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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

Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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?

Can E-Books Save The Neighborhood Bookstore? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"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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Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn’t hurt business

Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn’t hurt business | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A look at the sci-fi publisher a year after it announced it would do away with DRM.
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DRM stands for Digital Rights Management--the technology embedded in most eBooks that keeps you from doing all those things you'd like to do with eBooks, like transfer them from one device to another, or lend them (that's something librarians would really like to be able to do) without restrictions or the need for additional software.  These are the very same activities that publishers don't want you to be able to do with their eBooks because they fear it would cut into their profits.

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Books aren’t dead yet

Books aren’t dead yet | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Self-publishing fans and the tech-obsessed keep getting it wrong: Big authors want to be in print -- and bookstores
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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 -

Pixel Dust: Illusions of Innovation in Scholarly Publishing - | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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.”


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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

What 20 years of best sellers say about what we read | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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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IMAGES: What Happens If You Flip The Gender Of Book Covers?

IMAGES: What Happens If You Flip The Gender Of Book Covers? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Yesterday, author Maureen Johnson had a great idea. She tweeted "I do wish I had a dime for every email I get that says, "Please put a non-girly cover on your book so I can read it." So she issued a challenge on Twitter: "take a well-known book, then imagine the author of that book was of the opposite gender, or was genderqueer, and imagine what that cover might look like." You can see some of the results in this article.

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Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications

Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Advocates of open publishing fret that misunderstandings lead scientists to choose restrictive licenses.
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