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Making Your E-book Free?: Read this first!

Making Your E-book Free?: Read this first! | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Slashing your e-book price and making it free–either the “old fashioned” way (by reducing your price on Smashwords or other online retailers and alerting Amazon), or by running free promotions on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program—can be a great way to increase your book’s Amazon ranking, however temporarily. It will expose your work to a wider, although non-paying, audience in the aim that some of those free readers will be so impressed by your exemplary storytelling skills they’ll review your book and count themselves among your most rabid fans, snapping up all of your other work. If nothing else, your e-book should get increased visibility when it reaches the upper echelons of the Kindle Free charts.
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4 reasons why independent bookstores are thriving - The Week Magazine

4 reasons why independent bookstores are thriving - The Week Magazine | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Rumors of their impending death have been greatly exaggerated
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"BookCourt is one of thousands of independent bookstores in the U.S. that are thriving long after analysts predicted their demise. In the early 2000s, big box stores were expected to steamroll the indie bookseller, marking the end of these cozy reading corners. Indeed, for a while, it looked like this was coming to fruition. Between 2000 and 2007, more than 1,000 independent bookstores across America closed their doors.

But then, things changed. In 2011, Borders filed for bankruptcy. Barnes & Noble's attempts to jump on the e-reading bandwagon with its Nook reader have mostly flopped. Between 2009 and 2014, the retailer closedmore than 60 stores and this year plans to close another 13.

Meanwhile, independent bookstores are enjoying a revival. From 2009 to 2014, the number of independent bookstores has increased by 27 percent, according to the American Booksellers Association. Sales at independent bookstores are outpacing the growth of book sales in general."

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Kindle Publishing – How to Market Your For Sale Amazon Kindle Book

Kindle Publishing – How to Market Your For Sale Amazon Kindle Book | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Did you just write, covert, and upload an e-book for the Amazon Kindle Store? If so, you are now selling a digital text Kindle Book. It will be available for sale on Amazon.com.
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A manifesto for 'smart content' in publishing | The Bookseller

A manifesto for 'smart content' in publishing | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

That's speaking from a traditional point of view. No longer do consumers need to be spoon-fed what books to read and content to consume; even my mother can go on Amazon on any device, without any training, and do all of her Christmas shopping in way that’s fast, intuitive, and tailored exactly to her needs.

Publishers – and indeed any organizations working with content – have suddenly had to become very smart about how we get and hold attention. There’s no one-size fits all: I might wish to consume information from a (frankly archaic) desktop computer, whereas my son has very different preferences. As a publisher, if you’re not able to provide your content to the consumer in the way that they wish to consume it – bearing in mind that that way may not even remain static for one individual consumer accessing across multiple devices – then you’re in a lot of trouble.

So we need to think smart about our content. Things are beginning to change, but there’s still a very strong product-centric print mindset to the way that most publishers work. That means that all the way through the content lifecycle – from authoring, to editorial, to production – in the back of their minds, they are still thinking throughout about the product that that content is destined to go into. That content’s fate has already been decided by them; they’ve imprisoned it before even setting it free into the world.

 
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Rights Deals Are Key to Rio International Book Fair for Americans - Publishing Perspectives

Rights Deals Are Key to Rio International Book Fair for Americans - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With the crash of Brazil's real against the dollar, US rights deals at this year's Rio International Book Fair may not be as lavish, but they are still key.
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PRH sees 'strong growth' in first half of 2015 | The Bookseller

PRH sees 'strong growth' in first half of 2015 | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Strong revenue growth by Penguin Random House (PRH) in the first half of 2015 helped its parent company Bertelsmann to achieve its highest revenues since 2007.

Meanwhile, Bertelsmann's chief executive Thomas Rabe has told Reuters the company could "imagine" raising its stake in Penguin Random House, but said the decision was up to co-owner Pearson.

PRH’s half-yearly success was “driven by numerous bestsellers as well as positive currency effects”, with the book publishing business in the US particularly recording improved results.

Bertelsmann owns a 53% stake in PRH (Pearson the other 47%), and including Verlagsgruppe Random House in Germany, which is wholly owned by Bertelsmann, book publishing revenues were €1.7bn (£1.25bn), up from $1.5bn (£1.11bn) year-on-year. Operating EBITDA was €207m (£152.58m), an increase of 30.2% over the previous year’s €159m (£117.2m).

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Introducing DBW Spotlight | Digital Book World

Introducing DBW Spotlight | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Digital Book World is proud to announce the launch of DBW Spotlight—a new way for you to dive deeper into the issues that are important to your business.
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Approval for EPUB Extensions | EPUBZone

Approval for EPUB Extensions | EPUBZone | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
DPF membership organizations have approved five moduar extensions to EPUB 3.0.1 as Final Recommended Specifications. These include:

EPUB Indexes 1.0
EPUB Dictionaries and Glossaries 1.0
EPUB Previews 1.0
EPUB Multiple-Rendition Publications 1.0
EPUB Region-Based Navigation 1.0

More information about these specifications and other IDPF current work is available at http://idpf.org/ongoing.

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Bookmate Enters Indonesia with Indosat - Asia Outlook Magazine

Bookmate Enters Indonesia with Indosat - Asia Outlook Magazine | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Asian ebook market is forecasted to reach $2.2 billion by the end of 2016 and with high levels of smartphone penetration, providing an ideal basis for Bookmate to introduce its mobile reading service...
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8% Tax will be applied to all Kindle ebooks in Japan

8% Tax will be applied to all Kindle ebooks in Japan | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Starting October 1, 2015 an 8% consumption tax will be applied to all Kindle ebooks sold to customers living in Japan. One-time Adjustment for Existing KDP
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Nova Scotia Libraries Now Has e-books by Local Authors

Nova Scotia Libraries Now Has e-books by Local Authors | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Library patrons in the US are fairly spoiled when it comes to local self-published and traditionally published authors having their e-books available. The
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Toshiba Bookplace e-Book Store is under U-NEXT

Toshiba Bookplace e-Book Store is under U-NEXT | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Toshiba has been operating their own online digital bookstore since 2011 called Bookplace. They initially co-developed it with a company called BookLive, but
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Public Libraries Want You to Read Local | The Digital Reader

Public Libraries Want You to Read Local | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Libraries as far apart as North Caroline, San Diego, and British Columbia are launching programs to connect their patrons with local authors.
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Rousting the Book Pirates From Google | The NY Times

Rousting the Book Pirates From Google | The NY Times | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Google Play has been criticized as a sort of vast and unruly garden compared with Apple’s impeccably mowed lawns. In Forbes recently, Erik Kain called Google Play “an ugly, poorly organized store filled with myriad knockoffs, dubious ‘games’ and other apps.” That sounds a bit harsh to the Haggler, a Google Play regular who has had mostly positive experiences.

That said, the site has problems.

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10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020

10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 10 trends above underlie my prediction that indie ebook authors will capture at least 50 percent of the U.S. ebook market in next seven years. Go ahead, call me crazy or delusional. I don't mind.
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Guide: Creating great content with iBooks Author

Guide: Creating great content with iBooks Author | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Traditional textbooks generally contain great content, but they are fraught with problems. They are often very expensive, easily damaged and can only be updated by purchasing any new editions. In a...
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A manifesto for the future of the book | The Bookseller

A manifesto for the future of the book | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

It is rethinking the whole endeavour on a massive, and tiny, scale. It is the chance, it is the only chance, you will ever have, to make it. It is new writing, it is new form, new experiences, new content and new books.
It is technology and melancholy, glory and romance, fictions told between page and screen, books that go beyond the page, story untethered from the book. It is going to be different and it is going to be complex and it is going to be simple. It is going to scare you and you will need your wits and your gut and your courage.

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Exposing Yourself As a First-Time Author

Exposing Yourself As a First-Time Author | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Jay Keefe wrote a memoir about recovering from alcoholism and realizes, upon publication, that it a huge personal risk it was, albeit one with rewards. By Jay Keefe Well, here it was, finally, in my…
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AAP StatShot: Sales Down in May | Digital Book World

AAP StatShot: Sales Down in May | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

AAP StatShot: Sales Down in May Washington, DC; Sept. 1, 2015 – Publishers’ book sales for January through May were down 5.8% for the

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How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models | Joe Wilkert

How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models | Joe Wilkert | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As interesting as the all-you-can read models from Next Issue, Oyster Books and Scribd are, I believe Amazon just introduced a new model that’s likely to be much more disruptive in the long run. I’m talking about Amazon Underground, where paid apps go to be free.

If you haven’t heard about Underground it’s a collection of paid Android apps that are now available free if you download them directly from Amazon. The initial collection is mostly games but it will undoubtedly grow over time. It’s also important to note that the catalog includes paid apps as well as those with in-app purchases (e.g., additional levels for a game); those in-app options also become free in the Underground world.

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Meet the homeless man who turned his life around by offering book reviews instead of begging

Meet the homeless man who turned his life around by offering book reviews instead of begging | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Philani Dladla, a.k.a. the Pavement Bookworm is only 24 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. His is story is quite incredible.
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Publishing Technology Launches New Online Platform ingentaDrive | Digital Book World

Publishing Technology Launches New Online Platform ingentaDrive | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
[Press Release] Publishing Technology launches new online platform, ingentaDrive Oxford, 1 September 2015 – Publishing Technology has announced the
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Kindle for PC Updated with Bookerly and KFX Support

Kindle for PC Updated with Bookerly and KFX Support | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has just updated their seminal Kindle for PC app and it now has support for the brand new Bookerly font and also KFX. This will allow readers with
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Digital Magazine Subscriptions are on the Rise

Digital Magazine Subscriptions are on the Rise | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It might be considered a moot point by now, but digital magazines are experiencing growth while print is on the decline. According to the latest ABC audit, the
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How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models

How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As interesting as the all-you-can read models from Next Issue, Oyster Books and Scribd are, I believe Amazon just introduced a new model that’s likely to be much more disruptive in the long run. I’m talking about Amazon Underground, where...
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The Audience Information Sheet is more useful than the Title Information Sheet for marketers (and for publicity and sales too) - The Shatzkin Files

The core principles and workflows around marketing books really require change in the digital age, and perhaps more radical change than many people thought.
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