Exploring subscription models for books

The success of companies like Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Birchbox show that the subscription business model is booming. It hasn’t proved easy to adapt for publishing though as the eBook service Oyster demonstrated when it closed in 2015. Scribd ran into trouble in the same year scaling back the number of titles on…

WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN AND HOW CAN PUBLISHERS BENEFIT FROM IT?

The blockchain is often associated with the mysterious and sometimes shady world of cryptocurrency but this ingenious technology is, in its simplest form, a decentralized, distributed and publicly available ledger of financial transactions. The first blockchain database was the invention of a person or group of people known pseudonymously as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. The…

GEETHIK TECHNOLOGIES TO LAUNCH THEIR FIRST EVER SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR

The Indian-based company with decades of experience and an enviable publishing client list (McGraw-Hill, Macmillan, Hachette Book Group, Faber and Faber) are now offering publishers the opportunity to pay a monthly subscription for both typesetting and ebook services. Geethik have identified that many publishers find outsourcing services such as typesetting and ebooks can impact cash…

ALEXA: WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?

Alexa currently sits on many a sideboard, responding to numerous arbitrary demands. Most people don’t think about the information it might be storing as it listens in to conversations, although Amazon has come under scrutiny surrounding privacy and security of the devices. So how long will it be before it is common practice for people…

Who is buying and reading ebooks?

Anyone with an eye on ebook buyer behaviour can’t fail to have noticed the latest dismal headlines. After what looked like a bracing start for the format, ebook sales are reported to be in a state of steady decline amidst accounts of print book revivals and ‘digital fatigue’. According to the Publishers Association, UK sales…

The 5 best sites for reading ebooks online

The 5 best sites for reading ebooks online No e-reader? No tablet? No problem. You can still read books online using your preferred browser. There are some really great options out there to match a variety of reading styles. Here are five (and a few bonus suggestions) that we think are well worth adding to…

New e-reading devices for 2017

New e-reading devices for 2017 With so many apps, sites and hardware options at our fingertips the market for dedicated e-readers has begun to narrow. However, there are still plenty of reasons for avid readers to invest in a single-purpose device: Battery life still outperforms that of tablets and smartphones; the focus remains on reading…

EPUB for Education: what is happening?

EPUB for Education: what is happening? Delivering digital formats of educational resources isn’t something new. Most education publishers have been offering electronic versions of texts for decades. Digital developments help to provide interactivity, immediate analytics, and an increase in social connectivity linked to learning. It’s an exciting time to be in the classroom, as the…