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Ebook + Print Bundling? Who's In and for what books?

Ebook + Print Bundling? Who's In and for what books? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon introduced Kindle Match Book, an ebook and print bundling service for authors and publishers. Participating publishers (including self published authors here) can offer a digital version of their book for a greatly reduced price.  For self published authors, the prices are $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.  For larger publishers, they may be able to negotiate a higher price for the digital version of the kindle match.

Back in 2012 Angry Robot offered digital copies for free with each physical book sale.  The result was a tripling of physical book sales.

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Amazon Stands Behind eBook Subscriptions

Amazon Stands Behind eBook Subscriptions | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It didn’t take long after the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service for the outcry to begin, but unlike other criticisms the retail book giant has weathered, this one came from its most staunch supporters: self-published authors. With the announcement that all KDP Select titles would be included in the all-you-can-eat service, authors were initially excited about the prospect of a new revenue channel from the exclusive program; it didn’t take long, though, before some of the top names in self-publishing noticed a significant drop in their KDP-based income.
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Amazon’s New Kindle Textbook Creator Makes PDF eBooks Which Can't Be Read on a Kindle

Amazon’s New Kindle Textbook Creator Makes PDF eBooks Which Can't Be Read on a Kindle | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
For the past three years Amazon has sold a particular type of Kindle format called Kindle Print Replica. This is basically a PDF file wrapped in a Kindle ebook file, and it offers many of the benefits of PDFs (fixed layout, graphics, charts, discrete page numbers).
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The UK e-book market in 2014

The UK e-book market in 2014 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Domestic e-book sales for the five groups—Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan—totalled 49m units in 2014, a 15.3% rise on 2013. Three of the five publishers recorded double-digits growth, with only Simon & Schuster down—albeit marginally—on 2013. By contrast, the top five publishers recorded an 18% rise in digital volume versus 2012, which followed that huge 105% gain in 2012 (on 2011).
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Ebook Platforms Know What, When and How You Read

Ebook Platforms Know What, When and How You Read | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A panel at Digital Book World last week offered several insights on how ebook platforms are analyzing user data and what they have discovered.
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Why We Read Together

Why We Read Together | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Recently, my boss (the mayor of White Plains) brought together some of the city’s commissioners to discuss the various projects we hope to launch in 2015, with the idea that we may find opportunities to work with one another. As the library director, I pitched a few things, such as extending the physical reach of the library, either through pop-up libraries or a mobile library. And then I raised another project—mumbled it, really: a One Community, One Book program for White Plains.
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Business Musings: The Rise of The Backlist

The new year hadn’t even had a week to catch its breath before the first year-end numbers for 2014 appeared. The definitive numbers—if you can call any numbers “definitive” in traditional publishing—won’t show up until late February or early March. But the early numbers reveal quite a bit.

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iPad Pro to Come With Optional Stylus?

iPad Pro to Come With Optional Stylus? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

There's still an insufficient amount of evidence to convince this blogger that Apple will soon release a larger iPad, but that hasn't stopped others from speculating.

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In Colombia, Facebook Partners with 24symbols for Free Books

In Colombia, Facebook Partners with 24symbols for Free Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
For the first time, Facebook’s Internet.org app has bundled free ebooks with its services, starting in Colombia with 24symbols.
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How Publishers Can Work with Entrepreneur Authors

How Publishers Can Work with Entrepreneur Authors | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
'We should act like a grown-up and think like a start up,' says Judith Curr of Atria Books when it comes to working with with entrepreneur authors today.
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Amazon is Heavily Invested into the Success of Kindle Unlimited

Amazon is Heavily Invested into the Success of Kindle Unlimited | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Kindle Unlimited is an e-Book subscription platform with around 700,000 titles available. Users pay a monthly fee and can basically read as much as they want, similarly to what Netflix does for video and Crunchyroll for anime. Amazon has been heavily lambasted by authors and publishers because there is no set dollar amount they make on their content that is opted into the problem. Instead, there is a revolving pool of funds that Amazon makes available each month, with varying dollar amounts. For example, during the summoner and winter periods, when more people are reading, there are more funds available because loans are up. Amazon has stated during a recent book trade event that they are firmly behind the success of the platform.
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Digital Book World 2015: Conference Coverage Roundup

Digital Book World 2015: Conference Coverage Roundup | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Miss out on this year’s Digital Book World Conference + Expo? Or were there simply more sessions and panels than you were physically able to attend?

We’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of the major news and conversations from Digital Book World 2015:
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Publishers Are Lining Up Behind 'Netflix for Books' Services. But Why?

Publishers Are Lining Up Behind 'Netflix for Books' Services. But Why? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Scribd and Oyster both announced partnerships with Macmillan to bring new titles to their e-book subscription services. But how do all-you-can read platforms benefit publishers?
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Kids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content

Kids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In 2013, 89% of parents chose what digital content to buy for their kids, according to new research from PlayCollective and Digital Book World. But kids are now weighing in much more actively to determine what they read. Those purchasing decisions between kids and parents are now close to 50/50.
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Dutch Ebook Retailer Tom Kabinet to Suspend Operations

Dutch Ebook Retailer Tom Kabinet to Suspend Operations | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A Dutch appeals court has forced the closure of online ebook retailer Tom Kabinet until the company can prove all books for sale were legally obtained.
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Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015

Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The CEO of Publishing Technology offers his five predictions for academic publishing in 2015, including porous paywalls and the rise of the SAMPC countries.
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Aer.io from Aerbook Lets You Curate Your Own Online Bookstore

Aer.io from Aerbook Lets You Curate Your Own Online Bookstore | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Aerbook's new Aer.io Retail Network enables companies and individuals to curate their own online bookstore optimized for mobile devices and social media.
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Audiobook Publishers Chart Growth Among and Beyond Ebook Readers

Audiobook Publishers Chart Growth Among and Beyond Ebook Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I was at a family function a few months ago when my uncle pulled me into the next room and handed me a pair of earbuds. “Listen to some of this.”
Over the sonorous British narrator whose voice filled my ears with talk of fresh peas and someone named ‘Legrandin,’ I could hear my uncle shout, “Proust!”

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Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Cory Doctorow came over to Budapest at the invitation of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University to speak on policing computers and other issues. In the course of a fascinating interview with me, he shared a slew of observations on a great many issues, many of which I’ll be presenting in subsequent articles. To begin with, though, here are his thoughts on where self-publishing has got to, and what the whole Amazon-Hachette spat reveals about the impact of DRM on the market.
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At DBW: 'What sells in print': eBooks' impact

At DBW: 'What sells in print': eBooks' impact | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Can ebooks steamroll print?
Not so fast, it seems we're hearing from several directions.
Today, our colleagues Tom Tivnan and Felicity Wood at The Bookseller are writing Print and digital help the book market in 2014. Here, from that story is an "e" and "p" -- ebooks and print -- breakdown for the Big Five's 2014 sales.

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Oyster Books Announces New Content Additions

Oyster Books Announces New Content Additions | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Oyster, a book subscription service in the United States, has kicked off 2015 with two major announcements, including offering more than 1 million books.
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European Book Publishing Statistics 2013 4

European Book Publishing Statistics 2013 4 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) represents 28 national associations of publishers from the European Union and the European Economic Area Member States. The present survey is based on reports from the national book publishing associations, and on further analysis and refining of data, for the year
2013
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Manga Accounts for 80% of all Digital Book Sales in Japan

Manga Accounts for 80% of all Digital Book Sales in Japan | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In the last year, new research has reported that manga accounts for 80% of all digital book sales in Japan. Manga readers are choosing to view their favourite series through portable devices instead of paperback volumes. It’s not hard to see the appeal. Digital manga can be taken on the go, kept on a slim device instead of hauling books in a bag. And with a generation already glued to their smartphones, it almost seems easier to read digitally.
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iBooks Adding a Million New Ebook Users a Week

iBooks Adding a Million New Ebook Users a Week | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
According to iBooks Store Director Keith Moerer, addressing publishers at Digital Book World 2015 yesterday, Apple’s ebook businesses is gaining 1 million new customers every week.
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E-reading app Addr: when annotation’s what you need…

E-reading app Addr: when annotation’s what you need… | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A new app for iPad lets you share your annotations of texts with friends and colleagues. Are ebooks finally catching up with the rest of the online world?
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Doors Open at Digital Book World 2015

Doors Open at Digital Book World 2015 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Professionals from all corners of the publishing industry converge on New York City today for the Digital Book World Conference + Expo.
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