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Audiobook Industry Surveys Show Growth

Audiobook Industry Surveys Show Growth | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Audio Publishers Association recently conducted two surveys that show the industry';s continued growth and highlighted the value of audiobooks to the consumer marketplace.The annual APA Sales Survey compiled reports from audio publisher sales...
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Why rare books are thriving in the digital age 

Why rare books are thriving in the digital age  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
One of London’s oldest antiquarian booksellers says young collectors have given business a boost
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The Problem with Hoopla's Pay-Per-Loan Model | The Digital Reader

The Problem with Hoopla's Pay-Per-Loan Model | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishers like HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have recently shown increased interest in the pay per loan library ebook services offered by Freading and Hoopla, but at the same time libraries are pulling back. Publishers like this model because they get paid each time a work is loaned to a patron. At first, librarians also liked the model because it meant they would not have to pay full price to get copies that might go unused, but then the monthly bills started arriving and the honeymoon ended. Many libraries have imposed caps on their Hoopla offering. Some have reduced the number of works a  patron can borrow each month while others have set a limit on the number of loans made each calendar day. Sonoma County Library, which is located just north of San Francisco, has a daily lending limit which resets every day at 8pm eastern, while on the other side of San Francisco the San Jose Public Library now limits patrons to only borrowing 6 works each month. The SJPL made it clear that the problem was the cost of Hoopla: We love this resource, and we want everyone to have a chance to use it.  That means that we have to figure out a way to make [...]
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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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Cloudshelf Reader Epub3 App Released for Android, iOS 

Cloudshelf Reader Epub3 App Released for Android, iOS  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Reading app developers Bluefire officially released their new Cloudshelf Reader app this week. Cloudshelf Reader is a unique reading app designed for niche use cases. While Bluefire Reader is intended to read Epub ebooks from just about any source, Cloudshelf Reader is a closed app with custom DRM that prevents users from adding or removing ebooks. That may sound crazy, but to put it another way this app is intended to be used where a walled garden won't be a problem. If you were the IT dept of a corporation that wanted to control access to an internal library of work documents, or if you ran a service that offered subscription access to content, this would be the right app for you. The high points of its sales pitch include: Accessible by design Advanced DRM Epub3 support Extensive annotation features I briefly mentioned Cloudshelf Reader last summer in relation to Sony's DADC ebook DRM. (Cloudshelf Reader is one of several apps that use the DRM. Datalogic is also offering Sony's DRM as an option in its whitelabel Active Textbook platform. ) You can find the apps in iTunes, Google Play. Check These Out!
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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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