Penguin’s revenues were up 1 percent during 2012, and eBooks now represent 17 percent of the company’s global sales, up from 12 percent in 2011, according to preliminary results published by Penguin’s parent company Pearson.
Ever since the news broke earlier this month that Amazon had a patent to sell used digital content there’s been a heated discussion on what this means for the ebook market and authors as well as whether it is right/wrong/ unethical/immoral to sell used digital content in this way.
eBookPlus.com, a platform that connects readers, authors, publishers and advertisers, corrects this problem by allowing readers to read eBooks for free, legally while providing advertising opportunities for businesses.
E-books have to be priced in a way that makes sense relative to its competition. They're not simply competing against other books anymore, they're competing against very very cheap (or free) forms of entertainment on the same device. Books and magazines aren't the only game in town for portable entertainment anymore.
The general book market was up 8.7% from $5.4 billion to $5.9 billion in the first 10 months of 2012, with only a few market segments reporting a decline (adult mass market paperbacks, adult & religious hardcovers and YA paperback). Children’s books in particular saw decent growth (18.7% overall), but ebooks continue to be the bright spot in the monthly report.
Many bookstore chains in Canada and the US do not actively promote digital content in their stores. They bet on people coming in and spending more on the tangible versions of the books, but then customers end up buying the digital editions. Bookstores belonging to ABA or the UK Booksellers Association often get a cut out of each digital sale, but are doing little to gain that revenue other than pushing Kobo e-readers. Indie bookstores should be promoting digital discovery in their shops with QR codes and Kobo should be assisting them.
A Universidade de Aveiro, através do projeto «Memória de África e do Oriente», tem já online mais de 2500 obras, referentes à história dos países de Língua Portuguesa, durante a administração colonial. O projeto, que existe desde setembro de 1996, é executado pela Universidade de Aveiro e pelo Centro de Estudos sobre África e do Desenvolvimento (CESA) de Lisboa e tem contado com a participação de instituições de Cabo Verde, Guiné-Bissau, Moçambique, Portugal, São Tomé e Príncipe e Goa.
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