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Author Alarms Helps You Find Your Next Read

Author Alarms Helps You Find Your Next Read | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It’s called Author Alarms, and the site is based on a simple concept. Provide the name of an author you would like to track and your email and you will be signed up to receive a email notice when that author has a new ebook listed on Amazon. It also works for paper books.

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Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus

Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Kobo Books is the third largest e-book and e-reader company in the world and their primary focus is underserved markets. Instead of competing in the ultra-competitive US market they instead developed infrastructure to sell their line of products in bookstores all over Australia, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.
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Is Dystopian Backlist a Publishing Utopia?

Is Dystopian Backlist a Publishing Utopia? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It’s been a good half a year for two particular adult dystopian science-fiction backlist titles. In the months following the election of President Trump, George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale shot to the top of the charts. Both titles landed on the NPD BookScan and Amazon bestseller lists for print and Kindle e-books, respectively, for the first half of 2017, and both were newly released in hardcover by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April.
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How Do Book Publishers And Retailers Navigate The Future? Check Out Amazon Books

How Do Book Publishers And Retailers Navigate The Future? Check Out Amazon Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
n excursion into one of the handful of new Amazon Books retail stores (thank you, Garden State Plaza) provides a bit of a “man bites dog” story. Amazon, the oft-vilified digital Darth Vader of the book publishing world, not to mention retail in general, turns out to have created not only a welcoming, customer-friendly environment but one that offers lessons for many of its long-time adversaries.
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The South Korean eBook Industry is Experiencing Massive Growth

The South Korean eBook Industry is Experiencing Massive Growth | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The South Korean publishing industry is doing very well when it comes to digital books. The e-book market rose 25.4% to reach 125.8 billion won, taking up 1.2% of the total book market in 2014. In 2015 sales rose 1.6% and garnered 150-160 billion when taking into consideration services run by mobile carriers. In terms of genre, 70% of e-books sold were either romance or fantasy.
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The business of small presses: 4 things we learnt the hard way

It doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to say that we’re in the middle of a golden age for small press publishing. In just the last few years, the UK has seen the launch of 404 Ink, Silver Press, Dead Ink, Charco Press, Dodo Ink and many others. Small presses are ‘doing the heavy lifting’ in publishing BAME writers, and are more visible and more successful than in decades, largely due to their ability to exploit the verticalization of audiences and unbundling of publishing services enabled by the internet.
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Disruption Meets the Book World At PubTechConnect

Disruption Meets the Book World At PubTechConnect | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
At the inaugural PubTechConnect conference, innovation and the digital future were front and center right from the start.
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Okadabooks is getting Nigerians reading in their thousands

Okadabooks is getting Nigerians reading in their thousands | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Nigerian e-book distribution startup Okadabooks, which allows users to bypass traditional publishers and publish their stories, has seen tremendous uptake since launching, which chief executive officer (CEO) Okechukwu Ofili says dispels the myth that Nigerians are not big readers.
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Serialization and Digital Storytelling: What Victorian-Era Publishing Teaches Us About Generating Leads

Serialization and Digital Storytelling: What Victorian-Era Publishing Teaches Us About Generating Leads | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Before modern-day digital storytelling, before Netflix and on-demand video, before ebooks and audiobooks, people often kept up with their favorite, ongoing stories through serial novels.
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Berbay wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

Berbay wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Australian publisher Berbay Publishing has won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category.
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The value of variety

The value of variety | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In the future, the leading, ‘original’ format in many cases will be an electronic version. Print renditions will then be imperfect replicas of the ‘real’ ebooks, featuring some, but probably not all, of the functionality of the electronic source. Once authors and publishers have adopted this change, this will provide the opportunity to offer a great variety of different ebooks for different purposes.
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Your e-books are about to get a big IQ boost

Your e-books are about to get a big IQ boost | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Get ready for video, hyperlinks and interactive quizzes, all neatly packed on your tablet or laptop, as web and e-book tech groups get on the same page.
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Traditional bookselling in a digital age

Traditional bookselling in a digital age | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
I often consider how fortunate I am to be working at the Press' Bookshop and showroom in the centre of Cambridge. The shop is located in one of the best retail spaces in Cambridge and boasts a stunning view across to the University Senate House and King's College Chapel. Not only that but we can claim to be continuing a noble tradition in being the latest in a long line of booksellers that have operated continuously from this site since around 1581, making it the oldest bookshop site in the country. Thus it is the ideal location from which to sell the publications of the oldest publisher. However that heritage can seem at risk in the face of new technologies and the dawning digital age.
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Microsoft Edge Browser Can Read EPUB eBooks

Microsoft Edge Browser Can Read EPUB eBooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Microsoft is going to be unveiling their first large scale digital bookstore sometime in the next few months. They are going to be populating it with over one million titles and will have a dedicated editorial staff to curate seasonal themes. Instead of developing an e-reading app, Microsoft is going to upgrade the EDGE internet browser with full support for EPUB.
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Adapt or die says book publisher turned multimedia beast: Guinness World Records

Not so long ago people were forecasting the death of printed books and ebooks were to take over the world. Whilst reality hasn’t been quite so drastic, brands known predominantly for book publishing, it's had to embrace change to survive.
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Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn

Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Pearson has sold a 22% stake in Penguin Random House, the world’s biggest publisher, with titles ranging from Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Oliver and The Girl on the Train. The deal values Penguin at $3.55bn (£2.75bn).
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60 Libraries will loan out over 1 million audiobooks and ebooks in 2017

60 Libraries will loan out over 1 million audiobooks and ebooks in 2017 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Last week Overdrive disclosed to Good e-Reader that overall circulation has grown 12% year-over-year (through June 30th) to more than 108 million
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In New York, a Library for Your Subway Ride

In New York, a Library for Your Subway Ride | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
New York's three major public library systems—The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library—have teamed up with the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Transit Wireless to launch Subway Library, which offers free e-book downloads in subway stations.
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Overdrive Changes the eBook Game with Cost-per-Circulation

Overdrive Changes the eBook Game with Cost-per-Circulation | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Overdrive has announced that later in 2017 they are unveiling a Cost-per-Circulation system that schools and libraries can utilize. This new initiative will allow libraries to offer a greater amount of digital content on their websites and via the Overdrive app and only incur a charge when a reader borrows a title.
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Kobo has acquired Shelfie, an app that allows readers to buy discounted ebooks

Kobo has acquired Shelfie, an app that allows readers to buy discounted ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Kobo Rakuten, the company that produces the Kobo e-reader, has announced that it has acquired Shelfie, an app that allowed users to catalog their personal libraries, and purchase discounted ebook editions based on the physical copies they already own.
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Publishing as activism

Publishing as activism | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Of course, publishing has always mattered, but in the recent past it has been all too easy - whether you're an agent, bookseller, author or publisher - to convey a vague sense of apology that you don't have a proper job, like a bin man or a doctor or a climate change scientist. The idea that publishing is full of white middle class people lounging in isolated garretts and cosy little shops and Bloomsbury offices, pondering where to put a semi-colon or what whisky to order with lunch, has exercised a tenacious hold over the collective imagination.
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Bologna 2017: Varied Perspectives from Asian Publishers

Bologna 2017: Varied Perspectives from Asian Publishers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
For most Asian publishers at Bologna, the fair is predominantly an opportunity to reaffirm their market presence, promote select titles and authors, and (re)connect with clients. It is a soft selling approach that sees many country’s pavilions coalescing under a specific slogan or design that make them stand out from the crowd.
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Why the paperback fought back... and what's next in digital marketing

Why the paperback fought back... and what's next in digital marketing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
I am not a time traveller and I do not wear jeggings, but I can try to explain why we got to a place where paperbacks are fighting back (and winning) and what we need to focus on if we're going to get it right by 2020.
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The 5 best e-readers you can buy

The 5 best e-readers you can buy | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
We've tested all the latest e-readers to find out which ones are best for all kinds of buyers. Whether you love page-turning buttons, enjoy reading in the bath, or just want a nice cheap e-reader, there's an e-reader for you in our buying guide.
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The biography of a paperback – books podcast

The biography of a paperback – books podcast | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
This week the books podcast takes a physical turn, shifting away from the intangible business of writing to consider the hunks of wood we haul around for our reading pleasure. With sales of printed books on the rise, there’s little sign the reading experience will go entirely digital any time soon. So how does a novel make the jump from manuscript to bookshop, and what happens next?
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Why the HarperCollins UK CEO says ‘Most authors have understood that the roof is on fire’

Why the HarperCollins UK CEO says ‘Most authors have understood that the roof is on fire’ | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
An interview with Charlie Redmayne, CEO, HarperCollins UK, on digital publishing, HarperCollins’s India plans, and the state of publishing in general.
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