The global audiobook industry is currently worth 2.6 billion dollars and part of the reason why we have seen a dramatic increase in profitability is due to digital. The overall success of the digital audiobook is primarily attributed to companies such as Audible, Findaway World and Recorded Books who are the industry leaders. With any digital medium, the affects are starting to … [Read more...] about Digital Audiobooks are Cannibalizing Physical Audio
Archives for May 2015
The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene was first published in 2012. The book though quickly rose to #1 on the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists months before it was even released, because every pre-order would be hand-signed by the author. Due to the runaway success of the film and the blitz marketing campaign Fault in our Stars was the top selling e-book of … [Read more...] about The Top Selling e-Books of 2014
Losing the Signal - The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry came out on Tuesday and this was a book I eagerly anticipating. It tells the tale of engineer Mike Lazaridis and businessman Jim Balsillie from their early years in highschool to the formation of RIM, whose first office was above a bagel shop.This book was written by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. They are … [Read more...] about Losing the Signal Book Review – The Blackberry Story
Barnes and Noble operates a self-publishing program called Nook Press. The second generation platform launched in early 2013 and focuses on getting indie authors to submit their books for inclusion into the Nook bookstore. It is my belief that Nook Press is bad for authors and solely exists to financially gouge them at every opportunity.Last year, the former General … [Read more...] about Barnes and Noble Nook Press is Bad for Authors
There is plenty of excellent anime that started in the early Spring and is currently ongoing. Crunchyroll and Funimation both have the bulk of the content and each have their own license to stream specific franchises. Want to discover some excellently written shows or zany circumstances? Our top 5 list will cure all of your ills.Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a … [Read more...] about Top 5 Streaming Anime Shows – June 2015
George R.R. Martin has proclaimed that he will not write any episodes for Game of Thrones Season 6, as he is focusing on completing The Winds of Winter. When it comes to the television show, George has written an episode for seasons 1-4, but skipped season 5. The books are pivotal as the source material that the widely successful Game of Thrones television series is based … [Read more...] about George R.R. Martin Won’t Write Game of Thrones Season 6
The Onyx Boox i86 has been floating around in limbo for the last six months. An early prototype was available in early March, which offered a glimpse of what this model would bring to the table and it looks like the final product will be shipping out on June 5th 2015.We reviewed the Onyx i86 HD on March 30th and it features an eight inch IR touchscreen with a resolution of … [Read more...] about New Onyx Boox i86 HDML Plus e-Reader Available June 5th 2015
Kobo has just signed a deal with Visa Checkout, that allows people to get a few free e-books. If you use this new alternative to Paypal, you will gain $10 in free credit that will allow you get a number of digital titles.The Visa Checkout promotion will run from June 1st to June 20th. When you purchase an e-reader or e-book you will instantly get the $10 credited to your … [Read more...] about Kobo Implements Visa Checkout for e-books and e-readers
Author interviews are everywhere these days. The BBC, NPR and CBC all have longstanding book shows that review and talk to authors. Radio, whether you listen to it online or the old fashioned way often has the highest reach. HarperCollins is betting that the future of author interviews is not Soundcloud, but Shazam.HarperCollins Publishers has announced a new deal with … [Read more...] about Will Readers Download Shazam to Listen to Author Interviews?
Showrooming is the process in which people visit their local bookstore to snap a picture of a book or scan a barcode to find it cheaper online. The average person is just doing this to get a better deal, but effectively they are directly contributing to bookstores all over Canada, US and the United Kingdom going out of business. Do people who showroom hate print and are … [Read more...] about Showrooming is on the Rise and Bookstores Suffer
Amazon is experimenting with bundling by offering the Kindle Basic Touch with a kid friendly case and two year warranty against spills and drops. It is currently available for $99, which is a $39 savings from the normal price.Designed to help kids get excited about reading, the Bundle allows kids to easily take all of their books with them, wherever they might go this … [Read more...] about Amazon Starts Marketing a Kindle e-Reader Bundle for Kids
There are many statistics that iOS users tend to spend more money on in-app purchases than their Android counterparts. One of the drawbacks in the e-reader industry is that no major online retailer actually sells digital books on any Apple products. This is primary because Apple takes a cut out of each e-book that is sold. Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and Google all sell e-books on … [Read more...] about Should e-Reader Companies Focus on Android?
Square Enix, manufacturers of the popular video game franchise Final Fantasy, have recently announced that their smartphone game “Final Fantasy Agito” will be available on Windows 10.The original mobile game allows players, acting as cadets trying to become an Agito, going through their school life. Players interact with a variety of NPCs, non-player characters, fighting … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy Agito Coming to Windows 10