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Everything you need to know about getting into digital comic books

Everything you need to know about getting into digital comic books | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

I have about 16 long boxes filled with comic books that are trapped with in plastic covered sleeves that haven’t been touched in well over five years now. Every time I move, I contemplate selling them off or donating them to an organization that wouldn’t just throw them away. I no longer even use the custom comic book boxes, nor do I protect them in shiny plastic with cardboard backings. I do, however, enjoy reading comics, which is why I’ve never been able to give them up. So, the thought of getting my comic books digitally was very appealing to me...

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YouTube co-founders silently introduce magazine publishing app, Zeen

YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have a new project up their sleeves under their parent company, AVOS. Within the last 24 hours, the duo launched a landing page for their latest project, Zeen. AVOS is responsible for acquiring Delicious from Yahoo, and the founder of a Pinterest clone Chinese content site, mei.fm...

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Amazon aims to wring deep discounts from publishers

Amazon aims to wring deep discounts from publishers | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

McFarland and Amazon have shared a mutually beneficial relationship for more than a decade. A well-regarded source of books on baseball and chess, McFarland helped Amazon fulfill its mission of offering “Earth’s biggest selection.” And Amazon — in contrast to traditional bookstores — listed all of McFarland’s titles, no matter how arcane...

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JK Rowling Just Transformed Book Publishing - Slate Magazine (blog)

JK Rowling Just Transformed Book Publishing - Slate Magazine (blog) | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Harry Potter fans can now get their favorite books in digital format. But not from Amazon or the iTunes bookstore. Instead, the exclusive source of Potter ebooks is J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website where you're able to get them in formats that run on all major e-readers and tablets...

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Bowker Releases Results of Global eBook Research - Virtual-Strategy Magazine

 Bowker Releases Results of Global eBook ResearchVirtual-Strategy MagazineAustralia, India, the UK and the US are leading the world in e-book adoption rates, according to Bowker Market Research's Global eBook Monitor, The study tracks...

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Don't go out without cover -- from a great book - New York Daily News

Don't go out without cover -- from a great book - New York Daily News | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Now you can wear your love of books — in cotton. Out of Print clothing, a Brooklyn company, is offering vintage book-cover T-shirts, such as the Art Deco drawings on “Tales of the Jazz Age,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Soviet abstract art of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” The company was founded by two book lovers who wanted to help others wear their love of literature on their chests...

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Digital Publishing Suite Goes High-Def « Adobe Digital Publishing

Digital Publishing Suite Goes High-Def « Adobe Digital Publishing | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

With Friday’s launch of the new iPad and its stunning retina display, the future of Digital Publishing Suite has gotten even brighter. This hardware sets an incredibly high bar for delivering an immersive, high fidelity user experience with digital media. The new iPad features an unmatched resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 with a dense 264 pixels per inch for its 9.5 inch screen. In short, these specifications translate to text that is incredibly crisp and images with amazing detail. Upon interacting with the content, Digital Publishing Suite takes full advantage of the new processing power under the hood by offering a highly responsive and smooth experience...

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Taking The Self Publishing Route Through Kindle! | Aaron Salian

Taking The Self Publishing Route Through Kindle! | Aaron Salian | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Last week when I was browsing through the Warrior Special Offers in the Warrior Forum, I found a very interesting WSO listed about publishing on the Amazon Kindle. I have been noticing this trend for a long time lately about Kindle Publishing, but I never looked into it in detail. But this time I decided to at least read the sales copy and ended up buying the product...

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At Last, They See: E-Books 'Democratize' Publishing : NPR

Not known as a hotbed of experimentation, the world of publishing has been slow to embrace the transition from print to e-books. This past week in New York, however, the Tools of Change digital publishing conference attracted entrepreneurs and innovators who are more excited by, rather than afraid of, the future.  It was the kind of crowd where some were more inclined to say "Steal my book!" than to argue over what that e-book should cost. These are people who see digital publishing not as a threat, but as an opportunity...

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The Vale Revival - Fine Press printers after William Morris

The Vale Revival - Fine Press printers after William Morris | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

After the death of William Morris, fine press printers looked beyond the medieval era, seeking the clarity of the Venetian Renaissance masters. They designed sparser text pages dependent upon good typography thus encouraging a new generation of type design. Historical type-faces were studied and revived, new punches were cut, and new types were cast. Some designers, working between the worlds of the private and the commercial press, were able to bring better quality to the mass market...

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Teaching Children the Value of Pre-Web Pages - New York Times [making books]

Teaching Children the Value of Pre-Web Pages - New York Times [making books] | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Her class at the Gordon Parks School for Inquisitive Minds (P.S./I.S. 270) in Queens is part of the Morgan Book Project, which aims to instill in children of the digital age an appreciation for books by providing authentic materials to write, illustrate and construct their own medieval and Renaissance-inspired illuminated manuscripts. The free program was developed by the Morgan Library and Museum with the New York City Department of Education for public school grades 3 through 7....

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Kindle Book Talk: Make Your Own Kindle Cover | Digital Book Today

Kindle Book Talk: Make Your Own Kindle Cover | Digital Book Today | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

For the arts and crafts kindle book lovers. Here is a video on how to make your own Kindle cover. It is 4:29 minutes long. The video covers the supplies needed and the process in making a cover for your kindle. All of this is to much for my limited crafting ability, but if you have the urge and a couple of basic crafting tools then this video will teach you how to make a cover...

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Commuting and Content Driving E-Book Growth - The Moscow Times

Commuting and Content Driving E-Book Growth - The Moscow Times | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

The country's burgeoning e-book market is seeing dramatic growth rates, with an ever-increasing number of titles available in electronic format and e-readers continuing to fall sharply in price.  And while fantasy, detective novels and other fictional works make up the traditional cohort of best-selling genres, they have occasionally been overtaken on the list of most-read e-books in recent months by business and political prose...

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Audiobooks: Are they really the same as reading? - Chicago Tribune

Audiobooks: Are they really the same as reading? - Chicago Tribune | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
It was Ron Silver.

That voice, with its slight rasp and its tendency to drop at the end of a passage, as though the actor cradled disappointment tightly against his chest, startled me. It was 2006; I had been a regular recorded books listener for three years. But until I heard the late Ron Silver's incarnation as the Nathan Zuckerman of my imagination, I failed to realize that recorded books were more than some guy reading...

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Toss Up: e-book readers compared - Brisbane Times

Toss Up: e-book readers compared - Brisbane Times | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

If you're looking at e-book readers, the Kobo and Amazon's Kindle are the pick of the bunch. The advantage of a dedicated e-book reader over a smartphone or tablet is that it's easier on the eyes and offers a much longer battery life. This is because e-book readers use e-Ink rather than a backlit screen. Most e-book readers don't feature a colour screen, so they're fine for reading novels but not so great for magazines...

 

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Publishing in the Digital Age | The Passive Voice

Publishing in the Digital Age | The Passive Voice | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
During a keynote address at last week's Publishing Business Conference & Expo, held in New York City, Marcus Leaver, the outgoing president of Sterling Publishing, offered what he described as some “common-sense ...
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The Independent Publishing Magazine: FastPencil Next Up To Open ...

The Independent Publishing Magazine: FastPencil Next Up To Open ... | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
FastPencil today announced that it is opening up its proprietary, exclusive and highly lauded next-generation publishing platform to authors, publishers and enterprises, enabling them to write, design, publish and sell books in ...
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Munster Says Apple to Be `Winner' in E-Books - Washington Post

Munster Says Apple to Be `Winner' in E-Books - Washington Post | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it
Munster Says Apple to Be `Winner' in E-BooksWashington PostMar. 27, 2012 - March 27 (Bloomberg) -- Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray Cos., talks about e-book sales and prospects for Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc.
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Are You a Press or Are You a Library? An Interview with NYU's Monica McCormick - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Are You a Press or Are You a Library? An Interview with NYU's Monica McCormick - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Think of a library and most people conjure up an image of a stately building with stacks and stacks of books. This vision is rapidly changing. Libraries are beginning to expand their missions by making forays into the publishing world. This is especially the case for academic libraries—those attached to research institutions such as Harvard, New York University and Michigan. But the role of publishing has traditionally remained the purview of the university presses attached to the same research institutions. How is this rapid change in the mission of the university library affecting its relationship with the scholarly press...?

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Ebooks: Fitting Poetry to the Screen - Publishers Weekly

The same problem persists—e-books and poetry just don’t get along as well as e-books and prose. It’s those line breaks, poetry’s defining feature. The problem is a simple sounding one, but really tough to solve. Because the same e-book has to work on many different screens and devices on which readers can change the font and size of the text, it’s impossible to guarantee the line will display as the poet intended....

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Traditional Publishing: The Query And The Funnel

Traditional Publishing: The Query And The Funnel | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

When your SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) comes back it means your query didn’t make it through the small end of the funnel.If it had succeeded, you would have received an envelope containing a letter from an agent on her agency’s stationary. Okay, you say, but where does the funnel come in to play. The funnel is merely a metaphor for the following set of facts. Of the thousands of books that are published each year only 20 percent are fiction. Yet 90 percent of queries to agents and editors are for novels thus the funnel effect....

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Who Cares If Book Publishers Are Colluding With Apple To Raise E-Book Prices? - Slate Magazine

Who Cares If Book Publishers Are Colluding With Apple To Raise E-Book Prices? - Slate Magazine | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

A bit buried in last week’s iPad 3 excitement was the news that Apple, along with five major American book publishers, was given notice by the Justice Department that it’s about to be sued for colluding to raise prices. A tech giant can afford to shrug off something as petty as an anti-trust lawsuit over books, but for HarperCollins, Penguin, MacMillan, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster (full disclosure: my publisher) the implications are potentially quite dire...

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The battle of the book tournaments - Los Angeles Times (blog)

The battle of the book tournaments - Los Angeles Times (blog) | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

In the beginning, there was The Morning News Tournament of Books. Beginning, here, meaning 2005. That was the year that The Morning News decided to take the month sports fans dedicate to watching college basketball playoffs, which has come to be known as March Madness, and turn it into something bookish. Basketball has brackets? Books can have brackets. Where teams faced off against each other, racing up and down the court, books would face off against each other and suffer the ruthless decision of judges charged with choosing one over the other. Me, I served as a judge in 2010. That was fun...

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Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? | Healthland | TIME.com

Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? | Healthland | TIME.com | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

I received a Kindle for my birthday, and enjoying “light reading,” in addition to the dense science I read for work, I immediately loaded it with mysteries by my favorite authors. But I soon found that I had difficulty recalling the names of characters from chapter to chapter. At first, I attributed the lapses to a scary reality of getting older — but then I discovered that I didn’t have this problem when I read paperbacks...

 

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Marvel's Evolution of Digital Comics Looks Really, Really Good

Marvel's Evolution of Digital Comics Looks Really, Really Good | American Biblioverken News | Scoop.it

Comic fans love talking about the "future" of comics. But impossibly, the "future" always ends up looking a heckuva lot like what we've always had. Sadface!  Now Marvel's setting out to create comics specifically for digital. No more scan-and-sell with the same content, layout, and philosophy as the print version...

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