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How much should e-books cost?

A judge has ruled that Apple conspired to set e-book prices. How much are consumers willing to spend on e-books?
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HarperCollins Accidentally Makes Good Business Decision With New Vinyl Audiobook Series | The Digital Reader

HarperCollins Accidentally Makes Good Business Decision With New Vinyl Audiobook Series | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
HarperCollins has just made a smart business decision, only for the wrong reasons. PW reports they have started pressing audiobooks on vinyl records: Following successful vinyl record releases by Amy Poehler and others, HarperAudio plans to produce a series of spoken word vinyl audiobook titles (with accompanying digital editions) in 2018. The vinyl audiobook series will launch in April with Wild Horses Vinyl Edition (including an MP3 version) by Joe Hill. The title is, as HC put it, a “vinyl-first” release. The short story, read by Nate Corddry, is about four teenagers who take a ride on an antique carousel. The seemingly innocent lark results in disastrous consequences. Other vinyl-first editions coming this year include Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning and poet Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems. HarperAudio vinyl titles will be distributed by Wax, an indie record label that specializes in the format. HarperAudio v-p and publisher Ana Maria Allessi noted that audiobooks is “the fastest-growing format in publishing." She went on, adding that, in particular, "vinyl album sales are surging," making this new line a logical step for HC. While their justifications are bad, the idea is sound. Almost 90 million units audiobooks were sold in 2016, compared [...]
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Investing in culture can change lives, break boundaries and reinvigorate communities 

Investing in culture can change lives, break boundaries and reinvigorate communities  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reveals the lifelong love of reading that has compelled her and her government to increase its budget for funding the arts.
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The Business of Publishing Channel - BookMachine

The Business of Publishing Channel - BookMachine | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Business Getting your book on page 1 of Amazon’s search results [FOR AUTHORS] As you can imagine, getting on page 1 of Amazon’s search results can be very important. Amazon is the world’s largest search engine and your Share this: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens …
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Good Enough: A Meditation on the Past, Present and Future of EPUB

Good Enough: A Meditation on the Past, Present and Future of EPUB | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is a guest post from Dave Cramer, co-chair of the W3C’s EPUB 3 Community Group, and member of the CSS Working Group, in addition to being Senior Digital Publishing Technology Specialist,…
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How To Brief A Cover Designer

How To Brief A Cover Designer | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
  by David Gaughran This is an adapted excerpt from the third edition of Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should by David Gaughran which is available for pre-order now from Kobo.   A knockout cover has two basic ingredients: a great designer, and a detailed brief. If you don’t communicate exactly…
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No, machines can’t read better than humans

No, machines can’t read better than humans | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Headlines have claimed AIs outperform humans at "reading comprehension," but in reality they’ve got a long way to go
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Amazon Accidentally Drops a 50% Royalty Bombshell

Amazon Accidentally Drops a 50% Royalty Bombshell | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Indie authors who took a browse through their KDP dashboards this week might have noticed a tiny new "unclickable" feature: a 50% royalty. As reported by the Alliance of Independent Authors, there are a ton of reasons why Amazon might be prepping to make 50% an option instead of the two current choices, 70% and 35%,
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Best iPad and iPhone apps book lovers should try in 2018

Best iPad and iPhone apps book lovers should try in 2018 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Want to read more books on your iPad or iPhone. Why using one app, if you could try more. Marvin 3, Gerty, Libby, or L
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Unbuilding Frankenstein: designing publishing platforms for an automated, AI-driven future 

Unbuilding Frankenstein: designing publishing platforms for an automated, AI-driven future  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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Createspace Getting Out of Publishing Services?

Createspace Getting Out of Publishing Services? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Createspace is best-known as Amazon's POD service, but they also provide paid publishing services. Or at least they used to. South Carolina's The Post and Courier reports that Createspace will be laying off staff later this year as it exits the services market. Amazon's self-publishing service, Createspace, is laying off workers in its editing, marketing and design division in July because the company is getting out of the business of offering services to writers. The layoffs will mostly affect customer service positions. Createspace will continue to print books for authors with ambitions to sell their work without a publisher. State records show that Createspace subsidiary is cutting 58 jobs in North Charleston. Layoffs will start in March, and the service division will close in July, according to a letter the company sent to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce on Thursday. ... "After a thorough review of our service offerings, we've made the decision to discontinue Createspace's paid professional editing, design and marketing services," Amazon said in a statement. "We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company." This is [...]
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The 3 Hard Truths Publishers Must Face in 2018

The 3 Hard Truths Publishers Must Face in 2018 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With monetization pressures mounting, publishers find themselves at an industry-wide crossroads, and the endless predictions about what next year holds reflect as much. Everyone agrees 2018 will be a year of significant change, but few agree on the best strategy and direction. Is 2018 to be the year of last-ditch battles for survival, or will …
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Overdrive Reports eBook Loans Increased by 14% and Audiobooks 24%

Overdrive Reports eBook Loans Increased by 14% and Audiobooks 24% | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Overdrive is the largest company operating in the digital library space the vast majority of branches do business with them. They have just announced that in 2017 there were 155 million ebook loans, which was an increase of 11% from 2016 and there was 68 million audiobook loans. There was 59 libraries that loaned out
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New Windows 10 Update Overhauls eBooks

New Windows 10 Update Overhauls eBooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Microsoft has just issued a new version of their Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17074 and it dramatically increases the functionality of ebooks in the Edge Browser. Reading View is sporting a fresh new look when reading EPUB and PDF files and you can now read in full-screen mode. There is also new grammer tools that
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StreetLib Releases eBook App for iOS, Android, and the Web | The Digital Reader

StreetLib Releases eBook App for iOS, Android, and the Web | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With Amazon and Kobo having thrown in the towel, browser ebook apps are old news, but Streetlib is going against the conventional wisdom. This ebook distributor has released a new reading app for Android, iOS, and web browsers. We are proud to introduce our latest app: StreetLib Read. Simple to use, cloud based and compatible with any?—?DRM free?—?eBook file, StreetLib Read makes it easy to enjoy, share and discover your favorite books. And thanks to your centralized StreetLib account, you can access all your books from any device and can continue reading wherever you left off. Given that the book is at the heart of our mission, we really cannot afford to leave authors and readers behind. They are inherent to the book’s existence itself. Yes, readers too: a book isn’t wholly born until someone has read it. Of course, that someone might just be the author, but that makes them a reader too. ... Available on iOS, Android and any web browser, StreetLib Read allows you to easily and comfortably read all your eBooks. Upload ePubs and buy new ones from StreetLib Stores and they’ll all be neatly organized in your own personal library. And if you log in with your StreetLib account, any previously purchased books will be automatically available without you [...]
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What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines 

What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
By Lynne Barrett The Editor’s Job A magazine editor is a person who enjoys bringing new writing to the world in a publication that will be seen, read, appreciated, and talked about. This is the first fact anyone submitting to a magazine should understand.
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The Psychological & Neurological Disorders Experienced by Characters in Alice in Wonderland: A Neuroscience Reading of Lewis Carroll’s Classic Tale



Most reputable doctors tend to refrain from diagnosing people they’ve never met or examined. Unfortunately, this circumspection doesn't obtain as often among lay folk. When we lob uninformed diagnoses at other people, we may do those with genuine mental health issues a serious disservice.
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Boldface now in OverDrive’s Libby ebook app for library patrons: How to use it

Boldface now in OverDrive’s Libby ebook app for library patrons: How to use it | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
OverDrive's nifty Libby app for library patrons is so much easier to use than earlier alternatives. But Libby lacked an all-text boldface option, a "must" for library patrons with contrast sensitivity issues---especially older people. That included me, even after cataract surgery. Now OverDrive has wised up. I'm not sure when it happened, but, yes, boldface…
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BookNet Canada: Print Sales Down in 2017, Backlist 60 Percent

BookNet Canada: Print Sales Down in 2017, Backlist 60 Percent | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
BookNet Canada reports that backlist book sales were strong in the English Canadian market in 2017, showing two percent growth in sales and accounting for two of the top five bestsellers.
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Wattpad Secures $51M in New Funding

Wattpad Secures $51M in New Funding | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Whether you're a reader or a writer, if you're not on Wattpad, you're missing out. While the company is certainly not new, their continued efforts at innovation while maintaining and growing a dedicated following mean it is a source of discovery for readers and interaction for authors. Wattpad may have just started as
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Amazon's CreateSpace To Cut Author Sevices This Year

Amazon's CreateSpace To Cut Author Sevices This Year | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon's CreateSpace are discontinuing their author services, but not to worry! BookBaby can personally help self-publishing authors with book editing, cover design, book formatting and more.
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Public libraries lend record numbers of eBooks and audiobooks in 2017

Public libraries lend record numbers of eBooks and audiobooks in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Global shift to digital reading led by downloadable audiobooks and smartphones

CLEVELAND – Jan. 11, 2018 – Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digi
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Cultivating a Love of Reading in the Digital Age

Cultivating a Love of Reading in the Digital Age | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Four tips for taking advantage of apps and other tools to encourage students to read.
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'We're pivoting to words': Slate says podcasts are now 25 percent of revenue

'We're pivoting to words': Slate says podcasts are now 25 percent of revenue | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The online politics and culture magazine is betting big on text and audio this year, with plans to double its podcasting staff.
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One Analyst's 2018 Look-Ahead: Russian Digital Content Set to Grow Fast

One Analyst's 2018 Look-Ahead: Russian Digital Content Set to Grow Fast | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In the estimation of LitRes chief Sergey Anuriev, ebooks could double as a factor in Russia's market within two years and audiobooks are showing new strength as well. The prime challenge: piracy.
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Will VR be the future of reading?

Will VR be the future of reading? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Over the course of the last decade e-readers have been the best way to consume ebooks and other digital content. The batteries last over a month and it is quite easy to purchase content from Amazon, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. Will e-readers continue to be popular in the next decade, or will VR usurp their position? The
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