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 li

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 k

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

BitLit Helps You Get E-Book Versions Of The Physical Books You Already Own

Chances are, you’ve got a good number of those old-school physical books in your house but have mostly moved to e-books at this point. What if you could potentially get a cheap or free e-book co

Subscription E-Book Service Oyster Crosses 500K Titles, Plans An Android Launch This Year

<a target="_blank" href="https://www.oysterbooks.com">Oyster</a>, a startup that offers offers unlimited access to its collection of e-books for $9.99 per month, has crossed a nice milestone — it sa

Mobile Devices Can Dramatically Improve Literacy Rates In Developing Countries, Says UNESCO

A new report by UNESCO says that mobile devices can boost literacy rates in developing countries, potentially reaching almost all of the world's population. Furthermore, an expensive tablet or smartph

Samsung And Amazon Team Up For Custom Galaxy Kindle E-Book App

So much for <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/03/20/samsung-targets-the-ipad-surface-and-kindle-with-new-galaxy-pro-tablet-ad/">trashing the Kindle</a>. Today Samsung is announcing a new app,

Entitle Brings Its Subscription E-Books To E-Ink Readers, Including The Nook

When e-book service <a target="_blank" href="http://www.entitlebooks.com">Entitle</a> launched last December, one of the main selling points was the idea that subscribers truly own their books. Now th

FarFaria Brings Hundreds Of Children’s Books To Android

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.farfaria.com/">FarFaria</a>, the children's subscription-based e-book service which recently raised <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/02/04/farfaria-series-

Booktrack Raises $3M To Add Soundtracks To E-Books, Launches Classroom Version

E-book soundtrack platform Booktrack is announcing that it has raised $3 million in Series A funding, and that it's launching an education-focused version of its platform, Booktrack Classroom. The ide

Scribd’s Subscription E-Book Service Moves Into Travel With The Full Lonely Planet Library

Subscription e-book startup <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scribd.com">Scribd</a> is announcing a deal with famed travel publisher <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com">Lonely Pla

Sony Leaving The E-Book Business Behind, Will Transition Accounts And Purchases To Kobo

Sony is calling it quits in the e-book platform market, the company announced today (via Engadget). The move isn’t entirely unexpected: Sony has always occupied a relatively small portion of the

With $5.3M In Funding, Entitle Launches E-Book Service Emphasizing Ownership And Big Titles

In the past few months, we've seen the launch of several e-book subscription services using a Netflix-style pricing model, where users pay a monthly fee and get access to any title in the catalog. A n

Startups Pitching A “Netflix For E-Books” May Have A Tough Sell

When it comes to getting consumers to pay for things on a subscription basis, some services fare better than others. A growing number of people seem happy to pay for entertainment-based offerings like

App Annie Repurposes Its Mobile App Analytics Platform For EBooks, Launches Tools For Authors & Publishers

E-books have a lot in common with apps, as it turns out. They're locked to devices, and sold through mobile marketplaces where their rise and fall in top charts has a lot to do with pricing changes, f

Apple To Appeal Injunction In US E-Book Antitrust Case: “The iBookstore Gave Customers More Choice”

<strong>Update</strong>: Apple says that it plans to appeal the final judgment that was issued earlier today in a U.S. District Court over antitrust practices in e-book pricing, saying it "did not con

Subscription-Based Interactive Storybooks Service Speakaboos Raises $6.2M In Seed & Series A Funding

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.speakaboos.com/index">Speakaboos</a>, an ed-tech startup offering a subscription based service for children's interactive storybooks, is today disclosing its seed a

No End To Nook’s Bad News As Revenues Take A 20% Dive For Q1 2014, But New Hardware On The Way

Barnes & Noble can't stem the losses from its digital books and device division, as the Nook department saw revenues drop 20.2 percent year over year according to the company's just-released quart

Wattpad Launches New Self-Publishing Crowdfunding, First Revenue Model For The Social Network

Wattpad, the Toronto-based social network based on writing and reading, has just announced a new crowdfunding platform called "Fan Funding" which offers authors on its network the chance to leverage t

Me Books Brings Children’s Favorite Books To iPad, Lets You Be The Narrator

Many of the children's e-book applications for iPad today use a combination of animations, video or even games to make books more "interactive" for their young readers. <a target="_blank" href="http:/
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