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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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The Hemingwrite Wants to be Your Retro Word Processor on the Go

The Hemingwrite Wants to be Your Retro Word Processor on the Go | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Up until my younger brother disassembled it, one of my cherished possessions was an Alphasmart Neo. Powered by AA batteries, this keyboard-sized word processor was a handy way to take notes in meetings where I wouldn’t be allowed to open a laptop (or lacked a table to put the laptop on.) The Neo came to …
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Goodreader PDF App Updated

Goodreader PDF App Updated | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The best PDF app for iPad and iPhone was updated today with a bunch of bug fixes and new features. In addition to direct support for loading files from iCloud, Goodreader also gained a couple new features which iPhone 6 owners will appreciate. 

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Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical?

Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The argument against Amazon seems to rest on the proposition that if trad-pubs aren’t awarded excess returns, over and above the actual free-market value of their products, then there will be no money to pay authors to write “serious literature,” irreparably harming our culture and society.
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Are There Too Many Books?

Are There Too Many Books? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The total number of books in print hit 28 million worldwide in 2013, but are there enough readers to justify so much publishing?
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Do Readers Choose eBooks Because They Are Cheaper?

Do Readers Choose eBooks Because They Are Cheaper? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Many readers cite the price of eBooks as one of the primarily aspects of why they choose to read digitally. A new report by Books and e-Books UK 2014 is trying to quantify the parallel between cheaper books and reading more. Their data suggests 26% of consumers who have bought an eBook in the last year are reading more than they used to, because eBooks cost less than paperbacks, a figure that rises to 38% of 16 to 24-year-olds.
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Simon & Schuster Distributes Through Danish Ebook Subscription Service Mofibo

Simon & Schuster Distributes Through Danish Ebook Subscription Service Mofibo | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

[PR] Leading global publisher teams up with Scandinavian e-book success.
The world-renowned publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a collaboration with Mofibo, the fast growing Scandinavian e-book subscription service. The collaboration brings Simon & Schuster’s substantial e-book backlist, from all of its publishing companies worldwide to e-book reading consumers in Denmark and Sweden, where Mofibo recently launched.

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Everything You Deed to Know about the Lack of eBook Security in Adobe Digital Editions

Everything You Deed to Know about the Lack of eBook Security in Adobe Digital Editions | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Adobe Digital Editions is used by millions of libraries and readers to transfer eBooks to their devices. This can include e-readers, tablets or smartphones. Whenever you add an eBook to the ADE library, information is transferred to the Adobe servers in plain text. The data comprises of your User ID, Device ID, IP address, how long it took you to complete the book and percentage of the book read. Anyone with the correct tools can monitor your reading habits and it doesn’t take much for all of your private information to fall into the wrong hands.
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Amazon Launches Kindle Scout, Asks Readers to Help Pick eBooks to Publish

Amazon Launches Kindle Scout, Asks Readers to Help Pick eBooks to Publish | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
After weeks of referring to their as-yet unlaunched crowd-sourcing program as “that thing”, Amazon officially launched the program today with a name, webpage, and an invitation to authors to participate.
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Big Publishing's latest author discovery wheeze: YouTube celebrity deals

Big Publishing's latest author discovery wheeze: YouTube celebrity deals | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Next Big Thing in author discovery, according to a Wall Street Journal article anyway, is YouTube. Book promo videos have been a coming thing for a while now, as any fule kno. But now Big Publishing is turning the equation round, by using the power of rich social media to discover rather than to market authors.
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Samsung Slowly Becoming a Leader in Digital Publishing

Samsung Slowly Becoming a Leader in Digital Publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Samsung has been enjoying the position of being the number one device maker in the world for Android driven smartphones and tablets. They have been enjoying a solid 65% market share of all Android devices sold worldwide. Given the popularity of their devices they have been really hyping their forays into digital publishing, to bring e-reading to the masses.
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When a Book is a Stone: The Role of Publishing in Areas of Conflict

When a Book is a Stone: The Role of Publishing in Areas of Conflict | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
At the Frankfurt Book Fair's Weltempfang stage, publishers from Nigeria, Syria, and the Ukraine discussed their experiences publishing in the midst of conflict.
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Editorial from Frankfurt: All You Have to Do Is Ask Around

Editorial from Frankfurt: All You Have to Do Is Ask Around | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Looking for a new business opportunity, contact, or specific information at the Frankfurt Book Fair? All you have to do is ask around, writes Edward Nawotka.
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New Faces in Frankfurt: Publisher Snapshots from Around the World

New Faces in Frankfurt: Publisher Snapshots from Around the World | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
What are publishers doing in Namibia, Jordan, Senegal and Indonesia? We interview four publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair to find out.
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Why the subscription dream of a ‘Netflix for books’ still has its limits

Why the subscription dream of a ‘Netflix for books’ still has its limits | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Book streaming services such as Oyster and Kindle Unlimited are still struggling to get enough bestsellers on to our virtual shelves, writes James Bridle
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Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK?

Is Translation Stronger in France, Germany or the UK? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Comparing international literature and translation in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
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Magazine publishers unhappy with Apple Newsstand

Magazine publishers unhappy with Apple Newsstand | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Digital magazines for tablets have long had a number of problems, not the least of which being that it’s considerably easier for people to make their own “magazines” via RSS readers or other content aggregators such as Flipboard. But Digiday reports that magazine publishers are finding Apple’s Newsstand app problematic in new ways as well.
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Market for Supplemental Digital Educational Content Expands

Market for Supplemental Digital Educational Content Expands | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A new survey suggests the market for supplemental educational products is expanding, driven by an uptick in institutions’ investment in digital content as well as by the impact of the Common Core standards.
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Have We Reached Peak Tablet Sales Growth?

Have We Reached Peak Tablet Sales Growth? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Worldwide tablet computer sales, thought to be the next area of significant growth for the technology industry, may have peaked in the first half of this year.
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Print book retailing economics and ebook retailing economics have almost nothing in common

There has been a lot of conversation lately about the differences between wholesale pricing and agency pricing for ebooks and about what constitutes a “fair” division of revenue between publishers and retailers. Since the economics of bookstores have been generally misunderstood for years, it is not surprising that the understanding of what changes make sense as we switch to digital have also been misunderstood. A better grounding in the print book economic realities might enable a more informed discussion of what makes sense for digital.
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Robert Bolick's curator insight, October 16, 6:09 PM

One of Mike Shatzkin's best articulations of his thoughts on a key element in the evolution of the book -- the shift in the underlying economics of book retailing. As ebooks continue on their path to equal print sales by 2020, the shift in the underlying economics will become more and more apparent on the surface of our world of books. And the impact of it on the "shape" of the book itself will be increasingly fascinating.

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Rethinking Ebooks for Web Browsers

Rethinking Ebooks for Web Browsers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
As tablets overtake e-readers in popularity, more ebook readers are relying on the one thing all tablets share in order to access their titles: web browsers.
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In Afghanistan, Fledgling Publishing Industry Takes First Steps

In Afghanistan, Fledgling Publishing Industry Takes First Steps | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Post-Taliban, a nascent publishing industry has emerged in Afghanistan, with hundreds of titles being published in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and English.
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French eBook Trade Group Finds Pirated eBooks on Scribd, Outrage Ensues

French eBook Trade Group Finds Pirated eBooks on Scribd, Outrage Ensues | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A relatively new digital publishing trade group in France is making a name for itself this week. Le Groupement pour le développement de la Lecture Numérique, or GLN for short, has released the results of a two month long study of Scribd.
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Laura Fredericks on the future of publishing

Laura Fredericks on the future of publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Laura Fredericks, founder and CEO of the writing community Describli, has put up a very interesting guest post on the future of publishing at the Independent Publishing Magazine – the same platform that had the good taste to commend me and Chris Meadows as shakers in the evolution of the industry. And she is not exactly recommending the status quo ante disruption. In fact, her call – and warning – for both publishers and writers is: connect (or be damned).
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Kobo Gives a Data Lesson

Kobo Gives a Data Lesson | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Ebook retailers remain tight-fisted with the data they collect on their customers’ e-reading habits, even though demand for it continues to grow.
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Kobo to Exclusively Focus on e-Readers and Apps

Kobo to Exclusively Focus on e-Readers and Apps | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Kobo has experimented with many iterations of Android driven tablets, but has decided that their primary focus is going to be e-readers and apps. 

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