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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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Apple releases update to iBooks Author with added iPhone support via ePub templates | Talking New Media

Apple releases update to iBooks Author with added iPhone support via ePub templates | Talking New Media | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Update to Apple’s eBook design software does not alter the existing templates often used for creating interactive eBooks for the iPad, but adds two new ePub templates

For digital book publishers who recognize the growing importance of reaching readers who like to use their smartphones to access eBooks, this has been a very important day. This morning Apple released iOS 8.4 which provided the iPhone with support for multi-touch eBooks, and this afternoon Apple released version 2.3 of iBooks Author.

The release notes mention iPhone support, but the really interesting part is what follows:
Create Multi-touch books using new ePub templates.

This is Apple’s way of saying that designers will want to play around with the ePub templates if they want to create eBooks that can be considered native to the iPhone.

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Five for-profit companies control more than 50% of academic publishing - Quartz

Five for-profit companies control more than 50% of academic publishing - Quartz | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Only five publishing houses produce 53% of scientific papers.
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Scribd Adjusts Subscription Ebook Model under Strain | Digital Book World

Scribd Adjusts Subscription Ebook Model under Strain | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Apparently unable to sustain some high-volume e-reading, Scribd cuts a number of titles from its catalog, prompting questions about the subscription model.
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Enhancements to Publisher Metadata that Improve Profitability - Publishing Perspectives

Enhancements to Publisher Metadata that Improve Profitability - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
John Warren explains how process improvement, the use of keywords, and crowdsourcing metadata can improve publisher profitability and sales of books.
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Federal appeals court charges Apple $450M fine for fixing ebook prices - Digital Trends

Federal appeals court charges Apple $450M fine for fixing ebook prices - Digital Trends | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court has ruled against Apple in an ebook price-fixing case dating back to 2012.
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Writer resorts to crowdfunding to save publishing - Toronto Star

Writer resorts to crowdfunding to save publishing - Toronto Star | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
U.K.-based Dan Kieran launched Unbound with the hopes of helping authors get their works published by connecting them to readers. He was in Toronto for the annual Book Summit.
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Scribd Starts to Banish Indie Authors from its Catalog

Scribd Starts to Banish Indie Authors from its Catalog | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Major online bookstores and e-book subscription sites often have to walk a fine line between a large library and quality content. There is something very
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Correction: iBooks Author Updated, Can Now Make and Export Epub3 Files | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

Correction: iBooks Author Updated, Can Now Make and Export Epub3 Files | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Apple got a lot of attention for yesterday's iOS 8.4 update, but that wasn't the only release to come down the pipe.
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UK Publishers Association Busts Copyright Myths in Defense of Their Pocketbook, Privileges | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

UK Publishers Association Busts Copyright Myths in Defense of Their Pocketbook, Privileges | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
European regulators, legislators, and lobbyists are slowly working their way towards the creation of a single EU-wide digital market which will enable creators to release their content under a single license, let retailers sell that content across...
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Self-Publishing with Smashwords - Udemy

Self-Publishing with Smashwords - Udemy | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Sell ebooks at Smashwords, Apple, B N, Kobo and retailers around the world. Perfect for self-publishing authors.
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Scribd is Culling Romance Titles From Its Catalog Because You're Reading Too Damn Much | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

Scribd is Culling Romance Titles From Its Catalog Because You're Reading Too Damn Much | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Scribd has just run up against one of the known problems with subscription ebook services. Mark Coker has announced over on the Smashwords blog that Scribd is thinning out its catalog.
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You can now Buy and Listen to Audiobooks with the iBooks app

Apple has just pushed out their 8.4 OS update to the iPhone and iPad. It has made big changes to the iBooks app, in the respect that you can now buy and listen ...
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Pronoun: Changing the Perception of Self-Publishing

Pronoun: Changing the Perception of Self-Publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Josh Brody, CEO of Pronoun (ex-Vook), outlines his company's aims in refashioning itself as an author-first digital publishing and distribution platform.
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Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually - The Guardian (blog)

Non-fiction publishing in the UK is in fine health, actually - The Guardian (blog) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Contrary to Sam Leith’s complaints last week, commercial publishers continue to take risks, and put out great and original work
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El dilema de vender volúmenes intangibles

El dilema de vender volúmenes intangibles | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

"La lectura electrónica nos ha dado un número de ventajas. Llevo unos 150 libros en mi smartphone y, así, ninguna sala de espera me encuentra desprevenido. Si quisiera hacer lo mismo con volúmenes de papel, debería trasladar (a todas partes, todo el tiempo) el equivalente a mi propio peso. No da.

Pero, a cambio, nos ha robado la posibilidad de atesorar libros. Esa noche, a solas con "Cita con Rama", todo se había aclarado. El ebook es una abstracción y a las personas nos cuesta relacionarnos con abstracciones. Anoté entonces -en mi smartphone, paradójicamente- una idea: "Los libros pueden tener cicatrices; los ebook, no". En esto el libro y nosotros somos parientes. El ebook, por comparación, ofrece un servicio útil, pero nos resulta tan familiar como un cajero automático.

A mi juicio, el nuevo modelo de Amazon no hace sino ajustarse a esto. Puesto que vender objetos que tienen volumen, peso y sustancia es imposible con los ebook, se propone comercializar un servicio. De aquí a cobrar, no pagar, sino cobrar por página leída hay solo un paso, y eso es muy grave".

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Amazon Mexico Now Sells Print Books Online

Amazon Mexico Now Sells Print Books Online | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon Mexico has finally launched its full retail operations and a print bookstore; it had previously offered Kindle ebooks since 2013.
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Barnes & Noble Reports Sharp Drop of Nook Sales - NewsFactor Network

Barnes & Noble Reports Sharp Drop of Nook Sales - NewsFactor Network | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Sales of Barnes & Noble's Nook devices and e-books plummeted during its most recent quarter, as did sales at its bookstores, but a web redesign could boost sales, executives hope.
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Kindle Paperwhite 3 vs Kindle Voyage Comparison Review

More info: http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/ This video is a comparison review between the new 300 ppi Kindle Paperwhite 3 and the Kindle Voyage. Check the ...
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Scribd, Citing Profitability, Cuts Back on Love and Sex - Publishing Perspectives

Scribd, Citing Profitability, Cuts Back on Love and Sex - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Scribd found romance readers gorging on books through the ebook subscription service are costly, and now the company is cutting back on the genre.
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Correction: iBooks Author Updated, Can Now Make and Export Epub3 Files | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

Correction: iBooks Author Updated, Can Now Make and Export Epub3 Files | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Apple got a lot of attention for yesterday's iOS 8.4 update, but that wasn't the only release to come down the pipe.
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KDP Select's New Royalty is Estimated to be Around Half a Cent Per Page | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

KDP Select's New Royalty is Estimated to be Around Half a Cent Per Page | Ink, Bits, & Pixels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
July marks the start of the new payment terms for KDP Select.
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What Is DRM And Why I Don’t Like It | The Vandal

What Is DRM And Why I Don’t Like It | The Vandal | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
DRM is an acronym for 'Digital Rights Management', and is something that all readers and authors of ebooks should understand. Sometimes called 'Digital
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“The erotics of books are alive and well”: Jonathan Galassi on his new novel ... - Salon

“The erotics of books are alive and well”: Jonathan Galassi on his new novel ... - Salon | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
"Franzen's a better writer" than Weiner. "That's the long and short of it," says FSG head. Also, his new novel!
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UK Sends Young Authors to 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair

UK Sends Young Authors to 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
28 UK authors will be setting up shop at the the Guadalajara Book Fair, this November 28-December 6, as part of Britain's 'guest nation' literary program.
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How To Get Started (And Get Ahead) In Science Fiction Self-Publishing | The Passive Voice

How To Get Started (And Get Ahead) In Science Fiction Self-Publishing | The Passive Voice | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From i09: To self-publish or not to self-publish… That is the question more and more aspiring authors are asking themselves these days. And with good reason—self-publishing has come a long way in the decade since it really hit the market and...
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