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Amazon updates Kindle iOS app with book searches, slides by App Store purchasing rules

Amazon updates Kindle iOS app with book searches, slides by App Store purchasing rules | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With the latest Kindle for iOS app, Amazon is for the first time offering in-app book searches and previews, the latter including a clever mechanism for purchasing an e-book without having to pay out a percentage to Apple.
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Building a Blueprint for Better E-Books

Building a Blueprint for Better E-Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
An NSF-funded project at Brookdale Community College is helping faculty create interactive digital textbooks.
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Germany's fixed-price laws extended to e-books

Germany's fixed-price laws extended to e-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Germany's fixed-price book laws are to be extended to e-books.
The German cabinet announced that the law, intended to promote diversity within the trade, should be extended to electronic books yesterday (3rd February).
Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said that the new rule will apply to cross-border book sales to buyers in Germany, regardless of where the seller is based, reported Reuters.

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Phaidon Bets Big on Vegetarian Cookbooks

Phaidon Bets Big on Vegetarian Cookbooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
This April, for the first time in a decade, Phaidon Press will publish a vegetarian-only cookbook—in fact, it’ll publish three of them: Salma Hage’s The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook, artist Olafur Eliasson’s Studio Olafur Eliasson: The Kitchen, and chef Solla Eiríksdóttir’s Raw: Recipes for a Modern Vegetarian Lifestyle. The publisher’s plant-heavy spring lineup suggests it’s taking a gamble on veg—but why, and why now? PW spoke with Emilia Terragni, Phaidon’s cookbook publisher, to find out.
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Is Amazon Planning Hundreds Of Bookstores? Analysts Doubt It

Is Amazon Planning Hundreds Of Bookstores? Analysts Doubt It | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Last November, Amazon did the unthinkable for an online retailer known for undercutting brick-and-mortar bookstores: It opened a walk-in store in Seattle. Now, there's talk that Amazon plans hundreds of them.
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The decline of iPad sales may herald the rise of the phablet as e-reader

The decline of iPad sales may herald the rise of the phablet as e-reader | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Arends lays the blame for the iPad’s faltering performance at the feet of its only-slightly-smaller cousin, the “phablet”-sized iPhone 6s and 6s plus. Customers seem to be turning away from the iPad in favor of a phablet. It puzzles him, given that the iPhones cost so much for seemingly so little, but then he admits to not having an iPhone of any kind himself, though he does have an iPad mini and an Apple TV.
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Dalang Publishing: Introducing Indonesian Historical Fiction to the U.S.

Dalang Publishing: Introducing Indonesian Historical Fiction to the U.S. | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Translation is finding new energy in the world industry: after all, digital makes borders more porous than ever, foreign markets more enticing. But translation is expensive, difficult to do well, and frequently hard to sell in distant markets unless you have sales forces on the ground. What’s more, translators frequently must agitate for proper acknowledgment and metadata inclusion. All the more reason to applaud California-based publisher Lian Gouw, 82. She refers to herself as a “watch-outer,” looking out for her translators’ interests as avidly as she does those of her authors. —Porter Anderson
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Top 5 Publishing Markets for 2016, Chosen by You

Top 5 Publishing Markets for 2016, Chosen by You | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
We asked, you answered. These are the top five publishing markets that you want to get to know in 2016.
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iCloud for iBooks will now Sync sideloaded e-books

iCloud for iBooks will now Sync sideloaded e-books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple is currently in the process of fleshing out their new iCloud system for iBooks. It will allow users to import their e-book collection and have it automatically synced to all of their iOS devices. This is particularly useful for people sitting on a large PDF or EPUB collection.
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Reading Fast and Slow – Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat

Reading Fast and Slow – Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In last week’s post, I introduced the notion of the “Internet of Bookish Things,” and how (e)books were now nodes on the Internet that could record how books are being read. In this week’s post, I will begin the exploration of what we can learn using this new “superpower.”
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Macmillan's Imprint Acquires Digital Tween Property 'SpacePop'

Macmillan's Imprint Acquires Digital Tween Property 'SpacePop' | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Imprint, a new imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has acquired the global master publishing rights to SpacePop, a series of digitally distributed animated shorts, from Genius Brands International. Imprint will publish original middle-grade novels authored by Erin Downing and illustrated by Jen Bartel.
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Playster Capitalizing on Oyster’s Shutdown, Scribd’s Reduction

Playster Capitalizing on Oyster’s Shutdown, Scribd’s Reduction | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Playster, which bills itself as “the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform,” came out of beta in December, entering the ever-changing field of ebook subscription services. What distinguishes Playster from similar efforts, though, is that “inclusivity” the company touts: users can bundle ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and games all under one service.
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Book Expo America Partners with ALA

Book Expo America Partners with ALA | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
One of the best things about the annual Book Expo America event in New York is all of the different keynotes and sessions. This is where authors, agents and publishers get a sense of trends in the industry. Book Expo America is doing something very different at the 2016 event, they are encouraging librarians to visit with an entirely new track of events and sessions.
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All About the Internet of Bookish Things

All About the Internet of Bookish Things | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, is one of those buzzwords that is making the rounds in Silicon Valley. Earlier this month, many of the electronic gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas were connected cars, autonomous drones, Internet-connected thermostats (Nest) and others. Sensors and Internet connectivity are seemingly being embedded into almost anything.
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Amazon Kindle E-Reader Getting New Update This Month, Finally Improving Home Screen: Here's What You Get

Amazon Kindle E-Reader Getting New Update This Month, Finally Improving Home Screen: Here's What You Get | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon's Kindle e-reader finally gets a new update, which brings a number of notable features that book lovers will truly enjoy.
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Google previews its eBook experiment with partner Visual Editions: Editions at Play

Google previews its eBook experiment with partner Visual Editions: Editions at Play | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The new digital bookstore for the Google backed eBook effort has opened, but has only two books available to sample or buy, with two more not due to appear until the spring
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What apps next? Publishers and developers embrace 'unprintable' fiction

What apps next? Publishers and developers embrace 'unprintable' fiction | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Publisher Anna Gerber isn’t trying to kill off the printed book – she’d just like you to spend a bit more time on your mobile. “We don’t really think the point is to change the way we read,” she says, “but we do like the idea of trying to immerse readers in books on their phones.”
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Kobo Adds Book Stats to Website, With Estimated Reading Time

Kobo Adds Book Stats to Website, With Estimated Reading Time | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Kobo has started rolling out a new book stats and keywords section to the product pages of ebooks on the Kobo website. The stats don’t appear for all books but a good share of them now display stats.
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The ebook market in 2016: AAP StatShots, clean slate, no Fire?

The ebook market in 2016: AAP StatShots, clean slate, no Fire? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The latest Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot for the first three quarters of 2015 is a chance to take the measure of traditional publishing’s market. It also is a chance to test some of the predictions made by Big Publishing at the end of last year, when the previous StatShot came out. And some of those predictions appear to reveal more about the sources than the market – in particular, their haste to spin falling ebook sales into an indictment of everyone except themselves.
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Germany’s Best Crime Novels for 2016

Germany’s Best Crime Novels for 2016 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Looking for the next big thing in crime novels? Look no farther—here are the top three German crime novels for 2016, as selected by the German Prize for Crime Fiction.
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Digital Book World's Launch Kids: Looking Forward and Back

Digital Book World's Launch Kids: Looking Forward and Back | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
January is a great time to talk about children’s books, what with the aftermath of the MidWinter ALA and its accompanying Newbery, Caldecott, and other awards, presented earlier in the month. While publishing for the adult market has its rewards and sense of community, children’s publishing has an infectious enthusiasm and sense of mission that is made manifest at ALA.
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Amazon Launches Pilot Program for e-book Gift Cards

Amazon Launches Pilot Program for e-book Gift Cards | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon has just launched a new pilot program in Washington State that allows readers to purchase an e-book gift card or a three month membership to Kindle Unlimited.
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e-Books Account for 6.5% of the Netherlands Book Selling Industry

e-Books Account for 6.5% of the Netherlands Book Selling Industry | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The e-book industry in the Netherlands is on the rise and in 2015 they accounted for 6.5% of the entire print industry. The continued growth is inspiring a new generation of companies that are starting to disrupt traditional book selling.
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E-books and the 'Bring your own device' question

E-books and the 'Bring your own device' question | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The digital divide is alive and well, but most workers today at least own cell phones. If not, should an employee be provided with one? And what “Bring Your Own Device” policies to use with workers or students who do own devices—be they smartphones, tablets or, yes, e-readers?
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Here’s to Publishing: Perspectives With Context

Here’s to Publishing: Perspectives With Context | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In a limited market, our editors became skilled in making decisions about what would be published. Now, in an era of abundance, editors have inherited a new and fundamentally different role: figuring out how “what is published” will be discovered.
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Amazon Launches a Free Kindle e-Book Program in the UK

Amazon Launches a Free Kindle e-Book Program in the UK | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon has just launched a new promotional campaign in the United Kingdom. In return for downloading the Kindle e-reading app, buying an e-book or purchasing a print title, users will get a special coupon code. It can be redeemed to download one free Kindle e-book from a pool of 6.
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