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Bloomsbury Makes Progress on Strategic Goals

Bloomsbury Makes Progress on Strategic Goals | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Although sales and earnings at Bloomsbury were relatively flat for the year ended February 28, 2015, compared to fiscal 2014, the company did make progress in easing its dependence on the “traditional book market,” company chief executive Nigel Newton reported in comments that accompanied the release of results.
Sales rose to 111 million pounds from 109.5 million pounds, and pre-tax earnings increased to 9.6 million pounds from 9.5 million pounds. The company’s academic and professional segment posted the biggest gain with revenue up 12%, to 36 million pounds. Acquisitions and a 35% rise in digital sales drove the increase, which offset a 4% drop in print sales.

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Distribution, Piracy Woes Still Challenge MENA Publishers

Distribution, Piracy Woes Still Challenge MENA Publishers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The military conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq have cut into MENA publishers' ability to sell and distribute books, while piracy remains a top concern.
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New photography digital editions: platforms make the reader gamble on new titles

New photography digital editions: platforms make the reader gamble on new titles | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Expensive, anonymously published new digital magazines make the reader take all the risk when buying a new digital magazine from an unknown publisher
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Publishers in the Middle East Hustle to Cope with Instability

Publishers in the Middle East Hustle to Cope with Instability | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
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Barnes and Noble Wants your Old Kindles and iPads

Barnes and Noble Wants your Old Kindles and iPads | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Barnes and Noble has just announced a brand new Trade In & Trade Up program. The bookseller wants your old Nooks, iPads or Kindles and will give you credit
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One EPUB to Rule Them All?

One EPUB to Rule Them All? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There are those who question whether EPUB is the optimal format for publishers to adhere to in producing digital content. Indeed, some argue that standards themselves hold back innovation.
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Kensington Adds Imprints to Digital-First Line

Kensington Adds Imprints to Digital-First Line | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Kensington Publishing Corp had added two new sub-imprints to the digital-first line it acquired in 2014, Lyrical Press. Lyrical Shine will focus on contemporary romance, while Lyrical Underground will include thriller, mystery, and horror titles.
“When Kensington brought Lyrical into our community of imprints, we were excited to work with a new group of authors and expand our footprint in the digital publishing community," said Alexandra Nicolajsen, associate director, social media and digital sales. "

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More Publishers Selling Ebooks Direct

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For the first time, the majority of Canadian publishers now sell ebooks directly to readers, a new study by BookNet Canada finds.
66% of the publishers surveyed have direct sales programs in place, a figure that’s shot up from 42% in 2013.

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The Possibilities and Challenges of Digital African Publishing

The Possibilities and Challenges of Digital African Publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Emma Shercliff looks into the creative process in African publishing and distributing an anthology of digital romance writing from Nigeria's Ankara Press.
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Kobo Launches Free Ebook Platform for Southwest Airlines Travelers

Kobo Launches Free Ebook Platform for Southwest Airlines Travelers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In a deal announced yesterday, Kobo introduces an e-reading platform for Southwest Airlines passengers, the latest in a flurry of separate initiatives to put ebooks in closer reach of travelers.
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Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling Ebooks Direct

Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling Ebooks Direct | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according to a new survey by BookNet Canada.
That share rose 24% since 2013, when 42% of Canadian publishers reported offering direct sales.

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The Evolution of Digital Publishing in China and ChineseAll

The Evolution of Digital Publishing in China and ChineseAll | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Tong Zhilei of ChineseAll.com discusses ebooks, UGC, and the evolution of digital publishing in China, growing at 40% each year, and valued at $40bn.
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Do All-You-Can-Read Subscriptions Need Curation? (No and Yes)

Do All-You-Can-Read Subscriptions Need Curation? (No and Yes) | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Over the past 18 months subscription ebook services like Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited have increased their catalogs to the point that the average reader can't keep up. With a million or more titles in Scribd and Oyster, readers need a curation service to help them discover their next read.
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Tablet Sales Diminish for Apple and Samsung Alike

Tablet Sales Diminish for Apple and Samsung Alike | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple’s iPad sales fell 23% in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year, according to new figures from ABI Research. It’s the second consecutive quarter where the tech company’s tablet sales have shrunk.
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Publishers in Iran Use Ebooks to Circumvent Censors

Publishers in Iran Use Ebooks to Circumvent Censors | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Upstart publishers in Iran are using ebooks and digital-only distribution as a way to circumvent government censors in Iran and reach willing readers.
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What Happened to Book Publishing in Brazil?

What Happened to Book Publishing in Brazil? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The strong US dollar, a struggling bookstore sector and a slowdown in government book acquisitions has created a crisis for book publishing in Brazil.
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Leanpub Explains Why Not to Write Books in Stealth Mode

Leanpub Explains Why Not to Write Books in Stealth Mode | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Leanpub’s Peter Armstrong discusses the benefits of Lean Publishing, or publishing your book as it is written to acquire feedback from your audience.
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The Pros and Cons of Single-EPUB Workflows

The Pros and Cons of Single-EPUB Workflows | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Many publishers and ebook creation companies strive to create a single EPUB file they can deliver to all of the different retailers, rather than producing different files for each one.
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Hoopla Adds eBooks, Digital Comics to Its Pay-per-Loan Library Service

Hoopla Adds eBooks, Digital Comics to Its Pay-per-Loan Library Service | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Hoopla's long-promised library ebook service unexpectedly launched today.
Few details will be available until next week, but I can report today that users have been informed that their respective libraries can now loan ebooks via Hoopla. I caught the news via MobileRead, and I can confirm that the Hoopla website is now listing ebooks.

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e-Book Revenue Increased by 11% in the UK

e-Book Revenue Increased by 11% in the UK | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The e-book market in the United States has been fairly stable in the last two years, but in the United Kingdom it is a different story. The UK Publishers Association is reporting that print revenues dropped 5% to £2.7 billion and e-book revenues rose by 11% to £563 million. This means that e-books now account for 35% of the overall book market, which is staggering.
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E-lending: what does your new government mean for digital libraries?

E-lending: what does your new government mean for digital libraries? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
While the Greens offered the most support for publicly owned libraries, it is hoped that all parties sign up now to the Sieghart report
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Apple has failed the e-Book reader

Apple has failed the e-Book reader | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple has quickly become a major player in the smartphone and tablet business. Their devices are everywhere and their constant marketing campaigns always generate buzz. One of the big reasons why people have gravitated towards Apple products was the sheer amount of apps available. Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Sony were all early adopters and generated a lot of money with in-app purchases. In 2011 this all came crashing down and Apple has proven themselves to be an enemy to the publishing industry and e-book lovers, the world over.
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Ebook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table

Ebook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting?
I venture to say that it’s the rare publisher who thinks that far in advance.
The in-house crew responsible for the ebook will have a perspective that’s different than the editor’s, the sales manager’s, or the marketing team’s. Planning for the digital version of the book should happen right from the start.

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Slumping E-books Lead to Sales Decline at HBG

Slumping E-books Lead to Sales Decline at HBG | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
While sale for the entire Lagardere Publishing Group rose in the first quarter of 2015, compared to last year’s first period, revenue at Hachette Book Group USA declined 12.3%, the company reported Tuesday morning.
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iBooks Receives New Features on iOS 8.4

iBooks Receives New Features on iOS 8.4 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple is the only major online bookseller that actually sells content on the iPhone and iPad. Amazon, B&N and Kobo all make readers visit their websites and sync the content, which is a barrier for mainstream adoption. This summer a new version of iOS will be released and it will add a bunch of new content to iBooks.
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