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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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Russian Publishers Explore the World of Book Trailers

Russian Publishers Explore the World of Book Trailers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Julia Shevalinka looked at some of the entries in the All-Russia Book Trailer Contest and how Russian publishers are using trailers to promote their books.
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Txtr is Bankrupt, Administrator Appointed

Hard on the heels of Tesco pulling out of the UK ebook market comes troubling news from Germany.
A German startup blog reported on Wednesday that txtr is insolvent. The future of the company is not known at this time, but I do know that an administrator has been appointed. Christian Köhler-Ma, a lawyer with Olswang LLP, has been tasked with overseeing txtr's affairs.

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Oyster Adds a Little Magic to Its Subscription eBook Service

Oyster Adds a Little Magic to Its Subscription eBook Service ebook subscription, Harry Potter, Subscriptions When it comes to kids books, there are the cherished classics, new favorites, and other popular titles, and then there is Harry Potter.

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The computer-generated cookbook: just the thing for a hungry digital age

The computer-generated cookbook: just the thing for a hungry digital age | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
IBM’s game show-winning computer Watson turns its hand to helping chefs generate startling taste sensations ‘man alone might never imagine’
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Subscription Ebook Race Gets More Global

Subscription Ebook Race Gets More Global | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Russia-based subscription ebook service Bookmate adds 200,000 new English-language titles to its library in a series of six deals with distributors.
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iPhone 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus – Reading

iPhone 5 vs iPhone 6 Plus – Reading | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Many people skip a generation before buying the latest and greatest Apple product. The S line of smartphones tends to get lost in the shuffle between major
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ePubDirect Offers Irish School Own Ebook Platform

ePubDirect Offers Irish School Own Ebook Platform | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
ePubDirect has developed a proprietary digital ebook platform especially for its local primary school, St. Columba’s, in Cork, Ireland.
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Jaipur BookMark Estimates Indian Publishing Worth $20bn

Jaipur BookMark Estimates Indian Publishing Worth $20bn | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Organizers of the Jaipur BookMark estimate the Indian book market is worth $20 billion, while noting that ebook sales were down 20% this past year.
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New Data from Nielsen Book Shows Kindle Unlimited Subscribers Spend More on Books

New Data from Nielsen Book Shows Kindle Unlimited Subscribers Spend More on Books ebook subscription, Neilsen, Subscriptions Late last month I asked whether consumers were buying fewer books after switching to subscription ebook services like Scribd, Oyster, or Kindle Unlimited,
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The death of the book has been greatly exaggerated

The death of the book has been greatly exaggerated | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

As the summer holidays fade and we drift back to work and school, the last few chapters of a good book still percolate pleasantly through the mind. But did you take an e-reader to the beach, or a paperback?

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Amazon Stands Behind eBook Subscriptions

Amazon Stands Behind eBook Subscriptions | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It didn’t take long after the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service for the outcry to begin, but unlike other criticisms the retail book giant has weathered, this one came from its most staunch supporters: self-published authors. With the announcement that all KDP Select titles would be included in the all-you-can-eat service, authors were initially excited about the prospect of a new revenue channel from the exclusive program; it didn’t take long, though, before some of the top names in self-publishing noticed a significant drop in their KDP-based income.
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Amazon’s New Kindle Textbook Creator Makes PDF eBooks Which Can't Be Read on a Kindle

Amazon’s New Kindle Textbook Creator Makes PDF eBooks Which Can't Be Read on a Kindle | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
For the past three years Amazon has sold a particular type of Kindle format called Kindle Print Replica. This is basically a PDF file wrapped in a Kindle ebook file, and it offers many of the benefits of PDFs (fixed layout, graphics, charts, discrete page numbers).
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The UK e-book market in 2014

The UK e-book market in 2014 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Domestic e-book sales for the five groups—Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan—totalled 49m units in 2014, a 15.3% rise on 2013. Three of the five publishers recorded double-digits growth, with only Simon & Schuster down—albeit marginally—on 2013. By contrast, the top five publishers recorded an 18% rise in digital volume versus 2012, which followed that huge 105% gain in 2012 (on 2011).
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Gumroad Takes Ebooks to Android Users

Gumroad Takes Ebooks to Android Users | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The e-commerce platform that recently helped Hachette sell ebooks on Twitter launches a mobile app for Android.
Gumroad says its December pilot program with Hachette was a success, in one case allowing author and musician Amanda Palmer to sell 100 copies of her book within twenty minutes of tweeting a ‘buy’ button to her followers.

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Txtr RIP?

Txtr RIP? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Provisional administrator Christian Köhler-Ma has been appointed to German ebook service provider Txtr.
Txtr provided ebook solutions to retailers such as Foyles, device makers and mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom. They developed a large international repository of ebooks which they serviced through a cloud based white label ebookstore and a comprehensive set of apps. Their service was based on Adobe ACS4 DRM and they sold ereaders based on eink technology.
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Italian Ebook Market Estimated to Grow 30-40% in 2015

Italian Ebook Market Estimated to Grow 30-40% in 2015 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Marcello Vena of AllBrain's recent survey of the Italian book market estimates Italian ebook sales nearing €60m, and growing 30-40% in 2015.
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BookBub – it’s Groupon for ebooks

BookBub – it’s Groupon for ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In 2010, the daily deals website Groupon launched a competition to find a person willing to live off nothing but their discount vouchers for a year – in return for $100,000 (£66,000) cash at the end of it. They weren’t short of entrants, and the winner, a 28-year-old unemployed accountant from Chicago named Josh Stevens, even made it over to the UK as part of his discount tour.
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Authors Recalibrate for Tight Book Market

Authors Recalibrate for Tight Book Market | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Authors in this year’s sample who self-published their work were more likely to be satisfied than their traditionally published counterparts by more modest earnings
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Is the iPhone 6 Plus Good for e-Reading?

Is the iPhone 6 Plus Good for e-Reading? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The iPhone 6 Plus is the first large screen phone that Apple has ever released and is quite excellent at reading e-Books, comics, manga and staying on top of the daily news. Unlike iPhones of the past, the 6 Plus actually makes the process of digital reading very enjoyable.
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How Alliances Bolster Latin American Independent Publishing

How Alliances Bolster Latin American Independent Publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A quintet of editors from Argentina and Mexico discuss the boom and future of independent publishing in Latin America.
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8 Cities That Have Their Own Distinctive Fonts 

8 Cities That Have Their Own Distinctive Fonts  | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
What does a world-class city need these days? Museums, skyscrapers, leafy parks, and, perhaps, a custom typeface.
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Kobo Steps in at the Eleventh Hour, Will be Taking Over Blinkbox Books Customer Lists

When news broke yesterday that Blinkbox Books would be shutting down after it failed to find a buyer, I hoped that a 3rd-party would step in and at least save Blinkbox Books customers from losing all of their money.

And now one has.
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Ebooks in 2015: Trends and Forecasts Part 1

Ebooks in 2015: Trends and Forecasts Part 1 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In 2014, two library systems—Toronto Public Library and King County Library System in Washington—experienced more than 2 million checkouts from OverDrive. Additionally, eight library systems had circulations of more than 1 million. These numbers include ebooks, audiobooks, streaming music and video, and electronic periodicals. Clearly, e-reading is becoming a staple in libraries across North America. Data from BISG’s (Book Industry Study Group) and the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) BookStats released in June 2014 show a plateauing in ebook revenue after major gains in 2012; it was at $3 billion in 2013. Statistics from the U.K.’s Nielsen Book show a decline of 4% in 2013’s overall book sales.
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Dutch Ebook Retailer Tom Kabinet to Suspend Operations

Dutch Ebook Retailer Tom Kabinet to Suspend Operations | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A Dutch appeals court has forced the closure of online ebook retailer Tom Kabinet until the company can prove all books for sale were legally obtained.
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Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015

Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The CEO of Publishing Technology offers his five predictions for academic publishing in 2015, including porous paywalls and the rise of the SAMPC countries.
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