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What Kindle Unlimited Means For Authors - TechCrunch

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Full disclosure: I've been mucking about with indie publishing for a year now with the Mytro Project and, with enough digging, you will find one or more of my books on Amazon.
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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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Hyphens, Em Dashes, En Dashes—Everything You Need to Know

Hyphens, Em Dashes, En Dashes—Everything You Need to Know | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The use and typesetting of hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes
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Barnes & Noble is Dead, And Len Riggio Killed it | The Digital Reader

Barnes & Noble is Dead, And Len Riggio Killed it | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you waterboard a Book People you might be able to get them to discuss what might happen _if_ Barnes & Noble goes bankrupt: it will be bad for old guard publishers. What you won't hear them say is that the current trend toward digital is going to make B&N obsolete as a bookseller (instead, they'll assume  static system), or that the current mismanagement renders any discussion of B&N's future moot. The Book People at Publishers Weekly, for example, continue to ignore the writing on the wall, instead reporting: During its annual meeting held Tuesday morning at its flagship store in New York City, Barnes & Noble chairman Len Riggio supported its new CEO, Demos Parneros who was named to his current role in April. During the meeting, Riggio called Parneros "the perfect fit" to help the company grow its top line and improve profits. Observing that Parneros "has brought lots of energy to the company," Riggio said he is looking forward to watching the executive over the next few years, noting that Parneros shares his vision and will revive B&N "store by store." The thing about Parneros is that in his first quarter at the head of B&N, revenues fell [...]
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Parents shun storytime for screen time, study shows

Parents shun storytime for screen time, study shows | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Parents are spending four times the amount of time engaging with screens than they are reading to their children, research has revealed.
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A Lexicographer’s Memoir of Merriam-Webster in the Internet Age

A Lexicographer’s Memoir of Merriam-Webster in the Internet Age | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Adrienne Raphel on the lexicographer Kory Stamper’s book “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries,” and on Merriam-Webster’s adaptation to the Internet age.
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What the "Book People" Won't Tell You: Print is Dead | The Digital Reader

What the "Book People" Won't Tell You: Print is Dead | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
When I wrote that post on Friday about the Pod Book People who either can't or won't speak the truth about the current state of the industry, I was planning just to leave it at the level of patting myself on the back and thinking about how best to point out what the Book People weren't saying the next time I quoted and commented on a piece from, say, Publishers Weekly or The Bookseller. But an email on Saturday morning from a Book People pundit  got me thinking. That pundit thought he was a truth teller.  I disagreed, and as I laid out the reasons in my head I realized that I had a wishlist of what I wanted that pundit to say if they truly were ready to speak truth to power. I have been writing about industry trends in bits and pieces in each news story, but it has been a long while since I last pulled everything together, took a step back, and told you what I see. I can sum it up in a single sentence: The major publishers are dead because they bet against digital, which is the future. The thing about the major publishers is that they [...]
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10 best reading apps for Android

10 best reading apps for Android | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Reading is a very enjoyable experience. It’s relaxing and it gets you away from the real world for a little while. Plus, it’s educational and people who read generally have better vocabulary skills. It’s a win-win, really. Those wanting to turn some pages came to the right place. Here are the best reading apps for Android! Here are some more reading apps you might like!15 best PDF reader apps for AndroidAugust 3, 201715 Best eBook reader apps for AndroidJune 1, 2016 Adobe Acrobat ReaderPrice: Free / $14.99 per monthDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYAdobe Acrobat is one of the best all-around PD
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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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Podcasts Vs. Audiobooks: Threats or Opportunities for Authors? - Digital Book World

Podcasts Vs. Audiobooks: Threats or Opportunities for Authors? - Digital Book World | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Is the rise of podcasts a threat to authors? Ian Small, head of Audiobooks.com, offers honest answers to this ominous question and more.
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The UK's Publishers Commit Improve Diversity in Publishing Workforce

The UK's Publishers Commit Improve Diversity in Publishing Workforce | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The UK Publishers Association, with the support of British publishers, has committed to a new program aimed at improving diversity in publishing employees.
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Michael Healy on World Copyright Issues to Publishers Need to Watch

Michael Healy on World Copyright Issues to Publishers Need to Watch | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'Copyright has come to be seen by many outside our industry as an inhibitor to creativity,' writes Michael Healy ahead of a session at Frankfurt Book Fair.
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The Next Level in E-Book Watermarking

The Next Level in E-Book Watermarking | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last week's announcement of a partnership between Digimarc and Erudition Digital represents an interesting next step in the evolution of watermarking as a copyright protection technology, in this case for e-books.  Erudition Digital is an e-book distributor based in the UK that has incorporated watermarking technology from Custos Technologies of South Africa. According to last…
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Interactive fiction and mainstream publishers (Part 1)

Interactive fiction and mainstream publishers (Part 1) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In this two-part article, Gus Swan examines what publishers can learn from the rise of interactive fiction, and how technologies like artificial intelligence could transform it.
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Wildfire - Bookswarm | A digital agency dedicated to the world of books

Wildfire - Bookswarm | A digital agency dedicated to the world of books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Wildfire is part of the Headline Division of Hachette UK, a vibrant and dynamic publishing …
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