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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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The future of the book

The future of the book | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
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Self-Publishing is Basically the YouTube of Literature

Self-Publishing is Basically the YouTube of Literature | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Even after going mainstream, self-publishing is still associated with a myriad of stigmas. Here's a few to consider before you make the leap.
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Very interesting thought. I'm not sure if I agree with this entirely because of all of the big brands that are now using YouTube to get their points out, and because of the social interaction and advertising on YouTube. Self-publishing does share a lot of the same broadness and variety, however.

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'PW' Panel Warns Industry, Lack of Diversity Threatens Publishing - Publishers Weekly

'PW' Panel Warns Industry, Lack of Diversity Threatens Publishing - Publishers Weekly | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
At a panel about the lack of diversity in the book publishing industry, hosted by PW, a number of publishing warned that the overwhlemingly white makeup of the industry threatens its longterm viability.
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IPA: UK publishers 'published most in the world' in 2013 | The Bookseller

IPA: UK publishers 'published most in the world' in 2013 | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

The UK publishing market led the world in terms of the number of new titles published relative to population size in 2013, as well as in 2013 export revenue, according to new figures from the International Publishing Association (IPA).

The IPA's annual report shows that UK publishers released 2,875 new titles per million inhabitants, more than 1,000 titles ahead of the nearest nation, Taiwan. In absolute figures, 2013 saw the UK publish 184,000 new titles and re-editions, the highest figure in Europe, with only the US and China publishing more, with 304,912 and 444,000 titles respectively.

Publishing in the UK also performed well when compared to rest of the world in terms of overall revenue, with a net revenue in 2013 of £4.7bn, remaining the same size as in 2012, without any overall decline. It joins the US and Germany as a market which did not shrink, while other nations such as France (-3%), Italy (-6%) and Spain (-10%) all saw their values drop. Some markets, especially in Asia, saw growth, with South Korea (up 2%), China (9%) and Indonesia (16%) all seeing a rise, as well as New Zealand (6%), Mexico (3%) and Brazil (8%).

The UK also has the largest exports market, despite a decline since the previous year of 4%. Export revenues for UK publishing were €1.5bn, ahead of the US at €1bn (a rise of 7.2%) and Spain at €331m (a fall of 5%).

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Why Vook Is Still Betting on Short-Form Ebooks

Why Vook Is Still Betting on Short-Form Ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Vook releases the first of the short-form ebooks it acquired from Byliner after purchasing the digital publishing start-up last month.
Like enhanced ebooks, short-form digital content hasn’t always fared well. Atavist Books, which published both since launching in 2012, confirmed this week it’s closing its doors, even though the independently operated digital magazine The Atavist–which also publishes ebooks–continues to thrive.


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Vancouver e-book start up looks to rewrite future of publishing industry - Yahoo Canada Finance - Insight (blog)

Vancouver e-book start up looks to rewrite future of publishing industry - Yahoo Canada Finance - Insight (blog) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Bitlit, a new app developed by Vancouver’s Peter Hudson and Marius Muja, launched in January and serves to turn traditional books into e-readers with the snap of a smartphone camera.
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Amazon settles book deal with Simon & Schuster; civilization survives - Yahoo Finance (blog)

Amazon settles book deal with Simon & Schuster; civilization survives - Yahoo Finance (blog) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon settles book deal with Simon & Schuster; civilization survives Yahoo Finance (blog) Although Amazon dominates the current ebook market, with an estimated 70% of sales, consumers can easily switch to competitors.
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Will Amazon Pressure Indie Authors? | Digital Book World

Will Amazon Pressure Indie Authors? | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo's Michael Tamblyn on why indie authors won't be spared Amazon's profit-improving tactics, Google Play's swift growth, gloomy forecast for global e-reader market, Amazon tests Apple store concept and more.
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Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK? - Publishing Perspectives

Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK? - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Comparing international literature and translation in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
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OverDrive Readbox: Embedded eBook Samples

OverDrive Readbox: Embedded eBook Samples | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

OverDrive - Global distributor of digital eBooks, audiobooks, music & video for library, school & retail

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At SCIBA, Teicher Says Booksellers Nowhere Near 'Endangered' - Publishers Weekly

At SCIBA, Teicher Says Booksellers Nowhere Near 'Endangered' - Publishers Weekly | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
For anyone worried that independent bookstores are struggling, the upbeat mood at the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association show painted a reassuring and hopeful picture.
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Italian Writing Festival Takes Women, Self-Publishing Seriously - Publishing Perspectives

Italian Writing Festival Takes Women, Self-Publishing Seriously - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Women's Writing Festival in Matera, Italy was a showcase for the growing importance of women's fiction and self-publishing in Europe.
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Voyage, a High-End Amazon Kindle That Beats Hardcovers

Voyage, a High-End Amazon Kindle That Beats Hardcovers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon’s latest Kindle reader, the Voyage, is better than a printed book.
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Publishing in the Era of Big Data (PDF)

The mantra of the moment, in every field from retail to healthcare, is “Big Data” – defined as being data  sets that are too large and complex to manipulate with standard methods or tools. Analyzing these data  sets is quickly becoming the basis for competition, productivity and innovation; in fact, some predict  Big Data will be as important to business and society as the Internet has become, and it is being used  to predict where and when crimes will occur, flus will strike, where traffic will snarl – all very useful for  deploying limited resources like police forces, health care professionals or traffic lights.

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Paul Krugman, Amazon, and the left's backwards view of book-industry titans - The Week Magazine

Paul Krugman, Amazon, and the left's backwards view of book-industry titans - The Week Magazine | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The New York Times columnist says Amazon is too powerful and is hurting America. He's wrong.
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San Antonio International Airport Unveils Free eBook Terminal

San Antonio International Airport Unveils Free eBook Terminal | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

If you are passing through the San Antonio International Airport you can now borrow eBooks for free. Two Digital Library kiosks have been installed by...

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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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Video in Enhanced Ebooks: How? Why? - Huffington Post

Video in Enhanced Ebooks: How? Why? - Huffington Post | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Enhanced ebooks have been a cause of much excitement over the past few years -- and with good reason. One of the things that an ebook can do that a paper-and-ink book can't is to add embedded video and sound....
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Amazon and Simon & Schuster agree e-book pricing deal - BBC News

Amazon and Simon & Schuster agree e-book pricing deal - BBC News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Online retailer Amazon reaches a deal with publisher Simon & Schuster over the pricing of e-books.
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Self Publishing: just vanity publishing under another name?

Self Publishing: just vanity publishing under another name? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In pre-digital days, vanity publishing was at the shadiest end of the industry. But now, with the barriers to publishing being lowered by the month, there are many opportunities for authors to get into print - or at least into digital files.
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Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies: The marketing tool every publisher undervalues

Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies: The marketing tool every publisher undervalues | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Why are publishers so scared of free and sample content? Sure, most publishers offer at least one way to test drive their content but they could be doing so much more. I think free/sample content is the single most under-utilized...
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Gerty and Marvin: The best iOS ebook reader apps you're not using

Gerty and Marvin: The best iOS ebook reader apps you're not using | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, on the recommendation of former TUAW lead Megan Lavey Heaton, I gave iBooks the heave-ho and installed Marvin on my iPad. A US$3.99
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Kobo President Michael Tamblyn: Indie Authors Are on Amazon's Hit List | Digital Book World

Kobo President Michael Tamblyn: Indie Authors Are on Amazon's Hit List | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn takes to Twitter to explain why indie authors can expect Amazon to treat them the same way as Hachette.
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The great Amazon debate: A leading Amazon critic and a self-publishing rock star try to find common ground

The great Amazon debate: A leading Amazon critic and a self-publishing rock star try to find common ground | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon fans and foes often talk past each other without engaging. Here, two fierce writers make their best case
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Librarians Are Dedicated to User Privacy. The Tech They Have to Use Is Not.

Librarians Are Dedicated to User Privacy. The Tech They Have to Use Is Not. | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Adobe has made it extremely easy for unwanted eyes to read over the shoulders of library patrons. Last week reports surfaced about how Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book software collects and transmits information about readers in plain text.

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