple, Amazon
3 retailer in e-books worldwide, behind Amazon and Apple. … It may not produce hit TV series, but it does give readers and publishers something the …
The Globe and Mail

Lever Press Makes Academic Publishing Free
Lever Press The Oberlin Group, a consortium of university libraries across the United States, has started a new project called Lever Press, which …
Digital Book World

New Smartphone Apps for Self-Publishing Authors Launched by Outskirts Press
Outskirts Press, a full-service self-publishing and book marketing service provider, today announced a new resource for authors…

Profits Jump at Penguin Random House
Pearson reported Friday morning that its share of adjusted operating profit from Penguin Random House rose 30% in 2015 over 2014, hitting 90 …
Publishers Weekly

Penguin Random House UK Launches 2020 Strategy To Help Bridge The Creativity Gap
Penguin Random House UK is today launching its Creative Responsibility manifesto to help thousands of young people discover and reach their …

Penguin Random House Audio Launches the ‘This is The Author’ Podcast
This is The Author Podcast (GalleyCat) Penguin Random House Audio has launched a podcast called “This is The Author.”

Scholastic & We Need Diverse Books??? Announce Expanded Partnership
For the 2016-17 school year, Scholastic Reading Club and We Need …
Consumer Electronics Net

Scribd Announces Major Changes to Subscription Service
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Digital Book World

Profits Up Nearly 13% At Simon & Schuster
The final factor in improving profits, according to Reidy, was that the books …
Publishers Weekly

Simon & Schuster launches Salaam Reads imprint for Muslim children
A glaring lack of diversity in children’s books has lead Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to launch an imprint centering on Muslim …
The Week Magazine


It’s Actually Really Hard To Figure Out What Counts As A “Banned Book” In China
“Does China have any regulation or law defining ‘banned’ book?
BuzzFeed News

China Has Finally Told Hong Kong It Is Holding the 3 Missing Booksellers
“The latest official disclosures about the last three missing book publishersare anything but satisfactory,”…

Daughter of ‘disappeared’ Hong Kong book publisher won’t be silent
Angela Gui always heard from her father on her birthday, even as he was busy running a booming book publishing business in Hong Kong.
Los Angeles Times

Publishers throw the book at SAR over missing five
Publishers from around the world have urged Hong Kong authorities to demand China release five of the city’s booksellers…
Hong Kong Standard

During Panels, Realities of Cuban Publishing Market Laid Bare
Digging deeper into the Cuban publishing scene, Zuleica Romay Guerra, president of the Book Institute of the Cuban Ministry of culture, said…
Publishers Weekly

21 publishers issued show cause
Bangla Academy has sent show-cause notice to 21 publishing houses …
Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh arrests publisher for ‘offensive’ book on Islam
Bangladesh police have arrested and charged a publisher after extremists in the Muslim-majority nation warned of violent protests over one …
The Express Tribune

More than 650 publishing houses to take part in Muscat bookfair
Muscat: More than 650 publishing houses from 27 Arab and foreign countries will take part directly or through agents in the Muscat International Book …
Times of Oman


The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open Library’ App for Title I and Special 
White House partnerships on the app are twofold.

Book sales fall but we love to listen
World Book Day is promoted a worldwide celebration of books intended to encourage reading, but revenue from book publishing is falling worldwide.

3 Creative Ways that Publishers & Startups Are Maximizing Mobile
Considering these trends, it’s critical that book publishers find new and creative ways to make books a part of the mobile experience. .
Book Business

10 Biggest Book Deals of the Last Decade
The media has been buzzing about Megyn Kelly’s book deal. …

Digital Book World Conference + Expo speakers to focus on publishing’s digital transformation
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW) has confirmed its line-up of prominent thought leaders and innovators for its 7th Annual event in …
Graphic Arts Magazine (press release) (blog)

Toy Fair 2016: The Adult Publishing Coloring Craze Hits the Toy Industry
Pop culture trends typically start in the entertainment, comics, and toy arena and expand into book publishing.
Publishers Weekly

Top-Selling Science Fiction Authors Launch New Publishing Venture
Disappearing shelf space is a major issue in the publishing industry, and introducing readers to new books and authors is increasingly difficult in this …
Broadway World


EBSCO, Penguin Random House Partner to Offer Ebooks
EBSCO eBooks and Penguin Random House logos EBSCO Information Services this month announced a partnership with Penguin Random House …
Library Journal

Top 3 Amazon Alternatives for Kindle Writers
Selz is one of the easiest and most affordable complete eCommerce platforms for selling eBooks and digital downloads.
Huffington Post

Nielsen Book Introduces UK Ebook Sales Tracker
Nielsen Book launched PubTrack Digital UK—the first dedicated service to report U.K. ebook sales—which consolidates ebook sales data from a …

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