Wed, 30/07/2014 - 10:00
Hachette Book Group is “sharing too small a portion” of the revenue from e-books with authors, Amazon has said in its latest salvo in the ongoing dispute between the two companies.
Wed, 30/07/2014 - 09:50
Books “should not be treated as if they’re boxes of cereal occupying grocery store shelves”, Douglas Preston, the man behind the Authors United campaign, has said.
Speaking to Porter Anderson for The Bookseller’s...
Wed, 30/07/2014 - 09:30
Just a day after Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart confirmed it had raised $1bn in funding, Amazon has announced a further $2bn of investment in the country, saying it sees "huge potential in the Indian economy."
Bangalore-based Flipkart, which has 22 million registered users, announced its funding round on Twitter yesterday...
Tue, 29/07/2014 - 08:50
Independent publisher Legend Press has signed up to Kindle Unlimited, the subscription service from Amazon which launched in the US 10 days ago. Legend has signed up all of its 60 backlist titles to be available globally on the subscription service, for the territories it has rights in.
But other UK indies canvassed by The...
Mon, 28/07/2014 - 09:50
Apple has acquired book analytics and recommendation company BookLamp in an estimated $10-15m deal.
The move could be seen as a bid to match Amazon in the book recommendations field; Amazon acquired Goodreads in April last year, and it is...
Mon, 28/07/2014 - 09:20
Nook has won market share in the UK over the past 12 months, the company has told The Bookseller.
Colin Eustace, general manager, international, said: “We are really happy with our performance and publishers are telling us we are gaining share in the UK market. We have seen double-digit growth in device sales and...
Fri, 25/07/2014 - 09:40
Amazon has recorded a net loss of $126m (£74m) in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a loss of $7m (£4m) in the second quarter of 2013.
Operating loss for the online retailer, which recently launched its Kindle Unlimited subscription...
Fri, 25/07/2014 - 09:20
The Pledge of Independents, an Amazon boycott campaign launched by The Abbey Bookshop in Paris this month, is spreading.
Three more booksellers have signed up to the scheme—two in the US and one in Scotland—asking customers and authors to promise not to buy books from Amazon or affiliates and to favour indies instead. The...
Wed, 23/07/2014 - 10:00
Amazon has reportedly offered Authors United, a group of writers protesting against the online retailer because of its dispute with Hachette Book Group, a new deal which would include restocking all HBG titles and donating the proceeds from sales to a literacy charity.
Douglas Preston, the author behind a letter calling on Amazon to...
Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:00
Independently published authors have responded with caution to Amazon’s launch of its new subscription service Kindle Unlimited.
Concern has been raised that the move could dilute author earnings, while limiting authors’ abilities to sell their content on other e-book sites. Some have also questioned why Amazon is paying...