Thu, 26/06/2014 - 08:50
Barnes & Noble is to separate its Nook Media and Retail businesses in a bid to increase shareholder value.
Michael P Huseby, c.e.o of B&N, said the companies would continue to work together after separation, but stood “the best chance of optimising shareholder value if they are capitalised and operated separately....
Mon, 23/06/2014 - 09:50
Apple is giving away a free e-book a day this week to highlight emerging talent and “exciting new literary voices”.
The promotion has kicked off today (23rd June) with Dawn O’Porter’s debut YA novel Paper Aeroplanes (Hot Key Books) - a “touching” portrayal of young girls trying to come to...
Fri, 20/06/2014 - 09:50
The UK publishing industry’s first hackathon resulted in a host of fresh ideas in the fields of audio, discoverability and more, with Voices, created by Diamond Braganza (pictured), chosen as the winner of the £5,000 prize.
Voices aimed to connect people with audio by encouraging them to record their own audiobook clips,...
Thu, 19/06/2014 - 11:51
Random House Children’s Publishers is launching an online game to promote Magisterium, the new YA series from Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
The series consists of five books about a reluctant magician called Callum. RHCP will publish the first book in the Magisterium series, The Iron Trial, in September under the...
Thu, 19/06/2014 - 09:20
Literary app and website Connu has teamed up with Scribd to offer Scribd readers content.
Connu, which says it provides “literary quickies”, was set up by Susannah Luthi and Niree Noel, who worked together on the Southern California Review. The pair approach established writers including David Sedaris and Joyce...
Wed, 18/06/2014 - 11:32
Kobo has today (18th June) opened its Kids’ Store, which allows children to browse and buy books, in the UK.
Children using the Kids’ Store can shop for books using an allowance that is pre-paid by their parents. The store also has a “safe-search” feature, rewards in the form of digital stickers,...
Wed, 18/06/2014 - 08:30
A “Britain’s Got Talent” style online audio competition to read text aloud and a search engine which finds books when seekers can only remember brief details about the cover or plot, were among the category winners at the industry’s first hackathon FutureBook Hack this weekend (14th/15th June,...
Mon, 16/06/2014 - 09:50
The big Norwegian publishers will not allow Google to sell their e-books.
On June 4th, Google launched its Norwegian version of Google Play with five million foreign books, but without any Norwegian titles. So far, the three biggest publishers in Norway – Aschehoug, Gyldendal and Cappelen Damm – have turned Google down....
Fri, 13/06/2014 - 15:00
Five challenges, 30 hours, 100 developers, programmers and entrepreneurs – this weekend sees the first FutureBook Hack taking place (see our Live Blog below for updates throughout the event).
Hackathons have been used as brainstorming platforms to find solutions to problems facing the media, music, health and even emergency...
Fri, 13/06/2014 - 13:14
The first FutureBook Hack will take place this weekend, with programmers, developers and entrepreneurs tackling challenges that cover audio, data and children’s books.
The hackathon, which will be held at UCL tomorrow and Sunday (14th and 15th), will be introduced by...