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Top audiobook genres in the United States in 2017 (chart)

Top audiobook genres in the United States in 2017 (chart) | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Literary fiction, mystery & suspense, and science fiction & fantasy are the leading audiobook genres in the US, according to Author Earnings report.
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University Libraries are Purging Millions of Books

University Libraries are Purging Millions of Books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Thousands of university libraries in the United States have begun to purge millions of books, as their digital catalog expands. These books are often put in storage indefinitely or are simply recycled and sent to the abyss. The main reason this is occuring is due to older books not having been circulated in 20 years
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One Russian Textbook Publisher Sues Another Over Alleged Trademark Infringement

One Russian Textbook Publisher Sues Another Over Alleged Trademark Infringement | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Russian textbook publisher Prosveshchenie accuses Ventana-Graf of wrongfully using its logo on thousands of textbooks—and that those books are therefore 'counterfeit.'
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Rare Birds gives the book club model a feminist twist

Rare Birds gives the book club model a feminist twist | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This Leith-based book club has two unique selling points: a female-only lineup and a focus on unsahamed, inclusive enjoyment.
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Nigeria’s Publiseer is a finalist at Harvard Business School's New Venture Competition 2018

Nigeria’s Publiseer is a finalist at Harvard Business School's New Venture Competition 2018 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publiseer, a Nigerian digital publishing platform, featured on Techpoint 4 months ago, has emerged one of 14 finalists at the 2018 Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition.
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Playster Unlimited Audiobook and eBook App Review

Playster Unlimited Audiobook and eBook App Review | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Playster is one of the few companies operating in the Unlimited space that offer a huge catalog of audiobooks and ebooks. There is a free 30 day trial and a myriad of options, depending on what content you want. If you love audiobooks Playster Basic costs $14.95 and has access to 40,000 audiobooks. The premium package
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Will eBook subscription services learn from past mistakes?

Will eBook subscription services learn from past mistakes? | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The concept of an 'all-you-can-read' subscription to eBook content is certainly not new. Plenty with a decent knowledge of trade publishing would be understandably cynical of the concept. With the quiet closure of both Entitle and Oyster in 2015, the consumer could be excused for thinking the hoary 'Netflix for
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When Good Links Go Bad: Link Rot in Ebooks 

When Good Links Go Bad: Link Rot in Ebooks  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
This is a guest post from Teresa Elsey, an #eprdctn regular. The February 14 edition of the #eprdctn chat focused on link rot. The below is just a piece of the whole wide-ranging conversation; as u…
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Two Nigerian ebook start-ups prepare to challenge Okada

Two Nigerian ebook start-ups prepare to challenge Okada | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Nigeria is not an easy place to buy ebooks. None of the Big 5 western ebook retailers have any presence in this English-speaking nation of 180 million people, leaving the door open for local initiatives.
Just last September Publiseer launched, offering a uniquely positioned self-publishing portal f
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People Are Finally Paying for Content. Here’s How Publishers Are Capitalizing

People Are Finally Paying for Content. Here’s How Publishers Are Capitalizing | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishers are capitalizing on the consumer trend toward less, but more relevant and trusted, content with a return to paywalls.
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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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The written word is losing its power and will continue to

The written word is losing its power and will continue to | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
If there were a futures market in literacy, it would be dropping. It is a sad fact that the value of written words, in relation to spoken words and still and moving pictures, is sinking like a stone. Changes like this happen for structural reasons. Since the invention of moveable type and the printing press, …
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GfK: More eBooks Sold to Fewer Buyers in Germany in 2017

GfK: More eBooks Sold to Fewer Buyers in Germany in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The German book trade group Boersenverein just released the latest consumer market survey it conducted in partnership with GfK Entertainment. The report shows that fewer customers bought more but cheaper ebooks in the German market in 2017. An increase in volume was offset by a decline in sales price. The high points of the consumer survey include: A stagnating share of book sales in the public market:  The share of ebooks remained at the previous year's level at 4.6%. More titles sold:  eBook sales in the consumer market rose by 1 million units to 29.1 million units, an increase of 3.9%. Fewer book buyers : An estimated 3.5 million customers bought at least one ebook in 2017, compared to 3.8 million in the same period of the previous year, a decrease of 7.7%. Each buyer bought more copies:  Those who did buy ebooks bought an average of 8.3 copies, an increase of 12.6% over the same period of the previous year. The average price declined: The average ebook price recorded by the survey fell by 5.1% from 2016 to 2017, to 6.38 euros. "The ebook continues to gain in importance among its users as they intensify their purchases and expenses. However, the competition for time and attention of the [...]
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Amazon Books vs. Barnes & Noble: photos, details

Amazon Books vs. Barnes & Noble: photos, details | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon has a better business model, but Barnes & Noble is a better bookstore.
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Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn Talks Walmart and E-books

Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn Talks Walmart and E-books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
International e-book retailer Rakuten Kobo has a long history of partnering with retailers to deliver e-books, but Kobo its new partnership with Walmart is on a whole different level.
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Reading comprehension falls in secondary schools, study claims 

Reading comprehension falls in secondary schools, study claims  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
A new report from Renaissance Learning suggests the reading comprehension of secondary school pupils is falling below that of primary school children because teenagers are not reading challenging enough books.
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If you pirate an ebook you can get 6 years in prison

If you pirate an ebook you can get 6 years in prison | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
There is a new bill proposal in Sweden that will extend the prison term for anyone pirating an ebook or a movie on a file sharing website, such as BitTorrent. It will go from two years to six years and the amount of time someone would spend in prison would rival someone getting charged with manslaughter. Presented by
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Self-Censorship in Publishing: Book Industry Leaders on this Challenge

Self-Censorship in Publishing: Book Industry Leaders on this Challenge | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From the director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse to the founder of a Thai publishing house and a Norwegian publisher who was shot in Oslo: sharp cautionary remarks about self-censorship and its dangers.
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Why primary schools need to embrace picture books

Why primary schools need to embrace picture books | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I love picture books. I would go as far as to say I am obsessed by them. And because of that – because I use them all the time in my teaching and rave about them in our school – I know something that those schools less keen on picture books do not: they are an absolutely essential tool for boosting literacy. 

But let’s clarify what I mean by picture books. I’m talking about books where the art and the words work together to create meaning so that, without either, the story is nonsensical.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 22, 8:25 AM
I agree with the value placed on Picture Books.  I also need to check out the list of books cited as examples of the books with pictures and words acting together to tell the story. One without the other is nonsensical.
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The Big Five Publishers and the Nutri-Matic Drink Dispenser

The Big Five Publishers and the Nutri-Matic Drink Dispenser | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The recent interview that Hachette CEO Arnaud Nourry gave to Indian news site Scroll.in has been a sort of nine-day wonder of the ebook world lately. In this interview, Nourry called the ebook a "stupid product" because it's "exactly the same as print, except it's electronic. There is no creativity, no enhancement, no real digital…
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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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