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Self-Publishing Could Become a Billion Business | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe

Self-Publishing Could Become a Billion Business | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From AppNewser: The self-publishing industry has created a new publishing market that could potentially reach $52 billion, according to a new report from media technology firm New Publisher House.
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Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate, Funding Pool Up in September 2017 | The Digital Reader

Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate, Funding Pool Up in September 2017 | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
For the second month in a row, Amazon has increased the royalty rate for Kindle Unlimited while also bumping the funding pool by $100,000 from August 2017. The Kindle Unlimited Global Fund for September 2017 was $19.5 million, and the royalty rate was $0.0044253, a major increase over August ($0.00419 per page) and July ($0.00403 per page). Both of the rate hikes followed the introduction of KENPC v3.0 on 1 August, suggesting that Amazon may have finally beaten the KU scammers. The rates were up in most markets: US: $0.0044 (USD) Germany: €0.0030 (EUR) UK: £0.0034 (GBP) Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy: €0.0044 (EUR) Canada: $0.0044 (CAD) India: 0.0816 (INR) Brazil: R$ 0.0107PY) Australia: $0.0036 (AUD) Mexico: $0.0736 (MXP) Not counting the bonuses, KU has paid out $213.1 million in the year ending September 2017. This market has grown to the point that it is bigger than any ebook retailer short of Apple, and with the way it is growing it will soon be bigger than any three ebook retailers (with the exception of Amazon and Apple, of course). We are approaching the point that - demand for exclusivity or no - authors and publishers aren't going to be able to ignore Kindle Unlimited. (Heck, [...]
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New Bowker Study Finds Increasing Growth in SelfPub ISBNs

New Bowker Study Finds Increasing Growth in SelfPub ISBNs | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If there was still doubt in anyone's mind that self-publishing is not only viable but here to stay, a new report from Bowker might cement it once and for all. The rate of ISBN purchase for self-published books has increased by more than 218% since 2011, back when the digital revolution arguably took off. The Bowker report, "Self-Publishing in the United States, 2011-2016 Print vs. Ebook," highlights a number of results that demonstrate just how serious both authors and readers are about self-published works. "Overall, we believe that these numbers point toward an ongoing maturation and stabilization of the self-publishing industry," said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services at Bowker in a press release. "Tracking these trends and comparing the numbers over the years provides tremendous insight into this industry. This enables us to respond by offering the best tools and support to independent authors, according to their current needs." Lest this mislead anyone as to the state of self-publishing, it's worth noting that this information refers to authors who purchased their own ISBN numbers--either on their own or as part of a project them completed with the help of a publishing service provider--as opposed to using a free Amazon-assigned number. Other key findings in Bowker's report show that self-published print publishing is still on the rise, even though the number of self-published ebook titles are in slight decline. To read the full report and find specific numerical data pertaining to the self-publishing industry, click here. [adrotate banner="6"]
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AmazonCrossing Translation Expands Submission Site to 14 Languages

AmazonCrossing Translation Expands Submission Site to 14 Languages | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
To make its submissions portal accessible to a wider pool of writers, translators and agents, AmazonCrossing expands the site's navigation to 14 languages.
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New Amazon Kindle Oasis is Waterproof and can Play Audiobooks

New Amazon Kindle Oasis is Waterproof and can Play Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has just announced a new Kindle Oasis and this device is waterproof and can play audiobooks. This seven inch e-reader maintains the same asymmetrical shape as the first generation model and there is no built in case. One of the things I like about this device is that it has six weeks of battery life, whereas the original model would barely last a few days. The Kindle Oasis 2 features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with resolution of 1680 x 1264 and 300 PPI. It includes includes 12 LEDs for uniform lighting across the screen and allows you to read in the dark. The Kindle Voyage was the first Kindle with an ambient light sensors that adjusts the brightness as you move from room to room, or from outdoors to indoors and the all new Oasis has the same functionality. This is the first waterproof Kindle ever released and it carries a IPX8 rating, which means you can use it in the bathtub or the beach. This was one of the most requested features from users who wanted to read ebooks on the their Kindle anywhere and not have to rely on aftermarket solutions such as Waterfi. Audiobooks are a billion dollar industry and Audible is the largest online retailer. The new Kindle Oasis has audiobook functionality and you can buy them a new audiobook section from the Amazon bookstore. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack or a speaker, but it does have Bluetooth. You can hook up your favorite pair of wireless headphones or an external speakers. The built in audiobook player is tremendously robust. You can skip forward or ahead fifteen seconds or change the pitch level. While listening to an audiobook, the Oasis displays how much time is left in a chapter and has software driven volume button. I really dig how Amazon was finally able to leverage their Audible unit on a Kindle e-reader. This was a feature I have been heavily lobbying for a very long time.
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CreateSpace to Close its Web Store | The Digital Reader

CreateSpace to Close its Web Store | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon's POD service Createspace is going to shut down its eStore at the end of the month, and in the future will be directing all sales queries to Amazon. Amazon should be sending an email to affected authors, and you can read the official notice on the Createspace website. While this is certainly less hassle for Amazon, Chris McMullen notes authors are going to take a hit in the pocketbook. Createspace now pays an 80% royalty on copies sold through its site, but only 60% for copies sold through Amazon.com. This means that any author with active direct print sales will make less per sale. On the other hand, Chris also noted how authors might benefit: Some customers who would have visited your eStore, but who would not made a purchase through CreateSpace (because they didn’t qualify for free shipping, had to setup a new account with CreateSpace, or didn’t trust CreateSpace like they trust Amazon), might now make a purchase from Amazon. The redirection might help a little with a higher percentage of sales. Some customers who would have purchased one book from your eStore might buy a few of your books on Amazon (because your Amazon page features your author page, [...]
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Self-Publishing in the United States, 2011-2016 (Print and Ebook) (PDF)

Bowker is pleased to present the latest edition of its report on self-publishing activity in the United States. The report spans the years 2011 through 2016 and offers a year-by-year comparison of the number of titles registered in the Bowker Books in Print® database, and includes both print books and ebooks.
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Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: With No Single Big Book, Multiple Memoirs Steal the Show

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: With No Single Big Book, Multiple Memoirs Steal the Show | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The tastemakers in the publishing industry spent big on a handful of novels, and a raft of memoirs at this year's fair. Some insiders mused that while the novels offer escapism, the memoirs give readers what they crave even more in these divisive times: a sense of connection with other people.
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Industry Talk in Frankfurt: The Dynamics of Adapting Books to Film 

Industry Talk in Frankfurt: The Dynamics of Adapting Books to Film  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
During a full-day event in Frankfurt dedicated to film adaptations of books, a group of directors, writers and producers discussed the adaptation process.
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Frankfurt CEO Talk: Defending Freedom to Publish and Role of Publishers 

Frankfurt CEO Talk: Defending Freedom to Publish and Role of Publishers  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Defending freedom to publish, Frankfurt's CEO Talk featured Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy and Albin Michel VP Guillaume Dervieux.
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What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 1] 

What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 1]  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is a guest post from Ricardo Fayet. Ricardo is an avid reader and startup enthusiast who has been studying the publishing industry with interest for several years. He co-founded Reedsy, to help authors collaborate with publishing professionals. In this two part post, Ricardo shares what publishers can learn from self-publishers.  One of the great things about Reedsy …
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The power of print in a digital world

The power of print in a digital world | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Students say they prefer and perform better when reading digitally on screens, but research shows that may not always be true.
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Frankfurt Notes: NetGalley Announces New UK and Japan Editions

Frankfurt Notes: NetGalley Announces New UK and Japan Editions | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The arrivals of a UK and fully operative Japan site later this month are the latest in NetGalley's ongoing international expansion.
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Comic Sales Decreased Massively in 2017

Comic Sales Decreased Massively in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Comic book and graphic novel sales are falling in a dramatic fashion in 2017.Milton Griepp the CEO of ICv2, a pop culture trade news site said "Year to date in 2017 graphic novel sales are down about 11%, while comics are down 9.9%. Combined comics periodical and graphic novel sales in 2016 totaled $1.085 billion. Sales in the comics shop market, Griepp said, where periodical comics are still the main product, are down nearly 10% for the year." "If current trends continue, the channels will flip power," he said. "The book channel will be equal to comics stores in 2019 and pass it in 2020." This would be the first "channel power flip," he said, since comics shops overtook newsstands as the primary sales channel in the 1980s." Comic book retailers are feeling the pinch and at a closed door Mavel session, things went off the rails. The tensions began when an unnamed seller "specifically [expressed] his distaste for Iceman 'kissing other men,' and Thor 'becoming a woman,'" writes. "The retailer's complaints sparked an outcry among the other retailers present in the room, some echoing his frustration, with multiple attendees raising their voices to speak over each other." As Marvel editor Nick Lowe attempted to calm tensions, the original retailer further complained that comic fans leave his store "when they see that Thor is a woman and Captain America is a black man," and called for Marvel "creating new characters and not messing with the old guys. The old guys are solid." The consensus at the New York Comic Con is that the entire marketplace for comics is being "disrupted" and transformed by an influx of new readers and consumers looking for new kinds of comics content as well as new retail options. Comic Book stores have to juxtapose the new generation of comic readers and also their legacy customers. [adrotate banner="6"]
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Frankfurt CEO Talk: Defending Freedom to Publish and Role of Publishers - Publishing Perspectives

Frankfurt CEO Talk: Defending Freedom to Publish and Role of Publishers - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Defending freedom to publish, Frankfurt's CEO Talk featured Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy and Albin Michel VP Guillaume Dervieux.
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An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941

An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Section 108h of the Copyright Act gives libraries the power to scan and serve copies of out-of-print books published between 1923 and 1941; it’s never been used before but now the mighty Inte…
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New Tolino Epic is Water-Resistant and a Plus-Sized Screen | The Digital Reader

New Tolino Epic is Water-Resistant and a Plus-Sized Screen | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Today is proving to be the day of the large-screen ereaders. Not to be outdone by the Kindle Oasis leak, Tolino just announced its newest and largest ereader. The Epic (or Epos, which is the name in German) has a 7.8" screen like the one on the Aura One, and it is waterproof. The Epic has a screen resolution of 1872 x 1404, and it has both a touchscreen as well as a frontlight. It ships with 8GB of storage, Wifi, and a 1.2 Ah battery which provides up to 4 weeks of battery life. Curiously, it does not have the color shifting frontlight pioneered by Kobo (given that Rakuten is now Tolino's tech partner, I was expecting that). Edit: Actually, it does have a blue light filter (just like the Tolino Vision 4HD). It's just that Tolino screwed up the description badly, telling us that it can go “from cold white light in the morning to warm white light in the evening”. Weighing in at 260 grams, the Epic runs Android 4.4 on a 1GHz Freescale CPU with 512MB RAM. Those electronic guts are protected by an HZO coating which Tolino has promised will keep the Epic safe for up to 30 minutes underwater. And [...]
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The Tolino EPOS is a Large Screen Waterproof e-Reader

The Tolino EPOS is a Large Screen Waterproof e-Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Tolino has just announced the EPOS e-reader and it features a 7.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1872 × 1404 with 300 PPI. This is the first Tolino branded product that is larger than six inches and should be a boon for anyone who needs extra screen real estate to read ebooks. Underneath the hood is a Freescale i.MX6 1GHZ processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. You will get around three weeks of usage via the 1200 mAh battery. The Tolino Vision series of e-readers have consistently been waterproof and this is the first model of a new series that you can also read in the bathtub or take the beach. Tolino EPOS has a front-lit display to illuminate the screen so you can read digital content at night. This is the second model from the company that employs smartlight that will change the color of the screen from cold white light in the morning to warm white light in the evening. This device is coming soon, with no definitive release date. It will retail for €229 and this is the first model that was produced by Kobo, which has a controlling interest in Tolino. [adrotate banner="6"]
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“Diversity in Publishing” Doesn’t Exist—But Here’s How it Can

“Diversity in Publishing” Doesn’t Exist—But Here’s How it Can | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The following essay is adapted from a talk given to the Association of American University Presses at its annual meeting in June 2016. I'm often asked to speak
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Opinion | From Amazon, a Change That Hurts Authors

Opinion | From Amazon, a Change That Hurts Authors | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
How can third-party sellers offer “new” books at prices below even the Amazon discount?
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Catalan Publishers Association Rejects Violence Over Referendum 

Catalan Publishers Association Rejects Violence Over Referendum  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
During the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Catalan Publishers Association issued a statement rejecting violence and trusting 'the word' as a tool to solve conflict
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What Are You Reading On? 

What Are You Reading On?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This Thursday morning finds me sitting here, waiting for my Kindle to install the latest firmware update. I'm looking forward to the new options for sizes and boldness, but while I am waiting I thought it would be fun to discuss what we are all reading on. This is a question I like to ask every once in  while, and it is always fun to read the answers. Here's mine. In October 2017, I find myself reading almost as much on paper this year as before. I'm not buying very many paper books, but thanks to agency pricing I am checking a lot of paper books out of the library. When it comes to digital reading, I am reading more on my smartphone than before. I spend more time out and about now, so whenever I am stuck in line somewhere I pull out my smartphone and read either articles I have queued up in Instapaper or whichever book is open in my Kindle app. When I am at home, my current favorite reading device is the Onyx Boox Max Carta. When I first put my hands on on of Onyx's 13.3" devices a couple years ago, I thought they were [...]
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How to price an ebook 

How to price an ebook  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Setting the ideal price of your ebook is the final step of self-publishing. By the time you get to the point where you set a price for your work, you might think that you’re done with the hard part. But finding the right price might not be that easy after all. Pricing is one of …
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Wylie blasts 'bewildering' global publishing 

Wylie blasts 'bewildering' global publishing  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Andrew Wylie has labelled HarperCollins and other conglomerates’ models of acquiring world rights in order to publish writers in all territories “bewildering”, claiming it is not in authors’ best interests.
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Multi-Author Bundles: Dos and Don’ts

Multi-Author Bundles: Dos and Don’ts | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
by Donna Fasano Multi-author anthologies require a lot of hard work. However, if 100% of the participating authors pull together to make the boxed set a success, there are great advantages to be had. These publications can sell tens of thousands of copies which result in a widened readership and the potential for increased sales…
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Call to Action for Publishers at Frankfurt's Opening Press Conference

Call to Action for Publishers at Frankfurt's Opening Press Conference | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Speakers at the opening press conference of the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair stressed the importance of book publishing and freedom to publish.
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