Salad Days for Opted-in Authors and Publishers

If you’re one of the publishers or authors opted in (or opting in) to be a part of Kindle Unlimited, you might be celebrating this week. Kindle Unlimited seems to be driving books onto the Kindle 100 ebook best-seller list. This week, 45 of the top 100 Kindle titles were Kindle Unlimited ebooks. Last week,...

Marvel Unlimited Access Discounted to .99 cents

Marvel has discounted their Unlimited subscription program to 99 cents for your first month. Readers will have access to over 13,000 digital comics to read on their smartphone, tablet or PC. Unlimited is a Marvel exclusive and was designed to give the comic company more flexibility in their content distribution. Originally, it was a simple...

Comixology Offers Publishers a DRM-Free Digital Comic Strategy

When you pay for comics via Comixology there actually is no ownership. In effect, you are merely paying a licensing agreement to read the comics on your computer, tablet or ereader. The comics are not stored locally, but instead need internet access to download from the server and read them on their official apps. This...

Ramos i8 Pro and i10 Pro (Dual OS) Tablets Now on Sale at Jingdong Mall in China

Ramos is a company with a few interesting tablets, including the Ramos i10 Pro and Ramos i8 Pro, that have been made available in China this week. The products are on sale at the Jingdong Mall in China and the Ramos i10 Pro is a dual OS tablet, in case you want a selling point...

LinkedIn Acquires Marketing Platform Bizo for $175 Million

LinkedIn announced Tuesday that it is acquiring B2B marketing platform Bizo for $175 million. Bizo uses data and targeting technology for multi-channel marketing programs, and counts AMEX, Microsoft and AT&T among its clients. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, and is a combination of about 10 percent stock...

How Kindle Unlimited Is Changing the Amazon Kindle Best-Seller List

Kindle Unlimited is minting best-sellers. According to Publishers Lunch, the number of ebooks on the Kindle best-seller list that are Kindle Unlimited titles has just about tripled since the launch of the all-you-can-read service from Amazon last week. Amazon is counting Kindle Unlimited reads as well as Kindle store sales in its best-seller rankings. Last week...

Win a Sony PRS-350 with Good e-Reader

Welcome back to another Good e-Reader exclusive contest. Today we are giving away an e-reader we just found in our review labs, the Sony PRS-350. The Sony PRS-350 and 650 were the most popular Sony e-readers the company ever produced. When they were first released on August 2010, they couldn’t keep them in stock on...

The Book Industry Study Group Releases BookStats Volume 4

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has released BookStats Volume 4, the organization’s latest annual report on the United States book publishing industry. According to the report, two major trends are the growth of digital book use (e-book and audio download units have reached new highs) and the growth rate of adult non-fiction.Covering the years...

Authors United to Issue New Directive to Amazon

As Hachette, Amazon, and the laundry list of household name authors who make up the faux-power group Authors United continue to battle and make headlines over the contract dispute, there’s another major player who’s caught in the crossfire of the whole mess: the readers. While critics and supporters on both sides argue over the costs...

NUVI Adds Publishing For One-Stop Social Listening and Management

There are lots of social sharing and content distribution platforms out there. The other side of that coin is the social listening. And even when platforms have both sharing and listening capabilities, it’s hard to extract that data in a way that’s easy to for decision-makers to understand. As a social-savvy creative agency, Struck saw...

Small Canadian Publisher Fierce Ink to Crowd-Source Content With Online Pitch Slam

[Press Release] Fierce Ink Press to Hold Open Audition Style Event for Canadian Young Adult Authors Canadian young adult authors will get the chance to pitch a book to Fierce Ink Press at their #FiercePitch event via Google+ Hangout, which will take place August 21, 6 to 8 p.m. AST. Each author will have five...

Kindle Unlimited Effect Not Yet Felt on DBW Ebook Best-Seller List, ‘Fault’ Still No. 1

The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week put renewed focus on the Amazon Kindle best-seller list and, therefore, on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. According to Publishers Lunch: But now it seems quite clear observationally that KU “reads” or “checkouts” are counted by Amazon towards the “paid” bestseller list, as if they were...

Do you have any non-screen hobbies?

There has been a lot of Doompocalypse talk lately about what Amazon/Google/Apple/The Cloud means for authors, readers, publishers and…well, books. And accompanying that has been a moderate spike in the quantity of ‘Blogger abandons Kindle, returns to ‘real’ books and rhapsodizes about the smell of paper’ posts. I don’t think the smell of paper is...