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E-books provides opportunity to diversify industry: Publishers - Economic Times

E-books provides opportunity to diversify industry: Publishers - Economic Times | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Economic Times E-books provides opportunity to diversify industry: Publishers Economic Times With major publishing giants making available books and content online, industry stalwarts say they do not see E-books as a threat but as an opportunity to...
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E-Readers are Undergoing a Resurgence in 2017

E-Readers are Undergoing a Resurgence in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The second generation Amazon Kindle Oasis has provided a financial windfall for E-Ink Holdings, the company that powers the e-paper display. E-Ink has reported that they have experienced a four year high for September. EIH September revenues reached NT$1.691 billion (US$56.03 million) for September, up 3.3% on month and 11.3% on year. Revenues for the third quarter of 2017 totaled NT$4.791 billion, up 29.8% on quarter and 7.8% on year. Some of our regular readers might wonder why I report on the financial earnings of a singular e-paper company. E-Ink powers the screens of every single e-reader on the market, this includes the Icarus, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Onyx Boox. Pixel QI and Clearink are the only two other alternatives and are not being used in any e-readers on the market. Basically, by monitoring E-Ink you can get a sense on how many units are being sold and what type of worldwide demand there is for dedicated e-readers. E-Reader sales in 2017 have been robust and are enjoying a resurgence in consumer interest. This is likely because Kobo has experienced tremendous success with the Kobo Aura One and the Kobo Aura. Onyx Boox has a number of units currently being marketed and they just announced three new models that will be going on sale soon. Remarkable has garnered a ton of media attention towards their 10 inch digital note taking device and have sold over 35,000 units. Amazon has the largest market share and their Paperwhite continues to be a solid growth driver and the newly announced Oasis with Audible integration will likely sell over a hundred thousand units in November, not including pre-orders. I think one of the big reasons why people are buying more e-readers this year is because they have a reason to upgrade. The new Kindle Oasis is the first Amazon branded device that is waterproof and can listen to any audiobook from the Audible library. The Oasis also features a seven inch screen, which results in more real estate for e-books to be displayed. The Kobo Aura One is most successful product in many years and I think it is the best one they ever made. They pioneered the concept of a brand new lightning system has RGB colors and serious readers are enamoured with the ability to borrow and read digital content from public libraries that do business with Overdrive. In the future, Kobo is likely to leverage their new audiobook subscription service so people can listen to them via Bluetooth. Here are a few other reasons why e-reader sales are doing very well in 2017 Amazon launched a new Kindle in China Boyue is enjoying tremendous success in China with JDREAD Bookeen partnered with a French retailer and the Nolim e-reader is being sold in 3,500 stores Pocketbook has expanded into Asia with a number of retailers Unlimited e-book lending was saturated for a number of years, Kindle Unlimited and Scribd are the only two companies left Google is now showing Overdrive e-books in search results for US users Kobo launched a new audiobook subscription service Kobo purchased Tolino and will not compete with them anymore in Germany Mainstream websites and newspapers are once again reviewing and hyping up new e-readers [adrotate banner="6"]
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eReader Market Forecast for 2018 (January to June) | The Digital Reader

eReader Market Forecast for 2018 (January to June) | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With Amazon about to ship a new Kindle and Onyx teasing new models, everyone is wondering whether they should wait for new devices that may or may not be in the pipeline. In fact, I just got asked that question this morning: Do you think there will be major developments in the world of ereaders next year? i.MX 7, ACep, other E-ink screen…? What does your intuition tell you? Is that I like the new kindle Oasis… but I would hate that next year there would be important news. My recent record of predicting new hardware is mixed (for example, I was only half right on my Kindle prediction from January). That's why I am hesitant to speculate about what is coming next, but I can relate what we know is coming. For starters, there's no evidence to suggest that we'll see amazing new tech showing up in ereaders. This includes Freescale's i.MX 7 CPU, E-ink's color ACep screens, or the new and as yet unreleased screen tech from ClearInk. Yes, there's all sorts of hype, speculation, and promises by component makers, but the simple fact is that no ereader maker has committed to using the tech in their devices. [...]
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Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Concern that Canadian Copyright Disaster Could Spread 

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Concern that Canadian Copyright Disaster Could Spread  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 2012 Copyright Modernization Act in Canada has been a disaster for Canadian educational publishers. But concern over the law’s effects, observers say, is not limited to Canada.
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5 things everybody gets wrong about interactive books 

5 things everybody gets wrong about interactive books  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The widespread of interactive books coincided with me getting into publishing studies and I couldn’t be any happier to live in this amazing age. I still remember my disbelief in 2009, when I first heard about hypertext and interconnected books. My professor seemed to be telling an impossible tale about a future where all quotes, …
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Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I have spent fifteen years writing the How to Train Your Dragon books, and over those fifteen years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ as if writing for children was some sort of second best activity, something you do before moving on …
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Audiobooks.com launches in UK 

Audiobooks.com launches in UK  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Canadian audiobook service Audiobooks.com is launching in the UK today with a catalogue of 70,000 titles.
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KDP Jumpstart Guides Authors Through the Steps of Publishing a Book | The Digital Reader

KDP Jumpstart Guides Authors Through the Steps of Publishing a Book | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There are a hundred and one places where authors can learn about publishing a book on KDP, including online forums, webinars, niche websites, Youtube, and conferences, but that's not enough for Amazon. Yesterday Amazon sent out an email for KDP Jumpstart, its new instructional site. New to Kindle Direct Publishing? Want a simple, step-by-step guide to publishing on Amazon? Try KDP Jumpstart, an end-to-end guide for turning your finished manuscript into a published book.. KDP experts created this guide to help authors self-publish easily and effectively.. Use the industry advice in KDP Jumpstart and put your best book forward! KDP Jumpstart includes: 12 step-by-step topics covering everything you need to know to publish on KDP Video resources, activities, insider tips, and downloadable companion guides Webinars for you to connect live with Amazon experts – Join us for KDP Publishing Essentials, this Monday, October 23rd 1PM PST/4PM EST. Unlike Author Insights, the informational site Amazon launched earlier this year,  KDP Jumpstart focuses on just publishing a book on KDP. According to Amazon, Jumpstart covers all the intricacies of Amazon's platform: KDP experts created this step-by-step guided approach to help authors self-publish easily and effectively. Use the industry advice we'll give you and put your best book forward. [...]
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This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Productivity

This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Productivity | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Studies show that reading printed material instead of on screens helps you better retain information.
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'Pirate' EBook Site Refuses Point Blank to Cooperate With BREIN 

'Pirate' EBook Site Refuses Point Blank to Cooperate With BREIN  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A site focusing on eBooks is being pressured by Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. Among other things, Eboek.info says it provides digital versions of comics to people who've already bought a physical copy but BREIN insists this is illegal. The site says it won't be giving in to BREIN's demands, adding that Cloudflare's services offer no protection against copyright groups.
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How author Roberto Ricci turned a Wattpad hit into a cross-platform empire 

How author Roberto Ricci turned a Wattpad hit into a cross-platform empire  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago,
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Major Publishers Proclaim eBooks Represent 20% of Total Sales

Major Publishers Proclaim eBooks Represent 20% of Total Sales | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Over the course of the past few years major publishers have consistently reported that ebook sales have been declining steadily. This has resulted in a number of publishing executives to become disillusioned with the format. Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle recently stated that "Book markets have seen growth in most countries, slow, but continuous growth," Dohle said, noting that some emerging markets have seen "double-digit" growth. One contributing factor to financial stability is the re-invigoration of the print market and the now "healthy co-existence" of the print and digital markets. Overall the markets have stabilized, with print accounting for 80% of sales and digital 20%. "Who would have predicted this five years ago?" Dohle asked. "Most people would have thought it would have been the opposite." Markus also took a jab at self-published authors who merely write a word document and submit it to Amazon. "There are 50 million books available from Amazon," he said, acknowledging the growing importance of self-publishing as an avenue for authors. "Yet, while we are growing in titles, we are still thirsty of the next great story." Publishers, he went on to say, have a key role to play as curators of content. "Publishers stand for quality and perfect each product before it makes it to the market," he said." Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy also acknowledged the print renaissance. "E-books have done some pretty remarkable things," she said. "But e-books are, and always have been, just a format." Reidy proposed that while nothing "went wrong" with e-books to cause the leveling-off of their popularity, consumers most likely simply "got tired of screens." She noted that for years before e-books, publishers had been "taking pennies out of the cost of making a book," but when digital became widespread, publishers began "spending years putting value back into the book." Guillaume Dervieux, CEO of the family-owned French publishing company Albin Michel wondered if perhaps the industry expected "too much, too soon," from the e-book format, and remarked that even by the "grace of Jeff Bezos and huge discounts," such a large shift in consumer habits could not happen in such a hurry. Reidy added that she believes "very firmly" that a new version of the book based on digital delivery will come eventually, though she does not know what it might look like. "Some person who is young and grew up with the screen will come up with something that I hope we recognize," she continued. "There will be a new form of it, because there has to be." Stephen Page, CEO of U.K. publisher Faber & Faber, also mentioned the stabilization of the print market, and the lack of fear from previous years that print might be wiped out by digital. "It's more about the what than about the how," he said, referring to the importance of content over format. [adrotate banner="6"]
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NetGalley Launches BookishFirst, a Discovery and Recommendation Site

NetGalley Launches BookishFirst, a Discovery and Recommendation Site | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Having bought Bookish last year, NetGalley is launching a new platform for readers, including book recommendations, excerpts, and author information.
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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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Barnes & Noble Now Redistributing Unused Credits From the eBook Antitrust Settlement | The Digital Reader

Barnes & Noble Now Redistributing Unused Credits From the eBook Antitrust Settlement | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon isn't the only ebook retailer sending out credits for the ebook antitrust settlement this week; Barnes & Noble has also announced that it is disbursing additional credits starting today, and this time we actually know why. The retailer has updated the settlement FAQ on its site with the new details about the credits that are about to be awarded to ebook buyers. To put it simply, anyone who spent the settlement credit when it was first distributed in June 2017 is now going to get a share of the settlement money that was distributed but not spent. The court approved a re-distribution of remaining funds from the Apple Settlement on September 7, 2017 to customers that used their credit or cashed their check from the first Apple distribution that concluded in June of 2017. Credits to customers that were eligible for a re-distribution were emailed on October 18, 2017. Postcard checks were mailed to eligible customers on October 18, 2017. Per the court approved order, checks for an amount less than or equal to $3.00 have not been and will not be issued. If you did not use your credit or cash your check from the first distribution that [...]
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Wattpad Launches Paid Subscription Service | The Digital Reader

Wattpad Launches Paid Subscription Service | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Wattpad continues to struggle to overcome its mistake in its early years when it choose to build its platform but not its business model. The author-focused social network has tried sponsored stories, pimping authors to publishers, interrupting stories with ads, and now it is launching a paid subscription service. It announced the launch on its blog yesterday. Since Wattpad was founded over 10 years ago, we’ve always prided ourselves on our commitment to listening to our community. As we’ve grown from just 1,000 users in our early days to a global community of more than 60 million people today, we continue to pay close attention to what our users want to improve their Wattpad experience. One of the most frequent requests we hear from Wattpadders is for an option to enjoy an ad-free experience on Wattpad. So starting today, we’re thrilled to launch Wattpad Premium for community members in Canada and the US! Wattpad Premium is our first-ever subscription tier, giving Wattpadders more control over their experience on the platform and the ability to enjoy an uninterrupted, ad-free experience. Wattpad Premium will be available for $5.99 per month or $59.99 upfront for the year (a savings of two months). At launch, Wattpad Premium will [...]
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Librarians Attempt A Kardashian-Inspired Photoshoot, And The Result Is Even Better Than The Original

Librarians Attempt A Kardashian-Inspired Photoshoot, And The Result Is Even Better Than The Original | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Marking the first decade of their TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the family has posed for the cover of Hollywood Reporter. After seeing it, these
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Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief 

Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It’s ironic that an event all about a good quality design brief started with me totally failing to pay attention to my own brief for the evening: after a long Tube journey, I rocked up at The Library, ready for BookMachine fun, only to discover everyone else had gone to The Driver at King’s Cross. …
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Legimi Bundles eReader With its eBook Subscription Service 

Legimi Bundles eReader With its eBook Subscription Service  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Polish ebook service Legimi is now offering new subscribers the chance to buy an ereader for a euro. Anyone who signs up for a "Legimi without limit" subscription for a two-year term can purchase either a Pocketbook Touch Lux or Inkbook Prime ereader for 1 euro (in Germany; the price in Poland is 1 zloty). The subscription costs $17 euros per month, and includes both audiobooks and ebooks. It is only available in Poland and Germany, and it currently offers access to more than 80,000 ebooks and around 1,700 audiobooks. A further 220,000 ebooks and 25,000 audiobooks can be purchased through Legimi's shop. Those who don't want an ereader can also read the ebooks in Legimi's apps for Android and iOS. BuchReport.de Check These Out!
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Traditional publishing CEOs are happy to sell fewer ebooks

Traditional publishing CEOs are happy to sell fewer ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I was just looking over the English version of remarks given by Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle at the Frankfurt Book Fair in the last few days, and there are a few interesting tidbits to pic…
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Italian Publishers Association's Report at Frankfurt: The 'Problem of Problems'

Italian Publishers Association's Report at Frankfurt: The 'Problem of Problems' | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Italy's AIE names low readership as its 'problem of problems' and vows to address the country's shrinking readership, after the 2010 financial crisis.
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Ebooks You Buy And Sell, Not License

Ebooks You Buy And Sell, Not License | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Delray Beach, Florida: “Licensing ebooks inside a proprietary walled-garden is nothing like selling or buying them in a free market,” said Publica CEO Josef Marc.
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Don’t fight the format: Readers becoming viewers is an opportunity 

Don’t fight the format: Readers becoming viewers is an opportunity  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A “pivot” is often defined as a complete change to one’s business strategy, and the pivot to video has left editorial teams nervous. But video is more opportunity than threat, and publishers must learn to embrace it that way. Sponsored content by Wibbitz
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FBF marred by violent political altercations | The Bookseller

FBF marred by violent political altercations | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This year's Frankfurt Book Fair experienced a 3% rise in visitor numbers on 2016, but was marred by "physical altercations between left- and right-wing groups" which required police intervention, its organisers have revealed.
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FutureBook Award Shortlists Reflect Diversity in Publishing Innovation

FutureBook Award Shortlists Reflect Diversity in Publishing Innovation | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Drawn from an 'eclectic mix of innovation' and from 10 countries, the 2017 FutureBook Award shortlists showcase work in traditional and startup publishing.
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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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