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Smashwords, libraries, and the [new] culture of authorship

Smashwords, libraries, and the [new] culture of authorship | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries have traditionally promoted a culture of learning and a culture of books. Now they have the opportunity to promote a culture of authorship. — Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords In our time…
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Free mobile reading and writing platform for all to use? Yes, please. And thank you, Sweek.

Free mobile reading and writing platform for all to use? Yes, please. And thank you, Sweek. | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
Have you heard of the free mobile reading and writing platform Sweek? I didn’t know anything about it myself until I discovered it at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
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Bookseller Protests Trump - He Won't Be the Last | The Digital Reader

Bookseller Protests Trump - He Won't Be the Last | The Digital Reader | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
Here's a bit of ex post facto news which is bound to be repeated given that Trump has won the election.
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Academic citation practices need to be modernized

Academic citation practices need to be modernized | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
References should lead to full texts wherever possible  (Academic citation practices need to be modernized — Advice for authoring a PhD or academic book.
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Oyster App for iPad, iPhone Updated with In-App Purchases

Oyster App for iPad, iPhone Updated with In-App Purchases | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
“Oyster is bucking the trend this week. While most a lot of media services avoid in-app purchases on iOS, the ebook subscription service Oyster released a new update on Friday to their app which added the option.”
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Book as iPad App: multi-touch ebooks and their future in libraries: Nicole Hennig

Book as iPad App: multi-touch ebooks and their future in libraries: Nicole Hennig | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it

We'll focus on multimedia books that are released as individual apps, such as London: A City Through Time.

Each week you'll watch video demos of particular apps, and discuss our course readings in the class forum. You may also write your own reviews of particular book apps and contribute those to our course site for discussion with your colleagues.

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This course gets five stars not only for the information it contains, but also for the level of empowerment it provides. I signed up not knowing a thing about book apps, and in a month's time I am using them at work and collaborating with a library colleague to create a book app of our own for use in story times. The topic is timely, relevant and fun! I couldn't ask for more. 
- Susan Hansen, Branch Manager, West Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT

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Kindle Unlimited is now live

Kindle Unlimited is now live | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
As you no doubt saw in the Morning Links, Kindle Unlimited is now live. It’s pretty much what we were expecting when it was leaked on Wednesday.
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Filmmaker Ken Burns Launches iPad App of Legendary Documentaries

Filmmaker Ken Burns Launches iPad App of Legendary Documentaries | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, released this week, not a new documentary but an iPad app, also called Ken Burns. The application is a collection of short streaming videos, spanning the history of the U.S., from 1776 to 2000.
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New ‘All-You-Can-Read’ Children’s Book Service Debuts on iPad | PadGadget

“These day you can get monthly subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, streaming movies and television shows, even video games. On the iPad, you can read your periodicals, watch your shows, and play video games until your thumbs are sore.”
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New Wearable from MIT’s Media Lab Wants to be the “Feelie” for Books

The Media Lab at MIT has just revealed a new concept for a physically interactive book called Sensory Fiction, and it looks like Sci-Fi’s longtime pipedream of programmable sensorial storytelling has finally finally come to pass.
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Two Years Later And Amazon Still Blocks Competitors’ Reading Apps

Did you catch the news today about Scribd?
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Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook service: A match made in e-book heaven?

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook service: A match made in e-book heaven? | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
Amazon has just announced a service that the world has been waiting for—to judge from the number of past calls for it and halfway schemes that have come some way towards delivering it.
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Kindle Paperwhite Goes Up for Pre-Order Internationally – Will Ship on 9 October

Amazon’s new ereader leaked yesterday, and Amazon responded by officially launching it – on all their websites.
The new Kindle Paperwhite is up for pre-order in the UK, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and Brazil.
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Here's How You Can Use Google to Find eBooks Available at Your Local Library

Here's How You Can Use Google to Find eBooks Available at Your Local Library | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
A new Google Search feature is making it easier for users to find digital copies of their favorite books that are available at their local libraries.
Google said on Monday that the online search giant has added a new feature that will now show up in the search results for any book title, listing local public libraries where users can borrow the title in ebook form.
The list of libraries with available ebooks will appear as part of Google's "Knowledge Graph" cards, the boxed-off sections that appear either above or next to the regular list of search results, which already offered information on searched-for books, such as a description of the book, the author's name, GoodReads ratings, and options for purchasing an ebook.
Google users will find the list of libraries carrying a specific ebook title under a section titled "Borrow ebook," which the company displayed in a Tweet on Monday that featured a screenshot of a mobile search for an ebook version of the children's book Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics.
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Judge Orders Amazon to Refund Children's In-App Purchases | The Digital Reader

Judge Orders Amazon to Refund Children's In-App Purchases | The Digital Reader | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
A federal judge on Thursday directed Amazon to set up a year-long process to reimburse parents whose children made in-app purchases without permission, but rejected a U.S. regulator's request for a $26.5 million lump-sum payout.
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Just Listen [Part 2 of NSR’s ‘Reading by Ear’ series]

Just Listen [Part 2 of NSR’s ‘Reading by Ear’ series] | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
This is the second post in NSR’s series by librarian Francisca Goldsmith discussing audiobooks as a medium through which contemporary readers are invited to explore literary culture, performa…...
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Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
“Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension?”
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Report: Library eBook Lending Lags the US in Much of the World

Report: Library eBook Lending Lags the US in Much of the World | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
“A new report from the IFLA reminds us that annoyances like Penguin and other major US trade publishers restricting checkouts is truly a first world problem. Released last week, the IFLA 2014 eLending Background Paper offers a detailed look at the...”
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Oyster, Scribd Comment on Kindle Unlimited

Oyster, Scribd Comment on Kindle Unlimited | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
It’s been just over a day since I broke the news that Amazon had a Netflix style ebook service in the works. We still haven’t gotten a comment from Amazon, but both of Amazon’s smaller competitors have commented on Kindle Unlimited.
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Spritz offers a spritzer for your onscreen reading – whatever the device size

Spritz offers a spritzer for your onscreen reading – whatever the device size | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
“That new generation of smartwatches and small wearable devices supposedly in the offing could be about to get a boost as ereading platforms, no matter how small their form factor.”
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Amazon’s Q4 Report Suggests the Kindle, Kindle Fire Have Peaked

I’m sure that you’ve already read the news that Amazon released their year end report today, but did you happen to notice what wasn’t in the press release?
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Just Like Adults, Kids Aren’t Reading on Tablets and eReaders

A new report reveals that nearly 2/3 of kids in the US live in a household with either a tablet or ebook reader, but only about half that number have read on the device.
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Amazon Announces “New” Pilot Program With UC-Davis Bookstore

Remember that partnership between UC-Davis Stores and Amazon, which I wrote about in November 2013? It’s now official.
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Buy a Paper Book From Amazon and They’ll Sell You a Cheap eBook

I know a handful of people who have been buying books from Amazon since the late 1990s, and today is their lucky day.
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Morning Roundup: Amazon launches Kindle MatchBook; Txtr Beagle discontinued; more

Morning Roundup: Amazon launches Kindle MatchBook; Txtr Beagle discontinued; more | EBooks & Libraries | Scoop.it
Amazon Pairs Print and Digital Books With New Program (New York Times) For most readers, print and electronic books are an either-or proposition.
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