Thu, 12/05/2011 - 15:36
Publishers need to diversify and compete head-on with other media in order to deflect the 'one-screen' effect of tablet devices, a panel discussion at the World e-Reading Congress declared.
The session sought to answer the question: "Can e-reading win the war against Angry Birds?" Jonathan Glasspool, managing...
Wed, 27/08/2014 - 09:50
Kobo is set to release the world’s first waterproof e-reader after finding customers would buy more e-books if they were to able to read near water.
The Canada-based company, owned by the Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, said the new device allowed consumers to use their e-readers for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water...
Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:20
Amazon has bought video-game streaming service Twitch for $970m (£585m) in one of its biggest ever acquisitions.
The deal suggests Amazon is further bulking up its entertainment ambitions to take on rival streaming platforms Netflix and YouTube.
The move has surprised many technology commentators, after Google’s...
Thu, 21/08/2014 - 14:21
Second-quarter 2014 data collected by leading Dutch distributor CB Logistics indicates a continued rise in digital book adoption.
"There is no flattening out yet over here in e-book sales," said Timo Boezeman, sales account manager with CB, based at Culemborg, The Netherlands.
Boezeman and his company have provided...
Mon, 18/08/2014 - 14:10
J K Rowling has released new information about her favourite “off-stage” character from the Harry Potter series – singer Celestina Warbeck – on fan website Pottermore.com.
A short biography of Celestina has been revealed on the site with information about her parents (wizard father and muggle...
Mon, 18/08/2014 - 08:40
A new online publishing platform, The Pigeonhole, aims to tap into a community of readers who want a shared reading experience based on serialised publication.
The platform has been co-founded by Anna Jean Hughes, formerly of Random House and Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, alongside Jacob...
Fri, 15/08/2014 - 09:00
Rakuten is to launch its new UK website with a “large-scale multichannel campaign”.
Last week The Bookseller revealed that the Japanese e-commerce giant will launch a new website in the UK in October, selling books...
Thu, 14/08/2014 - 12:56
Amazon has released a new device for local businesses to take credit and debit card transactions.
The Local Register is made up of a card reader that attaches to a phone or tablet along with an app that can be used to take payments. Amazon will take a 2.5% cut from transactions from next year, but is offering a rate of 1.75% to early...
Thu, 14/08/2014 - 09:30
Amazon is to launch its first ever staffed customer order pickup locations at the campus of an American university.
The online retailer has worked with Purdue University in Indiana to launch the Purdue Student Store on Amazon.com, which went live this week.
Amazon will return a...
Thu, 14/08/2014 - 09:15
Sheffield-based independent publisher Vertebrate Publishing is marking its tenth anniversary by expanding its digital list.
Vertebrate, which specialises in outdoor titles such as climbing and hiking guides, first began publishing in August 2004 with Dark Peak Mountain Biking. It has expanded over the past decade with a range...