A new version of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines was released last week to little fanfare. The new version of the guidelines (PDF) follows about 8 months after the previous update, and includes a long list of changes which cover everything from the new rule that TOCs have to be in the front of an ebook to finicky and obscure details about the right way to format a Kindle ebook before submitting it to Amazon. This is the document every creator of ebooks needs to read so that they can stay one step ahead of Amazon's rule-happy enforcers (at least until Amazon changes the rules again). image by gminguzzi Check These Out!
Price management solution provider Vistaar and Open Road Integrated Media announced a partnership on a global pricing initiative, allowing the digital publisher to “react faster to the latest market trends and effectively scale the price management process across its entire catalog.” Full press release below: Vistaar and Open Road Integrated Media Announce Partnership on Global e-Book Pricing Initiative New technology will drive dynamic price management of Open Road Integrated Media’s …
The International Publishers Association General Assembly have voted to admit five new national publishing organisations from Iraq, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal, to extend its "geographical and cultural footprint" broader than it has ever been in its 120-year history.
Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper.
Little Free Library supporters have encounters many of society's ills since the movement launched some years ago, including vandalism and bureaucracy, and now LFL operators in Minnesota are getting a first-hand lesson in an economic theory called the tragedy of the commons. TwinCities.com reports that lately someone has been going around and cleaning out Little Free Libraries in and around St. Paul. No one knows who it is, but some LFLs have been hit multiple times. Gladhill made a point to keep it well stocked, as have others who have erected the often-ornate book-cubby-on-a pole structures outside their homes as tangible tributes to the joys of reading. But about two months ago she noticed her little library had been cleaned out, which was unusual. This has since happened more than a dozen times. Gladhill restocked each time, but soon found her large inventory of giveaway volumes in her Summit-University residence depleted. “Our Little Free Library has been totally pillaged,” she lamented on Facebook this week. “I think we’re going to close it down for awhile, which bums me out.” One Little Free Library operator has even been marking his books and later finding them in used book stores. Other supporters have reported catching glimpses of the perpetrator(s). Sue [...]
When Bexar County opened its all-digital public library branch, Bibliotech, in 2014, it capitalized on the lack of space devoted to warehousing books by devoting more space to computer labs, public spaces, and so on. Now it is finding a new benefit from a hefty investment in digital: the option of opening a new digital branch anywhere it can place a kiosk. In addition to pocket branches in the county courthouse and in a new development, Bibliotech has also started installing kiosks in bus stations, and now in a hospital. The San Antonio Express-News reports that the county commissioners have signed off on a deal which would bring library kiosks to the local hospital: Fresh from expanding into VIA Metro, Bexar County’s all-digital library system BiblioTech has entered a pact with the University Health System to deliver ebooks and other free reading material to hospital patients, families and employees. Under the agreement approved Tuesday by Commissioners Court, the hospital system will provide facilities and volunteer staff for BiblioTech kiosks, the podium-size terminals where digital collections can be searched for download to personal mobile devices. “Now we’re going into University Hospital with a kiosk in their main lobby, we hope to have it up [...]
Frankfurt’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit took place on Tuesday, the opening event of the Fair’s premium events program dubbed “The Business Club,” and offered insight into seven publishing markets around the world.
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