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Accessible books – The opportunity for Publishers : BarrierBreak – Accessibility & Assistive Technology firm in Mumbai, India

Accessible books – The opportunity for Publishers : BarrierBreak – Accessibility & Assistive Technology firm in Mumbai, India | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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According to the World Blind Union, of the million or so books published each year in the world, less than 5 per cent are made available in formats accessible to visually impaired persons and a only 1% in developing countries.

As publishers and authors, you would have followed the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Today mostly accessible formats are available from re-publishers. The opportunity for Publishers and Authors is to provide the customers with the documents in the relevant formats. With the push towards EPUB 3, it is going to be easier to provide the same ebooks to different audiences including people with disabilities.

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Google launches e-book 'experiment' | The Bookseller

Google launches e-book 'experiment' | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Google has launched a new digital-only bookstore "for books that cannot be printed".
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International Publishers Congress highlights WIPO, copyright lobby

International Publishers Congress highlights WIPO, copyright lobby | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

A new announcement for the the 31st International Publishers Congress, due to take place in London on April 9-12, 2016, in conjunction with the London Book Fair, highlights how keen the copyright pundits are to grab the limelight.

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Fist Look at the 13" Onyx Boox Max, 9.7" Onyx Boox N96. | The Digital Reader

Fist Look at the 13" Onyx Boox Max, 9.7" Onyx Boox N96. | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

A video was posted on MobileRead yesterday which shows the upcoming Onyx Boox Max and Onyx Boox N96 ereaders in action.

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How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon

How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishers who sell ebooks direct to consumers typically do so in EPUB format. That’s because most publishers are still wedded to the false sense of security DRM provides and EPUB offers a popular DRM solution. Contrast that with Amazon’s format, mobi, where Amazon is the only company who can apply and manage mobi’s DRM’d files …
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Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Be Professional: Tips from an Indie Author

Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Be Professional: Tips from an Indie Author | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Hybrid author Jessica Lourey reminds aspiring writers that self-publishing is a long game.
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FlightDeck: A (potentially) very useful service for indies, self-publishing - TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond

FlightDeck: A (potentially) very useful service for indies, self-publishing - TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

I was first turned on to FlightDeck by their very helpful – and free – guide to the differences between EPUB and Amazon’s KF8 standard, and the formatting choices that can ensure a good handoff from one format to the other.

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Publishing Should be More About Culture Than Book Sales | The Digital Reader

Publishing Should be More About Culture Than Book Sales | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

It seems too obvious to point out that publishing is a cultural activity, not just a process for corporations to make money. That being said, we rarely talk or write about publishing without talking about money, about book sales.

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History and Historicals: At 75, Avon Romances the Readers - Publishing Perspectives

History and Historicals: At 75, Avon Romances the Readers - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Marking Avon Books' 75th year, the brand has been in romance for more than four decades of that period.

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HarperCollins launches '4th Shorts' series | The Bookseller

HarperCollins launches '4th Shorts' series | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
HarperCollins imprint 4th Estate has launched a new short story series, 4th Shorts, which is intended to “introduce curious readers to 4th Estate’s rich back catalogue on an easily digestible scale.”
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Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It? | Jane Friedman

Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It? | Jane Friedman | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The majority of authors will not benefit from paid book reviews, and should invest their time and money elsewhere. Here's why.
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Good E-Reader - eBook, Audiobook and Digital Publishing News

Good E-Reader - eBook, Audiobook and Digital Publishing News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon is planning on opening a new bookstore in San Diego. The e-commerce giant is hiring store managers, booksellers and gadget enthusiasts. This will be the
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Archie Comics Gives Away 100 Free Digital Editions

Archie Comics Gives Away 100 Free Digital Editions | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Archie Comics is running a very unique promotion. They are giving new and existing users the ability to get access 100 digital comics for free, no strings
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How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon | Digital Book World

How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In a blog post for Digital Book World, Joe Wikert describes how publishers can reach customers better through Amazon's Send to Kindle functionality.
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'Who really owns my Kindle?' and other questions for the post-digital age

'Who really owns my Kindle?' and other questions for the post-digital age | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Here is question for you: ‘Who really owns my Kindle?’ I bought it. I paid for it. It’s mine, right? Maybe not. The murky post-digital copyright waters continue to muddy in this regard.

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A Tale of Two Bookstores, or: How to use tech to boost print

A Tale of Two Bookstores, or: How to use tech to boost print | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Sad news for Manhattan bibliophiles is that St.

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AAP Reports Publisher eBook Revenues Down 11% | The Digital Reader

AAP Reports Publisher eBook Revenues Down 11% | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The AAP released its monthly Statshot report on Wednesday, and reported that the collected revenues of the 1,200 odd publishers in the survey group had declined 2% in the first nine months of 2015. The adult category was up, while both religious presses and YA/kids categories were down. In terms of formats, audiobooks continued to grow at a double digit rate, and paperbacks showed a surprising resurgence while both hardback and ebook revenues declined (6.4% and 11.1%, respectively). The AAP reports that the total trade revenues remained flat at $5 billion, which means that the fluctuations reflect a shift, and not a growth or decline. image by oatsy40 Here's the press release: Publishers’ book sales for the first three quarters of the year (Jan. –  Sept. 2015) were down 2.0% at $11.9 billion compared to $12.1 billion for the first nine months in 2014. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade - fiction/non-fiction/religious, K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses). Revenue for trade books was flat. Publishers net revenue is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes sales data from more than 1,200 publishers (#AAPStats). Some of the trends noted [...]
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A Timeline of Amazon Brick-and-Mortar Rumors

A Timeline of Amazon Brick-and-Mortar Rumors | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Bouree Lam of The Atlantic aptly described the Tuesday earnings call with General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani as “the call that launched a hundred articles.” In that call, the mall developer Mathrani revealed that Amazon is planning to launch 300 to 400 physical bookstores, massively expanding on the single physical bookstore it currently operates …
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European Digital Reading Lab, IDPF, Readium Foundation host first EPUB Summit in Bordeaux in April - TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond

European Digital Reading Lab, IDPF, Readium Foundation host first EPUB Summit in Bordeaux in April - TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

The European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab), the Paris-based non-profit hub for digital reading and publishing development, has announced that it is partnering with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the Readium...

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No, "Send to Kindle" Won't Help Vanquish Amazon | The Digital Reader

No, "Send to Kindle" Won't Help Vanquish Amazon | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Joe Wikert's latest idea for defeating Amazon is a doozy.

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Good E-Reader - eBook, Audiobook and Digital Publishing News

Good E-Reader - eBook, Audiobook and Digital Publishing News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Energy Sistem is a Spanish company and they have been making e-readers for a number of years. The last generation of hardware was released in 2014 and

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The Problem with eBook Piracy Spam | The Digital Reader

The Problem with eBook Piracy Spam | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Try this experiment. Go to Amazon and pull up any book, any book at all as long as it has been out for at least a few months.

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National Libraries Day 2016 was 'truly inspirational' | The Bookseller

National Libraries Day 2016 was 'truly inspirational' | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The support for National Libraries Day, which took place on Saturday and saw communities across the UK participate in more than 850 events, was "truly inspirational" and featured endorsements from authors and illustrators Sir Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen and Sarah McIntyre.
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Why Amazon is doubling down on lobbying

Why Amazon is doubling down on lobbying | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon's spending on influence in Washington skyrocketed in 2015.
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Here are the Best Audiobooks in Audibles First in a Series Promotion

Here are the Best Audiobooks in Audibles First in a Series Promotion | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Audible has announced that they are having a a First in the Series Sale. They have hundreds of titles available and this program gives people a chance to
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How to Copy Overdrive Audiobooks to your MP3 Player

How to Copy Overdrive Audiobooks to your MP3 Player | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Overdrive has one of the largest collection of audiobooks and thousands of libraries all over the world deal with this company. Chances are if your local branch
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