Walmart and Kobo launch Walmart eBooks, an online e-book and audiobook store

In January, Walmart partnered with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten on online grocery in Japan, as well as the sale of audiobooks, e-books, and e-readers in the U.S. Today, Walmart is capitalizing on

This hack turns your old Kindle into a clock

If you have an old Kindle e-reader lying about then you’d best dig it up. This cool hack can turn your dead e-reader into a living clock that scours hundreds of books for exact times and display

Korean e-book service Ridibooks scores $20M Series C

E-book sales may be declining in the U.S. and U.K., but in South Korea, many people still enjoy swiping instead of leafing through their reading material. E-book sales there are growing steadily each

Brand new Vellum picks a fight for prettier (e)books

E-books are a lot of things. Convenient. Good for the environment. Usually cheaper than printed books. One thing they're rarely accused of is being good-looking. Ugly books is what 180g is declaring w

Books and roses

Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya's equivalent of Valentine's day. But as well as giving l

Amazon FreeTime gets a Parent Dashboard, Discussion Cards & more

Amazon FreeTime, the subscription service offering kid-friendly books, videos, apps and games, is today rolling out a feature called Discussion Cards that will help parents better understand the cont

Book publishing in the digital age

With Thought Catalog, we mastered producing short-form writing for the web. We wanted a new challenge. We hoped to build a counterweight to Thought Catalog's trendy digital brand with a more contempla

Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

Kids TV network Nickelodeon already has solid footing in the digital space with its lineup of over 40 preschool apps and games and its own streaming service, Noggin. Now, the entertainment brand is ma

Apple launches Enhanced Editions of “A Game of Thrones” on iBooks

Apple today announced the launch of “Enhanced Editions” for George R. R. Martin’s series, “A Game of Thrones,” beginning with the author’s first title, “A So

Sainsbury’s exits digital entertainment, hands over e-book business to Kobo

Once again, a big retailer in the UK is pulling away from its ambitions to move into digital media. Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is exiting the digital entertainment business. As part of that

HarperCollins inexplicably turns to Bookshout to offer ebook downloads

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E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto

The Kindle is great for linear fiction, but my biggest frustration is trying to consume content that isn't meant to be enjoyed from first to last page. Travel books are terrible for that, for example:

Apple loses e-books price-fixing appeal in U.S. Supreme Court

Apple looks to have come to the end of the road in a long running legal saga involving allegations of an e-books price inflating conspiracy.

Curious World Debuts A Subscription Service For Kid-Friendly Videos, Games And Books That’s The Same Price As Netflix

There was a time when kids curious about the world around them would have to go to the library and check out books, or sit around thumbing through the family’s encyclopedia. But these days, acce

Now You Can Rent Movies From Gumroad

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.gumroad.com">Gumroad</a>, a startup that helps creators sell digital goods, now allows those creators to make items available for rent, too. It seems like an o

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

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

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com">Scribd</a>, 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

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

<a target="_blank" href="https://ridibooks.com/?genre=general">Ridibooks</a>, which claims to be South Korea’s largest e-book vendor, announced that it has raised a $8 million Series B to improve it

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

It was just over a year ago that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com">Scribd</a> officially <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/scribd-harpercollins-book-subscriptions/">unveile

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
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