Walmart is poised to become Amazon’s biggest competitor

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Walmart is upping the ante in their fierce rivalry with Amazon by partnering with Kobo to provide customers eBooks and audio books directly. This news will undoubtedly affect Amazon, who currently maintains dominance over the industry with Kindle and Audible. By partnering with Kobo, Walmart has established itself as a huge force to be reckoned […]

Barnes & Noble to open 5 new prototype stores

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In spite of recent news that Barnes & Noble may finally be keeling over, Barnes & Noble has announced they will open five new concept stores in 2018, with the first to be opened soon in Hackensack, New Jersey. As they’ve previously mentioned, these new stores will be much more smaller than the mall-sized behemoths […]

Barnes & Noble is Finally Dying

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Barnes & Noble has made waves once again recently, and it doesn’t look good for the flailing book retailer’s future. They fired 1,800 people nationwide by cutting certain positions in an effort to save about $40 million a year. The mass layoffs were so unexpected that when longtime employees showed up for work, they were […]

Google is getting in the audiobook game

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Amazon has been almost effortlessly ruling the audiobook market and they have successfully remained on top but have they finally met their match in the newcomer? Google, quite possibly its the only equally matched rival in terms of net worth and how ubiquitous their products are in all of our lives, may be the one […]

Sales of Print Books Increased Slightly in 2017

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Time and time again, many have been proclaiming the death of print books but the latest statistics on the sales number for the year of 2017 says otherwise. According to Publisher’s Weekly, print book sales have risen 1.8% in 2017 compared to the sales numbers from 2016. Further proving that print is long from dead, […]

Barnes & Noble wants smaller stores

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While dealing with the same number of closures of their stores as Amazon is opening more and more bookstores, Barnes & Noble has come up with a new tactic: scaling down. Instead of continuing to deal with their massive stores that are mostly empty, the idea is that the new, smaller stores will be more […]

Amazon is launching an eBook conversion tool

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Amazon disrupts the publishing industry again with news of their newest launch: a program that’ll let users format their own eBook, for free. The newly minted Kindle Create promises a familiar experience to users comfortable with Microsoft Word, create interactive features such as a table of contents, make stylistic designs with headings and chapter titles. […]

Google is Getting in the Audiobook Action

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Is Amazon’s monopoly over audiobooks at an end? Android Police, a website devoted to mostly Android phones, recently studied some of the coding for the new update for Google’s play store and found references to audiobook formats along with the existing apps, eBooks, and games they sell. Seeing as how Google does not currently offer […]

Amazon Bookstores are not Making Money

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News of Amazon’s physical bookstores created shockwaves through the book and publishing industries; from the first whispers of the ideas to the actual ribbon cutting of the locations, just the thought of them has sent ripples to all of Amazon’s competitors. Aside from just existing however, the brick and mortar stores haven’t actually justified the […]

Amazon is Celebrating Indie Authors for October

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For the entire month of October, Amazon is showing their love for indie authors by showcasing them on a special page. At www.amazon.com/poweredbyindie, you can see their celebration of all things indie. Amazon is also simultaneously running a social media campaign on their Facebook and Twitter pages where they want to hear about the experiences of […]