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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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iBooks Author tempts you with bling

iBooks Author tempts you with bling | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I’d like to say that iBooks Author has enabled a lot of experimentation but instead it’s been the ‘safe’ option for creating interactive and ‘designed’ ebooks. It’s become the tool middle-managers point at when they don’t want to take any risks even though it won’t make a profit. If it looks good enough, you might win awards. It’s a venue of acceptable loss. Where before publishers would hire an expensive programmer to create an app they now hire an expensive freelance designer who then proceeds to ignore iBooks Author’s template features and lays out every single page by hand, racking up so many billable hours that the programmer begins to look cheap by comparison.

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Inside Nubico, Spain’s Latest Ebook Subscription Service

Inside Nubico, Spain’s Latest Ebook Subscription Service | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
We talk to David Fernández Payatos, CEO of Nubico, the Spanish ebook subscription service that is looking to acquire 30% of Spain's e-reading market.
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Sony 13.3 inch e-reader On Sale in Japan

Sony 13.3 inch e-reader On Sale in Japan | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

The fabled Sony 13.3 inch e-reader, known as the DPT-S1 is now available in Japan. It is only for sale via the business unit of Sony and is seeing limited trials at 3 universities. Currently is available for 98,000 yen, which is fairly expensive. Sony will not divulge how many units were sold, but my sources have saying the sales are extremely limited.

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The fall of the house of books

The fall of the house of books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Format shift doesn't always work as you'd imagine. It is an interesting quirk of publishing history that when paperbacks began to drive the market in the 1970s and 80s, they were often published by specialist publishers unrelated to the publisher of the hardback edition. These paperback publishers licensed the rights off the hardback publisher--and only over time did these publishers get consumed into the bigger houses, and authors accept the inevitable verticalization of their output, whereby their primary publisher became their only publisher across all formats.

For a brief period the e-book market could have developed in the same way. But the rise of the specialist e-book publisher has not happened. Rosetta Books, and Open Road might disagree but the current assumption among most agents and authors is that print book rights and e-book rights are best placed with the same publisher. Publishers, of course, almost never do deals for print-only rights nowadays, if they do they are widely reported as an exception, that might once have become the norm.

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Readk.it Delivers Ebooks in Browser-Based Platform

Readk.it Delivers Ebooks in Browser-Based Platform | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Readk.it, a new browser-based reading platform, offers to sidestep the complex and often costly process of preparing ebook content for a range of proprietary delivery systems. Developed in New Zealand and launched in November of last year, the platform bills itself as a free, open-source solution to those production challenges by collapsing the publishing and reading systems into one. Readk.it allows users to harness a browser’s display capabilities to customize how the content will render there, regardless of the device being used.

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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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What books want

What books want | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Who will determine the future of the book? Readers? Writers? Publishers? Educators? Technologists? The discombobulated west, or confident emerging markets? Existing trends, or behaviours that haven't yet come to light? Selecting this month's winner of The Bookseller's Essay Competition was a very tough call, because each of the shortlisted entries took a very different approach. Every one doubled in richness and relevance when read alongside the rest.

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Report: Amazon to launch an Android console or set-top box in March

Report: Amazon to launch an Android console or set-top box in March | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Movies? TV? Games? All still on the table, or under the TV, as the case may be.
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In Spain, Has the Increase in Ebook Releases Reduced Piracy?

In Spain, Has the Increase in Ebook Releases Reduced Piracy? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Increased market supply appears to be having an impact on Spanish ebook piracy, though it remains a widespread problem.
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There's No Such Thing as a Real Reader

There's No Such Thing as a Real Reader | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I like to imagine the first guy Gutenberg told about his press. “Movable type? Huh. I guess you’re not a Real Reader. Real Readers like that books are produced through typographic block printing. Books are supposed to be rare and full of imperfections. Every book is supposed to be different. Why are you so intent on wrecking reading?”

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Readly Brings Subscription Based Magazine Service to the UK

Readly Brings Subscription Based Magazine Service to the UK | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Digital magazine distribution is a growing business with players such as Zinio, PressReader, Magzster vying for market position. Readly is a growing force in Europe with a home base in Sweden and has now expanded into the UK for £9.99 per month.

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