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New Google Play Features Aim to Improve Nonfiction eBook

On Thursday morning Google Play Books introduced an update to their reading app providing "a redesigned reading experience that’s optimized for nonfiction books" with feature improvements meant "to solve the ever more challenging reference book" in digital form. Their new "skim mode" makes it easier to skim across an entire…

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Kobo Shares Examples of Reader Data Analysis

Kobo has released a white paper designed to show publishers and authors how reader data that platforms like Kobo compile "can actually help publishers unlock previously hidden equity within their publishing lists and inform decisions on which authors and franchises to invest in, which ones are running out of steam,…

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Amazon Refreshes Kindle eReaders and Tablets, Adding Kids Tablet

After some leaks at their international stores, on Wednesday evening Amazon announced new ereaders and tablets, all set to ship in October. The new basic Kindle is thinner, adds a touchscreen, and sells for $79, with ads. (That's $10 more than the previous basic model, or 15 percent higher. So the people who fight to control…

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Kobo Confirms October 1 Launch of Waterproof eReader

Kobo went poolside to unveil their newest ereading device, the Kobo Aura H20, which will go on sale for $179 on October 1 in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. Kobo president Michael Tamblyn says in the release: "When we asked our customers what held them…

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eNews: Sainsbury Takes Full Control of Anobii; Nook GlowLight in the UK; and More

Sainsbury's is now the sole owner of fledgling ebookstore Anobii, the Bookseller reports, buying out Penguin Random House's 24 percent stake and Harper UK's 12 percent stake. (The company first acquired HMV's 64 percent stake in Anobii in 2012.) Sainsbury's said the move "gives it full control of the platform…

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Nook Commits to 1 Million Samsung Tablets

Following the Thursday announcement that Nook will sell co-branded Samsung tablets through Barnes & Noble, the bookseller indicated in an SEC filing they have made a "minimum purchase commitment during the first twelve months...of 1 million devices." If "certain sales thresholds" are not met by December 31, that term is extended to…

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Sony to Transfer North American Reader Store to Kobo

As we had heard a while ago, in conjunction with their quarterly earnings release Sony confirmed that they are turning over the North American Reader market to Kobo. "Sony's Reader Store customers and their current ebook libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in late March," they say in…

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Soft Holiday Sales for Barnes & Noble Are Still An "Improvement" As Digital Content Falls Again

Barnes & Noble followed up their weak second quarter sales report with some improvement over the following 9-week holiday sales period (through December 28): Same-store sales at the BN superstores and BN.com declined 6.6 percent overall, and 5.5 percent on a comparable-sales basis, at $1.1 billion. But nearly all of…

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Amazon Courts Independent Retailers With Kindle Sales Program

Amazon's ongoing attempt to convince independent retailers to sell Kindle devices and ebooks persisted a little bit more with the formalization of program under the name Amazon Source. The company touts Source as a way for "independent bookstores and other retailers to sell Kindle devices and accessories, and earn money while…

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New $119 Nook Glowlight Arrives A Day Early; Kobo Expands In Ireland

Rumor had it that Barnes & Noble would announce the latest incarnation of its Nook GlowLight on Halloween, but the company did so on Wednesday morning. The newest version of the frontlit e-reader, retailing at $119 and shipping immediately, weighs just 6.2 ounces -- "the lightest ever, but [also] 15…

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