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How to Change the World: How to calculate your royalty

How to Change the World: How to calculate your royalty | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you're thinking of writing a book, use this site to calculate your royalties from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo: http://apethebook.com/calculator/#top (Guy Kawasaki's self-publishing royalty calculator for #Amazon and other sites.
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Book Readers Live Longer Lives, According to New Study from Yale University

Book Readers Live Longer Lives, According to New Study from Yale University | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

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What are the keys to longevity? If you ask Dan Buettner, the author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he'd list nine key factors.
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UK Govt Will Now Pay Authors Each Time Their eBook is Loaned From a Public Library | The Digital Reader

UK Govt Will Now Pay Authors Each Time Their eBook is Loaned From a Public Library | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It is a common practice in Europe and in many of Great Britain's former colonies for public libraries to pay authors each time one of their books is loaned from a library. That practice is called Public Lending Rights, and in most countries, it does not cover ebooks and audiobooks - just print books. According to The Bookseller, the UK gov't expanded PLR this week to include ebooks: Authors will be paid from a government fund that compensates authors for loaning their works for free from public libraries. The catalyst for the change stems from a judgement in November in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It held the definition of lending by public libraries in European copyright law also includes remote electronic lending, thus removing the final barrier to its expansion. The UK is one of the first countries to extend its library lending compensation scheme to remote e-lending, following amendments to the Digital Economy Bill. Rob Wilson, minister for civil society, and responsible for libraries, called it an "important change" that would help libraries to embrace the digital age and put e-book authors on "the same footing" as other writers, illustrators and photographers whose physical books are borrowed for free. “This legislation fulfils a manifesto commitment and underlines our support for the [...]
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Penpee.com | The Digital Reader

Penpee.com | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Buried in the buzz for Wattpad Tap, Hooked, and Amazon Rapids lies a small UK startup called Penpee. This startup describes itself as a "Netflix for short stories". Creators can publish stories consisting of (at most) 5 chapters and 6,000 words and will be paid when readers finish each chapter. Readers can buy credits to read stories, or they can earn them by referring friends, reporting plagiarized stories, and continued participation. Each credit is worth 0.02 cents (a fiftieth of a cent) and a chapter can cost up to 3 credits. Penpee is based in the UK, and is relatively new - it only launched a few months ago. According to founder Tijan Penpee, the startup currently has over 300 users. Check These Out!
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E-Book Sales Declined 18.7% and Audio Grew 29.6% in 2016

E-Book Sales Declined 18.7% and Audio Grew 29.6% in 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There is no denying that e-book sales continue to plummet in the United States, as the novelty of the format continues to wane. Major publishers do not even
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Does KDP Paperback Publishing Really Solve Anything?

Does KDP Paperback Publishing Really Solve Anything? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Never one to be a naysayer, we at GoodEReader ordinarily go fan-girl level crazy over a new startup that innovates anything to do with digital publishing. But a
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AAP: Trade Sales Up, eBook Sales Down Through September 2016 | The Digital Reader

AAP: Trade Sales Up, eBook Sales Down Through September 2016 | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Association of American Publishers reported on Friday that trade publishing revenues rose a fraction of a percent in the first three quarters of 2016, to $4.99 billion. At the same time, ebook revenues for the 1200 odd publishers submitting data to the AAP were down 20%, continuing the trend we've seen since the return of agency pricing in the US market. Press Release: The first three quarters of 2016 saw slight growth in trade books and a decline in educational and learning materials. Publishers’ revenues for all tracked categories (Trade - fiction/non-fiction/religious, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses) declined by $684.5 million from the first three quarters in 2015. Publisher revenues include sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc. Trade book revenue grew 0.6% to $4.99 billion through Sept. 2016 vs. the first three quarters in 2015. The $28.7 million growth came from children & young adult books and religious presses. Downloaded audio continues to gain popularity, growing 29.6%. Overview of September 2016 September saw a slight increase in total sales for all tracked categories, with growth of 0.7% vs. Sept. 2015. Increases in children & young adult books and religious [...]
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Online Piracy Can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds 

Online Piracy Can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. The empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up.
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Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks 

Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The government is expanding the Public Lending Right (PLR) to include e-books and e-audiobooks, meaning their authors will be eligible for payment in the same way as those whose physical books are borrowed from libraries.
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Why VR Might Be A Bust — And Why AR Has Promise

Why VR Might Be A Bust — And Why AR Has Promise | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishers are increasingly dipping their toes into virtual reality (VR). The New York Times, Condé Nast, and Time Inc. have all released VR apps in the past year, offering consumers access to 360-degree video, a stepping stone towards interactive VR (here’s the difference between the two). Platforms are placing big bets on VR too. Facebook …
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Kobo and Bol.com Launch 'Kobo Plus' Ebook Subscription

Kobo and Bol.com Launch 'Kobo Plus' Ebook Subscription | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Entering a sector with a checkered track record, Canada's Kobo and The Netherlands' bol.com start an ebook subscription model for 9.99 euros a month.
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Kobo Launches eBook Subscription Service Kobo Plus | The Digital Reader

Kobo Launches eBook Subscription Service Kobo Plus | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I have little solid information yet but I have just heard that Kobo is going to launch an ebook subscription service at midnight EST (about 30 minutes from now). Edit: Kobo hasn't launched Kobo Plus yet, but the service is very real (I have the T&C). There's a blank info page for Kobo Plus on the Kobo Writing Life blog, and a similarly blank page on the (US) Kobo website. The meta description for that page says: Kobo Plus eBook subscription gives you unlimited access to titles from every genre that can be read on any device. Start a 30-day free trial today. Further digging has revealed that the Dutch-language page (German?) for Kobo Plus is already live. Bol.com is going to be a partner, and the service will cost 10 euros per month with a 30-day trial. The matching catalog is also live, and I can see that 37,127 titles are listed. It's not clear how Kobo Plus compares to Kindle Unlimited, the subscription service Amazon launched in July 2014, but it is clearly a competing service. According to my source, Kobo Plus is "better in terms of royalties and there's no exclusivity involved. And it also benefits readers, as well." KU paid out [...]
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Kobo Plus Does Not Require Exclusivity, Pays Out Shares of a Limited Funding Pool | The Digital Reader

Kobo Plus Does Not Require Exclusivity, Pays Out Shares of a Limited Funding Pool | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo still hasn't announced its ebook subscription service, but that is okay because I have another scoop for you. Kobo Plus is now listed as a distribution option in Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's publishing portal, and I have a copy of the Kobo Plus contract addendum T&C. You'll find the text at the end of this post, but the tl;dr version is that Kobo is going to pay authors out of a pool funded by subscriber payments. The math determining the payment is rather complicated, but I can report that the payment will be triggered when a Kobo Plus subscriber has read 20% of the book. Also, a book has to be in Kobo Plus for at least six months but there is no mention of an exclusivity requirement. The payment terms are similar to the terms offered by Amazon for Kindle Unlimited (since July 2015), which pays based on the number of pages read and is funded by a finite pool. And that is good news for the long-term health of Kobo Plus. As we learned from Oyster and Scribd, companies need to keep their expenses in line with their income. Oyster failed, sold out to Google, and then shut down. [...]
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E-Reader vs. Book Comparison

In this video, I compare the pros and cons of an e-reader and traditional hardcover/paperback books. Money Saving Apps: Shopkicks
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Use of Ereaders in the UK Is Growing, but at a Slow Pace

Use of Ereaders in the UK Is Growing, but at a Slow Pace | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Single-digit gains to continue through 2020
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AAP: Trade Sales Up, eBook Sales Down Through September 2016 | The Digital Reader

AAP: Trade Sales Up, eBook Sales Down Through September 2016 | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Association of American Publishers reported on Friday that trade publishing revenues rose a fraction of a percent in the first three quarters of 2016, to $4.99 billion. At the same time, ebook revenues for the 1200 odd publishers submitting data to the AAP were down 20%, continuing the trend we've seen since the return of agency pricing in the US market. Press Release: The first three quarters of 2016 saw slight growth in trade books and a decline in educational and learning materials. Publishers’ revenues for all tracked categories (Trade - fiction/non-fiction/religious, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses) declined by $684.5 million from the first three quarters in 2015. Publisher revenues include sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc. Trade book revenue grew 0.6% to $4.99 billion through Sept. 2016 vs. the first three quarters in 2015. The $28.7 million growth came from children & young adult books and religious presses. Downloaded audio continues to gain popularity, growing 29.6%. Overview of September 2016 September saw a slight increase in total sales for all tracked categories, with growth of 0.7% vs. Sept. 2015. Increases in children & young adult books and religious [...]
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The State of iBooks in Early 2017

The State of iBooks in Early 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The capability of storing your iBooks library on iCloud Drive caused problems when Apple introduced it last year. Michael Cohen takes a look to see if the company has resolved those issues.
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Arkansas is going to tax audiobooks and e-books

Arkansas is going to tax audiobooks and e-books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The House Revenue and Taxation Committee in Arkansas is going to end the tax exemption of audiobooks and e-books. This will drive up the costs for people who
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Why the Much-Hyped "Netflix of Books" Model Ended Up Flopping

Why the Much-Hyped "Netflix of Books" Model Ended Up Flopping | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There's one major industry where the Netflix model was a complete flop. Here's a breakdown of what happened to the concept of a "Netflix of books" and why.
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UK libraries 'missing 25m books' 

UK libraries 'missing 25m books'  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The UK's public libraries are missing 25 million books, according to new figures from libraries body CIPFA, although the decline in books could be worse than the figures indicate due to discrepancies between computer audits and physical stock takes.
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Publishers Ignoring Upsides of Distributed Content

Publishers Ignoring Upsides of Distributed Content | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last week I wrote about how most publishers don’t have a plan in place to manage the opportunities and costs associated with distributed content. In my book, that’s a missed opportunity. Publishers don’t disagree. When we surveyed publishers about distributed content, they overwhelming responded that the biggest opportunities they see for distributed content is as …
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Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing 

Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishing Trends takes a look into virtual reality and how it could enhance traditional publishing.
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Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks 

Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The government is expanding the Public Lending Right (PLR) to include e-books and e-audiobooks, meaning their authors will be eligible for payment in the same way as those whose physical books are borrowed from libraries.
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Against Readability

Against Readability | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Readable has become the chosen term of praise in our times because so many of us find ourselves unable to concentrate as we once could or still aspire to.
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