500+ bookstores celebrate Indie Bookstore Day, Young Adult fiction sparks sales growth & Kindle store survives Amazon's China retreat.
Walmart is going into the ebook market in a big way including audiobook subscription, thanks to a new partnership with Rakuten's Kobo and Overdrive. And Amazon has finally merged KDP Print and Createspace.
If you'd like a piece of the vast Chinese market, read these fascinating insights into what ebooks Chinese libraries are buying, read PublishDrive's post here, with some surprising pie-charts!
As libraries play an increasing part in people's digital reading habits, it is increasingly important for indie writers not to follow the likes of publishing house Tor and restrict libraries' access to their works. And the UK government launches a competition for an app to improve literacy.
Industry figures show both audiobook sales and ebook library borrows continue to grow rapidly, while the figures on diversity in publishing are less promising.
Google has launched Talk to Books, which moves discovery beyond metadata and inside books' covers. Amazon has launched Prime Reading in China, and a new group of small independent publishers is seeking to change the way the industry works.
Smashwords partners with Findaway Voices, more than a million ebooks have now been borrowed through Overdrive, and we meet the best ebook coders.
Amazon has finally opened its first staff-less shop to the public, Wattpad has secured $51m funding to expand its machine learning, and several platforms have expandd their offerings to readers.
Our weekly round-up of top self-publishing news includes new offerings from KDP Print and Buk, Overdrive's new service for libraries, and an inspiring role model via Wattpad.
This week's round-up of top self-publishing news stories includes Barnes & Nobles' withdrawal of Nook, DRM matters, the onward march of ebooks in libraries and a stalemate in China.
This week the Alliance of Independent Authors’s self-publishing news bulletin investigates B&N rumours, reports upbeat news from libraries, and shares a great new free image resource.
Libraries are magical places. I am absurdly lucky in Oxford to spend a great deal of time in some of the…