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Accessible Educational Materials: Home Page

Accessible Educational Materials: Home Page | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Welcome to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. We provide resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).
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Amazon Deletes “Incentive”-Based Reviews | GoodeReader.com

Amazon Deletes “Incentive”-Based Reviews | GoodeReader.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
For years, Amazon has fought back against paid review services. Sites that allowed authors to purchase blocks of reviews by the hundreds or even thousands gave consumers a legitimate reason to be mistrustful of any reviews, and the case of bad behavior painting all indie authors with the same brush was all to real.

Amazon’s initial action wasn’t too popular with readers or authors, though, as their efforts at curbing fraudulent reviews also meant your college roommate or a co-worker might not be able to leave a review, no matter how honest those individuals were in their assessment of the book. Even book bloggers who live for reading and reviewing had difficulty leaving honest reviews; if their IP address was in any way connected to the author’s, the review could be blocked.

Now, the retailer is cracking down on one of the more legitimate ways to garner reviews, which is with a free or discounted item. Everyone from authors to third-party retailers has relied on the practice of giving set numbers of their items out to reviewers to try, but Amazon feels that the reviews won’t be entirely honest if there is an expectation of collaboration.
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IDPF Members Approve W3C Merger - Publishing Perspectives

IDPF Members Approve W3C Merger - Publishing Perspectives | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Many in the USA are today talking of trying to heal the profound rift between partisans in the general election. And there’s a similar line of reconciliation coming from the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

The organization has announced that its membership components have approved IDPF’s absorption into the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C. In a statement, the organization’s leadership writes, “The member organizations of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have overwhelmingly approved a plan proposed by the IDPF Board of Directors to combine IDPF with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
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Infographic: eBook Pricing Around the World | statista.com

Infographic: eBook Pricing Around the World | statista.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
The release of Amazon’s first Kindle e-reader in 2007 rang in a period of rapid growth for electronic books in the United States. Between 2008 and 2015, eBook revenue grew from $270 million to more than $5 billion as screen technology advanced and more and more people decided to give electronic reading a try. As of late, the once booming eBook market has slowed down significantly though.

Analysts from Statista’s Digital Market Outlook expect revenues to grow at an average rate of 0.1 percent over the next five years while the number of eBook readers in the U.S. is expected to stagnate at around 90 million people. The same can be observed in many European markets, where eBooks sales never quite took off in the first place and aren’t expected to do so in the near future.
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EPUB 3.1 Now Proposed Specification | International Digital Publishing Forum

EPUB 3.1 Now Proposed Specification | International Digital Publishing Forum | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
The IDPF Board recently approved working group recommendations to advance the specifications of EPUB 3.1 to Proposed Specification status. A final member and public review and comment period for these specifications will be open through 7 November, after which the final step according to IDPF policies is a member vote to approve as Recommended Specifications.
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Bowker Issues a Report on the State of Self-Publishing | Good-E-Reader.com

Bowker Issues a Report on the State of Self-Publishing | Good-E-Reader.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Bowker has just published a massive new report and self-publishing is on the rise. There has been a 21% increase in the number of titles between 2014 and 2015 for print and e-books combined. ISBN registrations for self-published titles have grown more than 375% since 2010, climbing from 152,978 ISBNs to 727,125 ISBNs.

“ISBN registrations capture a significant portion of the self-publishing market,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services at Bowker. “By comparing the number of registrations year over year, we gain valuable insight into a flourishing industry.”
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Trends in college textbook publishing: 5 Tips for navigating the digital transition | taaonline.net

Trends in college textbook publishing: 5 Tips for navigating the digital transition | taaonline.net | Digital Book News | Scoop.it

Over the past thirty years the textbook distribution model has shifted radically, greatly impacting publishers and authors. The formerly local trade in used books has become global, facilitated by the Web, retailers such as Amazon and Chegg, and online divisions of Follett and Barnes & Noble. Rental options have become ubiquitous, and with every passing year piracy takes a larger bite out of print and simple eTextbook sales. As a result the largest college textbook publishers are striving to quickly transition to fully online product portfolios. When these products require personalized user interactions, such as integrated graded homework assignments that count toward a student’s grade, the resulting online learning products cannot be shared, resold, or pirated, thus shoring up sales.

What are some of the steps authors can take to better align themselves with publishers’ inexorable move to online product models? I recommend five tips for successfully navigating the digital transition.

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Library systems continue search for cross-platform solution | TalkingNewMedia.com

Library systems continue search for cross-platform solution | TalkingNewMedia.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
There was once a time when the Steve Jobs-led Apple saw the iPhone and iPad as a way to break Amazon’s dominance of the eBook market. Unfortunately, Eddy Cue was given the job and the result was a major lawsuit, as well as the decline of the iBooks Store and the Newsstand (now gone).

Today, a lot of eBook creators and others are still trying to find a way to build a really wow inspiring eBook that will work on both an iPad/iPhone and a Kindle.
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Update on Potential Combination of IDPF with W3C | International Digital Publishing Forum

Update on Potential Combination of IDPF with W3C | International Digital Publishing Forum | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
On May 10, IDPF and W3C announced that we were jointly exploring the potential to combine our organizations to accelerate EPUB adoption and advance publishing technologies for the overall Open Web Platform. Since the announcement, both organizations have received significant feedback from members and industry stakeholders, which we are in the process of evaluating and considering with regard to specifics of a prospective combination. IDPF has already organized several webinars and meetings to discuss the combination with our members, and we currently expect to communicate to members within the coming month to respond more holistically to member feedback and announce next steps on the prospective combination. Meanwhile, additional member feedback is welcome: email comments to idpf-board@googlegroups.com
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How often do consumers upgrade their e-reader? | GoodeReader.com

How often do consumers upgrade their e-reader? | GoodeReader.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Every year Amazon and Kobo release new flagship e-readers and they all enjoy heavy promotion online. Every major online news agency reviews and recommends their preferred pick and it’s easy to get lost in the hype. There is not very much raw data available when it comes to people upgrading their existing e-reader to a new model. A few weeks ago we conducted some research and 300 people disclosed how often they upgrade their e-reader.
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AAP: U.S. Publishing Made $28 Billion in 2015 | Digital Book World

AAP: U.S. Publishing Made $28 Billion in 2015 | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) released data from its latest survey today, which found that the U.S. publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue in 2015. That amount was spread over 2.71 billion units, according to the AAP’s numbers.

Both figures were essentially flat compared to 2014’s numbers, with a 0.6-percent decrease in revenue from $27.96 billion, and a 0.5-percent increase in volume from 2.70 billion.

Revenue for 2015 was up, however, compared to 2013, when the industry brought in $27.07 billion and sold 2.715 billion units.

All these figures come from the AAP’s Annual StatShot Survey, which is “a yearly statistical survey of publishing’s estimated size and scope” and looks at trade (fiction/non-fiction/religious), k-12 instructional materials, higher education course materials, university presses and professional books.
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IDPF Members Elect Two New Board Directors, Return Six Incumbents | EPUBZone

IDPF Members Elect Two New Board Directors, Return Six Incumbents | EPUBZone | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
In its annual Board elections, 81 IDPF member organizations cast votes, selecting eight Board members from among twelve candidates. Newly elected to the IDPF Board are Mike Baker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Tzviya Siegman (Wiley). All six incumbents who ran for re-election were selected, including Paul Belfanti (Jone & Bartlett Learning), Leslie Hulse (HarperCollins), Rick Johnson (Ingram Content Group), Bill Kasdorf (Apex CoVangtage), Liisa McCloy-Kelley (Penguin Random House), and Junichi Yoshii (Kodansha). For a full run down of the IDPF Board see: http://idpf.org/about-us/leadership
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Why Amazon Doesn't Add ePub Support to the Kindle | The Digital Reader

Why Amazon Doesn't Add ePub Support to the Kindle | The Digital Reader | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
If I were in Amazon's position, I would avoid supporting Epub simply because it cuts down on my tech support headaches and software development hassles.

No Epub support means not having to maintain yet another rendering engine so the ebooks can be displayed, and it means not having to tell users that yes the Kindle supports Epub - just not the DRMed ebook the user has. It also means not having to explain to users who a Kindle Epub files doesn't work on other ereaders due to the DRM restrictions.

Speaking as a reader, I would much prefer Epub being supported on the Kindle platform, or at least through the email conversion service. (Other services will take an Epub and send it to your Kindle, but not Amazon). This would help me a lot.

But how would it help Amazon? And would it be worth their time and expense?
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The College Bookstore, Disrupted | Publishers Weekly

The College Bookstore, Disrupted | Publishers Weekly | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Over the past few years there’s been tremendous churn among college stores and their partners as they try to satisfy the needs of students and parents seeking affordable course materials. As the traditional market for textbooks has faltered, many college stores have dropped book from their names. And some have stopped selling textbooks altogether.

Some schools—such as American University in Washington, D.C.; the seven-campus City Colleges of Chicago; and Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.—have moved the sale and rental of physical and digital textbooks online to third-party vendors. Many others, using a hybrid model, continue to have campus stores. But those that sell books tend to stock bestsellers and adult coloring books. The bulk of their inventory is comprised of logo merchandise, spirit wear, and other nonbook items, including grab-and-go food.
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Overdrive Simplifies Audiobook and E-Book Lending | GoodeReader.com

Overdrive Simplifies Audiobook and E-Book Lending | GoodeReader.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Overdrive is the company primarily responsible for powering 90% of all US libraries audiobook and e-book collection. They have just released a new website and it has dozens of innovative features including enhanced security to attract new users to the library. The ease-of-use simplifies the borrowing process and enhances discoverability so readers don’t leave empty-handed.
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Change at the Copyright Office | PublishersWeekly.com

Change at the Copyright Office | PublishersWeekly.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it

New Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden made her first big move last week, ousting Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante. In an October 21 memo, Hayden abruptly removed Pallante from the Copyright Office, which falls under Hayden’s purview, and reassigned her to a senior advisor position at the Library of Congress. Pallante, however, declined the new assignment and resigned on October 24.


Her departure was met with shock and dismay in the content industries, where Pallante was seen as a strong ally.


“We are disappointed to see Pallante go,” read a statement from the Authors Guild. “Under Pallante, the Copyright Office operated under and embodied the principle that copyright exists to benefit the public by incentivizing new works of authorship, and that the rights of individual creators need to be respected.”

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OverDrive Continues Efforts Against IDPF Merger | goodreader.com

OverDrive Continues Efforts Against IDPF Merger | goodreader.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Two entities in the digital publishing sphere that GoodeReader greatly admires–OverDrive and the IDPF–are at odds over a planned merger between the IDPF and W3C. Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, has vehemently expressed concerns over the upcoming member vote on the merger in the past, and is reiterating those concerns with the IDPF board and membership.

The IDPF, or International Digital Publishing Forum, has worked hard for many years to digital publishing to its current state, a fact that Potash actually applauds the organization for. It is this very effort that he sees slipping away, though, with the planned merger.

The goal is to bring the IDPF under the W3C umbrella, giving it a place alongside several other webcentric organizations. W3c, or the World Wide Web Consortium, is a multi-faceted agency that works to establish standard practices for the internet, or creating a set of practices and guidelines to unify the internet
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As Indiana U's eTexts initiative grows, a textbook model emerges | insidehighered.com

As Indiana U's eTexts initiative grows, a textbook model emerges | insidehighered.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Indiana University’s eText initiative is rapidly becoming the go-to way for students there to buy textbooks and other course materials.

The initiative, which began as a pilot in 2009, has a simple goal: ensure all students have access to textbooks. To do so, IU has developed a model that it says balances benefits and compromises for all partners involved -- faculty members, publishers, students and the university.

“We don’t ask students to bring their own desk and chair to the classroom,” Bradley C. Wheeler, vice president for information technology, said in an interview. “Why do we ask them to waste their own time running around, playing games trying to find the book they need, when we can simplify the process electronically and have the university buy it wholesale?”
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Call for Review - Public Draft of EPUB 3.1 | International Digital Publishing Forum

Call for Review - Public Draft of EPUB 3.1 | International Digital Publishing Forum | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
On September 6, 2016, the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB 3.1 to Public Draft status. EPUB 3.1, developed by the EPUB Working Group, represents a new major version of EPUB. Although generally compatible with EPUB 3.0.1, significant changes have been introduced in this new version (e.g., changes in metadata expressions and removal of support for some EPUB-defined features).

Work on EPUB 3.1 began in October of 2015, with a goal of simplifying the format and better aligning with the Open Web Platform. Three informal Editor's Drafts have been published in the last year, the most recent on August 1. These drafts were used to solicit community feedback on the changes the Working Group was seeking to implement. A list of changes that have been made during these review cycles is available in the Changes from 3.0.1 document. The Working Group is now confident in presenting a formal draft to the IDPF membership for review, as well as to any other parties interested in the evolution of the format.
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Kobo Aura One takes on the Kindle with a huge screen and water resistance | Mashable.com

Kobo Aura One takes on the Kindle with a huge screen and water resistance | Mashable.com | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
In Sep. 2014, Canada's Kobo was the first company to launch a waterproof e-reader, the Kobo Aura H2O. Now, the company has followed that up with the Kobo Aura One, which also doesn't mind getting wet, but has a larger screen encased in a thin and elegant body.

The Kobo Aura One has a 7.8-inch screen — larger than its predecessor's 6.8-inch display, as well as Kindle Voyage/Oasis 6-inch screens. With a resolution of 300dpi (that's 1872x1404 pixels at that screen size), it's set to be the best-looking e-ink screen out there.
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New Tech Company Looks to Reimagine Enhanced E-books | Publishers Weekly

New Tech Company Looks to Reimagine Enhanced E-books | Publishers Weekly | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Although enhanced e-books and apps with sound and video have been poorly received by book consumers, Neoglyphic Entertainment, an entertainment technology developer, has created a platform that makes use of data science, gaming technology, machine learning and crowdbased focus groups to create new experiences around traditional storytelling. The company has plans to offer its multimedia platform as a for-pay service to other publishers to create multimedia e-books from their own publishing lists.
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Third Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 Published | International Digital Publishing Forum

Third Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 Published | International Digital Publishing Forum | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
The EPUB 3 Working Group is pleased to announce that the third Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 is now available for community review. This draft is feature complete, and all open issues in the tracker have been addressed. The Working Group is looking to publish the first formal Public Draft of the EPUB 3.1 specification by early September, and meanwhile encourages any community feedback on the work to date
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Use Calibre to Create EPUB & MOBI Versions of Your Book | BookWorks

Use Calibre to Create EPUB & MOBI Versions of Your Book | BookWorks | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Though I love print books I’m so often on the road that it’s more efficient to use my Kindle Paperwhite as a personal portable library for work and for pleasure. Authors send me advance reader copies (ARCs) for blurbs or review and books for possible publication with Misadventures Media. I wish they’d send me a MOBI file but, though it’s easy enough to do, they don’t even know where to start. So I ask for a Word doc and create it myself in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I put it off, though, and forget. So, no blurb. Sorry!

Please don’t put your potential reviewers in that position. It’s actually pretty easy to make your own EPUB and MOBI files using the free Calibre eBook conversion and management tool. It should take you about an hour to follow this tutorial to create your own.
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Why Audiobooks Are Not the Same Thing as Books | Digital Book World

Why Audiobooks Are Not the Same Thing as Books | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Let’s get this out of the way: I love audiobooks. Since reluctantly trying them earlier this year, I have found I cannot get enough of them. I listen to them all the time. They have become part of my daily routine.

But as I listen to more and more audiobooks—sometimes as many as two a week—I find myself feeling a bit shameful. When someone mentions a book and I offer that I recently read it, I rarely mention that I actually listened to it. I feel like I’m hiding a big secret.

In my view, despite the fact that the content is identical, audiobooks are not the same thing as books.

When I read a book, it’s the only thing I am doing in that moment. I’m not looking at my computer, I’m not texting, I’m not walking anywhere—I’m just reading.
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We encourage reading on a screen while listening. Ideally, the text being read aloud is highlighted on the "page".
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3 Keys to Self-Publishing from a Space Shuttle Engineer | Digital Book World

3 Keys to Self-Publishing from a Space Shuttle Engineer | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
The journey to writing and launching that first book is one of the most challenging things anyone can do in their professional career. You’re constantly out of your comfort zone, having to learn a myriad of new things, and must wear every hat in the business realm. It’s no wonder that as many as 80 percent of the books that hit the market fail to sell even 100 copies.

So how can a first-time author get into that 20 percent that sell? Based on my 20 years of experience in product development and marketing, and having run the gauntlet of self-publishing, I believe the following three tactics to be critical to success for a debut author.
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