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Moon+ Reader Removed from Google Play Due to Piracy Allegations

Moon+ Reader Removed from Google Play Due to Piracy Allegations | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Moon+ Reader is one of the better e-reading apps out there and has been around a number of years. It has a storied development history and was available in
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Why Did e-Reader Companies Abandon Page Turn Buttons?

Why Did e-Reader Companies Abandon Page Turn Buttons? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Many of the top e-reader brands from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo have abandoned manual page turn buttons. There was no clear reason for doing so and it’s not like thousands of people were complaining about it. Why exactly are they a thing of the past?
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Disney Folds Publishing into New Interactive Media Division

Disney Folds Publishing into New Interactive Media Division | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
mDisney merges two divisions to create a new Consumer Products and Interactive Media unit, acknowledging the changing landscape for children's content.
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What the Hell Happens at a Publishing Hackathon?

What the Hell Happens at a Publishing Hackathon? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

More than 20 publishing and reading-related technology demos were developed in a caffeine-fueled 48-hour frenzy at this past weekend's CODEX Hackathon. By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

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Amazon Wants you to Share e-book Previews with your Friends

Amazon Wants you to Share e-book Previews with your Friends | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon wants you to start sharing previews and samples of e-books you like with your friends via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or texting. Your buddies who receive a share can instantly start reading right from their phone without having to make an Amazon account or install any software.
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Dark Horse Digital Comics now on ComiXology

Dark Horse Digital Comics now on ComiXology | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

ark Horse has finally made the decision to make their entire library of digital comics available on ComiXology. The publisher was the last major holdout from

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German Ebook Sales Reaches 4.3% Of Overall Book Market

German Ebook Sales Reaches 4.3% Of Overall Book Market | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

At the annual press conference on June 9th 2015, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association not only presented economic data and key statistics about the German book market in general, but also focused on trends and changes within the German ebook market. All statistics can be found below in this article.

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eReader Review: New Kindle Paperwhite (PW3) With 300 ppi Resolution

eReader Review: New Kindle Paperwhite (PW3) With 300 ppi Resolution | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Let me start by saying that Amazon is a class act. When they offered to send me a new Kindle Paperwhite 3 to review, I was expecting a box with a Paperwhite. Instead I got a care package which included the reader, an Amazon leather case, a water bottle, sunglasses and a beach towel. Seems like they were trying to suggest the Paperwhite is good for beach reading?
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Amazon Adds New Sharing Feature, Makes Subtle Play to Recruit New Readers

Amazon Adds New Sharing Feature, Makes Subtle Play to Recruit New Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

mazon's just come up with a response to the Instant Preview feature that Kobo launched last week, only Amazon figured out how to do it right.
Where Kobo came up with a way to attract readers by letting them read excerpt in Kobo's iOS apps, Amazon is enabling Kindle readers to share quotes with non-users and let those non-users also read an excerpt with no app or hardware required.

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Kobo iOS App Now Allows you Read Samples without an Account

Kobo iOS App Now Allows you Read Samples without an Account | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Do you want to preview e-books and read samples without having to register an account? Kobo has just pushed an update to their iOS app that will allow you to do just that. This should go a long way to maybe giving new customers a reason to participate in the Kobo ecosystem and see what the overall e-reading experience is like before they pull the trigger, make an account and buy some books.
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Why Do Libraries Pay More Money for e-books?

Why Do Libraries Pay More Money for e-books? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Libraries in Canada and the United States have been quite enamored with establishing digital collections. This includes audiobooks e-books, magazines, newspapers and video. 95% of all libraries in these two countries have an e-book collection and the costs are starting to add up. Predatory pricing by major publishers are pricing their e-books almost 500% more than the Kindle edition and libraries have had enough.
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Pronoun, Formerly Vook, Gets $3.5 Million in Funding

Pronoun, Formerly Vook, Gets $3.5 Million in Funding | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

After completing a strategic pivot and rebranding as Pronoun last month, the self-publishing platform formerly known as Vook pulls in $3.5 million in new funding from Avalon Ventures.
Drawing on the assets of the short-form ebook publisher Byliner and the data analytics service Booklr, two properties Vook acquired prior to rebranding, Pronoun offers a free publishing platform that it says “uses technology and data to empower authors to create, distribute, and market their books while controlling all intellectual property rights and keeping 100 percent of earnings.”

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In anyone’s language, AmazonCrossing is a hit

In anyone’s language, AmazonCrossing is a hit | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A foreign student struggling with English spelling might disagree, but there are downsides to having the global lingua franca as your mother tongue, especially when it comes to our cultural lives. As Marina Warner, chair of the judges for this year’s Man Booker International prize, put it recently: “Possessing a world language can make us oddly provincial in outlook.” She cited a report by Literature Across Frontiers, which put to the test the oft-quoted statistic that only 3% of books published in this country have been translated from a foreign language.
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Barnes & Noble Selects New CEO to Refocus on Retail

The bookseller appoints Ronald D. Boire, the current head of Sears Canada, to serve as CEO of Barnes & Noble’s retail division beginning in early September. He is set to continue at the helm of the bookstore business that will remain after Barnes & Noble spins off its college division this summer.
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Amazon Mexico Now Sells Print Books Online

Amazon Mexico Now Sells Print Books Online | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon has finally launched its full retail operations and a print bookstore in Mexico; it had previously offered Kindle ebooks since 2013. By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

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Ebookselling Innovation in the Arab World

Ebookselling Innovation in the Arab World | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Jordan's EkTab and Egypt's Kotobi are sell ebooks and print books online in the Middle East and Africa, where distribution poses a constant challenge.
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BookDrop: Email ebooks to your Kindle from Dropbox-even ePubs and other formats not normally supported

BookDrop: Email ebooks to your Kindle from Dropbox-even ePubs and other formats not normally supported | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
BookDrop lets you copy ebooks from your Dropbox cloud to your Kindle gadget or app via email.

That includes even ePub books and those in other formats that normally won’t fly.
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Publishers Can Learn a Few Things from Programmers

Publishers Can Learn a Few Things from Programmers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

As both a publisher and a programmer, I’m a member of a very select club.
It consists of both those who started out as coders and went into publishing and those who did the reverse. I’m in the latter group, having co-founded a little indie press called Snowbooks in 2003. When I needed a system to run the company and found the software on the market both hugely expensive and horrible to use, I buckled down and learned to code. The result was my own back-office publishing management software, called Bibliocloud (which, delightfully, lots of publishers now use).

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CBC Interviews Michael Kozlowski on Library e-books

CBC Interviews Michael Kozlowski on Library e-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Libraries all over Canada are disheartened because of the high cost associated with e-books. This has prompted a new coalition to be formed that is trying to bring public awareness to just how bad it is getting.
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University Press Tech Innovation and Artistry on Display at AAUP

University Press Tech Innovation and Artistry on Display at AAUP | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Among the innovative new tech on display at the annual AAUP meeting were new tools for annotations and publishing open access monographs.
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Draft2Digital Adds Oyster to Its Distribution Network

Draft2Digital Adds Oyster to Its Distribution Network | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The ebook distributor Draft2Digital already covers most of the major ebookstores, and today it expanded its service further into the subscription ebook market.
Draft2Digital announced on Wednesday that it had signed a deal to distribute its catalog of 50,000 self-published titles Oyster. Self-published authors will soon have the option to opt into Oyster's subscription service, Oyster Unlimited, which has more than a million titles in its library.

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Publishing Turns to YouTube for Salvation

Publishing Turns to YouTube for Salvation | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
As YouTube stars start to publish books they are bringing their millions of fans into bookstores, giving the book business an unlikely windfall.
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Does Anyone Care About Amazon Publishing Contracts?

Does Anyone Care About Amazon Publishing Contracts? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon has now signed deals with all five of the worlds largest publishing companies to continue to sell print and e-books in the United States and United Kingdom. Does the average person really care about this sort of news even though mainstream news media all report on it?
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Erotic e-Books can Only be sold After 10 PM in Germany

Erotic e-Books can Only be sold After 10 PM in Germany | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The German Publishers & Booksellers Association have mandated that all e-books that aimed at adult audiences cannot be sold until after 10 PM. This includes romance, erotica and any e-book whose metadata classifies it as not being suitable for minors
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How to Work with Influencers to Drive Book Discovery

How to Work with Influencers to Drive Book Discovery | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Ask authors and publishers about the biggest challenge they face, and chances are the top answer you’ll get is book discovery.
Yes, it’s been the No. 1 issue in the industry for years, but it’s getting increasingly difficult. Millions of books are now published every year. Mass media, already the preserve of the rarified best-selling book and author, is scaling back its book coverage. Doom and gloom reports are coming from all sides.

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