Can a ‘gateway to worldwide subscription services’ for self-published authors up the ante for those services? Two Danes think believe it can.
Can the robust tradition of recommendation seen in book clubs be scaled up through digital? Nathan Hull and a Dutch company intend to find out by offering a ‘Choice.’
Nathan Hull announces that he’s leaving Mofibo, the Danish ebook and audiobook subscription service that was recently purchased by Sweden’s Storytel.
With the combined reach of his and Mofibo’s subscription services, Storytel’s Jonas Tellander says he’ll open a new audio streaming service, Storytel Original, this month.
An interesting phenomenon in ebook subscriptions: some outside the US market seem to fare better than their American counterparts.
Subscription still works in some contexts, and one area in which it’s alive and well, says Bronwen Hruska, is in her Soho Press’ Crime Club offering.
Global brands may appear to dominate ebook subscriptions, but nimble, local publishing startups across Europe are winning authors’ hearts and minds.
Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy is eagerly exploring new business models but acknowledges there’s still room for old-fashioned intuition in publishing.
Simon Dunlop, CEO of Bookmate, says that publishers’ lack of commitment to or understanding of the ebook subscription business led to Oyster’s demise.
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.