Reading in the Cloud: “Spotify for Books” from The Publisher’s Standpoint

In Digital by Guest Contributor

*+-Based on the Spotify model, streaming e-book subscription platforms are tricky to monetize properly for publishers — though they appear to be inevitable. By Javier Celaya MADRID: Yesterday I offered two different points-of-view on whether the streaming, cloud-based Spotify model was suitable to the book world — the first, from the reader’s angle, and the second one from the author’s …

Is an “À la carte” E-Book Subscription Model Viable for Trade Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

*+-A subscription model that offers readers access to books a chapter at a time has potential to generate equivalent revenue and convert browsers into buyers. By Edward Nawotka As noted in today’s feature story by Javier Celaya, the all-you-can-eat “Spotify model for e-books” is tricky to monetize properly. But would it be superior if e-books were offered on an à la …

Is “Spotify for Books” Possible?

In Digital by Guest Contributor

*+-The concept of cloud reading, also known as “Spotify for books,” sounds appealing, but has different implications depending on your position in the market. By Javier Celaya MADRID: During most of the meetings I held with national and international publishers at the last London Book Fair earlier this month, I was asked by many what my thoughts were on the …

New York Times Announces Digital Subscriptions a.k.a Paywall

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

*+-By Hannah Johnson The New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. announced today the launch date and additional details of “digital subscriptions” for the New York Times — also known as a paywall. Digital subscriptions launched today for Canadian readers, which according to the announcement “will enable us to fine-tune the customer experience before our global launch.” The global launch …