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Discovery of eBooks Will Never Improve Until Retailers and Publishers Learn to Speak Like Customers

Discovery of eBooks Will Never Improve Until Retailers and Publishers Learn to Speak Like Customers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

When readers talk to other readers about books, they speak in a language of tropes, character types, and hot button issues. They ask for spoilers and in depth details. They want to know if a character in book B is like the character in book A that they love.

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Penguin Random House Debuts New Unified Website

Penguin Random House Debuts New Unified Website | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The publisher's newly designed website, which brings Random House and Penguin together online, is optimized for mobile devices and, according to PRH CEO Markus Dohle is “consumer-focused.”
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How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic

How Much Should Children Read? World Book Day Infographic | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In honor of World Book Day — which is today, April 23, 2015 — the International Publishers Association has created an infographic on how reading positively affects children.
Started by UNESCO in 1995, World Book Day is “a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.”

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Worldreader is looking for a Production Manager

Worldreader is looking for a Production Manager | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Join The Team: Browse current job openings and volunteer opportunities at Worldreader in San Francisco, Barcelona, and Africa.
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LBF Emphasizes Mexico's Under-appreciated Literary Heritage

LBF Emphasizes Mexico's Under-appreciated Literary Heritage | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The London Book Fair underscored how Mexico — the 2015 Market Focus — offers a 'treasure trove' of writers barely known to the English speaking world.
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Penguin Random House Tries Subscription Audiobooks with Scribd

Penguin Random House Tries Subscription Audiobooks with Scribd | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A week after throwing in with Oyster's a la carte ebookstore, Penguin Random House adds 9,000 audiobooks to Scribd's subscription-based catalog.
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Nielsen Partners with Openbook to Share Global Ebook Data

Nielsen Partners with Openbook to Share Global Ebook Data | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

A new agreement between Nielsen and Openbook aims to bring the portraits of global book markets into sharper focus.
Openbook, a leading book sales tracking service in China, will trade data and insights with Nielsen, whose division in the country will supplement Openbook’s domestic research operations.

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Agency Pricing for eBooks to Return – This is a Good Thing

Agency Pricing for eBooks to Return – This is a Good Thing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The online bookstore landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years. There used to be a fair number of choices, such as the Sony Reader Store, Diesel e-Books and Txtr. One by one they all closed down because Amazon has been able to offer steeper discounts, offering readers incentives to buy the cheapest books possible.
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Oyster's New eBookstore is About Customer Retention, Not Competing With Amazon

Oyster's New eBookstore is About Customer Retention, Not Competing With Amazon | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
One of the three big names in subscription ebooks suddenly decided to launch a retail ebookstore to compliment its Netflix-style unlimited service. Am I the only one who wondered why?
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How Do Amazon-Publisher Disputes Affect Authors and Readers?

How Do Amazon-Publisher Disputes Affect Authors and Readers? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It was only a year ago that the publishing industry sat riveted as it waited to see how the storm between Amazon and publisher Hachette was going to play out. Hachette wanted new terms in light of the DOJ price fixing investigation, and Amazon wasn’t about to budge. And with a 95% control of the ebook market, it’s easy to see why Amazon didn’t think freezing its sales of Hachette titles could possibly spiral out into a flaming pile of contract negotiation.
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Latest Bestselling Trend Is Coloring Books…for Adults

Latest Bestselling Trend Is Coloring Books…for Adults | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There is no disputing the fact that the publishing industry looks nothing like it did even ten years ago, let alone a hundred years ago. As a result of these swift and all-encompassing changes, bookselling has changed dramatically, too. One of the first major shifts was in the large numbers of adult readers who were voraciously consuming young adult literature, largely because there was nothing like the books of today when those readers were kids. It wasn’t long before hard-core erotica burst into the spotlight, no longer relegated to the taboo bookstores and carried around in brown wrappers or tucked inside more “worthy” books.
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A Massive Study to Understand E-Reading Starts in Europe Next Week

A Massive Study to Understand E-Reading Starts in Europe Next Week | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The European Commission is funding a new study to understand reading comprehension when it comes to reading digital content, such as e-Books. 

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Kobo Glo HD Upgrade Adds High-Res Screen

Kobo Glo HD Upgrade Adds High-Res Screen | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
E-book retailer Kobo is releasing the Kobo Glo HD, an upgraded version of its self-lit e-reader, adding a 6-inch high resolution e-ink screen to the device. Kobo is also bundling the device with Kobo Welcome, a concierge phone service that will provide a real person to answer questions and help users set up the device.
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Mass redistribution of words: World Book Night prepares for UK-wide book giveaway

Mass redistribution of words: World Book Night prepares for UK-wide book giveaway | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Over 7,000 people have volunteered to donate one of a shortlist of 20 books to the 35% of the population who are not regular readers
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Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020

Latin American Digital Markets to Rise 10-15% by 2020 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In a new report, German ebook distribution platform Bookwire forecasts that digital sales will represent between 10% and 15% of total sales in the Latin American markets by 2020. Today, it represents 1% across the whole region.
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Roundup: Popslate's E-ink iPhone Case Ships 2 Years Late, Lacks Many Promised Features

Roundup: Popslate's E-ink iPhone Case Ships 2 Years Late, Lacks Many Promised Features | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Popslate's novel smartphone case adds a 4" secondary E-ink screen to the rear of the iPhone 6. It packs in Bluetooth and a battery specced for 7 days of operation.
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Publishing Has Become a Civil War, says Prominent UK Editor

Publishing Has Become a Civil War, says Prominent UK Editor | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Traditional vs. self-publishing has become a Civil War, says Philip Gwyn Jones, who will the topic at today's London Book Fair.
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Research – Where do you Buy your eBooks?

Research – Where do you Buy your eBooks? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

There are hundreds of digital bookstores all over the world and the purpose of our research is to determine the most popular. Over the course of the last two weeks 364 people cast their vote and today we would like to share our results.

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Why Oyster Now Sells Ebooks Too

Why Oyster Now Sells Ebooks Too | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Oyster started as an all-you-can-read ebook subscription service but they recently decided to expand their reach by selling individual ebooks as well. There's been plenty of speculation on why they made this move, including catching up to competitors like Scribd and Amazon. While the competitive point is valid, I think there are two more important reasons for this move: sustainability and customer loyalty.
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Rook Retreads Location-Based eBooks Idea as Innovative Business Plan

Rook Retreads Location-Based eBooks Idea as Innovative Business Plan | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There's nothing like marketing to a captive audience. TV commercials make use of that idea, and pretty soon a new startup called Rook will launch a service which offers free ebooks to users so long as they remain at their current location.
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Penguin Random House Brings Ebooks to Acela Passengers

Penguin Random House Brings Ebooks to Acela Passengers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Penguin Random House adds free samples of some of its best-selling ebooks to the digital content platform Amtrak is launching for Acela Express passengers.
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Amazon's Bestselling Book is an Adult Coloring Book

Amazon's Bestselling Book is an Adult Coloring Book | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Writing for The Guardian, Alison Flood notes that, to the surprise of many, the bestselling title at Amazon USA is by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, whose coloring books are topping the charts.
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Oyster Opens Ebookstore

Oyster Opens Ebookstore | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Readers can still sign up for the start-up’s subscription program, which offers unlimited access to over 1 million ebooks for $9.95 a month. But now, all of those titles plus about 100,000 more will be available for individual purchase.
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What Digital Format Do you Enjoy the Most?

What Digital Format Do you Enjoy the Most? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

E-book retailer Kobo is releasing the Kobo Glo HD, an upgraded version of its self-lit e-reader, adding a 6-inch high resolution e-ink screen to the device. Kobo is also bundling the device with Kobo Welcome, a concierge phone service that will provide a real person to answer questions and help users set up the device.

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Hachette Boss Says e-Book Subscription Sites are Not Viable

Hachette Boss Says e-Book Subscription Sites are Not Viable | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of Hachette said in a recent interview that e-book subscription services have no future. He was referencing the dirge of websites that
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