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Un diálogo a tres voces: editores, bibliotecarios y lectores

Un diálogo a tres voces: editores, bibliotecarios y lectores | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

En la gran transformación que está teniendo el sector editorial, las bibliotecas son un eslabón muy importante tanto a nivel cultural, fomentando la lectura y el acceso de los contenidos a la sociedad, como a nivel empresarial (a pesar del momento crítico de los presupuestos de muchas de ellas), para promover, difundir y también comprar los libros de los editores, a la vez que “la introducción del libro digital en las bibliotecas ha supuesto el elemento clave para la aceleración de su aceptación social y por consiguiente de su consumo.” Bajo este prisma, es fundamental que los editores establezcan relaciones con las bibliotecas que vayan más allá de la simple venta de libros a las instituciones.

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New Online Tracking Tech Means More Work to Keep Your Reading Private Online

New Online Tracking Tech Means More Work to Keep Your Reading Private Online | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium have discovered that  several companies including AddThis, makers of the popular sharing buttons toolbar found on many websites, have been secretly testing a new type of cookie. It’s called canvas fingerprinting, and it gathers more information than existing cookies in an attempt to create a unique identifier to be used to track you around the web.

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E-readers vs books: the debate

E-readers vs books: the debate | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Are you going to be piling books into your suitcase this summer or will you opt for the tech version? Claire Kearns argues that even in this era of instant downloads and constant connectivity, there's plenty of pleasure still to be found in a good, solid book.

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Yes, it's true, there are many ways to get our reading material nowadays, but according to a number of sources listed in this Guardian article, some people still prefer the analog to the digital.

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For Subscription Ebooks, Great Expectations But Few Guarantees

For Subscription Ebooks, Great Expectations But Few Guarantees | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

A report released today by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) finds that 80% of publishers believe subscription ebooks becoming a major part of the publishing business is “inevitable.” The launch last week of Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, would appear to corroborate that finding — but are they?

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Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies: Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know

Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies: Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less than enthusiastic about it.

Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the other all-you-can-read subscription services:

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App review: FBReader--Immersive mode and more -

App review: FBReader--Immersive mode and more - | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A review of FBReader, a nice ereading app for Android which is free and supports KitKat immersive mode.
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HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit

HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

[Press Release] BITLIT SIGNS HARPERCOLLINS TO EBOOK BUNDLING PILOT. Vancouver Startup lets readers download e-books for books they already own in print. Today, BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through its bundling platform. BitLit is a free app that allows readers to purchase the e-book edition at a discounted price when they already own the print book. To claim the e-book, readers write their name in ink on the copyright page and snap a photo using their smartphone. BitLit uses computer vision technology to verify authenticity and avoid the need for receipts or point-of-sale records, thus allowing readers to retroactively bundle their books.

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The Tolino Alliance Expands into Belgium

The Tolino Alliance Expands into Belgium | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The Tolino Alliance was formed in 2013 and their mandate was to combat Amazon in Germany. This was the first time Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Club Bertelsmann, Deutsche Telekom banded together to forge a series of e-reading devices and launch an online bookstore. Today, the Tolino Alliance has now expanded to Belgium via Standaard Boekhandel.

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Amazon’s New Kindle Unlimited Is Here. Get Ready to Binge-Read

Amazon’s New Kindle Unlimited Is Here. Get Ready to Binge-Read | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The rumors, it turns out, were true: Amazon has, indeed, launched a monthly subscription service for Kindle users that offers unlimited access to over 600,000 titles for ten bucks.
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Meaning of Free Apps Changing in Europe

Meaning of Free Apps Changing in Europe | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Every person with a smartphone or tablet has experienced the frustration of a free (but not so free) app; you download it, you install it, you go to run it… and find that it’s so bogged down with ads and purchase options that it’s nearly impossible to use. In North America, many classify these apps as being Freemium. Beginning in September, Google has reached an agreement with the European Union that indicates no title offering in-app purchases (IAP) can be labeled as free.

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Got a novella in the bottom drawer? It could be a Kindle single…

Got a novella in the bottom drawer? It could be a Kindle single… | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Anna Baddeley: The elasticity of digital publishing can give new life to the shorter form, as DJ Taylor discovered
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Verso App Gives Teachers a Powerful Assessment Tool for Student Engagement

Verso App Gives Teachers a Powerful Assessment Tool for Student Engagement | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It’s the same in every classroom, in every school, in every subject area. Certain students are “getting it” and engaging with the content, while other students are trailing behind, getting more and more lost and less and less likely to admit it. But a new assessment tool that lets students structure their own questions, responses, and discussion points offers teachers the ability to understand what every student is thinking about the material without having to conduct individualized assessments at every step along the way. Even better, the students are equipped to provide their feedback without calling attention to themselves, making them more likely to engage and offer genuine insight into where they might be lagging.

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How to Be a Better Online Reader

How to Be a Better Online Reader | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The shift from print to digital texts may have deeper repercussions for reading and comprehension.
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Icarus Launches Updated Illumina eReader with Android 4.2, Dual-Core CPU

Icarus Launches Updated Illumina eReader with Android 4.2, Dual-Core CPU | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

eBook readers which run Android are nothing new, but today I came across one which made my heart skip a beat. The Dutch ereader maker Icarus has unveiled an updated version of their Illumina  HD ereader. Initially launched last fall, the Illumina  HD sported a 6″ Pearl HD E-ink screen with frontlight and touchscreen. The new model launching today sports a sleaker, slimmer design with fewer buttons and runs Android 4.2 on a 1GHz dual-core CPU.

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Purchase eBook Edition Of Your Current Physical Book On The Cheap

Purchase eBook Edition Of Your Current Physical Book On The Cheap | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Ebooks are starting to gain traction these days, that is a given. After all, nobody would like to lug around a behemoth of a novel that surpasses the 1,000 page mark – it would take up too much space in your suitcase or hand-carry luggage. However, there is one major advantage that physical books have over an ebook – you can never run out of batteries when you need to read it in a lighted environment. Still, publisher HarperCollins intends to push the ebook agenda further forward by letting you purchase an ebook edition of an existing print copy of the book on the cheap – as long as you are able to prove that you already have a print copy of the book.

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De Marque Partners with Libranda, the World’s Largest Spanish Ebook Distributor

De Marque Partners with Libranda, the World’s Largest Spanish Ebook Distributor | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
De Marque announces the achievement of an important agreement between De Marque and Distribuidora Digital de Libros, SA (Libranda), the digital distribution and promotion body comprised of 75 major Spanish publishing houses.
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Should You Get Amazon Kindle Unlimited?

Should You Get Amazon Kindle Unlimited? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service is now available, offering access to 600,000 book titles and 8,000 audiobook titles for $10 a month. You can start a free trial today, but if you'd like to know immediately whether this is the digital borrowing service for you, we've got the answer...

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New Estimates Put UK eBook Sales up 10% in the First Four Months of the Year

New Estimates Put UK eBook Sales up 10% in the First Four Months of the Year | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The UK Publishers Association revealed today that growth in ebook sales in the UK market outpaced the US market in the first part of 2014.

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'One in three' ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published - Telegraph

'One in three' ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published - Telegraph | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Almost a third of all the ebooks sold on Amazon over the last three months were self-published, according to a new report, making indie authors, as a cohort, the largest publisher of ebooks on Amazon.com in terms of market share.
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Nimbooks buscará en el crowdfunding potenciar la nube cultural

Nimbooks buscará en el crowdfunding potenciar la nube cultural | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Así, Nimbooks, que lleva prácticamente todo el pasado año en pruebas con una primera versión Beta Privada en la que participan cerca de 200 usuarios de mas de 30 nacionalidades, ha obtenido todo el feedback esperado y necesario para sacar el máximo partido a la sofisticada plataforma de lectura, compartición libros electrónicos y almacenaje en la nube.

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Is Kindle Unlimited Good or Bad for Authors - Six Viewpoints

Is Kindle Unlimited Good or Bad for Authors - Six Viewpoints | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In the two days since Amazon officially announced their ebook subscription service, everyone and their cousin has posted an editorial on the question of whether KU is good or bad for authors.

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Amazon Opens First Pop-Up Store in China

Amazon Opens First Pop-Up Store in China | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Little has been written since Amazon first started deploying pop-up stores in the US last October, but now it appears that they’re not just being used in this market. Mike Cane has discovered that Amazon is also using pop-up stores in China. The Chinese blog EvoLife broke the news earlier today, reporting that Amazon is installing temporary buildings in cities in China.

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Reading between the lines: books and digital not so incompatible

Reading between the lines: books and digital not so incompatible | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Ever since the Internet went mainstream, it’s been seen as a threat to our book-reading habits, absorbing our attention and impinging on our reading time. But while the proportion of book-reading Aussies has fallen in the last decade, our data reveals that people who do read books are also more likely to spend an above-average time online, suggesting that the two activities aren’t so incompatible after all. 

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Sony Begins Selling 13.3 Inch Digital Paper e-Reader Directly

Sony Begins Selling 13.3 Inch Digital Paper e-Reader Directly | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Today Sony has begun to sell the DPT-S1 Digital Paper e-reader directly in the US. It is retailing for $1100, which is more cost effective than a few of their official distribution partners. The only catch, is that they don’t want to sell them to the average consumer.

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Writing on the wall for some e-books

Writing on the wall for some e-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Many purchasers of e-books are facing a situation inconceivable to owners of conventional texts: they are no longer able to read the books they purchased.
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Kindle Unlimited: Amazon to Offer eBook Subscription Service for $10/month

Kindle Unlimited: Amazon to Offer eBook Subscription Service for $10/month | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It looks like Amazon is going to get into the ebook subscription service business in the near future, and it’s likely to include audiobooks as well.There’s been no official announcement from Amazon just yet, but there’s a story at Gigaom with very compelling evidence that Amazon is close to revealing a new service called Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service for $9.99 per month.

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