The US’ Authors Guild widens its services with self-publishing instruction; university students in Turkey gain access to De Gruyter journal resources.
Rakuten Kobo will use Shelfie’s tech to identify reader preferences for recommendations and to offer ebook editions of print books owned by users.
Amid debate about whether EPUB may not be more suitable, the key ebook retailer in Russia announces a move to a new version of the FictionBook format, .fb3.
Sometimes forgotten literature finds new life in current events. The acclaimed Japanese sci-fi author Sakyo Komatsu’s short story ‘America’s Wall’ is a new case in point.
Ebook rights to works of Joan Didion, Joyce Carol Oates, and Philip Pullman go to Open Road, while Germany’s De Gruyter ups its ante in Open Access.
Perhaps nowhere is there such a jubilant response to the European Commission’s pressure on Amazon than in Germany. The Börsenverein hails the week’s events.
In another deal that expands its international reach, Canada’s Kobo is taking on the ebook customers of South African bookseller Exclusive Books.
A social network for book lovers has launched in Argentina, and it’s said to be gaining users across the Spanish-speaking world.
In Poland, publishing stakeholders stay the need for protective regulation—liked fixed book prices—and IP protection are needed to curb declining book sales.
Penguin Random House ‘holds an effective veto on the success of ebook subscription services,” says Shelfie’s Peter Hudson.