Introducing the Oblivion Principle: If You Have to Ask Whether Something Will Save Publishing, the Answer is No

Publishing is in love with the idea of being saved by some external factor or new fad. If it’s not Pottermore (direct sales), it’s Apple. If it’s not Bookish, it’s Zola Books. (Even Amazon was viewed at one time as a savior rescuing publishing from the bookstore chains.) The latest saviors of the publishing industry, as… Read More »

The Family Friendly Section of Google Play Books is Now Live

During Google I/O the week before last, Google announced a new Family section in Google Play which was built to  help parents find age-appropriate content for their kids. The new section covers the apps, games, movies, and books categories of Google Play. Press reports suggest it actually launched a couple of weeks ago, but it only just crossed my desk today. The… Read More »

Google Play Books Reaches a Billion Installs – Are Your eBooks Available There?

Google Play Books might not get much love from the book publishing industry but it is proving far more popular with users. Earlier this week the app reached a billion installs in Google Play. That’s one install  for each dollar Facebook spent on Instagram, or one install for (about) every seven people in the world. Initially launched in… Read More »

Dutch Publishers Take Credit for Swatting Pirate in Google Play Books

Google hasn’t said much about the kudzu-like piracy problem in Google Play Books, or their recent decision to stop letting users register to upload books, but today i can report that someone is making Google take the problem seriously. A reader has tipped me to the news that the Dutch publishers trade group NUV, or Nederlands Uitgeversverbond, issued a statement today… Read More »

Google Shutters Its Play Books Publisher Portal in Order to “Improve Its Content Management Capabilities”

Do you know how I’ve been harping on the rampant commercial piracy in Google Play Books (four posts in the past month)? I think Google finally got the message. I’ve just read on Twitter, and confirmed from a second source, that Google has closed the Google Play Books Partner Center to new users. The Partner Center is… Read More »