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Smashwords Smashes Self-Publishing Stigma

Smashwords Smashes Self-Publishing Stigma | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From Gutenberg’s moveable type, to the printing press, to computer screens, to the Cloud, writers have seen the slow democratization of authorship. The evolution of the printed word for consumptio...
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Open texts predicted to save students $25 million | eCampus News

Open texts predicted to save students $25 million | eCampus News | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax College has unveiled three new textbooks and said its growing catalog of free textbooks will save students an estimated $25 million in the 2015-16 academic year.

OpenStax College uses philanthropic gifts from major foundations to produce open educational resources — full-color, peer-reviewed online textbooks that have the same look and feel as books that cost $100 or more.

All OpenStax College textbooks are available free online and at low cost in print. The publisher, which launched with two titles in 2012, today offers 15 titles that have been used by more than 540,000 students and adopted by instructors in more than 2,000 courses worldwide.

Via Chuck Hitchcock
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Ebook subscription services & the challenge of finding the 'right' customers

Ebook subscription services & the challenge of finding the 'right' customers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
These are interesting times for Scribd. Just a couple of months ago it announced it was overhauling its catalogue of romance ebooks in order to make its business more sustainable. This week it anno...
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Media & Publishing Digital Strategies For a Mobile-First World

Media & Publishing Digital Strategies For a Mobile-First World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Mobile, social and digital technology has changed the publishing game - so how can publishers stay ahead? Richard Jones explains how.
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Finding the Consumer for US Illustrated Books (Part 3)

Finding the Consumer for US Illustrated Books (Part 3) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The continuation of our series on illustrated book publishing in the US looks at the changing retail landscape for specialty and illustrated titles. By Chris Navratil This is the third in a mult-part series looking at…
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Book Trailers: How to Create Them and Capture Attention

steps, resources, and ideas to create book trailers students and teachers can use

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How to Add a page-list to an EPUB | Digital Book World

How to Add a page-list to an EPUB | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Joshua Tallent describes why your ebook needs page numbers and tells you how to add them.
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Why Librarians Don't Want to Buy Your Self-Published Book

Why Librarians Don't Want to Buy Your Self-Published Book | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When a self-published author contacts someone in the collection development department at my library, we let out a collective groan. Inevitably, our answer to the request to add their book to our c...
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Kindle for Kids Bundle Not Getting Much Attention | The eBook Reader Blog

Kindle for Kids Bundle Not Getting Much Attention | The eBook Reader Blog | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
About three months ago toward the end of May, Amazon started selling a new Kindle for Kids Bundle for $99. There's nothing "new" about it really, but the
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Jellybooks: Tracking Reader Engagement for Better Marketing - Publishing Perspectives

Jellybooks: Tracking Reader Engagement for Better Marketing - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Andrew Rhomberg explains how Jellybooks
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To Defy Amazon, Kinokuniya Corners the Market on New Murakami - Publishing Perspectives

To Defy Amazon, Kinokuniya Corners the Market on New Murakami - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kinokuniya, Japan's largest bookstore chain, has purchased 90% of the print run of Haruki Murakami's new book to encourage readers to go to physical store.
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How to read ebooks in EPUB format on your PC or laptop

This takes you through simple steps to install software (Adobe Digital Editions) on your laptop or PC so you can read eBooks and other documents in EPUB ...
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Chinese Market Holds a Key to Publishing Growth | Digital Book World

Chinese Market Holds a Key to Publishing Growth | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
DBW blogger Tom Chalmers discusses how China will play a key role in book publishing in the coming years.
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Blurb: The Upstart Self-Publishing Tool - Bloomberg

Blurb: The Upstart Self-Publishing Tool - Bloomberg | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Blurb is a San Francisco-based company that provides tools for authors to design, print, and distribute their own books. As self-publishing expands in popularity, Blurb has experienced significant growth.
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E-Texts and the Future of the College Bookstore -- Campus Technology

E-Texts and the Future of the College Bookstore -- Campus Technology | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With digital content available in multiple formats for nearly all instructional materials, college and university bookstores are facing multiple challenges to provide the content desired by students and faculty, to reduce the cost of instructional content and to compete with multiple retail sources for this content.
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E-books at NYC public schools leave out blind: advocates

E-books at NYC public schools leave out blind: advocates | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
City education officials have shelved a $30 million deal after advocates complained it excluded the visually impaired.
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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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Opportunities in Mexico for Digital Growth | Digital Book World

Opportunities in Mexico for Digital Growth | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Mexico holds a budding market for digital growth in book publishing.
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Writing Workshop - Twitter Strategies for Longtail Book Marketing

Writing Workshop - Twitter Strategies for Longtail Book Marketing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I use twitter in a number of ways.  Again, as I'm using a pen name, I can set a theme for my twitter account. So most tweets and images have a loosely steampunkish feel to them, except for a few th...
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Popular Book Title Trends For Genre

BookBub created word clouds of the titles we’ve run in each of our BookBub Featured Deal categories to help you brainstorm titles for your next book.
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Chinese Market to Push Publishing Growth - Digital Book World

Chinese Market to Push Publishing Growth - Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
DBW blogger Tom Chalmers discusses how China will play a key role in book publishing in the coming years.
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Best Practices From 2005: Why Publishers Should Engage Readers | The Digital Reader

Best Practices From 2005: Why Publishers Should Engage Readers | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Two related articles which crossed my desk this week have convinced me that the publishing industry has gone mad and wants me to join them in Bedlam. In the most unlikely of coincidences, Digital Book World and The Bookseller have each decided that the time was ripe to proclaim that publishers should engage with readers. From The Bookseller: “Direct to consumer” is not about selling books through your Web site. Rather, it is a philosophy that puts your consumer, the reader, first and foremost in each and every activity that the business undertakes. That might seem straightforward enough, but with decades of complex author, agent and retail agreements piling up — not to mention territorial licensing, franchise deals and the like — readers may have taken a bit of a back seat in publisher corporate strategy. ... Publishers must recognize that they are brand owners They are the gatekeepers standing between fans and the authors and stories they love. Ask the average reader who their favourite author is and you get a clear-cut answer (or two, or more!). Ask who publishes that author and you see where the branding loses focus. From DBW: Let’s face it: most readers never visit publishers’ sites. And if they do, [...]
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Should College Students Be Allowed to Skip Reading on Moral Grounds?

Should College Students Be Allowed to Skip Reading on Moral Grounds? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Some freshmen at Duke University have balked at reading Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home claiming visual depictions of lesbian sex offend them, sparking a debate.
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Homeless South African Sells Books and Reviews In Lieu of Begging - Publishing Perspectives

Homeless South African Sells Books and Reviews In Lieu of Begging - Publishing Perspectives | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Johannesburg's Philani Dladli was homeless when he decided to sell books he found and read, offering them on a sliding price scale based on his own review.
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Digital Publishing Innovation Summit , London

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Digital Publishing Innovation: The must attend conference for leaders in Digital Publishing
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Spanish-Language Books: Looking for Answers in a Growing Market

Spanish-Language Books: Looking for Answers in a Growing Market | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
On June 18, I hosted a PW webinar called “Spanish-Language Books in the U.S.” that generated a number of questions from publishers, booksellers, and librarians.
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