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Chinese readers still don't want to pay for e-books - China.org.cn

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"A survey on Chinese people's reading habits found that Chinese readers still prefer not to pay for e-books.

Since early this year, Beijing OpenBook Co., Ltd., an information service company for the book retail industry, has surveyed 8,048 respondents on their reading habits in the multimedia era.

It was the tenth time for the company to conduct such a survey, the results of which were released to Xinhua on Wednesday.

Of all the respondents, 3,561 were interviewed at bookstores and 4,487 were polled online.

The survey the company conducted in 2010 found that for every one person who had ever paid for an e-book, there were three others who had not. That proportion has stood unchanged."

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4 “Wow” Experiences at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Digital Book World

4 “Wow” Experiences at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital children’s books, augmented and virtual reality may be the next big thing.
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Damn the Facts: The "Ebook Sales Are Down" Narrative Must be Maintained at All Costs | The Digital Reader

Damn the Facts: The "Ebook Sales Are Down" Narrative Must be Maintained at All Costs | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The UK Publisher Association released its annual report on industry revenue, and once again the media is selectively reporting the publicly available stats in support of the narrative that ebook sales are declining. I have the press release at the end of this post, and I won't be rehashing it. But I will point out the problem in the stories reported by The Bookseller, The Guardian, and The Telegraph. If you read the various reports you will learn that print sales up by 8% to £3 billion while ebook sales were down 3% in the UK last year, to £538 million. You would also find out that consumer ebook sales dropped 17%, to £204 million, in 2016. Both of these stats are true, but not one of the stories linked to above will tell you the information you need to put those two factoids in context. What they did not tell you was that data from the pseudonymous Data Guy pegged the UK ebook market at £327 million in consumer sales last year. (This is based on the February 207 data, so it is imperfectly reliable.) Yes, the UK PA is only tracking about 62% of the market, and yet everyone (with [...]
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UK Readers Abandon eBooks at an alarming rate

UK Readers Abandon eBooks at an alarming rate | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Readers in the United Kingdom are suffering from screen fatigue and are abandoning e-books and embracing print. Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m
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Barcelona's Schavelzon Heads to BookExpo With Spanish-Language Titles on Offer

Barcelona's Schavelzon Heads to BookExpo With Spanish-Language Titles on Offer | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amid growing interest in Spanish and Latin American writers among US publishers, Barcelona-based agency Schavelzon Graham will be at BookExpo.
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Unbound launches audio and podcast arm | The Bookseller

Unbound launches audio and podcast arm | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding publisher Unbound is to launch a new audio and podcasting arm Unbound Audio.
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Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint

Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Quarto Iberoamericana addresses a market of up to 550 million Spanish-language citizens, as distribution channels are arranged to deliver translations.
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As Good e-Reader crowdfunds another e-ink tablet, how did the last one turn out?

As Good e-Reader crowdfunds another e-ink tablet, how did the last one turn out? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last year, we covered Good e-Reader's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a 13.3" e-ink Android tablet. With the tablet having funded successfully and shipped out to its backers, and a new Kickstarter campaign for a 6.8" e-ink Android tablet underway, it seemed like a good time to look into how the tablet has done. Were the backers happy…
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Australian Copyright Scandal Points to the Need for Greater Oversight of Copyright Collectives 

Australian Copyright Scandal Points to the Need for Greater Oversight of Copyright Collectives  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Australian copyright community has been shocked by a scandal involving the Copyright Agency, a copyright collective that diverted millions of dollars intended for authors toward a lobbying and advocacy fund designed to fight against potential fair use reforms. The collective reportedly withheld A$15 million in royalties from authors in order to build a war chest to fight against changes to the Australian copyright law. I wrote last month about my experience in Australia, where groups such as the Copyright Agency have engaged in a remarkable effort to mislead policy makers on the state of copyright law in Canada. A former director of the Copyright Agency describes the latest situation as "pathetic" noting that it was outrageous to extract millions from publicly-funded schools for a lobbying fund.

The Australian case is far from an isolated incident. A quick search reveals plenty of examples of legal concerns involving copyright collectives with corruption fears in Kenya and competition law concerns in Italy over the past couple of months as well as recent fines against Spanish collecting societies. In fact, Jonathan Band and Brandon Butler published an eye-opening article several years ago chronicling an astonishing array of examples of corruption, mismanagement, lack of transparency, and negative effects for both creators and users from copyright collectives around the world.
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Lessons Learned from "Google Eating a Business Whole" | The Digital Reader

Lessons Learned from "Google Eating a Business Whole" | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Outline published a story last week on CelebrityNetWorth.com and what happened after Google appropriated the site's work for  Google's search results. That is the focus of the article, but as I read it I reach a different conclusion. For most of its history, Google was like a librarian. You asked a question, and it guided you to the section of the web where you might find the answer. But over the past five years, Google has been experimenting with being an oracle. Type in a question, and you might see a box at the top of the search results page with the answer in large bold type. When is Easter? Who won The Voice? Can you give a dog sushi? ... In 2014, Warner got an email from Google asking if he would be interested in giving the company access to his data in order to scrape it for Knowledge Graph, for free. ... If approved, this meant that any Google search for a celebrity’s net worth would return that pullout answer. The answer would include a link to Warner’s site, and Google promised him it would be good for his brand. But it would also drastically cut his [...]
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Big Green Bookshop trebles orders as industry rallies to help 'skint' store | The Bookseller

Big Green Bookshop trebles orders as industry rallies to help 'skint' store | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The publishing industry has rallied round to help the independent Big Green Bookshop after one of its owners sent out a desperate tweet appealing for customers because they were “seriously skint”.
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As colleges ditch books, the future of the campus library is changing

As colleges ditch books, the future of the campus library is changing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As major universities like UC Berkeley abandon traditional book collections, the role of campus libraries is starting to look a little different from the good old days of an offline era.
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6 Winners of Kobo’s “6 Novels In Search of An Author” Italian Writing Competition

6 Winners of Kobo’s “6 Novels In Search of An Author” Italian Writing Competition | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
On Thursday, April 20, 2017 the 6 winners of Kobo Writing Life's collaborative publishing prize (Six Novels in Search of an Author - the name inspired by the classic play by Italian writer Luigi Pirandello "6 Characters in Search of an Author") were publicly announced at the Mondadori Megastore Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy.…
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The ideas paradox: why publishers fail to innovate 

The ideas paradox: why publishers fail to innovate  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There’s a surplus of profitable innovations within publishing – the problem is turning those ideas into commercial product.
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Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint

Quarto Group's new Argentinian Partnership Creates a Spanish-Language Imprint | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Quarto Iberoamericana addresses a market of up to 550 million Spanish-language citizens, as distribution channels are arranged to deliver translations.
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Rights Snapshot: Mexican Author Sells Into Seven Territories - Publishing Perspectives

Rights Snapshot: Mexican Author Sells Into Seven Territories - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With the judges referring to his ability to both entertain and move readers, Mexico's Antonio Ortuño wins the Ribera del Duera Prize.
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eBookcraft Conference Presentation Videos Now Online | The Digital Reader

eBookcraft Conference Presentation Videos Now Online | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Held over a 2-day span in March in Toronto, eBookcraft is one of the last two remaining digital conferences in North American related to book publishing. Earlier this week they posted several videos of conference presentations. It's not the same as being there in person, but it's better than a soda can full of bees. You can find the videos via the following links. I have only had a chance to watch several, and I can recommend several. The video on DRM is a good overview of the topic, and presentation on how web companies are addressing the problem of intermittent access was also informative. In the Trenches with Accessible EPUB - Charles LaPierre Under a Google Impact Challenge Award from Google’s charitable foundation, Google.org, DAISY has been building a ground-breaking accessibility certification process based on the new IDPF EPUB Accessibility 1.0 Specification. To support this process, Benetech launched a pilot program that involved working closely with publishers and conversion vendors to evaluate the accessibility of their content. On Again; Off Again - BenjaminYoung Over the past year, the world’s leading browsers have added features enabling web applications and publications to “phase shift” between online and offline states. Surrounding these new features is a growing [...]
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Lotinga urges government to support success as PA stats reveal record 2016 | The Bookseller

Lotinga urges government to support success as PA stats reveal record 2016 | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The industry’s earnings hit a new high in 2016, according to the PA Publishing Yearbook 2016.
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India's ISBN Agency Is Reported Mired in Delays, Books Published Without Identifiers

India's ISBN Agency Is Reported Mired in Delays, Books Published Without Identifiers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
At India's Scroll.in, a report from Mridula Chari indicates that publishers are having to issue titles without ISBNs, as an inadequate system bogs down.
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Do people not want ebooks anymore because paper books look nicer?

Do people not want ebooks anymore because paper books look nicer? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When did the form factor of books become more important than the content? Yes, that's a rhetorical question, but it just keeps coming to mind when I run across articles like this piece in today's Guardian: "How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip.'" The particular Kindle the article is actually talking…
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Dutch Court Rules That Freely Given Fan-Subtitles Are Copyright Infringement

Dutch Court Rules That Freely Given Fan-Subtitles Are Copyright Infringement | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
For some reason, there has been a sub-war raging for more than a decade between anti-piracy groups and fans who create free subtitles for content so other regions can enjoy that same content. While much of this war has been fought for years o
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Fancy Free: Some Fun CSS Tricks for Ebooks 

Fancy Free: Some Fun CSS Tricks for Ebooks  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
These CSS tricks for ebooks presume that you’ve got a working understanding of how to use Cascading Style Sheets to make beautiful ebooks.
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New Research Suggests the UK is a Nation of Wannabe Bookworms | The Digital Reader

New Research Suggests the UK is a Nation of Wannabe Bookworms | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
We've long known that people lie about the books they've read, and thanks to a recent survey e now know how and why. Earlier this week the Reading Agency published the results of a 2,000 person survey. The report showed that two in five Brits have told tall tales when talking about the books they've read. The respondents had lied for various reasons, including when meeting their in-laws, on social media profiles, and while on a date. Twenty-somethings were the group to most likely to stretch the truth, with 64% of 18- to 24-year-olds fibbing about the kinds of books, or the number of books, they've read. Oddly enough, one-quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds (25%) admit to having lied about reading Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, when in fact they had only watched the trilogy. "It's great to see from our research that Brits still love to read, but not surprising that some people feel they are too busy to do so, Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive of The Reading Agency said in a statement. "Finding the right book can be key to getting back into the reading habit, and our research shows how influential book recommendations and book gifting can be. So on World Book [...]
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99Designs Now Makes eBooks | The Digital Reader

99Designs Now Makes eBooks | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
99Designs has made a name for itself as a market where artists compete to win projects. Now it is expanding into book design. I just got a press release this afternoon with the news that publishers (authors, if you publish your own works, you are a publisher) can now hire interior designers, illustrators, and cover designers through 99Designs. I haven't had a chance to explore all of it, but I am impressed with the cover design process. 99Designs asks for a lot of detail from the author, enough so that the designers should be able to understand the book, author, and genre. But I can't say the same for the steps to choose an interior book designer. While I am sure they are competent, I just don't see enough detail for an author to be able to decide whether a designer's style would work with the author's book. The price for a cover varies between $200 and $800, while the cost of an illustration will obviously vary based on the complexity of the book and the number of illustrations, and the same is also true for the interior design.   You can find out more on the 99Designs website, or in the following [...]
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Aren’t you glad ebooks aren’t as balkanized as streaming video?

Aren’t you glad ebooks aren’t as balkanized as streaming video? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What if you had to buy a separate ebook reader for each publisher? What if the e-reader you used for Macmillan books wouldn't read HarperCollins titles, or your Penguin Random House reader wouldn't read Hachette ebooks? For all that the major e-reader vendors struggle for dominance and DRM locks you into the platform that you…
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Decline and Fall of the Editor

Decline and Fall of the Editor | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The editors of scholarly communications are under considerable pressure as recent trends in Gold Open Access characterize them as a luxury of the past.
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