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Why Traditional Publishing Is Really In A 'Golden Age'

But Michael Pietsch, soon-to-be CEO of the traditional publisher Hachette Book Group, disagrees. "I think we're in a golden age for books — reading, writing and publishing," he tells Cornish. "And the ways that publishers can work to connect readers with writers now are the kinds of things that publishers have dreamt of doing since Gutenberg first put down a line of type."

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What You Should Know About Finnish Literature

What You Should Know About Finnish Literature | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Journalist Anu Partanen offers a preview of Finnish literature today, ahead of Finland's Guest of Honor program at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair.
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Is Vook’s Acquisition of Byliner a Good Deal for Authors?

Is Vook’s Acquisition of Byliner a Good Deal for Authors? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With Vook's acquisition of Byliner, the service has shifted entirely to an a la carte model offering 85% royalties. It's less value for readers, but far more valuable for authors.
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HarperCollins Thinks There's No Such Thing as Too Much DRM, Adds Another DRM Layer to eBooks

HarperCollins Thinks There's No Such Thing as Too Much DRM, Adds Another DRM Layer to eBooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

HarperCollins dashed my hopes today when they announced that they were spending even more on DRM. This publisher isn’t just using DRM to try to lock down consumer copies; they’ve expanded the idea with the false hope that they can use digital watermark DRM to make their supply chain more secure.

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International Read an eBook Day Debuts September 18

International Read an eBook Day Debuts September 18 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Thursday, September 18 will mark the first International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on digital devices. In recent years, the popularity of eBooks has soared, with 28 percent of adults aged 18 and older reading at least one eBook in 2013, according to Pew Research. Readers can access eBooks on any mobile device, computer or tablet, anytime, anywhere.

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People Still Love their Sony e-Readers

People Still Love their Sony e-Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Sony has abandoned making new e-readers and fully closed down their online bookstore in North America, Europe and Australia. Sony always employed high build quality in their complete line of electronic readers, users still cling to their old models, as if they were a precious metal.

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Amazon, Publishers, and Readers

Amazon, Publishers, and Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Back in 2007, when publishers began selling large numbers of books in digital format, they used digital rights management (DRM) to lock their books to a particular piece of hardware, Amazon’s new Kindle. DRM is designed to transfer pricing power from content owners to hardware vendors. The publishers clearly assumed they could hand Amazon consolidated control without ever having to conspire with one another, and that Amazon would reward them by passing cost-savings back as inflated profits. When Amazon instead decided to side with the customer, passing the savings on as reduced price, they panicked, and started looking around for an alternative conspirator.

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6 Great Apps to Help You Write

6 Great Apps to Help You Write | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
CompletelyNovel share their six top apps for authors, for help with everything from plotting, to writing without distraction.
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Publishing in Finland: Leena Majander-Reenpää, Publisher, WSOY

Publishing in Finland: Leena Majander-Reenpää, Publisher, WSOY | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Leena Majander-Reenpää is the publisher of WSOY, one of the leading Finnish publishers dating back to the 19th century. Find out about the latest authors, bestsellers and digital publishing projects from WSOY.
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Adobe Releases Digital Editions 4.0 Featuring inComplete Support for Epub3

Adobe Releases Digital Editions 4.0 Featuring inComplete Support for Epub3 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Beating the third anniversary of Epub3 by about a month, Adobe released a new version of Adobe Digital Editions today.  Now publicly available for OSX and Windows, Adobe DE 4.0 is the first version of this app to officially support Epub3 – such as it is.

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Apple's New Payments System, Apple Pay

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Apple's New Payments System, Apple Pay | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

To get started with Apple Pay, you can simply add a credit card from your iTunes account. You'll also be able to add new credit cards to Apple Pay just by using the iSight camera on your phone — no need to type in card numbers. Each card will get a device-only account number, so the actual credit card number is never stored on either your phone or Apple's servers.

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Ebooks help out-of-print classics and pulp fiction return on e-readers

Ebooks help out-of-print classics and pulp fiction return on e-readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With millions getting on to smartphones, books ranging from out-of-print classics to pulp fiction are making a comeback.
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Has Anyone Tried ComicsFix's Digital Comics Subscription Service?

Has Anyone Tried ComicsFix's Digital Comics Subscription Service? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

A non-new digital comics service crossed my desk this morning (discovered via Absolute Write), and since I had never heard of it (nor could I find much in the way of press coverage) I decided to post an open question and see if anyone was more familiar with it than I.

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Kenya’s Passionate Publishers Grow in Confidence, Influence

Kenya’s Passionate Publishers Grow in Confidence, Influence | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A coterie of aggressive, creative publishing houses are fighting to expand the literary horizons of Kenyans and bring their books to the world.
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Publishing in Finland: Minna Castren, Publishing Director, Otava

Publishing in Finland: Minna Castren, Publishing Director, Otava | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Which authors should you look for from Otava, Finland's largest book publisher? Director Minna Castren lists upcoming books, authors and trends ahead of Frankfurt.
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Pirated Kindle Books May Hijack your Amazon Account

Pirated Kindle Books May Hijack your Amazon Account | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Here is how the vulnerability works. Hackers have been injecting links to external websites in the book’s title or in the field reserved for the name of the author, or in both. The script is triggered when you visit the Amazon Kindle Management page and have used the Send to Kindle Plugin. The Kindle Library takes whatever is inside the book’s title or author fields and inserts it into the Kindle Library web page. As a result, if the title or author fields contain HTML code, this code becomes part of the Kindle Library web page and is treated as if it had originated from Amazon’s server.Send to Kindle remains a very popular function, Amazon has an official version and many 3rd parties have developed alternatives for Android, Chrome, Firefox or iOS. It basically allows you to send documents and eBooks directly to your Amazon account to be read by a Kindle e-Reader, tablet or official reading app.

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Are Books Really Like Any Other Consumer Good?

Are Books Really Like Any Other Consumer Good? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In today’s Morning Links, I highlighted a GigaOM writeup on the latest Authors United tomfoolery: a letter to Amazon where they assert, among other things, that while Amazon does have the perfect right to refuse to stock or carry any ‘commercial good’ they want, they should not exercise this right on books because books are a special snowflake and not just a regular consumer good. Their letter says this:

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Amazon Expands No-Rush Shipping Credit to Include eBooks, Books

Amazon Expands No-Rush Shipping Credit to Include eBooks, Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon has long offered an incentive to Prime members to choose a slower shipping method, and earlier this week they changed the incentive to include a $1 credit which can be applied to buy books or ebooks.

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Kobo to Partner with Dutch Retailer Bol.com

Kobo to Partner with Dutch Retailer Bol.com | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Reliable sources have told me that Kobo will be announcing a new retail partner soon. The deal isn’t scheduled to be revealed until Monday, but I have been informed that Bol.com, a Dutch media retailer, is going to be Kobo’s newest partner.

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Cory Doctorow: Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law

Cory Doctorow: Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It’s been half a decade since I coined ‘‘Doctorow’s first law of electronic publishing’’: ‘‘Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won’t give you the key, you can be sure that the lock isn’t there for your benefit.’’

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UK childrens' storytelling app Story Box seeks Kickstarter support

UK childrens' storytelling app Story Box seeks Kickstarter support | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
UK game designer Simon Keating, "a designer in the games industry for 20 years" and creator of "the characters and stories for Croc : Legend Of The Gobbos"
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E-Fun Launches a New $79 Nextbook Android Tablet a

E-Fun Launches a New $79 Nextbook Android Tablet a | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

As I reported yesterday with Kobo, most companies are avoiding the Android tablet, but luckily for this blogger that does not include E-Fun. This US subsidiary of the Chinese gadget maker Yifang quietly launched a new Nextbook tablet here in the US.…

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Apple Unveils New iPhones and Watch

Apple Unveils New iPhones and Watch | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple said it plans to introduce two new iPhones with larger screens, moving into a fast-growing segment of the smartphone market.
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Apple Unveils NFC Mobile Payments Platform Called Apple Pay

Apple Unveils NFC Mobile Payments Platform Called Apple Pay | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple finally confirmed plans to introduce a mobile payments platform using Near Field Communication (NFC).
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What Kindle Unlimited is doing for author earnings

What Kindle Unlimited is doing for author earnings | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In July 2014 Amazon announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited (KU), a pay monthly plan for Kindle eBooks that took aim at nascent eBook subscription services such as Oyster and Scribd in the US. We blogged at the time about whether its creation was a good or bad thing for authors and publishers. Now that the service is almost two months old and has begun to make payments to participating authors some interesting evidence has started to emerge of Kindle Unlimited’s effects on general eBook prices and individual author earnings.

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Publishing venture capital style - or, how most publishers throw money at the wall to see what sticks

Publishing venture capital style - or, how most publishers throw money at the wall to see what sticks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

This post comes courtesy of some comments by publisher Hugh Andrew, Managing Director of Birlinn Limited, in the course of the debate on the future for writers after the Scottish independence referendum at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – as well as from my former life in Hong Kong as Managing Editor of the Asian Venture Capital Journal. Hugh Andrew pointed out how most publishing is a matter of paying off a plethora of loss-making works with a few big wins – which, as it happens, is a very similar approach to the classic venture capital model.

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