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Penguin eBooks Are Once Again Available via OverDrive

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Penguin ended their 2-year-old OverDrive boycott today.

There’s a new post on the OverDrive blog this morning which reports the news that “more than 17,000 Penguin ebooks are now live and available for purchase” to OverDrive partner libraries. Readers will now be able to find their favorite Penguin titles in their local libraries.

Libraries will be able to order ebooks via OverDrive under the same contract terms as offered via Axis360 and 3M Cloud Library, both of which have been carrying Penguin ebooks since late 2012. The ebooks are licensed under a one-year expiring contract and priced at retail. Also, Penguin ebooks cannot be sent to a reader’s Kindle over Whispernet (unlike other titles carried by OverDrive); Penguin won’t allow it.

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EIBF hails geo-blocking e-book ruling

EIBF hails geo-blocking e-book ruling | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) has praised proposals devised between European Parliament, the Commission and the Council which will ensure the geo-blocking regulation will not apply to e-books.
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Simon & Schuster's Vanity Press Launches NaNoWriMo Writing Contest to Exploit More Authors

Simon & Schuster's Vanity Press Launches NaNoWriMo Writing Contest to Exploit More Authors | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Of all the major publishers, Simon & Schuster is uniquely exploitative. They had previously revived the Star Trek Writing Contest to use it as a feeder pool for their vanity press, Archway Publishing, complete with cold calls where authors were pitched overpriced services, and now S&S has found a new way to gather in the lambs to be fleeced. They are using the cover of NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month, to launch a writing contest, and they even roped in the S&S writing community XOXO After Dark to lend an air of legitimacy to the contest. XOXO After Dark, a community site offering the best in romance, urban fantasy, and women’s fiction supported by Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster, is teaming up with Archway Publishing to launch the Hot Books, Cold Nights Romance Novel Writing Contest. Abby Zidle, Editor-in-Chief at XOXO After Dark and Associate Director of Marketing and Senior Editor at Pocket and Gallery Books announced the news today. “XOXO is excited to find great new talent in romance writing,” said Zidle. “Some of the most popular writers today started their careers as readers and fans.” Pocket Star, the digital-first imprint of Simon and Schuster, will publish the winning [...]
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Continued Growth at the Fifth Shanghai Children’s Book Fair

Continued Growth at the Fifth Shanghai Children’s Book Fair | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The three-day China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), which wrapped up on November 19, marked the fifth edition of what is now widely acknowledged as the biggest event dedicated to children’s content in Asia. Livres Canada Books, which showcased 10 publishing companies, exhibited for the first time, as did Bonnier (Sweden), Penguin Random House (U.S.), and Tohan (Japan). In total, approximately 350 exhibitors inhabited the 25,000-square-meter hall, of which one-third was devoted to overseas publishers. That was a significant increase from about 300 exhibitors in 2016.

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New eBook Platform Solves Promo Problems

New eBook Platform Solves Promo Problems | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
As reading consumers, we've gone from having no digital content to have more choice than ever before in ebook retailing, all in just a short amount of time. Truthfully, ebook retailers are like coffee shops: everyone has their favorite, but there's fairly little difference in what they offer, how they price their content, and the overall customer experience. However, a new ebook retail platform does have a unique feature that stands to be a potential game changer in the social media promotion of books. "Buy my book" tweets are so ridiculous as to be borderline offensive, and for years, smart marketing experts have been begging authors to stop it. Book tweets are highly ineffective--studies have even been done on this--and they make the author look desperate; occasionally, they call into question the authors' writing ability due to the poor grammar overlain on the book cover's image. According to an announcement from the company, "Buk is the only platform where digital book content connects directly with social media, which lets book lovers share their favorite passages. [It] lets any publisher/author upload an ebook and make it available either in a browser or a mobile app. This flexible platform currently provides over 50,000 public domain and paid books, as well as the ability to search Wikipedia from the platform. For publishers/authors, it is easy to use, as they can upload ePUB files for free and set up prices as they see fit." The beauty of the platform isn't that it's yet another ebook retailer, but that the author can highlight any text in their work and turn that into a permanent embedded link, ideal for sharing on social media, using in email blasts, and more. Even better, this link is created in a tweet format, giving it a very professional look and feel, as opposed to some of the cringe-worthy results that some authors and even marketing services come up with. Buk is free to use and available on the web, and also offers a complimentary app in the App Store and Google Play store. To test drive the platform with your ePub version, visit . [adrotate banner="6"]
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Independent bookshops play a vital role in our communities – don't let Amazon destroy that

Independent bookshops play a vital role in our communities – don't let Amazon destroy that | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Local bookshops are agents of culture not just commerce. They bring a sense of belonging to our suburbs and a passion for community Amazon can’t
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On Being Forced to Read

On Being Forced to Read | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Did you do your assigned reading in school? Did it turn you off reading for fun?
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On Canada's Copyright Modernization Act: 'Where Does Balance Fit?'

On Canada's Copyright Modernization Act: 'Where Does Balance Fit?' | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
'Canadian content? There won’t be any,' warned Kate Taylor of the 'Globe and Mail,' as she moderated a panel on Canada's Copyright Modernization Act.
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Can Authorfy turn authors into superstars for the YouTube generation? 

Can Authorfy turn authors into superstars for the YouTube generation?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Authorfy uses online videos and teaching resources to bring young readers closer to writers and their books.
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Amazon Announces Writing Grant

Amazon Announces Writing Grant | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There's little doubt that Amazon has made a significant amount of money off the backs of writers. Whether they penned the highest-grossing traditionally published title of the decade or wrote yet another alien love triangle romance and sold four self-published copies, Amazon takes its cut of every title, just like all book retailers. With all the toilet paper, electronics, and blue jeans that online retailer now sells from its empire, it would be easy but inaccurate to think the company no longer needs its authors to keep the lights on. As such, the company has announced the application period is now open for another round of grant funding to support non-profit writing organizations. Since 2009 the Amazon Literary Partnership has contributed to that mission by supporting more than 100 literary nonprofits, including the widely popular National Novel Writing Project which is currently hosting another fantastic NaNoWriMo at this very moment. Other past recipients of this program have included Cave Canem, Poets & Writers, Girls Write Now, the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35, Words Without Borders, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. If your nonprofit literary group meets the criteria, then applications are now open through the end of this year for the 2018 round of funding. To learn more, visit www.amazonliterarypartnership.com; to go ahead and apply for a 2018 grant, visit apply.amazonliterarypartnership.com/submit. [adrotate banner="6"]
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Why doesn’t everyone love reading e-books?

Why doesn’t everyone love reading e-books? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Article: Why doesn’t everyone love reading e-books?
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A decade of Amazon Kindle

A decade of Amazon Kindle | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Ten years ago this week, Amazon released the first Kindle. It was big and clunky and kind of ugly, with an awkward physical keyboard and 250 MB of on-board storage, priced at a lofty $399. It sold out in less than six hours and would remain that way until the following April. Amazon, it seemed, was really onto something.

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Amazon Kindle has just turned 10 years of age. 

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KDP Print Now Offers Author Copies

KDP Print Now Offers Author Copies | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Launched into a closed beta last summer, KDP Print is Amazon's solution to all the indie authors that release ebooks but not print editions. It is a more limited version of Amazon's POD service, Createspace, and it's missing a lot of features. Until today, one option it lacked was a way for authors to order copies of their POD books in wholesale volume. According to a number of reports on KBoards, Amazon has sent an email to authors announcing the new feature: We have made updates to your account that allow you to order proofs and author (wholesale) copies of your paperbacks on KDP. Proofs allow you to review a physical copy of your draft paperback prior to publication. Learn more here. Author copies are copies of the live version of your paperback that you can order from Amazon. Learn more here. When you order copies of your own book, you pay just the printing costs plus shipping and applicable taxes. Unlike CreateSpace, KDP proof and author copies for the UK and the rest of Europe are printed and shipped from within Europe. By publishing a paperback on KDP, you can reach more readers through Amazon websites in the US and [...]
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10 exciting years of the Kindle (infographic)

10 exciting years of the Kindle (infographic) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Our new infographic takes a detailed look at the history of Kindle devices and services.
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Digital is integrated but innovation is difficult: insights from the 2017 FutureBook Digital Census 

Digital is integrated but innovation is difficult: insights from the 2017 FutureBook Digital Census  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
FutureBook’s Digital Census has been taking the temperature of global publishing for seven years, from the days of dramatic digital growth to the recent print resurgence. Sam Missingham scours this year’
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How Has Technology Changed the World of Fiction?

How Has Technology Changed the World of Fiction? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There are a few areas in which technology has completely changed how writers create stories today than how they wrote, say, twenty or even thirty years ago. The internet is the biggest one; it has made research (and finding agents and publishers) so much easier than in ye olden days. I can find books, articles, blogs, and Wikipedia entries on pretty much any topic; use Google Maps to visit places I can’t afford to travel to; watch YouTube videos and films and documentaries to get visual and auditory details I can use in my writing and learn more about different subjects.

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What publishers need to understand about Generation Z

What publishers need to understand about Generation Z | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If you happen to belong to Generation Z (those born after 1997) you will probably struggle to scroll to the end of this paragraph before clicking out. This is no reflection on my writing or even the topic of discussion - but because it is estimated that the average Generation Z’er has the attention span of just eight seconds.

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Amazon to Open Pop-Up Store in London | The Digital Reader

Amazon to Open Pop-Up Store in London | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon is opening its second European pop-up store this week. The first was in Paris, but this one is in London. From Business Insider: Amazon has opened a pop-up store in London's Soho Square to raise awareness of its upcoming "Black Friday" sale event. Visitors will be able to try electronics, toys, jewellery, and beauty products that will go on sale on Black Friday, which is the biggest shopping day of the calendar year. ... The 3,000 sq ft Amazon pop-up store is designed to look and feel like a home. It contains a kitchen, living room, bedroom, gaming zone, kids room, and a creative area. Customers can take part in workshops and win prizes at the store, where there will also be a number of special guests, according to Amazon. In 015 (right around the time Amazon was opening a bookstore in Seattle), Amazon opened a couple kiosks in Paris. Those short-lived locations were far smaller than the one in London, and they only sold Amazon's Fire tablets and Kindle ereaders. I am told the kiosks closed on early 2016, although I haven't confirmed that detail yet. Doug Gurr, country manager of Amazon.co.uk, said: "We are showcasing some of [...]
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AAP Reports Trade Revenues Down a Fraction of a Percent Through July 2017 

AAP Reports Trade Revenues Down a Fraction of a Percent Through July 2017  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publisher trade revenues decreased 11.7% in July, bringing down revenues for the year. eBook revenues  were down 5% and ,paperback revenues fell 1.7%, while revenues from hardback sales increased 2%. Downloadable audiobooks revenues were of course up. As much as I would like to mock MSM and declare "print is dead", the most likely cause is the 2016 election cycle. July 2016 marked the beginning of the final phase of the campaign, and that could have caused an uptick in nonfiction sales as people read more about the topics of the day and a an increase in fiction sales as people tried to avoid the topics of the day. Press release: After several months of increases, publishers’ revenues (sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc.) declined by 11.7% in July 2017 compared to July 2016. Revenues for Jan. – July 2017 were relatively flat, up by 0.2%, according to the most recent StatShot data from the Association of American Publishers. Tracked categories include: Trade - fiction/non-fiction/religious, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses. Revenues for trade books (fiction/non-fiction/religious) declined in July, and were flat (down 0.3%) for the year-to-date, compared to the same periods [...]
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Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
But real books, records and brick and mortar stores will take us back with open arms.
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E-reader Size Comparison 2017 + PDF and E-book Ability

Hi Everyone, Wondering how big or small modern e-readers get? Wondering how one compares to the other for size? Here is a brief video showing a roug
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Growing a book tree

Growing a book tree | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Author Anna Day shares her experience of writing a book based on someone else's idea.
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How new technology could alter manga publishing

How new technology could alter manga publishing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Leading manga publishers are trying to make the most of digital tools by offering high-tech drawing apps for free and providing new platforms for posting work, in an effort to discover new talents at home and abroad. These moves could bring radical change to the world of manga.
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Small indie publishers report booming sales

Small indie publishers report booming sales | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
In a sector that has struggled elsewhere, figures for 60 of the smallest players in the UK industry show sales up 79% in the last year

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Endeavour Press to publish IndieBooks' digital editions | The Bookseller

Endeavour Press to publish IndieBooks' digital editions | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Independent Endeavour Press has agreed a partnership with specialist publisher IndieBooks to take over the digital editions of IndieBook’s growing list of fiction and non-fiction.
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ANEL's Richard Prieur on Strengths of the French Canadian Book Market

ANEL's Richard Prieur on Strengths of the French Canadian Book Market | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Richard Prieur, executive director of ANEL in Québec, talks about the association’s work to support the flourishing francophone book market in Canada.
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