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

The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem - Huffington Post | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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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How to publish a children’s picture ebook [infographic]

How to publish a children’s picture ebook [infographic] | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"This wonderful infographic from Kite Readers, a publishing platform for children’s ebooks, will certainly clear a lot of doubts and help make the right decision.

What’s especially interesting is what prices are parents expecting. If you go with the app, you have to give your book a lower price. Price expectation for a book app is $3.50, compared to $5.80 for an ebook."

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Inforgráfico con información relevante sobre el mercado de los ebooks para niños.

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Selling Books Online With Clever Metadata | Digital Book World

Selling Books Online With Clever Metadata | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"Metadata sells things—things like ebooks. Clever publishers incorporate data at every stage of workflow, creating much of it before a book is even published. Large and small publishers alike can ensure effective book sales, marketing and distribution by efficiently using metadata.

Similarly retailers and libraries, known for their role in book discovery and converting readers to book purchasers, classify titles according to data. Consumers and library patrons have developed an intuitive sense of how books are organized for browsing."

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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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Price times units sold

Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:

"Publishers have defended agency pricing as a way to ensure that healthy competition is maintained among ebook retailers. If all outlets offer a book on equal terms (went the argument), the price incentive disappears and stores compete on service. This is one of the reasons many European markets maintain fixed-book-price laws.

Arguing that the largest retailer should offer discounts that few or no other retailers can match potentially hastens the loss of smaller, independent stores. If you believe that support in niche markets comes largely from these kinds of retail outlets, weakening them is a bad move."

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Publishers, retailers join hands to launch e-book platform

Publishers, retailers join hands to launch e-book platform | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"Traditional book publishers are catching up on the e-book trend by launching their first joint sales and reading platform this summer.

Sino United Publishing, which comprises the city's biggest book publisher-retailers - including Commercial Press, Joint Publishing and Chung Hwa Book - plans to launch Super Book City later this month.

About 1,000 new e-books will be available on the platform, general manager Terence Leung Wing-chung said."

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