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California Takes a Big Step Forward: Free, Digital, Open-Source Textbooks - The Atlantic

California Takes a Big Step Forward: Free, Digital, Open-Source Textbooks - The Atlantic | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

This week, California took a big step forward in the march toward online education. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a proposal to create a website that will allow students to download digital versions of popular textbooks for free.The new legislation encompasses two bills: One, a proposal for the state to fund 50 open-source digital textbooks, targeted to lower-division courses, which will be produced by California's universities..

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The Long Gallery: Country House Architect as Dashing Hero? That Sums up The Steadfast...

The Long Gallery: Country House Architect as Dashing Hero? That Sums up The Steadfast... | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

As I have discussed previously in the "About" section of the site, my study and interest in ancient English building styles and revival-style architecture left me rather empty after the completion of my home in the 1990's. While the work has continued on there over the years (and it still does) I had sought to use the knowledge I had gained in some useful manner, and The Steadfast was the result.

 

While the book is also currently available through Creatspace in a print version, I just finished converting it to a PDF ebook version that is available from Lulu at $3.77. To check out a few sample chapters, head over to http://thesteadfastnovel.blogspot.com ...

 

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Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually

Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

In his article last week, Sam Leith deplored the state of mainstream trade publishing, saying it was “getting dumber by the day”, in contrast to the university presses which are apparently enjoying a “golden age”.

I hate to criticise Leith, because he chooses to publish his serious, lively and illuminating non-fiction with Profile Books, of which I am the managing director. I am also his editor, and like any good editor, when one of my authors is wrong, I must correct his facts... [click headline for rest of story]

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Danielle Steel: ‘My books are more than a beach read’

Danielle Steel: ‘My books are more than a beach read’ | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Since the publication of her first novel, “Going Home” in 1972, Danielle Steel has become a staple of the beach bag, as indispensable and reliable as a bottle of Coppertone. Her glamorous tales of love and heartbreak have captivated legions of book buyers — an estimated 800 million worldwide.

Some of this, of course, has to do with how many books she has written — 142 and counting — and how quickly she produces them. Her latest book, “Country,” is one of four she plans to publish this year. Over the course of her long, bountiful career, Steel also has written poetry, children’s books and lyrics — all while mothering nine children...[click for rest of story]

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Book Cover Design Behind the Scenes by Dane Low — The Book Designer

Book Cover Design Behind the Scenes by Dane Low — The Book Designer | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Ever wondered how book cover designers do what they do? How do they take a concept and turn it into a book cover? In today’s post, we’re pleased to have Dane Low of Ebook Launch explain to you how he does it. Be sure to watch the video, too. I think you’ll find this interesting.
 
The video below shows behind the scenes of a book cover design for The Floating Gourmet (available now on Smashwords). It works its way through the entire process from photo selection, photo manipulation, font choice to the completed concept. My hope is that it gives you some insight into what it it’s like behind the scenes of the book cover design process.. [click headline for complete story]

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Curious and unexpected, adult coloring books burst into mainstream - The Boston Globe

Curious and unexpected, adult coloring books burst into mainstream - The Boston Globe | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

As merchandise manager at Barnes & Noble’s Burlington location, Tracy Moniak has a particularly good vantage point from which to track the ebb and flow of literary trends.She knows, for instance, that history books do well around Father’s Day. That cookbook sales pick up around the holidays. And that graphic novels are once again gaining steam.

 

But the recent explosion — and it really is an explosion — in popularity of coloring books for adults? “I did not see this coming,” said Moniak.In a sudden, unexpected, and generally curious development, grown-up versions of the doodle-books used by countless kindergartners have not only become a thing — but the thing, as far as millions of rapt Americans are concerned... [click headline for complete story]

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Apple's mistake was getting into bed with the book-publishing cartel

Apple's mistake was getting into bed with the book-publishing cartel | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Apple may be trying to keep the spotlight on its latest foray into the streaming-music business, but it is also still trying to clean up the mess caused by its ham-handed entry into an earlier market: book publishing. A federal court on Tuesday rejected the company’s appeal of an earlier ruling that found it guilty of orchestrating a conspiracy with the major book publishers, in what the court said was a successful attempt to artificially inflate the price of e-books.


As Fortune‘s Jeff Roberts reports, the court found Apple engaged in collusion with what amounted to an oligopoly—namely, Harper Collins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Macmillan—and that its actions were a clear breach of antitrust law.... [click headline for complete story]

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What Kind of Cover Design Sells More Books In Your Genre?

What Kind of Cover Design Sells More Books In Your Genre? | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

A great cover design can be one of your book’s biggest marketing assets. Our testing has shown that a cover alone can account for a 30 percent difference in clicks on a BookBub listing, and other sources have reported similar results.

In the past, we’ve written about some of BookBub’s overall cover trends, but different genres often call for different packaging. Below, we’ve collected several trends that stand out across categories... [click headline for complete story]

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The crisis in non-fiction publishing

The crisis in non-fiction publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Amid the ambient wails of doom about the publishing industry, I’d like to enter a note of encouragement. The mainstream may be getting dumber by the day, but we are living in what looks like a golden age of publishing for, of all people, the university presses.


At the moment, I don’t think there’s a trade publishing house producing high-calibre, serious non-fiction of the quality and variety of Yale University Press; and snapping at its heels are Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge and Chicago. As the literary editor of a middlebrow news magazine I’m finding ever more of the reviews I commission are from such presses... [click headline for complete story]

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A Berlin Startup Gets People To Buy More Books, By Reading Less

A Berlin Startup Gets People To Buy More Books, By Reading Less | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Berlin startup Blinkist is getting people to buy more books, by reading less. Business titles like Getting Things Done and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are classics in the world of self-improvement. But time has increasingly become a precious commodity. Business books now compete with blogs, and for ...[click headlne for more]

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Disney Folds Publishing into New Interactive Media Division | Digital Book World

Disney Folds Publishing into New Interactive Media Division | Digital Book World | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

The Walt Disney Company combines the division that houses its children’s publishing business with its interactive media division, in a move the company frames as a reaction to “changing consumer preferences” in a tech-driven market.
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media will be overseen jointly by the heads of the two categories it brings together—Leslie Ferraro, of the Consumer Products division, and Jimmy Pitaro, of Disney Interactive.
In addition, Disney is forming a new team focused on developing mobile-native and immersive digital products, called DCPI Labs...[click headline for more]

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Google settles with publishers over digital books

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(Reuters) - Google Inc and a group of publishers have agreed to a settlement over making digital copies of books, capping seven years of litigation involving the search giant's mission to become the world's library. Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) said on Thursday that U.S. publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project...

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Design a new cover for Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses – competition - The Guardian

Design a new cover for Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses – competition - The Guardian | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

We're offering one brilliant winner the chance to see their own cover design on Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses and receive 50 (yes, 50!) specially made copies of the book featuring their design. Four runners-up will win copies of the four books in the series, signed and personally dedicated to them by Malorie Blackman. The five winners and the next best five will also be showcased in a gallery on Guardian children's books...

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California Takes a Big Step Forward: Free, Digital, Open-Source Textbooks - The Atlantic

California Takes a Big Step Forward: Free, Digital, Open-Source Textbooks - The Atlantic | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

This week, California took a big step forward in the march toward online education. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a proposal to create a website that will allow students to download digital versions of popular textbooks for free.The new legislation encompasses two bills: One, a proposal for the state to fund 50 open-source digital textbooks, targeted to lower-division courses, which will be produced by California's universities..

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3 - Review

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3 - Review | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Amazon has just released a new e-reader and it goes by many names. Some people are referring to it as the 7th generation Kindle, while Amazon has dubbed it the all new Kindle Paperwhite, while still others are calling it the Paperwhite 3. It can be a tad confusing for people wanting to buy one, but the only model available on the main Amazon site for Canadian and US residents is the latest edition.

The main selling point of the Kindle Paperwhite 3 is that it has the same e-ink screen and high resolution display as the Kindle Voyage. It also features the brand new font Amazon designed for e-readers, Bookerly.... [click headline for rest of story]

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Five for-profit companies control more than 50% of academic publishing

Five for-profit companies control more than 50% of academic publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

For anyone in the publishing industry looking to get rich quick—or, at the very least, turn a profit—the secret to success is in academic publishing. Or, to be more exact, the five for-profit academic publishers that now control more than half of the science research produced worldwide.

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, 53% of all published research papers in 2013 in the natural and medical sciences were produced by just five publishing companies. That’s up from the 20% that the top five publishers controlled 40 years earlier, in 1973... [click headline for comoplete story]

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This Boundary-Pushing Italian Designer Reminds Us That Books Should Be Tactile, Sensory Experiences

This Boundary-Pushing Italian Designer Reminds Us That Books Should Be Tactile, Sensory Experiences | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Pablo Picasso called the great 20th-century Italian graphic designer Bruno Munari “the Leonardo of our time.” A creative polymath of the first order, Munari painted, sculpted, photographed, taught, and designed his way through life until his death in 1998 at the age of 90.

Published last month, Munari’s Books by art historian Giorgio Maffei is a tantalizing primer of this spirited bookmaking genius who never stopped reinventing his preferred medium. The first English-language monograph to focus on Munari’s book designs over seven decades, the collection features 60 of the innovative, light-hearted, expressive, and compelling books he designed and sometimes wrote, some of which are still in circulation... [click headline for complete story]

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The Wisdom & Book Covers of Peter Mendelsund

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Brilliant book-jacket design autodidact Peter Mendelsund recently released two new titles of his own: Cover, a hefty monograph and look inside his Knopf work (from powerHouse Books), and What We See When We Read (Vintage), “a gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading.” (Chris Ware summed it up as “amazing.”)


In this exclusive excerpt from Cover, Mendelsund gives readers a look into his design process and philosophy—and how, exactly, one can get their “crackpot” designs greenlit and out the door... [click headline for rest of article]

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How To Get Started (And Get Ahead) In Science Fiction Self-Publishing

How To Get Started (And Get Ahead) In Science Fiction Self-Publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

To self-publish or not to self-publish… That is the question more and more aspiring authors are asking themselves these days. And with good reason—self-publishing has come a long way in the decade since it really hit the market and many of the blatant scams of the past have been outed by an increasingly well-informed author community. With the popularity of ebooks and the rise of print-on-demand (POD), self-publishing has become a viable route to success as an author. It certainly hasn’t replaced traditional publishing, but the two paths are starting to coexist in the same mass market.


As an author I have successfully pursued both the traditional and self-publishing routes – funny enough with the same books. My first two military sci-fi novels were originally self-published and they did well enough to attract the eye of the traditional world... [click headline for more]

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5 Reasons Publishers LOVE Bloggers

5 Reasons Publishers LOVE Bloggers | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

If you have ever known a clean-shaven man who quickly grew a beard, you have a clue about changes in the publishing industry over the past five to ten years. Publishing today looks very different from how it looked a few years ago, and the transition can catch you off guard... [click headline for complete story]

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Amazon will pay some authors for every page you read instead of every book you download

Amazon will pay some authors for every page you read instead of every book you download | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Amazon is introducing a new system that completely upends the way authors and publishers make money from their books. Starting next month, the company will pay authors based on the number of pages people read from their books — not the number of copies sold.
Of course, the change is limited in scope — at least for now.

 

The new system adjusts how authors receive royalties for books listed on the Amazon Lending Library (included for free for every Prime customer) or Kindle Unlimited, both of which use a subscription model. Specifically, the rules apply to authors enrolled in Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select program, which provides an easy outlet for authors to self-publish their books. It's not clear how or if the new system will apply to books from major publishers that are included in the Lending Library catalo...[click headline for complete story]

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ALA 2015: On E-books, Libraries Pushing For Options

ALA 2015: On E-books, Libraries Pushing For Options | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

E-books were in the news at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference, with W.W. Norton announcing just before the show that it would finally begin lending e-books. But Norton's announcement was not even brought up at the annual update session from the ALA's Digital Content Working Group, yet another sign that librarians, while happy to have made progress on library e-books, are focused on the next steps in the e-book market--developing sustainable collections and improving the user experience.

 

In a brief update, DCWG co-chair Carolyn Anthony (director, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library, told members ALA officials were "continuing to dialogue with representatives from the Big Five publishers," and that e-book pricing remained a major issue... [click headline for complete story]

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'Fifty Shades' author E.L. James worth $58 million, despite being spanked by critics

'Fifty Shades' author E.L. James worth $58 million, despite being spanked by critics | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

E.L. James might not have as much money as Christian Grey, the kinky billionaire featured in her "Fifty Shades of Grey" books. But she's getting close. The Guardian reports that James is now worth at least $58 million, a total that doesn't include money she earned from this year's "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie adaptation, or from her recently published "Grey," which retells the first "Fifty Shades" book from Christian's perspective.

 

It's likely that "Grey" will add a significant sum to James' bottom line. Despite receiving a spanking from several critics, the novel sold more than a million copies in four days, and it remains the top-selling book at Amazon...[click headline for more]

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More Than Art Books, the Books Are the Art - New York Times

More Than Art Books, the Books Are the Art - New York Times | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

THE book artist Maureen Cummins says she deliberately “snares” viewers by luring them toward an image they’re familiar with. Then she surprises them with information that doesn’t necessarily fit their preconceived notions. “It’s an ambush approach — a way of engaging people when you want to explore something difficult,” said Ms. Cummins, 49, of High Falls...

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Robin's Books to close - Philadelphia Inquirer

Robin's Books to close - Philadelphia Inquirer | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

This time, it's final. Robin's Books (established 1936), widely regarded as the city oldest independent bookstore, will close Dec. 31. Forever. No mas. Finis. 

 

That means the vibrant, idiosyncratic, bursting-at-the-intellectual-seams Moonstone Arts Center, housed upstairs with Robin's at 110A S. 13th St., is looking for a new home. Someplace. Location, if any, undecided...

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One-stop website is the latest twist in story of e-books - Bend Bulletin

One-stop website is the latest twist in story of e-books - Bend Bulletin | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

With physical books being overtaken in the marketplace by their digital counterparts, dozens of companies are scrambling to secure their share of attention — and revenue — in the lucrative e-book market. Much of the battle is being waged by retailers with competing e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Another corner of the playing field is curation, the process of recommending books; online booksellers are finding their turf encroached upon by non-retailers such as Goodreads. Then there’s the parallel world of book-related discussion on Face-book, Twitter and other social-networking sites...

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How Will Your Book Get Discovered in The Roiling Sea of Digital Publishing?

How Will Your Book Get Discovered in The Roiling Sea of Digital Publishing? | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Ah yes, this is the question of 2012 for authors (and traditional publishers, for that matter). Last year the question was, Should I self-publish? That question has been answered with, Only if you want an additional stream of income and a growing platform.Of course, we now have self-pubbing authors jumping on board in numbers approaching the population of China. So everyone wants to know how the heck you get anyone to know you’re out there in this massive, churning, ever-expanding bedlam...

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