The Ereading Blog

06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Ebook Subscription Startups…Some People Just Want to Throw Money Away

LOGO-1-DigitalReaderThe always interesting Nate Hoffelder over at the Digital Reader reports that publishing conglomerate Bonnier is starting up an ebook subscription service in Sweden.  Yes, in Sweden.  Since the worldwide pool of people who truly care about ebook subscriptions apparently isn't small enough, Bonnier has decided to narrow the field even more and stick to their home country. 

After I wrote this, I found myself tapping the face of my watch to see how many seconds had passed because I wanted to make sure Bonnier's little venture hadn't already failed before I...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Oyster Ebook Subscription Service Closes…As We Predicted

LOGO-1-OysterAccording to multiple sources, ebook subscription service Oyster is closing, with most of its staff decamping to Google.  Hopefully, Google has better things to do with their money than support an ebook subscription service.  But maybe not.  They are, after all, managing to utterly fail at selling books in a way that genuinely competes with Amazon.

As I've commented elsewhere on this blog, ebook subscriptions are not a viable business in the long-term.  Yes, Amazon's program is trucking...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Why the ‘Print Book Doomsayers’ Are Wrong; Who Are They Again?

LOGO-1-HuffingtonPostClaire Fallon, a writer for the Huffington Post, has written a lengthy commentary on why print books aren't dead and how the so-called "print book doomsayers" are all wrong.  But of course they are.  On the other hand: who are those people again? 

Anyone who has spent 15 minutes studying the book market can tell you that print books are doing just fine, thank you very much, and have been for some time.  That's one of the reasons I always intended...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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A Great Post at The Guardian About the Cultural Embrace of Digital Reading

LOGO-1-TheGuardianAnna Baddeley at The Guardian has written an interesting and accurate assessment of how ebooks and digital reading have essentially become a part of our collective culture. Well worth a read...digitally, of course.

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Kobo Starts a Not-So-Revolutionary ‘Rewards’ Program

LOGO-1-KoboKobo's new point-based rewards system for ebook purchasing was recently announced, and it's...well, ordinary.  Not that there are too many ways to re-invent this now-familiar rewards system for retailers.  Still, it would have been nice to see something a little more inventive from one of the world's top ebook-only retailers.  If you haven't signed up for our free newsletter, you should do so now.  We have some unique and exciting plans for programs to reward our future customers at Ereading.com, eComicbooks.com, and our other integrated, reading-related retail sites.

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