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Detroit Public Library To Reopen Two Branches, Introduce E-books For First Time

Detroit Public Library To Reopen Two Branches, Introduce E-books For First Time | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Two previously shuttered Detroit libraries will reopen in the coming weeks with drastically reduced hours, a move commissioners and staffers say is not ideal but better than closure.

 

The Detroit Public Library board of commissioners approved modified hours for the Monteith branch on the city's east side, dropping from four days week to, depending on which week, two or three days week. Monteith will rotate weekend hours with the Chandler Park branch, which currently operates three days a week...

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THE STEADFAST - Now available as an eBook - American Biblioverken

THE STEADFAST - Now available as an eBook - American Biblioverken | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

We have finally converted the original novel to a special ebook edition, through Lulu. Still 390 pages with a brand new cover! Check it out HERE. Only $3.77.

We've found the PDF format works great, either on a desktop or any tablet, such as an iPad. Easy to read, and the page layout (with all our integrated illustrations) is fully preserved. We hope you'll love it...

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When Self-Publishing Goes Wrong – Grasping for the Wind

Author R. L. Copple examines the pitfalls new authors can encounter when they dive into the waters of self-publishing.

 

As we head into this e-boom, I decided to list when self-publishing goes wrong for those who are ready to jump into the self-publishing waters. Not only to warn the potential authors of the pitfalls they need to watch out for, but also to boost increased quality in the product that the self-published author puts out. Following are the ways that self-published authors can go wrong.

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The Most Thankful Digital Readers are Aged ... - Digital Book Readers

The Most Thankful Digital Readers are Aged ... - Digital Book Readers | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
A writer of crime fiction, librarian with many years experience, blogger, observer, reading fun and expert in the digital publishing market Barbara Fister tells to dbReaders.com about the last trends and the most critical issues ...
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More indies now selling Google e-books - Quill & Quire

More indies now selling Google e-books - Quill & Quire | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
More indies now selling Google e-booksQuill & QuireThe wait appears to be over for independent bookstores eager to sell e-books via their websites.
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How Luther went viral

How Luther went viral | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
IT IS a familiar-sounding tale: after decades of simmering discontent a new form of media gives opponents of an authoritarian regime a way to express their views, register their solidarity and co-ordinate (Mediasetfree Social media in the 16th Century:...
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Author Outreach from CreateSpace: Pitch 2.0

Author Outreach from CreateSpace: Pitch 2.0 | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Last week I had the good fortune to be invited to participate in Pitch 2.0, the first-ever community outreach event on the part of CreateSpace, Amazon.com’s print on demand division.
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History Repeating Itself - The Vook Blog

History Repeating Itself - The Vook Blog | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

The first eBooks produced independently with the new Vook are now rolling off the digital press! It’s a big moment for the company — and it’s got us looking back on our precursors.

 

The first typographic printed books — produced with Gutenberg’s moveable type press — were called incanabula; which means, ‘the first infancy of printing.’

 

But even with the form in its infancy, those early publishers produced some 15 million volumes before 1500. People were more concerned with the plague than content commidification in the 16th century, but it’s evidence: Human beings are going to publish as many titles as they possibly can if they have a way to do it easily...

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Announcing The HuffPost Book Club...

The Huffington Post is launching a book club. This is why...

 

Stories are how we understand our world.

Books are not separate from the rest of our lives - just as a song can provide the perfect soundtrack to a real-life experience, so the characters, ideas, dilemmas, behaviors we learn through our books help us "read" everything else that surrounds us.

 

This is why our Book Club is different.

 

Just like other book clubs, it's a way for us to invite you to read books that you otherwise might not, and to be part of a larger community discussing their narratives and themes.

Unlike any other book club, we also want to hear about how your reading intersects with your experiences, your memories, your everyday life and with current events.

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Boyd Tonkin: Digital guests at the literary feast

Boyd Tonkin: Digital guests at the literary feast | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

The arrogance and ignorance of the militant digerati know no bounds. This week comes news of a venture called Boxfiction, which plans to supply online serial fiction in short installments for digital platforms. Brandishing one of those statistical "surveys" that never give details of their methods, this latest band of hypesters claim that "41 per cent" (of whom, when, where and in response to which loaded, leading question?) "agreed that novels were intimidating, too much effort, hard to finish, or difficult to put down and pick up again"...

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New publisher of computer books embraces e-books and authors, not DRM

New publisher of computer books embraces e-books and authors, not DRM | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

For technical books, publishing has a nearly fatal lack of speed. E-books are increasingly popular, but they’re usually not produced until after the print edition is already complete. That makes about as much sense as posting Instagram photos of yesterday’s paper, and the results are often just about as usable.

A new company, Fair Trade Digital Exchange, aims to fix the problem by going straight to digital and publishing e-books on technical topics, like what’s under the hood in Windows 8 or how to create .NET-powered websites. The company launches today with four titles...

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E-Books, Shmee-Books: Readers Return to the Stores - NYT

E-Books, Shmee-Books: Readers Return to the Stores - NYT | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Facing economic gloom and competition from cheap e-readers, brick-and-mortar booksellers entered this holiday season with the humblest of expectations.

 

But the initial weeks of Christmas shopping, a boom time for the book business, have yielded surprisingly strong sales for many bookstores, which report that they have been lifted by an unusually vibrant selection; customers who seem undeterred by pricier titles; and new business from people who used to shop at Borders, the chain that went out of business this year...

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Off Book | Typography is Everywhere - from PBS Arts

Off Book | Typography is Everywhere - from PBS Arts | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps in to every image... check out this PBS Video

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Big Publishing's Optimism About the Future is Tanking | The Passive Voice

Big Publishing's Optimism About the Future is Tanking | The Passive Voice | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Here’s a classic snapshot of an industry that is realizing its world is changing, that the big players may not survive and the people they employ don’t possess the skills necessary to compete in the new world. The interesting thing about disruptive change is that it’s happened to lots of different industries...

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21st-century publishing builds on a healthy radical tradition

21st-century publishing builds on a healthy radical tradition | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Far from killing off the book, the digital age is proving a boon to innovative publishers and authors, many of whom are using new technology to breathe life back into old ideas, writes William Skidelsky (@GuardianBooks)

 

Justin Pollard, one of the founders of Unbound, first got the idea for a radical new model for book publishing while sitting in the pub with his friend and fellow author Dan Kieran. "In the way that writers do, we were having a good old moan about publishers and how they don't get any publicity for their books, and how advances are getting ever smaller," he recalls. "I mean, friends of ours, established authors, were getting advances of £4,000. That's a nice amount for a hobby, but not for a proper job."

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E-books Are Leading the Charge as Reading Popularity Rises - TechnoBuffalo

E-books Are Leading the Charge as Reading Popularity Rises - TechnoBuffalo | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Despite booksellers enduring a difficult 2011, reading is still very much alive and well, particularly through the e-book medium. In an increasingly electronic world, the once prominent paperback is slowly heading off into the sunset thanks to the favored and more convenient e-book ecosystem.

 

According to Reuters, internet retailer Amazon, who catalyzed the market four years ago with it’s Kindle, said the popularity of reading is only going up. The news comes after an earlier report that focused on how the publishing industry plans to adapt to the burgeoning digital revolution:

 

“It’s really been all good news this year. Reading is becoming more popular in general,” said Chris Schluep, senior books editor at Amazon, the biggest online bookseller in the United States. “It’s so easy to buy a book now.”

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Apple's struggle to defeat Amazon set to be exposed by European ebook inquiry - The Guardian

Apple's struggle to defeat Amazon set to be exposed by European ebook inquiry - The Guardian | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

For book publishers, Christmas will come twice this year. After the festive trade in hardback tomes, the celebrations will begin again on Boxing Day, as the millions who got Kindles from Santa go online to stock them with reading material.

 

Amazon already sells more ebooks than paperbacks. It claims sales of Kindle devices have reached 1m a week, while 13m iPads will find a home this quarter. Juniper Research forecasts 25m e-readers sales globally this year, and 55.2m tablet sales.

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ARTICLE: What Independent Book Publishers Can Learn From Alternative Music Publishing | SARGENT HOUSE

ARTICLE: What Independent Book Publishers Can Learn From Alternative Music Publishing | SARGENT HOUSE | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
ARTICLE: What Independent Book Publishers Can Learn From Alternative Music Publishing Cool article where they compare Sargent House to Indie Publishing (Read Full Article) Managing Bands For The Sake...
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Publishers Are Still Missing the Boat on E-book Prices - BusinessWeek

Publishers Are Still Missing the Boat on E-book Prices - BusinessWeek | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning HeraldPublishers Are Still Missing the Boat on E-book PricesBusinessWeekBy Mathew Ingram When the major book publishers signed an agreement with Apple that allowed them to control the prices of their e-books—unlike the deal they had...
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Publishers Gild Books With ‘Special Effects’ to Compete With E-Books - NYT

Publishers Gild Books With ‘Special Effects’ to Compete With E-Books - NYT | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Even as more readers switch to the convenience of e-books, publishers are giving old-fashioned print books a makeover.

 

Many new releases have design elements usually reserved for special occasions — deckle edges, colored endpapers, high-quality paper and exquisite jackets that push the creative boundaries of bookmaking. If e-books are about ease and expedience, the publishers reason, then print books need to be about physical beauty and the pleasures of owning, not just reading...

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Thinking About Creating an eBook, Look at this Infographic First | Seek Omega

Thinking About Creating an eBook, Look at this Infographic First | Seek Omega | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Aptara and Scott Abel (Content Wrangler) have created this interesting infographic on the state of the eBook publishing space. As more and more content goes digital, it will be crucial to understand how to leverage eBooks and similar forms of digital information...

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Custom Modern Book Jackets

Custom Modern Book Jackets | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Have you ever wanted your bookshelf to look consistent and organized? Maybe themed or color coded? Thatcher Wine from Juniper Books sent over a few of these modern book jackets. I love the idea that you can have a series of books that go together as much visually as they do thematically... [very slick]

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Why are e-books so expensive? - MSN Money

I recently got this question on Facebook and it's a darn good one:

 

Why do your Kindle books cost more than a paperback copy? Electronic books should be cheaper since you have already cut out the cost of paper, shipping and printing. I understand that you and the publisher still deserve a cut but to charge more just seems outrageous. Especially for someone who's trying to sell books about money management! ...more...

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Publishers’ Social Site aNobii Relaunches To Put The ‘Book’ In ‘Facebook’

Publishers’ Social Site aNobii Relaunches To Put The ‘Book’ In ‘Facebook’ | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Book-readers’ social commerce site aNobii has got the relaunch for which three book publishers invested in it back in March.

 

Now, with its new beta site, it is ready to actually sell e-books - and to rely heavily on Facebook‘s new media platform.

 

aNobii was built in Hong Kong in 2006 as a place for book consumers to share their reading preferences. But it took investment from the publishers HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House along with entertainment retailer HMV (LSE: HMV), who want to use it to sell e-books directly to consumers in a bid to fend off Amazon’s growing dominance..

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The 16th-century E-book Reader - from TeleRead

The 16th-century E-book Reader - from TeleRead | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

The great thing about an e-book reader is the way it allows you to have access to dozens of books on your device, each one staying open to exactly where you left it when you go back to it. You may not even think about how much of a benefit this is until you consider the mechanisms devised in the 16th century to try to provide the same access to physical books.

 

The “There, I Fixed It” section of Failblog covers the 16th-century “bookwheel” revolving bookstand, intended to allow researchers to cross-reference between multiple volumes with as much ease as they possibly could...

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