Let’s face it, you either know someone or are someone who subscribes to a monthly video or music service. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify have changed the way users consume digital media. Is it so far-fetched that the same thing could happen for ebooks? There are several companies that are trying their best to convince you that ebook subscription services are the future of reading. They include Scribd, Playster, and the the hulking behemoth that is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. And while subscription services haven’t taken off in the same way as movies or music, the real question is, are they right for you?
Utilizing the digital realm to house publishers’ supplemental material is a win-win endeavor for publishers. It’s low risk and low investment.
As with ebooks, two of the biggest players in the audiobook world are Amazon (owner of the subscription-based service Audible) and Apple, whose digital iTunes store provides an extensive distribution platform. In the global market, Amazon and Apple had an exclusive audiobook deal dating back to before Amazon had even acquired Audible in 2008. The deal was that Apple would only be able to stock audiobooks from Audible in the iTunes store, and Audible could only supply their audiobooks to Apple’s iTunes store.
Over the last year of taking classes in the publishing program, I’ve developed a drinking game to gauge technophobia. It’s best to play this game on the first day of the term, when we’re all introducing ourselves and stating why we’re here. Drink every time: Someone zealously praises a book as an “artifact” or an […]
A reader invested in a good story might become oblivious to the world around her, and if she is on the brink of resolve after a suspenseful scene, she might grip the book a little tighter as the anticipation builds. Angry readers might be known to throw a book across a room in a fit […]
When most people think of ebooks, they imagine the ephemeral thing they download from Amazon for their Kindle, or from the Apple Store for their iPad. But what actually goes into making an ebook? What are its components? Could you make one if you wanted to? Basically, an EPUB (the free and open standard developed […]