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It's here: Amazon's e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited - Los Angeles Times

It's here: Amazon's e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited - Los Angeles Times | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It's here: Amazon's e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited Los Angeles Times Leaked on Wednesday, launched on Friday: Meet Kindle Unlimited, Amazon's e-book subscription service. Think of it as Netflix for e-books.
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Ebooks, Innovation, and the Rebel Within

Ebooks, Innovation, and the Rebel Within | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In every publishing organization you need a rebel. Robert Harington talks with Peter Krautzberger, Project Lead for MathJax and rebel.
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I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
White authors reign in book reviews, bestseller lists, literary awards and Amazon.com recommendations.
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Germany's Bastei Lubbe Launches the 'oolipo' Mobile Platform

Germany's Bastei Lubbe Launches the 'oolipo' Mobile Platform | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Mobile storytelling platform oolipo has released its iOS mobile app along with 12 original, multimedia series. 'Creative storytellers' and Android to follow
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British Comics Publishers in a Changing Marketplace: 'We Want To Do More Comics'

British Comics Publishers in a Changing Marketplace: 'We Want To Do More Comics' | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'Comics are one of the few things that kids get to choose themselves,' says one panelist at London Book Fair, as British comics publishers talk transition.
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With Audiobooks Hot, Publishers Should Look to Bundle Them With E-Books

With Audiobooks Hot, Publishers Should Look to Bundle Them With E-Books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Print and e-book packages haven't gained traction, but what about audio and e-book?
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Amazon could become our leading physical retailer before very long

Amazon could become our leading physical retailer before very long | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
More than five years ago in this space we contemplated the likelihood that Amazon would just keep growing and growing its share of the book business without any end. Of course, a book business-centric view of Amazon these days doesn’t really do Amazon justice. Books and ebooks are a really small part of their business …
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Transmedia from literature - Transmedia Storytelling - Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

Transmedia from literature - Transmedia Storytelling - Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Learn from Examples: Transmedia from Literature- Madame Freedom
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They know not what they say: Why a Guardian article about young readers’ appetite for print may be misleading 

They know not what they say: Why a Guardian article about young readers’ appetite for print may be misleading  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In the Guardian this week, Sian Cain opens an article called “Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print” with this assertion: Readers committed to physical books can give a sigh of relief, as new figures reveal that ebook sales are falling while sale
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Japan's Digital Manga Market Grew by 28% Last Year

Japan's Digital Manga Market Grew by 28% Last Year | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Last week I reported that the Japanese book publishing industry's revenues dropped around 4% in 2016, but the news was slightly better for manga publishers. Anime News Network reports that manga sales were essentially flat in 2016, increasing by only a fraction of a percent: The All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher's and Editor's Association (AJPEA) released a report on February 24 that estimated that the combined physical and digital sales of the manga industry in Japan amounted to 445.4 billion yen (about US$3.91 billion) in 2016, a 0.4% growth compared to the previous year's 443.7 billion yen (about US$3.89 billion). The combined sales of both physical and digital approach 2008's 448.3 billion yen (about US$3.93 billion) total. Sales of print manga volumes amounted to 194.7 billion yen (about US$1.71 billion) in 2016, a 7.4% decrease from the previous year, while sales of manga magazines amounted to 101.6 billion yen (about US$892 million), a 12.9% decrease from the previous year. The combined 296.3 billion yen (about US$2.60 billion) total of print sales of manga from both compiled book volumes and magazines saw a 9.3% decrease from last year. This the 15th year in a row to mark a decline in sales [...]
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The Publishing Industry Relies On Midlist Authors

The Publishing Industry Relies On Midlist Authors | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The publishing industry constantly bemoans the lack a true bestseller that generate significant revenue. Novels such as 50 Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games and
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The Deep Space of Digital Reading

The Deep Space of Digital Reading | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In A History of Reading, the Canadian novelist and essayist Alberto Manguel describes a remarkable transformation of human consciousness,…
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How to finish a novel: tracking a book's progress from idea to completion

How to finish a novel: tracking a book's progress from idea to completion | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Data from an app Wyl Menmuir used to help him write his Booker-longlisted debut gives insights into how it was done
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AAP: Trade Book Sales Down a Percent, eBook Sales Down 17% Through October 2016 | The Digital Reader

AAP: Trade Book Sales Down a Percent, eBook Sales Down 17% Through October 2016 | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Some segments of the legacy book publishing had good news in the AAP's latest month report, but overall the news was bleak. Trade book revenues were down 7.5% in the month of October, and as a result the industry revenues (for the 1,200 odd publishers which submit data to the AAP) were down 0.7%. Surprisingly, ebook revenues were up for the month (2.6%) but still down 17.2% for the year to date. O O O Press release: Religious presses and Childrens & Young Adult Books Publishers’ revenues increased for Oct. 2016 and for the year to-date. Despite those increases, the challenging month for adult books and educational materials resulted in a decline in overall publisher revenues of 9.3% in Oct. 2016 and 6.4% for the year-to-date in all tracked categories (Trade - fiction/non-fiction/religious, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses). Trade book revenues fell 7.5% in Oct. 2016 vs Oct. 2015, and were down 0.7% year-to-date. The cause of the decline was Adult Books, which was down 13.1% for the month. Interestingly, after 19 months of decline, Adult eBooks grew 2.6% in Oct. 2016 vs Oct. 2015; eBooks, however, remain down for the year-to-date in all trade [...]
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What Novel Effect did next, from Hachette to SXSW 

What Novel Effect did next, from Hachette to SXSW  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Novel Effect, one of the five finalists in our 2016 BookTech Awards, share their journey from raw publishing startup to sustainable business.
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Use these empathy techniques to make stuff your readers want 

Use these empathy techniques to make stuff your readers want  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As publishers, we’re a
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DRM in HTML5 takes its next step toward standardization

DRM in HTML5 takes its next step toward standardization | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Web group also pushes measures to protect security researchers who find DRM flaws.
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Kindle for iPad, iPhone 5.9 Adds Guided View, new Sideloading Option | The Digital Reader

Kindle for iPad, iPhone 5.9 Adds Guided View, new Sideloading Option | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon rolled out an update today for its iOS app. The update adds a new sharing option for iOS Safari, enabling readers to easily convert documents and web pages and save them to their Kindle library. The other new feature is support for Comixology's guided view, the frame by frame viewing mode which directs readers along the story. Amazon bought Comixology in 2014, and then integrated the platforms in 2015 so that users could read their  Kindle purchased comics in the Comixology apps. Now apparently the integration goes both ways. Changelog: ComiXology's Guided View is now available on Kindle! Experience comics in a whole new way with this breakthrough cinematic and immersive reading mode. Send to Kindle – Now you can save documents and web pages to your Kindle library. Tap the share button in Safari and add Kindle as a destination. Web pages are converted to Kindle format so you can adjust the text, font and page color, and read on any Kindle app or device. Bug fixes and performance improvements. You can find the app in iTunes. image by Marcus T Ward
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Down with eBooks, Up with Print

Down with eBooks, Up with Print | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Books HD It's an old song, but it's still ringing out from the global marketplace: ebook sales are down, print sales are up, and we think the kids are to blame
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Electronic Reading Apps & Tips for National Reading Month

Electronic Reading Apps & Tips for National Reading Month | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This post to you as part of the U.S. Cellular Ambassador team. All opinions are my own.  So many times I read articles about encouraging kids to read – and it seems they assume that the kids actually LIKE to read. And many do! But how about those kids that you just can’t seem to …
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Lords call for digital literacy to be 'fourth pillar' of education 

Lords call for digital literacy to be 'fourth pillar' of education  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A group of Lords has called on the government to make digital literacy sit alongside reading, writing and mathematics as a “fourth pillar” of education.
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Russian Librarians Warn of Crisis in Library Consolidation Plans

Russian Librarians Warn of Crisis in Library Consolidation Plans | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Called an an effort to 'optimize the work of all major libraries,' Russia's plan to merge digital collections of several libraries is seeing resistance.
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Why I'm Not Worried About "Winner-Takes-All" Hitting the eBook Market | The Digital Reader

Why I'm Not Worried About "Winner-Takes-All" Hitting the eBook Market | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
For some time now pundits have bemoaned the way technology has enabled single companies to dominate an entire market. The term "winner-take-all" was first coined in Robert Frank's and Philip Cook's book, The Winner-Take-All Society, and whether it's Google ( search), or US Steel, or AT&T. aqor Facebook/Google (online ads), or Standard Oil, or Amazon (online retail), there are dozens of examples you can use to prove the point that one company can dominate a market or industry. There's even been some speculation that we would soon see the same effect in the ebook market as revenue concentrates among a handful of mega-hit best-sellers, leaving less popular authors high and dry. As someone who would like to see authors maintain their independence and earn enough to be able to write full time, I thought this would be a terrible future. Lately, though, I have come to worry about it less and less. I was reading an article on The Spectator this afternoon which made me realize that the large-scale effect of winner-take-all doesn't matter on the small scale. Rory Sutherland tried to argue that the internet amplifies the winner-take-all effect, but in order to do so he first overlooked the fact that winner never actually [...]
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eBook Sales Fell 4% in the UK in 2016, and Other Context-Free Factoids | The Digital Reader

eBook Sales Fell 4% in the UK in 2016, and Other Context-Free Factoids | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I finally got a copy of last week's press release for Nielsen UK's consumer survey report. As expected, the publicly available data is so sparse as to be meaningless. A better source would be The Guardian, which looked at the data Nielsen UK is selling and revealed the following factoids: More than 360m books were sold in 2016 – a 2% jump UK consumers spent an extra 6%, or £100m, on books (print and digital) Physical bookstores saw a 4% rise in purchases across the UK Sales through shops increased 7% in 2016 eBook sales fell 4% in the UK in 2016 Given the lack of detail, that is still rather useless. But all of the data did come from a consumer survey, not industry sources, so even though it is vague it can still be trusted. Here's the press release: Meanwhile, the findings confirmed that purchases of e-books declined, with consumers buying four per cent fewer in 2016, a trend which coincides with a slowing in the growth of device ownership, and price rises on e-books. In addition, multi-function devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, overtook dedicated e-reading devices as the most commonly used devices for e-reading, with a 48-44 per cent [...]
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Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles

Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It can be cheaper to buy the physical copy of a book than a digital download thanks to changes in Amazon’s deal with publishers
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