Ebooks Don’t Furnish a Room
14 November 2017 The Times
Millennials raised on digital downloads are turning their backs on mp3s and e-readers and fuelling sales of physical books, vinyl records and DVDs.
Pearson Closes DRM-Free e-Bookstore
13 November 2017 The Digital Reader
It’s a wrap for MyPearsonStore.com. Purchased ebooks will be inaccessible after 30 April 2018. But, hey, it’s DRM-free so just download those critters and back ’em up.
Draft2Digital sees a “spike” as Pronoun authors migrate
13 November 2017 The New Publishing Standard
The not altogether unexpected failure of the US-based distributor Pronoun dealt competitor aggregators an unexpected windfall this month.
Macmillan to Close Its Self-Publishing Unit, Pronoun
7 November 2017 Publishers Weekly
Asked why Pronoun was being shuttered 18 months after the acquisition, Seroy said, despite Macmillan investment in the platform and “terrific” feedback from Pronoun authors, “we came to the conclusion that there wasn’t a path forward to a profitable business model.”
New, gorgeous ebook page style from the School for Poetic Computation
29 October 2017 Go To Hellman
Despite the entrenchment of Amazon and iPhones, people haven’t stopped taking fresh looks at the reading experience.
Amazon abandons virtual textbook contract with UMass
26 October 2017 Greenfield Recorder
After just three years on campus, the retail behemoth Amazon will end its run as the virtual textbook store for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “It’s a really evolving business at this point, textbooks. The whole business is changing all the time.”
Wiley Announces Digital Archives Program
25 October 2017 infoDOCKET
Launching in 2018, Wiley Digital Archives will enable institutional customers to purchase digital access to unique or rare historical primary sources, digitized from leading societies.
Learning A-Z Supplies More Than 6 Billion Digital Books to Kids
24 October 2017 NASDAQ
Company provides students with personalized reading practice and offers more than 50,000 reading resources.
Portugal bans DRM protection on public domain content
23 October 2017 Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
Law enacted in June bans putting DRM on public domain media or government works, and allows the public to break DRM that interferes with their rights in copyright.
No One Knows Exactly How Many eBooks Indie Authors Published Last Year
23 October 2017 Digital Reader
Nate Hoffelder considers Bowker’s annual report on ISBN registrations and argues that everyone is still misunderstanding the annual statistics.
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