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Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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Americans still spend just as much on print books as e-books

Americans still spend just as much on print books as e-books | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The gap between what consumers spend on books v. e-books is less than a dollar.

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The best thing for books is more power to Amazon

The best thing for books is more power to Amazon | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Amazon used to set the prices people paid for ebooks. Almost everyone, even the big publishers, would be better off if they got it back.
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E-Books War To Intensify Between Apple And Amazon

E-Books War To Intensify Between Apple And Amazon | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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Apple Inc. (AAPL) on Friday confirmed acquisition of book recommendation service Book Lamp in an attempt to apparently boast its e-books sales.

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Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report

Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Hugh Howey says his study, based on calculation of Amazon sales, shows 'real progress' for authors who have chosen to go it alone (Self-publishing surging to 31% of ebook market, claims report http://t.co/FD9l6g9slG)...

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Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point? | Digital Book World

Amazon-Hachette Battle: Another Turning Point? | Digital Book World | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The Amazon-Hachette feud has been on going for over a month. Everyone has an opinion. Most of the press and book industry pundits take Hachette’s side; even

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Ebook subscription service Oyster teams up with Disney and rolls out kids' vertical

Ebook subscription service Oyster teams up with Disney and rolls out kids' vertical | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Ebook subscription service Oyster has added about 100 titles from Disney and is breaking out a separate children’s section with around 10,000 ebooks. But most of those books are text-based, not illustrated.

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US and UK ebook markets are slowing down (infographic)

US and UK ebook markets are slowing down (infographic) | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Ebook sales are slowing down in matured markets. This is what we've observed all over 2013 in US, but the infographic presented below shows interesting dat

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Building A Sustainable Writing Career: How To Develop Multiple Income Streams

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Let’s admit it: we are all very reliant on Amazon. Now, this isn’t a dig; there are lots of valid reasons why Amazon tends to be favored by indies. Aside from having the most intuitive, powerful di...

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1,661 pulp novels as free e-books

1,661 pulp novels as free e-books | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

I don't remember how I found out about Munseys. It's a website with links to thousands of out-of-print books, with over 1,500 pulp era novels. (RT @BoingBoing: This cool website offers more than 1500 pulp era novels as free e-books.


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Catharine Bramkamp's curator insight, October 9, 2013 6:38 PM

These aren't necessarily detective stories, but my mother remembers mentioning   detective novels as a literary genre in her Stanford 1955 English class, and was completely shut down.  Now there is a whole class at the university devoted to the dective novel.  She feels vindicated.  You never know the jewels you may find in the past!

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Use open source tools to create your own eBooks | opensource.com

Use open source tools to create your own eBooks | opensource.com | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Opensource.com provides a simple, reliable method for creating eBooks the open source way.

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Marianela Camacho Alfaro's curator insight, September 10, 2013 3:59 PM

Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our "Open Voices" eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard.

And who better to undertake the task of converting our library than your friendly opensource.com intern? This summer, I’ve refined what I consider a simple, reliable method for creating eBooks the open source way. 

Gracie Passette's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:52 AM

For erotica authors etc.

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Seth's Blog: An end of books

Seth's Blog: An end of books | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly. Ideas aren’t going away soon, and neither are words. But, as the ecosystem dies, not only will the prevailing corporate...
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I don't agree with many of Seth's points; and not just because I'm a stubborn book lover. Here are my top 4 (quick) cautions:


The ever-increasing price of ebooks no longer makes ebook as seductive, so I and many others are back to paper book purchases.


Libraries are more than books -- especially to middle and lower class folks.


"Single tasking" is far more productive than multi-tasking, and, hopefully sooner rather than later, the cultre will move back to focusing on what one's doing.


Then there's the whole "power of the object" thing, which motivates not just collectors but humans at large.

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Gracie Passette's comment, September 6, 2013 5:26 PM
I agree with you. As for the problems facing book stores, let's look at online sales as well.
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Thanks, Gracie :)
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See also: http://dpoptart.tumblr.com/post/60495563475/jon-stewart-explaining-to-young-people-why-books
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ToyotaVoice: How Print-On-Demand Is Transforming Self-Publishing

ToyotaVoice: How Print-On-Demand Is Transforming Self-Publishing | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Thanks to the advent of self-publishing, crowdfunding and e-commerce, indie artists of all kinds are launching their creative careers as solopreneurs...


...“When you make something easier to do, people do more of it,” wrote Thompson. “‘Print-on-demand’ publishing is about to do the same thing to books. It’ll keep them alive—by allowing them to be much weirder.


”By ‘weirder’ Thompson means more individualized and diverse. And he was correct. Bowker has reported increases in the numbers of book titles published overall for years, despite decreases in titles published by traditional publishers. The bibliographic information clearinghouse reported the growth has been ”driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market.”...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 4, 2013 5:30 PM

Maybe ebooks aren't killing publishing after all? Weird huh? 

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 10, 2013 1:57 AM

Weird is beautiful. ...Profitability, well... Perhaps the beautiful worry less about such things.

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