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Why publishers are going to become more powerful as e-books sales grow – Jungla - Short, impartial book reviews

Why publishers are going to become more powerful as e-books sales grow – Jungla - Short, impartial book reviews | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
RT @amandalosonsky: 'Publishers create markets for books, and that’s very different to bringing a book to market.' http://t.co/Ui9qnm3Z51
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Revisiting: Governance and the Not-for-profit Publisher - The Scholarly Kitchen

Revisiting: Governance and the Not-for-profit Publisher - The Scholarly Kitchen | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Revisiting Joe Esposito's 2011 post to think about why commercial publishers continue to dominate the landscape.
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International Rights Trade Grows at Brazil's Bienal do Livro Rio

International Rights Trade Grows at Brazil's Bienal do Livro Rio | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As Brazil's publishers look to boost their rights business, the Bienal do Livro in Rio prepares to host its Agents & Business Center for a second time.
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Site Licenses, Er, Inclusive Access, Will Save Textbook Publishing 

Site Licenses, Er, Inclusive Access, Will Save Textbook Publishing  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you wait long enough, any idea, no matter how old, will become new again. Joseph Esposito proved that point with what he calls "inclusive access": I have been involved with a number of projects over the years to reduce the cost of textbooks, most of which focused on open educational resources (OER), which may be the topic of a future post. The more promising approach, however, may be what is being termed “inclusive access,” a terrible phrase because it brings in a whiff of a political agenda for what is essentially a matter of business. In inclusive access, publishers work directly with institutions to come up with discounted digital versions of core texts. The institutions then license the books on behalf of the students, sometimes collecting money from the students, sometimes not. We are going to be seeing more of this, though the ultimate form of the model is not yet clear. But happen it will, as there are too many incentives for it to fail to move forward. Yeah, that's not a new idea. When I wrote about this topic five years ago the practice was known as site licenses, a system where institutions negotiate a reduced license fee based on [...]
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Indie Bookstores an Endangered Species in the UK 

Indie Bookstores an Endangered Species in the UK  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There is data to show indie bookstores making a comeback in the US (for certain meanings of the words "indie" and "bookstore") but the news isn't so upbeat in the UK. According to The Bookseller: The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen for the 11th year in a row, according to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, but the rate of closure has slowed. Indie bookshop numbers have almost halved in the past 11 years, according to the figures: in 2005 there were 1,535 independents and in 2017 there were 867, down from 894 in 2016. Thirty-two independents closed in 2016 and a further 16 did not renew their BA membership. However, 21 new indies opened, bringing the year’s net loss to 27. A cocktail of pressures are responsible for the closure of indie bookshops, including rising business rates and rent (recently cited as the reason for the closure of The Theatre Bookshop in central London, which said its rent had risen 200%), competition from e-books and online retailers, and the rising popularity of other entertainment forms, such as Netflix and gaming. In citing membership count, The Bookseller is relying on data which is as flawed as the ABA's [...]
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Lithuanians and Their Books: Highly Literate Readers, Fond of Translations

Lithuanians and Their Books: Highly Literate Readers, Fond of Translations | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In Lithuania, writes Inga Janiulytė for DW, 'reading remains a popular activity—whether in spite of, or because of, social media.' And many read English.
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Monthly StatShot, October 2016

Monthly StatShot, October 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Sales of adult trade books fell 13.1% in October 2016 compared to the same month in 2015, while sales in the children’s/young adult segment rose 1.9%, according to figures released by the AAP as part of its StatShot program.
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How to add custom fonts to your Kobo e-Reader

How to add custom fonts to your Kobo e-Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo is one of the only e-reader companies that allow you to upload your own fonts. This is useful if you want to load in custom fonts for specific languages,
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Book Covers See Yellow to Attract Online Shoppers

Book Covers See Yellow to Attract Online Shoppers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
To stand out online, publishers push book designers for brighter, bolder covers. The hot color of the moment? Yellow.
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Polish Publishers Call for Book VAT Reductions and Make Another Bid for Fixed Prices

Polish Publishers Call for Book VAT Reductions and Make Another Bid for Fixed Prices | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Having seen a bid for fixed book prices stall out before, the Polish publishers' association is making its case again to legislators.
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Everything About E-Publishing 

Everything About E-Publishing  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Nellie McKesson, pioneering woman of the e-pub world, shares exciting new developments, discusses the future of print versus ebook, and offers us a glimpse into the challenges women face in the…
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Publishers are struggling with metadata; enter BookEngine 

Publishers are struggling with metadata; enter BookEngine  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
New research released this week shows that metadata is a high priority for publishers - but also that they're struggling to get it right. Ente
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Does celebrity sell? 

Does celebrity sell?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Fiona Noble on what makes a celebrity-authored book good, and the risks of publishing bad celebrity books.
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All That's Nordic Isn't Noir, in Scandinavian Rights Action

All That's Nordic Isn't Noir, in Scandinavian Rights Action | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Brisk springtime rights trading is reported from Scandinavia, with nonfiction hits as well as fiction highlighted in Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway.
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Germany's Latest 'KIM-Studie': Children's Media Usage Is Mobile and Busy

Germany's Latest 'KIM-Studie': Children's Media Usage Is Mobile and Busy | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 2016 KIM-Studie shows German children aged 6 to 13 utilizing media mostly in mobile channels, with gaming figuring prominently, reading less so.
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The woman who brought books to the blind in Texas

The woman who brought books to the blind in Texas | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Creating and directing the State Library's audiobook recording studio, Carolyn Randall changed lives for thousands of blind and impaired Texans.
 
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Podcast: Exploring Amazon with Data Guy | The Digital Reader

Podcast: Exploring Amazon with Data Guy | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The pseudonymous Data Guy was interviewed on the Self-Publishing formula podcast last Friday. If you haven't met with DG or heard how he got into confounding the legacy industry with stats that even Mike Shatzkin has been forced to accept, this is well worth your time to listen. And for those who need or prefer to read the podcast (there's an annoying buzz in DG's voice), you can find a transcript over on the SPF website. Check These Out!
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Self-Published Scouting Report: March 2017

Self-Published Scouting Report: March 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Our monthly survey of the best-reviewed self-published titles from BookLife authors.
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Bologna 2017: dates for the diary

Bologna 2017: dates for the diary | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With a busy schedule of events primed to take place during this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the sheer range of seminars, talks and panels can be overwhelming for first-time visitors—and some more seasoned attendees, too. Tom Tivnan picks out 10 agenda-setting events from this year’s fair that are not to be missed.
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With Audiobooks Hot, Publishers Should Look to Bundle Them With E-Books

With Audiobooks Hot, Publishers Should Look to Bundle Them With E-Books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Print and e-book packages haven't gained traction, but what about audio and e-book?
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How to Reduce the Cost of College Textbooks

How to Reduce the Cost of College Textbooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A new business model called "inclusive access" stands a chance at making significant inroads on college textbook pricing.
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Have you Tried Enhanced eBook Conversion that Brings Interactivity to Reader’s Fingertips?

Have you Tried Enhanced eBook Conversion that Brings Interactivity to Reader’s Fingertips? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Believe it or not, but eBook conversion has been in existence since long, the severity of adoption may differ. Similarly eBook conversion companies are also in existence since long, but not all of them; and depending on their existence in the market — their knowledge and experience is bound to differ. The newbies are not well equipped to deliver such dynamic features that are a part and parcel of enhanced eBooks.


Let’s accept the hard fact that enhanced eBooks add a host of functional elements and content formats that are not possible to be managed in hard books. Choose the eBook conversion services company wisely.

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Finding sustainable growth in OA 

Finding sustainable growth in OA  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The open access market is growing rapidly, how can new opportunities be translated into long-term success? Rob Johnson explores the options.
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