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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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Disruptions: Your Brain on E-Books and Smartphone Apps

Disruptions: Your Brain on E-Books and Smartphone Apps | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Last week, my brain played a cruel trick on me. While waiting for my flight to take off, I was reading The New Yorker, the paper version, of course — I know the rules. I became engrossed in an article and swiped my finger down the glossy page to read more. To my surprise, nothing happened. I swiped it again. Nothing. My brain was trying to turn the page the same way I do on my iPad, with the swipe of a finger. (I quickly realized that I had to physically turn the page.)

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More Change Coming to Publishing - The Passive Voice

More Change Coming  to Publishing - The Passive Voice | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Speakers on a panel of industry leaders at Friday’s annual meeting of the Book Industry Study Group agreed that the publishing industry is in for much more change. “I expect there to be more dramatic, disruptive change ahead,” said Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah. Tom Turvey, director of strategic partnerships for Google, said he believes the industry “is not close to what it will look like five years from now.”

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Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website? — The Book Designer

Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website? — The Book Designer | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website? Article explores answers to a questionnaire from the IBPA Independent editor Judith Applebaum (Indie Book Publishers: How Do You Use Your Website?
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Publishing Perspectives :
Critics Attack France’s Annual Rentrée Littéraire as “Collective Suicide”

Publishing Perspectives :<br/> Critics Attack France’s Annual Rentrée Littéraire as “Collective Suicide” | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
France's annual orgy of new fiction, the rentrée littéraire, or literary season, is underway, but some in publishing think it's doing more harm than good.
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New Pew Research says one-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books

New Pew Research says one-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

One-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books. April 8, 2012 – 1:00 am; Posted in E-books aren’t just becoming increasingly popular. They also appear to be promoting reading habits among American adults. So says new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which states that about one-fifth of U.S. adults have read an e-book in the past year. And if you expand that to include Americans over 16 who have used an e-reader device or app to read news articles or magazine-style features, the figure jumps to 43%...

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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

Google settles with publishers over digital books | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

(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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Avoiding Double Chins & Other Advice on Launching a Book - Huffington Post (blog)

Avoiding Double Chins & Other Advice on Launching a Book - Huffington Post (blog) | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

What to expect when you're expecting your book? What's going to happen first, and second, and third? For me, as I waited for the launch of my debut novel, I was overwhelmed with how much I had to learn, had never learned, and perhaps could/would/should have learned -- were there an eight-day week into which I could tap...

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Publishing Perspectives: New Laws May Force Amazon to Close in India

Publishing Perspectives: New Laws May Force Amazon to Close in India | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

LiveMint reports that the Indian government has created new business regulations that have the potential to hit foreign retailers hard. Amazon only launched its Kindle in India last month, but it might be short-lived. The first of the new regulations states that single-brand and multi-brand retailers must, averaged across their first five years in India, acquire at minimum 30% of their supplies from Indian companies. After those first five years, retailers must meet that 30% minimum in all subsequent years...

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High street bookshops must offer e-books, industry chief warns - Telegraph.co.uk

High street bookshops must offer e-books, industry chief warns - Telegraph.co.uk | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.ukHigh street bookshops must offer e-books, industry chief warnsTelegraph.co.ukWriting in The Bookseller magazine, Mr Godfray said he is “deeply concerned” that customers will simply stop using bookshops if they are not at least given...
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Publishing Perspectives :
Is the Best American Book Festival…in Paris?

Publishing Perspectives :<br/> Is the Best American Book Festival…in Paris? | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Now in its 10th year, Festival America showcases many of the top writers from both North and South America, drawing 30,000 visitors to the outskirts of Paris. (Is the Best American Book Festival…in Paris?
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The insider view on e-books: Emmanuel Benoit tells all | The Frankfurt Book Fair Blog

The insider view on e-books: Emmanuel Benoit tells all | The Frankfurt Book Fair Blog | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
#fbf12, The insider view on e-books: Emmanuel Benoit, President and CEO for Jouve North America tells all : http://t.co/2qtbETLz...
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