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Bestseller Success Stories that Started Out as Self-Published Books - Huffington Post

Bestseller Success Stories that Started Out as Self-Published Books - Huffington Post | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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Someone says this isn't worth publishing. Rejectees, take heart. Many now-famous writers have been rejected before they made it big.
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App Addict: Best Apps for Book Lovers

App Addict: Best Apps for Book Lovers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Enjoy a good read? These apps prove that the mighty word is far from dead.
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Thad McIlroy – Future Of Publishing » Ebooks vs. Print: Recent Data

Thad McIlroy – Future Of Publishing » Ebooks vs. Print: Recent Data | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"The three charts in succession were designed to demonstrate that the old digital book standard, EPUB 2, couldn’t cope with illustrated non-fiction titles and certainly not children’s books. Only adult fiction ebooks climbed above their print brethren (although not above all three formats combined). EPUB 3 is hugely more versatile, and hence worth BISG’s efforts to track its adoption.

What I find remarkable about the three charts is the overall victory of ebooks against print. Generally all print categories are trending downwards. Only ebooks are consistently are a sharp upward curve. Whatever the total sales, ebooks were the only sure bet from 2008 to 2012. And for the future?" 

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Why Book Publishing Isnt' Dead... Yet - Bloomberg

Why Book Publishing Isnt' Dead... Yet - Bloomberg | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Why Book Publishing Isnt' Dead... Yet Bloomberg July 12 (Bloomberg) -- Niko Pfund, President of Oxford University Press discusses the publishing industry and how it is capitalizing on e-book sales.
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Digital Won't Kill the Book-Publishing Star

Digital Won't Kill the Book-Publishing Star | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There's no question that books have gone digital.
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It's been tough times for publishers of every ilk, but what of those in the book-publishing sphere? Amazon now sells more e-books than hardcovers; what are traditional publishers doing to keep up? "At Random House we're constantly thinking about ways we can use technology to connect our authors with readers," said Milena Schmidt, digital communications manager for Random House Digital.
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Altering the collections landscape: an overview of patron-driven-acquisitions at Arizona State University Libraries

Altering the collections landscape: an overview of patron-driven-acquisitions at Arizona State University Libraries | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"In 2009, Arizona State University Libraries adopted a patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) plan for both electronic and print books. This article describes the decision making process that resulted in a permanent change in collection development at a major academic research library. It considers how the program works from the perspective of library subject specialists and provides some information on the user experience. Finally, the article discusses future directions for PDA and poses questions that must be considered in the context of a major paradigm shift in collection development practices."

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Why Genre Rules e-Books, and What the Big Publishers Are Doing About It

Why Genre Rules e-Books, and What the Big Publishers Are Doing About It | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The future of book publishing is increasingly digital -- and increasingly tilted towards genre fiction.
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"One of the biggest success stories in U.S. publishing in recent years has been the continued growth of digital book publishing. Last year, total revenue for e-book sales in the United States reached $3.04 billion, a 44.2% increase on 2011′s numbers and a figure all the more impressive when you realize that growth is additive to the print publishing industry. Even more surprising, publishers have focused much of their attention on genres like sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and romance fiction – markets that have traditionally lagged behind “literary fiction” in terms of sales.

In the last few months, however, Random House and HarperCollins launched their first digital-only imprints, and all of them focused on genre fiction. Random House announced the sci-fi/fantasy line Hydra, mystery line Alibi, “new adult”-targeted Flirt and romance-centric Loveswept, while Harper Collins created the digital mystery imprint Witness in April. Although this focus on genre fiction might seem counter-intuitive according to traditional print publishing sales, Random House VP and digital publishing director Allison Dobson says there’s a simple reason for it: The digital audience wants different things."

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Sorry iBooks, paper books still win on specs

Sorry iBooks, paper books still win on specs | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"In the wake of Apple's announcement of iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and the latest version of iTunes U, I'd like to take a moment to step back and look at the technology they all look to replace: paper. There's not much of a question that from a business and from an educational standpoint, the textbook industry is ripe for disruption. The high prices of books, the inordinately strong influence of large buyer blocks like the Texas Board of Education, and even simpler issues like how much a paper textbook weighs all speak to a need to rethink how we distribute and interact with academic texts. I look forward to these disruptions and hope they make education easier and more broadly distributed."

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5 Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing Your Book

5 Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing Your Book | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
So, you're finally dusting off that 300-page manuscript and getting into the self-publishing game. It can be an exciting and rewarding venture, but before you get started, it's ... (5 Things to Consider Before Self-Publishing Your Book.
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"Self-publishing means you won't get all of the resources that a publishing company might provide, and you'll have to pull a lot of the weight yourself. Here are some things you should consider before embarking on your journey to publication."

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Paper or plastic - print and electronic books compared [infographic] - Ebook Friendly

Paper or plastic - print and electronic books compared [infographic] - Ebook Friendly | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Designed by Lauren Salomonson, this infographic is a useful way to compare pros and cons of each way of reading books. Which side are you on? Via
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To Print or Not to Print - No Question

To Print or Not to Print - No Question | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Converting an e-book to a conventional printed version is a no-brainer. Well, that's what I thought when I decided to take Little River from the e-book only world to print.  With an old-fashioned b...
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Books-a-Million to Become Second US Bookstore Chain With POD In-Store

Books-a-Million to Become Second US Bookstore Chain With POD In-Store | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"Yesterday Books-a-Million announced plans to install an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) in one of their stores.The pilot store will be located in Portland, Maine, and plans are in the works to place a second EBM in another location.

The Espresso Book Machine is a self-contained print ship which enables customers to order books from a catalog and have the books printed while the customer is waiting. It takes just a few minutes to produce a book, and the EBM can print anything from a MMPB to a trade PB sized book."

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Digital Natives Still Tend to Prefer Print | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News

Digital Natives Still Tend to Prefer Print | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project uncovered an interesting trend regarding (Digital Natives Still Tend to Prefer Print | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News http://t.co/CrWf4Y8rR5)...
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5 Ways to Fix Book Publishing

5 Ways to Fix Book Publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
How can we reverse the industry’s demise? Anis Shivani says the system needs to be torn down—to give control to readers.
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Goodreads Users Reveal What Makes a Book Readable | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News

Goodreads Users Reveal What Makes a Book Readable | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"Goodreads is not only one of the top sources for online book discovery, but the buzz platform also commissions a number of surveys that provide very real insight into what reading consumers are thinking. Asking their users detailed questions from how they are most likely to find new titles to what makes the choose a cover, actual useable information comes through via their surveys.

Goodreads has now released a very telling infographic on book abandonment. This information, based once again on user surveys, asked respondents to explain how often they don’t finish a book, how much of it they felt obligated to read before deciding to walk away, and what some of the crucial characteristics are that make them decide to finish or abandon a particular book."

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¿Qué hace que un lector se enganche con un #libro o no? (según los usuarios de Goodreads)

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Book by e-book - The Hindu

Book by e-book - The Hindu | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Hindu Book by e-book The Hindu Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the movable type printing press made mass publication possible and gave birth to public libraries.
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"But the advent of the Internet and e-books changed all that. Now you have millions of websites that offer free e-books, films, audio-books and feature films legally as copyright expires. It all started with Michael Stern Hart. His vision was to be able to carry the entire Library of Congress in a laptop. Thus began Project Gutenberg. With freeware concept being a big hit in the 1970s and 1980s, it soon had hundreds of e-books online. Today, Project Gutenberg has over 50,000 volunteers and offers free e-books, music, films, videos, and audio-books in over 100 languages!"
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Simons: A textbook case of digital revolution: Alberta closes the book on an education tradition

Simons: A textbook case of digital revolution: Alberta closes the book on an education tradition | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
No more pencils. No more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks.
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"The Internet is an extraordinarily powerful educational tool. Of course, we want our kids to have access to the best, evolving, information, the most effective new pedagogical resources. Of course, we want them to be fluent in the language of our brave new multimedia world. But in our rush to embrace the very real virtues of the digital universe, let us be careful that our enchantment doesn’t blind us to its limitations. We may no longer need a textbook warehouse. Let’s not be in quite such a hurry to get rid of the textbook itself."
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New study shows that younger readers are more willing to pay for online content than older ones | MobyLives

New study shows that younger readers are more willing to pay for online content than older ones | MobyLives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"According to a new study from theReuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, the younger readers they polled across nine countries were significantly more likely to have paid for digital news than older readers. The age group 25-34 is the most committed, but even 18-24 year olds paid for news at a higher rate than 45-54 year olds, for instance."

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No Names, No Jackets | One chapter. Just the writing. Discover something new.

Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:

"No Names, No Jackets, a book discovery service with an innovative twist: all you see here is one chapter from a story without knowing who wrote it, whether it was self-published or traditional, its synopsis, its title, or what its cover looks like. We all say that good writing should be the only thing that matters, not good salesmanship or high profile. 3NJ aims to make that a reality through both a steady stream of submitted content and a StumbleUpon-style lucky dip randomiser system that won’t show you the same thing twice and won’t let older content lay buried.

There are no reviews, no star ratings, no likes, no recommendations, no favourites. Other sites and services can do these things better and have done so for longer. That’s fine. 3NJ is purely about discovery, about allowing people who want to read good stuff to find it free of prejudice and preconception, and people who write good stuff to let their writing stand for itself."

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Childrens digital book market

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"The Association of American Publishers reported substantial growth in revenues for children’s digital publishing for in 2012, a nearly 200% increase year over year in what has become a $177-million business."
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