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Frankfurt Book Fair 2013: E-books Go Global

Frankfurt Book Fair 2013: E-books Go Global | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

In a recent panel at the Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting, Penguin Random House COO Madeline McIntosh called the international market potential “massive,” noting that the sale of e-books will not depend on local infrastructures, which historically have been too weak in many countries to support sales of print books. To take advantage of growth opportunities, various players have set up systems to help facilitate international e-book sales.


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Debating the Digital Textbook Issue---Again -

Debating the Digital Textbook Issue---Again - | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for sending my way two stories in as many days about the digital textbook issue. In the first, he outlines some reasons behind the ‘growing resistance’ to digital textbooks, including poor navigation features, inadequate study extras and internet requirements which limit student use. In the second, he profiles a North Carolina school district whose difficulty with the actual devices pre-empted any further use, textbook or otherwise.

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The Good And Bad In Chaotic eBook Pricing - Techdirt (blog)

The Good And Bad In Chaotic eBook Pricing - Techdirt (blog) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Good And Bad In Chaotic eBook Pricing Techdirt (blog) For years we've discussed the ridiculousness of ebook pricing, where some publishers seem to think that sky high prices for ebooks (often higher than physical copies) makes sense, despite...
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There’s Growing Resistance to Digital Textbook Adoption

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Universities and school districts across the US are adopting digital textbooks in droves, but as students use this latest educational panacea more and more are reporting that it does not live up to the hype.

Many of those who are actually using the textbooks are questioning whether there is any real value to digital textbooks or whether older methods will still work better.

For example, last week a student journalist with Carnegie Mellon University’s The Tartanstudent newspaper reported that he found that school’s  online textbook platforms to be less useful than pen on paper.

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How Amazon Became the King of Audiobooks

How Amazon Became the King of Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Recorded books are now a billion-dollar business, which Amazon dominates perhaps like none other.
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"If you are a fan of audiobooks -- and the numbers of people who say they are has grown impressively in recent years -- the odds are that Amazon is your preferred place to shop. Of all the ways Amazon has come to dominate the book market, especially in the digital arena, its share of audiobook sales probably represents its most formidable pre-eminence.

At the last tally (now more than a year old), more than 60 percent of audiobooks were downloaded to digital devices, and nearly all of those came from Audible (an Amazon company) or through its long-standing license to supply audiobooks to Apple's iTunes. Amazon also owns Brilliance audio, the biggest producer of CD-based audiobooks. Audiobooks are now well over a billion-dollar business, and the available figures suggest that Amazon retains a far larger piece of that revenue than any other retailer."

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Jonathan Zittrain: 'Digital books are under the control of distributors rather than readers' (Wired UK)

Jonathan Zittrain: 'Digital books are under the control of distributors rather than readers' (Wired UK) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Any device that is tethered to the cloud could have its contents changed at the request of a publisher, author or angry subject
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"Digital books and other texts are increasingly coming under the control of distributors and other gatekeepers rather than readers and libraries. Though you can read a book through, say, Google Books, or on a Nook or Kindle, it's laborious to save what you see to your computer and truly make the book your own. With cloud-based services, one "master" copy of the book is always online, but that makes it vulnerable to manipulation or even deletion."

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Chinese readers still don't want to pay for e-books - China.org.cn

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"A survey on Chinese people's reading habits found that Chinese readers still prefer not to pay for e-books.

Since early this year, Beijing OpenBook Co., Ltd., an information service company for the book retail industry, has surveyed 8,048 respondents on their reading habits in the multimedia era.

It was the tenth time for the company to conduct such a survey, the results of which were released to Xinhua on Wednesday.

Of all the respondents, 3,561 were interviewed at bookstores and 4,487 were polled online.

The survey the company conducted in 2010 found that for every one person who had ever paid for an e-book, there were three others who had not. That proportion has stood unchanged."

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US eBook Market Grew by 5% in Q1 2013, AAP Reports

US eBook Market Grew by 5% in Q1 2013, AAP Reports | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In spite of the spectacular growth of ebooks in 2008 to 2011, we all know that eventually the ride would come to a stop as the growth of ebook market share slowed. TBH I didn't expect it to happen so quickly.
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Ebooks up Modestly in First Quarter 2013 | Digital Book World

Ebooks up Modestly in First Quarter 2013 | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Ebook revenue growth in the U.S. has slowed in 2013 afters years of double- and triple-digit gains. Ebook revenues for trade publishing grew 5% in the first quarter of 2013 to $393.6 million.
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Op-ed: How content discovery is helping solve two publishing dilemmas | What's New in Publishing

Op-ed: How content discovery is helping solve two publishing dilemmas | What's New in Publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In the online space, there are a number of challenges for publishers to navigate – and the two that come up most frequently are, how can I keep my readers engaged and interested when there are so many other channels competing for their attention?
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Get your Geiger counter out (e-book royalties are back, and this time they're toxic) | FutureBook

Get your Geiger counter out (e-book royalties are back, and this time they're toxic) | FutureBook | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"E-book royalties have been fixed at around 25% for a few years now. The unanimous position of publishers has been that that was what was affordable.

I've generally left this topic alone because a) it was well-covered elsewhere and b) I was prepared to accept pro-tem that the digital transition was expensive, that it had arrived rather suddenly (if you allow a definition of "suddenly" which embraces "a lot of people were telling you about it and you chose not to believe them"), and that no one would actually be daft enough to try to deceive the golden goose about the availability of grain.

Because sooner or later—especially in an environment where grain sources are becoming less centralised and where the flow of grain is scrutinised rather intensely—the goose was going to find out and might get a bit pissy. Geese are almost as sensitive about grain as they are about unanticipated Gaulish invaders."

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Survey: Does Apple’s Guilty Verdict in Ebook Trial Damage Publishing? : Publishing Perspectives

Survey: Does Apple’s Guilty Verdict in Ebook Trial Damage Publishing? : Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Apple has been found guilty of colluding to raise ebook prices. Financial ramifications aside, has the judgement damaged publishing's reputation with consumers?
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How much should e-books cost?

A judge has ruled that Apple conspired to set e-book prices. How much are consumers willing to spend on e-books?
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Wearable eReaders? What’ll They Think of Next?

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San Francisco based startup Scribd is thinking beyond eReaders. Apparently Google Glass-like wearable tech is the next big thing.
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Amazon Shows That France Really Doesn't Get Adam Smith

Amazon's another little example of the way that France and the French really don't get the points that were put across by Adam Smith.
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20 different ways to buy ebooks, digital comics and etextbooks - The ...

20 different ways to buy ebooks, digital comics and etextbooks - The ... | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It's only fitting that numerous ebookstore services emerge for us to read on all the different devices we have. With the increase in ebook adoption, a new.
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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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Google Play Books is Now Available in 9 More Countries in Europe

Google Play Books is Now Available in 9 More Countries in Europe | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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The world’s second most slowly expanding ebookstore made some progress this week with the launch of new local ebookstores in 9 more countries:

Czech RepublicDenmarkFinlandGreeceHungaryNetherlandsPolandRomaniaSweden
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If the Kindle fails so will ebooks

I don’t get why anti-Amazon people get up in arms whenever they find an author who links to the Amazon pages for their books. Or whenever a publisher out there seems to favour the Seattle Beh...
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"Even if every publisher, every author, and every editor out there studiously avoided sending traffic to Amazon in any way, that wouldn’t even cause a measurable dent in Amazon’s book or ebook revenue.

People go to Amazon, they aren’t sent there.

Pointing people anywhere else will only result in lower affiliate fees for the author or publisher as people follow the link, close the tab, and then go to Amazon directly to buy it there anyway."

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The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem - Huffington Post

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The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem Huffington Post While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another...
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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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Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Crowdsourced Editing: The Future of Self-Publishing?

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Crowdsourced Editing: The Future of Self-Publishing? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Could authors tap into crowdsourcing networks for help with mundane and time-consuming (and expensive) tasks like cover design, book layout, and editing? (Crowdsourced Editing: The Future of Self-Publishing?
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Tablets vs. Textbooks - ProCon.org

Tablets vs. Textbooks - ProCon.org | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools? (RT @procon_org: K-12 textbook publishing is an $8 billion industry; 3 companies run about 85% of the market.
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"Proponents of tablets say that they are supported by most teachers and students, are much lighter than print textbooks, and improve standardized test scores. They say tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks, save the environment by lowering the amount of printing, increase student interactivity and creativity, and that digital textbooks are cheaper than print textbooks."
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eBook prices remain high in Canada despite price drops in US - Pro PR

eBook prices remain high in Canada despite price drops in US - Pro PR | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
eBook prices in Canada are not dropping in step with price decreases in the US
Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:

"While readers in the US may be benefiting from a drop in eBook prices following settlement of the Apple eBook price fixing case, Canadians are not sharing in the benefit of declining eBook prices.

Laura Hazard Owen reported yesterday that retailers have begun cutting eBook prices in response to the settlement of the Apple eBook price fixing case. Her post included a table comparing prices at which certain books are offered by the various major eBook retailers in the US.

I focused on the fact that my favourite eBook seller, Kobo, was the highest priced seller in all examples. I tweeted about this and was promptly called out by Jennifer Fox."

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Quill & Quire » Guest opinion: why libraries should get into the book-selling business

Quill & Quire » Guest opinion: why libraries should get into the book-selling business | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
"It may be sacrilegious and antithetical to everything libraries stand for (and as librarians, we appreciate this more than most), but we ardently believe it nevertheless: libraries should get into the business of selling books. Now. The crisis in Canada’s once vibrant book industry is negatively affecting our reading lives and communities. Growing evidence suggests that the increasing dominance of big corporations and discount giants is resulting in less diversity of ideas."
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