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Scribd received a shot in the arm today with the announcement that the e-book subscription service now also offers more than 30,000 audiobooks. Among the highlights are audio versions of books written by Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, and Haruki Murakami. The Hunger Games Trilogy is also available in audiobook and e-book formats. The addition of audiobooks improves Scribd’s competitiveness among rivals like e-book-only subscriptions Entitle and Oyster, as well as industry heavyweights like Amazon. Some popular titles from Scrib's new audiobook catalog. Image Credit: Scribd Despite the new... Read more...
If you’ve been watching with unease as the world slowly shifts from print books to ebooks, a recent study on the subject will give you some extra ammunition. Researchers at Stavanger University in Norway carried out a study that seemed to suggest people have better reading comprehension when they read paper books than they do when they read books on digital devices. The study is fairly small and clearly won’t settle the debate, but it provides some interesting new food for thought. The test, which was performed with 50 readers, involved a 28-page short story. Half of the readers read... Read more...
It could have been worse. U.S. District Judge Denise Cole, the judge who found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix ebooks prices, has laid out the company’s punishment. Apple is not to enter into any deals with the five major U.S. publishers that would “impede its ability to reduce ebook retail prices or offer price discounts”. Apple will also get an official external babysitter to ensure that the company is complying with antitrust policies, including procedures and training, for the next two years. The injunction itself extends for the next five years. There was... Read more...
It’s no secret that, despite aggressive marketing last holiday season, Barnes and Noble’s Nook business has suffered. Now, rescue may be coming, in the form of Microsoft. TechCrunch recently reported that Microsoft may be seeking to buy the Nook business for as much as $1 billion. Obviously, the thought of Microsoft buying the Nook begs the question: will Microsoft let the Nook continue to be an Android-based device? Microsoft already has a 17-percent investment in the Nook portion of Barnes and Noble’s business, but if Microsoft takes full ownership of the Nook, things might... Read more...
Those Amazon.com Android tablets which are continually speculated upon can't come soon enough for the company. For the first time ever, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color, an Android-powered tablet, but one that's not a general tablet unless hacked, has overtaken the Kindle (now in second) as the most popular e-reader. Amazon.com is expected to release its general purpose Android tablets soon, although no announcement has been made. In fact, according to DigiTimes, Amazon.com ordered more tablet units than any other Android OEM in Q3. IDC has forecast global shipments of 16.2 million e-readers in... Read more...
In late January, Amazon.com announced that for the first time, paperbacks were outsold by e-books at its site (hardbacks had been eclipsed six months before). On Thursday, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) made it official overall: e-books are now the most popular U.S. reading format. According to the AAP's report on February 2011 sales, e-books saw triple-digit percentage growth, 202.3%, when compared to February of 2010. Audiobooks also increased, 36.7 percent compared to last February. Some caveats in the report. AAP partially attributes the rise in e-book sales in February to strong... Read more...
Two major textbook publishers, Pearson and McGraw-Hill, announced today that they've invested substantially in a company that creates iPad-specific interactive texts. The company, Inkling, believes that it delivers a better comprehensive textbook 'experience' that takes much better advantage of the multimedia capabilities of a modern tablet as opposed to offering little more than a duplicated physical text. Inkling isn't wasting tasting—it currently intends to have at least 100 titles available by the fall. "This is not some pilot program on the part of the publishers, but a real commitment... Read more...
Don't get too excited when you hear the term "Kindle for the Web."  It's true that Amazon is making its Kindle book store visible through your browser but it's only letting you see previews, the first chapter of any given title. Meanwhile, Toshiba is also joining the ranks of e-book publisher with the launch of its store and free e-reader for Windows.  With Kindle for the Web, bloggers and website owners can embed a book preview into their sites (a function Google Books has offered for a year). They'll earn referral fees from Amazon when customers take the bait and buy the full version... Read more...
Pundits have been predicting that the iPad could seriously threaten Amazon's Kindle since Apple's slate device was first announced, but this new quirk is a first. Amazon has updated its iPhad reader software with support for a select group of books that incorporate audio and/or video material. This multimedia content isn't available on any Kindle hardware, which means Amazon opted to first support a feature on a competitor's platform rather than waiting until its own devices were ready to ship. At present there are only 13 titles available at the usual price of $9.99, including five travel books,... Read more...
In the wake of Apple's announcement of the iPad, comes the first salvo in what is probably going to be a drawn out battle. Amazon.com has pulled books published by Macmillan, electronic or not, from its site.Search for authors available from Macmillan, and with the exception, it seems, of library-bound or "bargain books," you won't find Amazon.com pricing for them. You'll find them at "other sellers," but not Amazon.com.  You can see it in the above image for Robert Jordan's "Knife of Dreams." Why would Amazon.com do this? It would seem this is hardly in the best interest of customers,... Read more...
This will probably raise red flags across the publishing industry, but it is certainly a coup for Amazon.com and its Kindle e-book reader. Steven Covey is Amazon.com's 13th-highest top-selling author overall, and Amazon.com now has "electronic exclusivity" to two of his best-sellers.The e-book versions of Stephen Covey's bestselling books, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "Principle-Centered Leadership," are now available exclusively (for a year) in the Amazon Kindle Store. They are both available for $7.99.In doing so, Covey has moved the rights of the electronic versions of those... Read more...
According to a report in the New York Times, Google has its sights trained squarely on the e-book market. This move would pit Google against Amazon.com, which has a big head start in the e-book market with the versions it sells for its Kindle device (pictured below). The report stated that Google had discussions with publishers at the annual BookExpo convention in New York over the weekend. Publishers might be happier with Google's pricing structure than with Amazon.com's. Amazon allows publishers set wholesale prices but then sets its own prices for consumers. Amazon sells Kindle editions of most... Read more...
Will there come a point in the near future when physical books printed on paper will be regarded as little more than an anachronism? The growing popularity of e-book platforms, such as the new Amazon Kindle 2, as well as the recent transformation of several tech magazines from physical magazine publishers to exclusively online-only entities, might be harbingers of a new era. And with today's announcement that several major book publishers will be making some of their content, such as entire novels, available for free on Scribd, "the world's largest social publishing website," another potential... Read more...
Barnes & Noble appears to be making another attempt at running an e-book store, having purchased Fictionwise.com for $15.7 million. The cash deal is part of Barnes & Noble’s plan to launch its own e-book store later this year. This will be the second attempt for Barnes & Noble at selling e-books. In 2000, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft teamed up to launch an e-book store using Microsoft Reader software. Three years and at least $20 million after the launch, however, Barnes & Noble discontinued the sale of e-books. At the time, the company didn’t disclose specific reasons for stopping... Read more...
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