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Barnes & Noble Drops Nook Ebook Reader - The Mac Observer

Barnes & Noble Drops Nook Ebook Reader - The Mac Observer | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Mac Observer Barnes & Noble Drops Nook Ebook Reader The Mac Observer Book retailer Barnes & Noble revealed on Tuesday that it is abandoning its Nook ebook reader hardware business.
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Has social media made author websites obsolete?

An author website is still far more essential than Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, says developer Simon Appleby.
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Fanning the Flames of Celebrity Attraction: BookCon Revs Up

Fanning the Flames of Celebrity Attraction: BookCon Revs Up | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With more adult-content authors on the lineup and three years of experience in New York and Chicago, ReedPOP's BookCon is gearing up for book fandom.
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Using Snapchat To Reach Millennial Readers: 5 Tips

Using Snapchat To Reach Millennial Readers: 5 Tips | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
By Joan Selby Although Generation Y has often been criticized, there's no denying the fact that its members are efficiently well-connected via image-based social media sites and apps. If you want to gain a better insight into the minds of the Millennials, there's no better way to do it than observe and interact with them…
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Russia's Readers Raise the Digital Stakes Amid Falling Print Sales

Russia's Readers Raise the Digital Stakes Amid Falling Print Sales | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Reports in Russia describe a 60-percent growth in ebook sales last year, and analysts say digital formats may grow at 30 to 50 percent for years to come.
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Ingenue-Washing Book Covers is the Hot New Thing | The Digital Reader

Ingenue-Washing Book Covers is the Hot New Thing | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The book publishing industry is notorious for white-washing book covers by replacing the minority main character with a white (and sometimes male) figure who might not even be in the book. Now Tara Sparling brings a new scourge to our attention: ingenue-washing. A surprising number of books are being published with a faceless 20-somthing girl on the front cover: Sparling explains in her post that publishing has taken the lazy way out (my words) and settled on 20-something white chicks as the symbol of all femininity rather than design covers to suit the content. She framed her post as an open letter to the models: I know it isn’t technically your fault. You didn’t ask to be there. One day you’re just a working model standing on a beach, a clifftop, a bridge, or under a lamppost; the next, you’re blazing across bookshelves and bookshop windows, the cover girl of a bestseller. ... You are not the 52-year-old protagonist of the book I’m reading which deals with dementia; you are not the 38-year-old protagonist of the book which explores fertility and gender expectations. You are not the 46-year-old narrator of a book about destructive obsession. You are most certainly not the 67-year-old woman at the core [...]
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Juvenile Fiction Is a Bright Spot in a Down Week

Juvenile Fiction Is a Bright Spot in a Down Week | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Unit sales of print books fell 3% in the week ended May 7, 2017, compared to the similar week in 2016, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.
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Canadian-Specific Content Served in Kids Can Promotion with McDonald's

Canadian-Specific Content Served in Kids Can Promotion with McDonald's | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Calling books 'an important piece of building a better future,' McDonald's Canada partners with children's publisher Kids Can Press in a book promotion.
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The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator 

The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to choose their favourite apps for smashing with Book Creator. Here's their top choices.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Luísa Lima, Luciana Viter
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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 19, 12:30 PM
we’ve heard from many teachers that Book Creator is a great app for ‘app smashing’. Because you can pull in content from other apps so easily, it’s often the last step in the workflow – where students collate all their content from other apps into one place, to showcase their work. So we thought we’d delve a little deeper to find out which apps were the top choice at the moment when it comes to working with Book Creator. We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to give us their top 5 choices for apps they love to use in conjunction with Book Creator. We then rated their choices (5 points for no.1, 4 points for no.2 etc.) and came up with the list below. These 11 were the only apps that scored double figures. Do you agree with the list?
 
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Read-Shaming Starts in the Classroom | The Digital Reader

Read-Shaming Starts in the Classroom | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When Ruth Graham proclaimed that adults shouldn't read any books that had been marketed as YA, she became perhaps the best well-known literary snob to issue diktats as to what counted as proper reading material. She is not the only one, however, nor the most damaging. The Bookseller brings us the tale of author Robin Stevens. Stevens is a kid's fiction author who has heard from numerous students who were read-shamed: Stevens told The Bookseller she found the situation "really concerning" in case it discourages children to read at all. She said: "It was an email that a kid of around 14 sent me from New Zealand but I’ve seen it in the UK as well. She was very smart and the teacher said she was too smart and she had to read my books at home. "Sometimes kids in England have said ‘I love your books but teachers have said they are not high level enough for me’. It’s heart-breaking. Reading shouldn’t be like that. Kids should be able to dip in and out of different things in the way adults do – many kids are reading YA or Malory Towers [Hodder Children's Books]. Comfort reading is about returning to books [...]
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ePub – convert printed books to digital format

ePub – convert printed books to digital format | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Harbinger Interactive Learning works with leading publishing organizations to convert the printed books to the ePub digital format.
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Elegant gathering - reading fiction reading books

Elegant gathering - reading fiction reading books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Mac Apps, Mac App Store, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch app store listings, news, and price drops
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Will Indie Authors Benefit From Amazon's New Buy Button Policy? | The Digital Reader

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Dates Set in India for 'Books on the Beach' Literature and Tourism Festival

Dates Set in India for 'Books on the Beach' Literature and Tourism Festival | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With a goal of generating cultural tourism, the state of Kerala announces a new three-day program in November at the beach town of Kovalam.
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Read-Shaming Starts in the Classroom | The Digital Reader

Read-Shaming Starts in the Classroom | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When Ruth Graham proclaimed that adults shouldn't read any books that had been marketed as YA, she became perhaps the best well-known literary snob to issue diktats as to what counted as proper reading material. She is not the only one, however, nor the most damaging. The Bookseller brings us the tale of author Robin Stevens. Stevens is a kid's fiction author who has heard from numerous students who were read-shamed: Stevens told The Bookseller she found the situation "really concerning" in case it discourages children to read at all. She said: "It was an email that a kid of around 14 sent me from New Zealand but I’ve seen it in the UK as well. She was very smart and the teacher said she was too smart and she had to read my books at home. "Sometimes kids in England have said ‘I love your books but teachers have said they are not high level enough for me’. It’s heart-breaking. Reading shouldn’t be like that. Kids should be able to dip in and out of different things in the way adults do – many kids are reading YA or Malory Towers [Hodder Children's Books]. Comfort reading is about returning to books [...]
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Amazon's 14th Bookstore to Open in Los Angeles | The Digital Reader

Amazon's 14th Bookstore to Open in Los Angeles | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Those rumors from March were true. News broke on Thursday thatAmazon's fourteenth bookstore will be coming to Los Angeles. Amazon Books, part of Amazon.com Inc., applied for building permits last week for a 5,227-square-foot suite at the Westfield Century City mall, according to a record on the L.A. Department of Building and Safety website. The main project application was submitted May 9 and received initial plan check approval the same day, but a building permit had not yet been issued as of Thursday afternoon, the website says. The application describes Amazon Books as a “first time tenant in Westfield Century City” in suite No. 1970. ... Amazon already has space in other high-end Westfield properties – UTC mall in San Diego and Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday about the space in Century City. Other planned and operating Amazon Books locations include pairs of stores in or near Seattle, San Francisco, Manhattan, and Boston, as well as stores in Portland, Chicago, San Diego, and New Jersey, making this Amazon's 14th bookstore. There's no bookstore in the Westfield Century City mall right now. Borders had a store in there but then [...]
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American Literary Translators' Mentorship Program Applications Are Open

American Literary Translators' Mentorship Program Applications Are Open | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Specific mentorships in Korean, Russian and Catalan as well as non-language-specific mentorships will begin in October at the association's conference.
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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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A Publisher Is France's Minister of Culture: Actes Sud's Françoise Nyssen

A Publisher Is France's Minister of Culture: Actes Sud's Françoise Nyssen | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Actes Sud publisher Françoise Nyssen is named to head up Emmanuel Macron's cultural ministry in Paris. She has never held an elected office.
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Draft2Digital and Streetlib are now distributing e-books to Kobo Plus

Draft2Digital and Streetlib are now distributing e-books to Kobo Plus | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Streetlib and Draft2Digital are two self-publishing solutions for authors looking to get international exposure. These companies are offering the ability to
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Secret Teacher: we're not reading – so why do we assume children will?

Secret Teacher: we're not reading – so why do we assume children will? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
English teachers at my school don’t have time to read whole books, and are told to rely on extracts in class. This is no way to inspire a love of literature

Via Stephania Savva, Ph.D, Silvan Pan Morel, Luciana Viter
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 12:36 PM
When I asked my students to read, I read. When we read in class, we read together. In the school setting I was in many parents read with their children at home. A love of reading is a shared experience.
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What Libraries Can Teach Us in Our Fight for Digital Rights

What Libraries Can Teach Us in Our Fight for Digital Rights | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As civil society worries about the threat of targeted surveillance, the library provides a critical blueprint for how to tackle the problem.

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California, Luciana Viter
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Amazon Charts' Debut: Bestseller and Best-Read Listings From User Data

Amazon Charts' Debut: Bestseller and Best-Read Listings From User Data | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The retailer feeds its Amazon Charts with consumer data on what's being read and listened to (in digital) and what's being sold on a weekly basis.
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This Disintegrating E-Book Cleverly Shows How Blockchains Work

This Disintegrating E-Book Cleverly Shows How Blockchains Work | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Originally invented for the safe transaction of Bitcoin, blockchains have come to the art world–and now, they’re hitting publishing, too.
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How to build baby’s brain with books (infographic)

How to build baby’s brain with books (infographic) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here is another concise infographic from Read Aloud 15 Minutes – a non-profit organization that works to make reading aloud every day…
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