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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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Engaging the Reader (Future of Publishing)

Kannan Chandran, publisher of STORM Magazine, talks to sambaash and shares insights on the current state of the Publishing Industry.
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E-book cash fuels Frankfurt rights boom | The Bookseller

E-book cash fuels Frankfurt rights boom | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Book Publishing Industry News. Regular news updates from The Bookseller's news desk.
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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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Subscription E-book Models Move to the Fore

Subscription E-book Models Move to the Fore | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Although it’s been discussed for years, the subscription e-book model is finally gaining traction in the publishing industry, as three new services offering popular backlist trade books—Oyster, e-Reatah, and Scribd—enter the market.
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Told by an idiot, No. 6

Told by an idiot, No. 6 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The self-publishing industry has allowed anyone with a computer and a small amount of money to call themselves authors. Not long ago, I read a fascinating article in the New York Times (unfortunate...
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It is manifestly obvious that a self-published author is no author at all, and that a self-published book is not published. And since a book must have an author, it is surely evident that a self-published book is not even a book. What it is, I cannot say: a new variety of spam, likely.

Now, it is trivially true that self-publishers ‘lack the processes that we can count on to ensure a minimum level of quality’. This is why, for instance, Fifty Shades of Greywas worthless drivel when E. L. James self-published it, but the very same book was a work of high-quality literature when it was released by Vintage Books. All the products of the publishing industry are high-quality literature, of course, and anything not published by the industry is obvious drek. This logically means that every book published goes from the one category to the other on the date of publication.

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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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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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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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A Printable Guide To Creative Commons - Edudemic

A Printable Guide To Creative Commons - Edudemic | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There's a lot to know about Creative Commons. To get you started, this printable guide to Creative Commons will get you up and running in no time.
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About Creative CommonsThese licenses allow you to easily give others the opportunity to share your work.As the original creator of the material, you can choose to reserve only the rights you want.You can: give up all copyright, request attribution, make sure your work is not used for commercial purposes, and ensure that no one changes it, depending on what cc you choose.There are different symbols for each, you can choose whatever combination is appropriate for your work.
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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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Wearable eReaders? What’ll They Think of Next?

Wearable eReaders? What’ll They Think of Next? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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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App data company App Annie expands into ebook analytics for ...

App data company App Annie expands into ebook analytics for ... | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It's essential for publishers to track and analyze ebook sales data, but the process is time-consuming. A new ebook analytics tool from app ranking company App Annie aims to make the process easier.
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Books Don't Want to Be Free

Books Don't Want to Be Free | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries (Books Don't Want to Be Free: How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries | New Republic http://t.co/WQylxJ8YwY)...
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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
Bestseller Success Stories that Started Out as Self-Published Books
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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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Kindle surprise and disappointment

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Stephen Curry: the pleasure and pain of ebooks

Via Carlos Pinheiro
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"... the pleasant surprise at how painlessly I moved to reading ebooks has been tempered by an annoyance more enduring than sunlit reflections in my glossy screen. I have been repeatedly disappointed at the low quality of the texts that I have bought from Amazon's Kindle store. The frequency of typographical errors, sloppy layout and poor image quality, even on my relatively small sample of around twenty titles, has made me wonder if the 'e' in ebook stands for easy money. This seems strange given the care publishers normally take over printed versions — I have only very rarely come across typos or pagination errors — but the evidence from my online purchases is mounting. "

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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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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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Adobe Social update brings predictive publishing and integration with Foursquare, Instagram and LinkedIn

Adobe Social update brings predictive publishing and integration with Foursquare, Instagram and LinkedIn | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Adobe today launched its updated social marketing platform. With this release, Adobe Social is now featuring social predictive publishing capabilities, a new mobile interface, streamlined ...
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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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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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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
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"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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