Scribd Launches a “Netflix for Comics”

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Somewhere inside Scribd HQ is a whiteboard which says "Go big or go home". Not content with launching the first global Netflix for books, Scribd expanded its monthly subscription ebook service by adding audiobooks in November 2014 and then expanded again today with the addition of 10,000 digital comics. Scribd launched what is arguably the first* ...

French Publisher Trade Group Charges that Kindle Unlimited is Illegal, American

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While readers are flocking to subscription ebook services in droves, the concept is facing increased legal opposition in France. In December Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister of Culture, called for the legality of subscription ebook services to be investigated, and now a group of French publishers are taking the position that it is illegal. The Syndicat National de l’Edition ...

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 ...

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 ...