e-books

  • Now You Can Rent Movies From Gumroad

    Now You Can Rent Movies From Gumroad

    Gumroad, a startup that helps creators sell digital goods, now allows those creators to make items available for rent, too. It seems like an obvious addition — I’m used to renting movies from iTunes, and the Gumroad system is pretty similar (although it’s a little more generous, time-wise). But a lot of the platform’s early wins were in music and e-books, so… Read More

  • Fiberead Helps Foreign Authors Break Into China’s E-Book Market

    Fiberead Helps Foreign Authors Break Into China’s E-Book Market

    China’s book publishing market is worth about $20 billion and e-books are a fast-growing segment, but it’s difficult for foreign authors to gain a foothold. First they have to find a publisher and then wait for their book to be translated and edited, a process that can take up to a year. Fiberead, a Beijing-based startup, wants to make the process faster and more straightforward. Read More

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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

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