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A Wildly Inventive Fantasy Series That Began on the Web and Became a Best-Seller - The New Yorker

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Stephen Burt on the creativity, wonder, and ample literary allusions in Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series of Y.A. fantasy novels.
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Famed Publisher Opens Paris' First on-Demand Only Bookshop

"This is the first all-digital bookshop in Europe that sells books on demand only," PUF general manager Frederic Meriot told The Associated Press. "It is a model for the future, a model in which digital and paperback books can work together."
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The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead

The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With readers on a reverse migration to print, the “e-book terror has kind of subsided” for bookstores and publishers.
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Two Important Publishing Facts Everyone Gets Wrong | Hugh Howey

Two Important Publishing Facts Everyone Gets Wrong | Hugh Howey | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Almost everything being said about publishing today is predicated on two facts that are dead wrong. The first is that publishers are somehow being hurt by ebook
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What Enhanced E-Books Can Do for Scholarly Authors

What Enhanced E-Books Can Do for Scholarly Authors | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New tools can help disseminate work in art history, archaeology, and many other fields that have presented high hurdles for print publishing.
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Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing -

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Have eBooks and digital publishing led to a crisis in academic publishing and why should we care? Book review.

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Top 10 E-Book Trends of 2013: Apple Loses; Amazon Wins; Prices Drop - PBS MediaShift

Top 10 E-Book Trends of 2013: Apple Loses; Amazon Wins; Prices Drop - PBS MediaShift | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“ Top 10 E-Book Trends of 2013: Apple Loses; Amazon Wins; Prices Drop PBS MediaShift ... but the library would only need to purchase the e-book once. Hachette also made a deal with Follett to sell Follett's educational material to school libraries.”


Via Karen Bonanno, Joyce Valenza
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 1, 2014 10:52 AM

Lots of interesting moves in the publishing/reading world. In general, I'd say most of them are in the interests of readers.

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:22 PM

Lower prices? Yes, please! <3 my Kindle App!

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What 20 years of best sellers say about what we read

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How has your reading changed in the past 20 years? From readers shopping in brick-and-mortar bookstores, to the dominance of game-changing online sellers, to a digital era of e-reading and instant delivery, the book industry has gone through monumental change.

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The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The real problem with ebooks is that they’re more 'e' than book, so an entirely different set of rules govern what someone can and can't do with them compared to physical books, especially when it comes to pricing.
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Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want

Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
by Ursula K. Le Guin While most small presses sell all their books freely and happily to libraries, the “Big Five” publishers continue to be terrified by the idea of letting public libraries have their e-books, and to punish libraries for even...
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In Publishing Novel, London Science Museum Applies Practice to Theory : Publishing Perspectives

In Publishing Novel, London Science Museum Applies Practice to Theory : Publishing Perspectives | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Tony White discusses the inspiration and workflow behind his new climate change novel published for mobile and other platforms by the Science Museum in London.
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E-Books, Libraries and Democracy

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All of the Big Six publishers have, for the first time, agreed to make e-books available to public library users.
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E-books Now Make Up 1/5 of U.S. Book Sales

E-books Now Make Up 1/5 of U.S. Book Sales | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The book industry had a healthy 2012, driven in part by the rising popularity of e-books.
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Will the Monograph Experience a Transition to E-Only? Latest Findings.

Will the Monograph Experience a Transition to E-Only? Latest Findings. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Although journals, other serials, and reference have made a large scale transition away from print, we must not assume that the same path will inevitably be pursued for other components of our collections. A combination of business models, reading practices, and other user needs will play the biggest role in determining the prospects for the printed monograph.
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Via Library Link of the Day: http://www.tk421.net/librarylink/

A great explanation of monographs and how to use them for research can be found on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's University Library website:
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Penguin Random House Announces New Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries

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Penguin Random House today announced a new unified, companywide terms of sale (TOS) policy for ebook licenses sold to public, school, and other libraries working with approved ebook vendors in the United States and Canada. Effective January 1, 2016, all Penguin and Random House adult and children’s frontlist and backlist ebook titles will be available under the one-ebook, one-user, no loan cap perpetual licensing model that has long been employed by Random House.
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Maine writers lead campaign for federal investigation of Amazon

Maine writers lead campaign for federal investigation of Amazon | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

ROUND POUND — Best-selling author Douglas Preston sat in his home looking out over Penobscot Bay this summer and stared at his computer screen, watching online sales of his book with co-author Lincoln Child, “Blue Labyrinth,” plummet as a contract dispute between Amazon.com.  and Preston’s publisher, Hachette, grew nastier and more destructive."

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Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking

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Readers might think nonfiction books are the most reliable media sources there are. But accuracy scandals haven't reformed an industry that faces no big repercussions for errors.
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Amazon’s latest page-turner: book publishing

After forever changing book-selling, Amazon is now embarked on a wide-ranging venture that seeks to alter the book-publishing end of the business. Company officials see it as an experiment where they can tinker with new ways to connect authors and readers.
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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reader

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The convergence of several trends leaves the book-buying public out in the cold.
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Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind

Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Some features of physical books may be getting a second life online, but efforts to completely reimagine the core experience of the book have yet to catch on.
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Can E-Books Save The Neighborhood Bookstore?

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"A startup called Zola Books has paired with the popular novelist Audrey Niffenegger author of The Time Travelers Wife to try to save brick-and-mortar shops."

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SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2013 | School Library Journal

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2013 | School Library Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The annual School Library Journal report on average book prices is out--and the prices continue to creep up. I'd love to have a chart that compares this to the average book budget allocations in school libraries, I'm pretty sure we'd see that they're not keeping pace.

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Writers, Technology, and the Future: Wilson Quarterly

"These are hard times for those who live by the pen. But technology will not decide their fate. The future of writers—and the articles, novels, and nonfiction books they create—ultimately rests with those who read them."

Edward Tenner writes a thoughtful essay about writing, publishing, journalism and how technology is changing all of them.

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Apple was “ringmaster” in conspiracy to fix e-book prices, US says

Apple was “ringmaster” in conspiracy to fix e-book prices, US says | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Steve Jobs allegedly told publisher to "throw in with Apple" and raise prices.
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