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Fourth Estate : Libraries are meant to hold books, not e-readers

Fourth Estate : Libraries are meant to hold books, not e-readers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In the past, the pages of books were burned to eliminate their contents. Now, we may be removing the pages from libraries altogether. A 4,000 square-foot library in San Antonio, Texas opened its doors to the public Sept. 13. According to Time Magazine’s Josh Sanburn, the $2.4 million library houses 10,000 e-books, 500 e-readers, 48 computers and 20 iPads. - See more at: http://www.fourthestatenewspaper.com/opinion/2013/10/02/5202/?et_mid=640013&rid=241005533#sthash.VBYRDebU.dpuf
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Katie Espiner to Frankfurt's Markets: Brexit Is Publishing's Opportunity

Katie Espiner to Frankfurt's Markets: Brexit Is Publishing's Opportunity | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'What we are producing is to be relied upon in this world of fake news.' This, says Orion's Katie Espiner, is global book publishing's message today.
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The 4 Great Myths of Book Publishing

The 4 Great Myths of Book Publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Signing a contract with even a brand-name traditional book publisher initially feels like a ticket to Nirvana. You may expect, for example, your ne
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One old minibus and 1,300 books: the mobile library for refugees in Greece

One old minibus and 1,300 books: the mobile library for refugees in Greece | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A pair of volunteers set about providing to provide a quiet space to read and study, amid the upheaval and uncertainty that faces those who have fled their homes
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Profanity in Books: Is It a Good Thing?

Profanity in Books: Is It a Good Thing? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very,'" Mark Twain famously said. "Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should
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Overdrive Libby Will Allow You to Sign Up for a Library Card Online

Overdrive Libby Will Allow You to Sign Up for a Library Card Online | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Millions of people borrow audiobooks and ebooks from the public library every year and one of the downsides is that you have to visit a branch in order to sign
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Vicky Williams on Publishing: Women and Men Need to Champion Women

Vicky Williams on Publishing: Women and Men Need to Champion Women | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'Women need to almost un-condition themselves,' says Emerald's Vicky Williams, who joins The Markets' panel at Frankfurt Book Fair on women in publishing.
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10 Apps to Make Reading in Class More Fun

10 Apps to Make Reading in Class More Fun | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
1. Bookster Few things can bring books to life quite like reading aloud. With Bookster, kids can take adults out of the equation and gain role models along the way as they listen to other children narrate their favorite books. They’ll learn vocabulary words as they go, and when they’ve become confident in their skills,…
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Self-Centered Bookseller Demands Amazon Subsidize Indie Bookstores 

Self-Centered Bookseller Demands Amazon Subsidize Indie Bookstores  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
An entitled book buyer at Vroman's Bookstore has responded to Jeff Bezos' asking for philanthropy ideas with a greedily outstretched hand. From the LATimes: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s richest people with a net worth north of $90 billion, recently asked his Twitter followers for suggestions regarding philanthropic giving. He wanted their ideas on how to help the world become a better place. “I’m thinking I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now — short term — at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.” As a bookseller, I’d like to offer a suggestion: Stop hawking books on Amazon at such drastically slashed prices. Mr. Bezos, your strategy was brilliant. You offered up books at unbeatable prices and threw in free shipping as well. The public was hooked. You broadened your inventory and offered other items. With the convenience of shopping 24/7 from one’s own computer, you transformed retail. And it brought you immense wealth. Years later, you continue to sell books at a heavy discount, often at half the list price. For us brick-and-mortar booksellers, this master business plan you devised has been devastating. Independent bookstores across the country [...]
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Audiobooks: The state of play and the future

Audiobooks: The state of play and the future | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
One of the most technically focused panels at Worldcon 75 was the audiobooks panel, "Audiobooks: What's the Deal?", chaired by multiple Hugo Awards winner Mary Robinette Kowal, and including author and narrative actor Yvette Keller, and voice actor John F. Wardale. In a panel structured around kickoff questions from a highly engaged audience, the debate ranged…
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Breaking News: Amazon Is NOT Going to Suffer From the Shifting eBook Market | The Digital Reader

Breaking News: Amazon Is NOT Going to Suffer From the Shifting eBook Market | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It is a given, in 2017, that many sites are going to report on "declining" ebook sales. It is also given that almost all of those sites are going to misunderstand and misstate the revenue stats from industry trade groups like the AAP and the UK Publishers Association. This is so true that it is almost not worth pointing out when a site gets the story wrong. However, this next guest of honor has set a new standard for getting the story wrong. There's the mainstream media,  then there's Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha, and then there's a site called Market Realist. Here's a sample of the work of one of their writers, Naomi Gray. Tell me if you can spot the biggest error: Amazon has responded to the declining interest in e-books and the rising interest in printed books by opening physical bookstores in several US cities. Amazon says that customers can visit its bookstores to “discover their next great read, and to learn about and explore Amazon devices.” According to the UK’s Publishers Association, consumer e-book sales in the country declined 17% in 2016, yet sales of printed books and journals rose 7%. The same trend played out in the US, [...]
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How many books could you read in the time you spend on your phone? (infographic)

How many books could you read in the time you spend on your phone? (infographic) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Aren’t you spending a little too much time on your smartphone? Aren’t you reaching for it a bit too often? See also:…
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Profanity in Books: Is It a Good Thing?

Profanity in Books: Is It a Good Thing? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very,'" Mark Twain famously said. "Your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should
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Scouting the Guatemala International Book Fair

Scouting the Guatemala International Book Fair | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 14th edition of the Guatemala International Book Fair saw a boom in attendance and a slew of panels focusing on regional interests.
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6 places to find free and discounted e-books

6 places to find free and discounted e-books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If your book budget is limited, fear not: You can score a surprising amount of good stuff for free or cheap.
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Why Bookmark-Users Will Never Understand People Who Dog-Ear Books

Why Bookmark-Users Will Never Understand People Who Dog-Ear Books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There are two types of people in this world: people who use bookmarks and people who dog-ear books. The feud between bookmarkers and dog-earers is centuries old, and the blood runs pretty deep. And as a bookmark-user, I absolutely cannot understand w…
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Smashwords Introduces “Special Deals”- Automated Merchandising of Onsale Ebooks

Smashwords Introduces “Special Deals”- Automated Merchandising of Onsale Ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Smashwords today announced Special Deals , a new merchandising feature at the Smashwords Store that showcases onsale books.  Effectiv
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Driving Down the Price of Publishing

Driving Down the Price of Publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, self-published authors were collectively admonished about the need to invest in their work. Hiring quality editors, proofreaders, cover
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Un-box the Magic of Book Box Subscription Services

Un-box the Magic of Book Box Subscription Services | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Book box subscription services satisfy boutique-minded audiences. Author Jesikah Sundin explains how to reach readers in search of independently created, physical items. It may be the Digital Age, but brown paper packages tied up in string are still many people’s favorite thing.
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'Maturity and Humanity': DSC Prize For South Asian Literature's Longlist

'Maturity and Humanity': DSC Prize For South Asian Literature's Longlist | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Carrying a purse of US$25,000, the DSC Prize honors the 'exceptional qualities in the novels selected' for its longlist of 13 titles.
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About That "Dramatic Growth of Swearing in Books"

About That "Dramatic Growth of Swearing in Books" | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A recently published academic paper has shown that the weakening of censorship inside publishers has lead to a dramatic increase in the use of swear words in American books since 1950. The paper itself is available as a free download, which is how we know The Guardian's summary is pretty good: Mark Twain wrote: “There ought to be a room in every house to swear in,” because “it’s dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that”. Today, the great American novelist might have applauded the increase in cursing, with a new study identifying a “dramatic” increase in swear words in American literature over the last 60 years. Sifting through text from almost 1m books, the study found that “motherfucker” was used 678 times more often in the mid-2000s than the early 1950s, occurrences of “shit” multiplied 69 times, and “fuck” was 168 times more frequent. Led by Jean Twenge, author and psychology professor at San Diego State University, the team analysed the titles making up the Google Books corpus of American English books published between 1950 and 2008, looking for uses of the words “shit”, “piss”, “fuck”, “cunt”, “cocksucker”, “motherfucker”, and “tits”. They picked these words because they were [...]
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Augmented reality books need to become more than a gimmick 

Augmented reality books need to become more than a gimmick  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Immersive technologies are on the rise, but what will it take for AR books to become mainstream?
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The Only Rule Amazon Truly Cares About

The Only Rule Amazon Truly Cares About | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
On Monday, I found out that some bug hit a German e-book site causing the reactivation of long-dead listings, including one of mine, putting myself and some other authors in breach of KDP Select's exclusivity rule. Amazon pounced into action and cancelled my Countdown deal which was scheduled for this week, screwing up a carefully…
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Amazon Launches Pen to Publish Contest in India

Amazon Launches Pen to Publish Contest in India | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has just unveiled a new writing contest for self-publishers in India. Authors can participate by publishing their book through KDP on Amazon.in between
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Famous American authors from each state (infographic)

Famous American authors from each state (infographic) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The idea of combining facts about books with the visual impact of the map is a highly intriguing and involving way to…
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Driving Down the Price of Publishing

Driving Down the Price of Publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, self-published authors were collectively admonished about the need to invest in their work. Hiring quality editors, proofreaders, cover
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