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LibraryBox Enters Public Beta, Offers a New Tool for Managing Your eBook Library on a Network

Small local lending library boxes, be it a recycled phone booth or a custom built cubby, are growing increasingly popular. Book enthusiasts have been erecting them around the world, and now thanks to a project called LibraryBox you can do the same with ebooks.

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Paperwhite Tricks, Touchpad Settings, and Flashcards

Paperwhite Tricks, Touchpad Settings, and Flashcards | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Readers offer their best tips for resetting the time remaining on books or chapters, discovering touchpad features, and flashcard apps.
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Bookmate offers international e-book subscription service

Bookmate offers international e-book subscription service | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

As e-book subscription models find their place in the United States and UK publishing markets, the model seems to be working elsewhere. Currently, Bookmate has seen success in Russia and several other countries. It offers about 200,000 titles with more than 400 publishers that dedicated e-books to the subscription service. The service costs about 150 rubles a month (about $4).

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Self-publishing changed my life, but my publisher grew my sales

Self-publishing changed my life, but my publisher grew my sales | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Two and a half years ago, according to more than one national newspaper, I was the 'Kindle King'. Brilliant, yes? Except two of them also called me a "she", which gives you an indication of how deep their research goes. Either way, I sold around 400,000 ebooks through self-publishing in the UK and it's been terrific for me in pretty much every way. In early 2012, I signed a six-book deal with Pan Macmillan for my Jessica Daniel crime series. Since then, I've also signed for eight more books on top, not all in the same series, or genre. It is quite the investment for both them and me.

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New PocketBook Aqua Might be a Good Vacation e-Reader

New PocketBook Aqua Might be a Good Vacation e-Reader | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Pocketbook recognizes that many people take their e-readers to the pool, beach or on vacation. Standard e-readers have lots of open ports, that water or sand can easily destroy the reader. In order to remedy this situation the Ukrainian based company will be releasing the Pocketbook Aqua this March. The PocketBook Aqua is protected by IP57 certification, which means that the device is protected against dust and for 30 minutes at one meter of water is dense. This will basically allow you to read it in the bathtub or scuba diving!

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Patent Awarded on System for Libraries to Sell eBooks

The USPTO awarded a new patent last week for a system which will enable libraries to sell ebooks to patrons. For the past several years publishers have been pushing libraries to sell ebooks, and now a couple Canadians have a lock on the idea.

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LinkedIn Publishing | Rise of the Borrowed Platform

LinkedIn Publishing | Rise of the Borrowed Platform | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Last week LinkedIn dropped a bomb on the content marketing world, announcing that its publishing platform would soon become open to all users. Previously, it was exclusive to 500 hand-picked executives and industry thought-leaders whose content was distributed and promoted through LinkedIn Today (now Pulse).
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Oyster Aids eBook Discovery with new Explore Feature

Oyster Aids eBook Discovery with new Explore Feature | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Oyster is one of the few companies in the world that has been a subscription based eBook service actually work. Right now you are only able to read the books on iOS and the PC, with a rumored Android app in the works. Today, Oyster has announced an upgrade to their app, that aids eBook discovery.

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Barnes & Noble to launch another Nook tablet?

Barnes & Noble to launch another Nook tablet? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Nook is losing money hand over fist. So what's B&N's response. Yep, launch another Nook tablet. Does anyone else see this ending well?
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E-books taking over ‘reading habits’

E-books taking over ‘reading habits’ | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
In an apparent shift in reading habits, e-books are seemingly replacing traditional book culture amongst the students of the valley. Most of the student fraternity find e-books useful than traditional paper binds.
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Spritz Contributes New e-Reading Software for Samsung S5

Spritz Contributes New e-Reading Software for Samsung S5 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

One of the big drawbacks of reading on phones and specifically smart watches, is the words tend to all jumble together. I have found it tremendously jarring to read on my smaller devices.  A new startup called Spritz is seeking to remedy this situation one word at a time.

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In a Digital World, What Does “Out of Print” Mean?

In a Digital World, What Does “Out of Print” Mean? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With ebooks and print-on-demand, readers never again have to want for a much loved, long forgotten, or previously unpublished book from a cherished writer.
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Publishing has entered a new and different era

Publishing has entered a new and different era | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

“Describing yesterdays as if they were tomorrows”… That’s how author Hugh Howey recently characterized publishing predictions. There’s more than a grain of truth in his assessment.

Most efforts to forecast the future of publishing start with an assumption that the prevailing supply chain will somehow adjust. Time-honored roles like development and curation are said to prevail, and by extension the next moments will look like the past, just that much more digital.

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Death of the book trade: more anecdotes released

Death of the book trade: more anecdotes released | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Now, we might be hell-bound. But at least let’s be hell-bound with the facts straight. At least let’s point out that more books are being published than ever before, that just as many if not more are being bought (don’t believe me? Check the Publishers’ Association figures – they’ve got charts and everything). Let’s be honest that writing is and always has been a precarious business, that making money from it has always forced writers into queasy compromises with themselves and their art. Glen Duncan wrote a whole host of brilliant and critically-acclaimed books that didn’t sell particularly well. He decided to do something about it, and wrote something that did. What specifically is wrong with that?

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New EpubTest Website Tracks Epub3 Support

Ever wonder just how many Epub3 features are supported by your favorite ebook platform? Thanks to a new website, you can now find out.

EpubTest.org is a joint project of the IDPF, the BISG, and the DAISY Consortium, and it was developed to enable readers and developers to collaborate and share information on which Epub 3 features are supported by which popular ebook platform.

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Inkshares wants to create a hybrid of traditional book publisher and crowdfunded digital platform

Inkshares wants to create a hybrid of traditional book publisher and crowdfunded digital platform | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The founders of Inkshares don’t think the traditional publishing industry is broken, just antiquated and inefficient — and they think marrying crowdfunding and the kinds of services publishers used to offer makes for a pretty compelling service for writers and ultimately for readers as well
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Indian STM Publishing Worth $200m, 20% Growth, 2% Ebooks

Indian STM Publishing Worth $200m, 20% Growth, 2% Ebooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A snapshot of STM publishing in India, which represents 84% of the publishing industry's profits in the country, from this February's GLOBALOCAL conference.
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Sourcebooks Adds Peanuts Brand to Put Me in the Story Personalization Platform

Sourcebooks Adds Peanuts Brand to Put Me in the Story Personalization Platform | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

[Press Release] Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Sourcebooks Partner to Develop Personalized Books for ‘Put Me In The Story’ ™
Peanuts Worldwide, joint venture of Iconix Brand Group and members of the family of Charles M. Schulz, and Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher and developer, today announced a deal to create original stories featuring the Peanuts gang, designed and written specifically for the Put Me In The Story personalized book app and website. This is the first time that Peanuts books are being made available in personalized form.

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Total Boox, pay per page ebook service, an interview with Yoav Lorch and Udi Arad

Total Boox, pay per page ebook service, an interview with Yoav Lorch and Udi Arad | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Total Boox is an ebook service for libraries. It gives library patrons access to thousands of ebooks in a wide range of categories, which can be downloaded to Android or iOs tablets. The reading is metered, with the library paying for pages read by their patrons.  Multiple patrons are able to download ebooks simultaneously.  Pages cost a proportion of the price of each book. If your patron reads ten percent of a book, your library only pays ten percent of the book’s full price. But your library never pays for the download itself—only for what the patron reads within each book.

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New Marvel Global App Makes Digital Comics Accessible

New Marvel Global App Makes Digital Comics Accessible | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Marvel has released a new digital comic app for the iPhone and iPad that is aimed at an international audience. The development of the app was made in conjunction with iVerse and there is over 100 comics available out of the gate.

Digital Comics right now are not very accessible if you are not a native English speaker. If you look at distribution platforms such as Comixology, DC, Dark Horse, or Image, all of the text is baked into the art frames. This is why it is essential that you pinch and zoom to be able to read small text on a large screen.

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Do French Comics Sell Abroad? The French Say “Mais Oui”

Do French Comics Sell Abroad? The French Say “Mais Oui” | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Colombine Depaire and Alicen Hubert offer concrete examples of the growing popularity of French BD and comics in the United States.
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Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks

Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

It sometimes seems that not a day goes by without another article on the death of the textbook. This is perhaps with good reason; the classroom of the future is one that’s connected, collaborative, and built around tablets and digital devices. That’s if it even exists physically; many point to MOOCs and virtualized learning environments as the way forward. Either way, the isolating world of the print textbook seems to be one that will soon be consigned to the dustbin.

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Common Ground in the Debate of Self v. Traditional Publishing

Common Ground in the Debate of Self v. Traditional Publishing | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A storm was created last week in response to Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings post. It was widely criticized by many but also praised. It started a lot of discussion.

Having read most of the back and forth, I did notice a few commonalities.

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Does what you paid for a book affect how you’d rate it?

Does what you paid for a book affect how you’d rate it? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Price has always been a big thing for me when it comes to books and from what I’ve heard from industry professionals, mass market purchasers are very price sensitive. Most romance readers are mass market purchasers although the new readers coming in to the market after Fifty Shades are probably not.

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Major New Arabic Ebookstore Seeing Early Success

Major New Arabic Ebookstore Seeing Early Success | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Kotobi.com, a major new Arabic ebookstore launched at this year's Cairo Book Fair, has potential to be a gamechanger for publishing in the region.
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