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Enhanced ebooks v. Collector's Hardcovers

Enhanced ebooks v. Collector's Hardcovers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Enhanced ebooks have been the talk of publishing for quite some time, primarily because I believe publishers thought that they could halt price erosion with the promise of a book that had extras. E...
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Backlists, trends and data: the strategies behind The Works' bookselling success

Backlists, trends and data: the strategies behind The Works' bookselling success | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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‘The ebook is a stupid product. No creativity, no enhancement’: Arnaud Nourry, Hachette CEO

‘The ebook is a stupid product. No creativity, no enhancement’: Arnaud Nourry, Hachette CEO | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
An interview with Arnaud Nourry about the future of digital publishing, why he took on Amazon as an opponent and the market potential in India.
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eBooks are a Stupid Product, and Other Blinkered Ramblings

eBooks are a Stupid Product, and Other Blinkered Ramblings | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Lagardère Publishing CEO Arnaud Nourry gave an interview to Scroll.in this weekend that showed both that he was remarkably ignorant about his products as well as how and why consumers value his products. FYI: Lagardère is the parent company for Hachette Book Group (US) and Hachette (UK), and Hachette Livre (France). The interview also showed that his PR staff needs to be fired (Nourry should never have been allowed to say this). It’s been a little over ten years since ebooks came to the market in the form of Kindle. You mentioned a small decline – do you think the market has plateaued? Are there formats other than ebooks that publishers should be looking at? There are two different geographies to look at for this. In the US and UK, the ebook market is about 20% of the total book market, everywhere else it is 5%-7% because in these places the prices never went down to such a level that the ebook market would get significant traction. I think the plateau, or rather slight decline, that we’re seeing in the US and UK is not going to reverse. It’s the limit of the ebook format. The ebook is a stupid product. It is exactly [...]
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Romania on-line book market to grow 15%-20% in 2018

Romania on-line book market to grow 15%-20% in 2018 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With Romania’s overall book market valued at around EUR 100 million ($124 million), on-line book buying is expected to grow as much as 20% this year, with books the third most popular online purchase.
In an interview with Business Review, Laura Teposu, director of business development at Libros.ro,
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Mary Shelley's Handwritten Manuscripts of Frankenstein Now Online for the First Time

Mary Shelley's Handwritten Manuscripts of Frankenstein Now Online for the First Time | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Thanks to the newly-opened Shelley-Godwin Archive, you can read
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We visited Amazon and Barnes & Noble bookstores to see who does it better — and the winner is clear

We visited Amazon and Barnes & Noble bookstores to see who does it better — and the winner is clear | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has a better business model, but Barnes & Noble is a better bookstore.
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Bookstore Sales Fell 3.6% in 2017

Bookstore Sales Fell 3.6% in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A slump in the second half of 2017 resulted in bookstore sales falling to $10.73 billion last year, down from $11.14 billion in 2016.
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Shopping at Barnes & Noble was never like this. Bring comfy clothes, a suitcase, a friend and lots of stamina for the world’s biggest book sale

Shopping at Barnes & Noble was never like this. Bring comfy clothes, a suitcase, a friend and lots of stamina for the world’s biggest book sale | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The world’s biggest book sale? Two million books at discounts of up to 80%? Where would we be without Amazon?
Only, this has absolutely nothing to do with Amazon.
This is the Philippines debut of the Big Bad Wolf event, the ten day 24/7 book sale that is taking SE Asia by storm.



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How to Sideload EPUB eBooks on Microsoft Edge

How to Sideload EPUB eBooks on Microsoft Edge | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Microsoft unveiled a fully functional e-book reader system into the Edge browser last year. Since then, they have released a series of development builds to insiders that bring new features to the reading experience. In this video you will learn how to sideload in your own ebooks into the Edge and some of the features
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Bookstore Sales Fell 37% in the Last Decade

Bookstore Sales Fell 37% in the Last Decade | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Here's a bit of news that will put a damper on future stories about the revival of bookstores. PW reported yesterday that preliminary estimates show sales at US bookstores fell last year: A slump in the second half of 2017 led a decline in bookstore sales in 2017 compared to 2016. According to preliminary estimates released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstore sales dropped 3.6% last year compared to 2016. Sales in 2017 were $10.73 billion, down from $11.14 billion in 2016. After rising in the first part of 2017 over 2016, bookstore sales ended 2017 on a five-month losing streak, capped by a very soft December. Sales in the last month of 2017 were $1.18 billion compared to $1.29 billion in December 2016. The weak end to 2017 mirrors to some degree the experience of Barnes & Noble which reported a 6.4% decline in sales in the nine week period ended December 31, 2107 compared to the same period a year ago. There are two details worth noting. The first is that these figures include everything a bookstore sells, and not just books. The second detail is that bookstores sales have declined almost every year since 2007, when they [...]
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“A library as large as a city” Iran’s Fidibo offers ebooks to commuters on the Tehran Metro

“A library as large as a city” Iran’s Fidibo offers ebooks to commuters on the Tehran Metro | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Iran is not a country topping the priority list of most publishers and authors, and there are challenges to publishing and distribution in Iran many in the west would find uncomfortable. But we would be wrong to dismiss the Iranian book market out of hand.
This, after all, is the country that has t
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How can we help more authors reach more readers? 

How can we help more authors reach more readers?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
What do authors really think about what publishers can do better?
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Tracking the trends in Taipei | The Bookseller

Tracking the trends in Taipei | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Non-fiction titles dominated the Taipei International Book Exhibition, with food and drink, lifestyle and dog books proving particularly popular.
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Barnes and Noble Should Take a Lesson from Waterstones

Barnes and Noble Should Take a Lesson from Waterstones | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Waterstones was a bookstore that was getting battered by Amazon and ebooks. Every quarter they saw a decline in print sales and in 2011 was $219 million in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy. That's when Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut, a banker and investor, in a surprise move purchased the chain for for $68
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France's Arnaud Nourry and that 'Stupid Product' Description of Ebooks

France's Arnaud Nourry and that 'Stupid Product' Description of Ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
While many in the industry have reacted to Arnaud Nourry's description of the ebook as 'exactly the same as print, except it’s electronic,' others might suggest that that's precisely what the consumer wants from digital reading.
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Entale helps publishers ride the audio wave with smart new software 

Entale helps publishers ride the audio wave with smart new software  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Entale's formidable team wants to create "a rich, enhanced listening experience" for both audiobooks and podcasts.
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Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel

Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela book festival in Dhaka is among many other things an opportunity for publishers to release new books, and every day the list of new titles has been mounting.
But this past week three innovative new additions to the list came in the form of a Youtube video, a sci
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The entirely unnecessary demise of Barnes & Noble

The entirely unnecessary demise of Barnes & Noble | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
“Whether the Andrea Gail rolls, pitch-poles, or gets driven down, she winds up, one way or another, in a position from which she cannot recover. Among marine architects this is known a
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Bright prospects for children’s publishing in India

Bright prospects for children’s publishing in India | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
One of my highlights of visiting India as a kid was to buy an obscenely large number of Tinkles and Amar Chitra Kathas. I was so accustomed to reading Western children’s literature that to me these books with stories (and stereotypes as I later discovered) rooted in India and free of stuffy British aristocracy felt like kindling a…
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“The ebook is a stupid product. Our business consists of saying no to three thousand manuscripts and saying yes to one”

“The ebook is a stupid product. Our business consists of saying no to three thousand manuscripts and saying yes to one” | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Arnaud Nourry has been CEO of Hachette Livre since 2003, so has overseen Hachette’s response to the digital revolution and to the rise of Amazon’s dominance of the Anglophone print and digital markets.
For Nourry, that dominance is less a problem than to some publishing houses, as France-based Hach
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Bookstore Sales Declined by 3.6% in 2017

Bookstore Sales Declined by 3.6% in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Print is making a resurgence over the course of the past few years, as ebooks have experienced a massive decline. According to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstore sales dropped 3.6% in 2017 compared to 2016. Total sales in 2017 were $10.73 billion, down from $11.14 billion in 2016. One of the big
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The Netherlands' Sweek Adds a Spanish-Language Contest With PRH Grupo Editorial

The Netherlands' Sweek Adds a Spanish-Language Contest With PRH Grupo Editorial | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Now with more than 100 contests as part of its writing-and-reading mix, the Dutch platform Sweek is working a Spanish-language competition, #Soytalento, into the program.
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Scribd brings back its unlimited ebooks and audiobooks subscription

Scribd brings back its unlimited ebooks and audiobooks subscription | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Scribd has announced that its subscribers will once again be able to access the entirety of its vast library of ebooks and audiobooks. However, here’s a catch: voracious readers will find themselves throttled if they read or listen to too much.
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