International

Amazon Gambles on the Kids

Amazon Gambles on the Kids

Amazon’s announcement of their Kindle Kids’ publishing software platform probably caught very few in the industry off-guard. It’s been clear that Amazon’s ambition is to become both the publisher and the retailer, which, irrespective of what the industry feels, lines up perfectly with Amazon’s stated goal of delivering better value to their customers.

I thought it would be interesting to explore what Amazon’s goal is here and whether it will work.

Worldwide eBook Growth in 2013

Worldwide eBook Growth in 2013

Probably the biggest takeaway from US media in 2013 was that ebook growth rates are levelling off, with reports anywhere from flat sales to more optimistic 30% to 40% growth rates. That’s still a lot of dollars, but significantly less growth than previous years.

Here in Europe though, the picture looks a little bit different.