Oyster Adds a Little Magic to Its Subscription eBook Service

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When it comes to kids books, there are the cherished classics, new favorites, and other popular titles, and then there is Harry Potter. Oyster, which recently announced that it offers unlimited access to more than 1 million ebooks for $10 a month, has just announced it’s adding the Harry Potter series to its catalog. Readers can now ...

New Data from Nielsen Book Shows Kindle Unlimited Subscribers Spend More on Books

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Late last month I asked whether consumers were buying fewer books after switching to subscription ebook services like Scribd, Oyster, or Kindle Unlimited, and according to the latest info from Neilsen Book the answer is No. A few details from the latest edition of the Nielsen Books & Consumers Market Research crossed my desk today, and this report shows that ...

Tom Kabinet to Launch a Spotify for eBooks Later This Year

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Tom Kabinet may be best known for its ongoing legal fight over its used ebook marketplace, but that's not all there is to this startup. Founder Marc Jellema announced at a pitch at the Startup Bootcamp on Friday that he plans to launch a subscription ebook service later this year. Details are still limited, but we do ...

Nuvem de Livros Launches Its Student Focused eBook Subscription Service in Spain

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 Brazil's Nuvem de Livros has been supporting  Spanish language users for the past two years, and today it capitalized on that support by launching in Spain. Operating under the name Nube de Libros (Spanish for Nuvem de Livros, or Cloud Book), the service lets Spanish students access a catalog of 3,000 titles, including books of all literary genres as well as ...

Bookmate’s Catalog Hits 200,000 English Language Titles

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Bookmate may claim a robust userbase in Asia and eastern Europe but if they're going to expand into the West then they're going to need more English language titles, and last week they took steps to repair that lack. Late last week Bookmate announced deals with the ebook distributors EpubDirect and Ingram, and with and publishers Diversion ...

Scribd Raises $22 Million in Capital Funding Without Showing an Increase in Users

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No one is sure yet whether subscription ebook services are financially viable, but at least after today we can say that some VCs are happy. Scribd announced today that they had raised $22 million in capital. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, and Khosla partner Keith Rabois will be joining the Scribd board as an observer. Launched in 2007, ...

There’s a Question We Should Be Asking Re Kindle Unlimited and Its Impact on eBook Sales

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For the past month or so, Kindle Unlimited has been one of the hot topics in digital publishing. A number of indie authors are reporting that their revenues have dipped since KU launched in July. I was one of the first to report on the story a month ago, and now it has hit the NYTimes. ...