In a recent American study by book data specialist Bowker, bookstores were second only to favourite authors as the most important source of new book discovery. Few booksellers would find this surprising.
What perhaps is surprising is that bookstores achieved this ranking [...]
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 [...]
The following article was published in the No. 1, 2011 edition of News on Bookselling, the official journal of the Australian Booksellers Association. Since it was written (mid February), another ebookstore with plans to offer its system to Aussie booksellers has launched. I’ve added a footnote to the original story.
By Martin Taylor
This week saw the launch of an ebookstore from respected Aussie indie bookseller Readings in Melbourne. What is especially interesting about the Readings launch is that it’s a pure cloud-based service, ie you never download your ebooks, they stay permanently on the internet.
Readings’ owner Mark Rubbo has been instrumental in [...]
A big hole in the eReading landscape has just been filled with the launch of independent ebook reading app Bluefire.
The free iPad and iPhone app will read ePub formatted ebooks, including ebooks encrypted with Adobe’s ACS4 digital rights management. While there are already several eReading apps that will do [...]
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.