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One reason Barnes & Noble is struggling: it's carrying fewer titles | MobyLives

One reason Barnes & Noble is struggling: it's carrying fewer titles | MobyLives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the embattled baby changing station Barnes & Noble released its quarterly report and announced that it would no longer produce the Zune Nook tablet in house.
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Industry Notes: Canada's Shifts in Sales; UK's Day With Writer's Digest

Industry Notes: Canada's Shifts in Sales; UK's Day With Writer's Digest | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In Canada, BookNet's check on sales shows ebooks a bit up, In the UK, a new author day is announced by London Book Fair and the US-based Writer's Digest.
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Facebook is going to let publishers start charging readers to view stories

Facebook is going to let publishers start charging readers to view stories | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Business Insider France est un site d’information sur l’économie, les technologies, les entrepreneurs, l’innovation, les découvertes et bien plus encore. En texte, en images, en vidéos et en graphiques, de l’actualité essentielle et percutante.
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Forget George Eliot: now it's male authors disguising their sex to sell more books

Forget George Eliot: now it's male authors disguising their sex to sell more books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The writer behind the much-hyped debut novel Final Girls is in fact called Todd Ritter – but he’s far from the first man to write under an ambiguous name
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A Bookseller’s Elegy 

A Bookseller’s Elegy  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What can you do when a customer wants a book that you not only find objectionable but also believe actually dangerous in such a politically precarious time?
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The importance of covers in commercial fiction 

The importance of covers in commercial fiction  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Phoebe Morgan is an editor at HarperCollins specialising in commercial crime, thrillers and women’s fiction. She is also an author and her first book, The Doll House, will publish from HQ this September. In commercial fiction, the importance of book covers cannot be underestimated. Think about it – you’re walking through a bookshop, and what …
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Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus

Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo Books is the third largest e-book and e-reader company in the world and their primary focus is underserved markets. Instead of competing in the ultra
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On eBooks Being a Dead Format | The Digital Reader

On eBooks Being a Dead Format | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Have you ever had one of those moments where you kinda sorta agree with someone's conclusion and yet still disagree with many of the assumptions that lead to the conclusion? That's how I feel towards a piece published in The Bookseller earlier today. Simon Rowberry argues that ebooks aren't dead, but his arguments betray legacy industry biases. For example, he cavalierly tosses off the assumption that $10 ebook prices are unsustainable. The fall in revenue from ebooks is a direct consequence of legacy publishers’ prioritization of print sales at the expense of digital books. The Kindle’s North American launch in 2007 marketed new ebook titles at $9.99, a discount of at least $10 on the hardback equivalent. This approach was unsustainable, but it set readers’ expectations for the cost of ebooks. What's funny about this assumption are the many indie authors who would disagree, or the publishers like Baen Books that price all of their ebooks under $10. Baen Books has been selling its ebooks at what Rowberry would describe as an unsustainable price for close to twenty years, and yet they have somehow managed to pull it off. And that's not the only data that Rowberry  didn't include. A little earlier in [...]
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BUKU Launches New Unlimited Digital Textbook Program in the Netherlands

BUKU Launches New Unlimited Digital Textbook Program in the Netherlands | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Netherlands is the fastest growing market when it comes to digital publishing. There are a ton of startups and established companies that are taking
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Booknet Canada Reports Print Sales Down 2.7% in First Half of 2017 | The Digital Reader

Booknet Canada Reports Print Sales Down 2.7% in First Half of 2017 | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Booknet Canada has released some sales data and consumer survey data covering the first half of this year. One the one side, official sales channels report print sales are down (there's no comparable ebook sales data). On the other side, consumer surveys have shown a slight increase in preference for ebooks. press release: Canadian book buyers spent $398 million on print books in the English-language trade market during the first six months of 2017. Comparing value sold for a group of comparable stores for the first half of 2017 versus the same period last year, overall sales were down 2.7%, according to sales numbers reported to BNC SalesData. When it comes to format preferences among book buyers in Canada, consumer surveys conducted with 966 book-buying Canadians during the first six months of 2017 show a 3% increase for ebooks versus the same period in 2016. With a 20% share of the market, ebooks remain in third place behind paperback at 51% and hardcover at 23%. Online shopping, which covers shopping on e-commerce websites, mobile app purchases, and ebook/audio downloads, also saw gains during the first half of 2017, rising from 50% to 52% over the same period last year. The second-most popular channel [...]
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On eBooks Being a Dead Format 

On eBooks Being a Dead Format  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Have you ever had one of those moments where you kinda sorta agree with someone's conclusion and yet still disagree with many of the assumptions that lead to the conclusion? That's how I feel towards a piece published in The Bookseller earlier today. Simon Rowberry argues that ebooks aren't dead, but his arguments betray legacy industry biases. For example, he cavalierly tosses off the assumption that $10 ebook prices are unsustainable. The fall in revenue from ebooks is a direct consequence of legacy publishers’ prioritization of print sales at the expense of digital books. The Kindle’s North American launch in 2007 marketed new ebook titles at $9.99, a discount of at least $10 on the hardback equivalent. This approach was unsustainable, but it set readers’ expectations for the cost of ebooks. What's funny about this assumption are the many indie authors who would disagree, or the publishers like Baen Books that price all of their ebooks under $10. Baen Books has been selling its ebooks at what Rowberry would describe as an unsustainable price for close to twenty years, and yet they have somehow managed to pull it off. And that's not the only data that Rowberry  didn't include. A little earlier in [...]
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Will Amazon Compete with Paypal and Alipay?

Will Amazon Compete with Paypal and Alipay? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon is rumored to be developing their own Alipay and Paypal clone and it would dramatically change the landscape of credit card payment processors. Sanford C
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Canada's: Francophone, Anglophone Publishers' Translation Rights Fair

Canada's: Francophone, Anglophone Publishers' Translation Rights Fair | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Partnering with the Salon du livre in Montréal, the Translation Rights Fair in Canada expects to bring more francophone and anglophone publishers together.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be Released as Enhanced Kindle in Motion eBook | The Digital Reader

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be Released as Enhanced Kindle in Motion eBook | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here's some news that will keep Potter fandom on the edge of their sat until September: I've just heard that  a new enhanced Harry Potter ebook will be released on 5 September. The first enhanced Harry Potter ebooks were released for iBooks in late 2015, but the new one is being developed for Amazon's Kindle in Motion, and will feature animated goblins, moving covers, and more: Other highlights from the moving book will include a multi-page spread of the lively Diagon Alley, an animated portrait of Draco Malfoy and a handy guide to trolls. As well as moving images, readers can still tailor their reading experience, adjusting font sizes with the newly sized words magically reflowing around the animation and images, and, if they choose, toggle the animations off or on. This ebook is going to be the 22nd title to be released in the Kindle in Motion format, Amazon's second go at an enhanced Kindle ebook. Launched last year, KiM features full page animations, moving covers, and page backgrounds that don't interfere with  changing the text size (a defect found in fixed-layout ebooks). So far Pottermore has only announced Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the new edition, but they may [...]
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Wattpad Launches Tap Originals – Multimedia Chat Stories

Wattpad Launches Tap Originals – Multimedia Chat Stories | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Six months ago Wattpad launched a new app called Tap, which offered chat-style stories. The stories unfold via chat messages, as if you're reading someone's
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Glasstree sets out to fix 'broken' academic publishing model 

These edtech pioneers are driven by a desire to put profits back in the pockets of researchers, not their publishers.
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Why we should be publishing more children's books in translation 

Why we should be publishing more children's books in translation  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Lisa Davis is the Book Purchasing Manager at BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity that gifts books to over two million children, and works on the In Other Words translation initiative. My first few years in children’s publishing were spent in rights and production departments. It was wonderful watching our books get translated into dozens of …
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'Man Booker Dozen' Revealed: The Prize Announces Its 2017 Longlist

'Man Booker Dozen' Revealed: The Prize Announces Its 2017 Longlist | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last year's winner, Paul Beatty's 'The Sellout,' has sold rights into 26 foreign languages, 19 since he won the Man Booker Prize, say organizers.
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How to Write A Creative Brief So Your Graphic Designer Creates An Amazing Book Cover

How to Write A Creative Brief So Your Graphic Designer Creates An Amazing Book Cover | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Great book covers sell books. Professional cover designers are trained in the craft of typography, photo editing, and design—but they’re not expected to know anything about your book or your visual preferences. Luckily, a document called a Creative Brief exists to help you convey your intentions to your graphic designer. Here’s all you need to know to translate your wants and needs into a professional, attention-grabbing, hard-to-resist book cover.
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Draft2Digital Will Distribute e-books to Overdrive in August

Draft2Digital Will Distribute e-books to Overdrive in August | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Draft2digital is one of the largest self-publishing companies in the world and they will soon be offering another compelling reason to sign up for a free
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European Publishing Associations on Geo-Blocking and Ebooks

European Publishing Associations on Geo-Blocking and Ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
On the European Commission's geo-blocking regulations for ebooks, the Italian, Greek, French, and European publishing associations issue words of caution.
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The Secret Language of Books: What Authors Need to Know about Metadata - Digital Book World

The Secret Language of Books: What Authors Need to Know about Metadata - Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Your finished book contains hundreds of data elements that are hidden from view of the final customer—it's the metadata that computers use to identify your book. All authors should make informed choices about their metadata before and after publication. Phuong Mai explains metadata best practices.
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Do Bookstore Events Even Matter? How To Benefit From In-Person Author Visits 

Do Bookstore Events Even Matter? How To Benefit From In-Person Author Visits  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Have you been disappointed by a bookstore event? You're not alone. Still, don't dismiss bookstore visits. Publicist Dana Kaye offers three big reasons to get out there and meet your fans in person.
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Harry Potter Audiobooks Now Available in MP3 for Dutch Customers

Harry Potter Audiobooks Now Available in MP3 for Dutch Customers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The entire Harry Potter audiobook saga is now available in Dutch. Luisterrijk is offering all seven Harry Potter digital audiobooks through their web shops in
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Hoopla Now Offers Digital Comics from Fantagraphics, Lion Forge and Titan

Hoopla Now Offers Digital Comics from Fantagraphics, Lion Forge and Titan | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Hoopla has just expanded their digital comic portfolio for public libraries with the addition of Fantagraphics, Lion Forge and Titan Comics. This new agreement
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