e-books

  • Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Scribd, a startup offering unlimited access to half a million e-books for $8.99 a month, is announcing that it has Raised $22 million in additional funding. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with Khosla partner Keith Rabois (previously an executive at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square) joining the company’s board as an observer. In an email, Rabois compared Scribd’s… Read More

  • Korean E-Book Platform Ridibooks Raises $8M Series B

    Korean E-Book Platform Ridibooks Raises $8M Series B

    Ridibooks, which claims to be South Korea’s largest e-book vendor, announced that it has raised a $8 million Series B to improve its user experience and reach new customers. Investors include NeoPlux, which led the round, Company K, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, and Atinum Investment. Read More

  • Scribd Expands Its Subscription E-Book Service With 30K Audiobooks

    Scribd Expands Its Subscription E-Book Service With 30K Audiobooks

    It was just over a year ago that Scribd officially unveiled a Netflix-style subscription e-book service. As of today, subscribers will have access to 30,000 audiobooks, too. Co-founder and CEO Trip Adler said that this isn’t just about attracting audiobook fans to Scribd, but also introducing readers who aren’t audiobook fans to the format. After all, he noted that the… Read More

  • How To Save Books

    How To Save Books

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

  • BitLit Partners With HarperCollins To Make Buying Digital Versions Of Books You Already Own Easier

    BitLit Partners With HarperCollins To Make Buying Digital Versions Of Books You Already Own Easier

    The idea behind BitLit is pretty simple: scan the title page of a book you already own, write your name on the copyright page and scan that, too, and within a few seconds, you have access to the e-book version of your book. In an ideal world, this would work for any book. But the current state of digital publishing isn’t exactly perfect, so while the number of publishers that support… Read More

  • Apple Agrees To Pay As Much As $450M To Settle E-Book Case, But Says It Will Continue Appeal

    Apple Agrees To Pay As Much As $450M To Settle E-Book Case, But Says It Will Continue Appeal

    Apple has reached an agreement with 33 states to pay as much as $400 million to consumers to settle the antitrust suit over e-book pricing. Including attorneys’ fees and payments to states, the company could pay a total of $450 million. However, the payment could be reduced, or eliminated entirely, depending on the results of Apple’s ongoing appeal. While a federal judge ruled… Read More

  • Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

    Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month. That’s according to this cached link, first spotted by GigaOM. This ‘Netflix for ebooks’ would compete with existing… Read More

  • The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    Did you know that the book publishing industry is at war with itself? No, wait, you’re a TechCrunch reader, wrong question. Did you know that the book publishing industry still exists? …This is kind of an awkward time for those of us who love both books and technology. It’s almost like you can’t cheer for both. This week’s example: the ongoing dirty war between… Read More

  • Indie E-Book Printer Blurb Acquihires Graphicly, Comic E-Publishing Platform Shutting Down

    Indie E-Book Printer Blurb Acquihires Graphicly, Comic E-Publishing Platform Shutting Down

    As the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Hachette sees the huge online retailer continue to block and/or delay sales of some of the publisher’s books, two smaller startups in the industry are merging forces. Blurb, which lets authors self-publish and print their books, is buying Graphicly, a platform that lets authors publish and distribute e-books, with a specific focus on… Read More

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