Yesterday, Scribd announced the launch of Scribd Originals, exclusive content from bestselling authors including Roxane Gay, Hilton Als, Peter Heller, Mark Seal, Paul Theroux and Garrett Graff, among others. In addition, Scribd Originals will include "experimental works" from different genres. Scribd describes these works as falling somewhere between magazines and full-length books, so there isn't a traditional marketplace for them. However, Scribd believes these works are ideal for ebooks and audiobooks.
Subscription Insider announced today its Call for Speakers for Subscription Show 2019. Subscription Show 2019, an industry conference focused on the business of subscriptions, will be hosted at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, Nov. 4-6, 2019. Subscription Insider will be accepting speaker proposals through February 1, 2019.
Phishing scams, new focuses and fury dominate the subscription headlines this week: phishing hackers are targeting PayPal accounts, Politico has a new FDA-focused subscription that will cost as much as $75,000 a year, and angry HP customers take to Twitter to rant about HP demanding people sign up for monthly ink subscriptions. Also, Apple is looking at acquiring MGM, BBC will be making cuts as it shifts its focus to digital news, and Penguin Random House pulls certain titles from their unlimited-reading subscription service.
Last week, digital subscription reading subscription service Scribd hit a big milestone - it surpassed more than 1 million members from around the world. The service first launched in 2007 as an open publishing platform where users could upload documents and share other online content with other users. In 2013, Scribd developed an eBook digital reading subscription service where readers had unlimited access to content. The model has evolved over time as Scribd experimented with different subscription models and content offerings, adding magazines and newspapers, reducing its catalog of romance titles and removing comics.
Earlier this week, The New York Times Company announced it will acquire Audm, a subscription-based app that turns long-form journalism into professionally...
Book publishers, film studios, and TV channels beware! Indie content creators are bypassing traditional intermediaries and forging ongoing relationships directly with subscribing supporters. Two Internet trends -- crowdfunding and indie publishing -- have combined to create a new way to pay for content. Yes, now everybody can cosplay the Florentine Medicis in the role of patrons of the arts.
National Geographic Learning, a division of Cengage, announced yesterday that it was launching a first-of-its-kind subscription service for high schools course materials. The new service is called Pathways, and it offers a curated collection of online educational programs for more than 200 career and technical education (CTE) and advanced placement (AP), honors and elective courses and nearly 70 programs to prepare students for college, said the company in a news release.
Textbook Publishers McGraw-Hill and Cengage Call Off Merger After Failing to Overcome Regulatory Hurdles
A year after embarking on a merger, textbook publishers McGraw-Hill and Cengage have called off the deal because they couldn't overcome regulatory hurdles.
The future is bright for e-books. Market penetration is rising. Young people are embracing the medium. Indie publishers are embracing digital business models. But there are challenges that the industry has yet to resolve, and as a result, growth has stopped as the industry has reached a plateau.
Amazon is trying to appeal to kids and families with the release of new built-for-kids Kindle Kids Edition and Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablets. Along with these new products, Amazon is expanding its Amazon FreeTime app and FreeTime Unlimited subscriptions. The new Kindle Kids edition is a tablet designed just for kids, including a long-lasting battery, a two-year guarantee, access to over 1,000 eBooks with FreeTime Unlimited and a kid-friendly case for $109.99.