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Catalonia Celebrates Biggest Book-Giving Holiday of the Year

Catalonia Celebrates Biggest Book-Giving Holiday of the Year | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
April 23, Dia de Sant Jordi, the Catalan festival dedicated to books and roses, accounts for 5–8% of annual book sales in Catalonia.
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New Kindle Direct Publishing Dashboard to Help Indie Authors

New Kindle Direct Publishing Dashboard to Help Indie Authors | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon is famous for surprising its authors with new features, new offers, and newly revamped designs, all while keeping quiet about it. Past moves have included adding whole new sales territories in foreign countries, and only revealing to authors that their books were available in Mexico, for example, when they found the country listed on their sales dashboards. It’s akin to the non-announcement that KDP Select titles were going to be available as part of Kindle Unlimited, a move that had some authors crying foul and lost revenue.
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Book Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

Book Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Imperceptible, invisible almost, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing.
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Penguin Random House Debuts New Unified Website

Penguin Random House Debuts New Unified Website | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The publisher's newly designed website, which brings Random House and Penguin together online, is optimized for mobile devices and, according to PRH CEO Markus Dohle is “consumer-focused.”
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How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic

How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In honor of World Book Day — which is today, April 23, 2015 — the International Publishers Association has created an infographic on how reading positively affects children.
Started by UNESCO in 1995, World Book Day is “a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.”

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Worldreader is looking for a Production Manager

Worldreader is looking for a Production Manager | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Join The Team: Browse current job openings and volunteer opportunities at Worldreader in San Francisco, Barcelona, and Africa.
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LBF Emphasizes Mexico's Under-appreciated Literary Heritage

LBF Emphasizes Mexico's Under-appreciated Literary Heritage | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The London Book Fair underscored how Mexico — the 2015 Market Focus — offers a 'treasure trove' of writers barely known to the English speaking world.
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Penguin Random House Tries Subscription Audiobooks with Scribd

Penguin Random House Tries Subscription Audiobooks with Scribd | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A week after throwing in with Oyster's a la carte ebookstore, Penguin Random House adds 9,000 audiobooks to Scribd's subscription-based catalog.
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Nielsen Partners with Openbook to Share Global Ebook Data

Nielsen Partners with Openbook to Share Global Ebook Data | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

A new agreement between Nielsen and Openbook aims to bring the portraits of global book markets into sharper focus.
Openbook, a leading book sales tracking service in China, will trade data and insights with Nielsen, whose division in the country will supplement Openbook’s domestic research operations.

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Agency Pricing for eBooks to Return – This is a Good Thing

Agency Pricing for eBooks to Return – This is a Good Thing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The online bookstore landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years. There used to be a fair number of choices, such as the Sony Reader Store, Diesel e-Books and Txtr. One by one they all closed down because Amazon has been able to offer steeper discounts, offering readers incentives to buy the cheapest books possible.
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Oyster's New eBookstore is About Customer Retention, Not Competing With Amazon

Oyster's New eBookstore is About Customer Retention, Not Competing With Amazon | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
One of the three big names in subscription ebooks suddenly decided to launch a retail ebookstore to compliment its Netflix-style unlimited service. Am I the only one who wondered why?
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How Do Amazon-Publisher Disputes Affect Authors and Readers?

How Do Amazon-Publisher Disputes Affect Authors and Readers? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It was only a year ago that the publishing industry sat riveted as it waited to see how the storm between Amazon and publisher Hachette was going to play out. Hachette wanted new terms in light of the DOJ price fixing investigation, and Amazon wasn’t about to budge. And with a 95% control of the ebook market, it’s easy to see why Amazon didn’t think freezing its sales of Hachette titles could possibly spiral out into a flaming pile of contract negotiation.
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How to Survive a Crisis: Venezuelan Publishers Tell All (Part 1)

How to Survive a Crisis: Venezuelan Publishers Tell All (Part 1) | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
This is the first part of a three-part series looking at how six small Venezuelan publishers are surviving amid fierce economic and political challenges. Today, we feature Igneo Editorial, a young publisher supported by a fitness magazine.

By Andrés Delgado Darnalt
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Is the Scholastic Storia Streaming e-book Platform Viable?

Is the Scholastic Storia Streaming e-book Platform Viable? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There has been a sudden influx of e-book subscription services that allow you to read as much as you want, for a low monthly price. Adults have been gravitating towards Entittle, Kindle Unlimited, Oyster and Scribd. When it comes to our kids though, there are scant options, aside from Amazon Freetime Unlimited. Is there room in the market for a major player to target kids?
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adds to Ed-Tech Arsenal

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adds to Ed-Tech Arsenal | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
“Content can no longer be static,” Linda Zecher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s CEO, said back in December. “We need to harness technology in order to make it more accessible, interactive and adaptive.”
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Mass redistribution of words: World Book Night prepares for UK-wide book giveaway

Mass redistribution of words: World Book Night prepares for UK-wide book giveaway | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Over 7,000 people have volunteered to donate one of a shortlist of 20 books to the 35% of the population who are not regular readers
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Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020

Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In a new report, German ebook distribution platform Bookwire forecasts that digital sales will represent between 10% and 15% of total sales in the Latin American markets by 2020. Today, it represents 1% across the whole region.
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Roundup: Popslate's E-ink iPhone Case Ships 2 Years Late, Lacks Many Promised Features

Roundup: Popslate's E-ink iPhone Case Ships 2 Years Late, Lacks Many Promised Features | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Popslate's novel smartphone case adds a 4" secondary E-ink screen to the rear of the iPhone 6. It packs in Bluetooth and a battery specced for 7 days of operation.
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Publishing Has Become a Civil War, says Prominent UK Editor

Publishing Has Become a Civil War, says Prominent UK Editor | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Traditional vs. self-publishing has become a Civil War, says Philip Gwyn Jones, who will the topic at today's London Book Fair.
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Research – Where do you Buy your eBooks?

Research – Where do you Buy your eBooks? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

There are hundreds of digital bookstores all over the world and the purpose of our research is to determine the most popular. Over the course of the last two weeks 364 people cast their vote and today we would like to share our results.

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Why Oyster Now Sells Ebooks Too

Why Oyster Now Sells Ebooks Too | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Oyster started as an all-you-can-read ebook subscription service but they recently decided to expand their reach by selling individual ebooks as well. There's been plenty of speculation on why they made this move, including catching up to competitors like Scribd and Amazon. While the competitive point is valid, I think there are two more important reasons for this move: sustainability and customer loyalty.
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Rook Retreads Location-Based eBooks Idea as Innovative Business Plan

Rook Retreads Location-Based eBooks Idea as Innovative Business Plan | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There's nothing like marketing to a captive audience. TV commercials make use of that idea, and pretty soon a new startup called Rook will launch a service which offers free ebooks to users so long as they remain at their current location.
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Penguin Random House Brings Ebooks to Acela Passengers

Penguin Random House Brings Ebooks to Acela Passengers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Penguin Random House adds free samples of some of its best-selling ebooks to the digital content platform Amtrak is launching for Acela Express passengers.
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Amazon's Bestselling Book is an Adult Coloring Book

Amazon's Bestselling Book is an Adult Coloring Book | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Writing for The Guardian, Alison Flood notes that, to the surprise of many, the bestselling title at Amazon USA is by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, whose coloring books are topping the charts.
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