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Morning Links: Children in Mali reading eBooks. Digital making us dumber?
May 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

malebooks-250x80Is Digital Making Us Dumber? (GoodeReader) Since the most recent advent of digital reading and ebook proliferation, the techno format has been blamed for  a drop in reading comprehension scores among grade school students, developmental concerns over children’s screen time, and even the overturning of a time-honored pricing and value structure within the publishing industry. *** How This Tokyo Bookstore Made Me Fall Back In Love With Print (Medium) And why Tsutaya gives me second thoughts about the primacy of digital culture... *** Children in Mali Can Now Read PD eBooks, Wikipedia Thanks to MALebooks eReaders (Ink, Bits & Pixels) This project seeks to distribute ereaders packed...

Morning Links: eBook production tools. Amazon adds audiobooks to KU in Germany
April 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

kuTen Great eBook Production Tools (Digital Book World) So while this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it’s a quick guide to some of the best tools for four key pieces of the development process that ebook designers confront day in and day out. *** Library of Congress Releases Digital Audio of 75 Years of Recordings (GoodeReader) Google’s ambitious digitization project has started on that path to preservation, but the initial release yesterday from the Library of Congress has added even more highly valuable content: digital audio of famous recordings. *** Amazon Adds 2,000 Audiobooks to Kindle Unlimited in Germany (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Audiobooks have...

Morning Links: Author and publisher marketing collaboration. Hybrid publishing
April 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

hybrid publishingMore Thinking About how Author and Publisher Marketing Collaboration Should Change (The Shatzkin Files) I did a couple of recent posts, the basic thrust of which was that publishers needed to rethink marketing and the author interaction around it. *** 10 Children’s Bookseller Challenges—And How Stores Solved Them: Children's Institute 2015 (PW) Every bookstore faces obstacles, but the way that it overcomes them can make the difference between being a so-so store and being a great one. *** Reading More Translated Books Will Make You a Better Person (Book Riot) One of my literary New Year’s resolutions was to read more works in translation, and so far,...

Morning Links: Pretending piracy doesn’t exist. Changing roles of bookstores and libraries
March 31, 2015 | 9:00 am

piracyWhen Analyzing Cord Cutting Options, Most TV Analysts Continue To Pretend Piracy Simply Doesn't Exist (Techdirt) One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing -- they'll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. It's as if piracy is some kind of angry and strange Lovecraftian god, and even mentioning its name will invite unspeakable terror upon the local village. *** On the Changing Roles of U.S. Bookstores and Libraries (Dear Author) When I first started this series on how people read and buy books, I was surprised by how many...

Uppsala English Bookshop hosts H.P. Lovecraft evening
March 21, 2015 | 2:25 pm

The English Bookshop in Uppsala, in business for 20 years now in Sweden's historic northeastern city, held a special commemorative lecture and reading on March 18th, to mark the death on March 15th, 1937 of H.P. Lovecraft. The talk, "H.P. Lovecraft & the Western European Witch-Cult," was delivered by Jens Heimdahl, Swedish Lovecraft translator and enthusiast - complete with tea and cakes accompaniment. "We are an exclusively English language bookshop with a direct import of UK and US titles every week," explains the bookshop. "The Uppsala English Bookshop is not a book realtor service created for the internet, but a real...

Morning Links: B&N to split off college bookstores. Konrath joins Kindle Worlds
February 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

Kindle WorldsBarnes & Noble Spins College Bookstores Into Separate Company (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble has announced their intention of spinning off their college bookstore division into its own autonomous unit called Barnes and Noble for Education. *** Assessing the Health of Independent Bookstores (NYT) In a 1936 essay, George Orwell recognized one of the main difficulties of owning an independent bookshop: turning a profit. *** JA Konrath Joins Kindle Worlds, Lets Contributors Keep More Control (Ink, Bits & Pixels) And best of all, the contributing authors get to keep the rights to the characters they create. *** Should We Care About Douglas Coupland? (Torontoist) The Canadian artist-novelist came up with...

Morning Links: Apple must pay troll $532M. Amazon to publish Kindle Scout books
February 25, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle scoutAccounting for Authors, Publishing’s Forgotten Customers (Digital Book World) One issue I hear talked about a lot lately among publishers is the need to figure out who their customers are. *** Apple Must Pay Patent Troll $532M, Texas Jury Rules (GigaOM) Apple must pay a shell company $532.9 million because iTunes infringes upon three patents related to online patents, a jury in East Texas ruled on Tuesday. *** 7 TV Series That Take Place in Bookstores (Book Riot) Now it’s time for 7 TV series that take place in bookstores. *** Amazon to Publish eBooks Chosen by Kindle Scout, its Reader-Powered Publishing Platform (Ink, Bits & Pixels) It's been...

Whither Foyles?
February 18, 2015 | 12:25 pm

IMG_20150129_124943 Foyles, the famous London independent bookstore, has announced trading results that show it dipping into a loss for the 2014 financial year - albeit on increased turnover. Which prompts the question of how such an independent is faring in today's book trade, and what its direction should be - although whether Foyles is a true barometer of the UK independent sector or a story all in itself is another matter. W & G Foyle Ltd. commenced operation in 1903, when two brothers who had failed the UK civil service exam took out an ad to sell their textbooks. (Somehow, in the...

Daunt Books runs flyer promo for Recommendations
January 30, 2015 | 2:25 pm

IMG_20150129_084130 Daunt Books, the highly regarded UK bookstore chain which began with a travel focus and has since branched out into general book selling - as well as producing the savior of Waterstones, James Daunt - has a rather attractive version of the Amazon Recommendations engine: In print, naturally, for print books. Themed printed flyers. The flyers, keyed to a particular highly popular/visible title, take up the same theme or category and show other recommendations. The examples on show are for young adult readers, but there are plenty of others for different age groups from kids' literature to adult fiction. And of...

Morning Links: Illegal music file sharing virtually eliminated in Norway. Auditing media habits
January 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

file sharingRecording Industry Has 'Virtually Eliminated Illegal File-Sharing' In Norway -- By Offering Better Products (Techdirt) A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. *** 4 Lessons From Two Months of Selling Books (Book Riot) A few months ago, I was ecstatic to learn about a new indie bookstore opening in my neighborhood in Chicago. On a whim, I messaged the new owner to congratulate her, and to see if she would be hiring booksellers. *** Authors Playing the Long Game in a Tough Book Market (Digital Book World) In...

Did Waterstones really see a shift back to print?
January 12, 2015 | 12:25 pm

WaterstonesThere's been quite a bit of pickup of the recent Financial Times story on Waterstone's, which supposedly supports a shift in UK reader appetite back towards printed books, where James Daunt, Waterstones CEO, said sales of which “disappeared to all intents and purposes”, according to James Daunt, chief executive. There are just a few flaws in the narrative, though. For one thing, Daunt also disclosed a 5 per cent physical book sales rise in December - yes, the height of the Christmas buying season. That's hardly a massive resurgence of interest in the printed book. And although further reporting in the FT...

James Patterson gives third round of grants to bookstores
December 16, 2014 | 6:25 pm

James PattersonJames Patterson is at it again. The best-selling author sent another round of donations to independent books stores around the country. This time, he doled out $473,000 to 81 shops in a third round of donations, according to the Associated Press. Patterson has donated more than $1 million since he launched the program a year ago. Initially, Patterson had intended this third round to be the last, but that may not be the case. According to the AP, he will offer more in 2015 along with an “ambitious plan to help school libraries.” The grants were awarded to shops based on proposals....

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