Scribd is Putting Harlequin Titles on the Same Chopping Block as Indie Titles

When news broke on Tuesday that Scribd was cutting romance titles from its catalog, all the stories focused on indie published titles from either Smashwords or Draft2Digital but the activity was not limited to just those two distributors. At least one other ebook distributor was impacted, and Scribd has confirmed today what readers have been saying… Read More »

Scribd is Culling Romance Titles From Its Catalog Because You’re Reading Too Damn Much

Scribd has just run up against one of the known problems with subscription ebook services. Mark Coker has announced over on the Smashwords blog that Scribd is thinning out its catalog. More specifically, Scribd is now pulling titles from what is probably its most read genre: romance. Effective immediately, I estimate 80-90 percent Smashwords romance and… Read More »

Comixology to Launch “All You Can Read” Subscription Plan?

There’s an unsubstantiated, unverified,  and unsupported (but almost certainly true) rumor going around today that Comixology is about to offer a Kindle Unlimited type of subscription service for digital comics. We know literally nothing about the service, but the current speculation is that: At the behest of their new owners Amazon, the leading digital comics distributor… Read More »

Playster Partners With Findaway, Adds 50,000 Audiobooks to Its Subscription Platform

Toronto-based Playster announced on Wednesday that it was expanding its catalog. This subscription entertainment service has inked a deal with Findaway to add 50,000 audiobook titles to Playster’s service. Currently in beta, Playster charges $16 a month for a subscription service that offers unlimited access to a broad range of content. While Oyster and Scribd are focused on… Read More »

eBook Subscription Services Are Legal in France

If you’ve been following digital publishing news over the past 6 months then you probably know that in late December French regulators expressed doubts that subscription ebook services were legal under France’s fixed price book laws. Those doubts solidified into a legal opinion in February 2015 when Laurence Engel, la Médiatrice du livre, ruled that all… Read More »

How Le Guin (Accidentally) Got It Right: Amazon is Manipulating the eBook Market

When Ursula K Le Guin posted her Amazon rant a couple weeks ago she was roundly derided by the indie publishing community, but it turns out her arguments may have accidentally hit the mark. Le Guin blamed Amazon for destroying for destroying the legacy publishing industry through over-commercialization, a hyper-focus on best sellers, and turning books… Read More »

Amazon Launches Fire Kids Tablet, Kindle Freetime Unlimited in Europe

With a 2-year warranty, rubber shell, and parental controls, the Fire HD Kids Edition tablet has been one of the better values in kids tablets ever since it launched in September 2014. And now Amazon is making it available in the UK and Germany. Numerous sources have reported this Wednesday morning that Amazon has launched both… Read More »