November 23, 2017

DBW 2015: Amazon, Publishers Look to Ebook Subscription Services as Discovery Platform

Officials at Amazon believe subscription-based ebook consumption is an inevitability, and will continue to invest in and build the company’s Kindle Unlimited service as part of an effort to stay ahead of the emerging trend, Russ Grandinetti, senior VP, Kindle, at Amazon explained during a candid general session interview on January 14 at the Digital Book World Conference and Expo 2015. In a separate panel, publishers expressed enthusiasm for Oyster and Scribd as discovery platforms.

Scribd Adds “Dummies,” Releases Data | PubCrawl

On April 30, Scribd, which launched its “all you can read” $8.99 per month ebook subscription with Harper­Collins as the first (and still only) Big Five publisher last fall, announced a deal that brought 1,000 Wiley titles to its subscription service, including all those in the “For Dummies” series.

Kensington at 40: On Launch Pad | PubCrawl

Kensington Publishing added two subgenres to its mystery line this fall, expanding both its cozies and historical mysteries. “Cozies are like comfort food,” said Karen Auerbach, director of publicity, explaining the company’s reasons. “Going back to cozies is going back to something you know.”