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Ownership in the Digital Age, Part 1

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"John August, a scriptwriter and Grammy nominated lyricist, contemplates a future in which there is no ownership, only access to streams of entertainment. Jeremy Dylan, a writer/producer out of Australia, laments this “dystopian” future and says it is the result of a devaluation of entertainment media"

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The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Today, President Obama announced a massive effort with major publishers to make thousands of e-book titles free for low-income kids.
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Sharpening Global Focus, Scribd Adds to Front-List Catalog for Australia

Sharpening Global Focus, Scribd Adds to Front-List Catalog for Australia | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The subscription content platform Scribd adds more than 200 front-list ebooks to the catalog available to Australian readers, including best-selling titles from Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Harlequin Australia.
According to a Scribd spokesperson, the company is focused on taking a targeted approach to international growth, “and one of the main ways we’re accomplishing that is through localization.”

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An Archaeology of Discovery

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The proposition was that “the brand is everything.” It was put to me in such a forceful and peremptory way that I imagined it in uppercase: Brand Is Everything. Now, whenever I am in the presence of uppercase idealists and abstract ideas–Idealists and Ideas–I fly away.
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My personal list of what should be top-of-mind for publishers around digital change today

What are the most important digital change issues publishers face?
To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. It would be extremely limiting for that selection to be based on my thoughts and opinions alone, and we have a process in place to make sure that it isn’t. (More on that to come in the next post here.) But if we were relying on me alone, here’s what we’d be focused on.

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Would you buy an e-Book from a Hotel or Airport?

Would you buy an e-Book from a Hotel or Airport? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Would you buy an e-book from an airport, museum or hotel? Big five publisher Simon & Schuster hopes you will.
Simon & Schuster has partnered with mobile content delivery service Foli to offer customers complimentary access to a selection of full-text e-books in airports, museums and hotels in the United States.

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Aeneas is An Open Source Tool for Syncing Audiobooks and eBooks

Aeneas is An Open Source Tool for Syncing Audiobooks and eBooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon's Whispersync for Voice is one of the niftier features for the Kindle platform. It lets you easily switch from an ebook to a matching audiobook and back without loosing your reading or listening position.
It's a nifty feature but it's also one which is difficult to pull off without distributing audiobooks through Audible (and thus giving Amazon a lot of control). But now it's is getting a little easier.

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Richard Nash on the Democratization of Publishing

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Publishing is returning to its pre-industrial state when everyone was a creator, transforming into a network where emotions matter most, says Richard Nash.
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Tablet Sales Diminish for Apple and Samsung Alike

Tablet Sales Diminish for Apple and Samsung Alike | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple’s iPad sales fell 23% in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year, according to new figures from ABI Research. It’s the second consecutive quarter where the tech company’s tablet sales have shrunk.
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Publishers in Iran Use Ebooks to Circumvent Censors

Publishers in Iran Use Ebooks to Circumvent Censors | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Upstart publishers in Iran are using ebooks and digital-only distribution as a way to circumvent government censors in Iran and reach willing readers.
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What Happened to Book Publishing in Brazil?

What Happened to Book Publishing in Brazil? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The strong US dollar, a struggling bookstore sector and a slowdown in government book acquisitions has created a crisis for book publishing in Brazil.
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Leanpub Explains Why Not to Write Books in Stealth Mode

Leanpub Explains Why Not to Write Books in Stealth Mode | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Leanpub’s Peter Armstrong discusses the benefits of Lean Publishing, or publishing your book as it is written to acquire feedback from your audience.
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The Pros and Cons of Single-EPUB Workflows

The Pros and Cons of Single-EPUB Workflows | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Many publishers and ebook creation companies strive to create a single EPUB file they can deliver to all of the different retailers, rather than producing different files for each one.
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Hoopla Adds eBooks, Digital Comics to Its Pay-per-Loan Library Service

Hoopla Adds eBooks, Digital Comics to Its Pay-per-Loan Library Service | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Hoopla's long-promised library ebook service unexpectedly launched today.
Few details will be available until next week, but I can report today that users have been informed that their respective libraries can now loan ebooks via Hoopla. I caught the news via MobileRead, and I can confirm that the Hoopla website is now listing ebooks.

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Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The end of the world sure is taking a long time. Ever since the breakout success of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel The Road, America has been degraded, devastated, and decimated time and time again — at least, on the page. Granted, McCarthy didn't invent post-apocalyptic fiction. But he helped spark a literary trend that shows no signs of abating.
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BookIndy Chrome Extension Lets You Shop Amazon (in the UK) for Books and Buy Local

BookIndy Chrome Extension Lets You Shop Amazon (in the UK) for Books and Buy Local | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Looking to assuage his guilt for shopping at Amazon, a developer in the UK has released a new Chrome extension which lets you browse Amazon.co.uk and shop a participating local bookstore.
Just announced on Medium, BookIndy is so new that its accompanying website is still blank, but the extension itself works well enough. When installed, the extension pulls data from whatever book listing you're browsing on Amazon.co.uk and checks to see if the book can be found in a local bookshop.

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PRH to be global publisher for BBC audio

PRH to be global publisher for BBC audio | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Penguin Random House UK is to become the global publisher and distributor for all BBC-branded physical and digital audiobooks.
The deal signed today with BBC Worldwide extends an agreement signed by Random House Audio and BBC Worldwide in 2013 to sell and distribute BBC audiobooks that had previously been available through the now-defunct AudioGO.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Portal for Ed-Tech Developers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Portal for Ed-Tech Developers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches a new web portal allowing designers and developers to collaborate on digital ed-tech products.
The portal is the brainchild of HMH labs, a technology incubation division set up last year, and marks the first time Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has exposed its application programming interfaces, or APIs, to external developers.

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Why All Fonts Are Not Created Equal (video)

Why All Fonts Are Not Created Equal (video) | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Did you ever wonder why Amazon developed a custom font just for its E-ink ereaders in 2012, and then developed a completely different font (Bookerly) or the Fire tablets last year?
If you'd like to know why Kobo developed the Nickel font for its ereaders but isn't using the font in its iOS apps, or why Google commissioned the Literata font, then I have a video for you to watch.

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UK PA: Publishing Needs Copyright as Incentive to Invest

UK PA: Publishing Needs Copyright as Incentive to Invest | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The UK PA is 'not taking lessons from any freedom foundation people who say publishers are locking stuff up in this digital age,' says CEO Richard Mollet.
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Bloomsbury Makes Progress on Strategic Goals

Bloomsbury Makes Progress on Strategic Goals | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Although sales and earnings at Bloomsbury were relatively flat for the year ended February 28, 2015, compared to fiscal 2014, the company did make progress in easing its dependence on the “traditional book market,” company chief executive Nigel Newton reported in comments that accompanied the release of results.
Sales rose to 111 million pounds from 109.5 million pounds, and pre-tax earnings increased to 9.6 million pounds from 9.5 million pounds. The company’s academic and professional segment posted the biggest gain with revenue up 12%, to 36 million pounds. Acquisitions and a 35% rise in digital sales drove the increase, which offset a 4% drop in print sales.

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Distribution, Piracy Woes Still Challenge MENA Publishers

Distribution, Piracy Woes Still Challenge MENA Publishers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The military conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq have cut into MENA publishers' ability to sell and distribute books, while piracy remains a top concern.
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New photography digital editions: platforms make the reader gamble on new titles

New photography digital editions: platforms make the reader gamble on new titles | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Expensive, anonymously published new digital magazines make the reader take all the risk when buying a new digital magazine from an unknown publisher
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Publishers in the Middle East Hustle to Cope with Instability

Publishers in the Middle East Hustle to Cope with Instability | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
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Barnes and Noble Wants your Old Kindles and iPads

Barnes and Noble Wants your Old Kindles and iPads | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Barnes and Noble has just announced a brand new Trade In & Trade Up program. The bookseller wants your old Nooks, iPads or Kindles and will give you credit
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One EPUB to Rule Them All?

One EPUB to Rule Them All? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There are those who question whether EPUB is the optimal format for publishers to adhere to in producing digital content. Indeed, some argue that standards themselves hold back innovation.
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