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Rakuten Buys Ebook And Audiobook Platform OverDrive For $410M

News from TechCrunch: Rakuten is beefing up its digital content chops after it announced the acquisition of ebook and audiobook marketplace OverDrive for $ 410 million. The Japanese e-commerce giant got into the e-reader game when it picked up hardware maker Kobo for $ 315 million in 2011. It stands to reason then that U.S.-based OverDrive, which was founded way back in 1986 and offers over 2.5 million titles from more than 5,000 publishers today, will be put to work providing greater choice and reading material for Kobo owners. “OverDrive’s deep content library and relati……………. continues on TechCrunch >>> Read the full article Related News: Video Rating: 4 / 5 … Read entire article »

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Audiobook Publishers Chart Growth Among and Beyond Ebook Readers

News from Digital Book World: I was at a family function a few months ago when my uncle pulled me into the next room and handed me a pair of earbuds. “Listen to some of this.” Over the sonorous British narrator whose voice filled my ears with talk of fresh peas and someone named ‘Legrandin,’ I could hear my uncle shout, “Proust!” Audiobooks are growing quickly, with publishers and distributors seeing their uptake among ebook readers as well as fans of other audio media like podcasts. According to Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publishers Association, who spoke on a panel at Digital Book World 2015 in New York City today, the past few years have seen an exponential uptick both in audiobook sales and in the volume of titles released into the market……………. … Read entire article »

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Amazon’s unlimited ebook and audiobook subscription service finally goes live …

News from 9 to 5 Google: Read freely from over 600,000 books—available on Kindle devices, as well as free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android and more Listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible, or switch easily between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice Enjoy best sellers including the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hunger Games trilogy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and Flash Boys The most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Life of Pi, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century Start a free 30-day trial today SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 18, 2014– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com today introduced Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all … Read entire article »

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Salem Public Library offers class on their eBook and audiobook database

News from Statesman Journal: Help is available at Salem Public Library for anyone interested in learning more about eBooks and audiobooks available through the Library2Go program. / Statesman Journal file Written by Barbara Curtin Statesman Journal ADVERTISEMENT More In Life/Entertainment ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Reset your password Enter your email and we will send you a link to reset your password. Email >>> Read the full article Related News: News from antiMUSIC.com: . On Friday Paul Stanley Previews Memoir Audiobook was a top story. Here is the recap: (hennemusic) KISS frontman Paul Stanley is sharing a preview of the audiobook version of his upcoming memoir, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed”, which will be published April 8. The 432-page memoir chronicles Stanley’s life and rise to global success with KISS, which he co-founded in January of 1973 with bassist Gene Simmons from the ashes of the pair’s … Read entire article »

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Lorrie Farrelly Releases “Terms of Surrender” in Paperback, eBook, and …

News from Broadway World: Lorrie Farrelly is proud to announce the release of her novel “Terms of Surrender” in paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats. “Terms of Surrender” is a western historical romance novel, the story of former Confederate cavalry Captain Michael Cantrell. He wanders the frontier, haunted and alone, until one spring day, near the Wind River in Wyoming, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of Annie Devlin’s war. Standing with the stubborn young rancher will test the limits of Michael’s courage – and his passion. The compelling book trailer for “Terms of Surrender” was revealed today on DGT Book Promotion news. In addition, Farrelly shared her insights in an interview this week on the Reading and Writing Addiction blog about herself and the inspiration for “Terms of Surrender.” Lorrie … Read entire article »

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Brilliance Audio Enters Print and E-book Market with New Imprint

News from Publishers Weekly: Another audiobook publisher is getting into the print and e-book business. Brilliance Audio will begin publishing hardcover, trade paperbacks and e-book originals next year under the Grand Harbor Press imprint. Grand Harbor will focus on self-help and inspirational categories and will plans to release 10 titles in its first year. First book to be published under the imprint will be Happy This Year! by Will Bowen set for release April 9. An app to accompany the title will be released early next year. Brilliance, a division of Amazon, described Happy This Year as a “practical yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces.” “People are searching for different perspectives on finding happiness, especially at a time when one … Read entire article »

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E-book usage on the upswing, but many still prefer hard book

News from Hattiesburg American: 11:29 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |   Hattiesburg Library assistant director Donna Davis reads on Monday afternoon from a tablet that the library is using as an ebook reader. / Bryant Hawkins/Hattiesburg American Written by La Tonya Frelix American Staff Writer continues on Hattiesburg American >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Audiobook Leader Tantor Media Launches Into Print & E-Book Publishing

News from Sacramento Bee: NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ – Tantor Media (www.Tantor.com), one of the nation’s largest independent audiobook publishers, is venturing into the realm of printed books. The 12-year-old publisher – after releasing 2,700 audiobooks — is launching its new print line this fall with a combination of fiction and nonfiction. Tantor will service consumers and authors by publishing in all formats: print, ebook, and audiobook, to all markets — capitalizing on the emerging marketplace for new content delivery methods. CEO Kevin Colebank believes that expansion in an industry that is going through many dynamic changes is a good strategic move. “We now will provide a complete selection of content options for today’s consumer: audiobooks, ebooks, and print. We are looking to publish books that have been our strength … Read entire article »

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Free eBook and audiobook service at Jervis Public Library

News from The Rome Observer: ROME — Jervis Public Library will showcase the free eBook and e-audiobook, a download service available through the library on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The event is from 1 to 7 p.m. where readers of all ages are invited to learn how to download library eBooks and e-audiobooks through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos for free. “We are excited to offer our patrons this high tech opportunity to supplement the library’s one hour classes and assistance on demand at the reference desk and via phone,” Library Director Lisa Matte, said. Librarian officials added that the gadget gallery will feature a Kindle, an iPod touch, an Android tablet, a NOOK, a Sony Reader, a BlackBerry and a Windows Phone as well as more electronics to help visitors discover portable devices … Read entire article »

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E-Book Use Up 77 Percent This Year In Tennessee

News from NewsChannel5.com: FILE Photo NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Downloads in the state’s Regional E-book and Audio Download System (READS) increased 77 percent in the past year. The free program offers thousands of digital e-books and audio books to patrons of public libraries belonging to the Tennessee Regional Library System. Digital titles can be downloaded to a personal computer or a variety of portable devices. Books downloaded across the state in the past year was almost 702,000 — up 77 percent from a year ago. The program began in 2005, primarily with audio books. As e-readers and smartphones became cheaper and easier to use, the popularity of e-books grew rapidly. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) ……………. continues on NewsChannel5.com >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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