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How to Buy Ebooks from Independent Bookstores with Kobo

How to Buy Ebooks from Independent Bookstores with Kobo | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it

Book Riot has partnered with Kobo, our favorite ebook retailer and one of the fastest growing sellers of ebooks in the world.

There are several reasons we picked Kobo, but one stands out: Kobo has also partnered with independent bookstores to sell ebooks.

More and more readers are interested in supporting their local bookstore, even as their reading habits become increasingly digital. Now, through Kobo, you can both read ebooks and support your favorite indie bookstore (and it doesn’t have to be local, just registered with Kobo).

For each purchase of a Kobo ebook you make through an independent bookstore, that bookstore gets a percentage of the purchase price.

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This "book-lined" Beijing subway car is an audiobook library

This "book-lined" Beijing subway car is an audiobook library | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Beijing’s subway system now includes some experimental cars decorated to look like fanciful, book-lined rooms; scan the QR codes and you get free audiobook downloads for popular Chinese novel…
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Selling eBooks at Book Fairs

Selling eBooks at Book Fairs | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Selling a physical eBook? Whoever heard of such a thing? #indieauthor #ebook #selfpublishing
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E Ink continues to stay profitable in Q3 2017

E Ink continues to stay profitable in Q3 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
E Ink has experienced a massive financial windfall thanks to a myriad of new e-readers that have been released in the past two months. The company generated $158.8 million for the third quarter of 2017, surging 29.8% sequentially and 7.8% on the year. The increase in profitability is primarily attributed to the resurgence in e-reader sales. There has been a number of new devices that have been released in the past few months; the Kindle Oasis, Nook Glowlight 3, Kobo Aura One 32GB, Tolino EPOS and orders from other vendors such as Onyx. Sales of e-book readers and e-paper notebooks together accounted for 70% of E Ink's third-quarter revenues, with the remaining 30% from IoT applications including smart cards, electronic shelf labels (ESL), e-paper display solutions, and mobile and wearable devices. [adrotate banner="6"]
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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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The Birth of the Kindle

The Birth of the Kindle | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 10th birthday of the Kindle was on Sunday, which has been met with all sorts of retrospectives. Getting less coverage is that it's also the tenth anniversary of Amazon's self-publishing platform. In this excerpt from the forthcoming third edition of Let's Get Digital, I argue that the real revolution is something else again which…
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What is the point of an augmented reality app for a book? 

What is the point of an augmented reality app for a book?  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, aut
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The Kindle at 10 

The Kindle at 10  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A decade after Amazon launched its game-changing digital reading device - to modest fanfare compared to the iPhone, which debuted in the same year - how has the Kindle-conomy developed?
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The reinvention of storytelling

The reinvention of storytelling | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Thousands of years ago, we told stories to each other. The best stories were those that could be repeated over and over again, changing little, those that embodied tribal memory, with strong, often repetitive structure and big heroes and villains. There wasn’t much by way of interior monologue or intertextuality. Then came the printing press, …
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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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