Tue, 14/01/2014 - 15:29
E-books subscription start-up Oyster has raised $14m in investment in a deal with Highland Capital Partners.
The company, which launched in the US in September, announced the new deal in a blog post on its website, and said the investment would: "help us take on even bigger challenges around the future of books and the sharing of...
Mon, 13/01/2014 - 09:30
Penguin Random House is taking part in a business competition that challenges small companies to analyse how their digital content is consumed.
Nine small companies can win a share of a £225,000 prize as part of the ...
Fri, 10/01/2014 - 11:55
Fri, 10/01/2014 - 09:00
A “record” level of online shopping in December 2013 saw online sales of non-food items, which includes books, grow 19.2% compared to the year before, with one in every five items bought online.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that December online growth was the strongest of 2013 and the best since March 2010...
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:50
US-based book recommendation and retail site Bookish has been acquired by e-book start-up Zola Books.
Announcing the deal on its website, Zola – also based in the US - said it had been looking at building tools for book discovery for “many months now...
Mon, 06/01/2014 - 09:30
Sainsbury’s is to cease selling physical books online by the end of February.
The supermarket’s website will move to a completely on demand model in March 2014 after the retailer admitted it sees future online opportunities as lying solely in “digital products”.
As a result, Sainsbury’s will sell...
Mon, 06/01/2014 - 09:00
Self-publishing platform Smashwords and online writing platform Wattpad have both reported large year-on-year increases in engagement for 2013.
Smashwords published more than 275,000 titles in 2013, up 45% from the year before, and authors’ sales hit $20m (£12.1m), while Wattpad said visitors to its website spent a total...
Tue, 31/12/2013 - 09:38
Half of Britons are now using tablets, according to research from accounting firm Deloitte.
Between 12 and 13 million tablets were sold in the UK in 2013, an increase of more than 50% on 2012, said Deloitte, which will release its full research findings later this month.
According to ...
Mon, 30/12/2013 - 15:06
Retailers are pushing e-books and physical books with a series of discounts and offers in the wake of Christmas, including more than 75% off bestselling hardbacks.
Jamie Oliver's hardback Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less (Michael Joseph) is among the books being offered at the biggest discounts. From...
Fri, 27/12/2013 - 15:09
Amazon has said it took orders for more than 36.8 million items worldwide on Cyber Monday (2nd December), at a record-breaking rate of 426 a second.
The online retailer's post-Christmas announcement also placed heavy emphasis on the Amazon Prime free shipping service, which the retailer said gained over one million members...