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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 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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Run book Run! From physical paper to executable online books

Run book Run! From physical paper to executable online books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The official source of product insight from the Visual Studio Engineering Team
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Distribute to OverDrive via KWL – Hassle-Free Library Distribution, 50% Royalties

Distribute to OverDrive via KWL – Hassle-Free Library Distribution, 50% Royalties | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Did you know that you can distribute your eBooks to OverDrive with one click, right in your Kobo Writing Life dashboard? Reaching millions of library readers—and receiving the best royalty rate you'll find anywhere—is as easy as opting your eBooks in and setting a Library price.
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Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Jumped in October 2017

Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Jumped in October 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Both the Kindle Unlimited funding pool and per-page rate rose in October 2017. Amazon paid out $19.7 million (up from $19.5 million in September 2017), plus bonuses, at 0.45601 cents per page. The rates were up in most markets: US: $0.0046 (USD) Germany: €0.0031 (EUR) UK: £0.0035 (GBP) Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy: €0.0045 (EUR) Canada: $0.0044 (CAD) Apologies for the incomplete data. 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 August 2016: $15.8 million September 2016: $15.9 million October 2016: $16.2 million November 2016: $16.3 million December 2016: $16.8 million January 2017: : $17.8 million February 2017: : $16.8 million [...]
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Spain Signs on as Frankfurt Book Fair's 2021 Guest of Honor

Spain Signs on as Frankfurt Book Fair's 2021 Guest of Honor | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Spain will use its 2021 stint as Frankfurter Buchmesse Guest of Honor to raise awareness of Spanish-language literature and creative industries.
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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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Pronoun Is Dead: The Ebook Retail Universe Redux

Pronoun Is Dead: The Ebook Retail Universe Redux | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Ebook distributor Pronoun is shutting down its operations. So where does that leave indie publishers looking to release new ebooks?
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W3C Publishing Summit 2017: An Ebook Dev’s View

W3C Publishing Summit 2017: An Ebook Dev’s View | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is a guest post from Teresa Elsey from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The W3C put on its first Publishing Summit on November 9 and 10 in San Francisco, as part of the W3C Technical Plenary/Advisor…
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An Editing Tool Helps You Polish Your Manuscript

An Editing Tool Helps You Polish Your Manuscript | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
An editing tool uses algorithms to compare your content with thousands of authors and helps turn your prose into a dynamic piece that gets attention.
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Buk Lets You Create Sharable Links into the Contents of Your Book

Buk Lets You Create Sharable Links into the Contents of Your Book | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Authors have long used excerpts to promote their books, but it's never been all that easy to share a snippet. Most of the time authors have had to either copy the snippet to their site or embed a Kindle sampler. Now there is a new option.  Buk.io is a platform where authors can upload a copy of their book and embed links to the best parts. Those links can then be shared online. I just got an email from its developer. Buk.io 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. Authors and publishers get 70% of any revenue from sales and 30% goes to buk. Buk is free to use and available on the web, with a complimentary app in the App Store, Google Play and it covers all devices, including Chrome Books. Buk has a number of examples over on Twitter of excerpts embedded in Tweets.  I would show you one here [...]
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