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New Book Discovery Tool Helps Authors and Publishers Share Excerpts

New Book Discovery Tool Helps Authors and Publishers Share Excerpts | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

DAB (Discover a Book) announces a low cost service for self-published authors that puts an excerpt of their book in front of key book buyers throughout the US – increasing exposure and sales.The service – called Publishers Portal (www.publishersportal.com) – creates a text excerpt from the first chapter of an author’s book that is formatted to display well on both computers and mobile phone/tablet devices.

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The Future of Competition in Publishing: Be Very Afraid

The Future of Competition in Publishing: Be Very Afraid | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

If you were to count up all of the earnest articles, blog entries, and even Colbert Report routines that have been dedicated to the Amazon vs. Hatchette dispute, well, you wouldn’t have an accurate number, because more would have been written while you were counting. Curiously enough, almost 100% of them  miss the point of greatest concern to authors. The real issue isn’t whether the on-line retailer or the publishers win the current battle, but whether there will be any real competition in the marketplace in the future regardless of who wins. Right now, it’s very hard for me to see how there can be.  Here’s why.

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World Cup Increases E-Reading About Soccer in Football-Crazed Countries

World Cup Increases E-Reading About Soccer in Football-Crazed Countries | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

For soccer nations such as Germany, Brazil, and The Netherlands, there’s no event more anticipated than the World Cup. With the top national squads fighting it out for global supremacy and nearly a billion people watching worldwide, no one is safe from the gravitational pull of the games. Not even readers. To investigate the “World Cup Effect,” Kobo looked at the reading habits of five fanatic football nations: Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands over the last month. This is what we found:

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Freescale Talks about the e-Reader Revolution

Freescale Talks about the e-Reader Revolution | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Freescale and e-Ink have both  played a pivotal role for the entire e-reader revolution.  E-Paper and the processors that power them have run in tandem from the very first Sony e-Reader to the modern day Kindle Paperwhite 2. Many people in the industry are unfamiliar on the exact role that Freescale has played in the evolution of eBook readers. Today we talk to i.MX Product Management Manager, eReader Business Development Nik Jedrzejewski about Freescales role in history.

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Microsoft gives away nearly 300 free, tip-packed ebooks and resource guides

Microsoft gives away nearly 300 free, tip-packed ebooks and resource guides | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Get ready to drink deep from the fountain of knowledge. As he's done in years past, Microsoft senior sales excellence manager Eric Ligman has compiled a veritable flood of free Microsoft ebooks and other resources, offering up nearly 300 gratis guides for your reading pleasure.

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The Spanish Digital Link Offers Entrée to the Spanish World

The Spanish Digital Link Offers Entrée to the Spanish World | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Spanish Digital Link offers publishing localization services that will help you establish a foothold in the 500 million strong global Spanish-language market.
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HarperCollins Pivots to Sell Print and Ebooks Directly to Readers Through Main Website

HarperCollins Pivots to Sell Print and Ebooks Directly to Readers Through Main Website | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

HarperCollins has relaunched its website and, in a way, its business. The company is now selling all its book, ebooks and audiobooks directly to consumers through HarperCollins.com.

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Oceano Moves Into Ebooks, Mines Smaller Spanish Markets

Oceano Moves Into Ebooks, Mines Smaller Spanish Markets | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Oceano, one of the largest Spanish-language publishers, has finally launched a line of ebook titles out of its Mexico subsidiary aimed at Latin America.
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Adobe Digital Editions Rolls Out Private Beta for ePUB3

Adobe Digital Editions Rolls Out Private Beta for ePUB3 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

For fans of both Adobe Digital Editions ebook reading platform and the ePUB3 format, long-awaited good news is on its way. Adobe’s adoption of the ePUB3 standards is currently in private beta, and some sources say that full adoption for the public will be coming as early as the fall.

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The Problem of Reinventing the Bookstore

The Problem of Reinventing the Bookstore | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Bookshops are the platypus of the retail world. Not only are they part of an industry with a unique obsession with and attachment to its products, but they are also one of the types of retailers which are the most susceptible to losing business to online competitors.

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BBC giving away free interactive Doctor Who ebook

BBC giving away free interactive Doctor Who ebook | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File ebook is available for iPad, Android tablets and Kindle Fire and can be downloaded via the BBC’s website for free.
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Kids vs Paper Books: Two Stories

Kids vs Paper Books: Two Stories | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I have written about kids’ books more than once for this blog, and my feeling has always been that eBooks are fine for grown-ups like me, where how it looks doesn’t really matter. But for kids, I still think that how it looks does matter. And while I have seen my share of them muck around with reading apps on the iPad, I think that there is still something special about bonding with a tiny child over a printed, paper book. And two book-ish encounters this past week have inspired me to start building up my paper library again, with favourite stories for the kids in my life.

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In this article Joanna Cabot gives two examples of encounters between children and print books, both of which inspire her to say that print books are still important for kids because "how it looks does matter." She talks about sharing a book with a four-year-old who is really affected by the illustrations. She also talks about encountering an elderly woman and her young grandson. The grandmother enjoys buying a stack of books for the child, and Cabot emphasizes the intergenerational nature of a love for books. She concludes that there is room for both digital and print reading options in every child's life.

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BiblioTech Digital Library Opens in Texas

BiblioTech Digital Library Opens in Texas | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The BiblioTech digital library in Bexar County Texas has officially opened their doors to the public.  Patrons will be able to access to over 10,000 eBooks and residents will be able checkout  600 E-readers,  9 laptops and 40 tablets to read them on. BiblioTech branch manager Catarina Velasquez said if compared it to any other library, you’ll find one major difference. “The biggest difference that you are going to find is that you’re not going to see rows and rows of books. Instead, you’re going to see rows and rows of computers,” said Velasquez. “We have all of our content digital and online.”

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Tate Publishing releases first children’s app

Tate Publishing releases first children’s app | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Tate Publishing has released its first children’s app, based on its picture book Noisy Neighbours by Ruth Green.

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Students Fail to Embrace Digital Textbooks

Students Fail to Embrace Digital Textbooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

American students have yet to embrace digital textbooks in considerable numbers. Many of the top universities and colleges have a very slim minority that either use them exclusively or in parallel with print. A recent survey by Hewlett Packard illiminates the role digital is playing in the classroom.

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What Brazilian STM Publishers Learned in Germany

What Brazilian STM Publishers Learned in Germany | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
When Brazilian STM publishers visited their German counterparts last month they found common ground in questions surrounding Amazon, Open Access and more.
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Tablo aims to make publishing e-books as easy as publishing blogs

Tablo aims to make publishing e-books as easy as publishing blogs | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In 2012 Ash Davies founded Tablo, a cloud-based e-book publishing platform that has just secured $400,000 in seed funding.
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Oyster and Scribd Unlimited Ebook Services Review

Oyster and Scribd Unlimited Ebook Services Review | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Oyster and Scribd are good if you read three or more books, or if you like to sample - start several books before deciding which ones interest you.
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Let's mash up some SF classics with children's books!

Let's mash up some SF classics with children's books! | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Alison Flood: Frank Herbert's Dune has been very entertainingly blended with Goodnight Moon. Which other sci-fi and fantasy should morphed this way?
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Children’s Digital Reading Platform FarFaria Launches on iPhone

Children’s Digital Reading Platform FarFaria Launches on iPhone | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
[Press Release]
FarFaria Brings Unlimited Children’s Reading to the iPhone with New 3.0 Release
The 3.0 release makes FarFaria a universal app, allowing families to extend their current iPad subscriptions to the iPhone platform
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Getting Books to Market Quicker

Getting Books to Market Quicker | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon Publishing and Rizzoli team up to accelerate the publishing process, when it's cheaper investing in book companies than authors, New Zealanders prefer print and much more.
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Amazon, Hachette, Publishing, Etc — It’s Not a Football Game, People

Amazon, Hachette, Publishing, Etc — It’s Not a Football Game, People | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

And now, some thoughts on subjects pertaining to publishing. I’ll use myself as an example for much of this.

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e-Readers Must be Turned on According to the TSA

The Transportation Security Administration has announced that e-readers must be turned on when going through customs for travelers taking international flights headed to the US. They are concerned that your trusty Kindle may be hollowed out and explosives planted within.

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Do Bookshops Have A 2020 Vision?

Do Bookshops Have A 2020 Vision? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

We have all read about the decline of the independent bookstores in the UK and US. However, we have also seen the relaunch of Foyles in Charing Cross, the expansion of the Hatchards brand by Waterstones to St Pancras, the growth online of the bargain bookseller, The Works. So what is the future of the Bookstore and does it have a vision of itself in 2020, or is its vision somewhat out of focus and requiring both short and long sighted correction?

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German Writers Rely on Readings, Fellowships for Income

German Writers Rely on Readings, Fellowships for Income | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It may surprise many Americans, but German authors are paid to read in bookstores, have access to numerous fellowships and discounted health insurance.
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E-readers vs printed books

E-readers vs printed books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

At a certain type of BBQ or dinner party the printed book versus e-reader debate is always likely to break out.

Printed book defenders tend to be more forceful and emotional in their advocacy.

Their preference for the printed book is based on intangible factors such as the feel of a book and the smell of a book. A deep passion that the traditional book is the right and proper way to read and should never be allowed to die is evident.

 

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