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Booktrack announces Series A funding, expansion into education
April 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

BooktrackBooktrack, the startup company that adds soundtracks to ebooks, has announced its expansion into educational applications, as well as details of its recently completed Series A funding round. For those unfamiliar with the terminology of venture capital, Series A generally designates the first serious institutional round of VC investment into a startup, following angel investment and seed rounds, hence indicating that the company has now proven its proposition and is ready for expansion. And Booktrack came in right in the usual range for this level of investment, at $3 million in financing led by Sparkbox Ventures. According to the release, Booktrack will...

UK book deal to take Night Vale podcast into Orbit
March 7, 2014 | 10:24 am

After fan fiction and online writers' circles, now it's the podcast route to publishing success. Aficionados of the weird and wacky will need no introduction to the Welcome to Night Vale series of podcasts, best described as Lake Woebegon Days meets The X-Files. Now the UK book rights to the upcoming Welcome to Night Vale novelization have been picked up by Orbit UK in what the publisher itself describes as "a heated auction last month" from "Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK, on behalf of Jodi Reamer at Writers House US," following the announcement in December 2013 that Harper Perennial...

Humble Bundle plans to expand e-book, audiobook offerings
March 3, 2014 | 8:25 pm

humblelogoRemember the Humble E-Book Bundles? Humble’s done a couple of them (not counting the ones by other bundle sites) plus an audiobook bundle, and wants to do more. Calvin Reid has a great article at Publishers Weekly looking at the Humble Bundle e-book program in depth. It has some interesting facts. It turns out that the first two pay-what-you-want Humble E-Book Bundles were actually organized by Cory Doctorow. Not a big surprise given their DRM-free nature. The problem was that DRM-free nature meant Macmillan (whose Tor subsidiary had already gone DRM-free) was the only Big Five publisher willing to...

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive
January 24, 2014 | 12:19 pm

The mp3 audiobook market has been DRM-free for years, and at least part of the audiobook market is going to follow suit. OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook supplier for libraries and institutions, has announced that they're phasing out the WMA format audiobooks in favor of DRM-free mp3. Aside from minor vendors like Playaway, OverDrive effectively is the the library audiobook market so today's news is a big deal. Audiobooks in general, and Amazon/Audible in particular, are the last holdouts for DRM in audio. The mp3 music market is DRM-free, and there are even a couple audiobook retailers that have gone...

Morning Roundup: Loving Audiobooks, Kindle for Android Updated with Collections and more
December 19, 2013 | 9:00 am

audiobooksThe Year I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Audiobooks (Book Riot) This year is the year I fell head over heels for audiobooks. There’s no way I won’t always think of this year that way. It’s the year I spent seven and a half hours on the road to and from work each week listening to other people read to me in my car. *** Daphne Du Maurier Books go Digital for Rebecca's 75th Birthday (GalleyCat) Daphne du Maurier's timeless novel Rebecca is turning 75 this year, and to celebrate Little, Brown and Company is publishing 27 of the author’s titles digitally for...

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks
December 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Voice Dream reader appThe new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well as audiobooks in Daisy, thanks to help from a Swiss library organization, and navigation and general usability are excellent, just as in the regular text-to-speech mode for ePub files and others. Dozen of optional voices in common languages work with the app, and my favorite is the UK-accented “Peter” voice...

Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Other Celebs Read Classic U.S. Novels for Tom Hanks’ Production Company and Audible
October 22, 2013 | 12:17 pm

audibleThat guy from Breaking Bad is all the rage these days. Aside from being a brilliant meth chef/dealer on television, Bryan Cranston has got a dynamite speaking voice — though you probably already knew that. It’s not surprising then, to hear that the folks over at Playtone (powered by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman) asked him to voice the story of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. As part of a partnership with Amazon company Audible, a special ‘Playtone Presents’ series of audiobooks, “The American Story as You’ve Never Heard It,” enrolls the help of other notable voices as well;...

Weekend Roundup: Twitter fights; 7 sci-fi publishing misconceptions; and more
August 24, 2013 | 9:20 am

Weekend RoundupRemembering Elmore Leonard, A Writer Who Hated Literature (NPR) Elmore Leonard was a writer who hated — and I don't mean disliked; Elmore had a contempt for putting pretty clothes on hard, direct words, so I mean hated — literature, or at least what he believed a lot of people mean when they say liter-a-ture, as if it were a Members Only club. * * * The 7 Most Common Misconceptions About Science Fiction Publishing (i09) Science fiction book publishers sail the multiverse like a fleet of unstoppable hyper-cruisers. And many of us dream of being beamed up to one of these motherships. But...

Morning Roundup: Has self-publishing become a cult?
June 3, 2013 | 9:23 am

Morning RoundupSelf-Publishing Has Become a Cult (Salon) What’s funny is, the adherents would have you believe that once you self-publish, the scales will fall from your eyes and you’ll recognize self-publishing as the One True Path. Traditional publishing will reveal itself to be a lost circle of Dante Alighieri’s Hell, full of damaged souls who want to enrich themselves off your work while destroying every shred of your creativity. I call shenanigans. --- Digital Magazine Usage Growing Via Tablet Users (Good e-Reader) Digital Magazine usage is growing with people who have adopted tablets into their lifestyle. Recently a survey polled 1,293 people on how they have...

Weekend Roundup — Meet Blackfriars, a digital-first literary fiction imprint
February 23, 2013 | 9:45 am

Blackfriars logoHTML5 will be the future of publishing (Tools of Change) 60% of Audiobooks Sold Are Now Digital (Galleycat) The great sci-fi hunt: help us find the best independently published books (The Guardian) Little, Brown UK launches digital-first imprint for literary fiction (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: 30 Kindle Fiction e-books for $1.99 or less... Now Offering a Free Week-Long Trial
January 14, 2013 | 4:30 pm

Few things can make for more of a fun personal experience than hitting the open road and bringing along some books-on-tape. Of course, the modern embodiment of books-on-tape, audiobooks, are the easiest means of devouring a long tome when your eyes are busy with more important tasks than reading lines on paper. Understandably, audiobooks are not for all people. Personally, I too prefer good ol' paper-and-ink. But for those times when it’s impossible to curl up with a fat paperback, is now providing deals that are worth being seriously excited about. On Monday, the company announced that—coinciding with its one-year anniversary—it's now...

Does $1 bonus offer undermine relationship between authors and publishers?
April 18, 2012 | 11:18 pm

E-books aren’t the only form of tech-related books whose business models are seeing technological disruption lately. The Bookseller has a report on a controversial initiative offered by (Amazon-owned) in which the audiobook store will pay authors who sign up to Audible Author Services $1 per sale out of a $20 million fund, in addition to the normal royalties such audiobook sales offer. The offer is open to any author who has an audiobook available for sale through or Apart from the $1 per sale, Audible Author Services itself seems to be mainly a setup to let...