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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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HarperCollins Introduces Digital Watermarks in eBooks - Good E-Reader (blog)

HarperCollins Introduces Digital Watermarks in eBooks - Good E-Reader (blog) | Digital content | Scoop.it
“HarperCollins Introduces Digital Watermarks in eBooks Good E-Reader (blog) Digital watermarking technology caught on a few years ago when the entire Harry Potter eBook collection adopted it, instead of going the traditional DRM route.”
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Finally a Publisher jumping into the 21st century! Hard DRM only benefits Amazon, Nook etc..create an eBookstore and let the readers decide on device. Make Kindle and the others just a reading device nothing more...
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Apple Squandering Opportunity To Make Waves In Ebook Business?

Apple Squandering Opportunity To Make Waves In Ebook Business? | Digital content | Scoop.it
“ There was no mention of ebooks or iBooks in today's Apple iPhone 6 and Apple Watch unveiling presentation in Cupertino, Calif., despite the huge opportunity to capitalize on competitors' woes and the release of two new products that are possibly the best for e-reading that the company has ever produced. While [...]”
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Bookish's Big Free Book Giveaway!

“ Win these great books - including many advance reader copies - for FREE! Bookish is giving away great thrillers, history, young adult fiction, memoirs … and more! No purchase necessary. This giveaway runs through November 24, 2013.”
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Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

“ Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension?”
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Have e-Readers been Superseded by Multifunction Tablets and Smartphones?

Have e-Readers been Superseded by Multifunction Tablets and Smartphones? | Digital content | Scoop.it
In the last four years we have seen the entire publishing industry embrace eBooks.
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It is just a matter of time. Higher definition screens create a better eReading experience. Therefore no need for a dedicated eReading device.
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Why the Apple-IBM Deal Is a Greater Threat to Android Than You Think | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Why the Apple-IBM Deal Is a Greater Threat to Android Than You Think | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Digital content | Scoop.it
Image: Uncalno/Flickr Of course if we look at the historical (in)accuracy of most pundit predictions, we can quickly discount most of the noise. But here’s
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Financial Times: Prescription for Publishers Surviving Amazon | Digital Book World

Financial Times: Prescription for Publishers Surviving Amazon | Digital Book World | Digital content | Scoop.it
What happens if your biggest customer is also your worst nightmare? asks the Financial Times. While the question is reductive (for many publishers, Amazon
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IDC: Smartphone shipments pass 300 million mark, Android and iOS dominate - ZDNet

IDC: Smartphone shipments pass 300 million mark, Android and iOS dominate - ZDNet | Digital content | Scoop.it
IDC: Smartphone shipments pass 300 million mark, Android and iOS dominate
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Apple's iOS market share declined, which again is expected since consumers wait for the likely September announcement of the iPhone 6.
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Lee Child on Amazon: a Fisking

Lee Child on Amazon: a Fisking | Digital content | Scoop.it
Of the 909 authors who signed that full page advert slash open letter against Amazon, Lee Child is one of the most respected, admired, and articulate.
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What Is An E-Book Worth?

What Is An E-Book Worth? | Digital content | Scoop.it
An e-book is nothing. It's 1s and 0s. It's wizard farts and cyber-dreams. An e-book is everything. It's a container for pure story. Like the traps they use in Ghostbusters, except instead of catchi...
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Well said...let the market decide.

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Self-Published Ebooks on Amazon Are 31 Percent of Sales

Self-Published Ebooks on Amazon Are 31 Percent of Sales | Digital content | Scoop.it

It used to be that publishing an ebook could be an effective branding or marketing effort. It could establish you as an expert in your field, help you market other products or services, and perhaps get you more clients or speaking engagements.

 

But now ebooks are becoming a viable business of their own. Even very small publishers are getting in on the action.

 

In fact, the author’s advocacy group Author Earnings recently reported that self-published ebooks now account for 31 percent of daily ebook sales on Amazon.

 


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Are You Totally Missing the Point of Social Media? | Social Media Today

Are You Totally Missing the Point of Social Media? | Social Media Today | Digital content | Scoop.it
Are You Totally Missing the Point of Social Media? | Julia Campbell | Social Media Today http://t.co/bKQ4QFnoVb
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It's Official - the Sony Reader is Kaput - The Digital Reader

It's Official - the Sony Reader is Kaput - The Digital Reader | Digital content | Scoop.it
Sony has confirmed today that they will not be making another ebook reader – not even for their sole remaining market in Japan.
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No surprise. Multi-purpose devices like tablets will be the mainstream reading device. But I expect the serial and super-readers will stick with eReaders (Kindle) for a while...

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New Study Suggests Readers Recall More from Print than Digital News – if You Can Trust the Data

New Study Suggests Readers Recall More from Print than Digital News – if You Can Trust the Data | Digital content | Scoop.it
“A newly published paper from the University of Houston appears to show that test subjects who get their news from newspapers recall more details than those who get their news online, but there are serious questions about the validity of the study.”
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What do you think..I have my own ideas on this. Are you just reading or are you using the capability of the device to better understand the content?
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Mark Cuban: The Big Mistake You Don't Know You're Making on Social Media

Serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban explains a very common social media error--and what his company is doing about it.
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Bookish's Big Free Book Giveaway!

“ Win these great books - including many advance reader copies - for FREE! Bookish is giving away great thrillers, history, young adult fiction, memoirs … and more! No purchase necessary. This giveaway runs through November 24, 2013.”
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Are eBooks Destroying Bookselling Culture?

Are eBooks Destroying Bookselling Culture? | Digital content | Scoop.it
The global bookselling industry has been experiencing many trials and tribulations over the last decade. Indigo books in Canada has been losing 20 million
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I wouldn't say destroy, Amazon have been doing that for the last 15 years. Go to the bookstore, find the book and then buy it cheaper on Amazon! The independent bookstores have to find a way to compete or die. 

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Five things Android smartphones have that are unlikely to come to the iPhone 6 | ZDNet

Five things Android smartphones have that are unlikely to come to the iPhone 6 | ZDNet | Digital content | Scoop.it
It is likely I will buy an iPhone 6, but there are many things I like about Android that I doubt we will see come to an Apple flagship smartphone any time soon.
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Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Top Publishers of 2014…So Far | Digital Book World

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Top Publishers of 2014…So Far | Digital Book World | Digital content | Scoop.it
The DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings is a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list. The publishers are listed
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Average Price of an Ebook Best-Seller on the Rise - Digital Book World

Average Price of an Ebook Best-Seller on the Rise - Digital Book World | Digital content | Scoop.it
Average Price of an Ebook Best-Seller on the Rise
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Every week, we assemble the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, ranking the top-25 best-selling ebooks in the U.S.
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As I have said on many occasions, let market forces decide. Eventually it will come down to value, a great book will demand the right price.

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B&N Builds Buzz for New Galaxy Tab Nook with Promo Video

B&N Builds Buzz for New Galaxy Tab Nook with Promo Video | Digital content | Scoop.it
It looks like Barnes & Noble is taking a leaf from Amazon’s playbook.
Early this morning the retailer sent out an email to their customers, but rather than pitch ebook deals the email touts a new promo video for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.
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Not dead yet!

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What Does It Mean to Protect Authors' Interests? [Smart Set] - Jane Friedman

What Does It Mean to Protect Authors' Interests? [Smart Set] - Jane Friedman | Digital content | Scoop.it
There's an oversupply of content and a relatively small base of demand. So what does it mean for publishers or retailers to protect authors' interests?
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I Was a Digital Best Seller! | The NY Times

I Was a Digital Best Seller! | The NY Times | Digital content | Scoop.it

WEST TISBURY, Mass. — FIVE months ago I published a short book called “Boom.” Commercially it was a bust. No news in that: Most books lose money and are quickly forgotten by all but their wounded authors.

But this experience wasn’t just a predictable blow to what’s left of my self-esteem. It’s also a cautionary farce about the new media and technology we’re so often told is the bright shining future for writers and readers.


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A great perspective on self-publishing etc..

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New BISG Study Shows 80% of Publishers Believe Digital Book Subscription is Inevitable But Responses Vary by Market Sector Inbox | LJ INFOdocket

New BISG Study Shows 80% of Publishers Believe Digital Book Subscription is Inevitable But Responses Vary by Market Sector Inbox | LJ INFOdocket | Digital content | Scoop.it

Key Findings from the BISG Report

 

Example: Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy points to almost unilateral agreement that digital subscription is already having an impact on publishing models and reports a wide range of responses. It analyzes the differing expectations and perspectives from trade, educational, and scholarly publishers, as well as those of other industry stakeholders including subscription service providers. It assesses the long-term impact of subscription models and how publishers and service providers anticipate they’ll adapt.


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Are You Totally Missing the Point of Social Media? | Social Media Today

Are You Totally Missing the Point of Social Media? | Social Media Today | Digital content | Scoop.it
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