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Apple's iBooks grew 100% in 2012, maintaining 20% share of eBook market - Apple Insider

Apple's iBooks grew 100% in 2012, maintaining 20% share of eBook market - Apple Insider | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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Apple's iBooks grew 100% in 2012, maintaining 20% share of eBook market. By Daniel Eran Dilger. The ongoing antitrust trial by the U.S.
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Amazon profits up 40% in first quarter | The Bookseller

Amazon profits up 40% in first quarter | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has reported its eighth profitable quarter, with profit up 40%, to $724m (£560.8m) in the first three months of the year.
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Has Spanish startup BTwinBooks finally cracked book bundling?

Has Spanish startup BTwinBooks finally cracked book bundling? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Many have tried bundling physical books with their digital content - and many have failed. Will BTwinBooks's IoT technology triumph?
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Jerusalem International Book Fair Announces Zev Birger Fellows

Jerusalem International Book Fair Announces Zev Birger Fellows | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This year's group of Zev Birger Fellows for the Jerusalem International Book Fair will see the event coincide for the first time with Hebrew Book Week.
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Educational publishers to showcase innovations at WIPO event organized by IPA, FEP and Bertelsmann

Educational publishers to showcase innovations at WIPO event organized by IPA, FEP and Bertelsmann | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is an international industry federation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing.
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IPA publishes Freedom to Publish Manifesto - a pledge to act when publishers are gagged, imprisoned or threatened

IPA publishes Freedom to Publish Manifesto - a pledge to act when publishers are gagged, imprisoned or threatened | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is an international industry federation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing.
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4 “Wow” Experiences at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Digital Book World

4 “Wow” Experiences at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital children’s books, augmented and virtual reality may be the next big thing.
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Damn the Facts: The "Ebook Sales Are Down" Narrative Must be Maintained at All Costs | The Digital Reader

Damn the Facts: The "Ebook Sales Are Down" Narrative Must be Maintained at All Costs | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The UK Publisher Association released its annual report on industry revenue, and once again the media is selectively reporting the publicly available stats in support of the narrative that ebook sales are declining. I have the press release at the end of this post, and I won't be rehashing it. But I will point out the problem in the stories reported by The Bookseller, The Guardian, and The Telegraph. If you read the various reports you will learn that print sales up by 8% to £3 billion while ebook sales were down 3% in the UK last year, to £538 million. You would also find out that consumer ebook sales dropped 17%, to £204 million, in 2016. Both of these stats are true, but not one of the stories linked to above will tell you the information you need to put those two factoids in context. What they did not tell you was that data from the pseudonymous Data Guy pegged the UK ebook market at £327 million in consumer sales last year. (This is based on the February 207 data, so it is imperfectly reliable.) Yes, the UK PA is only tracking about 62% of the market, and yet everyone (with [...]
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UK Readers Abandon eBooks at an alarming rate

UK Readers Abandon eBooks at an alarming rate | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Readers in the United Kingdom are suffering from screen fatigue and are abandoning e-books and embracing print. Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m
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Barcelona's Schavelzon Heads to BookExpo With Spanish-Language Titles on Offer

Barcelona's Schavelzon Heads to BookExpo With Spanish-Language Titles on Offer | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amid growing interest in Spanish and Latin American writers among US publishers, Barcelona-based agency Schavelzon Graham will be at BookExpo.
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Unbound launches audio and podcast arm | The Bookseller

Unbound launches audio and podcast arm | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding publisher Unbound is to launch a new audio and podcasting arm Unbound Audio.
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Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint

Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Quarto Iberoamericana addresses a market of up to 550 million Spanish-language citizens, as distribution channels are arranged to deliver translations.
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As Good e-Reader crowdfunds another e-ink tablet, how did the last one turn out?

As Good e-Reader crowdfunds another e-ink tablet, how did the last one turn out? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last year, we covered Good e-Reader's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a 13.3" e-ink Android tablet. With the tablet having funded successfully and shipped out to its backers, and a new Kickstarter campaign for a 6.8" e-ink Android tablet underway, it seemed like a good time to look into how the tablet has done. Were the backers happy…
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Australian Copyright Scandal Points to the Need for Greater Oversight of Copyright Collectives 

Australian Copyright Scandal Points to the Need for Greater Oversight of Copyright Collectives  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Australian copyright community has been shocked by a scandal involving the Copyright Agency, a copyright collective that diverted millions of dollars intended for authors toward a lobbying and advocacy fund designed to fight against potential fair use reforms. The collective reportedly withheld A$15 million in royalties from authors in order to build a war chest to fight against changes to the Australian copyright law. I wrote last month about my experience in Australia, where groups such as the Copyright Agency have engaged in a remarkable effort to mislead policy makers on the state of copyright law in Canada. A former director of the Copyright Agency describes the latest situation as "pathetic" noting that it was outrageous to extract millions from publicly-funded schools for a lobbying fund.

The Australian case is far from an isolated incident. A quick search reveals plenty of examples of legal concerns involving copyright collectives with corruption fears in Kenya and competition law concerns in Italy over the past couple of months as well as recent fines against Spanish collecting societies. In fact, Jonathan Band and Brandon Butler published an eye-opening article several years ago chronicling an astonishing array of examples of corruption, mismanagement, lack of transparency, and negative effects for both creators and users from copyright collectives around the world.
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How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip'

How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip' | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Just a few years ago, the Kindle was being blamed for the death of the traditional book. But the latest figures show a dramatic reversal of fortunes, with sales of ebooks plunging. So what’s behind this resurgence?
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On Challenges in Children’s Books in the Middle East: Commercial and Contextual

On Challenges in Children’s Books in the Middle East: Commercial and Contextual | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From Gulf News: 'There's a need to bring children back to books,' says one author, while another points to publishers' reticence to promote area folktales.
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IPA releases Global Book Fair Report 2017 – the most comprehensive yet

IPA releases Global Book Fair Report 2017 – the most comprehensive yet | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is an international industry federation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing.
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UK Publishing has record year up 7% to £4.8bn

UK Publishing has record year up 7% to £4.8bn | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Figures released today by the Publishers Association shows that 2016 was a record breaking year for the publishing industry with sales of books and journals reaching £4.8bn, their highest ever level.
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Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint

Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Quarto Iberoamericana addresses a market of up to 550 million Spanish-language citizens, as distribution channels are arranged to deliver translations.
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Rights Snapshot: Mexican Author Sells Into Seven Territories - Publishing Perspectives

Rights Snapshot: Mexican Author Sells Into Seven Territories - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With the judges referring to his ability to both entertain and move readers, Mexico's Antonio Ortuño wins the Ribera del Duera Prize.
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eBookcraft Conference Presentation Videos Now Online | The Digital Reader

eBookcraft Conference Presentation Videos Now Online | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Held over a 2-day span in March in Toronto, eBookcraft is one of the last two remaining digital conferences in North American related to book publishing. Earlier this week they posted several videos of conference presentations. It's not the same as being there in person, but it's better than a soda can full of bees. You can find the videos via the following links. I have only had a chance to watch several, and I can recommend several. The video on DRM is a good overview of the topic, and presentation on how web companies are addressing the problem of intermittent access was also informative. In the Trenches with Accessible EPUB - Charles LaPierre Under a Google Impact Challenge Award from Google’s charitable foundation, Google.org, DAISY has been building a ground-breaking accessibility certification process based on the new IDPF EPUB Accessibility 1.0 Specification. To support this process, Benetech launched a pilot program that involved working closely with publishers and conversion vendors to evaluate the accessibility of their content. On Again; Off Again - BenjaminYoung Over the past year, the world’s leading browsers have added features enabling web applications and publications to “phase shift” between online and offline states. Surrounding these new features is a growing [...]
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Lotinga urges government to support success as PA stats reveal record 2016 | The Bookseller

Lotinga urges government to support success as PA stats reveal record 2016 | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The industry’s earnings hit a new high in 2016, according to the PA Publishing Yearbook 2016.
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India's ISBN Agency Is Reported Mired in Delays, Books Published Without Identifiers

India's ISBN Agency Is Reported Mired in Delays, Books Published Without Identifiers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
At India's Scroll.in, a report from Mridula Chari indicates that publishers are having to issue titles without ISBNs, as an inadequate system bogs down.
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Do people not want ebooks anymore because paper books look nicer?

Do people not want ebooks anymore because paper books look nicer? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When did the form factor of books become more important than the content? Yes, that's a rhetorical question, but it just keeps coming to mind when I run across articles like this piece in today's Guardian: "How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip.'" The particular Kindle the article is actually talking…
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Dutch Court Rules That Freely Given Fan-Subtitles Are Copyright Infringement

Dutch Court Rules That Freely Given Fan-Subtitles Are Copyright Infringement | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
For some reason, there has been a sub-war raging for more than a decade between anti-piracy groups and fans who create free subtitles for content so other regions can enjoy that same content. While much of this war has been fought for years o
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