Booktrack Aids eBook Comprehension, Looks to Educational Application

Not long after digital publishing improved the reading experience with portability, the option to change font size, and the instant access to new titles, developers began looking for ways to improve digital publishing. Enhanced ebooks offered never-before-seen full-color images, hyperlinks provided more information, and embedded video added an extra layer of content to a book...

Blackwell’s Learning Launches this June in the UK

Blackwell’s is one of the premier bookstores in the UK and the company is launching a new digital learning service that has been built for students, academics and professionals to download and annotate eBooks on any device. Blackwell’s learning is launching this September and it will provide publishers with a secure additional sales channel, the...

Simon & Schuster Plans 12 Book Series called TED Books

TED is one of the leading conferences where luminaries all over the world give a 18 minutes or less talk. Past speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. Today, TED has partnered with Simon & Schuster to publisher a...

EBSCO Gains 30,000 eBook Titles from Random House

Random House and EBSCO have come to terms on a new digital book strategy for libraries. Starting today, over 30,000 titles will be available from some of the most notable Random House authors, including Dan Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and more. Random House titles have been added to the nearly 600,000 eBooks...

New SelfPub Writing Award Backed By The Guardian

With indie authors often barred from prestigious writing and book awards, smaller companies have had to launch their own forms of author recognition. IndieReader and Foreword Reviews are known for two of the more widespread awards, as is Amazon/CreateSpace’s ABNA awards. But in a publishing climate in which many newspapers and media outlets still have...

Adobe Drops Support for Amazon Newsstand and Kindle Fire Reading Apps

Adobe has quietly dropped support for the newsstand aspects of the Amazon App Store and reading apps for the Kindle Fire. Publishers and developers using Adobe DPS will find that Adobe has removed the ability to create an in-app purchase experience and will affect hundreds of companies such as Conde Nast. Adobe DPS is basically...

OverDrive eReading Rooms Engage Libraries’ Youngest Patrons

As libraries look for news ways to stay relevant and meet their patrons’ needs, increasing numbers of institutions are implementing digital lending. eBook lending, along with movie, music, and audiobook streaming, is helping these entities keep their doors open by offering the content their patrons need in the platforms they want to consumer it. But...

Plastic Logic Gets into the Wearables Game

Plastic Logic is intent on leveraging their screen technology to the wearable sector. In order to facilitate this move they have engaged in a new partnership with Solvay Specialty Polymers, a recognised leader in polymeric materials development for the electronics sector. The two companies will combine their labs to deliver low power flexible electronics suitable...

E-reading Leading to Alarming “Digital Brain” Phenomenon

For better or for worse, digital reading is here and it’s everywhere. Subscription-based ebook reading is finally taking root, news and magazine apps have been optimized for smartphone and tablet consumption, and even browser-based scroller feeds offer headlines and story teasers to consumers throughout the day. In some ways, the widespread adoption of digital reading...

ComiXology Begins Selling Eco Comics Digitally

Comixology has just signed a digital distribution deal with Eco Comics. The move sees Eco Comics bringing all its past, present and future titles – including flagship books Green Man, and Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde directly to comiXology’s global-reaching digital comics platform.  Individual issues are priced between 99 cents (60p) and $1.99...

Apple Requests Stay in Proceedings

After a lengthy court battle over ebook price fixing and collusion with several of the Big Five publishers, Apple’s legal drama is far from over. Apple has now requested a stay of all proceedings while waiting for the appeals on two rulings handed down last month by Judge Denise Cote. The trial and subsequent proceedings...

Walking Dead Season 1 for Android Hits the Good e-Reader App Store

TellTales masterpiece the Walking Dead Season 1 has finally hit Android 2.3 devices and is available for free at the Good e-Reader App Store. The first episode is free and each one costs a few dollars to play, this pack includes 400 days. The Walking Dead is an epic series that follows Lee Everett who...

The Bullies Win: Authors Abandoning Publishing Over Online Behaviors

An example of the behavior authors like Rice are working to stop. Good e-Reader has given extensive coverage to a situation plaguing the publishing industry, both from a self-publishing standpoint and a traditional one: author bullying. While information has come out that some authors have engaged in less-than-professional tactics, particularly where book reviews are concerned,...

The Publishing Industry is Flourishing

There is certainly a copious amount of negative press surrounding the publishing industry and booksellers all over the world. Major chains have folded in the US, Germany and Australia in the last few years and indie bookstores continue to go out of business. Journalists and public officials constantly single out Amazon, lambasting them for disrupting...

eBook Discovery Platform ‘My Independent Bookshop’ Launches

Penguin Random House has launched a new initiative that will allow readers to discover and purchase new eBooks. The My Independent Bookshop project is currently UK based and will be coming to the US later this year. The essence of the social platform is that it encourages readers to set up their own virtual bookshops...

Screwpulp’s Launch May Be the Salvation of Book Reviews

Readers and authors alike have been crying foul over book reviews from a variety of sources lately. Between the mysterious disappearing act that happens quite often with reviews posted to Amazon, the widespread news of authors buying favorable reviews from pay-per-star services, and the scandalous situation with author and reviewer bullying, reading consumers have had...