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Amazon Slayed a Negative 77 Indie Bookstores in 2012

Amazon Slayed a Negative 77 Indie Bookstores in 2012 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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In certain circles Amazon enjoys a reputation as a slayer of all that is right and good and true. It doesn’t matter whether the topic is publishing, bookstores, or literature, Amazon is responsible for its imminent death.

For example, there’s been a growing urban legend that Amazon is out to kill all bookstores (and doom themselves, LOL). It’s been reported on time aftertime after time over the past few years. It has been repeated so much that many are taking it as the truth.

Pity there’s no actual evidence to back it up.

I was inspired this morning (last night for many of you) to go dig up a chart that has been floating around. The chart offers clear evidence that Amazon is clearly failing in their role of the Reaper of Bookstores

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Amazon Echo Can Now Play Audiobooks from Multiple Amazon Accounts

Amazon Echo Can Now Play Audiobooks from Multiple Amazon Accounts | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Amazon Echo now has the ability to play audiobooks from multiple Amazon accounts and switching between them is as easy as a voice command. In order to get
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Barnes and Noble has Two New Nook e-Readers

Barnes and Noble has Two New Nook e-Readers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Barnes and Noble has two new e-readers that they will formally announce them in the next week. The first is a six inch device and the second has a much larger
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New Braille Smartwatch can Read e-books and Texts

New Braille Smartwatch can Read e-books and Texts | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
People with vision disorders or who are completely blind are quite limited when it comes to using smartphones or reading e-books on an e-reader. There are a few
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Kindle For PC Update Adds Bookerly Font, But Not the New Formatting | The Digital Reader

Kindle For PC Update Adds Bookerly Font, But Not the New Formatting | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon just reminded us that a proprietary ebook format isn't all it is cracked up to be. There's a new version of the Kindle for Windows app out today.
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University of Maryland University College to go Textbook-Free Next Year | The Digital Reader

University of Maryland University College to go Textbook-Free Next Year | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
College textbook prices have risen a thousand percent over the past 4 decades.
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My books, my e-reader and I - Hindu Business Line

My books, my e-reader and I - Hindu Business Line | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The thoughtful crafting of a superior customer experience eased the writer’s transition from books to a Kindle
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TuneIn Rival Deezer Adds Audiobooks | The Digital Reader

TuneIn Rival Deezer Adds Audiobooks | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Hard on the heels of TuneIn's announcement that it was adding audiobooks comes the news that the music streaming service Deezer is following suit. Deezer is not yet available in the US, but over in Germany BuchReport.de reports that Deezer has added "thousands" of German-language audiobooks. The Paris-based service boasts of having more than 6 million paying subscribers in more than 180 countries. They also claim to offer the largest music catalog in the world with 35 million songs and over 30,000 streaming radio stations (TuneIn claims to have 100,000 radio stations). And now Deezer is adding audiobooks, including both new releases like the latest work from Dan Brown and classics like Sherlock Holmes. The audiobooks can be heard in Deezer's apps for iOS and Android. Deezer offers both a free tier and a paid tier (10 euros) which promises better audio quality (320 kbps) and more features, including playing songs offline and skipping radio tracks.  The free tier is subsidized by adverts inserted between tracks (and between audiobook chapters, probably). The service is moving into competition with Kindle Unlimited, which offers thousands of audiobooks in its streaming ebook service. There have also been rumors that Amazon was planing to launch a streaming audiobook service in [...]
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A Kindle battery that lasts 2 years on one charge?

Engadget Editor-in-Chief Michael Gorman on the latest technology Amazon is working on and one billion people logging in to Facebook in a single day.
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Why Do So Many of This Year’s Book Covers Look the Same?

Why Do So Many of This Year’s Book Covers Look the Same? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Among the many challenges book cover designers face is trying to represent a book’s premise or main character without getting so specific that readers are left with little to imagine. A few years ago, the headless woman was one of the most commonplace sights on bookstore shelves (if the lack of something can be...
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NYC Public Schools Delay Amazon eBook Contract Amidst Complaints of Accessibility Issues | The Digital Reader

NYC Public Schools Delay Amazon eBook Contract Amidst Complaints of Accessibility Issues | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon's $65 million contract to supply ebooks to schools in New York City has been put on hold this week. According to NY Daily News, NYC DoE officials have postponed the contract in response to complaints that it would exclude the visually...
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40,000 Audiobooks Now Available on TuneIn Premium

40,000 Audiobooks Now Available on TuneIn Premium | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you have an Android or iOS device and listen to the radio, you are likely familiar with TuneIn. The company has been around since 2002 and has over 100,000
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Delete the Non-Compete - The Authors Guild

Delete the Non-Compete - The Authors Guild | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative discusses overly broad non-compete clauses that can unfairly impede authors from publishing elsewhere.
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NYTimes: Rousting the Book Pirates From Google Play | The Digital Reader

NYTimes: Rousting the Book Pirates From Google Play | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The NYTimes' Haggler column followed up today on my reports of the rampant piracy in Google Play Books.
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4 Websites to Get Free Public Domain Audiobooks

4 Websites to Get Free Public Domain Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This article talks about 4 websites to get free public domain audiobooks. Browse the catalog on the basis of author, genre, etc. Also download for free.
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace by Lyn Horner — The Book Designer

A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace by Lyn Horner — The Book Designer | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace by Lyn Horner explains how to publish a book using Createspace
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Kobo Touch 2.0 eReader Launches in Canada | The Digital Reader

Kobo Touch 2.0 eReader Launches in Canada | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Earlier this year a Kobo firmware update dropped hints that the ebook company had two new ereaders in the pipeline.
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Kindle eBooks with Enhanced Typesetting Use New KFX Kindle Format | The eBook Reader Blog

Kindle eBooks with Enhanced Typesetting Use New KFX Kindle Format | The eBook Reader Blog | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Yesterday Amazon released a major software update for their line of Kindle ebook readers. The update includes a new Bookerly font custom made for Kindles and a
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The Authors Guild: Say No to Non-Competes | The Digital Reader

The Authors Guild: Say No to Non-Competes | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Authors Guild continued its two-month old fair contracts initiative this week with a new post on non-compete clauses.
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Simon & Schuster Adds (Two) eBooks to Kindle Unlimited | The Digital Reader

Simon & Schuster Adds (Two) eBooks to Kindle Unlimited | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited last year, they built its catalog on indie and self published titles, with only a handful of titles from larger publishers. This did not include the Big Five trade publishers, who signed deals with other access-based ebook services but continued to boycott KU. Simon & Schuster broke the year-long this month, albeit in a very small way. The publisher has added Transfer of Power and The Last Man to KU. These are the first and last titles in the late Vince Flynn's Mitchell Rapp series, and they've been available in Kindle Unlimited since 12 August. S&S added their catalog to Scribd and Oyster last April, and have struck deals with services including Denmark's Mofibo, but this is the first time they've dabbled in KU. And it looks like this will be the exception and not the rule. S&S said that the two books were added to promote the publication of the next book in the series. S&S is scheduled to publish Kyle Mills' The Survivor in October, and a spokesperson confirms that the KU promotion is directly related to the new release: This is a special promotion meant to build excitement for the upcoming new Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp title, The Survivor, that we [...]
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Make it easier to sample e-books and other content

Make it easier to sample e-books and other content | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The goal of the content sample is to acquire new customers, right? So why are publishers settling for sample content models that are outdated and largely ineffective?
Look at ebooks, for instance.

Via MioBook.
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Is Amazon Creating a Cultural Monopoly? - The New Yorker

Is Amazon Creating a Cultural Monopoly? - The New Yorker | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Authors United wants to change how Amazon does business, but will the Justice Department listen?
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The rare book library at Yale University has no windows because the walls are made of translucent marble.

The rare book library at Yale University has no windows because the walls are made of translucent marble. | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
mlgimmortal:
“ crookedwiings:
“ cloudfreed:
“ bbcbecausebenedictcumberbatch:
“ did-you-kno:
“ Source

*Heavy breathing*

because direct unfiltered sunlight may damage the older books and age them...
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Self-Publishing is No Longer a Profession - It's a Piece of Equipment | The Digital Reader

Self-Publishing is No Longer a Profession - It's a Piece of Equipment | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Do you know that saying of Clay Shirky's that "publishing now is a button"? That statement referred to the fact that publishing was so simple now that it was no longer an industry or profession but was instead an automatic process. I was reminded of Shirky's saying today when I realized that it now has a corollary: Self-publishing is now a machine, or at least that is the common usage. I reached that conclusion this week when I realized that the general media now refers to the Espresso Book Machine as a "self-publishing machine". While it is technically a POD, or print-on-demand, machine, it's now widely referred to as a self-publishing machine, or SPM for short. This first came up in late July when The Windsor Star reported that the local library's self-publishing machine "was a hit". About a week later the Sacramento Bee announced that "nearly 200 authors have used the self-publishing machine", and then just a couple days ago DNAInfo revealed that the Shakespeare & Co was getting a new look and a new self-publishing machine. A few minutes with a search engine has revealed that this is not a sudden change. I've found two references dating to 2013, including one from the WSJ. (Books-a-Million [...]
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Thoughts on the Digital Market for US Illustrated Books (Part 4) - Publishing Perspectives

Thoughts on the Digital Market for US Illustrated Books (Part 4) - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The continuation of our series on illustrated book publishing in the US looks at the digital market, where sales pale compared to print counterparts.
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