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Apple’s Getting Back Into the E-Books Fight Against Amazon

Apple’s Getting Back Into the E-Books Fight Against Amazon | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple Inc. is ready to take on Amazon.com Inc. in the digital book market again, years after regulators forced the iPhone maker to back down from an earlier effort to challenge the e-commerce giant’s lead.
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When innovating in publishing, we must always ask why

When innovating in publishing, we must always ask why | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Innovation in publishing - at least of the core product, the book - has been slow, minimal and incremental. Yet at every turning point it has been met with sometimes hysterical, often reactionary, zeal.
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Global Audiobook Trends and Statistics for 2018

Global Audiobook Trends and Statistics for 2018 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in the digital publishing industry. The United States continues to be the biggest market for the audio format and in 2017; there was over $2.5 billion dollars in sales, which is a slight increase from the $2.1 billion generated in 2016. Michelle Cobb of the Audiobook Publishers Association stated, “26% of the US population has listened to an audiobook in the last 12 months.
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Where is scientific publishing heading? | OUPblog

Where is scientific publishing heading? | OUPblog | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
As researchers, we are unlikely to spend much time reflecting on one of the often-forgotten pillars of science: scientific publishing. Naturally, our focus leans more towards traditional academic activities including teaching, mentoring graduate students and post docs, and the next exciting experiment that will allow us to advance our understanding. Despite our daily dependence on the research produced by our colleagues and contemporaries in scientific papers, and an equal dependence on journals to present the results of our own research, it is uncomfortable to think that we as scientists have lost control of the majority of this infrastructure.
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Continued Growth at the Fifth Shanghai Children’s Book Fair

Continued Growth at the Fifth Shanghai Children’s Book Fair | Pobre Gutenberg | 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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El Congreso del Libro Electrónico revela que el sector editorial digital cuenta con una cuota de mercado del 11%

El Congreso del Libro Electrónico revela que el sector editorial digital cuenta con una cuota de mercado del 11% | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
"El mercado del libro electrónico en España es más grande de lo que se creía hasta el momento". Esta es una de las conclusiones del Congreso del Libro Electrónico celebrado en Barbastro. Una vez analizados y comparados por primera vez los principales informes y fuentes de forma global, se cifra en un 11 por ciento la venta de ebooks dentro de la edición en español y el peso de la autoedición en ese crecimiento hace que no pueda ser ignorada en cualquier análisis a partir de ahora.
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Spain to be guest of honour at 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair

Spain will be the guest of honour at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) 30 years after it first appeared as a guest of honour, reports Publishing Perspectives. FBF director
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Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus

Rakuten Kobo CEO Discusses Tolino, Shelfie and Kobo Plus | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Kobo Books is the third largest e-book and e-reader company in the world and their primary focus is underserved markets. Instead of competing in the ultra-competitive US market they instead developed infrastructure to sell their line of products in bookstores all over Australia, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.
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Is Dystopian Backlist a Publishing Utopia?

Is Dystopian Backlist a Publishing Utopia? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
It’s been a good half a year for two particular adult dystopian science-fiction backlist titles. In the months following the election of President Trump, George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale shot to the top of the charts. Both titles landed on the NPD BookScan and Amazon bestseller lists for print and Kindle e-books, respectively, for the first half of 2017, and both were newly released in hardcover by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April.
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How Do Book Publishers And Retailers Navigate The Future? Check Out Amazon Books

How Do Book Publishers And Retailers Navigate The Future? Check Out Amazon Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
n excursion into one of the handful of new Amazon Books retail stores (thank you, Garden State Plaza) provides a bit of a “man bites dog” story. Amazon, the oft-vilified digital Darth Vader of the book publishing world, not to mention retail in general, turns out to have created not only a welcoming, customer-friendly environment but one that offers lessons for many of its long-time adversaries.
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The South Korean eBook Industry is Experiencing Massive Growth

The South Korean eBook Industry is Experiencing Massive Growth | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
The South Korean publishing industry is doing very well when it comes to digital books. The e-book market rose 25.4% to reach 125.8 billion won, taking up 1.2% of the total book market in 2014. In 2015 sales rose 1.6% and garnered 150-160 billion when taking into consideration services run by mobile carriers. In terms of genre, 70% of e-books sold were either romance or fantasy.
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The business of small presses: 4 things we learnt the hard way

It doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to say that we’re in the middle of a golden age for small press publishing. In just the last few years, the UK has seen the launch of 404 Ink, Silver Press, Dead Ink, Charco Press, Dodo Ink and many others. Small presses are ‘doing the heavy lifting’ in publishing BAME writers, and are more visible and more successful than in decades, largely due to their ability to exploit the verticalization of audiences and unbundling of publishing services enabled by the internet.
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Disruption Meets the Book World At PubTechConnect

Disruption Meets the Book World At PubTechConnect | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
At the inaugural PubTechConnect conference, innovation and the digital future were front and center right from the start.
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Best E-Readers 2018: The best ebook readers to buy | Trusted Reviews

Best E-Readers 2018: The best ebook readers to buy | Trusted Reviews | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There may not be the choice of ebook readers we’ve had in the past, but this is a good thing. Bad e-readers are a thing of the past, unless you go for something you’ve never heard of before. Don’t do that, check out our list of the best ebook readers instead.
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Europe's major publishing markets all grew in 2016

Europe's major publishing markets all grew in 2016 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Europe's major markets - the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy - all experienced growth in turnover in 2016, according to a Federation of European Publishers' (FEP) report. However, the dive in the British pound following the UK's decision to leave the European Union in June 2016 resulted in flat total annual sales revenue for publishers in the EU and EEA in comparison to 2015, due to strong exchange rate effects.
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Publishers have 'huge opportunity' in content marketing says Chowney

Publishers have 'huge opportunity' in content marketing says Chowney | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
There is “huge opportunity” for the publishing industry to make money out of content marketing, an industry predicted to grow to $413bn (£305bn) by 2021, delegates to The Bookseller’s FutureBook conference have heard.
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What publishers need to understand about Generation Z

What publishers need to understand about Generation Z | Pobre Gutenberg | 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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How Has Technology Changed the World of Fiction?

How Has Technology Changed the World of Fiction? | Pobre Gutenberg | 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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A decade of Amazon Kindle

A decade of Amazon Kindle | Pobre Gutenberg | 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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Small indie publishers report booming sales

Small indie publishers report booming sales | Pobre Gutenberg | 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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Adapt or die says book publisher turned multimedia beast: Guinness World Records

Not so long ago people were forecasting the death of printed books and ebooks were to take over the world. Whilst reality hasn’t been quite so drastic, brands known predominantly for book publishing, it's had to embrace change to survive.
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Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn

Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Pearson has sold a 22% stake in Penguin Random House, the world’s biggest publisher, with titles ranging from Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Oliver and The Girl on the Train. The deal values Penguin at $3.55bn (£2.75bn).
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60 Libraries will loan out over 1 million audiobooks and ebooks in 2017

60 Libraries will loan out over 1 million audiobooks and ebooks in 2017 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Last week Overdrive disclosed to Good e-Reader that overall circulation has grown 12% year-over-year (through June 30th) to more than 108 million
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In New York, a Library for Your Subway Ride

In New York, a Library for Your Subway Ride | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
New York's three major public library systems—The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library—have teamed up with the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Transit Wireless to launch Subway Library, which offers free e-book downloads in subway stations.
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Overdrive Changes the eBook Game with Cost-per-Circulation

Overdrive Changes the eBook Game with Cost-per-Circulation | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Overdrive has announced that later in 2017 they are unveiling a Cost-per-Circulation system that schools and libraries can utilize. This new initiative will allow libraries to offer a greater amount of digital content on their websites and via the Overdrive app and only incur a charge when a reader borrows a title.
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