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Samsung & Amazon Team on New eBook Club

samsungkindleSamsung has partnered with Amazon on a new Kindle app for its line of Galaxy devices. Like other Kindle apps, Kindle for Samsung, allows users to purchase and read eBooks and periodicals from Amazon.

In addition, the two companies have launched a free book service called Samsung Book Deals, which is only accessible through the app.

Samsung customers that download the app can choose one free eBook a month from Amazon for a year with their Samsung account.

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Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week

oxforduniversitypressOxford University Press is making its online products free next week in honor of National Library Week in the United States. The open access will run from  April 13th to April 19th.

Check it out: “OUP is freeing up all of our online products* for the week! Libraries are a vital part of many communities, whether it is a school, a town/city, the government, a corporation, or a hospital, and we have freed up this unprecedented amount of content to show our appreciation for these libraries.”

To access the content, readers aren’t required to sign up. Users can simply enter the username “libraryweek” and password “libraryweek” in order to check out the content.

Screwpulp Connects Self-Published Authors With Readers

screwpulpLooking for a way to find new readers for your self-published book? Check out Screwpulp, a new platform designed to help new writers find readers.

Any author can publish a book on Screwpulp. At first the book is available for free. The idea is that readers are more likely to take a risk and read a new author when the book is free. Readers can read the titles on their Kindle. The site encourages readers to review and share the books with their social networks.

Once a book has a number of reads and reviews, then the price will go up. “As a book gains it popularity and ratings it is reflected by the price moving up incrementally,” explains the site. Authors control the rights to their works and collect 75 percent of the profit. Authors are required to keep their book on Screwpulp for at least 90 days. (Via Mashable).

Waterstones Founder Predicts the End of eBooks in the UK

waterstonesTim Waterstone, founder of the UK based bookstore chain Waterstones, has predicted the end of the eBook revolution in the UK.

In a panel on the future of publishing at the Oxford Literary Festival, Waterstone dismissed the emerging channel as overhyped.

The Telegraph has the story:

“I think you read and hear more garbage about the strength of the e-book revolution than anything else I’ve known,” Mr Waterstone told the audience in Oxford. “The e-books have developed a share of the market, of course they have, but every indication – certainly from America – shows the share is already in decline. The indications are that it will do exactly the same in the UK.”

Social Reading Platform Readmill to Close

readmillDropbox  has acquired the social reading platform Readmill and is shutting down the site.

“Readmill’s story ends here,” writes Henrik Berggren, co-founder & CEO of Readmill on the company blog. “Many challenges in the world of ebooks remain unsolved, and we failed to create a sustainable platform for reading. For this, we’re deeply sorry. We considered every option before making the difficult decision to end the product that brought us together.”

Readers can no longer create a new account, and current users will have until July 1st to transition their account to another service. The Readmill team is will join Dropbox. “Millions of people use Dropbox to store and share their digital lives, and we believe it’s a strong foundation on which to build the future of reading,” continued Berggren in the post. “We’re delighted to work alongside this talented team and imagine new ways to read together.”

Verso Books to Sell eBooks Direct to Consumers

versoVerso Books will begin selling eBooks directly to consumers worldwide beginning this April. The publisher expects the site to bring in £200,000 (approximately $333,000) in revenue during the first year.

The publisher will sell the books from its website. The eBook catalog will include both new titles and backlist titles. The site will offer eBook bundles that correspond with print purchases.

The eBooks will use Booxtream’s “social DRM” technology which works on most eReaders and apps. The eBooks will be watermarked with details about the license and who bought it. Readers can redownload books they have already purchased if they update devices.

“Verso has found a new, radical way of selling books—for the first time, our readers can choose which title to read regardless of format, print or digital,” stated Verso’s Managing Director Jacob Stevens. “We know that our core readership would like to support radical publishing directly, and we hope that this new approach will benefit our writers, readers, and colleagues across the industry.”

 

Scribd Launches Travel Category With Lonely Planet Partnership

scribdScribd is expanding its eBook subscription service to include travel books. The company has partnered with guidebook publisher Lonely Planet and will make all of Lonely Planet’s guidebooks available through its monthly subscription service.

In addition to the partnership with Lonely Planet, Scribd has also added the travel books A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena de Blasi, Londoners by Craig Taylor and 1,000 Places to See Before You Die mini-series of guidebooks by Patricia Schultz to its collection. Scribd also revealed a new feature which gives readers the ability to bookmark pages within a book. The idea is to make things easier for travelers to find marked pages while they are on-the-go.

“Travel is the perfect category for e-books. Not only does having an e-book at one’s fingertips lighten a traveler’s load while on the go, Scribd offers a great value by enabling readers to access all of the Lonely Planet guides in one all-you-can-read subscription,” stated Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd.  ”Lonely Planet publishes some of my favorite travel guides, and I know our readers will appreciate having such an inspiring and trusted source available across all of their devices—Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire.”

Scholastic’s “Worlds Collide” Initiative Brings 3 Multi-Platform Series Together

WC_LogoScholastic will launch a new initiative called “Worlds Collide” to bring together three popular multi-platform series: The 39 Clues, Infinity Ring, and Spirit Animal.

Here’s more from the press release: “As part of the ‘Worlds Collide’ initiative, Scholastic will release for the first time a digital ‘Powerpack’ ebook bundle—including three first-in-series books in one volume—featuring The 39 Clues #1: The Maze of Bones by , Infinity Ring #1: A Mutiny in Time by , and Spirit Animals #1: Wild Born by . Scholastic will support the ‘Worlds Collide’ initiative with an extensive marketing campaign to link together the global audiences of The 39 Clues, Infinity Ring and Spirit Animals through a dedicated ‘Worlds Collide’ online hub (www.scholastic.com/worldscollide).”

Through the Worlds Collide website, fans are encouraged to play around with the stories from all three series and create mash-ups. To extend beyond the internet community, the minds behind this initiative have also organized the “Worlds Collide #1s” live tour.  Fans will also get a chance to meet some of the authors who contributed books to these popular series including James Dashner, Brandon Mull, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson. Rick Riordan will make a special appearance at one of the events. See below for the complete list of tour dates.

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The Harvard Classics Collection is Now Available Free Online

harvardreviewThe Harvard Classics, a 51 volume collection of text first compiled by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot in 1909, are now available for free online through Internet.org.

The works, which were originally referred to as Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, are a time capsule into the thinking of the time and include literature, philosophy, and the sciences.

The collection was originally published by P.F. Collier, who wanted to sell books to people that desired a good education. Open Culture has more: “Collier asked Eliot to ‘pick the titles’ and they would publish them as a series. The books appealed to the upwardly mobile and those hungry for knowledge and an education denied them, but the cost would still have been prohibitive to many.”

 

Sesame Street eBooks Now on Kobo

ABCs+of+Cookies,+The+(Sesame+Street+Series)Sesame Street eBooks are now available through Kobo’s eBook store thanks to a new partnership between eReader company Kobo and Sesame Workshop.

The new deal brings 50 Sesame Street eBooks including The Monster at the End of This Book, Count to 10, and How To Be A Grouch to Kobo’s virtual bookshelves. Sesame Street eBooks are already available through Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. As a promotion for the Kobo launch, the audiobook/eBook The ABCs of Cookies is marked down from $4.99 to $0.99 in North America through March 22nd.

“We are thrilled to make the Sesame Street titles available to Kobo customers,” stated Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer, Kobo. “Sesame Street is one of the world’s premier children’s entertainment organizations. We have always wanted to work with them and knew that making their books available to our customers was one of the best ways to round out our Kids’ Store catalogue.”

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