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Terry Pratchett's Discworld is Brought to Life in New App: The Map of Ankh-Morpork

Terry Pratchett's Discworld is Brought to Life in New App: The Map of Ankh-Morpork | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

When Terry Pratchett first started writing the Discworld books in 1983, few could have expected it to grow into a world so detailed that it rivals Lord of the Rings, Oz, and Barsoom in scope.  This series spans 39 novels, numerous stories, a half dozen movie adaptations, and as of yesterday, one iPad app.

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Does the Acquisition of BookLamp Signal Apple’s Entry Into the Ebook Subscription Service Market?

Does the Acquisition of BookLamp Signal Apple’s Entry Into the Ebook Subscription Service Market? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In March of this year, shortly before Apple bought ebook recommendation start-up BookLamp, music subscription champion Spotify made a very similar acquisition.
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Amazon says $9.99 eBooks Make More Money

Amazon says $9.99 eBooks Make More Money | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon has penned an open letter on their website which spells out their mentality in approaching the ongoing Hachette eBook dispute.  They primarily contend that selling eBooks at the $9.9 price point sells more copies and garners more money than titles that retail for $14.99.

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Shatzkin shares latest on maximizing the backlist in digital publishing era

Shatzkin shares latest on maximizing the backlist in digital publishing era | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Mike Shatzkin’s commentary on developments in the publishing industry has often featured in TeleRead in the past – not always in entirely respectful terms. All the same, he’s often good for wrap-ups of not-quite-leading-edge newly-received wisdom in mainstream publishing, and one such piece is his latest post entitled (deep breath…): “Publishers need to rethink their marketing deployments and tactics in the digital age to take advantage of their backlists.”

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Serious Editors Talking Seriously About Serious Subjects

Serious Editors Talking Seriously About Serious Subjects | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
When seven English-language editors visited Germany for meetings with their colleagues in publishing, key similarities and differences were revealed.
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Kindle for iOS v4.4 Update Adds Syncing and Navigation Improvements

Kindle for iOS v4.4 Update Adds Syncing and Navigation Improvements | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon rolled out a new update today for their bastion against the tyranny of Apple. The new version of the Kindle app for iPad and iPhone gains several feature, including ones which have been requested by users. The app now supports the new syncing behavior which was added to the Kindle Paperwhite last week; it now syncs to the last page read and not the furthest page read. 

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FastPencil Inks Deal With Evernote So Users Can Self-Publish Ebooks

FastPencil Inks Deal With Evernote So Users Can Self-Publish Ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

[Press Release] FastPencil Creates Print Books and eBooks from Evernote Notes Instantly. New feature is first to enable Evernote users to easily import, self-publish and distribute notes as an eBook or print book regardless of device, location or previous publishing experience

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Latest Nielsen UK figures show ebooks eating into soft covers

Latest Nielsen UK figures show ebooks eating into soft covers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The latest figures brought together in the Books & Consumers 2013 UK Annual Review from Nielsen Book, which “provides an overview of consumer book purchasing in the UK in 2013 compared to 2012, using data based on 80‐90,000 book purchases made by a nationally representative sample of 37‐38,000 book buyers per year,” shows ebook purchases in the UK rising to one quarter of Nielsen’s estimated total, at 25 percent for 2013 versus 20 percent in 2012. However, this growth came at the expense of paperback books, with softback purchases declining from 55 to 50 percent over the same period, in the context of a market that shrank by 4 percent for all types of book, traditional or digital, from 2012 to 2013.

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Do We Need Consumer Protection for eBooks?

Do We Need Consumer Protection for eBooks? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There is no true path of ownership when you purchase eBooks, digital comics or manga from online retailers. Instead, you are merely granted a license and if the store closes you will lose everything. In the last few years we have seen BooksonBoard, Diesel eBooks, FictionWise, JManga, Scholastic Storia, and the Sony Reader Store all shutter their doors. Do we need consumer protection laws to protect our eBooks?There is no true path of ownership when you purchase eBooks, digital comics or manga from online retailers. Instead, you are merely granted a license and if
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Scholastic to Close Storia eBookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to Their eBook Purchases

Scholastic to Close Storia eBookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to Their eBook Purchases | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Think you own those DRMed ebooks you buy? Not according to Scholastic. This US publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia ebook platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that they are shutting down the retail side of the operation.

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Publishers need to rethink their marketing deployments and tactics in the digital age to take advantage of their backlists

Well-articulated complaints about the way traditional publishing compares to self-publishing have recently been posted by two accomplished authors, one who writes fiction and one who writes non-fiction. These point to what most publishers really should already know.

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UK Publishers Association tracks rising digital sales

UK Publishers Association tracks rising digital sales | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The UK Publishers Association  has just shared its latest Digital Sales Monitor, tracking sales till end April 2014, which demonstrates that UK “digital sales increased from £119.9m [$204.78 million] from January-April 2013 to £132.5m [$226.3 million] in the same period this year, a rise of 10.5%. This continues the increasingly strong performance of the digital formats which in 2013 represented 16% of total book sales, and has grown a massive 305% over the past five years.”

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American Library Association: 90% of Libraries in U.S. Now Lend Ebooks

American Library Association: 90% of Libraries in U.S. Now Lend Ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Libraries Support Digital Readiness with Tech Training, STEM Programs, More Robust Online Collections
Leading Role Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.

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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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Why Book Publishers Should Pay Attention to the Developing World

Why Book Publishers Should Pay Attention to the Developing World | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Book sales in the U.S. and Europe have been stagnant for years. While publishers design creative campaigns to turn Twitter followers into customers, they often ignore a much larger and more challenging prize: developing nations.
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6 Questions to Ask Before Publicizing Your Book

6 Questions to Ask Before Publicizing Your Book | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Effective book publicity relies on planning ahead and defining success for you and your book. Here are six questions to ask before you begin.
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Japan's Ameba Social Network Launches a Subscription Manga Service

Japan's Ameba Social Network Launches a Subscription Manga Service | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Subscription ebook services are popping up all over, including in Japan. Earlier this week CyberAgent, owners of the popular Japanese blogging and social networking website Ameba, announced that they were expanding Ameba’s ebookstore with a new subscription option.

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Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing comes too late?

Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing comes too late? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
According to an announcement made on the London Book Fair website some months after the latter’s closure, “The TISP network (Technology Innovation for Smart Publishing), the European project coordinated by the Italian Publishers Association which gathers 25 organizations from 12 European countries, has released a set of policy recommendations, giving the publishing and technology sectors a common base at European level to foster and sustain innovation for the first time.” The open question is whether this will have any actual influence on the development of e-publishing in Europe.
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Amazon Seeks Price Cut On E-books

Amazon Seeks Price Cut On E-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN), which has locked horns with publisher Hachette Book Group over e-book profit-sharing arrangements, Tuesday called for lower prices for e-books, saying they can be and should be less expensive.

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Spain's Google Tax Passes Lower House, Imperils News and Aggregation Sites

Spain's Google Tax Passes Lower House, Imperils News and Aggregation Sites | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Spain’s long debated online tax on Google News and other aggregation sites passed the Congress of Deputies, Spain’s lower chamber of Parliament, last week and it is as bad as Google (and anyone who depends on Google) could have feared.

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Apple acquired BookLamp to improve iBooks: Clear shot at Amazon's eBook dominance

Apple acquired BookLamp to improve iBooks: Clear shot at Amazon's eBook dominance | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple is looking to give Amazon a run for its money with its acquisition of BookLamp. The technology BookLamp has could improve iBooks to compete better with Amazon.
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NASA Quietly Building an eBook Empire

NASA Quietly Building an eBook Empire | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

NASA is the US government agency responsible for space exploration and designing new technologies to achieve it. They have seen better days, since they have abandoned space shuttle launches and instead rely on the ISS in Russia to provide access to the International Space Station. Due to the complicated political landscape with Russia, Space X is hoping to leverage their reusable rockets and take over manned missions.  The one thing NASA is not known for is digital publishing, and the agency is quietly building an eBook empire.

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Why Do E-Books Cost What They Do?

Why Do E-Books Cost What They Do? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
E-book pricing can seem mysterious. With some of the costs of paper publishing gone, does that mean that producing them is really cheaper? Or are there other hidden costs that get figured into the production of digital books?
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Who's up for an eBook Bundle? How About Three?

Who's up for an eBook Bundle? How About Three? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

If you’re in the market to buy a lot of ebooks right away then I have some good news for you. No fewer than three different bundles crossed my desk in the past day. I don’t normally write about all of the ebook bundle offers I get, but the coincidental arrival of 3 bundles inspired me.

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Amazon Adds Pricing Suggestions to KDP

Amazon Adds Pricing Suggestions to KDP | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Earlier this month Amazon added a new beta program to their ebook publishing platform. KDP Pricing Support takes the guess work out of pricing a new ebook by offering authors and publishers predictions on how many copies would be sold at a given price.

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Read Oyster's Ebooks in Your Browser

Read Oyster's Ebooks in Your Browser | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

f there was any lingering questions around whether there is a market for monthly ebook subcriptions, Amazon surely went some way towards answering them when it introduced its $9.99 ‘all-you-can-read’ Kindle Unlimited plan last week.

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