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Self-Publishing is Now a $52 Billion Business: Report - AppNewser

Self-Publishing is Now a $52 Billion Business: Report - AppNewser | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Self-Publishing is Now a $52 Billion Business: Report (Self-Publishing is Now a $52 Million Business: Report http://t.co/eCq5U8E5Ej (via @AppNewser))...
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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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Barnes and Noble Stock Hits a 20 Year Low

Barnes and Noble Stock Hits a 20 Year Low | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Barnes and Noble stock hit a 20 year low last week when it hit $4.95 per share and then rallied to just over $5.00 the very next day. Investor sentiment is very weak since the bookseller announced lacklustre holiday sales. In the first week of January Barnes and Noble announced that holiday sales were $953 million,
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Fire and Fury Book Shortage is a Boon for eBook Retailers

Fire and Fury Book Shortage is a Boon for eBook Retailers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Fire and Fury is experiencing a tremendous shortage since it was released on January 9th. It was published by Henry Holt, which is a subsidiary of Macmillan. There was only 150,000 copies of the in the United States and the demand was so high that stores were selling out before the end of the first day. Amazon is
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Is Japan’s Rakuten the second biggest player in the western ebook and audiobook markets?

Is Japan’s Rakuten the second biggest player in the western ebook and audiobook markets? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I’ve long been a lone voice on the indie circuit advocating authors take digital libraries seriously.
Admittedly back in 2011 it wasn’t so easy to get into OverDrive, but doing what isn’t easy is what separates the career author from the rest.

As I said four years ago back in January 2014,
Too
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3 ways publishers shouldn't be using VR in 2018 

3 ways publishers shouldn't be using VR in 2018  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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"I continue to dream about 99p books for children, in supermarkets" 

"I continue to dream about 99p books for children, in supermarkets"  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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Dutch Authors Association "Fights" Piracy By Making False Analogies to Theft (video)

Dutch Authors Association "Fights" Piracy By Making False Analogies to Theft (video) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Remember that silly anti-piracy video from the UK (or perhaps the parody video made by The IT Crowd)? Dutch authors are getting into the act. De Telegraaf reports that that the Dutch author group Auteursbond has released a video where well-known Dutch authors go around stealing people's property. Writers Arthur Japin, Alma Mathijsen, Jessica Durlacher, Francine Oomen and Ernest van der Kwast casually steal from passers-by - grabbing an ice cream, newspaper, wine, sandwich, and even a dog. The funny thing about this video is that it isn't making an analogy to piracy, which was legal in the Netherlands until 2014. Piracy does not deprive anyone of their property; this is why it is akin to copying, not theft. If you really wanted to make a video about pirating physical objects, you'd need to duplicate the object, not steal it. The problem with that video, however, is that it would show how piracy has little impact on users. Few people in the video would object to the copying; in fact, many would probably be thrilled and ask you to make extra copies of, for example, their meal or the bottle of wine. According to a poll conducted by TROS Radar in 2016, [...]
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Print is Doing So Great at Surviving eBooks That Print Sales Fell 3% in Canada in 2017

Print is Doing So Great at Surviving eBooks That Print Sales Fell 3% in Canada in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Print has survived the rise of ebooks, they say. Consumers aren't abandoning print for digital, pundits say in articles that are now read more online than in print. And yet somehow print sales are down in Canada, according to BookNet Canada. They put out a press release this morning with the news that print sales in Canada fell 3% in value and 4% in volume. Print is doing so well that consumers are buying less of it. Or at least that data from a limited subset of retailers is saying; we don't know that it is accurate until there is independent confirmation (and Data Guy is too busy to get on this soon). press release Print book sales in the Canadian trade market fell in 2017, dropping by 4% in units sold and 3% in value sold compared to 2016. This is according to sales from a subset of retailers who report consistently to BookNet Canada's sales tracking service, BNC SalesData, and so can be used to track year-over-year changes in the print market. SalesData does not track the sale of ebooks, digital audiobooks, or used books, any of which could have an impact on declines seen in the print market. [...]
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There’s Got to Be a Better Way to Categorize the Books We Love

There’s Got to Be a Better Way to Categorize the Books We Love | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
End-of-the year "notable" or "best" book lists usually slide by me, an interesting but distant phenomenon. I sometimes use them for their expressed purpose, as a gift-giving or reading guide, but for the most part, I skim and forget them. But this year, when a friend's book of essays—Elena Passarello's Animals Strike
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Amazon works to reinvent the book, but is it really necessary?

Amazon works to reinvent the book, but is it really necessary? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Wired reports that Amazon is seeking to reinvent the book, but Biblioracle John Warner doesn't think it's a technology in need of improvement.
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Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences

Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences from UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales). Transmedia storytelling is the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive stor
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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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Libraries are increasing their social media awareness

Libraries are increasing their social media awareness | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Librarians these days are very tech savvy. They can walk patrons through the process of borrowing audiobooks, ebooks, digital magazines and newspapers. Not to mention the myriad of apps they need to know like the back of their hand. Many libraries are now turning to social media to promote their branch and to foster
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The Gatekeeper Is Back, Authors…

The Gatekeeper Is Back, Authors… | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In the era of ebooks and at-the-touch-of-a-button access to hundreds of millions of titles, you'd think that the possibilities for both readers and authors would be endless. For years, that's actually been the claim; with the "take down" of the publishing gatekeepers and the widespread acceptance of indie authorhood,
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What Does 2018 Hold for Writers? | Jane Friedman

What Does 2018 Hold for Writers? | Jane Friedman | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A round-up of publishing industry trend articles, helping freelancers and authors anticipate changes coming in 2018.
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Publica is "a publisher for the blockchain era" - but will authors bite? 

Publica is "a publisher for the blockchain era" - but will authors bite?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publica wants to bring authors all the readers and profits the open web can offer - but will they be bold enough to embrace blockchain?
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French indies saw 2017 sales drop of nearly 3% | The Bookseller

French indies saw 2017 sales drop of nearly 3% | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Christmas failed to offset the decline in French book sales in 2017 as a whole, attributed partly to the presidential and parliamentary elections between April and June and the consequent delay in the arrival of big-selling titles.
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Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Grew in December 2017 as the Per-Page Rate Passed Half a Cent

Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Grew in December 2017 as the Per-Page Rate Passed Half a Cent | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon's second major ebook market, Kindle Unlimited, continued to grow in December 2017, reaching $19.8 million (plus bonuses). That was an increase of $100,000 from November 2017. At the same time, the rate Amazon paid per page also rose in most markets, exceeding half a cent in both the US and in much of Europe. US: $0.0051 (USD) Germany: €0.0035 (EUR) UK: £0.0039 (GBP) Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy: €0.0050 (EUR) Canada: $0.0040 (CAD) Brazil: R$ 0.1225 (BRL) Japan: 0.6276 (JPY) India: 0.0989 (INR) Australia, Mexico, Canada: unknown   P.S. Here's a list of the monthly funding pools. It does not include the bonuses paid out each month. July 2014: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month) August 2014: $4.7 million September 2014: $5 million October 2014: $5.5 million November 2014: $6.5 million December 2014: $7.25 million January 2015 - $8.5 million February 2015: $8 million March 2015: $9.3 million April 2015: $9.8 million May 2015: $10.8 million June 2015: $11.3 million July 2015: $11.5 million August 2015: $11.8 million September 2015: $12 million October 2015: $12.4 million November 2015: $12.7 million December 2015: $13.5 million January 2016: $15 million February 2016: $14 million March 2016: $14.9 million April 2016: $14.9 million May 2016: $15.3 million June 2016: $15.4 million July 2016: $15.5 million [...]
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Women dominated the top literary bestsellers last year

Women dominated the top literary bestsellers last year | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Women writers dominated the best-selling literary novels of last year, taking nine of the top 10 spots, according to an analysis of Nielsen BookScan sales....
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Michael Wolff's Trump book is already a best-seller—here's how many copies it takes to become one

Michael Wolff's Trump book is already a best-seller—here's how many copies it takes to become one | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Michael Wolff's new book about President Donald Trump contains bombshell claims about Trump's first year in office, and everyone wants to read it.
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Foreclosing on the future of the book

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At Wired, my old colleague David Pierce writes about a topic near and dear to my heart: Amazon's Kindle, and its effects on how
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