Lights Out for Enhanced Ebooks?

Whether it’s still worth developing interactive digital content, a breakthrough in screen technology, why Apple is courting Alibaba, Amazon Prime stays hot as Fire Phone goes cold, mounting privacy concerns for mobile users and more.

Young Adult Still Driving Trade Growth

Recent sales figures show young adult and children’s titles still propelling modest growth for trade publishers, Hachette Livre increases its stake in a Russian publisher, iBooks bulks up its promotional toolkit and much more.

Self-Published Titles Rally on Ebook Best-Seller List

Recent weeks saw the brief ascent of higher-priced titles from traditional publishers on the Ebook Best-Seller List, a phenomenon that reversed course last week and is replaced this one by the resurgence of less expensive, self-published titles. Penelope Ward’s self-published Stepbrother Dearest remains squarely within the …

Kobo Adds Marvel Digital Comics

Marvel adds more than 250 of its titles to Kobo’s catalog, HarperCollins launches a new podcast series, ALA applauds Adobe’s privacy patch and calls for further steps, subscription ebooks eyeing emerging markets and much more.

Hachette War Hurting Amazon?

Whether the ongoing standoff is finally impacting Amazon’s business, Austria mandates minimum ebook prices, Apple plays offense on iBooks, Pearson and Penguin Random House hold steady in third quarter and much more.

The How and Why of Browser-Based Ebooks

The strategic incentives and technical challenges of publishing ebooks in web browsers, Amazon shares slide as earnings disappoint, Adobe updates Digital Editions to improve privacy and more.

Why Vook Is Still Betting on Short-Form Ebooks

Ebook publishers live and die by data, the year’s mergers and acquisitions in the book start-up world, Bilbary a casualty of the Amazon-Hachette feud, Bertelsmann buys an educational tech firm and much more.

Back to Agency Ebook Pricing at Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster reaches an agreement with Amazon allowing it to set ebook prices, Atavist Books shuts its doors, Apple Pay and in-app purchasing, librarians hamstrung to protect users’ privacy, enhanced ebooks embrace video and more.

Will Amazon Pressure Indie Authors?

Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn on why indie authors won’t be spared Amazon’s profit-improving tactics, Google Play’s swift growth, gloomy forecast for global e-reader market, Amazon tests “Apple store concept” and more.

Wattpad Novel Scores Movie Deal

‘After’ by Wattpad author Anna Todd follows up its Simon & Schuster book deal by landing a movie deal with Paramount, the digital educational content market expands, Google and Apple face off on premium tablets and much more.

Putting Big Data to Work

Clearing up common misperceptions about data analysis in publishing today, a sneak peek at Apple’s newest tablets, the Fire Phone still isn’t catching, weighing Amazon’s physical retail logic and much more.

Amazon Offers Authors More Crowdsourcing

Amazon rolls out new “reader-powered” publishing program Kindle Scout, Google takes on Amazon Prime with new delivery service, pricier ebooks selling briskly, Aspen Institute assesses libraries’ digital transition and much more.

Higher-Priced Ebooks Climb the Best-Seller List

On last week’s list, seven titles with price tags higher than $10 contributed to pushing the average price of a best-selling ebook up to $7.74. That figure now jumps to $8.39, as more than a third of this week’s top-25 titles …

Rethinking Ebooks for Web Browsers

Why publishers and ebook developers are looking anew at browser-based e-reading, new Nook gets a bigger screen, Scribd accused of ebook piracy, ALA upbraids Adobe on data gathering, Baker & Taylor expands to New Zealand and more.

Kobo Gives a Data Lesson

Kobo helps authors and publishers put their ebook data to use, poor UX hinders mobile e-reading, debating whether Amazon’s a monopoly, Amazon ups investment in video, Lenovo pushes tablet-based e-reading in India and much more.

Amazon Gets Physical

The e-tailer plans to open a physical store in Manhattan, Amazon arms authors with data and resources, ebooks on track to overtake print by 2018, HarperCollins adds titles to Bookmate’s catalog, the latest on Adobe’s data tracking and more.

Self-Publishing Turns a Corner

Data suggesting the self-publishing market is maturing, HarperCollins expands in Germany, Simon & Schuster imprint scraps DRM, Nook puts news into libraries, rethinking English translation rights sales, new workflow tools and more.

Adobe Tracking Ebook Readers’ Data

Adobe Digital Editions confirms it’s collecting user data, Amazon and Apple compete for mobile readers, Bertelsmann weighs increasing stake in Penguin Random House, Slicebooks contracts d2c client and more.

Simon & Schuster’s New Social Experiment

The publisher teams up with social content-sharing platform Milq to boost discovery, Amazon distributes the ‘Washington Post’ through new tablets, Bertelsmann gets bigger, the latest in browser-based e-reading and more.

HarperCollins Entices Authors to Sell Direct

The publisher offers to boost authors’ royalties for selling ebooks through its e-commerce site, Harlequin adds titles to Scribd, Amazon’s two new crowdsourced publishing initiatives, regulatory pressure on Amazon builds and more.

Amazon Lags in Global Tablet Sales

Amazon on track to place only fifth in global tablet market by the end of 2014, Amazon Publishing the second biggest publisher of ebooks sold in the Kindle Store, Kindle First launches in the UK, Bookmate goes mobile and much more.

E-Reading Device Growth Slows

New data on the tablet market and why growth might have peaked, HP rolls out two new budget tablets, Simon & Schuster signs on with Danish subscription ebook provider, Bookshout! widens direct ebook distribution and more.

Legit Lawsuit or Retaliation?

Weighing conflicting claims in the Ellora’s Cave defamation lawsuit, big-name authors join Authors United at the barricades in Amazon battle, genre fiction sweeps the small screen, Readfy launches in Germany and much more.

Crowdsourcing at a Crossroads?

What’s next for crowdsourced publishing, Perseus Books Group and Amazon reach agreement on ebook terms, ebooks still lag behind print sales, library discovery platform for indie ebooks expands and much more.

Bigger Sales, Bigger Loss at Scholastic

Inside Scholastic’s first-quarter financial report, Hachette UK reorganizes children’s division, sourcing ideas that drive digital innovation, a glitchy week for Apple, why Britain could soon seen more ebook buyers and much more.

Kindle Unlimited Goes British

UK readers get Amazon’s ebook subscription service, BookBub expands into UK market, Penguin Random House doubles down on movies, Amazon invests in hardware development, Authors United solicits Justice Department and more.

Rethinking Ebooks and Media Tie-Ins

A closer look at the relationship between best-selling ebooks and TV and film adaptations, subscription ebooks redefine “publisher,” reassessing Barnes & Noble’s prospects, Amazon looks to the Netherlands, Perseus takes sales team global and more.

Media Tie-Ins Power Half the Week’s Best-Selling Ebooks

We’ve written before about the impact of popular TV and film productions on the Ebook Best-Seller List, and the power of media tie-ins to drive ebook sales is no secret inside the publishing industry. This week that phenomenon is especially noticeable even amid significant …