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 »

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

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… Read More »

Oyster Adds a Little Magic to Its Subscription eBook Service

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… Read More »

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

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… Read More »