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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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Library Patrons Want E-Books Over Every Other Downloadable Media

Library Patrons Want E-Books Over Every Other Downloadable Media | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
Library patrons, it turns out, are just like everybody else when it comes to e-books: increasingly, they want them.
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‘Most Technologically Advanced Book’ Backed by Russel Crowe May Not Reach Kickstarter Goal

‘Most Technologically Advanced Book’ Backed by Russel Crowe May Not Reach Kickstarter Goal | Acquiring | Scoop.it
For hundreds of years, most people have gotten along fine consuming information through words on paper in binding — or in some analogous form (this includes most e-books).
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Four DRM Strategies for Publishers

Four DRM Strategies for Publishers | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Blogging at the Scholarly Kitchen (“what’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing”), Joseph Esposito, a digital media consultant, thinks through possible scenarios for publishers regarding how they approach digital rights management (DRM) software...
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‘Absence’ May Be Best Defense for Apple in E-Book Lawsuit

‘Absence’ May Be Best Defense for Apple in E-Book Lawsuit | Acquiring | Scoop.it
According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Apple may have defense in e-book case): Apple’s best defense against accusations it conspired to fix e-book prices may turn on its absence from meetings in Manhattan restaurants where publishing...
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Slideshow: Toronto Public Library workers on strike

Slideshow: Toronto Public Library workers on strike | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Sunday marked one week that Toronto Public Library workers have been on strike. To recognize the occasion, The Writers’ Union of Canada hosted a rally and read-in to support CUPE Local 4948 (the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union).
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Does Leveraging “Free” Give-Aways Increase Royalties?

Does Leveraging “Free” Give-Aways Increase Royalties? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
The Short Answer: Yes.
The Long Answer: Only if you know what you are doing.
I am not going to wade into the esoteric debate of whether or not you should give a book you have worked on for months and months (sometimes years and years) away for free.
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Google to Enter Tablet Market

Google to Enter Tablet Market | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Breaking news from the Wall Street Journal (Google Heightens Rivalry With iPad): Google Inc., undaunted by a short-lived attempt to market and sell smartphones on its own, is now trying the approach with tablet computers in a quest to capture...
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Teens and Tweens Now Playing Self-Publishing Game

Teens and Tweens Now Playing Self-Publishing Game | Acquiring | Scoop.it
From the New York Times (Young Writers Dazzle Publisher (Mom and Dad)):
But his two “Velvet Black” books, depicting the antics of a fictional rock band, were not plucked from a pile of manuscripts by an eagle-eyed publisher.
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Sluggish German E-Book Market to Get Boost From New Best-Seller List

Sluggish German E-Book Market to Get Boost From New Best-Seller List | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Reportedly, the German e-book market is only about 5% of the German book market. That could all change with a new e-book best-seller list.
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Random House Television launched

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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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HarperCollins Chief Digital Officer Chantel Restivo-Alessi: ‘Essential’ for Publishers to Take Risks

HarperCollins Chief Digital Officer Chantel Restivo-Alessi: ‘Essential’ for Publishers to Take Risks | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid Like most publishing companies, HarperCollins is trying to figure out how to survive and thrive in the new book industry landscape which is increasingly being altered by e-books...
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Award Winning Chef Goes Enhanced E-Book For First Cookbook

Award Winning Chef Goes Enhanced E-Book For First Cookbook | Acquiring | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE:
 Award-Winning Chef Laurent Gras Releases First Cookbook as Interactive e-Book
New digital publisher Alta Editions is pleased to announce the release of LAURENT GRAS: MY PROVENCE by award-winning chef Laurent Gras.
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New York Magazine: Publishers Are Sweaty, Disheveled, Unkempt

New York Magazine: Publishers Are Sweaty, Disheveled, Unkempt | Acquiring | Scoop.it
An illustration in a New York Magazine brief about the Department of Justice e-book price-fixing lawsuit portrays book a publisher in a torn tweed coat with elbow patches, an ill-fitting shirt and silly bow-tie.
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E-Books vs. Print Books to Stabilize at 50%?

E-Books vs. Print Books to Stabilize at 50%? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
According to Mike Shatzkin, who spoke with an executive at a big-six publishing house, e-book growth is slowing down enough now to suggest that e-books and print-books could stabilize at 50% of the market each (Extending the Life of Bookstores Is...
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What’s the greater fear for publishers? Amazon or piracy? – The Shatzkin Files

What’s the greater fear for publishers? Amazon or piracy? – The Shatzkin Files | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Pottermore changed the game this morning. Congratulations to Charlie Redmayne, their CEO.
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Titanic Centennial Inspires Tidal Wave of New Books

Titanic Centennial Inspires Tidal Wave of New Books | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Because it’s hard to inspire an “iceberg” of new books.
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Digital Winners and Losers

Digital Winners and Losers | Acquiring | Scoop.it
PaidContent.org has a new chart out that details how some of the largest publishers are doing when it comes to digital (How Publishers’ Digital Revenues Stack Up).
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More Free Content on Kindle to Entice Readers

More Free Content on Kindle to Entice Readers | Acquiring | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE: New Kindle Exclusive: Free Subscription to The Kenyon Review Now Available in the Kindle Store Kindle customers now have free access to one of the most prestigious literary magazines in the country SEATTLE—April 2, 2012—(NASDAQ:...
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