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Publisher Experiments I’d Like to See

Publisher Experiments I’d Like to See | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

With digital book adoption moving forward quickly, however, the publishers need to be a bit braver and a bit more experimental. Here are three things I’d like to see publishers give a try:

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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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Oyster Opens Ebookstore

Oyster Opens Ebookstore | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Readers can still sign up for the start-up’s subscription program, which offers unlimited access to over 1 million ebooks for $9.95 a month. But now, all of those titles plus about 100,000 more will be available for individual purchase.
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What Digital Format Do you Enjoy the Most?

What Digital Format Do you Enjoy the Most? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

E-book retailer Kobo is releasing the Kobo Glo HD, an upgraded version of its self-lit e-reader, adding a 6-inch high resolution e-ink screen to the device. Kobo is also bundling the device with Kobo Welcome, a concierge phone service that will provide a real person to answer questions and help users set up the device.

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Hachette Boss Says e-Book Subscription Sites are Not Viable

Hachette Boss Says e-Book Subscription Sites are Not Viable | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of Hachette said in a recent interview that e-book subscription services have no future. He was referencing the dirge of websites that
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Can Independent Publishers Rescue in South Korean Publishing?

Can Independent Publishers Rescue in South Korean Publishing? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Independent publishing and bookstores that offering indie press books are lone bright spots in an otherwise depressed South Korean publishing landscape.
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Amazon is a More Modest Beast, says UK Tech Expert

Amazon is a More Modest Beast, says UK Tech Expert | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
'Amazon is no longer as powerful as it seemed' and is suffering a crisis, argues Charles Arthur, ex-tech editor of the Guardian and author of Digital Wars.
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German Media Retailer to Take Over Bankrupt Txtr

German Media Retailer to Take Over Bankrupt Txtr | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
German Media Retailer to Take Over Bankrupt Txtr ebookstore news, Germany Reports of the demise of the German ebook startup txtr have been mildly exaggerated. An email went out late last week to German publishers, informing them
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Twelve Ways to Update Print Book Production Habits

Twelve Ways to Update Print Book Production Habits | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
I was reading a novel today on a Kindle Paperwhite—or “dogfooding” as some would like this habit to be called. Despite the engaging content, I kept getting jarred out of the ebook by its low production quality. The formatting wasn’t even so horrible, but small mistakes kept punching me out of my immersive experience.
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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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Latest Bestselling Trend Is Coloring Books…for Adults

Latest Bestselling Trend Is Coloring Books…for Adults | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There is no disputing the fact that the publishing industry looks nothing like it did even ten years ago, let alone a hundred years ago. As a result of these swift and all-encompassing changes, bookselling has changed dramatically, too. One of the first major shifts was in the large numbers of adult readers who were voraciously consuming young adult literature, largely because there was nothing like the books of today when those readers were kids. It wasn’t long before hard-core erotica burst into the spotlight, no longer relegated to the taboo bookstores and carried around in brown wrappers or tucked inside more “worthy” books.
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A Massive Study to Understand E-Reading Starts in Europe Next Week

A Massive Study to Understand E-Reading Starts in Europe Next Week | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The European Commission is funding a new study to understand reading comprehension when it comes to reading digital content, such as e-Books. 

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Kobo Glo HD Upgrade Adds High-Res Screen

Kobo Glo HD Upgrade Adds High-Res Screen | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
E-book retailer Kobo is releasing the Kobo Glo HD, an upgraded version of its self-lit e-reader, adding a 6-inch high resolution e-ink screen to the device. Kobo is also bundling the device with Kobo Welcome, a concierge phone service that will provide a real person to answer questions and help users set up the device.
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Making Digital Proofreading Easier for Illustrated Books, Textbooks

Making Digital Proofreading Easier for Illustrated Books, Textbooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Illustrated books and textbooks, far more than novels, require more effort produce and updated digital tools are necessary to make that process easier.
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Sony Launches New eBook DRM

Sony Launches New eBook DRM | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The news is a little late crossing my desk, but two weeks ago Sony announced a new partnership with Immanens, a French company which develops distribution technology for digital publishing companies. Immanens will adopt Sony's new URMS (User Rights Management System) DRM in the platforms it develops for third parties.
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Digital Textbook Publisher Boundless Merges With Media Marketplace Valore

Digital Textbook Publisher Boundless Merges With Media Marketplace Valore | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Several news sites reported on Monday that Valore, a startup which runs a used and new media marketplace, has acquired the notable pioneering digital publisher startup Boundless.
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