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What’s the right price of a book for you?

Amazon has been emailing its digital buyers that there will be a refund forthcoming due to the agency pricing settlement.
Marianela Camacho Alfaro's insight:

Digital BookWorld keeps track of the average price of a bestseller and at the end of August, the average price had reached an all time low of $6.33.  According to a May report by Mark Coker at Smashwords, two of the most popular price points are 99c and $2.99.  From the years on this blog, I’ve observed three main pricing activities.

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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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Macmillan Partners With Binc on Bookselling Diversity Scholarships

Macmillan Partners With Binc on Bookselling Diversity Scholarships | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Available to people of various racial, ethnic, sexuality and disability categories, these scholarships are designed to help booksellers attend trade shows.
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Kobo Plus is doing tremendously well in the Netherlands and Belgium

Kobo Plus is doing tremendously well in the Netherlands and Belgium | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo Plus is an unlimited e-book subscription program that launched in the Netherlands and Belgium back in February. When Plus first came online you could
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What are the big changes with EPUB 3.1 and what do they mean?

Here is the IDPF's specification difference list. For simplicity this is ordered and numbered to match the EPUB 3.1 changes document. BLOG@IGP
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Dear Apple, Please Don't Give Up on iBooks in iOS 11

Dear Apple, Please Don't Give Up on iBooks in iOS 11 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As an avid reader, I was disappointed that iBooks in iOS 11 wasn't mentioned at WWDC. Here are some improvements I'd like to see.
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E-Readers vs. Books | Do BookTubers like technology?

I think e-readers are awesome! I don't know if that is supposed to be allowed on BookTube or not. Everyone seems to like to get the prettiest covers, an
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Barnes & Noble's New Stores Have Their Own App? | The Digital Reader

Barnes & Noble's New Stores Have Their Own App? | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
B&N CEO of the hour  Demos Parneros revealed a new detail about B&N's prototype stores on the investor conference call yesterday. Not only has Barnes & Noble opened several stores; they've also apparently released a custom app for the stores: As we continue to pursue the next stage of growth, we are examining everything with an open minded view. Our new test stores are good example of this. We launched three test stores over the past year and continue to receive great feedback from our customers and book sellers. These test stores are smaller than our average store and feature a more intuitive store layout. They have better adjacencies and expanded food and hospitality offering and more omni-integration including an app that can help guide customers the location of a specific book, mobile checkout and advanced digital kiosk to help service customers. Has anyone seen that app? I can't find it in Google Play (where there are Nook apps, and B&N College apps, but no B&N app), and the only B&N app in iTunes is the latest version of an app they've had since 2009. Do you think that new app is available only in the new stores? Have you visited one of the new stores? Any first-hand [...]
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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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3 Reasons To Shed No Tears If Your Book Is Rejected By BookBub - Digital Book World

3 Reasons To Shed No Tears If Your Book Is Rejected By BookBub - Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A single ad on BookBub can generate thousands of downloads a day. No wonder authors can’t stop talking about this book discovery vehicle. Problem is, you can’t simply purchase an ad on BookBub. The service must choose you—and it turns away 80% of its applicants. If your book is not chosen, don't despair. Here are three reasons not to cry over a BookBub rejection.
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Major Education Publishers Make Commitment to Accessible Ebooks with (Global Cettified Accessible Project)

From a Benetech Announcement: Benetech, the leading software for social good nonprofit, in conjunction with Dedicon, Royal National Institute of Blind People, and Vision Australia, today announced Global Certified Accessible.
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Print Books vs. Ebooks: Who's Up, Who's Down, and Where Are We Headed?

Print Books vs. Ebooks: Who's Up, Who's Down, and Where Are We Headed? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A roundup of recent news and data shows that print is still going strong and provides a few hints about how marketplace developments and librarians' collection development plans are evolving.

For more on ebooks, read the Ebooks Revisited articles in the June issue of Computers in Libraries magazine. Ebook ROI: A Longitudinal Study of Patron-Driven Acquisition Models is available here for free.
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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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How Letterpress Printing Came Back from the Dead

How Letterpress Printing Came Back from the Dead | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Digital methods are reinventing Gutenberg's signature letterpress as the darling of the DIY world.
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Open Road Maps Big Newsletter Numbers, New Marketing for Publishers

Open Road Maps Big Newsletter Numbers, New Marketing for Publishers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Riding high on the success of its niche-interest sites, Open Road announces a doubling of those sites and new marketing services for publishers.
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