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Why Printed Books Will Never Die

Why Printed Books Will Never Die | Digital Book News | Scoop.it

E-books are slowly subsuming the printed format as the preferred vehicle for reading. But is it an either/or question, or can the two mediums exist in harmony?

 

Measured en masse, the stack of "books I want to read" that sits precariously on the edge of a built-in bookshelf in my dining room just about eclipses 5,000 pages. The shelf is full to bursting with titles I hope to consume at some indeterminate point in the future.

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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.
Chuck Hitchcock's insight:
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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How Siri & Alexa Will Revolutionize Publishing | Book Business Mag

How Siri & Alexa Will Revolutionize Publishing | Book Business Mag | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
For the past several years I’ve been writing about how containers such as books, newspapers, and magazines are slowly fading away. They’ll certainly be around for many years but their relevance will slip into the background as personalized, digital content streams become more important.

The more I think about the future, the more I believe two other trends will have an even more significant impact on reading, learning, and engaging with content: voice user interfaces (VUI) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Today Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa are mostly perceived as gimmicks. Tomorrow these intelligent personal assistants (IPAs) will become the gateway to a whole new way of consuming and interacting with content.
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Amazon, Ebooks and the Lack of Innovation | Digital Book World

Amazon, Ebooks and the Lack of Innovation | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
It’s 2016. We are landing rockets on floating platforms in the ocean. Engineers are developing high-speed transportation systems in which pressured capsules ride on air cushions facilitated by linear induction motors. A network of high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons is being designed to float on the edge of space so that everyone on the planet can connect to the Internet.

And ebooks turn pages.

What happened to the exciting digital future of ebooks?

As the leader in the digital book space, Amazon is doing very little to innovate around ebooks. Last week, ZDNet ran a series of articles titled “Why Amazon is the king of innovation.” As it pertains to Prime, drone delivery, and Amazon Web Services, Amazon is exceptionally innovative.
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Author Earnings Posts New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing | Digital Book World

Author Earnings Posts New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Author Earnings posted a new report today on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses.

According to the dataset they used, the ebook prices of the publishers’ most-heavily-promoted frontlist launches were, for the most part, still priced between $12.99–$14.99. But, as the report points out, once you take a step back and look at the 157,000 ebooks from the Big Five, “a significant shift” is seen.

The average price of a Big Five ebook, according to the report, dropped from $10.31 in January 2016 to $8.67 in May 2016.
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Will an Open Web Liberate Reading Data? | Digital Book World

Will an Open Web Liberate Reading Data? | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
At last week’s BEA, it was announced that the IDPF, the standards body for ebooks and responsible for the current EPUB specification, is considering merging with the W3C, the standards body for the web at large. This would mean that instead of having its own standards body for digital books, the publishing industry would be a smaller part of the much wider online publishing world, including magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites and more.

Some, like Peter Brantley, organizer of the annual “Books in Browser” conference, greeted the news with enthusiasm, while others, such as ebook wizard Baldur Bjarnason, were more skeptical. Dave Cramer’s (Hachette) response is also worth reading.

One of the reasons for the merger, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, father of the web, was the prospect of making ebooks trackable.

“We should live in a world of linked data,” Berners-Lee said.

It is this issue that I would like to address in today’s post.
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VitalSource Launches Digital Content Authoring Platform | Digital Book World

VitalSource Launches Digital Content Authoring Platform | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
New digital content authoring platform from VitalSource simplifies digital publishing

NASHVILLE, TENN. – VitalSource, part of Ingram Content Group, is simplifying digital publishing for educators, academic publishers and corporate training professionals with the introduction of VitalSource Content Studio (VCS). The digital content authoring platform is designed to enhance the learning experience and improve outcomes with original, customizable content that is managed through a simple interface. It gives users the tools to produce digital-first content that is standards-based, responsive, interactive and accessible.

“The VCS authoring tool turns any teacher into an online author. The simplicity of the system takes the focus off the technology and puts it back where it belongs–on the content,” said Tischann Turner, Director of Learning Technology at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. “It is a simple and elegant platform that provided our team of instructional designers with a means of creating and disseminating content quickly and simply with no time lost in learning a new system. With the VCS authoring tool, our team was able to rapidly develop a digital course that included text, multimedia and interactive questions. Then, share to any device for offline access via Bookshelf.”
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Here’s Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus | Digital Book World

Here’s Where Innovative Publishers Need to Focus | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
There are a number of key attributes successful publishers will be known for in the future, and these core capabilities will be very different from the ones that have led to the modern empires of the Big Five.

Some attributes will remain the same, of course. For example, it will always be crucial for publishers to acquire, develop and produce excellent content. But the services and capabilities that surround and complement the acquisition-development-production core are what will matter most.
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Overdrive Wants More Read-Along eBooks In Their Catalog | GoodeReader

Overdrive Wants More Read-Along eBooks In Their Catalog | GoodeReader | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Overdrive is the largest company involved in the digital library sector and they control over 85% of the entire market. One of the hot new segments in publishing right now is Read-Along eBooks. These are interactive titles that are aimed at kids and have a number of narration features. OverDrive has just announced that they have signed an agreement with French technology company Nord Compo and Book Buddy to be their preferred technology provider in the expansion of our popular Read-Along eBooks.
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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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Copyright Clearance Center Announces Enhancements to RightFind | Digital Book World

Copyright Clearance Center Announces Enhancements to RightFind | Digital Book World | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a firm dedicated to creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, has announced the latest enhancements to its cloud-based RightFind™ content workflow solution.

RightFind offers users immediate, easy access to a full range of content from thousands of journals while helping managers optimize those purchases and manage content spend, and is also the largest document delivery service. RightFind 7.0 includes three major enhancements:

• An updated user interface to simplify workflows and make it easier to search and find content.
• A CrossRef data feed to accelerate the pace at which newly published citations are available in RightFind.
• Two new APIs allowing customers to extract information from RightFind collections, so they can search holdings using other applications.
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Do Books Have a Future in Tomorrow’s Classroom? | BookBusinessMag

Do Books Have a Future in Tomorrow’s Classroom? | BookBusinessMag | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
In my last post, I wrote about an agreement McGraw-Hill Education has reached with a supplier of Open Educational Resources (OER) that will make hundreds of thousands of digital assets available to educators and students within McGraw-Hill’s learning platform. What was notable about this deal is that McGraw-Hill’s customers will have to pay for access to the OER assets, which are available elsewhere free of charge.

The point I made was that in this case, the publisher’s value-add is less that it is making content available to customers than that it is presenting the content tagged and organized in a way that it is useful to them. In the age of OER, I wrote, curation — not content — is king.
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Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO and library e-book pioneer | Teleread

Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO and library e-book pioneer | Teleread | Digital Book News | Scoop.it

Steve Potash started digitizing books long before it was cool.

Now in his 60s, the CEO of OverDrive began digitizing law books in the 1970s, thinking this was the next big step in the publishing world.

Every new invention that came along—PCs, CD-ROMs, Windows—made him more optimistic for the future of digital publishing.

But 40 years?

No, Potash never thought it would take that long, but he also never gave up.

image“I was always optimistic,” Potash told TeleRead. “It was during 1999 when I was one of the founders of IDPF, and we’d had the Open eBook Forum. I thought ‘Oh, now!’”

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How iBooks Author is quietly winning | The Bookseller

How iBooks Author is quietly winning | The Bookseller | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
Could Apple be stealing a quiet march on Amazon? Bradley Metrock, executive producer of the iBooks Author Conference, believes that the future of digital books is here - but not where you might think.

Before Steve Jobs passed away, he oversaw the creation of iBooks Author, a technology he hoped would "digitally destroy" the educational textbook market.

This software would make it easier than ever before to publish a digital book. And by including multimedia, such as high-resolution photography, audio, and video, it would make it easier than ever before to publish a next-generation digital book. And, in true Steve Jobs fashion, iBooks Author included something profoundly forward-thinking: HTML5 support. Any author could import HTML5 code to add interactivity like never before to these digital books.
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of Ebooks | BookBusinessMag

Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of Ebooks | BookBusinessMag | Digital Book News | Scoop.it

Sir Tim Berners-Lee shares four qualities that will define open and interoperable ebooks of the future during his keynote at IDPF DigiCon 2016 @ BEA.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 with the goal of making content on the internet interoperable and accessible, and today it is the primary way that people access the internet. Berners-Lee, keynote speaker at IDPF DigiCon @ BEA 2016, has a similar vision for the ebook and believes that publishers can utilize open web standards to interlink ebook content and share ebooks seamlessly across a host of devices and screens. Using the open web standard HTML 5, ebooks can assume a near-limitless number of forms. “What happens on the page is completely up to your imagination,” said Berners-Lee.

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IDPF, W3C Considering Merger | Publishers Weekly

IDPF, W3C Considering Merger | Publishers Weekly | Digital Book News | Scoop.it
IDPF and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are considering a merger of the two associations. In a letter sent to IDPF members, George Kerscher, president, and Bill McCoy, executive director, explained that the two organizations are talking about signing a Memorandum of Understanding “that would result in the unification of our respective organizations in order to pursue future development of EPUB and improvement of the overall Web platform for publishing as part of an expanded publishing activity within the W3C.”
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