2011 digital publishing timeline

Thought it might be useful to see all of the big digital stories of 2011 as a timeline. It really has been an extraordinary year. My next blog will be your predictions for 2012. If you haven't let me know yet, then tweet me.   

January

Ebook sales in US comprised 23.5% of all trade book sales in January

February

Office of Fair trading opens investigation into e-book price fixing.

Apple locks down the Kindle app to remove in-app purchases.

B&N announces that they are selling twice as many ebooks as p-books at BN.com

March 

First ever digital publishing awards take place in London. FutureBook winners

Apple launches the iPad2 

Google Book settlement quashed by NY judge

Amazon has '80% online share', claims new survey

April 

Quercus says digital sales could reach 10% in 2011.

Nielsen announces ebook sales are depressing print sales.

May  

Amazon announces that they are selling more Kindle books than paperbacks and harbacks combined

Amazon appoints Larry Kirshbaum to run its publishing division 

B&N aunnounced the Nook Touch Reader in US  

Waterstone’s sold to Alexander Mamut and appoints James Daunt as MD

Random hits 2m e-book sales

June 

JK Rowling’s Pottermore.com launches

July  

Amazon buys The Book Depository 

Penguin announces digital sales made up 14% of overall business 

Google launches first ereader 

August  

B& N predicts £1.1bn sales from Nook business 

Argos launches e-book offer 

Amazon launches HTML5 reader web app to counter Apple restrictions and more here

Digital more than 10% of Random House UK sales

Digital sales double at S&S, international "booming"

September 

Waterstone’s MD James Daunt announces that they will launch an e-reader in 2012

Google ebookstore launches in Australia 

Amazon launches a $199 Tablet Fire and 3 new Kindle models  

October

Death of Steve Jobs 

Kobo partners with French retailer Fnac 

American Booksellers Association plans own e-reader 

Agents warn of e-book "reckoning"

WHS partners with Kobo 

Kobo launches its Vox tablet and more here

WSJ launches ebook bestseller charts 

British Library attacked for Amazon link 

November  

B&N launches Nook tablet in US 

Kobo bought by Japanese company Rakuten for $315million and more here

Google ebooks launches in Canada 

Amazon launches Kindle lending library in US and more here

Industry struggling with digital skills lag

Penguin US halts library e-lending

December

Amazon buys 450 children’s titles from Marshall Cavendish and more here 

Asda to sell Kobo e-readers 

FutureBook innovation award winners announced 

Amazon launches discounts to customers using price check app in stores and more

S&S' Reidy: Digital could 'reshape international business'

Sales dip at B&N despite digital surge

 

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