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Self-Publishing Part 5 – Formatting and Finishing Touches

Self-Publishing Part 5 – Formatting and Finishing Touches (via Spirit Authors Marketing & Publishing Tips for Authors) Book marketer Lynn Serafinn shares her tips for making a professional-looking book layout that creates an enjoyable experience...
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Aren’t you glad ebooks aren’t as balkanized as streaming video?

Aren’t you glad ebooks aren’t as balkanized as streaming video? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What if you had to buy a separate ebook reader for each publisher? What if the e-reader you used for Macmillan books wouldn't read HarperCollins titles, or your Penguin Random House reader wouldn't read Hachette ebooks? For all that the major e-reader vendors struggle for dominance and DRM locks you into the platform that you…
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Decline and Fall of the Editor

Decline and Fall of the Editor | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The editors of scholarly communications are under considerable pressure as recent trends in Gold Open Access characterize them as a luxury of the past.
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Americans are swapping bookstores

Americans are swapping bookstores | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Barnes and Noble has proclaimed that by the end of the fiscal year, they will close eight stores in the United States. Amazon is filling the gap, the Seattle
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Half of Chinese Readers Consume Ten or More Books a Year

Half of Chinese Readers Consume Ten or More Books a Year | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
56% of Chinese readers read more than nine books a year, Amazon said in its 2017 National Reading Report.   After surveying 14,0000 readers, Amazon revealed that 85% read both ebooks and print books, with the rest remaining exclusive to one format or the other. 82% of the survey group read for a half hour or more each day, and  56% read for over an hour. Sales of English language ebooks in the Chinese Kindle Store jumped 68% in 2016, according to Amazon. Market stats showed a similar albeit less impressive increase of 12.3%, to 12 billion yuan ($1.74 billion USD). eBook adoption as also up, with 90% of the survey group saying they had read an ebook. This was an increase of 6% over last year. Even the readers themselves had noticed how they had read more ebooks, with 64% of the respondents saying that their overall reading volume had increased since they adopted ebooks. Shanghai Daily also reported that Amazon told them that Shanghai was the top city for English ebook consumption on the Kindle. image by Latitudes.nu Check These Out!
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Licensing, Syndication & Platforms That Pay

Licensing, Syndication & Platforms That Pay | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There has been a lot of talk lately in the publishing industry about platforms. Should we share our content on LinkedIn, Facebook, or even Snapchat? Does this help us? Will we make any money? According to a Publishing Executive survey, 11% of respondents believe that platforms will provide a new revenue stream to their businesses, …
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El libro electrónico: apocalípticos versus integrados

El libro electrónico: apocalípticos versus integrados | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
El libro electrónico supone apenas un 5% de la facturación total del sector en España. En Estados Unidos ha caído 42%. ¿Es realmente un fracaso? ¿Se leen las cifras electrónicas con criterios de negocio analógico?
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Sven Fund's 'Bridge' to Open Access: Knowledge Unlatched

Sven Fund's 'Bridge' to Open Access: Knowledge Unlatched | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Using crowdfunding and BiblioLabs' online library access, Knowledge Unlatched is making open access work for the humanities and social sciences.
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Amazon Leases a Store Front in San Jose, Light Industrial Space in Cleveland 

Amazon Leases a Store Front in San Jose, Light Industrial Space in Cleveland  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The online retailer is going to open its second bookstore in the San Francisco metro area, and is also setting up a facility in Northeastern Ohio. Crain's Cleveland reports that Amazon has leased two-thirds of a new light industrial / warehouse building: Online retailing has delivered again in Northeast Ohio, as Amazon has leased most of a new industrial building at Bluestone Business Center in Euclid. According to a lease memorandum filed March 8 in Cuyahoga County property records, the Seattle-based company has leased upward of 80,000 square feet in Bluestone Business Center II, 26555 Bluestone Blvd. Bluestone developer Ray Fogg Jr., CEO of Brooklyn Heights-based Ray Fogg Corporate Properties, would say nothing about the lease other than, "You see what it says." The brochure and Google Maps listing for this building show that it is not set up for retail customers, and that the space is not a fraction of the size of one of Amazon's warehouses (which Amazon likes to build from scratch, anyway). So yes, this is most likely a "last mile" facility for same day deliveries (unless Amazon is beta testing a new idea). The newly leased store front in San Jose, on the other hand, is pretty [...]
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April 29th is Independent Bookstore Day 

April 29th is Independent Bookstore Day  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day, the day e celebrate our favorite sellers of throw pillows and Margaret Atwood nesting dolls. This year it falls on the 29th, and it's coming up at the end of this week. Here's why the day is important: Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service. You can find out more on the Indie Bookstore Day website. It's a little too late for bookstores to decide to participate, but readers will find a list of 454 stores that will be celebrating the day with "live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff". There are five bookstores in my area that [...]
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One-star review activism is still a contentious issue on Amazon and elsewhere

One-star review activism is still a contentious issue on Amazon and elsewhere | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
We've had a lot to say on the subject of one-star reviews over the last few years. Consumers have used them to protest practices they didn't like, be they windowing the publication of an ebook, applying unfriendly DRM to video games, or even double-dipping on Lord of the Rings DVD releases. Beyond that, organized rating…
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Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche

Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon’s rapid rise to prominence in the translation of foreign prose to English — which has drawn appreciation, but also some suspicion by members of the translation community — is yet another sign of the online retailer’s growing cultural significance.
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Opinion | Why You Should Read Books You Hate

Opinion | Why You Should Read Books You Hate | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Defensiveness makes you a better, more skeptical reader — a critic.
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Kalimat's First Decade of Publishing in the UAE: 'Deals Don't Happen Overnight'

Kalimat's First Decade of Publishing in the UAE: 'Deals Don't Happen Overnight' | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'At the beginning I was taking small, calculated steps and worrying too much,' says Emirati publisher Bodour Al Qasimi as Kalimat turns 10 years old.
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6 Winners of Kobo’s “6 Novels In Search of An Author” Italian Writing Competition

6 Winners of Kobo’s “6 Novels In Search of An Author” Italian Writing Competition | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
On Thursday, April 20, 2017 the 6 winners of Kobo Writing Life's collaborative publishing prize (Six Novels in Search of an Author - the name inspired by the classic play by Italian writer Luigi Pirandello "6 Characters in Search of an Author") were publicly announced at the Mondadori Megastore Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy.…
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The ideas paradox: why publishers fail to innovate 

The ideas paradox: why publishers fail to innovate  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There’s a surplus of profitable innovations within publishing – the problem is turning those ideas into commercial product.
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Postepic app lets capture quotes from print books and share them as images

Postepic app lets capture quotes from print books and share them as images | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Create stunning image quotes from passages of books you read with the Postepic app for iPhone and iPad.
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Avoiding Generic HTML

Avoiding Generic HTML | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is the first of a series of posts on accessibility in ebooks, focussing on how to use the tools we already have to level-up our ebooks. Like the advent of print publishing in the 16th century,…
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For Bookstores, A Perfect Storm for Sales

For Bookstores, A Perfect Storm for Sales | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As Independent Bookstore Day turns three, booksellers in 48 states see an opportunity to make strong Saturday sales even stronger.
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My tech life: literary agent Nelle Andrew shares her hardware, habits and hates

My tech life: literary agent Nelle Andrew shares her hardware, habits and hates | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Nelle Andrew, an agent at PFD and a Booksller Rising Star, shares the role that technology plays in her working life.
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Creative industries should be 'priority sector' in Brexit negotiations

Creative industries should be 'priority sector' in Brexit negotiations | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Creative Industries Federation has urged the government to ensure that the creative industries and arts are a "priority sector" in Brexit negotiations, in its election manifesto which is being distributed to all political parties and Federation members.
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Facing the Attention Economy: Publishers Forum in Berlin

Facing the Attention Economy: Publishers Forum in Berlin | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'A massively distributed fight for attention' rages in the marketplace, delegates to Germany's Publishers' Forum are told. Is consumer service the strategy?
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Amazon Launches Self-Service Marketplace for Subscription Providers 

Amazon Launches Self-Service Marketplace for Subscription Providers  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Remember that subscription tool I told you about last month, Subscribe with Amazon? It has now officially launched: Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced a self-service subscriptions marketplace that allows digital subscription providers to reach millions of Amazon customers. Subscribe with Amazon is a new way for subscription businesses to sell on Amazon, offering them targeted customer exposure through popular discovery features such as search and recommendations while also providing customers with a simple way to purchase and manage their subscriptions. Selling on Subscribe with Amazon is easy with self-service enrollment. The program allows subscription providers the ability to offer customers flexible pricing including introductory, monthly, and annual pricing options, as well as the opportunity to explore offering Prime exclusive deals. Digital subscriptions currently available span a variety of areas including streaming content, news/magazines, learning, and lifestyle. To learn more about how to become a subscription provider on Subscribe with Amazon, visit: www.subscribewithamazon.com. Since I more than adequately covered this service a month ago, I am simply going to repeat an excerpt of the post I published last month. O O O This service has existed under its current name since at least last August. This is the subscription service that Amazon has [...]
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Copyright Reform Is Never Happening

Copyright Reform Is Never Happening | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The first bill to come from the House Judiciary Committee's recently concluded review our nation's copyright laws reveals just how fractured the politics of copyright have become.
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BISG's 'Evolution of Delivery' Conference: Making Data Pay

BISG's 'Evolution of Delivery' Conference: Making Data Pay | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From data-charged business to a library centered on a community's needs, BISG's 'Making Information Pay' event looks at the data driving us all.
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