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Is there a future for dedicated eReaders?

Is there a future for dedicated eReaders? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
When Amazon introduced their first Kindle eReader, there were a lot of articles that suggested that this device represented the future of books.
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So much for the myth of distracting digital devices: Distraction may actually help creativity

So much for the myth of distracting digital devices: Distraction may actually help creativity | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
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.”
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EU Approach to eBooks Is Nonsense

EU Approach to eBooks Is Nonsense | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
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.
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Scholastic to Launch New Interactive Line at Bologna

Scholastic to Launch New Interactive Line at Bologna | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Scholastic has partnered with the UK's Make Believe Ideas to develop a new line of interactive children's books for ages 0-5, debuting at Bologna next week.
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New Zealanders Might Soon Have to Pay GST on e-Books

New Zealanders Might Soon Have to Pay GST on e-Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

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.

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How Children's Publishers Can Keep up with Digital Natives

How Children's Publishers Can Keep up with Digital Natives | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Exploring the latest research on children's and families' e-reading habits and content purchases, plus top news in digital publishing.
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Why Reading Translated Kids' Books Makes a Difference

Why Reading Translated Kids' Books Makes a Difference | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
'Writing translated from other languages makes you see things differently,' says UK translator Daniel Hahn who will mine the Bologna Book Fair for gems.
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Rakuten Buys OverDrive for $410 Million (More Than it Paid for Kobo)

Rakuten Buys OverDrive for $410 Million (More Than it Paid for Kobo) | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
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
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Publishers Getting Left Behind on Mobile

Publishers Getting Left Behind on Mobile | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A change Google has planned for its search algorithm will dramatically impact book publishers whose web content isn't optimized for mobile devices.
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Bestselling Author Paulo Coelho Embraces Book Piracy

Bestselling Author Paulo Coelho Embraces Book Piracy | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The bestselling author of the Alchemist, Paulo Coelho does not have a problem with book piracy. Instead he condones it and participates in the practice of
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Ebook Distributor Bookwire's Plans for Global Domination

Ebook Distributor Bookwire's Plans for Global Domination | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
German ebook distribution platform Bookwire's international expansion is rolling across Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.
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Rights on the Money: Publishers Need to Fully Monetize (and Protect) Their IP

Rights on the Money: Publishers Need to Fully Monetize (and Protect) Their IP | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Publishing Technology's Randy Petway discusses the dangers of not fully protecting and monetizing intellectual property.
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FlipHTML5 Magazine Maker to Reach 2.5M Downloads

FlipHTML5 Magazine Maker to Reach 2.5M Downloads | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
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.
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Google Pushing Publishers to Go Mobile

Google Pushing Publishers to Go Mobile | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
An algorithm change Google has lined up will reduce the SEO impact of book publishers' websites that aren't mobile-responsive. More plus top news.
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Salon du Livre Paris: Indie Intros a Success, Authors Continue Protests

Salon du Livre Paris: Indie Intros a Success, Authors Continue Protests | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
At the Salon du Livre in Paris, a new program introduced indie publishers to agents and scouts, while authors continued protesting poor contracts.
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What happens when platforms turn into publishers?

What happens when platforms turn into publishers? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.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.
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HarperCollins Looks to Sell Books via Twitter

HarperCollins Looks to Sell Books via Twitter | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
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.
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Kobo H2O and Glo Firmware 3.13.1 Available in Japan

Kobo H2O and Glo Firmware 3.13.1 Available in Japan | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
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.
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When Yanis Varoufakis stepped up, so did Zed Books…

When Yanis Varoufakis stepped up, so did Zed Books… | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The speed with which a London publisher reacted when one of its authors became the Greek finance minister tells us a lot about the power of digital technology
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Amazon Publishing France: How Will the French Respond?

Amazon Publishing France: How Will the French Respond? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

xThe Amazon Publishing France had hired its first employee, Clément Monjou, who will start by publishing a pair of translations under the Crossing imprint.

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Google Play Books Expands into Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, And Slovakia

Google Play Books Expands into Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, And Slovakia | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Never one to rush into things, Google continued its steady expansion of Google Play Books this week by opening local ebookstores in Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

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When the Indie Math Doesn’t Add up

When the Indie Math Doesn’t Add up | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Why the touted advantages of self-publishing don't always lead to brisk sales for indie authors, plus today's top headlines in digital publishing.
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Management Group to Buy Peter Lang Publishing

Management Group to Buy Peter Lang Publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
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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Children’s and Young Adult Drive Book Sales for 2014

Children’s and Young Adult Drive Book Sales for 2014 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The AAP reports book sales for 2014 rose 4.9% to $15.72 billion compared to 2013, driven by children’s and YA books, up 20.8% to $1.9 billion for the year.
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Why Publishers Should Pay Attention to Millennials

Why Publishers Should Pay Attention to Millennials | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Why Millennials? Because there are 92 million of them and they control $200 billion worth of spending. So how do you make them your customers?
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Google Creates Universal App Template to Assist Developers

Google Creates Universal App Template to Assist Developers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With the official release of the Apple Watch earlier this week, Google has their sights set on giving Android developers the upper hand. Now more than ever, app
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