This Russia-based startup expanded into Singapore today in partnership with StarHub, a local telecom, to bring a library of over 500,000 ebooks to StarHub's customers and with the goal of engaging local publishers to offer their ebooks on the Bookmate platform. Continue reading
in the KDP monthly newsletter yesterday that the KDP Select payment was still disappointingly low. With the payment per loan still only $1.39, authors are wondering whether KDP Select in particular, and Amazon's subscription ebook service in general, are such a great idea.
Local sources are reporting that Kindle Unlimited launched today in Brazil and France. Readers in those two countries can now subscribe and pay Amazon 10 euros or 19.90 reals per month for access to a catalog of over 700,000 titles, although given the limited number of local titles I am not sure they will want to do so. Continue reading
Amazon has the Fire tablets and Kindle Freetime Unlimited, and now Fuhu has the Nabi tablets and Nabi pass. This kids' tablet maker launched a monthly subscription service yesterday which will let kids vacuum up kid-safe movies, shows, music, games, and ebooks for only $5 a month. Continue reading
PublishNews Brazil posted a report that Amazon is negotiating with Brazilian publishers. Well, when is Amazon not negotiating with publishers, but in the case of this rumor Amazon is reportedly negotiating to sign publishers to Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading
Earlier today Tom Weldon of Penguin Random House UK revealed that PRH would not be getting into the subscription ebook market. Speaking at The Bookseller's Futurebook conference, the CEO for a branch of the world's largest trade publisher said that:
Weldon said: "We have two problems with subscription. We are not convinced it is what readers want. 'Eat everything you can' isn't a reader's mindset. In music or film you might want 10,000 songs or films, but I don't think you want 10,000 books." Continue reading
When Kindle Unlimited launched this summer it offered a format which none of its competitors matched: audiobooks. And now Scribd has.
Earlier today Scribd debuted the latest addition to its ebook subscription service. They've partnered with Findaway World to add 30,000 audiobooks from leading publishers. Continue reading
Oyster made the next step in book discovery; they're now letting readers help each other find their next read. On Tuesday this ebook subscription service took a leaf from the product book of Goodreads and launched Book Lists, a new way for readers to assemble and share personalized collections of titles. Continue reading