Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:00
Reinventing audio, re-mixing children's books, the challenge of content curation, and mining metadata will form the core of the challenges put in front of hackers at the FutureBook Hack, the UK's first industry-wide book publishing hack.
Content will be provided by publishing partners Penguin Random House,...
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:10
Libraries should be allowed to digitise books in their collection without permission from the rightholders, according to a statement from European advocate general Niilo Jääskinen.
In an opinion made on a case between the Technical University of Darmstadt and German publishing house Eugen Ulmer KG, the advocate general of...
Thu, 05/06/2014 - 14:04
Barnes & Noble’s Nook has partnered with Samsung to build co-branded tablets.
The devices will be called Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets and come with Nook’s digital reading library.
It will combine the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customised Nook software.
The 7-inch tablet will be introduced...
Wed, 04/06/2014 - 10:00
The UK consumer e-book market will triple over the next four years to be worth £1bn, overtaking the paperback and hardback as the preferred option for reading novels, according to a report by...
Tue, 03/06/2014 - 12:04
The French cultural product chain trade association has accused Amazon of acting in its own interests rather than those of its customers in its battle with Hachette over trade terms.
It is unusual for retailers to spring to the defence of a supplier, the Syndicat des Distributeurs de Loisirs Culturels said in a statement. But the...
Mon, 02/06/2014 - 14:25
After posting another year of record losses and closing all of its e-reader stores outside of Japan, Sony has announced it will be focusing on its e-book business within Japan.
Despite enduring losses on nearly all of its electronics business, the company’s new boss Kazuo Hirai has said he is determined to keep Sony’s...
Mon, 02/06/2014 - 13:20
US-based Baker & Taylor (B&T) and Canada-based Whitehots Inc will co-operate to offer Canadian libraries and schools a one-stop, cloud-based platform to acquire and distribute print and digital material.
“What was missing in the market was a Canadian company that was able to sell both print and digital materials to the...
Thu, 29/05/2014 - 09:50
Hachette Book Group in the US has weighed in again in the very public discussion of its terms battle with Amazon, saying it “is good to see Amazon acknowledge that its business decisions significantly affect authors’ lives”.
HBG's response came after the online retailer...
Thu, 29/05/2014 - 09:00
Macmillan US' SFF site Tor.com has launched a new “author-centric digital imprint”, which it has described as “an opportunity to re-evaluate every step of the publishing process”.
The new imprint, which will be for novellas, shorter novels and serialisations which exceed the traditional novelette length,...
Thu, 22/05/2014 - 12:14
Former Kobo c.e.o. Michael Serbinis’ new venture fund has invested in BitLit, which works with publishers to offer e-book and physical book bundling.
Serbinis launched Three Angels Capital with Laura Adams, an m.d. with Morgan Stanley in Canada, earlier this month.
The fund focuses on “early stage tech companies...