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Amazon Studios Introduces New Kids Series

Posted on June 16, 2014

A vibrant blue fox, whimsical friends, exhilarating adventures and discovery await all those who explore the stop-motion world of Tumble Leaf. Amazon’s first original kids series is available today, exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video at no additional cost for Prime members. Created for preschool-aged children, each episode of Tumble Leaf follows Fig, a delightfully curious blue fox, and his best friend Stick, a quirky... continue reading →

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Publishers: Acquire New Skills This Summer

Posted on April 17, 2014

 PubWest, a nonprofit association for book publishers, will offer two professional development conferences this summer that will develop new skills and techniques in book publishing professionals with 1 to 5 years experience in the field. The PUB501 Summer Sessions will be held June 19-20 at the University of Denver and June 26-27 at Portland State University. PubWest will allow registrants to deduct 50% of their PUB501 registration... continue reading →

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Sony Chooses Kobo For Ebooks on Phones And Tablets

Posted on February 6, 2014

Sony Electronics, together with Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced that Kobo will provide Sony's Reader™ and Sony's Xperia® tablet and smartphone users in the United States and Canada with Kobo's world-class catalogue of more than 4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers, graphic novels, and kids content. Sony's Reader Store customers and their current eBook libraries will transfer to the Kobo ecosystem starting in... continue reading →

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50% of cell phone users download apps

Posted on September 24, 2013

Do you use your cell phone for all kinds of things? Perhaps you're reading this from your phone now. If so, you're like 91% of American adults who own a cell phone. Most cell phone users do much more than make phone calls with their handsets. In a recent survey from the Pew Internet & Anerican Life Project, researchers polled Americans from around the UnitedSstates and discovered some of the most popular activities people perform on... continue reading →

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What’s a “white label” e-book company?

Posted on July 17, 2013

Are you a traditional book publisher or writer looking to take your list digital—but don't want to get involved with learning ePUB, iOS HTML5, and all the other technical details? You’ve got a lot of options to choose from if you’re interested in engaging a “white label” ebook production and delivery service.

Your brand, their tech services

White label ebook services create ebooks and apps that are fully branded with your own icons,... continue reading →

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What Every Kids’ E-Book Publisher Needs To Know About COPPA

Posted on June 30, 2013

The U. S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) designed to protect the privacy of children in the digital world. This ruling has been amended to clarify the ruling and close some loopholes that have allowed app developers to collect children's data as they play with apps on smartphones and tablets.

On July 1, 2013 the amendement to the COPPA rulings (approved in December... continue reading →

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myON reader Receives AEP Innovation Award

Posted on June 8, 2013

myON, a business unit of Capstone, is thrilled to announce it’s personalized literacy solution, myON reader was named  an Innovation Award Winner the Association of Educational Publishers.  AEP announced winners in all categories at their 46th annual AEP Innovation Awards Gala, held June 4th in Washington, DC.

Each year, AEP receives hundreds of entries for each award category, reporting a record number of submissions in 2013. ... continue reading →

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Ruckus Media Develops Technology For Remote Ebooks Sharing

Posted on June 6, 2013

Ruckus Media Group, an independent family entertainment company, has received a grant from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) to build Read Together While Apart ™ (RWTA) Technology, a collaboration infrastructure that will run on networked mobile and non-mobile devices and supports a parent and their child reading Ruckus’ eBooks together and playing interactive games in the eBook while the parent and the child are not... continue reading →

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7 E-book Pricing Strategies

Posted on May 13, 2013

Is there room for new thinking on ebook pricing strategies? The medium is still new, so customer expectations have not been set in stone. Now's the time for publishers and authors to think strategically about the cost of e-books.

I've looked at ways businesses in other fields charge for their services and come up with some "outside the box" ideas about the value of ebooks. The result is a list of 7 must-consider strategies for... continue reading →

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Check out Nook Press

Posted on May 8, 2013

Barnes and Noble recently launched a new self-publishing platform called NOOK Press. NOOK Press allows indepentent authors and publishers to  write, edit, collaborate, publish and sell eBooks. The price is right: There's no cost. 

Barnes and Noble is hoping that NOOK Press will appeal to writers who want to "reach millions of readers". Any indie writer or publisher knows, that reaching millions of readers is exactly the single most... continue reading →

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Ebooks are not really books in many ways

Posted on May 6, 2013

This is Part 1 in a series on e-book distribution to schools.

Digital books are triggering tectonic shifts in education. One of the most fundamental, yet seemingly invisible, shifts is happening in the back rooms of district offices—not in the classrooms, not among teachers and students, and definitely not in the board rooms of most big-name publishers and textbook companies.

If ebooks are not actually books, what are they? School... continue reading →

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An ebook is more an experience than a thing

Posted on April 27, 2013

When readers purchase paper books, they know what they bought and they know what they can do with it. They can read it. They can re-read it as many times as they like. They can lend it to someone else to read. They can pass it around to everyone in their office. They can resell it in a yard sale or on eBay or to used bookstore. They can donate it to Goodwill, and let Goodwill resell it.

Is an ebook a thing you have or a thing you do?

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Webcast Teaches Benefits of Ebook Subscription Model

Posted on April 16, 2013

If you're interested in learning why the e-book subscription model might be right for your content, you can attend a free webinar on Friday, April 26, 2013. Be at your computer at 10AM PT, San Francisco time (which equates to the following times: 6pm in London, 1pm in New York, Sat, Apr 27th at 3am in Sydney, Sat. Apr 27th at 2am in Tokyo,  Sat, Apr 27th at 1am in Beijing, 10:30pm in Mumbai). The duration is approximately 60 minutes.

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Preview the Bologna Digital Children’s Book Awards

Posted on March 28, 2013

So much new in digital children's publishing. Take the awards ceremonies. The BOLOGNA RAGAZZI DIGITAL AWARD showcases and celebrates the best digital children's books in the world. Last year was the first one, this is the second. This award is "an effort to put a spotlight on innovation and excellence in children's digital publishing, on a global level." This year there will be two winners and four honorable mentions in two categories,... continue reading →

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The unbearable heaviness of books

Posted on February 7, 2013

Free books! Free books! What book lover can turn down a free, newly printed book? Unbroken-spine, that paper and ink smell, those sharp edges trimmed by the printer just hours before?

Last week I attended the American Library Association's mid-winter conference in Seattle. I happened to be on the trade show floor around closing time, and I happen to live in the area. So when I heard book vendors announcing that they were giving out... continue reading →

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