Anti-ebook device-hating Luddites are probably not going to like to hear this, but a new piece of research suggests that the kind of distractions from email, social media, and other extraneous inputs that they rail against may actually boost your creativity. The study, entitled “Creativity and sensory gating indexed by the P50: Selective versus leaky sensory gating in divergent thinkers and creative achievers,” published in Neuropsychologia by the Northwestern University team of Darya L. Zabelina, Daniel O’Leary, Narun Pornpattananangkul, Robin Nusslock, and Mark Beeman, has found evidence that an openness to distraction “may help people integrate ideas that are outside of focus of attention, leading to creativity in the real world.”
This week four cultural ministers from four powerhouses; Italy, Poland, France and Germany jointly requested that the EU Commission should think again about the rate of tax for ebooks. This comes only weeks after the EU High Court ruled against France and Luxemburg and stated that ebooks are different from physical books. They want the same rate applied as physical books so countries such as the UK would have zero tax on both, as opposed to zero on physical and 20% on digital.
New Zealand residents do not have to pay the local 15% GST on digital purchases, such as e-books. This might change as Prime Minister John Key announced that his government is looking into forcing overseas companies selling online content to pay the GST.
Rakuten Buys OverDrive for $410 Million (More Than it Paid for Kobo) library ebooks, overdrive I have long been expecting that OverDrive, the dominant player in the library ebook market, would one day be acquired by a bigger fish who wanted to secure
With all of the excitement over the shift to digital–and news headlines appears every day that highlight another newspaper or magazine that has moved into the electronic edition sphere–it’s easy to overlook some of the processes that led to the creation of the digital edition in the first place. Companies like Adobe have been offering a mildly user-friendly tool in their DPS suite, “mildly” being the term because it just meant that the existing graphic designers within a publications’ art department could do it without having to rely on a whole staff of IT pros to code the thing together; it’s not your Grandma’s hobby platform, though, and it takes specialized know-how to produce a quality product with it. Of course, then it’s up to the publishers to distribute it and market it.
If you’re a publisher, Facebook holds a lot of power. The social media giant is already responsible for directing up to 40 percent of some sites’ traffic, and 75 percent of BuzzFeed’s. Now, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook is negotiating with a number of publishers to be more than a funnel that directs users to content on news sites. Instead, the story says, the company will partner with media companies (the Times, National Geographic and BuzzFeed are rumored) to host entire stories and journalism internally, “a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems,” the Times writes.
To mark the opening of the 'Insurgent' film, HarperCollins and Twitter are partnering to offer fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy a discounted hardcover of the 'Insurgent' movie tie-in edition via Twitter links.
Kobo has published a new firmware update for their first waterproof e-reader and the recently discontinued Glo model in Japan. The updates not only fix a nagging WIFI issue that required constant password input but shed some new light on one of the companies yet announced products.
A senior management group has agreed to acquire the international academic publisher Peter Lang Academic Publishing. The executive team, led by Claude Begle, company chairman, bought the publisher from the Peter Lang Children’s Trust, which has controlled the house since the death of company founder, Peter Lang, in 2001.
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