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Hugh Howey calls for author earnings revolution

Hugh Howey calls for author earnings revolution | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Author calls for publishers to concentrate more on readers and writers, after releasing data which claims to reveal the strength of self-publishing in genre fiction (Hugh Howey calls for an author earnings revolution after releasing data on self-publishing...
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Why the Much-Hyped "Netflix of Books" Model Ended Up Flopping

Why the Much-Hyped "Netflix of Books" Model Ended Up Flopping | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There's one major industry where the Netflix model was a complete flop. Here's a breakdown of what happened to the concept of a "Netflix of books" and why.
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UK libraries 'missing 25m books' 

UK libraries 'missing 25m books'  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The UK's public libraries are missing 25 million books, according to new figures from libraries body CIPFA, although the decline in books could be worse than the figures indicate due to discrepancies between computer audits and physical stock takes.
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Publishers Ignoring Upsides of Distributed Content

Publishers Ignoring Upsides of Distributed Content | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last week I wrote about how most publishers don’t have a plan in place to manage the opportunities and costs associated with distributed content. In my book, that’s a missed opportunity. Publishers don’t disagree. When we surveyed publishers about distributed content, they overwhelming responded that the biggest opportunities they see for distributed content is as …
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Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing 

Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishing Trends takes a look into virtual reality and how it could enhance traditional publishing.
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Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks 

Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The government is expanding the Public Lending Right (PLR) to include e-books and e-audiobooks, meaning their authors will be eligible for payment in the same way as those whose physical books are borrowed from libraries.
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Against Readability

Against Readability | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Readable has become the chosen term of praise in our times because so many of us find ourselves unable to concentrate as we once could or still aspire to.
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Kobo Plus is a New Unlimited e-Book Subscription Program

Kobo Plus is a New Unlimited e-Book Subscription Program | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo has just launched a new unlimited subscription program for e-books. It is called Kobo Plus and the first two countries where it will be available is the
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Wattpad Launches Chat-Style Reading App Tap

Wattpad Launches Chat-Style Reading App Tap | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Wattpad is jumping on the short-short fiction wagon with the launch of a new app, Tap. Tap is a reading app in the style of Amazon Rapids or Hooked. It serves up chat-style stories which are the current fad in digital publishing. According to TechCrunch: With Tap, Wattpad is stepping away from the traditional storytelling format to experiment with a unique style of entertainment. The app lets users discover “chat-style” stories – that is, those that unfold as you tap to reveal the next part. The stories are designed to feel like you’re reading someone else’s chat conversations, the company explains, and they are even visually presented in a text messaging-style format. At launch, there are hundreds of stories available across categories like horror, romances, drama and more. Tap will also allow Wattpad users to write stories of their own, though this is initially available only to a subset of writers on the platform. The company says that the writing and publishing functionality will roll out more broadly in the weeks ahead. In addition to reading the chat-style stories, users can also share the stories to social networks.   When Tap is released to the public you will be able to [...]
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This book, written by the homeless, can be read only when it’s cold

This book, written by the homeless, can be read only when it’s cold | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Invisible is a book you can only read in the same conditions in which it was written – outside, and in the…
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Publishing in Tumultuous Times: Wiley's Statement of Values

Publishing in Tumultuous Times: Wiley's Statement of Values | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'We thrive when our authors and partners are free to work and travel across borders,' writes Wiley's Mark Allin on his company's core values.
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Why We Should Pause Before Mocking the Mall of America Writing Residency

Why We Should Pause Before Mocking the Mall of America Writing Residency | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Mall of America residency isn’t going to be an appropriate opportunity for even a majority of writers. But it’s the right opportunity for someone.
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Book Publishing Blunders Of First-time Authors 

Book Publishing Blunders Of First-time Authors  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Author and book publishing coach Judith Briles (The Book Shepherd) joined our Feb Twitter Chat to discuss book publishing blunders for first-time authors.
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Online Piracy Can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds 

Online Piracy Can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. The empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up.
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Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks 

Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The government is expanding the Public Lending Right (PLR) to include e-books and e-audiobooks, meaning their authors will be eligible for payment in the same way as those whose physical books are borrowed from libraries.
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Why VR Might Be A Bust — And Why AR Has Promise

Why VR Might Be A Bust — And Why AR Has Promise | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishers are increasingly dipping their toes into virtual reality (VR). The New York Times, Condé Nast, and Time Inc. have all released VR apps in the past year, offering consumers access to 360-degree video, a stepping stone towards interactive VR (here’s the difference between the two). Platforms are placing big bets on VR too. Facebook …
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Kobo and Bol.com Launch 'Kobo Plus' Ebook Subscription

Kobo and Bol.com Launch 'Kobo Plus' Ebook Subscription | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Entering a sector with a checkered track record, Canada's Kobo and The Netherlands' bol.com start an ebook subscription model for 9.99 euros a month.
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Kobo Launches eBook Subscription Service Kobo Plus | The Digital Reader

Kobo Launches eBook Subscription Service Kobo Plus | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I have little solid information yet but I have just heard that Kobo is going to launch an ebook subscription service at midnight EST (about 30 minutes from now). Edit: Kobo hasn't launched Kobo Plus yet, but the service is very real (I have the T&C). There's a blank info page for Kobo Plus on the Kobo Writing Life blog, and a similarly blank page on the (US) Kobo website. The meta description for that page says: Kobo Plus eBook subscription gives you unlimited access to titles from every genre that can be read on any device. Start a 30-day free trial today. Further digging has revealed that the Dutch-language page (German?) for Kobo Plus is already live. Bol.com is going to be a partner, and the service will cost 10 euros per month with a 30-day trial. The matching catalog is also live, and I can see that 37,127 titles are listed. It's not clear how Kobo Plus compares to Kindle Unlimited, the subscription service Amazon launched in July 2014, but it is clearly a competing service. According to my source, Kobo Plus is "better in terms of royalties and there's no exclusivity involved. And it also benefits readers, as well." KU paid out [...]
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Kobo Plus Does Not Require Exclusivity, Pays Out Shares of a Limited Funding Pool | The Digital Reader

Kobo Plus Does Not Require Exclusivity, Pays Out Shares of a Limited Funding Pool | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo still hasn't announced its ebook subscription service, but that is okay because I have another scoop for you. Kobo Plus is now listed as a distribution option in Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's publishing portal, and I have a copy of the Kobo Plus contract addendum T&C. You'll find the text at the end of this post, but the tl;dr version is that Kobo is going to pay authors out of a pool funded by subscriber payments. The math determining the payment is rather complicated, but I can report that the payment will be triggered when a Kobo Plus subscriber has read 20% of the book. Also, a book has to be in Kobo Plus for at least six months but there is no mention of an exclusivity requirement. The payment terms are similar to the terms offered by Amazon for Kindle Unlimited (since July 2015), which pays based on the number of pages read and is funded by a finite pool. And that is good news for the long-term health of Kobo Plus. As we learned from Oyster and Scribd, companies need to keep their expenses in line with their income. Oyster failed, sold out to Google, and then shut down. [...]
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Publishing in Tumultuous Times: Wiley's Statement of Values

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'We thrive when our authors and partners are free to work and travel across borders,' writes Wiley's Mark Allin on his company's core values.
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Draft2Digital is Adding Kobo Plus as a Distribution Option, But Not Smashwords

Draft2Digital is Adding Kobo Plus as a Distribution Option, But Not Smashwords | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo's new subscription ebook service is currently available only in the low countries, and authors can only put their work into it via Kobo Writing Life. That is quite limited, but I can now report that at least one of those details is going to change soon. At the request of several authors, I asked several ebook distributors whether they planned to add Kobo Plus as a distribution option. I am still collating responses, but so far I have gotten one and a half responses from Smashwords and Draft2Digital. Mark Coker of Smashwords told me that it would not be distributing ebooks to Kobo Plus: "I knew this was coming but it's not something we're planning to support with our titles at this time." Draft2Digital was slightly more positive. I am still waiting for their complete response, but what I was told via twitter DM that "Technical details are being hashed out". That was not a hard no, so I am going to put it down as a soft yes. (And when I have a statement from D2D, I will update this post.) Here's D2D's statement: We are still working on some of the technical parts of this, but here's what we [...]
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Worldreader Among Most Innovative Nonprofits of 2016

Worldreader Among Most Innovative Nonprofits of 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Worldreader was named by Fast Company magazine as one of the year's most innovative companies for its work using digital books to fight poverty.
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Thinking About Open Access and Library Subscriptions 

Thinking About Open Access and Library Subscriptions  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Green OA has not had a significant effect on subscriptions. What does -- and doesn't -- that mean for subscriptions in the future?
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Bestseller to Blockbuster? 'Books at Berlinale' Highlights Good Stories

Bestseller to Blockbuster? 'Books at Berlinale' Highlights Good Stories | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Twelve books get a chance each year to be presented for filmmakers' consideration at the Berlin International Film Festival's 'Books at Berlinale' event.
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