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Byliner Launches Own Subscription E-Reading Service, Byliner Explore | Digital Book World

Byliner Launches Own Subscription E-Reading Service, Byliner Explore | Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
[Press Release] New Byliner Explore Helps You Find the Right Story Every Time Leading Digital Reading Service Introduces New Recommendation Tools and Social
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How to Write A Creative Brief So Your Graphic Designer Creates An Amazing Book Cover

How to Write A Creative Brief So Your Graphic Designer Creates An Amazing Book Cover | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Great book covers sell books. Professional cover designers are trained in the craft of typography, photo editing, and design—but they’re not expected to know anything about your book or your visual preferences. Luckily, a document called a Creative Brief exists to help you convey your intentions to your graphic designer. Here’s all you need to know to translate your wants and needs into a professional, attention-grabbing, hard-to-resist book cover.
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Draft2Digital Will Distribute e-books to Overdrive in August

Draft2Digital Will Distribute e-books to Overdrive in August | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Draft2digital is one of the largest self-publishing companies in the world and they will soon be offering another compelling reason to sign up for a free
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European Publishing Associations on Geo-Blocking and Ebooks

European Publishing Associations on Geo-Blocking and Ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
On the European Commission's geo-blocking regulations for ebooks, the Italian, Greek, French, and European publishing associations issue words of caution.
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The Secret Language of Books: What Authors Need to Know about Metadata - Digital Book World

The Secret Language of Books: What Authors Need to Know about Metadata - Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Your finished book contains hundreds of data elements that are hidden from view of the final customer—it's the metadata that computers use to identify your book. All authors should make informed choices about their metadata before and after publication. Phuong Mai explains metadata best practices.
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Do Bookstore Events Even Matter? How To Benefit From In-Person Author Visits 

Do Bookstore Events Even Matter? How To Benefit From In-Person Author Visits  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Have you been disappointed by a bookstore event? You're not alone. Still, don't dismiss bookstore visits. Publicist Dana Kaye offers three big reasons to get out there and meet your fans in person.
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Harry Potter Audiobooks Now Available in MP3 for Dutch Customers

Harry Potter Audiobooks Now Available in MP3 for Dutch Customers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The entire Harry Potter audiobook saga is now available in Dutch. Luisterrijk is offering all seven Harry Potter digital audiobooks through their web shops in
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Hoopla Now Offers Digital Comics from Fantagraphics, Lion Forge and Titan

Hoopla Now Offers Digital Comics from Fantagraphics, Lion Forge and Titan | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Hoopla has just expanded their digital comic portfolio for public libraries with the addition of Fantagraphics, Lion Forge and Titan Comics. This new agreement
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British Library: Digitizing 200 Years of Early Bengali Books

British Library: Digitizing 200 Years of Early Bengali Books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From The Times of India: 'Not available elsewhere in the world,' two centuries of the British Library's Bengali collection is being made available free.
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Is the ebook doomed? 

Ten years after the first Kindle was released, and with sales decliing, Simon Rowberry examines the futue of the ebook.
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Print sales might be rallying, but don't get complacent | The Bookseller

The publishing industry has survived digital upheaval due to luck, not strategy - and it needs to prepare for the next wave of disruption, says Sam Missingham.
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Agency Rights Update: Barcelona's VicLit and Its Latin American Novels

Agency Rights Update: Barcelona's VicLit and Its Latin American Novels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Focusing on debut Latin American talent, Victor Hurtado's agency's rights sales are promoting new voices from the Spanish-language markets.
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The Gritty Side – Editors and How to Find Them by Sharon Anderson 

The Gritty Side – Editors and How to Find Them by Sharon Anderson  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I’ve put words on the page since I can remember. Not great words at first, mind you, but words, nevertheless. You could say I’ve been in the relentless pursuit of telling story in a meaningful, engaging, awesome way before I knew how to spell. I am, as it turns out, a writer. Is that different than being an author? William Kenower is fond of saying something like “…every writer should …
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Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus

Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo Books is the third largest e-book and e-reader company in the world and their primary focus is underserved markets. Instead of competing in the ultra
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On eBooks Being a Dead Format | The Digital Reader

On eBooks Being a Dead Format | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Have you ever had one of those moments where you kinda sorta agree with someone's conclusion and yet still disagree with many of the assumptions that lead to the conclusion? That's how I feel towards a piece published in The Bookseller earlier today. Simon Rowberry argues that ebooks aren't dead, but his arguments betray legacy industry biases. For example, he cavalierly tosses off the assumption that $10 ebook prices are unsustainable. The fall in revenue from ebooks is a direct consequence of legacy publishers’ prioritization of print sales at the expense of digital books. The Kindle’s North American launch in 2007 marketed new ebook titles at $9.99, a discount of at least $10 on the hardback equivalent. This approach was unsustainable, but it set readers’ expectations for the cost of ebooks. What's funny about this assumption are the many indie authors who would disagree, or the publishers like Baen Books that price all of their ebooks under $10. Baen Books has been selling its ebooks at what Rowberry would describe as an unsustainable price for close to twenty years, and yet they have somehow managed to pull it off. And that's not the only data that Rowberry  didn't include. A little earlier in [...]
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BUKU Launches New Unlimited Digital Textbook Program in the Netherlands

BUKU Launches New Unlimited Digital Textbook Program in the Netherlands | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Netherlands is the fastest growing market when it comes to digital publishing. There are a ton of startups and established companies that are taking
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Booknet Canada Reports Print Sales Down 2.7% in First Half of 2017 | The Digital Reader

Booknet Canada Reports Print Sales Down 2.7% in First Half of 2017 | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Booknet Canada has released some sales data and consumer survey data covering the first half of this year. One the one side, official sales channels report print sales are down (there's no comparable ebook sales data). On the other side, consumer surveys have shown a slight increase in preference for ebooks. press release: Canadian book buyers spent $398 million on print books in the English-language trade market during the first six months of 2017. Comparing value sold for a group of comparable stores for the first half of 2017 versus the same period last year, overall sales were down 2.7%, according to sales numbers reported to BNC SalesData. When it comes to format preferences among book buyers in Canada, consumer surveys conducted with 966 book-buying Canadians during the first six months of 2017 show a 3% increase for ebooks versus the same period in 2016. With a 20% share of the market, ebooks remain in third place behind paperback at 51% and hardcover at 23%. Online shopping, which covers shopping on e-commerce websites, mobile app purchases, and ebook/audio downloads, also saw gains during the first half of 2017, rising from 50% to 52% over the same period last year. The second-most popular channel [...]
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On eBooks Being a Dead Format 

On eBooks Being a Dead Format  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Have you ever had one of those moments where you kinda sorta agree with someone's conclusion and yet still disagree with many of the assumptions that lead to the conclusion? That's how I feel towards a piece published in The Bookseller earlier today. Simon Rowberry argues that ebooks aren't dead, but his arguments betray legacy industry biases. For example, he cavalierly tosses off the assumption that $10 ebook prices are unsustainable. The fall in revenue from ebooks is a direct consequence of legacy publishers’ prioritization of print sales at the expense of digital books. The Kindle’s North American launch in 2007 marketed new ebook titles at $9.99, a discount of at least $10 on the hardback equivalent. This approach was unsustainable, but it set readers’ expectations for the cost of ebooks. What's funny about this assumption are the many indie authors who would disagree, or the publishers like Baen Books that price all of their ebooks under $10. Baen Books has been selling its ebooks at what Rowberry would describe as an unsustainable price for close to twenty years, and yet they have somehow managed to pull it off. And that's not the only data that Rowberry  didn't include. A little earlier in [...]
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Will Amazon Compete with Paypal and Alipay?

Will Amazon Compete with Paypal and Alipay? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon is rumored to be developing their own Alipay and Paypal clone and it would dramatically change the landscape of credit card payment processors. Sanford C
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Canada's: Francophone, Anglophone Publishers' Translation Rights Fair

Canada's: Francophone, Anglophone Publishers' Translation Rights Fair | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Partnering with the Salon du livre in Montréal, the Translation Rights Fair in Canada expects to bring more francophone and anglophone publishers together.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be Released as Enhanced Kindle in Motion eBook | The Digital Reader

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be Released as Enhanced Kindle in Motion eBook | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here's some news that will keep Potter fandom on the edge of their sat until September: I've just heard that  a new enhanced Harry Potter ebook will be released on 5 September. The first enhanced Harry Potter ebooks were released for iBooks in late 2015, but the new one is being developed for Amazon's Kindle in Motion, and will feature animated goblins, moving covers, and more: Other highlights from the moving book will include a multi-page spread of the lively Diagon Alley, an animated portrait of Draco Malfoy and a handy guide to trolls. As well as moving images, readers can still tailor their reading experience, adjusting font sizes with the newly sized words magically reflowing around the animation and images, and, if they choose, toggle the animations off or on. This ebook is going to be the 22nd title to be released in the Kindle in Motion format, Amazon's second go at an enhanced Kindle ebook. Launched last year, KiM features full page animations, moving covers, and page backgrounds that don't interfere with  changing the text size (a defect found in fixed-layout ebooks). So far Pottermore has only announced Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the new edition, but they may [...]
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Agency Rights Update: Barcelona's VicLit and Its Latin American Novels

Agency Rights Update: Barcelona's VicLit and Its Latin American Novels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Focusing on debut Latin American talent, Victor Hurtado's agency's rights sales are promoting new voices from the Spanish-language markets.
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Apex CoVantage: Publishing Technology Continues to Evolve the Industry

Apex CoVantage: Publishing Technology Continues to Evolve the Industry | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This article is sponsored by Apex CoVantage and offers a new guide, 'Gain a Competitive Advantage With These Emerging Technologies,' for publishers.
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Publishers need to move from performance mode to power mode 

it takes a brave business to double down on real, sustained innovation initiatives when their market share is under threat.
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