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AAP Reports eBook, Book Revenues Up in First Quarter 2014 - The Digital Reader

AAP Reports eBook, Book Revenues Up in First Quarter 2014 - The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The American Association of Publishers released their latest “monthly” Statshot report today and the news is generally good. The publicly available details were thin in this latest report, which draws from the reported net revenues of 1,218 publishers. According to the AAP, trade publishing sector revenues grew by 6.5% in the first quarter over the …

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First look at Windows 10's upcoming store for e-books

First look at Windows 10's upcoming store for e-books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Microsoft is working on a new a store for e-books in Windows 10. The software giant actually started building in features related to the Books store late last year with the release of EPUB (a popular file type for e-books) support on Microsoft Edge. We were today able to get an early look at the …
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DBW ’17: Why are print sales up? Data Guy gives his reason—and it isn’t adult coloring books

DBW ’17: Why are print sales up? Data Guy gives his reason—and it isn’t adult coloring books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Perhaps the reason print book sales are on the rise has nothing to do with coloring books, digital fatigue, the “ebook fad” or book store appeal. Data Guy has offered a different reason based on the data he has scraped for Author Earnings. To start, independent book store sales are up 5 percent from 2015, but…
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Is Academic Publishing the Next to Go Indie? 

Is Academic Publishing the Next to Go Indie?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Add academic publishing, at colleges and universities, to the growth areas in self-publishing. It’s been a gradual transition. As Inside Higher Education pointed out, academics “inhabit a parallel publishing ecosystem: a constellation of university presses and journals that publish slowly, offer few economic returns, and subject all work to painstaking peer review. Scholars and publishing... [Read More]
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Is Amazon Exclusivity Right for You? by Rob Kroese

Is Amazon Exclusivity Right for You? by Rob Kroese | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There are advantages to selling ebooks only through Amazon, and makes most sense for authors who are just starting out or who are relatively unknown.
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How Authors Should Strategize Their Blogs and Podcasts 

How Authors Should Strategize Their Blogs and Podcasts  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Many self-published and traditionally published authors write blogs and produce podcasts to keep their audiences intact between publishing books.
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DBW 2017 Opening Themes: The Trade, Its Resilience, and Its Data

DBW 2017 Opening Themes: The Trade, Its Resilience, and Its Data | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 2017 Digital Book World conference opened with calls for more data-driven decision-making, despite the inherently subjective nature of book publishing.
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The Potential of Virtual Communities in the Publishing Ecosystem

The Potential of Virtual Communities in the Publishing Ecosystem | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
(Sponsored) The Internet, and the platforms now available to create various online gatherings, have changed our world and continue to do so. New ways to combine the power of assembled individuals—financially, socially, creatively—are being introduced all the time.
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Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool, Per-Page Royalty Both Rose in December 2016

Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool, Per-Page Royalty Both Rose in December 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here's some good news for authors: the Kindle Unlimited royalty stayed above half a cent per page for the third straight month. According to Self-Publisher Bibel, the December royalty was 0.52396 cents. that is a slight decrease from the 0.5375 cents rate paid in November 2016, but still one of the highest rates since Amazon started paying by the page in the middle of 2015. The country specific rates are also up since the last time I had data to report, which was several months back. US: $0.0052 (USD) Germany: €0.0036 (EUR) France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands: €0.0052 (EUR) Brazil: R$ 0.01267 (BRL) Japan: ¥ 0.5075 (JPY) UK: £0.0038 (GBP) Mexico: 0.0872 (MXN) Australia, India, Japan, Canada: no data Amazon announced that the monthly funding pool for December 2016 was $16.8 million, plus bonuses. P.S. Here's a list of the monthly funding pools. It does not include the bonuses paid out each month. July 2014: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month) August 2014: $4.7 million September 2014: $5 million October 2014: $5.5 million November 2014: $6.5 million December 2014: $7.25 million January 2015 - $8.5 million February 2015: $8 million March 2015: $9.3 million April 2015: $9.8 million May 2015: $10.8 million June 2015: [...]
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All Is Not Well with the IDPF W3C Merger

All Is Not Well with the IDPF W3C Merger | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The publishing industry has been watching from the sidelines for the better half of a year, waiting to see what will happen to the IDPF's proposed merger with
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Pronoun Announces Changes to their Royalty Rates and New Author Pages

Pronoun Announces Changes to their Royalty Rates and New Author Pages | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Pronoun is a free self-publishing platform and they have just announced that they have increased the royalty rates for indie authors. They have also introduced
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How to win at publishing now: 10 tips from the FutureBook Awards | The Bookseller

How to win at publishing now: 10 tips from the FutureBook Awards | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What skills and behaviours do you need to become a leading light in the publishing industry? Bec Evans interviews this year's FutureBook Award winners to find out.
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Pearson to slash e-book rental prices by 50% in digital push 

Pearson to slash e-book rental prices by 50% in digital push  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Pearson plans to launch its own print rental program for courseware and reduce e-book rental prices by up to 50% as it bids to accelerate its shift to digital.
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A New Year's Digital Strategy For Book Publishers: Love The Ones You're With

A New Year's Digital Strategy For Book Publishers: Love The Ones You're With | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
To all the book publishers out there, I hope your January kick-off meetings went well. No doubt they were filled with colourful PowerPoints, messy whit
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Watch out publishers: the chatbots are coming 

Watch out publishers: the chatbots are coming  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Move over, VR; chatbots are set to be the big publishing trend this year.
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Q&A with Pronoun: An Increasingly Competitive Ebook Distributor | Jane Friedman

Q&A with Pronoun: An Increasingly Competitive Ebook Distributor | Jane Friedman | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Pronoun distributes ebooks to the five major online retailers; it charges authors nothing upfront, and doesn't take a cut of ebook sales either.
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Publishers See More Good Times Ahead for Audiobooks

Publishers See More Good Times Ahead for Audiobooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The audiobooks story of the year in 2016 was—again—the continued strong sales growth of the digital audio market, and many audio publishers expect to see more gains in 2017.
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Adult Nonfiction Stayed Hot in 2016

Adult Nonfiction Stayed Hot in 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Even though no adult coloring book sold as well in 2016 as the bestsellers in 2015 did, the adult nonfiction category, which includes those titles, posted the biggest unit gains among the major print categories last year.
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Nielsen Book Releases New UK and US Metadata Reports

Nielsen Book Releases New UK and US Metadata Reports | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Charting the importance of proper and timely metadata, Nielsen Book's twin studies from the US and UK markets may be motivational updates for publishers.
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OverDrive’s Steve Potash Moves to Block IDPF Merger with W3C

OverDrive’s Steve Potash Moves to Block IDPF Merger with W3C | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Despite IDPF members voting overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with the W3C internet standards organization, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash continues to aggressively organize opposition to it.
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$1 of Every $2 Spent Online Goes to Amazon (*)

$1 of Every $2 Spent Online Goes to Amazon (*) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A recent report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance made the improbable claim that Amazon accounted for 46% of all online retail sales in 2016. A quick look through Amazon's quarterly reports and US Census Bureau estimates will quickly debunk the claim, but it turns out there is a grain of truth here.   Released in late November, the report (PDF) reads like it was penned by David Streitfeld or published by Salon.com. The report is a bundle of misleading statements, misrepresented stats, and unsubstantiated claims, all wrapped up in a pretty bow. For example, the report mentions last year's The Authors Guild survey on member income, and misrepresents it as showing the income of all author (including the 98% which don't belong to TAG). Later in the report the guesstimate that half of American households belong to Amazon Prime is stated as fact, and not an analyst's best guess. I could go on, but I would prefer to focus on the most clickbaity factoid in the report rather than point out the spin the ILSR applied to its report. Five years ago, Americans spent $170 billion shopping online, and Amazon accounted for one in four of those dollars. By last year, online [...]
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The Starred Review App | ShelfTalker

The Starred Review App | ShelfTalker | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What if there were an app alerting readers to book review stars?
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Kobo is taking over Exclusive Books eBook Business

Kobo is taking over Exclusive Books eBook Business | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Kobo has just announced that they have come to terms to take over the e-book business unit of Exclusive Books. They will be gravitating everyone who purchased
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Apps, Tools & Plugins for Indie Authors - Part 1 

Apps, Tools & Plugins for Indie Authors - Part 1  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here's a list of apps, tools, extensions, and plugins that can actually help indie authors and not further distract or hinder them in their work.
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Cambridge University Press: A Marked Improvement in MARC Records

Cambridge University Press: A Marked Improvement in MARC Records | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In a major focus on its metadata, Cambridge University Press is working this year to improve the discoverability of its material for library users.
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What Are the Benefits of the IDPF-W3C Merger? 

What Are the Benefits of the IDPF-W3C Merger?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What does the merger between IDPF and W3C mean for the book publishing industry? Bill McCoy, executive director of the IDPF, weighs in.
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