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Are eReaders and Tablets Killing PDF Sales?

Are eReaders and Tablets Killing PDF Sales? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I finally sat down for the first time in two years to look at my direct PDF sales numbers adjusted for traffic changes, and I was surprised to find that sales have dropped more than twice as much as those traffic changes would imply. Some of that might be explained by the quality of visitors, maybe the search engines are sending inappropriate people, but my gut feeling is that even technical readers are eschewing PDFs, including printable PDFs without DRM, in favor of shopping for reflowable eBooks at the big retailers for their associated devices.

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On Managing Creative People in Publishing

On Managing Creative People in Publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Creatives are challenging to manage “because it isn’t in their nature to conform.” This article first appeared in Publishing Perspectives' 2015 Global Publishing Magazine. Download and read the magazine here. By Mark Piesing “Arrogant.” “Oversensitive.”…
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In the Future, Will We All Be Freelancers?

In the Future, Will We All Be Freelancers? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
As publishers look to cut overhead and acquire workers with up-to-date digital skills, outsourcing to freelancers is becoming more commonplace and convenient.
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App could turn America’s poor into lifelong readers

App could turn America’s poor into lifelong readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A scheme involving the White House, libraries and publishers will let children from cash-strapped families read free ebooks
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Exclusive – Entitle eBook Subscription Service Shutting Down

Exclusive – Entitle eBook Subscription Service Shutting Down | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Entitle is one of the many companies now participating in the entire Netflix for e-books concept. They never managed to standout in a crowded marketplace that includes Amazon, Scribd and Oyster and never generated enough revenue to stay in business. Starting July 21st 2015, Entitle will be closing and they are recommending their existing customers join Scribd.
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VAT Rates on Books and Ebooks Around the World

VAT Rates on Books and Ebooks Around the World | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) have released a report detailing the VAT rates on print and digital books around the world, which “reveals wide contrasts between print and digital, as well as between nations and between regions.”
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Macmillan Parent Company Holtzbrinck Abandons DRM in Germany

Macmillan Parent Company Holtzbrinck Abandons DRM in Germany | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Buch Report and Lesen.net are reporting on Monday morning that the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group is dropping encryption DRM from the ebooks it publishes in Germany.
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HarperCollins UK CEO: Publishing is Entering a Golden Age

HarperCollins UK CEO: Publishing is Entering a Golden Age | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
At HarperCollins UK’s annual summer party for its authors, UK CEO Charlie Redmayne could not have sounded more positive about the firm’s direction in 2015.
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For Font Designer, 'Watchman' Proves an Unexpected Thrill

For Font Designer, 'Watchman' Proves an Unexpected Thrill | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Retired font designer Paul Veres is enjoying the fact that, unexpectedly, his font, Caterina, was licensed and used on the cover of Harper Lee's new book, 'Go Set a Watchman.'
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How to get generation YouTube reading books…

How to get generation YouTube reading books… | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In the US, Vintage printed 1.25m first-run copies of Grey, the latest novel from Fifty Shades author EL James. Before it was even released last week, the book topped both online and print bestseller lists, based on presales. These numbers are a reminder of why James’s publishers were so keen to see her add another title to her softcore saga, but also of why James got published in the first place: the explosive popularity of her online writing, which guaranteed a readership, and a good backstory, when she eventually arrived in print. Publishers have been hunting for online sensations ever since, and as the stakes have got bigger, the audience new acquisitions bring with them has needed to grow bigger too.
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eBooks and The Environment: A Greener Reading Experience

eBooks and The Environment: A Greener Reading Experience | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There’s a lot to love about eBooks – they’re portable, can be accessed over the Internet, and they can be shared quickly and conveniently.
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Peruvian Cooking Heats Up Fall Cookbooks

Peruvian Cooking Heats Up Fall Cookbooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It isn’t easy to sum up Peruvian food. It’s a cuisine known for its strength and variety of flavor combinations, with influences from many different cultures, including Spanish, African, European, and Chinese, giving way to bold, diverse dishes that may be new to many Americans. While Peruvian food may not have been a go-to cuisine in the past, that’s rapidly changing— in June, the restaurant Central in Lima, Peru, run by chef Virgilio Martinez, was named the best restaurant in all of South America, and sits at number four on the list of the world’s 50 best new restaurants. This fall, cookbook publishers are capitalizing on the cuisine’s rising popularity with new titles from Peruvian chefs.
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Foyles Finds the Future With an App for In-store Searches

Foyles Finds the Future With an App for In-store Searches | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Foyles Book Search is a unique app that enables customers to find the location of a physical book within the confines of Foyle's Charing Cross bookstore. 

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Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club is Seeking Ambassadors!

Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club is Seeking Ambassadors! | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apply by July 31st to be a Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club Ambassador. In exchange for promotion you receive a free pass and added benefits.
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Go Set a Watchman Missing Text Proves Why e-Books Rule

Go Set a Watchman Missing Text Proves Why e-Books Rule | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The first printing run of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee has missing text on the last few pages from the initial printing run. HarperCollins who published the book has blamed it on a printing error. Customers who ordered it online from companies like Amazon are promised a new copy with the corrected text will be mailed out soon.
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eBook Sales Increase 25% in the Netherlands

eBook Sales Increase 25% in the Netherlands | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Netherlands has seen a 25% increase in e-book sales compared to the same period in 2014. One of the big proponents of growth are e-book subscription sites such as Elly’s Choice. Subscriptions accounted for 38% of total e-book sales last quarter.
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Crowdsourced Publisher Inkshares Mines Own Ecosystem

Crowdsourced Publisher Inkshares Mines Own Ecosystem | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Crowdsourced publisher Inkshares has launched a new tool that allows authors to find new potential readers and funders among existing Inkshares users.
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Diversity in Publishing Still a Challenge for UK

Diversity in Publishing Still a Challenge for UK | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The book industry remains largely white and middle class, while efforts are being made to boost socio-economic and ethnic diversity in publishing.
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Amazon Follow Lets Authors Connect With Fans

Amazon Follow Lets Authors Connect With Fans | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The retailer has quietly launched a new way for readers follow their faves. Not quite a blog's RSS feed and not quite a social network account, Amazon Follow lets fans stay abreast of an author's latest activity.
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New Publisher Canelo Offers UK Authors Strong Incentives

New Publisher Canelo Offers UK Authors Strong Incentives | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Industry vet Michael Bhaskar’s digital publisher, Canelo, launches this week with two titles and is offering 50-60% royalties — giving UK authors new options.
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Sigil and Screwdrivers: What Makes an Ebook Development Tool?

Sigil and Screwdrivers: What Makes an Ebook Development Tool? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
On the other hand, they don’t drip turkey juice on your carpentry, or cut your hand and screw up your grip because the saw blade and humidity gauge had to go somewhere. A good screwdriver does just one thing, and no other tool does that thing better.
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E-lending won’t put a big dent in book sales

E-lending won’t put a big dent in book sales | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With growth in ebook sales slowing, we seem to be reaching a point where digital and printed books can live in harmony. Will the same ever be said for publishers, booksellers and librarians? Not if the response to the latest e-lending pilot is anything to go by.
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Samsung Gets a Patent for Writing on PDF Files

Samsung Gets a Patent for Writing on PDF Files | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Samsung has just filed for a patent that will change the course of the PDF format forever. Write on PDF is new functionality that will allow a user to write, edit and save a PDF file. Well, its not really new, companies have been doing it for years, such as the Sony Digital Paper or a myriad of apps. Samsung though, wants the patent so it can likely sue all of their competition and try to cornerstone the market with their new Galaxy Note 5.
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If Publishing Were Like Wimbledon…

If Publishing Were Like Wimbledon… | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Roger Tagholm imagines what it would be like if the publishing world adopted the traditions of Wimbledon and lawn tennis. 

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Visual Editions Wants to Reinvent the eBook

Visual Editions Wants to Reinvent the eBook | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It's that time again. Every couple years some outsider comes up with the brilliant idea of reinventing ebooks. If it's not Vook, it's Atavist. If it's not Inkling, it's Colliloquy. If it's not Byliner, it's Atavist. And if it's not Atavist, just wait 15 minutes and I'm sure another startup will be launched. 

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