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Three amazing ways social media is changing the world

Three amazing ways social media is changing the world | Digital content | Scoop.it
Peer through the cloud of spammers and cat jokes and you'll find a remarkable pulse behind the social web that is changing the world.
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Autography LLC - Autography ebook signings at BookCon a... | Facebook

Autography ebook signings at BookCon a great success!! Check out pics of authors with their fans!

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Rightscorp Targets the $15 Billion Book Publishing Industry | MarketWatch

Rightscorp Targets the $15 Billion Book Publishing Industry | MarketWatch | Digital content | Scoop.it
SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rightscorp (otcqb:RIHT), the leading provider of monetization services for artists and holders of copyrighted Intellectual Property (IP), announced today that it plans to expand its copyright monetization services into the consumer book publishing market. Rightscorp will soon represent authors and publishing companies by monitoring and monetizing of their digital assets against copyright infringement and illegal downloading.
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Thai eBook Startup Ookbee Raises $7 Million in New Funding Round - The Digital Reader

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While Nook is failing, start-ups still see opportunity in the eBook market. This month we have seen WattPad raise $46m, Tesco launch BlinkBox Books and others including this one.

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John Malone Cuts Barnes and Noble (BKS) Stake, Shares Plunge - Wall Street Pit

John Malone Cuts Barnes and Noble (BKS) Stake, Shares Plunge - Wall Street Pit | Digital content | Scoop.it
Wall Street Pit John Malone Cuts Barnes and Noble (BKS) Stake, Shares Plunge Wall Street Pit In 2011 Malone offered to buy Barnes & Noble for $17 a share, or about $1 billion, to tap into the growing e-reader business through its Nook unit, but...
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More on Liberty Media selling off B&N stock..

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Why Everyone is Wrong: eBooks Can* be More Expensive - The Digital Reader

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Its all about value and not about physical product. I will pay for eBook convenience, but make it too much more and I'll carry the physical book. 

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It is not news to publishers that they have to engage directly with their readers – The Shatzkin Files

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Interesting article Mike.

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Online e-books replace heavy school textbooks in Mesa classroom

Online e-books replace heavy school textbooks in Mesa classroom | Digital content | Scoop.it
School districts write their own online science textbooks for class, saving money while making studying more flexible.
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One might ask in the long term do we need text books at all? When you consider the information available via google and other search engines why not have students create their own learning materials.

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Mother sues Google over kids' apps after 5-year-old son buys $65 worth of virtual currency

Mother sues Google over kids' apps after 5-year-old son buys $65 worth of virtual currency | Digital content | Scoop.it
Have your kids racked in-game purchases without your permission? A new lawsuit against Google, which follows a successful one against Apple, aims to recover some of that money.
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Whats the point of having a password protected purchase process, if its not required...Duh! really Google, seems you are going to get slapped the same way Apple did.

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LA Times Festival of Books to Add Buy Buttons for Indie Bookstore to Their Website - The Digital Reader

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Should have authors signing eBooks and pledging sales to the Indies..

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Has everyone conceded the US ebook market to Amazon?

Has everyone conceded the US ebook market to Amazon? | Digital content | Scoop.it
Let's try, just for a minute, to stop cheerleading. In the recent weeks, it's seemed like publishing has become an all or nothing sporting event and that we all have to pick sides. You have to cheer for self publishing versus traditional publishing versus some other path.  But that type of thinking is short sighted ...
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Which Country Reads the Most?

Which Country Reads the Most? | Digital content | Scoop.it
According to the NOP World Culture Score Index, readers in India are making the rest of us look bad.
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no surprise here...

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The Microsoft Surface is the Most Wonderful Tablet of All Time (video) - The Digital Reader

When Microsoft debuted the Surface tablet in late 2012 they promoted it with a commercial which was both under-appreciated and quite truthful. That commercial shows off the one feature that makes the Surface tablet the best on the market: the kickstand. I have had my Surface RT tablet for just one week, and I can …
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Interesting, could Msoft finally have something?

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Success Story: 8 Hints From The Publisher Who Said No To Amazon

Success Story: 8 Hints From The Publisher Who Said No To Amazon | Digital content | Scoop.it
Barefoot Books is a successful, thriving, independent publishing house that creates beautiful, high-quality books for children – and doesn't sell via chain stores or online discount sites, not even Amazon. The Barefoot model is human-scale but that doesn't mean thinking small ...
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RT Convention today -106 authors signing eBooks with Autography!

RT Convention today -106 authors signing eBooks with Autography! | Digital content | Scoop.it
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Amazon to Acquire ComiXology - The Digital Reader

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Wattpad Raises $46 Million in New Funding - The Digital Reader

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just how much does it cost to create an eBookstore/eReading platform?

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Liberty Media Sells off Shares of Barnes & Noble - The Digital Reader

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Hmmm I guess someone knows something!

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Most e-Readers Are Also Real Book Lovers

Most e-Readers Are Also Real Book Lovers | Digital content | Scoop.it
Gone are the days of the printed book. Like vinyl records books will continue to be produced on a small scale for those eccentric, nostalgic readers who plan their vacations around visits to the few remaining Indie Bookstores. True or not so true? According to a Pew Survey, “E-Reading Rises[Read More...]
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The eReader,tablet or Smartphone makes reading more convenient, it means I consume more books. 

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10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020

10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020 | Digital content | Scoop.it
The 10 trends above underlie my prediction that indie ebook authors will capture at least 50 percent of the U.S. ebook market in next seven years. Go ahead, call me crazy or delusional. I don't mind....
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Talking units here, not $$$'s which can be confusing. Even so there is no doubt the number of self published titles will continue to rise and traditional publishers will continue to fall.

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Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Harlequin’s Annual Results | Digital Book World

Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Harlequin’s Annual Results | Digital Book World | Digital content | Scoop.it
Harlequin announced their annual results last week and it was another disappointing year for the world’s leading romance book publisher. Harlequin is an
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Interesting...the key here is author - reader connection, create an author brand and then subsequently sell your titles. In the digital age just what is the best way to connect with your readers? .Autography, sign and distribute your eBooks, create personal connections, socialize your brand.

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New Survey Shows eBook Adoption at 29% in the UK - The Digital Reader

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Speed Reading Startup Spritz Raises $3.5 Million in Funding - The Digital Reader

Boston-based Spritz unveiled their buzzworthy new speed-reading tech a couple weeks ago, and they’re back in the news today with a funding round. Spritz is currently working to close a $3.5 million seed funding round. Around $1 million had been raised while Spritz was still operating in stealth mode, but the funding round for the …
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Raleigh's Vital Source buys California digital textbook outfit - Triangle Business Journal

Raleigh's Vital Source buys California digital textbook outfit - Triangle Business Journal | Digital content | Scoop.it
Raleigh-based Vital Source Technologies, the e-textbook unit of Ingram Content Group, has acquired digital college textbook startup CourseSmart. Financial terms of the acquisition of the San Mateo, Calif-based CourseSmart led by CEO Sean Devine were not disclosed.
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B&N’s Past Tablet Failures Don’t Bode Well For Their Future Plans

Yesterday Barnes & Noble reported their 5th straight quarter of shrinking digital revenue, with the latest quarter costing them another $61 million EBITDA.
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B&N why not partner with ZolaBooks and Autography and turn this ship around!

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Lawyer Wants Apple to Cough Up $840 Million in E-Books Case

Lawyer Wants Apple to Cough Up $840 Million in E-Books Case | Digital content | Scoop.it
Apple hasn't paid any damages in the antitrust case it lost last summer. Here's a suggested bill.
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Good luck with that one.......really!

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