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Ebook Best-Seller Prices Plummet to Below $8.00 as Retailers Get Set to Start Discounting Macmillan Titles

Ebook Best-Seller Prices Plummet to Below $8.00 as Retailers Get Set to Start Discounting Macmillan Titles | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The average price of an ebook best-seller has dropped to a new all-time low as less expensive big-six titles crowded the list, joining self-published works in the lowest price bracket.
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EBSCO Adds Over 20 New Ebook Collections to Library in Variety of Subjects

EBSCO Adds Over 20 New Ebook Collections to Library in Variety of Subjects | Acquiring | Scoop.it
[Press Release] EBSCO Publishing Introduces New eBook Subject Sets ~ Sets of Titles Aim to Meet Library’s Needs for In-Demand Topics ~ The eBook Subject Sets are prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific, high-interest topic...
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Sesame Street Launches First Kindle Fire Apps, Joins Kindle FreeTime Unlimited Kids Platform

Sesame Street Launches First Kindle Fire Apps, Joins Kindle FreeTime Unlimited Kids Platform | Acquiring | Scoop.it
[Press Release]
SESAME STREET APPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE FIRE AND AT THE AMAZON APPSTORE
Popular Sesame Street Apps Also Offered as Part of Kindle FreeTime Unlimited
Sesame Street apps are now available for Kindle Fire.
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Webcast: Build and Distribute Beautiful Interactive Content with Inkling Habitat

Webcast: Build and Distribute Beautiful Interactive Content with Inkling Habitat | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Join Dan Jost and Todd Ebe Thursday, February 28 at 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT / 5:00 PM GMT for a free webcast and learn how Inkling Habitat and the Inkling Content Discovery Platform will help publishers build beautiful, high-fidelity digital books...
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Innovative Publishing: iOS App Development for Non-Programmers

Innovative Publishing: iOS App Development for Non-Programmers | Acquiring | Scoop.it
As e-reader adoption begins to wane and consumers buy more tablet computers, publishers are scrambling to provide the enhanced, innovative reading experiences readers are coming to expect. It’s not just about the straight-text ebook anymore.
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British Library - Press and Policy Centre - Transforming our understanding of Middle Eastern history: The British Library and Qatar Foundation unveil project to digitise half a million pages of arc...

British Library - Press and Policy Centre - Transforming our understanding of Middle Eastern history: The British Library and Qatar Foundation unveil project to digitise half a million pages of arc... | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Partnership to digitise maps, photographs, manuscripts and letters Project supports Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser’s and Qatar Foundation’s vision to place Qatar at the centre of Gulf history studiesRevealing the ‘forgotten history’ of British...
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Travelers Still Prefer Printed Guidebooks to Plan Trips

Travelers Still Prefer Printed Guidebooks to Plan Trips | Acquiring | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE: Bowker Study Explores Information Habits of Travelers World travelers continue to find more reassurance in printed guidebooks than online information sources NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., July 23, 2012 NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., July 23, 2012...
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Problems With the DOJ E-Book Price-Fixing Settlement (and Its Detractors)

Problems With the DOJ E-Book Price-Fixing Settlement (and Its Detractors) | Acquiring | Scoop.it
As expected, the Department of Justice came out yesterday with a strenuous defense against issues raised by about 800 public comments with its e-book price-fixing settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
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Man Booker Prize longlist revealed

Man Booker Prize longlist revealed | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The longlist for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced this morning.
Five judges, including Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, selected 12 titles from 145 submitted for the U.K.
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Random House Television launched

Random House Television launched | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Random House and FremantleMedia, two companies owned by the media corporation Bertelsmann AG, have partnered to launch Random House Television – a new project that will develop television content from Random House books.
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Michael Redhill outs himself as Inger Ash Wolfe

Michael Redhill outs himself as Inger Ash Wolfe | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Michael Redhill has copped to being the author behind the Inger Ash Wolfe pseudonym. What else could he be hiding?
Last week, Michael Redhill brought some closure to a case of hidden identity that has intrigued mystery readers for years.
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PRESS RELEASEE-Book Consumers Diversifying Their Format Preferences, Says New BISG Study

Percentage of consumers exclusively purchasing e-book formats downNew York, NY (July 31, 2012) -- E-book consumers are becoming more diverse in their format preferences, says the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)'s closely-watched Consumer Attitudes...
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Canadian Authors Association announces winners of 2012 Literary Awards

Canadian Authors Association announces winners of 2012 Literary Awards | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The Canadian Authors Association has revealed the winners of its annual literary awards, presented during the Leacock Summer Festival in Orillia, Ontario, on July 28.
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Three Kinds of Digital Book Publishing Start-ups to Be Bullish About

Three Kinds of Digital Book Publishing Start-ups to Be Bullish About | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Disclaimer: This is just one guy’s opinion about publishing start-ups in general. I could be wrong, of course.
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Globe and Mail hires Jared Bland as books editor

Globe and Mail hires Jared Bland as books editor | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The Globe and Mail has hired House of Anansi Press senior editor Jared Bland as its new books editor, effective March 4. Bland will report to Focus section editor Julie Traves.
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Random penguins: more than the sum of the parts for libraries?

Random penguins: more than the sum of the parts for libraries? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The library community has enjoyed a productive and respectful relationship with Random House and Penguin for many decades, notwithstanding the conflict over ebooks of late.
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Amazon, Big-Six Publishers Sued Over DRM

Amazon, Big-Six Publishers Sued Over DRM | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Three indie bookstores are suing Amazon and the six largest U.S. publishers over what they say is an anti-competitive issue.
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How Much More Would You Pay for a DRM-Free Ebook?

How Much More Would You Pay for a DRM-Free Ebook? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
If given the choice, would you rather pay $5.99 for a DRM-free version of an ebook or $4.61 for a version that has digital rights management software?
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From Paperback to PDF: Book-Scanning Service Rises out of Japan

From Paperback to PDF: Book-Scanning Service Rises out of Japan | Acquiring | Scoop.it
A new book-scanning business based in Japan is gaining popularity in the U.S. Users send their old books to 1dollarscan.com and receive a PDF file of the book within ten business days.
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Children’s E-Book Publisher Goes to Print

Children’s E-Book Publisher Goes to Print | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Perhaps in a counter-intuitive move in the e-book era, a children’s e-book publisher has decided to print its entire catalog of e-books.
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3M and Polaris Extend Library System Partnership

3M and Polaris Extend Library System Partnership | Acquiring | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE:
Polaris Library Systems Enters Strategic Partnership with 3M Library Systems
Polaris will offer 3M’s automated materials handling, RFID and SelfCheck systems
ST. PAUL, Minn.
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A Simple Concept for Publishing

A Simple Concept for Publishing | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The product is the story.  Not the book, not the eBook, not the audio book.  The Story.
The consumer is the reader.  Not the bookstores, the platform, the distributor, the sales force.  The Reader.
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Oxford University Press Gamifies Classic Books for Kids on Web and Mobile Devices

Oxford University Press Gamifies Classic Books for Kids on Web and Mobile Devices | Acquiring | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE: Oxford University Press Gamifies Classic Books For Kids Via Web And Mobile “50 Great Reads Before 15″ Initiative Gamifies Oxford’s Most Popular Classics in Partnership with SecretBuilders NEW YORK, July 31, 2012...
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Penguin Canada to halt sales of Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine

Penguin Canada to halt sales of Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine | Acquiring | Scoop.it
In light of news that author Jonah Lehrer fabricated quotes in his bestseller, Imagine: The Science of Creativity, his U.S. publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, announced it is halting sales of the book.
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Student Textbook Buying Continues Decline, Study Says

Student Textbook Buying Continues Decline, Study Says | Acquiring | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE: Student Spending on Textbooks Continues to Decline College store innovations helping students save money OBERLIN, Ohio, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Students estimate they spend $655 annually on required course materials –...
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