ebooks

  • Amazon’s Kindle-Only Titles Downloaded Over 100M Times

    Amazon’s Kindle-Only Titles Downloaded Over 100M Times

    Apparently, Amazon has been crunching its own internal data this week in order to tout the traction surrounding its various products. Only yesterday, the company was talking about numbers related to its Prime two-day delivery, and today it’s boasting about Kindle title downloads. The company now says that its Kindle-exclusive books have been downloaded over 100 million times, and the… Read More

  • Notes From The Ebook Trenches

    Notes From The Ebook Trenches

    I keep a close and interested eye on the world of ebooks, and I’m pleased to report that it keeps getting weirder. British supermarket chain Sainsbury – who I worked for once, helping to program a new payroll system for a few months, until they scrapped the whole project – recently bought HMV’s share in ebook hub Anobii for a whopping, er, one pound. (Americans… Read More

  • EBook Revenues Beat Hardcovers For The First Time

    EBook Revenues Beat Hardcovers For The First Time

    The Association of American Publishers released a report today that shows that ebooks have beaten hardcover revenues for the first time. Ebook revenues topped out at $282.3 million YTD while hardcovers hit $229.6. Almost exactly a year ago the tables were turned with ebooks hitting $220 million and hardcovers brushing past $335 million. The only growth in hardcovers is in the young… Read More

  • New Ebook Player? UK Supermarket Giant Sainsbury’s Buys HMV’s 64% Stake In Anobii For £1

    New Ebook Player? UK Supermarket Giant Sainsbury’s Buys HMV’s 64% Stake In Anobii For £1

    A sudden, but perhaps unsurprising, bit of e-book M&A today in the UK: the music and entertainment company HMV is selling its 64 percent stake in e-book retailer Anobii to the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, for the princely sum of £1 ($1.55). The deal will give Sainsbury’s a jump start into the e-book market as part of its stated strategy of becoming a bigger player in the… Read More

  • New Social eBooks Retailer Zola Books Launches Private Beta, Raises $1M From Prominent Authors

    New Social eBooks Retailer Zola Books Launches Private Beta, Raises $1M From Prominent Authors

    Zola Books, a new social eBooks site to discover, buy and discuss books, just announced that it is launching its private beta today. The company also announced that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from prominent authors, including Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Josh Bazell, (Beat the Reaper) and Chandler Burr (The Emperor of Scent). Former Time, Inc. Read More

  • E-Publishing May Be Doing Everything Right, But We Can’t Ignore The Spectre Of Piracy

    E-Publishing May Be Doing Everything Right, But We Can’t Ignore The Spectre Of Piracy

    I’m a full supporter of e-books, e-book devices, and agree (mostly) with this excellent WSJ assessment by Rob Reid of the the e-book business. In short, Reid points out that 10 years ago this month the music industry began prosecuting its users and implementing draconian DRM to stave off an impending piracy revolution. That was the year Napster closed shop and pirates, however briefly… Read More

  • No Tablet News From Nokia, But It’s Launching A Reading App Powered By OverDrive

    No Tablet News From Nokia, But It’s Launching A Reading App Powered By OverDrive

    There are still some big question marks over what Nokia plans to do in tablets — a market where it is now possibly the only major smartphone maker yet to make a device — but at least Nokia is moving ahead with the launch of tablet-friendly services. Today, it said it would begin the global roll-out of Nokia Reading, a Windows Phone app originally announced back in February for… Read More

  • An Interview With McGraw-Hill Higher Education President, Brian Kibby

    An Interview With McGraw-Hill Higher Education President, Brian Kibby, About The Future Of Ebooks [TCTV]

    When you run some of the biggest and best presses in town, it’s hard to imagine them ever going silent. Brian Kibby of McGraw-Hill, well known textbook publisher, would be happy to shut them down tomorrow if the need arose. He doesn’t want to pay the costs of printing, paper, and distribution. He just wants to push the ebook industry into the future. Read More

  • Voldemort’s Got Nothing On Jeff Bezos

    Voldemort’s Got Nothing On Jeff Bezos

    E-books. Again. Amazon and the DOJ vs. Apple and “The Big Six.” The future of reading. A breathtakingly stupid David Carr piece in the New York Times, which thankfully someone else took down paragraph-by-paragraph, so I don’t have to. Elsewhere, an awesome quote which I want to cheer with the force of a million choirs of angels: I am completely unmoved by the argument that… Read More

  • Q&A With Bill Amend, Creator Of FoxTrot (And Certified Geek)

    Q&A With Bill Amend, Creator Of FoxTrot (And Certified Geek)

    As we noted yesterday, cartoonist Bill Amend has released three sets of his popular Foxtrot comic strips as $1.99 downloads. This move, prompted by the creation of Apple’s iBooks Author software and, more important, the rise of the self-publisher, is probably one of the first times I’ve seen a “traditional” comic strip enter the e-book realm in this way. I wanted to… Read More

  • Collusion! Apple, Publisher Partners Accused Of Raising E-Book Prices

    Collusion! Apple, Publisher Partners Accused Of Raising E-Book Prices

    Apple was surely riding high after the announcement of their new iPad yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that everything is OK in CA if a Wall Street Journal report published today holds true. According to “people familiar with the matter,” Apple along with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, Hachette Book Group, and Macmillan are on the verge of being slapped… Read More