Transaction Processing Providers SourceHOV and BancTec Merge

Two of the leading providers of transaction processing services for publishers, SourceHOV and BancTec, reached a merger agreement yesterday. Both Dallas-based companies offer payment processing and e-commerce solutions for a wide range of industries, including publishers. SourceHOV, itself the product …

Oceanhouse Launches Children’s Ebook Subscription App

[Press Email] Good morning from Oceanhouse Media! We are excited to announce that the Little Critter Library is launching this Thursday, October 2nd! This iOS-exclusive app is a fantastic new digital subscription library that gives users unlimited access to dozens …

Vital Source Launches Interactive Content Tools for Education Publishers

[Press Release] Vital Source Collaborates with Metrodigi to Enable Production of Interactive Content Initiative Gives Publishers Tools to Create Interactive Course Materials, Available through VitalSource Bookshelf eReader ORLANDO, FL –Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading digital textbook solution, …

Ebook Subscription Service Bookmate Launches iPhone, Android Apps

[Press Release] Bookmate launches new reading app for iOS and Android App features new social features and access to 500,000 titles in nine languages Bookmate, the subscription-based social e-reading service, has today released a new app, tailored for reading books …

New Gumroad iPhone App Helps Authors Sell Ebooks Direct

Digital content sales platform Gumroad is launching an iOS app today to help authors and other content creators sell their work directly to consumers. The new iPhone app allows users to create custom mobile libraries of digital content purchased through Gumroad. …

IPR License Launches Program to Market Book Rights

[Press Release] IPR License launches Spotlight IPR License has announced the launch of Spotlight, an innovative new promotional tool showcasing exclusive rights for key titles from publishers across a range of global territories. The inaugural Spotlight webinar will focus on …

Simon & Schuster Distributes Through Danish Ebook Subscription Service Mofibo

[Press Release] SIMON & SCHUSTER TITLES NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH MOFIBO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE Leading global publisher teams up with Scandinavian e-book success The world-renowned publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a collaboration with Mofibo, the fast growing Scandinavian e-book subscription service. The …

Bookshout! Nears Bulk Ebook Distribution Milestone

[Press Release] BookShout! Approaches 10M Codes Distributed for Special and Bulk Ebook Sales BookShout!’s market-leading technology allows corporations and organizations to distribute ebooks in bulk through branded sites, codes, gift cards, text messaging and more BookShout!, the market leader in …

Scholastic Sales Up as Loss Per Share Widens

Sales rose 3% to $283.8 million, from $276.3 a year ago, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 at Scholastic Corporation, which reported its financial results this morning. Scholastic’s loss per share stands at $1.05, up from $0.94 during the same period last year, …

BookBub Extends Discounts to UK Ebook Readers

It’s shaping up to be quite a day for British ebook readers. Amazon announced it’s launching a UK version of Kindle Unlimited, its subscription-based ebook and audiobook program. Today the email book marketing start-up BookBub extends its offering to UK readers as well. …

Amazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK

UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. Unlimited access to Amazon’s 650,000-title-strong catalog costs stateside users $9.99 a month, a price-point a few notches higher than the access …

Mix of New and Familiar Players, Challenges at BISG Annual Meeting

New entrants and challenges are joining–but not necessarily upending–the old ones in today’s publishing landscape, according to speakers at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s annual meeting in New York City today. The list of new initiatives BISG’s Executive Director Len Vlahos outlined …

Ebooks, Children’s Titles Grow in 2014

Overall revenues are up slightly for U.S. trade books, according to monthly and year-to-date figures released today by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). AAP’s StatShot program, which covers publishers’ net earnings from distribution channels rather than retailers, indicates 3.9% …

Amazon Readying New, More Expensive Kindle Model?

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch the Kindle Voyage, the latest model of its series of Kindle e-readers. The Verge, which has the news, is citing pages on Amazon sites in Germany and Japan that have since been taken down. …

How Many New Customers Will Apple iBooks Get From the New iOS 8?

Some time today, Apple will start updating its mobile device operating system to iOS 8 for all its users. For ebook publishers, it’s the most important update yet, as iOS 8 will come pre-loaded with iBooks, a new development. According to …

HarperCollins Adds Security Layer to Ebook Files

[Press Release] Digimarc Launches Digimarc® Guardian Watermarking for Publishing HarperCollins Publishers and LibreDigital first to adopt anti-piracy solution that protects copyrighted material for e-book authors and content owners Beaverton, Ore. – September 15, 2014 – Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) today …

Shatzkin Takes on Shirky in Amazon-Hachette Debate

After a month of few angry words over the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute from either party or key observers, author and technology thinker Clay Shirky and industry consultant and Digital Book World conference chairman Mike Shatzkin traded pieces on the subject. …

Nook Partners on London Literacy Initiative

[Press Release] NOOK^® Signs Multi-Platform Partnership with ESI Media Partnership to build on success of last year’s Get London Reading initiative NOOK to sponsor Best Play accolade at 2014’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards Actress Cush Jumbo to visit a London …

HarperCollins Enters China Ebook Market Through Partnership With JD.com

[Press Release] HarperCollins Publishers Initiates Sales of English-Language E-Books to China HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has signed an agreement with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to sell English-language e-books in China. HarperCollins …

Andrews McMeel Universal Names Magazine Veteran Andy Sareyan CEO

[Press Release] Andrews McMeel Universal Names Andy Sareyan President, Chief Executive Officer Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) chairman John P. McMeel and vice chairman Hugh T. Andrews announce the appointment of Andy Sareyan to president, chief executive officer of Andrews McMeel …