Macmillan Adds Kid’s eBook Titles to Epic’s Subscription Platform

Evidently satisfied with its deals to distribute backlist titles through Scribd and Oyster, on Thursday Macmillan announced an agreement to offer its ebooks through the children’s ebook subscription service Epic. According to the press release, the deal adds a few hundred titles like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Tikki Tikki Tembo, and The Book of Three from Macmillan’s backlist… Read More »

Do All-You-Can-Read Subscriptions Need Curation? (No and Yes)

Curator Wanted – This book owner is overwhelmed by his 20,000 title strong library and is in need of a curator. Applicants need to show previous experience at a library or bookstore. Send CV and cover letter to … Over the past 18 months subscription ebook services like Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited have increased… Read More »

Amazon is Killing it in the Subscription eBook Market

If you were hoping that new retailers in the subscription ebook market could grow large enough to balance Amazon, then you might want to look for a plan B. A new survey report from Peter Hildick-Smith’s Codex Group reveals that Amazon is dominating subscription ebooks to a surprising degree.  Even though Amazon doesn’t have any ebooks… Read More »

Amazon Adds 2,000 Audiobooks to Kindle Unlimited in Germany

Audiobooks have proven to be Scribd’s secret weapon in the subscription ebook market but Amazon is not exactly unarmed. The retailer has offered around 2,000 audiobooks in Kindle Unlimited since it launched last July, and now German subscribers can join the fun. Amazon just announced that the addition of 2,000 English and German Audible audiobook titles… Read More »

Playster Adds Harlequin, Simon & Schuster Titles to Its Subscription Platform

Scribd’s deal with Penguin Random House may be getting much of the attention today but they’re not the only subscription service to sign a new publisher. Playster announced on Tuesday that it had signed deals with S&S and Harlequin to add additional titles to its subscription platform. The deal includes works from Jennifer L. Armentrout, Robyn Carr, B.J. Daniels,… Read More »

Hachette CEO Arnaud Nourry Raises Questionable Arguments Against Subscription eBooks

Paid monthly subscriptions may be an established part of the music and video markets but the book publishing industry is still less than enthused with the business model. The Bookseller published an interview yesterday where Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of Hachette Livre, where he discusses ebooks, the publishing industry, and other topics. One part in particular caught my… Read More »

XinXii Signs Distribution Deal With Scribd

Scribd scored a victory today in its battle to be the largest ebook subscription service. It’s just signed a deal with  Xinxii, the Berlin-based ebook distributor, to add more indie published titles to the Scribd catalog. Xinxii clients can now elect to distribute their ebooks to Scribd and earn 70% of the net proceeds each time a book is… Read More »