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Kindle v Glass, apps v text: the complicated future of books - The Guardian

Kindle v Glass, apps v text: the complicated future of books - The Guardian | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Guardian Kindle v Glass, apps v text: the complicated future of books The Guardian A 2009 New Yorker article on whether the Amazon Kindle could “improve on the book”, is today a redundant question.
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Amazon Planning Amazon Books Locations in DC and Austin

Amazon Planning Amazon Books Locations in DC and Austin | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There's been no official announcement from Amazon and it's not mentioned on the relevant page on Amazon.com, but it appears Amazon is bringing their burgeoning bookstore chain to Texas and Washington DC. PubLunch noticed that Amazon has a new job listing for a store manager for an Amazon Books location in Austin, Texas. According to the listing, the store is going to be located at Domain Northside, an upscale mall located to the southwest of Austin. And while confirming that report, I also discovered that Amazon has a similar job opening for an Amazon Books location in DC. Amazon did not list the specific address, but the posting says the store is located in Georgetown, the same part of DC where we know Amazon has signed a lease for retail space. I had previously reported that Amazon was going to open a bookstore in a building previously occupied by B&N. This may confirm that report, or it could be unrelated (it is quite possible that Amazon will have two retail locations in DC, and use them for different purposes). Amazon currently lists 13 Amazon Books locations on its site, including 4 in Calif. as well as two in NY, Mass., [...]
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Hurricane Relief Bookstore: DRM-free science fiction ebooks to benefit Houston, the Caribbean, and Florida

Hurricane Relief Bookstore: DRM-free science fiction ebooks to benefit Houston, the Caribbean, and Florida | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Pablo Defendini writes, “Fireside Fiction Company has set up the Hurricane Relief Bookstore as a mechanism for all of us to funnel money over to people who need it. 100% of the profits from s…
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Tracey Armstrong on Women in Publishing: 'Still Striving for Equal Pay'

Tracey Armstrong on Women in Publishing: 'Still Striving for Equal Pay' | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Copyright Clearance Center's Tracey Armstrong is on Frankfurt Book Fair's 'The Markets' panel of female publishing executives.
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Interactive fiction and mainstream publishers (Part 2) 

Interactive fiction and mainstream publishers (Part 2)  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In the second part of his special report, HarperCollins' Gus Swan explains why innovations in AI, natural language technology and adaptive narratives point to an exciting future for interactive fiction.
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Review of the Kobo Audiobook Experience on the iPad

Review of the Kobo Audiobook Experience on the iPad | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo launched an audiobook subscription service a few weeks ago. You can pay a small monthly fee and get access to one free title. If you want an additional
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Amazon Kindle Audio Adapter Review

Amazon Kindle Audio Adapter Review | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Amazon Kindle Audio Adapter is a piece of hardware you can purchase for your Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage or Oasis. It plugs into the USB port of your device
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Barnes and Noble is No Longer in the Tech Business

Barnes and Noble is No Longer in the Tech Business | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Barnes and Noble has proclaimed that they are no longer in the tech business and they don't have the culture or financing to compete with the likes of Amazon
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Amazon and the future of physical retail 

There are two parallel conversations about the future of retail that are quite active. One is within the book business and it centers around what the future will be — and will there be one? — for Barnes & Noble. The other one is about the future of retail competitors to Amazon in the broader …
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The Great British Plea to Booksellers and Publishers

The Great British Plea to Booksellers and Publishers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last week, the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland (a professional organization comparable the American Booksellers Association) held their annual conference in Birmingham.
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Book People Statistics | The Digital Reader

Lies, Damn Lies, and Book People Statistics | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When Mark Twain popularized the phrase "lies, damn lies, and statistics", he was referring to the way that one can selectively report statistics and tell just about any narrative desired. We see this everyday in the mainstream media when they report on AAP revenue stats (to name just one example), and even in the trade press. Remember when Jim Milliot claimed that Amazon would soon be the fifth-largest bookseller in the US? Jim selectively reported publicly available stats in order to tell the story he wanted (one that wasn't even close to being true). Statistics are used all the time to mislead, but some stats don't need any help. There are statistics that mislead you, confuse the issue, or distract attention all on their own. For example, every month Publishers Weekly reports the US Census Bureau's estimated bookstore revenues. You might think those stats reflect book sales, except that the estimates include more than just book sales (and they are about a third as large as they were a decade ago). Statistics can mislead all on their own, if you're not careful, and that includes stats frequently thrown around in debates about the book publishing industry. For example, just the [...]
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Amazon has laid out exactly how to game its self-publishing platform

Amazon has laid out exactly how to game its self-publishing platform | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Bestseller status, five stars, a large number of reviews—there’s a whole host of ways to figure out if a book on Amazon is good or popular, but they’re all at risk of fraud. On September 6, Amazon took legal action against five alleged violations of its rules for self-published books. The company's demands for arbitration
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Nielsen's Andre Breedt on Book Sales Trends and Competition

Nielsen's Andre Breedt on Book Sales Trends and Competition | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Ahead of his talk at the Frankfurt Book Fair's Markets conference, Nielsen Book's Andre Breedt briefs us on international trends and book sales by format.
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Google Analytics for publishers: What should you focus on? 

Google Analytics for publishers: What should you focus on?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you are writing and managing a blog or website, you really need to get friendly with Google Analytics. Yes it can be a little bit of a head bend, BUT practice makes perfect and there are some simple things you can do to get more out of your analytics. Analytics is a super tool …
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Startup Wants Pubs to Give Up On Choosing Books, Outsource the Decision to a Computer 

Startup Wants Pubs to Give Up On Choosing Books, Outsource the Decision to a Computer  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Over the past few years Macmillan, Amazon, and other publishers have experimented with letting readers pick which titles should be published, and now a startup has convinced Macmillan to let a computer program pick the next book it should publish. Flavorwire reports that Tor-Forge Books has signed a deal to ebook startup Inkitt to publish the second book in Erin Swan's Sky Riders fantasy series: The novel chosen by Inkitt’s “artificially intelligent” algorithm is Erin Swan’s Bright Star, a young adult fiction submitted to the publisher through a writing contest called “Hidden Gems.” Part of a multi-book “Sky Rider” series, it tells the story of the “fantasyland” Paerolia, “where war and conflict has created strong divides,” and where a a rebel leader named Kael helps a slave named Andra “discover the strength that has always been within her” and “fight to win back what Fate kept beyond her reach” — namely a dragon “that should have been her own.” Bright Star is expected to be released in 2017. You can find the press release announcement over at DBW (which is down right now), and you can read more about the company on Writers Beware and the MobyLives blog. Bright Star is only Inkitt's second title published; the [...]
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From print to e-books, sadly but inevitably

From print to e-books, sadly but inevitably | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I’ve got cards from four libraries but haven’t checked a book out in a year.
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Don't underestimate your readers when it comes to recommendations 

Don't underestimate your readers when it comes to recommendations  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It's all too tempting to follow the 'more like this' model of discoverability - but diversity leads to more satisfied readers and more cherished publishers, says Mads Holmen
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Google Now Includes Overdrive Library eBooks in Search Results

Google Now Includes Overdrive Library eBooks in Search Results | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The next time you are searching Google for a particular e-book, you now have another option instead of buying it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo;
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How to add Audible narration to Kindle for iPad and iPhone

How to add Audible narration to Kindle for iPad and iPhone | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Want to listen to audiobooks on your iOS device? You can get a dedicated app, but you can also do it with your Kindle app.
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Imaginative illustrations about books by Mariusz Stawarski

Imaginative illustrations about books by Mariusz Stawarski | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Some of the most brilliant illustrations by the Polish artist Mariusz Stawarski put books in focus. Books have the tremendous power to…
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What’s Hot In Audiobooks? Big Advances for Multi-Book Deals 

What’s Hot In Audiobooks? Big Advances for Multi-Book Deals  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As audiobook trend grows, so do advances for writers of popular series. Here's how agent Laurie McLean's helped one author get top dollar.
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How To Get Your Copyrights Back From Your Label or Publisher

How To Get Your Copyrights Back From Your Label or Publisher | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Most musicians and songwriters don’t know about this - and the labels and publishers would like to keep it that way. There is a time limit on this.
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BiblioTech continues to grow digital reach in fourth year of operation

BiblioTech continues to grow digital reach in fourth year of operation | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The all-digital public library system is opening a third branch in February and recently began distributing internet hot spots through a pilot program.
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Wizards of the Coast to Launch Dungeons & Dragons eBook App | The Digital Reader

Wizards of the Coast to Launch Dungeons & Dragons eBook App | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast is finally relenting after years of selling their D&D player manuals as print-only. Polygon reports that they're releasing an ebook app called D&D Reader. No, it’s not the officially licensed PDFs that fans have wanted for decades. But, if it’s implemented correctly, it could be about as good as die-hard fans are likely to get. The D&D Reader is being built by Dialect, the same content marketing and digital design company that drives the digital D&D magazine called Dragon+. Reader will be available for iOS and Android devices, and feature all the core books you need to run your own campaign, including the 5th edition Player’s Handbook and the Dungeon Master’s Guide. The app allows you to buy them in part or in whole. As an added benefit, there are even free modules for a subset of races and classes. Yes, there’s a search function. But in the beta version that we were shown, it wasn’t tremendously effective. A search for “magic missile,” for instance, simply returns all of the available modules that include the term. It’s up to users to hunt down the information they need within each module. There are hyperlinks throughout that key off of spell [...]
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7 questions we should ask about children’s literature

7 questions we should ask about children’s literature | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
White nationalism is on the rise in the US and nativism is in the ascendant across the globe. What role can literature for children play in teaching the next generation to be more empathetic, to respect difference, and to reject hatred?
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Let frustration be your fuel: 7 lessons for start-ups from Salomé Magazine 

Let frustration be your fuel: 7 lessons for start-ups from Salomé Magazine  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Salomé is one of the newest publications to hit the independent press scene. Launched in April this year, Salomé is the literary magazine for emerging female writers, and gives self-identifying women the platform, confidence and experience to get their writing published. Jacquelyn Guderley, the magazine’s founder, shares lessons she’s learned along the way. “Salomé was …
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