*+-‘Amazon is no longer as powerful as it seemed’ and is suffering a crisis, argues Charles Arthur, ex-tech editor of the Guardian and author of Digital Wars.
*+-The Guardian reviews the results of a survey that suggests ‘self-publishing helps women break through the book industry’s glass ceiling.’
*+-France is once again putting pressure on Amazon, this time through ebook subscription. Ironically, France’s homegrown subscription services may suffer more.
*+-Amazon has launched a new tool for authors to create and sell digital textbooks. But there are questions about royalty rates on higher priced e-textbooks.
*+-Interviewed at DBW, Amazon’s Russ Grandinetti argued that the company’s ecosystem is ‘healthy,’ and aligned with the interests of publishers and authors.
*+-Can’t remember the plot of that mystery you just read? A new study determines: maybe it’s your Kindle’s fault.
*+-In Bloomberg View Leonid Bershidsky suggests the ‘war’ between Amazon and publishers is ultimately pointless, since the future of reading lies elsewhere.
*+-Amazon will likely introduce an ebook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, in the near future. Subscribers will have access to over 600,000 ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 per month.
*+-At the Guardian, Allison Flood attempts to answer an intriguing question: What was the first ebook?
*+-According to a report from BookNet Canada, “Canadian publishers have adapted to the appetite for digital reading and embraced ebook publishing as a new norm.”