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Publishing Perspectives : The Peculiar Path of the E-book Transition in Singapore

Publishing Perspectives : The Peculiar Path of the E-book Transition in Singapore | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Despite a techo-savvy population of avid readers, Singapore has been overlooked by the global e-booksellers and local solutions are slow in developing.
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Dow: Children's publishers must think 'beyond the book'

Dow: Children's publishers must think 'beyond the book' | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
"Publishers need to think beyond the book" to other media such as YouTube and Snapchat, and ensure everything they do has "the consumer at its heart”, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children’s Francesca Dow has said.
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Why Publishers Must Go Mobile

Why Publishers Must Go Mobile | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The debate about the true size of the self-published market continues. Traditional publishers and advocates for independent works have each tried to position the market as more or less tilting their way. To date, we’ve not seen much of a discussion about why knowing the size of the book market matters.

Here’s one reason it matters: mobile content discovery and consumption.
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Audiobooks Turn More Readers Into Listeners as E-Books Slip

Audiobooks Turn More Readers Into Listeners as E-Books Slip | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Sales of paperback books are up. Independent bookstores are thriving again. The threat of a digital apocalypse has subsided, as e-book sales have tumbled.
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Adobe Digital Editions Beginner's Guide

Adobe Digital Editions Beginner's Guide | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Adobe Digital Editions is a free software that allows you to add eBooks from online stores and libraries that are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). Digital Rights Management prevents eBooks from being copied and/or redistributed. This ensures the protection of authors and publishers.
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Now arriving on the New York subway: Free ebooks

Now arriving on the New York subway: Free ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
“Page-swipers” conveys the notion of motion - the reader’s finger gliding on a glowing screen - but as a locution, it will never catch on. And here on the F train, he was in the digital universe, trying out something called Subway Reads - a web platform that can be reached from a subway platform.
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iClassics Literature Resurrects Enhanced Interactive eBooks

iClassics Literature Resurrects Enhanced Interactive eBooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It didn’t take long for the digital reading revolution to evolve to enhanced, interactive ebooks. These fully immersive reading experiences were at once hailed as the bells-and-whistles answer to getting high-interest results from even the most reluctant of readers. Plenty of startups came and went under the model of incorporating video, audio, sound effects, moving graphics, and more into a simple book, but many of those interactive experiences failed to lure readers away from the quiet simplicity of letting their imaginations fill in the multimedia blanks.
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Today Is International Read an Ebook Day

Today Is International Read an Ebook Day | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Ebooks provide a simple way to give readers instant access to what they want to read. And to celebrate digital reading, Overdrive is hosting its annual international Read an Ebook Day today, September 16.
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Interview with David Blum the Editor of Kindle Singles

Interview with David Blum the Editor of Kindle Singles | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon Kindle Singles are carefully selected original works that range in page length between 5,000 to 30,000 words. Authors and publishers are carefully vetted to insure a high degree of quality and the works sell for around $2.00 on average. David Blum is the final arbiter of what goes up for sale and today he conducted an interview with Good e-Reader to talk about Kindle Singles and Kindle Single Classics.
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The Arab and Latin American Connection: A Trade Delegation Prepares

The Arab and Latin American Connection: A Trade Delegation Prepares | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With a major Arab presence in the Latin American world, how much do the regions’ book industries trade? The UAE’s Bodour Al Qasimi leads a trade mission to Sal Paolo.
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February AAP’s StatShot Data shows eBook sales by big member publishers continues to tank

February AAP’s StatShot Data shows eBook sales by big member publishers continues to tank | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Publishers’ book sales for Feb. 2016 were up 4.2 percent, but the big publishers continue to lose digital book sales to other competitors outside the association
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Electronic paper fights school bullying

Electronic paper fights school bullying | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Electronic paper is going to take over the world sooner than you think, wrote Wired in its article on the meteoric rise of the technology. This proliferation is made possible by the fact that there is only one display technology that checks all the boxes of versatile indoor and outdoor use. E-paper is rugged, requires very little power and can be used and viewed with ease in absolutely any conditions, everywhere, from billboards to price tags and the walls of people’s houses.
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Multicultural eBooks Sparks Reading Interest in Kids

Multicultural eBooks Sparks Reading Interest in Kids | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Frustrated because she couldn’t find books that her six-year-old African-American niece could relate to and enjoy, a Chicago-based entrepreneur created a company featuring a library of ebooks whose storylines, characters and uplifting messages mirror the lives, families and communities of Black and Latino children. It is the first time in publishing history that a minority firm has created an interactive digital platform whose offerings are specifically written for multicultural children ages three to eight.
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Agile Publishing: Creating Better Books Through Transparency

Agile Publishing: Creating Better Books Through Transparency | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Trade book publishing is not a complicated process. Publishers acquire the rights to publish new titles primarily through relationships with agents. Once the agreement has been signed, the process from manuscript to shipping is fairly predictable and more or less linear:
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The Big Titles U.S. Agencies Will be Selling at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair

The Big Titles U.S. Agencies Will be Selling at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
One of the hottest fiction titles at Baror is Cory Doctorow’s novel Walkaway (Tor, Apr. 2017), which the shingle bills as “an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death.” The sci-fi thriller follows a man who lives through the breakdown of society as he knows it. Another fiction biggie for the agency is Omega Canyon by Dan Simmons (Little, Brown, Mar. 2017). This work of historical fiction follows two Viennese brothers who flee Europe on the eve of World War II—one, a physicist, goes to work on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, while the other becomes a commando in England’s Special Operations Executive program. Newcomer Megan Bannen, a librarian by trade, retells an epic poem from ancient Persia in her debut, The Nameless Prince (HC/Balzer + Bray, fall 2018). Another debut, this one nonfiction, is Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. (HarperBusiness, Apr. 2017). The former president of Gatorade and Equinox, O’Hagan is a fitness guru, and her book lays out an intense training program.
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Print or Digital, It's Reading That Matters

Print or Digital, It's Reading That Matters | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
“I think if you looked back a decade ago, certainly five or six years ago when e-books were taking off, there were folks who thought the days of the printed book were numbered,” Pew’s Lee Rainie told the Times, “and it’s just not so in our data.”
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Amazon Guidelines Work to Curb Review Fraud

Amazon Guidelines Work to Curb Review Fraud | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon reviews are both a blessing to authors and the bane of their existence. Whether it’s poor reviews, vindictive reviews, or lack of reviews altogether, authors struggle to get the word out about their work through positive and numerous reader reviews.
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Asset Management: Semantics, Lifecycle and Strategy

Asset Management: Semantics, Lifecycle and Strategy | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
If you want to manage your content assets for evolving digital products and services, you may need to think differently. And you may require transformative tools and new models that assume modularity, portability and the ability to repurpose content with a global reach—a strategy based on the conjunction of technology and rights.
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This Ebook Publisher Doesn’t Have Authors. It Has Writers’ Rooms

This Ebook Publisher Doesn’t Have Authors. It Has Writers’ Rooms | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Matthew Cody began his new book ReMade with a premise sure to be a hit with fans of dystopian YA fiction: In a post-apocalyptic future, 23 teenagers wake up to look for answers in the wreckage of human civilization, all while being hunted by machines. But beyond its initial chapter, he didn’t write the details of the rest of the book. He didn’t have to—he’s just the showrunner.
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Lonely Planet Releases New Books Focusing on Food

Lonely Planet Releases New Books Focusing on Food | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The new imprint will house titles from Lonely Planet’s World’s Best series, which features The World’s Best Street Food, The World’s Best Drinks, The World’s Best Spicy Food and The World’s Best Brunches, as well as Lonely Planet’s From the Source series, which introduces food lovers to local dishes from around the world and to the cooks who have perfected them. The series kicked off last year with From the Source Italy and From the Source Thailand.
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Open Ebooks Announces Compatibility with Clever

Open Ebooks Announces Compatibility with Clever | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Open Ebooks, the non-governmental ebooks program whose app gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles, announced today that it is now compatible with Clever, a secure educational login platform.
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US Editors Observe Trends in the German Book Market

US Editors Observe Trends in the German Book Market | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Contrasts and comparisons: a group of English-language children’s book editors share their observations of the Germany market following their summer German Book Office tour.
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Slaying The Dragon: Social Media For Writers, And What That Means For The Success Of Your Book

Slaying The Dragon: Social Media For Writers, And What That Means For The Success Of Your Book | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Writer Christa Desir tweeted from a conference that Random House gives its authors a social media grade, which is to suggest that social media is important to a writer’s existence. (I for one would like to know my social media grade. Also my liquor consumption grade, my self-doubt score, and the percentages that show just exactly how much of an impostor I actually am. GET ON THAT, PUBLISHERS.) I have no idea if this idea is in any way malevolent or misguided on the part of the publisher — I’ll go ahead and be optimistic and assume that the grade is not to judge or diminish an author but simply to show authors who might could use a little coaching on social media. Because on social media you can do some good or you can do some ill-ass evil, and hey, maybe it’s a good thing to help people understand what it means to be a writer-person in the online world. (Thanks go to Christa for putting this stuff out there, by the way, because this one of the ways that author social media is best: writers sharing information with other writers.)
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How a Publishing House Designs a Book Cover

How a Publishing House Designs a Book Cover | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It all starts with the pitch. I can actually find myself on the edge of my seat when our editors present each season’s new books. It’s the art department’s chance to vie for which titles speak to us the most—which books might work best with our particular styles and skillsets.
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How Indie Bookstores Help Drive Book Discoverability

How Indie Bookstores Help Drive Book Discoverability | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Every day, it seems, there are more and more ways to find that next great book to read. As book publishing has firmly planted itself in the digital realm, we now have websites and apps galore that feature recommendation engines, and even allow us to track what other people are reading and follow suit based on our similar tastes or level of admiration.
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The Ultimate SEO Guide for Book Publishers

The Ultimate SEO Guide for Book Publishers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Search engines typically represent one of the largest—if not the largest—traffic sources for websites and online publishers, in particular. And publishing houses’ editorial teams hold the keys to this traffic, so it only makes sense to align their efforts with a content strategy that is backed by keyword and topic search volume data.
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