Amazon is reportedly in talks with publishers to launch a subscription-based book service, similar to video-streaming service Netflix in the Americas, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon would offer nearly unlimited access to its digital library of books for a fixed monthly fee - an offer that would surely delight most bookworms.
With the launch of the Pottermore website Rowling has brought app store economics to ‘niche’, that is to say single subject, markets. This is not only a dramatic change for book publishers but will certainly change online economics for other established franchises. Film, video games, and music retailers will be paying close attention to Rowling’s Harry Potter App Store as they attempt to replicate her economic model for themselves.
Fund:it encourages social networking users and others to donate small amounts of money to groups and organisations who wish to set up arts or technology projects in Ireland. As with other crowdfunding networks Fund:it follows sets a minimum monetary total and a time limit for each project, if a project fails to reach or exceed its target the funding will not go through.
Fund:it uses, to borrow a phrase from Chirs Andersen, “the long tail” of the web to create enough start-up capital for Irish arts and cultural organisations. What this means is that the organisation will encourage a large number of individuals to donate small amounts of money each.
Several of the UK and Ireland’s largest publishers will be giving away 1 million free books to members of the public this Saturday in what is being described as “the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted.”
Fund:it, an Irish crowdfunding effort supported by The Department of Arts Sports and Tourism is calling for people in the business, arts and media sectors in Ireland to submit their latest business ideas. The organisation is designed to fund these new companies without the dependence on hard-to-get bank loans but through the power of social media.
Trinity College Dublin has filed several applications in the past year to copyright the term “The Books of Kells”, for use in digital media and commercial products according to records from the organisation responsible for registering European trademarks.
Waterstone’s have today announced the forthcoming closure of two popular Dublin outlets this Sunday, February 6th. The bookseller will close the iconic Dawson Street and Jervis Centre stores where forty-six people in total are employed.
The state of Texas is persuing online retailer Amazon for $269 (€192.61) million in unpaid taxes according to Publishers Weekly. Tax officials in Texas believe that the presence of an Amazon distribution centre in the site provides the company with the presence in their jurisdiction and makes them subject to Texan tax laws.