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How We Will Read: Clay Shirky

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

"The question isn’t what happens to publishing — the entire category has been evacuated. The question is, what are the parent professions needed around writing? Publishing isn’t one of them. Editing, we need, desperately. Fact-checking, we need. For some kinds of long-form texts, we need designers. Will we have a movie-studio kind of setup, where you have one class of cinematographers over here and another class of art directors over there, and you hire them and put them together for different projects, or is all of that stuff going to be bundled under one roof?"

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Should You Get Amazon Kindle Unlimited?

Should You Get Amazon Kindle Unlimited? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service is now available, offering access to 600,000 book titles and 8,000 audiobook titles for $10 a month. You can start a free trial today, but if you'd like to know immediately whether this is the digital borrowing service for you, we've got the answer...

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New Estimates Put UK eBook Sales up 10% in the First Four Months of the Year

New Estimates Put UK eBook Sales up 10% in the First Four Months of the Year | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The UK Publishers Association revealed today that growth in ebook sales in the UK market outpaced the US market in the first part of 2014.

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'One in three' ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published - Telegraph

'One in three' ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published - Telegraph | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Almost a third of all the ebooks sold on Amazon over the last three months were self-published, according to a new report, making indie authors, as a cohort, the largest publisher of ebooks on Amazon.com in terms of market share.
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Nimbooks buscará en el crowdfunding potenciar la nube cultural

Nimbooks buscará en el crowdfunding potenciar la nube cultural | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Así, Nimbooks, que lleva prácticamente todo el pasado año en pruebas con una primera versión Beta Privada en la que participan cerca de 200 usuarios de mas de 30 nacionalidades, ha obtenido todo el feedback esperado y necesario para sacar el máximo partido a la sofisticada plataforma de lectura, compartición libros electrónicos y almacenaje en la nube.

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Is Kindle Unlimited Good or Bad for Authors - Six Viewpoints

Is Kindle Unlimited Good or Bad for Authors - Six Viewpoints | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In the two days since Amazon officially announced their ebook subscription service, everyone and their cousin has posted an editorial on the question of whether KU is good or bad for authors.

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Amazon Opens First Pop-Up Store in China

Amazon Opens First Pop-Up Store in China | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Little has been written since Amazon first started deploying pop-up stores in the US last October, but now it appears that they’re not just being used in this market. Mike Cane has discovered that Amazon is also using pop-up stores in China. The Chinese blog EvoLife broke the news earlier today, reporting that Amazon is installing temporary buildings in cities in China.

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Reading between the lines: books and digital not so incompatible

Reading between the lines: books and digital not so incompatible | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Ever since the Internet went mainstream, it’s been seen as a threat to our book-reading habits, absorbing our attention and impinging on our reading time. But while the proportion of book-reading Aussies has fallen in the last decade, our data reveals that people who do read books are also more likely to spend an above-average time online, suggesting that the two activities aren’t so incompatible after all. 

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Sony Begins Selling 13.3 Inch Digital Paper e-Reader Directly

Sony Begins Selling 13.3 Inch Digital Paper e-Reader Directly | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Today Sony has begun to sell the DPT-S1 Digital Paper e-reader directly in the US. It is retailing for $1100, which is more cost effective than a few of their official distribution partners. The only catch, is that they don’t want to sell them to the average consumer.

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Writing on the wall for some e-books

Writing on the wall for some e-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Many purchasers of e-books are facing a situation inconceivable to owners of conventional texts: they are no longer able to read the books they purchased.
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Kindle Unlimited: Amazon to Offer eBook Subscription Service for $10/month

Kindle Unlimited: Amazon to Offer eBook Subscription Service for $10/month | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It looks like Amazon is going to get into the ebook subscription service business in the near future, and it’s likely to include audiobooks as well.There’s been no official announcement from Amazon just yet, but there’s a story at Gigaom with very compelling evidence that Amazon is close to revealing a new service called Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service for $9.99 per month.

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US Digital Comics Sales Reached $90 Million in 2013

US Digital Comics Sales Reached $90 Million in 2013 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The AAP may have reported that the trade ebook market remained flat in 2013, but the digital comics market still saw modest growth. New estimates from ICV2 and Comichron, two comics industry trade news and data sources, show that the North American comic book market was worth $870 million in 2013.

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Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks

Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month. That’s according to this cached link, first spotted by GigaOM.

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Reviewing Kobo Books for Windows Phone

Reviewing Kobo Books for Windows Phone | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Joining the existing eBook services on Windows Phone is Kobo, the Canadian based digital publisher. Much like Amazon, Kobo has an online store for eBooks, magazines, and newspapers, has built a mix of eInk readers and Android powered tablets, and has coded clients for the major mobile operating systems. I'm taking a closer look at their WP client to see if Kobo has nailed the eBook experience on Microsoft's mobile OS.
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Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies: Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know

Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies: Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less than enthusiastic about it.

Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the other all-you-can-read subscription services:

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App review: FBReader--Immersive mode and more -

App review: FBReader--Immersive mode and more - | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A review of FBReader, a nice ereading app for Android which is free and supports KitKat immersive mode.
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HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit

HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

[Press Release] BITLIT SIGNS HARPERCOLLINS TO EBOOK BUNDLING PILOT. Vancouver Startup lets readers download e-books for books they already own in print. Today, BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through its bundling platform. BitLit is a free app that allows readers to purchase the e-book edition at a discounted price when they already own the print book. To claim the e-book, readers write their name in ink on the copyright page and snap a photo using their smartphone. BitLit uses computer vision technology to verify authenticity and avoid the need for receipts or point-of-sale records, thus allowing readers to retroactively bundle their books.

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The Tolino Alliance Expands into Belgium

The Tolino Alliance Expands into Belgium | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The Tolino Alliance was formed in 2013 and their mandate was to combat Amazon in Germany. This was the first time Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Club Bertelsmann, Deutsche Telekom banded together to forge a series of e-reading devices and launch an online bookstore. Today, the Tolino Alliance has now expanded to Belgium via Standaard Boekhandel.

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Amazon’s New Kindle Unlimited Is Here. Get Ready to Binge-Read

Amazon’s New Kindle Unlimited Is Here. Get Ready to Binge-Read | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The rumors, it turns out, were true: Amazon has, indeed, launched a monthly subscription service for Kindle users that offers unlimited access to over 600,000 titles for ten bucks.
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Meaning of Free Apps Changing in Europe

Meaning of Free Apps Changing in Europe | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Every person with a smartphone or tablet has experienced the frustration of a free (but not so free) app; you download it, you install it, you go to run it… and find that it’s so bogged down with ads and purchase options that it’s nearly impossible to use. In North America, many classify these apps as being Freemium. Beginning in September, Google has reached an agreement with the European Union that indicates no title offering in-app purchases (IAP) can be labeled as free.

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Got a novella in the bottom drawer? It could be a Kindle single…

Got a novella in the bottom drawer? It could be a Kindle single… | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Anna Baddeley: The elasticity of digital publishing can give new life to the shorter form, as DJ Taylor discovered
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Verso App Gives Teachers a Powerful Assessment Tool for Student Engagement

Verso App Gives Teachers a Powerful Assessment Tool for Student Engagement | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It’s the same in every classroom, in every school, in every subject area. Certain students are “getting it” and engaging with the content, while other students are trailing behind, getting more and more lost and less and less likely to admit it. But a new assessment tool that lets students structure their own questions, responses, and discussion points offers teachers the ability to understand what every student is thinking about the material without having to conduct individualized assessments at every step along the way. Even better, the students are equipped to provide their feedback without calling attention to themselves, making them more likely to engage and offer genuine insight into where they might be lagging.

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How to Be a Better Online Reader

How to Be a Better Online Reader | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The shift from print to digital texts may have deeper repercussions for reading and comprehension.
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Icarus Launches Updated Illumina eReader with Android 4.2, Dual-Core CPU

Icarus Launches Updated Illumina eReader with Android 4.2, Dual-Core CPU | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

eBook readers which run Android are nothing new, but today I came across one which made my heart skip a beat. The Dutch ereader maker Icarus has unveiled an updated version of their Illumina  HD ereader. Initially launched last fall, the Illumina  HD sported a 6″ Pearl HD E-ink screen with frontlight and touchscreen. The new model launching today sports a sleaker, slimmer design with fewer buttons and runs Android 4.2 on a 1GHz dual-core CPU.

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Mexico’s Manuvo: Building Book Apps for Spanish Readers

Mexico’s Manuvo: Building Book Apps for Spanish Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Award-winning Mexican app development studio Manuvo is at the forefront of building book apps for the Spanish-language market.
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Mantano eBook App for Android, IOS Updated with Support for Epub3

Mantano eBook App for Android, IOS Updated with Support for Epub3 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I am pleased to report on an update which adds improved support for the ePub3 ebook format.

Late last week Mantano released a new version of their reading app for Android, iPhone, and iPad. In addition to bug fixes and a couple new reading features, the Mantano app also gained support for Epub3.

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