Penguin Digital Distribution w/ NY and Brooklyn Library

Penguin Signs Deal for Digital Distribution with New York and Brooklyn Library Systems

News by John Jarzemsky
Penguin publishing, the largest publisher in America, has announced a deal with the New York and Brooklyn Public libraries to make digital copies of its entire catalog available to both systems.
eBooks Outsell Hardcovers

eBooks Outsell Hardcovers For The First Time In The U.S.

News by Kimberly Turner June 18, 2012
According to the Association of American Publishers, eBooks have taken the sales crown from hardcovers, $282.3M to $229.6M in the first quarter of 2012. Does this mark a turning point in publishing?
Thomas Pynchon coming to eBooks

Thomas Pynchon's Books Finally Getting The Digital Treatment

News by Rob Hart June 13, 2012
The famously reclusive author has shunned digital conversions of his work--but Penguin Press has just announced they finally got him to acquiesce.
 'War and Peace' Marred By Sloppy Computer Work

Tolstoy's Classic Novel 'War and Peace' Marred By Some Sloppy Computer Work

News by Rob Hart June 7, 2012
We still need editors in the digital age. Case in point: A find/replace swap goes awry, replacing every instance of the word "kindled" with the word "Nookd" in a digital copy of 'War and Peace'.
Stephen King's Upcoming Novel Available In Paperback Only

Stephen King Shuns Digital Formats For Upcoming Novel; Goes Paperback Only

News by Rob Hart May 31, 2012
Stephen King's novel 'Joyland' will come out in June 2013 from Hard Case Crime--but it'll only hit physical stores. Citing his love for paperbacks, King said there'll be no eBook version just yet.
Animating The Prophecies Of Douglas Adams

Animating The Prophecies Of Douglas Adams

News by Kimberly Turner
A Douglas Adams audio recording predicted the rise of eBooks in 1993. Now animators from around the world are illustrating the late author's prophetic essay with videos as part of an online contest.
Unglue Crowdfunded Free eBooks

New Website Seeks To Crowdfund Free eBook Editions Of Published Works

News by Rob Hart May 22, 2012, a new crowdfunding website modeled on Kickstarter, is seeking to pay copyright holders to release free electronic editions of their books.
Novelists Need To Up Production In The Digital Age

Faster, Novelist! Write! Write!

News by Dave Reuss May 17, 2012
The digital age and market-minded publishers are forcing writers to bump up their production.
Amazon vs Starbucks

'After Friday Night Lights' Pulled from Amazon Following Starbucks-precipitated Price Drop

News by John Jarzemsky
Byliner has pulled copies of "After Friday Night Lights" from Amazon after a Starbucks promo lowered the kindle edition of the book to $0.00.
Warner Brothers To Release Script eBooks

Warner Brothers Prepping To Release Scripts As eBooks

News by Rob Hart May 1, 2012
Warner Brothers will take four of its most iconic films and release the scripts as eBooks. They'll be bundled with supplemental material and retail for $10 a pop.
Tor/Forge To Ditch DRM On eBooks

Tor/Forge To Ditch DRM On eBooks

News by Rob Hart April 24, 2012
The publisher behind Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape and Tor Teen--imprints of Macmillan--will stop applying DRM to its eBooks.
Amazon to re-release James Bond novels

Amazon Scores Huge Coup; Procures Rights To Entire James Bond Series

News by Rob Hart April 18, 2012
Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint will re-release the classic spy series in eBook and physical formats, with a deal that covers the next ten years.
Department of Justice will sue Apple

UPDATE: U.S. Department Of Justice Is Suing Apple And Publishers Over eBook Pricing

News by Rob Hart
Looks like settlement talks have collapsed--the Department of Justice is suing Apple and five of the Big Six publishers for colluding on eBook pricing, charging that the agency model is anti-consumer.
Google Axing Its eBook Reseller Program

Bad News For Indie Bookstores: Google Axing Its eBook Reseller Program

News by Rob Hart
Google will no longer assist indie bookstores in selling eBooks--a blow to the stores that could have used the additional revenue (had the program ever taken off).
espanol eBooks

Amazon Opens Spanish-Language eBook Store Con Todos Los Libros Para Nora Roberts

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 5, 2012
Rejoice, Spanish speaking individuals! Amazon has finally rolled out an all-Español Kindle section, complete with trashy Harlequin novels and English classics like 'Pride and Prejudice.'
The Kindle store is broken...

UPDATED: Amazon Kindle Store In Throes Of Huge Outage

News by Rob Hart March 27, 2012
For nearly an hour today, you couldn't buy any eBooks from Amazon. Considering they control a lion's share of the market, they just lost a lot of sales--and maybe some faith from the consumer?
Harry Potter novels finally available in eBook

Harry Potter novels finally available in eBook formats

News by Rob Hart March 27, 2012
The 4,000 page long Harry Potter series is finally available in eBook formats, through the online Pottermore store.

My Kindle Experiment: How Easy Is Amazon's Self-Publishing Platform?

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 21, 2012
Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing makes profiting from a book or novel seem ridiculously easy. I've got an unpublished manuscript that I'm willing to sacrifice, so let's see just how simple this is.
 Is Amazon Killing Literature

Friday Discussion: Is Amazon Killing Literature By Selling Tons Of Books?

News by Rob Hart March 16, 2012
J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler dissect the Authors Guild response to the Justice Department's proposed eBooks lawsuit. It is very interesting.
WSJ: eReaders Let Tramps Read Dirty Lit

WSJ: eReaders Let Trampy Tramps Read All The Dirty Lit They Want (Which Is A Lot)

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen
Here's something that doesn't suck about eReaders: it allows women to read whatever dirty, dirty literature they want, without fear of being scorned by judgmental commuters or co-workers.

No Thanks, Mr Franzen, I Like My Novels Difficult

Column by Phil Jourdan March 14, 2012
Never mind Jonathan Franzen's rants on eBooks and Twitter. He poses a more serious threat: the decline of literary difficulty.
U.S. Justice Department Plans To Sue Apple

The U.S. Justice Department Is Readying A Lawsuit Over eBook Pricing

News by Rob Hart March 8, 2012
The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to sue Apple and five of the Big Six publishers over eBook pricing, alleging collusion that is anti-consumer and anti-competitive.
iPad 3

Apple Bequeaths New iPad Unto The Human Race

News by Rob Hart March 7, 2012
The new iPad has arrived and it comes with some sweet new features, like a high-resolution retina display, an A5X processor, and 4G LTE. Those eBooks are going to download faster than ever...
Tablets Too Distracting?

Are Tablets Too Distracting For Readers? Maybe, Says The New York Times

News by Rob Hart March 5, 2012
The New York Times wonders if tablets aren't that great for reading eBooks, because they can be too distracting. We wonder why The New York Times wrote this story.
Random House Raises eBook Prices

Random House Raises eBook Prices

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 2, 2012
Libraries can't seem to catch a break when it comes to eBooks. Yesterday, Random House's new prices took effect--which means big increases for cash-strapped libraries.