Mon, 01/09/2014 - 11:45
My autobiography, Strictly Ann, was in The Times bestseller lists when I told my editor, Alan Samson of Orion, that I was writing a detective novel. He responded enthusiastically but these days it is the sales team which seems to decide the merits of a book and the Orion sales department thought that, having published four...
Fri, 22/08/2014 - 09:50
Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil for the first time, almost two years after the launch of its digital bookselling business in the country.
The retailer opened a Kindle store in the Latin American country in December 2012,...
Fri, 22/08/2014 - 09:00
“Serious content restrictions” at Amazon’s fan fiction platform Kindle Worlds could be a reason why people are not creating as many works on the platform as elsewhere, a new study by Georgetown law professor Rebecca Tushnet said.
However Jeff Belle, v.p. of Amazon Publishing, has described early response to the site...
Wed, 20/08/2014 - 09:25
Kindle readers are “significantly” worse at recalling plot compared to paperback readers, according to a new Europe-wide study.
The study, presented in Italy at a conference last month, showed that Kindle readers “performed significantly worse on the plot reconstruction measure, ie, when they were asked to place 14...
Mon, 18/08/2014 - 11:40
Whispersync for Voice, Amazon’s feature which allows for synchronised reading and listening across devices, has been made available in the UK for the first time.
The technology launched in the US in 2012, and allows people to switch between reading a Kindle book and listening to the corresponding audiobook without losing their...
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...
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:35
Eoin Purcell, formerly editorial director of New Island Books in Dublin, has been appointed to lead the London Amazon Publishing team.
Purcell, who has maintained a long-running blog on publishing and digital change, as well as writing occasional pieces for The Bookseller,...
Wed, 06/08/2014 - 09:50
Nook has launched its latest e-reading device, the Nook Glowlight Reader, in the UK today (6th August).
The device, aimed at challenging the Kindle Paperwhite, is already Barnes & Noble’s most popular e-reader in the US, where it was launched in October last year. It holds 80% more e-books than a Kindle Paperwhite at 2,000...
Mon, 04/08/2014 - 09:40
Sony will no longer produce e-reader devices because it is not "economically viable".
The technology company said it would cease production of e-reading hardware in an interview with German technology site Lesen.
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.