Tag Archives: Scribd

Ebook news digest: podcasts for writers, future of news reporting, ebook service with 1 million paying customers

2019-02-01

News on ebooks, writing and publishing

woman typing on laptop, wearing headphones. photo by Christina Morillo.
Scribd has more than one million paying subscribers for ebooks

Scribd is a service that lets you read ebooks, listen to audiobooks, and read some magazines for a monthly fee of 9 dollars. I have subscribed to the service, and liked the selection of books, and the recommendation feature that gives ideas what to read next. Now, Scribd has more than 1 million readers who pay for access to its vast library.

Eight Podcasts for Writers and Book Authors

Daily Writing Tips has put together a list of podcasts they like to listen to. Finding good podcasts that are educational and enjoyable to listen to often takes time, but perhaps this list may save your time. I have listened to some of the podcasts mentioned in the article, and from the ones that I know, I can recommend Joanna Penn’s podcast for writers who want to learn more about their trade.

Five Things Everybody Needs to Know about the Future of Journalism

Reuters Institute in collaboration with the University of Oxford has published a comprehensive report on the current state and the trends that are shaping journalism. People are reading and sharing news more than ever but many news organizations have difficulties with generating enough revenue from their journalism. The finger points to the mighty platform companies that have managed to get the full attention of large audiences.

Sights and fiestas of Valencia, Spain

The new Klaava Travel Guide focuses on one of the most exciting Spanish cities: Valencia. The city is the host of one of the biggest festivities in Spain, known as Fallas, in March. Plenty of tourists from North and South America and Europe arrive in Valencia to tour the sights and to join the party in the historic city center.

Photo Gallery: Seven Beautiful Bookstores in Asia

We have seen many beautiful bookshops in Europe that often are located in amazing old buildings. When bookshelves and books are carefully placed in these environments, the objects create an idyllic interior for an old building. Nextshark has collected a photo gallery of bookstores in Asia that – unlike in Europe – are modern, and beautiful.

How to Avoid Seven Travel Writing Mistakes Beginners Tend to Make

Travel writer Roy Stevenson gives seven valuable lessons for aspiring travel writers. Every genre of writing has its own etiquette and customs. This article highlights the ones that are common in travel media – especially magazines, online publications – that beginners may be unaware of.

sample page from Valencia, Spain travel guide

Amazon Kindle Unlimited Is the Number One Ebook Subscription Service, but Which One Is Number Two?

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We all know that Amazon is the largest retailer of ebooks in the world, but which online book subscription service has managed to attract the most customers? Amazon was the pioneer of ebook retail business, but it wasn’t the first company that provided customers with all-you-can-eat book service for a low monthly fee. Nonetheless, Amazon has already managed to take a major market share of the emerging book subscription service business.
nielsen: ebook subscription services market shares
Nielsen Books & Consumers Market Research has published a report that includes a ranking for ebook subscription services. The services with the biggest number of customers are:

1. Kindle Unlimited
2. Safari Books Online
3. Scribd
4. Oyster
5. Skillsoft
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7. Entitle
8. Blloon

Nielsen has ranked Amazon Prime as an ebook subscription service, but Prime is not comparable with other ranked services. Prime is primarily a product delivery service that also includes access to a number of digital products.