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Agency Dead? Penguin Ebooks Discounted | Digital Book World

Agency Dead? Penguin Ebooks Discounted | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
HarperCollins continues verticalization, what should B&N do?, why the Apple verdict is bad for publishing, Aquafadas launches new publishing system and much more! (The DBW Daily is out!
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24Symbols Expands Into Germany, Signs Deal With Mobilcom Debitel | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

24Symbols Expands Into Germany, Signs Deal With Mobilcom Debitel | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here's an old bit of ebook news which went unreported at the time.
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Is Audible Pushing German Publishers Into a Flat-Rate All-You-Can-Listen Streaming Service? | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

Is Audible Pushing German Publishers Into a Flat-Rate All-You-Can-Listen Streaming Service? | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I still have more questions than answers about Audible's two-week-old spat with German book publishers, and now BuchReport.de has added to the confusion.
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PRH Fires New Volley in Its PR Battle With Amazon (?) | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

PRH Fires New Volley in Its PR Battle With Amazon (?) | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When I first reported on the rumored contract talks between Amazon and PRH UK on Sunday, I predicted that the two parties were going to fight a PR battle in the press. I think the second volley may have arrived.
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Digital Book World 2016 Survey: What Matters Now in Publishing? | Digital Book World

Digital Book World 2016 Survey: What Matters Now in Publishing? | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Take the Digital Book World 2016 survey and voice your interests and concerns about the state of digital publishing, and help shape next year's conference.
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3M Cloud Library Implements New Web Features

3M Cloud Library Implements New Web Features | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 3M Cloud Library system by Baker and Taylor has been embraced by hundreds of libraries in the US. In order to provide a robust experience for patrons, the...
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Reading books with HoloLens? Microsoft patent shows how it could work - GeekWire

Reading books with HoloLens? Microsoft patent shows how it could work - GeekWire | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

A new Microsoft patent shows how a head-mounted display could transform the experience of reading books — synchronizing a virtual character’s movements and lips to match the words being read aloud from the text.

The patent, awarded to the company today, was initially filed three years ago, but it provides a sense for the direction the company could be headed. One of the inventors listed on the patent is Alex Kipman, who is leading development efforts for HoloLens, the Redmond company’s upcoming “blended reality” headset.

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Fonts, Typefaces, and Your Novel | Self-Publishing

Fonts, Typefaces, and Your Novel | Self-Publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It is importtWhat font is right for your novel? Is it better to mess around and find something new or go with your computer's automatic settings? Do you want different fonts for hard copies, ebooks, and submiss...
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Authors Guild warns authors over contributing online articles for free | The Bookseller

Authors Guild warns authors over contributing online articles for free | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Writers are contributing to the fall in their incomes by penning free pieces for large companies in the hope that it will raise their profile and lead to book sales, Roxana Robinson, president of The Authors Guild, has told The Bookseller. She also said that Amazon was devaluing books and writing.

Robinson right, a novelist and short story writer who has also written a biography of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, has been president of The Authors Guild—the US equivalent of the Society of Authors—since March 2014. She said that “it is clear that writers’ incomes are declining”, claiming a drop in the number of people reading books and “struggles over royalty and prices” were among the reasons for lower incomes.

“Amazon discounting book prices means that there is a movement toward devaluing books,” she said. “And I think that has an impact on the way people look at writing. If Amazon keeps pricing e-books at very, very low prices, people start feeling, ‘well, actually, writing isn’t a valuable product’.”

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Author Annie Stone on Marketing: Just Be a Nice Person

Author Annie Stone on Marketing: Just Be a Nice Person | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
German self-published author Annie Stone advises writers to focus on fan engagement and being a nice, approachable person, than straightforward marketing.
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Global dreams, local challenges: BEA to open amid transition | The Bookseller

Global dreams, local challenges: BEA to open amid transition | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

BEA's Global Forum programme for China includes a series of off-site cultural events — perhaps of interest to those who welcome a chance, any chance, to get out of the Javits Center.

BEA information estimates China's publishing market to have stood at some $19.4 billion in 2012, roughly half that of the States' at the time. It is thought that the country now is producing some half-a-million new titles each year. Past Global Market Forum countries have included Mexico, Russia, Spain, Italy, and the Arab World.  

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With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies? - TechCrunch

With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies? - TechCrunch | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry..
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Death of the Book Cover: Do Covers Really Matter? | Scottish Book Trust

Death of the Book Cover: Do Covers Really Matter? | Scottish Book Trust | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Are book covers in decline or entering a new golden age?
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Publishing world gathers this week for book conventions

Publishing world gathers this week for book conventions | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Diversity will get an extra push at this week's BookCon and BookExpo America.
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PP Survey: Is Amazon Good for Readers?

PP Survey: Is Amazon Good for Readers? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A panel at the IDPF Digital Book Conference this Wednesday asks, is Amazon good for readers? Tell us what you think.
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‘Easy’ Book Publishing Is Hard | Digital Book World

‘Easy’ Book Publishing Is Hard | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Six questions book publishers should ask of any vendor touting a new digital solution or product, plus today's top news stories.
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Harlequin is Producing Audiobooks

Harlequin is Producing Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Audiobooks are quickly becoming a billion dollar industry and this has prompted a number of publishing companies to take advantage of new digital distribution
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Customer as King: How to Get an Audience | Digital Book World

Customer as King: How to Get an Audience | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Tom Chalmers of IPR License says publishers aren't good at interfacing with readers, and direct-to-consumer efforts don't look promising. Here's his alternative.
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UK Publishers Waste Time, Money to Get Court Order to Fight Piracy by Blocking Search Engines | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

UK Publishers Waste Time, Money to Get Court Order to Fight Piracy by Blocking Search Engines | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Book publishers in the UK have just gotten the High Court to block pirate ebook sites which don't actually have any pirated ebooks, using a process which they did not actually have to follow.
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Publishing World Gathers This Week for Book Conventions - ABC News

Publishing World Gathers This Week for Book Conventions - ABC News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Diversity will get an extra push at this week's BookCon and BookExpo America. Last year, a virtually all-white lineup of speakers at publishing's annual national conventions highlighted the whiteness of the industry itself.
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The Authors Guild Thinks That Amazon is Devaluing Books, Authors Who Write for Free Err | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

The Authors Guild Thinks That Amazon is Devaluing Books, Authors Who Write for Free Err | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Earlier today The Bookseller published a piece where Roxana Robinson, the president of The Author's Guild, shares hew view on key issues like the ongoing appeal of the Google Books case, authors writing for free,  and Amazon destroying book culture as we know it. Starting from least interesting to the most exciting, Robinson mis-characterized the... Read More »
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In the age of Amazon, it takes celebrity to launch an indie bookstore

In the age of Amazon, it takes celebrity to launch an indie bookstore | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Literary culture needs benign rich people. But celebrity authors won't save the U.S. bookstore
Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:

"During my years writing about books and bookstores for the Los Angeles Times, I wrote the obits of several shops, and when I did, I often called heads of bookselling organizations. I still recall one telling me how it was the specialized shops – like that great mystery bookstore in South Pasadena – that fit into the niched new economy and knew its audience better than a general bookstore could. Within a few years, that one went down, too, as did the wonderful Mystery Bookstore in Westwood. And since the recovery, rents in cities like L.A. and San Francisco and Brooklyn and Boston have gone through the roof, which makes it harder for shops selling fixed-price items to survive.

But you don’t hear a lot about this kind of thing, especially when there is not a celebrity involved.

So what’s the larger context? For years, Amazon paid no sales tax while it competed against brick-and-mortar stores that did; it still gets huge amounts of support from the federal government (that $600 million from the CIA is more than four times the entire National Endowment for the Arts budget) and Wall Street serves as an endless financial teat. Amazon is like the dumb rich kid in your high school who runs for class president and wipes everyone else off the map because Mom bakes the whole school cookies and Dad hires someone to wash their cars."

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Why ‘Easy’ Publishing Solutions Hardly Ever Are | Digital Book World

Why ‘Easy’ Publishing Solutions Hardly Ever Are | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Bibliocloud's Emma Barnes explains how any new digital publishing solution is only as good as its most rickety integration point with existing systems.
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Publishers win landmark case against ebook pirates - Financial Times

Publishers win landmark case against ebook pirates - Financial Times | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
British publishers have won their first ever blocking order against pirate ebook sites, as the battle over online copyright spreads beyond music and film.
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With the mass market, the e-book price drops

With the mass market, the e-book price drops | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Hey, how! What a wild weekend! I hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day. As expected, the price of the e-book has dropped with the release of the mass market. If you've been waiting, now's your chan...
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With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

With Publishing Tools Like These, Who Needs Enemies? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry..
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