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The Ebook Industry News Feed delivers the inside running on all the hot developments in ebook publishing, retailing and technology.

Who’s buying ebooks: Geographical insights from

In answer to the question, "Who's buying ebooks?" we already know that, unlike printed books, ebooks are significantly more popular with younger readers. But where are those readers? As an independent, global ebook retailer, we have a unique insight into ebook reading and buying habits around the world. And the answer is kind of interesting. Our biggest market, unsurprisingly, is...

Who’s buying ebooks? Ebook purchases by user age

The magic of data analytics enables us to drill into the data and see who's buying ebooks. Pew Research reported (via The Atlantic) that the average American reads five books per year, a number that increases as readers get older. Our own data suggests that, at least for now, ebooks work differently. The chart shows that consumption of ebooks on

New features added to Ebook Collections service

Our institutional library platform, Ebook Collections, has been updated to add two new features requested by our publishers. The first is the ability to add a limit to the number of concurrent users. The second is additional DRM options for downloadable ebooks. Here’s a more detailed explanation about each feature. Concurrent User Limits Previously collections had no limits on the number...

Is Trustworthy? is a long-established, leading  e-bookstore, with millions of members around the world. The company is a partner of all the major English language book publishers. It can be difficult to judge if a website is legitimate or a scam. This is especially important when they want you to provide personal data. There are scams and fraudsters everywhere. But here...

Sales jumped 54% when this publisher went DRM-free

In 2019 we asked a major STM publisher if we might sell their ebooks DRM-free from They were already selling unencrypted (watermarked) ebooks from their own website direct to consumers, so clearly they had a reasonable appetite for this. The results were remarkable. In 2018 (the last full year when we sold their ebooks with encryption) this publisher...’s Premium Affiliate Program

Our Premium Affiliate Program is an easy way to offer ebooks from your website without the stress of setting up and maintaining your own ebook fulfilment platform. You can be selling ebooks in a few days, without having to implement file storage, DRM encryption, e-commerce, fraud-busting or end user support. We handle all that for you. The simplest solution. No...’s Compliance with EU and US Privacy Laws

You can always access our privacy policy, which sets out what (little) information we collect about you, what (little) we do with it, and how you can access that data or expunge yourself from our systems. We are fully compliant with the stringent privacy protection requirements of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California's Consumer Privacy Act...

Caboodle, the kitten

OK, yes, it's a cat video. We only do this once every 20 years, so here it is. Benedict and Sarah are fostering an orphaned kitten for a few weeks and today Benedict brought Caboodle into the office. So now it's Down-Tools-and-Play-with-Kitten time at!

How to direct your website visitors to for ebook sales and fulfilment

Hachette, Macmillan and Cambridge University Press are among hundreds of book publishers who refer their website visitors direct to their product pages on And you can do this too. It’s a simple trick that will take your developer a few minutes to set up. Here’s how…’s Publisher Hub

We've now launched the Publisher Hub, which is a single interface that houses a number of our popular publisher services. And now, instead of having to contact us via email to launch a marketing campaign or create a bulk sale, you can login into your Hub account and do it yourself, in a matter of minutes.

QUASH: How we crushed online credit card fraud

The cost of online credit card fraud in the US exceeds $11 billion annually.Global online card fraud is expected to exceed $50 billion by 2024.But that is dwarfed by the effects of over-cautious screening: $118 billion in lost’s credit card fraud-screening algorithm QUASH is now 14 times more accurate than the industry benchmark.The system discriminates effectively between transactions...

Tech Tree: Ebooks to be archived for 1,000 years

Are your titles on a list of technology books set to be preserved in a vault deep in the Arctic permafrost? has partnered with GitHub in an international project to archive a broad selection of tech-related titles beneath a mountain in Svalbard, Norway. Svalbard is an archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. It is already home to a...

Two ways to buy and distribute bulk ebooks

In recent months we've distributed hundreds of thousands of ebooks in batches to students, virtual conference attendees and corporates. And we've just upgraded the system to make it even simpler. There are two ways to do this. 1. Just buy them and send them now Pay now with your cardIt takes 5 minutes Find the title you want on Click "Buy... dubbed “most ethical” e-bookseller

The Guardian newspaper has just flagged as the ethical alternative to Amazon. In an article titled How to Avoid Amazon, it says: " serves customers around the world and has titles starting at 99p in the UK. It has got the thumbs-up from Ethical Consumer magazine and is the only ebook seller in its top five." (The Guardian) The article...

Ebook Collections

Ebook Collections is your fully-branded ebook fulfilment platform that enables publishers, large and small, to sell their ebooks direct to schools, companies and institutional libraries with just a few mouse-clicks. The platform was created by the team that built the institutional ebook sales powerhouse, EBL, and the global e-retail portal, It's easy and stable, and impressively adaptable. If you don’t have...



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