Oyster, one of the first and most prominent ebook subscription services, is shutting down, with much of its team moving on to Google Play Books.
The Digital Reader reports that due to concerns over ‘rampant commercial piracy,’ Google has closed the Google Play Books Partner Center to new users.
In the film Out of Print, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and author Scott Turow are often adversaries. But they at least come close to agreement on one point.
Out of Print, the film documentary by Vivienne Roumani about the state-of-affairs in the book business and the culture of reading in America circa 2013, is worth seeking out.
Harvard’s Robert Darton writes that we are coming closer to a truly international digital public library citing Open Access movements in the UK, UK and France.
Google has expanded Play ebook sales to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and New Zealand.
Google is getting into the textbook business by selling and renting materials from the top five education publishers in the US. The new service will launch August 8.
In 2012, Brazil became the latest battleground for the big international ebooksellers. Ebook sales have since skyrocketed, with Apple in the early lead ahead of Amazon.
The National Library of the Netherlands and Google, which began in 2011 to digitize 160,000 books from the library, have just made 80,000 publicly available.
Arthur Frommer, who founded his eponymous travel guide series in 1957 and sold it to Simon & Schuster in 1977, has reacquired the rights to the brand from Google.