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Scribd to cut romance and erotica titles from its catalog
July 1, 2015 | 10:11 am

scribd logo subscription servicesThe ebook subscription model seems to have hit a bump. According to Smashwords’ Mark Coker, Scribd is cutting its romance and erotica catalog. Effective immediately, I estimate 80-90 percent of Smashwords romance and erotica titles will be dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of our most popular romance titles. Books priced at free are safe and will remain in their catalog. The reason? Romance and erotica readers are devouring these titles, and Scribd pays retailer-level margins for books. It seems Scribd cannot currently sustain this model since it has to pay authors when books are read. Scribd stated in a letter than the...

Bookmate wins innovation award at London Book Fair
April 16, 2014 | 4:25 pm

3platform-2-1024x527Bookmate has gained attention recently as the e-book subscription app grows overseas. It seems that readers aren't the only ones to notice the Russian-based company. Bookmate won the Digital Minds Innovation Award at the London Book Fair last week. Hundreds of companies were in the running for the award, but Bookmate made it to the final with five other companies. Each company spoke to a group of digital publishing leaders, and the winner was picked by popular vote. "It's an honour to receive such recognition from many of the of the most important digital thinkers within the global publishing community," said Bookmate's...

Why We Need a Subscription Model for E-Books
January 24, 2013 | 10:00 am

Brett Sandusky at Digital Book World has an interesting write-up on digital subscriptions. He ruminates on the pros and cons of two different models: the 'modular' subscription, where customers subscribe to one thing at a time, as they wish, versus the bundle model, where customers pay a fixed amount for a package deal which includes the content they want, plus other stuff which they may or may not want (for instance, when you purchase phone service just to get a cheaper deal on the Internet and cable). Sandusky prefers the 'modular' model. He aims to treat his customers like grown-ups who know...

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