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Caught between madmen and mercenaries

Caught between madmen and mercenaries | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is not a comment on the recent court ruling on Apple, agency contracts, and price fixing. But a cursory glance at the history of ebook retail makes one conclusion crystal clear: On one side you have self-destructive madmen like the big publishers who have done the following lovely things to their ebook retail partners
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On Standard eBooks' "Light Modernization" | The Digital Reader

On Standard eBooks' "Light Modernization" | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When Standard eBooks first gained widespread attention last week, a number of people complained about that project's stated intention to alter the ebooks it created by changing the punctuation and modernizing the spelling. A Standard eBooks explained on its site: Older books often contain archaic spelling and hyphenation that can be distracting for today’s readers. On top of our strict typography standards, each Standard Ebook is lightly modernized to feature consistent and modern spelling and hyphenation, so old-fashioned ephemera doesn’t distract you from timeless content. That might not bother most readers, but not everyone is happy with bowdlerization. For example: Noooooo!! Half the joy of older books is the spelling, grammar and punctuation! — Suw (@Suw) June 20, 2017 And: Also, the argument that “old-fashioned ephemera” would distract from timeless content – content that’s no longer timeless. — Craig Grannell (@CraigGrannell) June 20, 2017 They do have a point, and it's not just a fetish for originalism. One problem with "modernization" is that the editor might conflate two words that merely have similar spellings, but even if the editor is aware of a word's etymological history they might still introduce errors. The meaning of a word can change along with its spelling. [...]
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Textbooks in the digital world

Textbooks in the digital world | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Textbooks were once a major piece of educational infrastructure. But as digital content expands, a new kind of 'textbook' is improving the quality of K-12 instruction.
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How to innovate like Amazon 

Gather together a group of publishers and booksellers and the conversation will inevitably turn to Amazon. The online giant has disrupted our sector on a...
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Totally Entwined launches e-store and self-publishing platform 

Bonnier Publishing UK's Totally Entwined Group has launched a romance e-store and self-publishing platform called First For Romance.
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Co-Branded Kindle X Migu Launches in China, Has Two eBookstores 

Co-Branded Kindle X Migu Launches in China, Has Two eBookstores  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has partnered with China Mobile telecom to release a new Kindle in China. The Amazon Kindle X Migu is a basic Kindle with extra software features. It costs 658 yuan, or $96.21 USD, and ships on 10 July. Note: Migu is the name of China Mobile's content sub. The Kindle X MiGu has all the same great features as the regular Kindle: X-Ray, annotation, long battery life, and access to a half million titles in the Chinese Kindle Store. It also ships with a free year's subscription to Amazon Prime Kindle Unlimited, but that's not its most interesting detail. When it ships next month, Kindle X MiGu owners will be able to buy ebooks in the Kindle Store with their China Mobile account, and have the payment processed along with their monthly cellphone bill. They will also have the option of buying ebooks from MiGu's ebookstore, and reading them on their Kindles. MiGu's store sells serial ebooks by the chapter, and according to one source carries 40 million works. All will be accessible from the new Kindle, and to encourage sales the Kindle X MiGu will come with 300 yuan in credits for the MiGu store. Yes, this is the first Kindle to ship with two bookstores. [...]
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Why rare books are thriving in the digital age 

Why rare books are thriving in the digital age  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
One of London’s oldest antiquarian booksellers says young collectors have given business a boost
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The Problem with Hoopla's Pay-Per-Loan Model | The Digital Reader

The Problem with Hoopla's Pay-Per-Loan Model | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishers like HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have recently shown increased interest in the pay per loan library ebook services offered by Freading and Hoopla, but at the same time libraries are pulling back. Publishers like this model because they get paid each time a work is loaned to a patron. At first, librarians also liked the model because it meant they would not have to pay full price to get copies that might go unused, but then the monthly bills started arriving and the honeymoon ended. Many libraries have imposed caps on their Hoopla offering. Some have reduced the number of works a  patron can borrow each month while others have set a limit on the number of loans made each calendar day. Sonoma County Library, which is located just north of San Francisco, has a daily lending limit which resets every day at 8pm eastern, while on the other side of San Francisco the San Jose Public Library now limits patrons to only borrowing 6 works each month. The SJPL made it clear that the problem was the cost of Hoopla: We love this resource, and we want everyone to have a chance to use it.  That means that we have to figure out a way to make [...]
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Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain 

In February 2016, University of Michigan Press was awarded $28,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct an evidence-based study of how free ebooks are discovered and used. The study is being conducted over the course of a year, between March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. Working with a diverse sample of around 120 free ebooks published by Open Book Publishers (OBP) and University of Michigan Press (UMP) along with Michigan-distributed titles published... Read the full post »
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Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
About half of U.S. Millennials have visited a public library or bookmobile in the past year.
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Forget Brooding Superheroes — the Big Money Is in Kids’ Comics

Forget Brooding Superheroes — the Big Money Is in Kids’ Comics | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Creators like Raina Telgemeier are revolutionizing the comic-book medium.
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Amazon is Beta-Testing the Label "Digital Books" | The Digital Reader

Amazon is Beta-Testing the Label "Digital Books" | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Don't look now, but Amazon is currently toying with removing the Kindle label from the ebooks it sells on its site. Four days ago a reader (Thanks, Steve!) told me that Amazon was no longer showing the label "Kindle ebooks" in book listings. Instead, he and several people on MobileRead are now seeing Amazon label its ebook offerings as "Digital Books" (except for one bloke who is seeing "eBook"). I can only see the new label when I browse  Amazon's website in Silk on my Fire tablet: I have another confirmation from Mike Cane on Twitter, and he is as baffled as the rest of us. "That is a very strange A/B test Amazon is running," he tweeted. "Something is up somehow." He's not wrong. Check These Out!
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HarperCollins Sign Pay-per-Lend Agreements with Freading, Hoopla, OverDrive | The Digital Reader

HarperCollins Sign Pay-per-Lend Agreements with Freading, Hoopla, OverDrive | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When it comes to library ebooks, the usual way for libraries to acquire them is to pay for licenses for individual copies and then loan the ebooks in what Eric Hellman colorfully named the Pretend It’s Print (PIP) model. Now HarperCollins is popularizing a new model where libraries pay authors and publishers each time a book is loaned to a patron. HC has signed deals with Freading, Hoopla, and Rakuten's OverDrive to loan 15 thousand backlist titles under the new model. From PW: In a major announcement ahead of this week’s 2017 ALA Annual Conference, HarperCollins has agreed to make a selection of its e-book backlist titles available to public library users on a multi-user lending model, via Midwest Tape’s hoopla digital platform. Starting in July, the publisher will make about 15,000 e-book titles available via hoopla, including works from bestselling authors like Neil Gaiman, Louise Erdrich, and Dennis Lehane. The agreement builds on a 2016 deal that made HarperCollins’ digital audiobook backlist available to library users on the hoopla digital platform. ... For library patrons, that means 24/7 access to titles in the hoopla collection—no waiting on a hold list. And for librarians, it’s an alternative to the complicated, inefficient licensing arrangements [...]
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Aldi Opens eBookstore in Austria | The Digital Reader

Aldi Opens eBookstore in Austria | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last October the discount retailer Aldi launched an ebookstore and digital music store in Germany. Now it has brought the same service to Austria under Aldi's Hofer brand. Hofer Life features a music service supported by Napster and an ebook service supplied by an unnamed company. The Hofer Life eBooks has not been released yet, but we do know that the  Aldi Life eBooks app was developed the by Lenovo subsidiary Medion. Local reports say that Hofer Life eBooks offers over a million ebook titles, including 400,000 German language titles. All the major publishers are on board, including comic book publishers DC and Marvel. Hofer Life eBooks will have Android and iOS apps, and in the hardware department, Hofer is complimenting the ebookstore with a matching Android tablet. Launching tomorrow, the Launching tomorrow, the Medion E6912 E-Tab is a 99 euro table with a 7" screen. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a 1.3GHz quad core CPU with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. This tablet also hs  3Ah battery, a microSD card slot, Wifi, and a SIM card slot for cellular connectivity. It comes bundled with a 10 euro credit for Hofer Life eBooks and a 60-day ps the music streaming app Hofer Life Music. Check These Out!
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Audiobook Anxiety and What Constitutes ‘Real’ Reading

Audiobook Anxiety and What Constitutes ‘Real’ Reading | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Romanticizing the printed word ignores all of the other benefits storytelling can offer
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How One Man Overcame Blindness and Started an Audiobook Show for New Scifi and Fantasy

How One Man Overcame Blindness and Started an Audiobook Show for New Scifi and Fantasy | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In early 2015, 33-year-old Chris Herron was declared legally blind, and was told he had an 80-percent chance of losing his sight entirely in three months. Now, he’s almost fully recovered, and has launched an audiobook channel that helps scifi and fantasy authors... just like how they once helped him.
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Publishers need to think about a 3D reader experience 

Publishers looking at how to exploit virtual and augmented reality are facing a ‘Z-axis challenge’.
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Authors From Nearby Nations Look to India's Big Market

Authors From Nearby Nations Look to India's Big Market | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From IANS and the Hindustan Times: Authors from nations neighboring India may find the big country's market more attractive in some cases than their own.
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Amazon Has A Fake Book Problem

Amazon Has A Fake Book Problem | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Fake books – powered by clickfarms – are gatecrashing Amazon’s charts. And despite being aware of the issue for well over a year, Amazon has failed to resolve it.


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Cloudshelf Reader Epub3 App Released for Android, iOS 

Cloudshelf Reader Epub3 App Released for Android, iOS  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Reading app developers Bluefire officially released their new Cloudshelf Reader app this week. Cloudshelf Reader is a unique reading app designed for niche use cases. While Bluefire Reader is intended to read Epub ebooks from just about any source, Cloudshelf Reader is a closed app with custom DRM that prevents users from adding or removing ebooks. That may sound crazy, but to put it another way this app is intended to be used where a walled garden won't be a problem. If you were the IT dept of a corporation that wanted to control access to an internal library of work documents, or if you ran a service that offered subscription access to content, this would be the right app for you. The high points of its sales pitch include: Accessible by design Advanced DRM Epub3 support Extensive annotation features I briefly mentioned Cloudshelf Reader last summer in relation to Sony's DADC ebook DRM. (Cloudshelf Reader is one of several apps that use the DRM. Datalogic is also offering Sony's DRM as an option in its whitelabel Active Textbook platform. ) You can find the apps in iTunes, Google Play. Check These Out!
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Hoopla Digital and HarperCollins Disrupt Library E-Lending

Hoopla Digital and HarperCollins Disrupt Library E-Lending | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
An announcement this week by hoopla digital and HarperCollins augurs big changes in the ways that public libraries make e-books available. It sets the stage for realignment of the relationships between publishers and libraries, and it could have longer-term ripple effects on the entire e-book market. For more than a decade, public libraries have been…
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US Copyright Office recommends sweeping, welcome changes to America's DRM laws

US Copyright Office recommends sweeping, welcome changes to America's DRM laws | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A new report from the US Copyright Office on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act — a controversial law that bans breaking DRM, even for legitimate purposes — calls for …
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Nine Reasons Manga Publishers Can Smile in 2017

Nine Reasons Manga Publishers Can Smile in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
U.S. manga publishers see strong sales ahead thanks to more ways for readers to access their products, new subject matter, and original series.
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B&N Reports Falling Sales in Fiscal 2017 Report

B&N Reports Falling Sales in Fiscal 2017 Report | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The country's largest book chain said sales dropped 6.5% in the fiscal year, ended April 29. Barnes & Noble reported lower losses in its Nook division, however, which led to a jump in operating income.
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TSA Wants You To Remove Books From Carry-On Luggage

TSA Wants You To Remove Books From Carry-On Luggage | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Transportation Security Administration is testing a new program that demands travelers take out their books so they can be easily screened. This is
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