In a pre-holiday announcement on its blog, Google quietly pulled the plug on its attempt to help booksellers to sell ebooks: it announced the end of its reseller programme in which Google provided the technology for booksellers to sell ebooks from their own websites.
The move affects partners [...]
[This article was originally published in the March 2012 issue of News on Bookselling, the magazine of the Australian Booksellers Association.]
This year will mark the fifth anniversary of Amazon’s launch of the Kindle, the
event that triggered the spectacular rise of the ebook. Amazon has remained the biggest beneficiary of this growth, with its [...]
A company which believes it is Australia’s first digital-only trade publisher launched last week with a roster of titles from five Australian authors.
Really Blue Books publisher Sarah Bailey sees an opening in the market for a publisher with a digital-only focus prepared to promote new, creative talent. ”We are particularly keen to [...]
Technology researcher Forrester released a survey of US publishing executives yesterday which uncovered an interesting disconnect: 82% were optimistic about the digital transition of books, but only 28% thought their own company would be stronger as a result. The explanation?
Apple made several announcements yesterday which can drive the textbook’s digital transformation — or, in Steve Jobs’ more colourful phrase, its “digital destruction”. My pick is that this will be the tipping point for educational publishing, its ‘iPod moment’ or ‘Kindle moment’ when the market suddenly takes off. But Apple’s moves will go much further [...]
Martin Taylor (@nztaylor) has been involved in the publishing, technology and internet fields for more than 20 years. He operates a digital publishing consultancy and founded the Digital Publishing Forum, an initiative to accelerate the development of digital publishing in New Zealand. In a former life, he published technology and business magazines.