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Txtr Launches Web App Powered by Readium

Txtr Launches Web App Powered by Readium | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Most major ebook platforms offer a web-based reading option, including Google, Amazon, and even B&N, and now we can add txtr to that list. The Berlin-based ebook company txtr just unveiled their new web reader. Based on the open source Epub3 project Readium, txtr’s new app enables users to read DRM-free or watermarked Epub or Epub3 format ebooks directly in their Web browsers.

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British Library gives teachers tools to inspire

British Library gives teachers tools to inspire | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Anna Baddeley: The Discovering Literature website is an important cultural resource that can be enjoyed by all ages
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Publishing in Finland: Nina Paavolainen, CEO of Teos

Publishing in Finland: Nina Paavolainen, CEO of Teos | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Nina Paavolainen, CEO of Teos Publishing in Finland, highlights some of the company's up-and-coming authors, new titles and Finnish publishing trends ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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5 Steps to Increasing Your Book’s Marketability with Research

5 Steps to Increasing Your Book’s Marketability with Research | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Making the most of your research to craft a more marketable book saves time and money in the writing and editing process. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
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Amazon in Brazil and the Tropical Agency Model

Amazon in Brazil and the Tropical Agency Model | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Amazon's negotiations with publishers in Brazil have led to surreal pricing, while some advocate for passing a fixed-price law to defend against the Americans.
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How to Establish Robust Trade in Emerging Ebook Markets

How to Establish Robust Trade in Emerging Ebook Markets | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
For an ebook distributor to succeed in a developing market they need to adapt to methodologies, in particular payment mechanisms, already prevalent in that market.
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WeRead Launches Nepal's First Native eBookstore

WeRead Launches Nepal's First Native eBookstore | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The major ebook platforms might be focusing on Europe and the larger countries in Asia, but that’s not the whole of the industry. Smaller local independent ebook efforts like Ookbee in southeast Asia, Kalahari.net in southern Africa, and now WeRead in Nepal, are focusing on markets and languages which haven’t drawn the attention of the big boys

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Forging a Way Forward for Fixed-Layout Ebooks

Forging a Way Forward for Fixed-Layout Ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Fixed-layout digital content has remained a stubbornly niche format in the broader ereading marketplace, and it always may. But their prevalence could soon be expanding, and according to Laura Brady, ebook production expert and Principal at Brady Type who joined Digital Book World for a live webcast yesterday, the Adobe Creative Cloud’s June update to InDesign represents a big step in that direction.

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Publishers Still Waiting For The Tablet Revolution 08/01/2014

Publishers Still Waiting For The Tablet Revolution 08/01/2014 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In 2010, Apple introduced the iPad. Suddenly, the idea that people could actually read things on a portable digital device — with an experience similar to and possibly exceeding that of a paper magazine — seemed possible. Magazine publishers started developing digital editions of their magazines. Many in the media business thought that the end of the paper world as we knew it was near. 

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Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading

Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Hey, guess what? People read on their smartphones.

That’s the thrust of a piece in Wired that talks about how the smartphone has been a godsend for long-form written journalism. Where people used to read their newspapers on the subway, now they read their smartphones—and despite the predictions of those who said such devices would destroy our attention span, the evidence is pretty good that smartphone users are able to concentrate enough to read articles thousands of words long in one go.

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What Apple Might Do Next When It Comes to Ebooks

What Apple Might Do Next When It Comes to Ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

With Barnes & Noble's Nook ebook business faltering and Amazon embroiled in a conflict with major publisher Hachette, what is Apple's iBooks doing to capitalize on the shifting ebook retail market? The company may be preparing for something big.

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How I modded my aging smartphone into a proper ereading platform

How I modded my aging smartphone into a proper ereading platform | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Following Juli Monroe’s illuminating article on how she installed Cyanogen Mod 11 on her Nook HD, I thought I’d share how I pulled off a similar trick on my aging ZTE Skate, an older model Chinese-manufactured phone which, although robust and built with an attractive 4.5″ screen, was fast being left in the dust by the ever more bloated ereaders and other apps of the latest Android generation. And in the case of the Skate, the problem was made worse by the machine’s niggardly internal memory of 512 MB – only some 200MB of which was available for apps.

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Netronix Shows Off a 6.8" eReader Prototype With Wacom, Android 4.1 (video)

Netronix Shows Off a 6.8" eReader Prototype With Wacom, Android 4.1 (video) | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The ereader design house Netronix has just revealed two of their latest prototypes, and you’re in for a treat. Charbax caught up with Netronix at a recent trade show and he caught a new 6.8″ prototype on video as well as a concept design that is based on the 13.3″ Fina E-ink screen.

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Pocketbook 630 Fashion Coming to Russia This Fall

Pocketbook 630 Fashion Coming to Russia This Fall | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

With the launch of the camera-equipped Ultra and the 8″ InkPad Pocketbook has proven to be the more innovative ereader maker of 2014, and they are topping off their success with the launch of a new model which has bee designed by the French Fashion house Kenzo.

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US University Opens Up the First All eBook Library

US University Opens Up the First All eBook Library | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Florida Polytechnic University has just opened their doors and instead of dusty bookshelves full of books, they are embracing digital. This marks the first time diligent young scholars can borrow eBooks on their Kindles, Nooks or iPads and there is not a tangible book in sight.

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What new e-Reader does Kobo have planned for 2015?

What new e-Reader does Kobo have planned for 2015? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The Kobo H20 is shipping this October and is the first time the Canadian based company has marketed a waterproof device. Many people are asking the question, is this all they have coming out in 2014, and should I wait until 2015 to buy a new e-reader?

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Watch the Evolution of Amazon's Kindle Hardware In a Single GIF

The Amazon Fire Phone is kind of whack, but being ugly is not one of its problems. Amazon's hardware design has improved over the years, and the GadgetLove team created this GIF to illustrate how its products have evolved since that first clunky, oddly designed Kindle.
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Pocketbook to Debut new e-Reader and Tablets at IFA

Pocketbook to Debut new e-Reader and Tablets at IFA | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Pocketbook has been pumping out e-readers in 2014, like nobodies business. The company has released the Aqua, Ultra, InkPad and has been showing off the Mobius enabled CAD reader at various tradeshows. Pocketbook has announced that at the upcoming IFA tech event in Germany, they have a bevy of new products such as ereaders and tablets.

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Wobbly Amazon

Wobbly Amazon | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I remember two or three years ago at Frankfurt (I think it was three years ago, but not quite sure) trying to convince people that Amazon’s position wasn’t as strong as the industry thinks.

Of course, everybody disagreed with me back then but I wonder if people would today? There are a lot more people these days who are questioningAmazonfrom a non-partisan perspective. (Publishing industry folks love to criticise Amazon, but they are also very invested in the idea of Amazon The Invincible Giant.)

My line of reasoning back then was as follows:

Amazon can’t rely on the good graces of the stock market forever. They’ll eventually need to show profit or at least more focused growth. (Focused growth meaning expanding the share of ecommerce over regular commerce instead of trying to compete head on with device companies or publishers, which are sideshows to their core business. Ecommerce has a lot of potential still that Amazon hasn’t tapped.)

When that time comes Amazon will find it difficult to increase their margins because a lot of the factors necessary to do so are out of their control:

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The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following

The 12 Publishing Shakers You Should Be Following | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
TIPM has compiled a list of influential people authors should be following in the world of all things publishing. No introductions. Here we go from 12 to 1, with some commentary. This is no way comprehensive. By all means add your favourite shaker to visit for essential information as a savvy author in the comments. - See more at: http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2014/08/the-12-publishing-shakers-you-should-be.html#sthash.LaaNBHSf.dpuf
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In Italy, Feltrinelli’s New RED Store Aims at Young Techies

In Italy, Feltrinelli’s New RED Store Aims at Young Techies | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Italian publisher and bookseller Feltrinelli has opened its second RED store, a new concept aimed at attracting younger, tech-savvy customers. We look inside.
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E-readers may edge out traditional print, despite learning quality

E-readers may edge out traditional print, despite learning quality | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A recent New Yorker article pitted the merits of traditional books against the drawbacks of e-readers and electronic devices.
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84% of Publishers Plan to make eBooks in 2014

84% of Publishers Plan to make eBooks in 2014 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Publishers and self-publishers are having a love affair with eBooks. Ever since Amazon announced that digital editions were selling at a 3:1 ratio over print books, people took notice. A new report states that 84% of publishers will be making eBooks this year and 62% stated that eBook quality was the most paramount concern.

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Chinese Book Market Snapshot: Bestsellers, E-publishing, Translation

Chinese Book Market Snapshot: Bestsellers, E-publishing, Translation | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Xiaoying Chu at Charlesworth (Beijing) Information Services details the booming Chinese digital publishing market and the strides being make by online booksellers.
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Post-Crisis Publishing in Greece

Post-Crisis Publishing in Greece | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
UK Literary Scout Lucy Abrahams discusses the the post-crisis Greek publishing industry and issues surrounding book prices and a fixed price law.
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