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Morning Roundup: Tips for proofreaders; Chinese piracy; public domain artwork; and more
August 23, 2013 | 9:09 am

The Floating MouthProofreaders-to-Be: Loving Books Isn't Enough (Louise Harnby) I recently received a phone call from someone thinking about a career in proofreading. “I just wondered if you could spare five minutes to tell me how to go about starting a proofreading business.” * * * Piracy a Major Threat to Digital Publishers in China (Good e-Reader) As it has been the case anywhere else in the world, publishers in China too are waking up to the impact that digital publishing is expected to have in the domestic publishing industry in future. However, publishers fear the rampant piracy prevalent in the country could cast a pall...

Morning Roundup: Opinion pieces about digital watermarks, losing bookstores, and Macbook Air batteries
August 16, 2013 | 10:34 am

Morning RoundupWhat Happens to Your Macbook Air Battery in a Year (GigaOM) When a PhD student charted his Macbook Air’s battery for its first year of life, the level of decay he saw surprised him. * * * Kobo Discounts Their Arc Tablet Line (Good e-Reader) Kobo has severely discounted the price of their 2nd generation e-Reading tablet, the Arc. The 16GB model now starts at $130, while the 32GB model is selling for $180 and the 64 GB edition for $200. * * * Losing Bookstores is a Much Bigger Deal for Publishers Than it is for Readers (The Shatzkin Files) Start with this. You’re kidding yourself...

Evening Roundup: The SF Chron’s Paywall Goes Bust; An Interview with the CCC’s Roy Kaufman; and more
August 15, 2013 | 5:20 pm

paywallAn Interview with Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center (Scholarly Kitchen) About 18 months ago, Roy Kaufman, Wiley’s Legal Director, left us for a new role as Managing Director of New Ventures at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC has paid more than $1.3 billion in royalties to rightsholders over the past 10 years. * * * The Biggest News of the Summer (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) The marvelous Tom Dupree, one of the best people I’ve ever worked with in traditional publishing, wrote a great blog last month.  In it, he claims that the biggest news of the summer so...

Morning Roundup: Equating Piracy with Lost Sales is Baloney
July 31, 2013 | 8:43 am

Morning RoundupWriter of 'Daredevil' Comic Books: Equating Piracy with Lost Sales is Baloney (Techdirt) It's been pointed out here on multiple occasions that one pirated item does not equal one lost sale. It's a fallacy various rights holders have used for years in order to exaggerate losses (helpful when asking the government to write legislation favoring clunky business models) and to justify stupid, restrictive DRM (helpful for punishing paying customers). * * * B&N & Amazon Offering Best-Selling eBooks in the UK for 99P (Good e-Reader) Barnes and Noble announced a new promotion in the UK yesterday that gives some solid eBook deals. The company is offering...

Morning Roundup: How booksellers can combat showrooming; Kobo’s new 10-inch tablet; and more
July 29, 2013 | 8:26 am

KoboKobo Has a 10-Inch Tablet in Production Code Named Macallan (Good e-Reader Canadian-based Kobo has started to release a number of new e-Readers every year, and a growing tablet line. The Kobo Arc was released at the tail end of last year and saw modest success in Canada. This makes two different tablet computers they have released and they are trying new things with a 10 inch tablet that will be released in September. * * * Privacy as the Next Green Movement? Study Says Companies Will Compete on Data Practices (GigaOM) Remember the 1990′s when companies rushed to brand their products as “enviro-friendly”...

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more
July 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

KickstarterHow Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to make when designing the face that will ultimately help or hinder consumer purchases. * * * Ripping Off Indie Authors? Let Us Count the Ways (Indie Reader) Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were...

Morning Roundup: Russian e-book market hampered by piracy
July 16, 2013 | 8:52 am

Morning RoundupRussian eBook Market is Hampered by Rampant Piracy (Good e-Reader) The digital ebook market in Russia is growing according to the Russian Association of Online Publishers. The ebook market has almost doubled over the course of 2012 with $8 million in sales. This is a dramatic increase from the $4.1 million generated in 2011. However, ebooks still represent just 1% of the total Russian book market, which is on par with the digital publishing net worth in Vietnam. * * * Are Traditional News Outlets Really Ready for Innovation? (Media Shift) As news professionals — and journalism educators — rethink their businesses, they are championing...

Morning Roundup: Why indie publishing beats a mainstream book deal; what makes a book readable; more
July 10, 2013 | 9:08 am

Indie Publishing Goodreads Users Reveal What Makes a Book Readable (Good e-Reader) Goodreads is not only one of the top sources for online book discovery, but the buzz platform also commissions a number of surveys that provide very real insight into what reading consumers are thinking. Asking their users detailed questions from how they are most likely to find new titles to what makes the choose a cover, actual useable information comes through via their surveys. * * * Why Indie Publishing Beats a Mainstream Book Deal (Huffington Post) The gatekeepers are gone. The agent, the editor, the lawyer, and the publishing house are no longer our end-all...

Morning Roundup: The future of books, the e-book market in France, and more
July 8, 2013 | 9:08 am

Morning RoundupeBooks Now 3% of French Market (The Digital Reader) eBooks might be seeing immense popularity in US and UK but they’re not having the same luck in France. There’s a new report out this week that shows that ebooks are still a negligible part of the french book market. * * * Self-Published Children's Author Shares Advices (GalleyCat) Author Tim Cohorst was the first children’s book author to crack our Self-Published Bestsellers List this year. Since its publication last year, His Jocomo book has always hovered near the top of the Smashwords charts. * * * The Future of Books: Library Apps (Book Riot) I recently got...

Morning Roundup: Children’s book writing advice from Stan Lee, Bookeen launches an Android tablet, and more
July 4, 2013 | 11:42 am

Morning RoundupStan Lee Shares Children's Book Writing Advice (GalleyCat) The legendary comic book creator Stan Lee recently founded his own children’s book imprint with 1821 Comics and Terry Dougas * * * Selling Books Elsewhere (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) My French publishers treated the Smokey Dalton series in translation much better than my American publishers ever did. I love the French editions. They had gorgeous covers, and lots of publisher support. * * * Seattle-Based Publisher Moves to Monthly Royalty Payments (Digital Book World) Bucking decades of convention, Amazon began offering its authors monthly royalty payments as opposed to twice annually as has been the tradition in the...

Morning Roundup: Amazon gets a patent on X-Ray and Public Notes; Yahoo acquires Qwiki
July 3, 2013 | 9:18 am

Morning RoundupAmazon Gets a Patent on Kindle X-Ray, Public Notes (The Digital Reader) Amazon wasn’t the first to think of adding extras to ebooks but they could well be the last to add the X-Ray feature and public highlights. * * * Bookstores Tired of Being Amazon Showrooms (Good e-Reader) Bookstores are often a place for people to discover their next read. Unfortunately, a large demographic of younger people aren’t buying their books from retail, but instead buying them online. A recent survey by the UK Booksellers Association polled 2,000 young people and 63.5% admitted to the practice. Older readers tend to do this as...

Morning Roundup: Cartoon Rejection Rates at the New Yorker
July 2, 2013 | 9:00 am

Morning RoundupCartoon Rejection Rates at the New Yorker (GalleyCat) How many times have you been rejected? The average cartoonist who works with The New Yorker magazine could get rejected up to 15 times every single week. * * * Scholastic Tips for Encouraging Summer Reading (Good e-Reader) While it’s tempting to think of the time off from school as a time to relax the rules a little bit, at least where academics are concerned, studies have shown that students who do not spend time reading during the summer months actually return to school having lost significant ability on comprehension and vocabulary tests, whereas students who...

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