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50 Shades of Red: Losing our Shirts to Ebooks | American Libraries Magazine

50 Shades of Red: Losing our Shirts to Ebooks | American Libraries Magazine | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it

You see what's going on here: a proliferation of formats combined with a spiking of costs. Together, they greatly impede our ability to meet public demand for a particular work; they erode the purchasing power of the public library.


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Digital divide - The Age

Digital divide - The Age | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it

The AgeDigital divideThe Age''Within our growing digital economy, there are reasonable questions to be answered by major IT companies on their Australian pricing.


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Authors band together to attack pirate e-book site | TeleRead: News ...

Authors band together to attack pirate e-book site | TeleRead: News ... | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
A number of authors are banding together to fight a popular e-book piracy site based in Canada. Author. ... Follow us on. Connect. TeleRead - News and views on ebooks, libraries, publishing and related topics.
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eBooks replace paper books? Too early to draw conclusion | eBook ...

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The blooming of Kindle, Nook and other eBooks reader devices has promoted the eBooks industry in popularity, according to the BookStats' survey (which is administrated by the Book Industry Study Group and the ...
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Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search

Robin Good: Though I had seen and scooped this article before, I must have not done a very good job of really reading it from back to back. Paul Kedroski, who wrote this over a year and half ago, really captured the historical essence of content curation on the web.

 

This is an absolutely must-read article for anyone wanting to grasp what is happening with content curation on the web, hwile seeing things in proper perspective.

 

He wrote: "What has happened is that Google's ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha.

 

It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance -- in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape.

 

Search results ...so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page...

 

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There are two things that can happen now.

 

a) We could get better algorithms, which is happening to some degree, with search engines like Blekko and others.

 

b) Or, we could head back to curation, which is what I see happening, and watch new algos emerge on top of that next-gen curation again.

 

Think of Twitter as a new stab at curation, but there are plenty of other examples.

 

Yes, that sounds mad. If we couldn't index 100,000 websites in 1996 by hand, how do we propose to do 234-million by hand today?

 

The answer, of course, is that we won't -- do them all by hand, that is. Instead, the re-rise of curation is partly about crowd curation -- not one people, but lots of people, whether consciously (lists, etc.) or unconsciously (tweets, etc) -- and partly about hand curation (JetSetter, etc.).

 

We are going to increasingly see nichey services that sell curation as a primary feature, with the primary advantage of being mostly unsullied by content farms, SEO spam, and nonsensical Q&A sites intended to create low-rent versions of Borges' Library of Babylon.

 

The result will be a subset of curated sites that will re-seed a new generation of algorithmic search sites, and the cycle will continue, over and over.

 

In short, curation is the new search. It's also the old search."

 

Must read. 9/10

 

Full article: http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-search-algorithm-is-spinning-out-of-control-2011-1

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, July 11, 2012 1:10 AM
Thank you Ishak.
Stewart-Marshall's comment, July 11, 2012 11:40 AM
Excellent - a very prophetic analysis - wished I'd read it a year and half ago :-)
Beth Kanter's comment, July 11, 2012 12:34 PM
I only use google like a phone book -when I'm looking for a specific reference. But if I'm doing research on a topic, my strategy for years has been to go to the key sources (curators) and look through their libraries. I find the lack of context that search returns - makes me want to throw up. It is a much better experience to see it in context through the yes of someone who knows the content area.
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Smashwords: How a Traditional Publisher Could Harm a Writer's ...

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If an author can earn the same or greater income selling lower cost books, yet reach significantly more readers, then, drum roll please, it means the authors who are selling higher priced books through traditional publishers are at an extreme...

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ARTS EAST: Fierce Ink Press!

Fierce Ink Press Co-Op Ltd. is pleased to announce a partial list of authors for its digital imprint launching in September. Fierce Shorts are 5,000 to 15,000 word creative non-fiction pieces written by established and emerging authors who will draw from personal experiences from their adolescence.


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The Kindle Daily Deal

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Meditations on the Medicine Line: Naomi McIlwraith on Writing a Book at the Boundary Between English and Cree

Meditations on the Medicine Line: Naomi McIlwraith on Writing a Book at the Boundary Between English and Cree | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
Historically, Aboriginal peoples called the 49th parallel the “Medicine Line” for its peculiar ability to stop American troops pursuing Natives heading ...
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Kids Can Press - BROWSE eBooks

Kids Can Press - BROWSE eBooks | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
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Collca - Welcome to the Collca Website

Collca - Welcome to the Collca Website | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
Collca - publishes educational, reference and other consumer-oriented mobile apps initially for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
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Book publishers hunt online for the new EL James

Book publishers hunt online for the new EL James | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
Following the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, publishers eye authors who self-publish (Book publishers hunt online for the new EL James: She added that she expected publishing norms – such as the ave...)...
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eBooks Are Now ‘The Dominant Single Format’ in Adult Fiction Sales - GalleyCat

eBooks Are Now ‘The Dominant Single Format’ in Adult Fiction Sales - GalleyCat | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
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Imagine a Pixar video game …

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Rich Stanton: "Thinking of movies and games as totally distinct enterprises ignores all the blurring that happens at the boundaries, where new ways of telling stories and engaging audiences are constantly being born."


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New library ebook service launched - Freading - The Digital Reader

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YA INDIE: Is this only the beginning for ebooks?

YA INDIE: Is this only the beginning for ebooks? | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
A few days ago i came across a report describing the sales of ebooks wthin the publishing industry for 2011. The data was from the Association of American Publishers and it came up with some quite interesting figures.
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Ebook piracy, and why authors should embrace it, rather than hate it ...

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Literature is something of a latecomer to the digital revolution. In some ways, this is quite surprising, as it predates other forms of entertainment like computer games, film, and TV by several thousand years.
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A New Form of DRM: A Legal and Pragmatic Solution for Protection of E-Books

A New Form of DRM: A Legal and Pragmatic Solution for Protection of E-Books | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
For those in publishing, the current big issue in digital rights managements is pretty simple: How can we protect our ebooks with effective DRM while freeing...
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The Best Websites for Finding, Downloading, Borrowing, Renting, and Purchasing eBooks - How-To Geek

The Best Websites for Finding, Downloading, Borrowing, Renting, and Purchasing eBooks - How-To Geek | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it

So, you’ve got yourself an eBook reader, smartphone, tablet, or other portable device and you want to put some eBooks on it to take with you. There are many options for obtaining free eBooks as well as purchasing, borrowing, or even renting eBooks.


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Kids’ #eBooks Squashing the Real Thing #FED_ebooks #childrensbooks #author #indie Author

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First Edition Design Publishing Kids’ E-Books Squashing the Real Thing UK survey finds almost half of parents read to kids via e-reader (NEWSER) – Kids aren’t exactly picking a book off...
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Why Johnny Cannot Sell More eBooks - PyaarDosti.com| Friends

Writing and marketing your own personal ebook is really a proven business online model. There are many online marketers and writers which may have turned their eBooks into cash pumping machines. A book is an extremely valuable ...
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Ebooks are 30% of US Adult Fiction Sales | The Passive Voice

Ebooks are 30% of US Adult Fiction Sales | The Passive Voice | eBook News & Reviews | Scoop.it
From The Bookseller: US publishers' sales of e-books more than doubled in 2011, meaning that the digital book is now the dominant single format within the trade sector’s adult fiction category, representing 30% of all adult fiction book sales.
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The rise and rise of the e-book - Independent Online

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Independent OnlineThe rise and rise of the e-bookIndependent OnlineThe publishing industry has been more upbeat recently about the growth of ebooks, but the industry has been fearful over the impact of Borders, once the second largest US book retailer,...
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Woman strips in public to protest e-book pirates (NSFW video) - ZDNet

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Woman strips in public to protest e-book pirates (NSFW video)ZDNetSummary: What's the best way to protest e-book piracy?

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