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Bezos: With ebook sales up 70% in 2012, Amazon has hit "transition" it expected

Bezos: With ebook sales up 70% in 2012, Amazon has hit "transition" it expected | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon announced fourth-quarter and full year 2012 earnings report roughly in line with investor expectations Tuesday afternoon. Speaking of ebooks, CEO Jeff Bezos said, “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting.”

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Verso Direct-to-Consumer E-Commerce Business Off to Early Success

Verso Direct-to-Consumer E-Commerce Business Off to Early Success | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Publishers looking for a good reason to sell books and ebooks directly to readers should take a look at Verso.The small London- and New York-based publisher of books of philosophy, policy and current events launched its own e-commerce platform this spring and sells books, ebooks and offers book and ebook bundling. The company’s stated goal was to sell £200,000 ($334,700) through its store by the end of the year. It might hit that goal in a couple of weeks. To date, the company has generated about £80,000 in sales — and that’s in a week of public operation plus a month of “soft launch” in which Verso had the store up and running but didn’t publicize it.

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Amazon to Acquire ComiXology

Coming nearly 2 weeks after rumors broke about the deal, Amazon announced today that they were acquiring the leading digital comics distributor comiXology.

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New eBook Dstributor Distee Launches Flat-fee Model

Most ebook distributors, whether it’s Draft2Digital, PigeonLab, EpubDirect, Smashwords, or Bookbaby, charge a commission on the sales of the ebook titles they distribute, and the amount they earn goes up as sales increase.

Distee, a new distributor which launching this week, takes a different approach.

This firm is offering to distribute an author’s ebooks to major ebookstores in exchange for a flat monthly fee. They’re charging just £6.99 per book, per month to distribute to “Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Kobo, Sony, Google, WHSmith” as well as other ebookstores.

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It's Now Illegal to Download Pirated eBooks in The Netherlands

Thanks to a quirk in their copyright laws, it has long been legal for consumers to download pirated content in the Netherlands, but that is about to change. The European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the Netherlands must make downloads of pirated content illegal. The ruling is not yet available online, but according to the press release (PDF), the Netherlands’ existing system of banning uploads while legitimizing downloads via a piracy tax on media (hard disks, flash drives, CDs, etc) does not comply with EU laws and policies.

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LBF’s Digital Minds: The Golden Age or End of the Book?

LBF’s Digital Minds: The Golden Age or End of the Book? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Digital Minds conference in London took a philosophical bent, questioning is this 'golden age for publishing or the end of the book?'
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Thai eBook Startup Ookbee Raises $7 Million in New Funding Round

Southeast Asia’s number one ebookstore startup picked up a new investor today in their series B funding round.

Ookbee announced today that Tokyo-based Transcosmos has bought a 10% stake in the company. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but sources place the deal at around $7 million. This would value the company at approximately $70 million.

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Nook GlowLight on Sale for $99, But Don’t Get the Clip Cover | The eBook Reader Blog

Nook GlowLight on Sale for $99, But Don’t Get the Clip Cover | The eBook Reader Blog | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The Nook GlowLight normally sells for $119, but until April 13th it is marked down to $99 both online and in B&N retail stores. Or if the newer Nook isn’t doing it for you, you can still get a regular Nook Simple Touch from Best Buy on clearance for $49.

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The London Book Fair: Where Word-of-Mouth Reigns

The London Book Fair: Where Word-of-Mouth Reigns | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Prior to the opening of the London Book Fair, Ed Nawotka wonders why in the digital age such events still exist? The answer is easy: word-of-mouth.
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E Ink sees reduced demand for ereader screens

E Ink sees reduced demand for ereader screens | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

According to reports of an investor conference which appeared in the Taipei Times, e-paper specialist producer E Ink Holdings Inc. has announced lower sales and financial losses over the current and ensuing quarters, off the back of falling demand for its screens, found inside the Kindle and other e-readers. E Ink CFO Eddie Chen forecast revenue down some 5-10 percent from the $192.4 million recorded in the last quarter of 2013.

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Is Dawn Finally Breaking For E-books in Spanish? Spanish Books Spring 2014

Is Dawn Finally Breaking For E-books in Spanish? Spanish Books Spring 2014 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In recent months, the double-digit sales growth of e-books in English has begun to plateau, but since the Spanish-language book market tends to be around three to five years behind the English-language market, e-book sales of Spanish books in the U.S. are just beginning to gain traction.
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Archipelago Books: 10 Years, 100 Titles, 26 Languages

Archipelago Books: 10 Years, 100 Titles, 26 Languages | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Jill Schoolman, the publisher of Archipelago Books, looks back on the company's 10 year history, and how it has managed to foster literary translation in the US.
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Tolino Vision Launches in Germany, Comes with E Ink Carta Screen

Tolino Vision Launches in Germany, Comes with E Ink Carta Screen | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The second ebook reader to use E Ink’s latest screen technology, called Carta, just launched in Germany this week.

The device is called the Tolino Vision, and is a follow-up to Tolino’s first ereader, the Tolino Shine. It will be officially released on April 5th for the price of 129 euros, and will sell from a number of German retailers.

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Sony announces Digital Paper, a new digital reader for professionals

Sony announces Digital Paper, a new digital reader for professionals | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Sony has announced a new e-ink based digital reader aimed at the professional market, named the Digital Paper. The Wi-Fi enabled device features a 13.3 inch screen – big enough to show letter-sized documents full-screen – and is designed to increase productivity and streamline collaboration.

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Why Can't E-Books Disrupt The Lucrative College Textbook Business?

Why Can't E-Books Disrupt The Lucrative College Textbook Business? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

College students today stream movies from Netflix, queue up music on Spotify, and order late-night snacks on Seamless. But when it comes to buying textbooks, many students are still doing things the old-fashioned way: buying pricy paper copies from the campus bookstore at the start of the semester, then selling them back for a fraction of the purchase price when classes are done.

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London Book Fair Awards Honor “International Excellence”

London Book Fair Awards Honor “International Excellence” | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A new fixture of the London Book Fair are international awards for excellence in categories ranging from translation initiatives to digital entrepreneurship.
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Amazon and Apple Newsstands: compare and contrast

Amazon and Apple Newsstands: compare and contrast | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

A look at the two digital newsstands, their sales environment, and the way one magazine handles the different platforms

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Penguin Random House UK launches online recommendation, retail platform

Penguin Random House UK launches online recommendation, retail platform | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Penguin Random House UK introduced a new platform for readers in what looks like an attempt to shift the retail marketplace.

My Independent Bookstore launched on Monday for private beta testing and is available by invite-only right now. The platform will allow users to display 12 books in a virtual bookshop. They can share, review and recommend books while My Independent Bookstore will be integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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London Book Fair: Mind the Digital Gap

London Book Fair: Mind the Digital Gap | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
This week's #EtherIssue discussion question asks: How close are publishers to understanding what is really required to be successful in the digital age?
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Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct?

Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

As Kitchen readers know, I have been working on a project on direct-to-consumer (D2C) sales for university presses.  During my conversations with press staff, I was able to put together a list of motivations for why a press would want to sell direct. After all, this is not a self-evident proposition. What’s wrong with the established channels of distribution? What could a university press (most presses are small affairs) add to the distribution capability of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram? It’s rather audacious, is it not, to think that someone would come to the Web store of a particular university press to make a purchase when the shopping opportunities on the Web are already so well established; and as anyone who has ever experienced the customer service (and pricing) of Amazon can attest, a university press may find the competition simply overwhelming.

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The Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s Shift Toward Digital

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s Shift Toward Digital | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With a digital category added to the prestigious Ragazzi Awards, the Bologna Children's Book Fair acknowledged the increasing influence of digital publishing.
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Penguin Random House UK CEO: You've never had it so good

Penguin Random House UK CEO: You've never had it so good | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

As interviewed by Jennifer Rankin in The Observer, the Sunday imprint of the UK’s Guardian, Tom Weldon, UK CEO of Penguin Random House, has some good things to say about the state of publishing. Good for publishers at least.  He declares that: “”Some commentators say the publishing industry is in enormous trouble today. They are completely wrong, and I don’t understand that view at all.”

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Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category | Author U

Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category | Author U | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. With the millions (yes millions) of books in the “e” world popping annual, claiming the top spot(s) in categories can push book sales.
Doing a deep-dive into the backside of Amazon via the KDP Select dashboard, here’s what the folks at Amazon state via its link here: http://bit.ly/QSESvP

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Pocketbook's Camera-Equipped eReader Tipped for a May Launch, Will Cost 199 Euros

When the Pocketbook Ultra leaked in early March I had my doubts as to whether the images were real rather than the product of some designer’s daydream, but now it would seem that I was wrong. Details are still scarce on the Pocketbook Ultra, but new leaks have confirm that this ebook reader really exists.

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Which social media platforms are best for author promotion?

Which social media platforms are best for author promotion? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With so many social media outlets, authors and publishers may have a hard time finding the right platform for promotion.

Promotion is huge part of the game, regardless if you have taken the self-publishing or traditional route. It’s important to connect and engage readers. Creating bonds with readers could potentially lead to more sales and create readers of your books for life.

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Ebooks Way Too Cheap?

Ebooks Way Too Cheap? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Ebooks are priced way too low and, according to at least one content pricing consultant, should be much more expensive. The electronic format offers a convenience that print books can’t match, argues Frank Luby, a former journalist and pricing specialist, meaning they should be more expensive than print books.

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