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Ebooks and the future of research

Ebooks and the future of research | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The longevity of a publication is determined by the number of available copies, and the ease with which an authoritative version can be sourced: no researcher will refer to a book whose existence he ignores or which he cannot reasonably obtain.

While the success of eBooks may lure us into a false perception of their distribution, most commercial platforms refer to a single master copy, which can be edited or deleted at will. There are millions of Kindles and iPads out there, but there are, in essence, two copies of any given book: Apple’s and Amazon’s.

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Bookee's Happy Easter, a new Easter-themed FREE app for children

Bookee's Happy Easter, a new Easter-themed FREE app for children | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

“Bookee’s Happy Easter” is one of the most famous lil’apps from the Land of the Big Carrot. Bookee and friends invite you to play in an Easter-themed series of small simple games for children, including a puzzle, spot the differences, a maze, find the hidden objects, a sequence and a painting pad.

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Is Metabook the Next Evolution of the Book?

Is Metabook the Next Evolution of the Book? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Metabook's new ultra-enhanced ebooks are created for a new generation of readers, says Creative Director Benjamin Alfonsi.
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How to Reach Millennial Readers

How to Reach Millennial Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

For book publishers, millennials can be a tricky bunch.
They appear to favor print as well as offline, word-of-mouth book recommendations on the one hand, while driving an enormous share of social media activity on the other.

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So much for the myth of distracting digital devices: Distraction may actually help creativity

So much for the myth of distracting digital devices: Distraction may actually help creativity | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Anti-ebook device-hating Luddites are probably not going to like to hear this, but a new piece of research suggests that the kind of distractions from email, social media, and other extraneous inputs that they rail against may actually boost your creativity. The study, entitled “Creativity and sensory gating indexed by the P50: Selective versus leaky sensory gating in divergent thinkers and creative achievers,” published in Neuropsychologia by the Northwestern University team of Darya L. Zabelina, Daniel O’Leary, Narun Pornpattananangkul, Robin Nusslock, and Mark Beeman, has found evidence that an openness to distraction “may help people integrate ideas that are outside of focus of attention, leading to creativity in the real world.”
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EU Approach to eBooks Is Nonsense

EU Approach to eBooks Is Nonsense | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
This week four cultural ministers from four powerhouses; Italy, Poland, France and Germany jointly requested that the EU Commission should think again about the rate of tax for ebooks. This comes only weeks after the EU High Court ruled against France and Luxemburg and stated that ebooks are different from physical books. They want the same rate applied as physical books so countries such as the UK would have zero tax on both, as opposed to zero on physical and 20% on digital.
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Scholastic to Launch New Interactive Line at Bologna

Scholastic to Launch New Interactive Line at Bologna | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Scholastic has partnered with the UK's Make Believe Ideas to develop a new line of interactive children's books for ages 0-5, debuting at Bologna next week.
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New Zealanders Might Soon Have to Pay GST on e-Books

New Zealanders Might Soon Have to Pay GST on e-Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

New Zealand residents do not have to pay the local 15% GST on digital purchases, such as e-books. This might change as Prime Minister John Key announced that his government is looking into forcing overseas companies selling online content to pay the GST.

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How Children's Publishers Can Keep up with Digital Natives

How Children's Publishers Can Keep up with Digital Natives | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Exploring the latest research on children's and families' e-reading habits and content purchases, plus top news in digital publishing.
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Why Reading Translated Kids' Books Makes a Difference

Why Reading Translated Kids' Books Makes a Difference | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
'Writing translated from other languages makes you see things differently,' says UK translator Daniel Hahn who will mine the Bologna Book Fair for gems.
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Rakuten Buys OverDrive for $410 Million (More Than it Paid for Kobo)

Rakuten Buys OverDrive for $410 Million (More Than it Paid for Kobo) | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Rakuten Buys OverDrive for $410 Million (More Than it Paid for Kobo) library ebooks, overdrive I have long been expecting that OverDrive, the dominant player in the library ebook market, would one day be acquired by a bigger fish who wanted to secure
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Publishers Getting Left Behind on Mobile

Publishers Getting Left Behind on Mobile | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A change Google has planned for its search algorithm will dramatically impact book publishers whose web content isn't optimized for mobile devices.
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Bestselling Author Paulo Coelho Embraces Book Piracy

Bestselling Author Paulo Coelho Embraces Book Piracy | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The bestselling author of the Alchemist, Paulo Coelho does not have a problem with book piracy. Instead he condones it and participates in the practice of
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Ebook Distributor Bookwire's Plans for Global Domination

Ebook Distributor Bookwire's Plans for Global Domination | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
German ebook distribution platform Bookwire's international expansion is rolling across Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.
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Bonnier Business Press acquires majority stake in Danish publisher of digital learning materials, Clio Online

Bonnier Business Press acquires majority stake in Danish publisher of digital learning materials, Clio Online | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Bonnier, Clio Online, Bonnier Business Press
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Survey Says Median Author Advance in UK under £6,600

Survey Says Median Author Advance in UK under £6,600 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Bookseller reports that the median advance for “traditionally published” UK author is “well under £6,600” based on the early results of a new survey.
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Emerging Global Internet Users Young, Social and Read English

Emerging Global Internet Users Young, Social and Read English | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A Pew study published last week finds that Internet use in emerging and developing countries is highest among younger, more affluent, better educated users who read English—all potentially good news for English-language ebook publishers setting down roots in international markets.
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Salon du Livre Paris: Indie Intros a Success, Authors Continue Protests

Salon du Livre Paris: Indie Intros a Success, Authors Continue Protests | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
At the Salon du Livre in Paris, a new program introduced indie publishers to agents and scouts, while authors continued protesting poor contracts.
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What happens when platforms turn into publishers?

What happens when platforms turn into publishers? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
If you’re a publisher, Facebook holds a lot of power. The social media giant is already responsible for directing up to 40 percent of some sites’ traffic, and 75 percent of BuzzFeed’s. Now, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook is negotiating with a number of publishers to be more than a funnel that directs users to content on news sites. Instead, the story says, the company will partner with media companies (the Times, National Geographic and BuzzFeed are rumored) to host entire stories and journalism internally, “a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems,” the Times writes.
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HarperCollins Looks to Sell Books via Twitter

HarperCollins Looks to Sell Books via Twitter | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
To mark the opening of the 'Insurgent' film, HarperCollins and Twitter are partnering to offer fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy a discounted hardcover of the 'Insurgent' movie tie-in edition via Twitter links.
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Kobo H2O and Glo Firmware 3.13.1 Available in Japan

Kobo H2O and Glo Firmware 3.13.1 Available in Japan | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Kobo has published a new firmware update for their first waterproof e-reader and the recently discontinued Glo model in Japan. The updates not only fix a nagging WIFI issue that required constant password input but shed some new light on one of the companies yet announced products.
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When Yanis Varoufakis stepped up, so did Zed Books…

When Yanis Varoufakis stepped up, so did Zed Books… | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The speed with which a London publisher reacted when one of its authors became the Greek finance minister tells us a lot about the power of digital technology
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Amazon Publishing France: How Will the French Respond?

Amazon Publishing France: How Will the French Respond? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

xThe Amazon Publishing France had hired its first employee, Clément Monjou, who will start by publishing a pair of translations under the Crossing imprint.

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Google Play Books Expands into Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, And Slovakia

Google Play Books Expands into Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, And Slovakia | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Never one to rush into things, Google continued its steady expansion of Google Play Books this week by opening local ebookstores in Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

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When the Indie Math Doesn’t Add up

When the Indie Math Doesn’t Add up | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Why the touted advantages of self-publishing don't always lead to brisk sales for indie authors, plus today's top headlines in digital publishing.
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Management Group to Buy Peter Lang Publishing

Management Group to Buy Peter Lang Publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A senior management group has agreed to acquire the international academic publisher Peter Lang Academic Publishing. The executive team, led by Claude Begle, company chairman, bought the publisher from the Peter Lang Children’s Trust, which has controlled the house since the death of company founder, Peter Lang, in 2001.
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