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Paul Biba?s eBook, eLibrary, eMuseum and ePublishing news compilation for wee...
by Paul Biba
18 Nov 2017 at 1:27pm

Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of tweets from @PaulKBiba, the former editor-in-chief of Teleread and an editor of Project Gutenberg?s Facebook page. #NYLA2017 : Big Question, Big Data, and HathiTrust (Hurst) Why, in 2017 in the second largest internet country on the planet, are India's publishers still partying like it's 2009? (The New Publishing Standard) Pearson Closes DRM-Free eBookstore, Will Delete All eBooks From Customers? Account (The Digital Reader) VitalSource and Al Manhal Collaborate for Increased Access to Digital Learning Materials in Middle East (Businesswire) Micro-aggregators in Africa rise to meet demand from authors (The New Publishing Standard) New models for open digital collections? By Paola Marchionni (Insights) Draft2Digital sees a "very large spike" as Pronoun authors migrate. (The New Publishing Standard) #ARTLOVERS !! free access to tons of awesome digitized art books from the Solomon R. #Guggenheim Collection ??? via @internetarchive ENJOY! ? (Internet Archive) Lancement de Box Ebook des coffrets physiques de livres numériques (Idboox) Art & Artists: New Digital Archive of Picasso?s ?Guernica? Opens Online (Infodocket) VitalSource and Al Manhal collaborate to bring digital content from over 450 publishers to learners in the Middle East (No Shelf Required) The Egon Schiele Catalogue Raisonné Will Soon [...]


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KDP Print Now Offers Author Copies
by Nate Hoffelder
18 Nov 2017 at 4:52am

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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Smartphone Shipments Up, Tablet Shipments Down in the Third Quarter
by Nate Hoffelder
17 Nov 2017 at 11:16am

IDG's mobile device shipment estimates for last quarter are  stark reminder of consumers' priorities. The tea leaf readers revealed earlier this month that global smartphone shipments rose 2.7% in the third quarter, 373.1 million units, while at the same time tablet shipments fell 5.4%, to 40 million units. As you can see in the following chart, four of the top tablet makers all gained market share last quarter. Samsung did not, but it still held on to second place. "There's a penchant for low-cost slates and this holds true even for premium vendors like Apple," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "However, many of these low-cost slates are simply long-awaited replacements for consumers as first-time buyers are becoming harder to find and the overall installed base for these devices declines further in the coming years." In the smartphone market, all five of the major smartphone makers increased shipments while Samsung continued to take the top spot. "As much of the focus has been on the wide range of high-profile flagship smartphones launched or announced in Q3, it is also important to look at what is happening with the rest of the industry," said Ryan Reith, [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 17 November 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
16 Nov 2017 at 9:44pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. 9 Things Non-Book Lovers Just Don?t Understand (Natasha Orme) Swiping Back at Big Phone (Commonweal) The Greatest Computer Network You?ve Never Heard Of (Motherboard)


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Activist Investor Makes Bid to Take B&N Private
by Nate Hoffelder
16 Nov 2017 at 1:30pm

After failing to get anyone to buy B&N this summer, investor Sandell Capital Management announced a bid to take Barnes & Noble private - at a value far below what everyone thought the company was worth only five years ago. From CNBC: Barnes & Noble shares jumped as much as 16 percent Thursday afternoon after The Wall Street Journal reported an activist investor has proposed a deal to take the bookseller private. The stock was halted briefly on the news, and again while awaiting Barnes & Noble's response. Sandell Asset Management came to the retailer with a transaction that would value Barnes & Noble at around $650 million, or $9 a share. Barnes & Noble shares closed Wednesday at $6.60 apiece. Barnes & Noble issued a rebuttal, saying: "The Company does not take Sandell's proposal as bona fide in that Sandell is the beneficial owner of 1 million common Barnes & Noble shares worth approximately $7 million." Sandell controls roughly 2 million Barnes & Noble shares, for a stake in the company of about 2.75 percent, a securities filing shows. Remember when B&N planned to spin off Nook Media in 2012 and valued the new company at $1.8 billion? Those were the days. [...]


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Buk Lets You Create Sharable Links into the Contents of Your Book
by Nate Hoffelder
16 Nov 2017 at 10:43am

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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Sign up for My Course on Designing Book Covers
by Nate Hoffelder
16 Nov 2017 at 9:20am

Who wants to learn how to design a book cover? I have gotten a lot of positive feedback on my recent post on basic book covers, and that has inspired me to take what I have learned about book covers and build a course which teaches how to anyone can use free online tools to make book covers. I plan to launch the course in January, but I am opening up a mailing list today so that anyone who wants to take the course can sign up to be notified. Here's the form. The course will be delivered as  series of emails. It will start with a primer on copyright, and then move on to: how to research current book cover trends, and draw inspiration from existing designs awareness of sexist and racist imagery the proper use of fonts  a basic primer on image filters visual composition, or how to add multiple elements to a cover without ruining it I plan to add more lessons to the course, but before I can do that I will have to teach myself first. If you are interested, please sign up. P.S. If you know where I can find a course on designing book [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 16 November 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
15 Nov 2017 at 9:44pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. Run book Run! From physical paper to executable online books (The Visual Studio Blog) Why doesn?t everyone love reading e-books? (UKSG Insights) Pronoun Is Dead: The Ebook Retail Universe Redux (The Book Designer)


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Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Jumped in October 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
15 Nov 2017 at 6:19pm

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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Should We Really be Celebrating Indigo?s Expansion into the US Given That The...
by Nate Hoffelder
15 Nov 2017 at 1:00pm

CRAIG GLOVER/The London Free Press/QMI Agency So the hot bookstore news this month includes Amazon's new stores in Atlanta and Bethesda, B&N's new restaurant bookstores in Dallas and Ashburn, VA (opening on 2 November), and Indigo's planned expansion into the US. One of these things is not like the others. One of these things does not belong. From the Financial Post: Indigo Books and Music is expanding into the competitive U.S. market at a time when many retailers are scaling back on square footage. The Toronto-based company, which has managed to mitigate the effects of Amazon on its core categories over the last decade, will open its first store next summer in New Jersey. ?We are going to open three to five stores over two years and test the market response to the concept,? chief executive officer Heather Reisman told a conference call with analysts and investors on Thursday. ?We will definitely open a couple before making any commitments (to further growth plans).? Indigo said it will open its first 30,000 square-foot outlet at the Mall at Short Hills, N.J., in a location that used to be a 100,000 square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue store. The thing about Indigo is that [...]


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Bonnier to Close the UK Branch of Its Type & Tell Services Provider
by Nate Hoffelder
15 Nov 2017 at 9:00am

Earlier this year the Swedish publishing conglomerate Bonnier expanded its publishing services company, Type & Tell, from Sweden to the UK. Eight months later it is shutting down its UK operations. It published this notice on its website today: It is with great regret that we have to announce that Type and Tell UK will cease trading at the end of 2017. As a result, it is no longer possible to create a new account, and packages and services are no longer available for purchase. All registered users can download files from the Book Editor as Word documents. Please do this before 9th December 2017 ? after this date your T&T Dashboard will no longer be available. Our customer service centre will remain fully operational until 5.30pm on our last day of business ? which will be on 20th December 2017 ? so if you have any enquiries about your files or require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@typeandtell.com. Some fool on Twitter comparing this closure to Pronoun (which announced it was shutting down last week) and saying Amazon is to blame, but he could not be more wrong. Type and Tell UK was [...]


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