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Morning Coffee ? 27 February 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
26 Feb 2017 at 8:55pm
Here are a few stories to read this morning. The Dazzlingly Different Worlds Of Chinese Vs. Asian-American Sci-Fi (Audible Range) Forget DMCA takedowns?RIAA wants ISPs to filter for pirated content (Ars Technica) Get lost in this wonderful collection of fantasy maps (The Verge) Looking for a Book Editor? Here?s How Much You Should Expect to Pay (The Write Life) What Today?s Teens Have To Say About George Orwell?s ?1984? (School Library Journal) image by Jonathan Malboeuf
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?Non-Racist? Grammar & Langauge
by Nate Hoffelder
26 Feb 2017 at 3:10pm
Last week the University of Washington, Tacoma, caught some flack from the media for its supposed plan to "dismantle the rules of grammar" because "the conventional rules on how to structure sentences and form ideas in written language are perpetuating inequality and white supremacy.? While quite inflammatory, those stories were a load of hooey. I first heard about this story on The Passive Voice when it reposted an article from Heat Street. You can also find coverage on Breitbart, The Daily Caller, and other right wing sites, but you would be better off avoiding those stories because they all got the story fundamentally wrong. I am coming to this story late because I followed up with Professor Asao Inoue, the director of the writing center at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Dr Inoue set the record straight in his email: We are not saying that dominant ?standards? of grammar and English are racist, so there aren?t examples to offer in the regular sense. What we are saying is that how standards of grammar and dominant Englishes are used in classrooms and other spaces in the U.S. are often racist because they are USED AGAINST groups of people. These groups fall too often [...]
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Paul Biba?s eBook, eLibrary, eMuseum and ePublishing news compilation for wee...
by Paul Biba
25 Feb 2017 at 1:35pm
Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of tweets from @PaulKBiba, the former editor of Teleread. Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool Increases by $1 Million as the Per-Page Royalty Drops in January 2017 (The Digital Reader) Reference: List: Dozens of African American Newspapers are Available in Chronicling America (Infodocket) The State of iBooks in Early 2017 (Tidbits) Digitizing Route Books from the Golden Age of the American Circus (Hyperallergic) ?How fonts influence users? perception of your product? by Alessio Laiso @AlessioLaiso / @ibmdesign | Medium (IBM Design) UC San Diego: ?University Librarian Helps Guide Efforts to Preserve Digitized Buddhist Art in China?s Mogao Caves? (Infodocket) Mise en ligne de http://data.persee.fr | Bulletin des bibliothèques de France (BBF) Von Be Don: A few notes on a recent digital publishing project in Iceland (Baldur Bjarnason) @biladew explains how to use InDesign's Anchored Objects to create quality ebooks (Booknet Canada) Major changes to trademark law in Turkey: read all about it (IPkitten) e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2017 (The Book Designer) A Network of 50 French Libraries Join Europe?s eBooks on Demand (EOD) Library Network (Infodocket) Iowa: ?Saving 12 Million Pages of Iowa Newspaper History is Hard. Seeing it all Online May be Harder? [...]
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Say Good-Bye to Book and eBook Bloggers ? Amazon Has Changed the Fee Schedule...
by Nate Hoffelder
24 Feb 2017 at 2:55pm
Amazon decided this week that they don't need their affiliates to drive sales anymore. The retailer sent out an email to web publishers who belonged to the Amazon Associate program this week. You can find the email at the end of the post, but the short version is that Amazon is cutting the commissions it is paying on sales generated by the affiliates. Under the old system, well, it was complicated. Certain product categories paid specific commissions - Kindles and Fire tablets earned 4%, for example - while the bulk of the merchandise had a variable commission which increased as an associate sold more items (your first commission on a sale was 4%, the seventh as 6%, and the 631st was 8%, etc - more details here). Under the new system Amazon is doing away with the variable commissions. Instead, all products will earn a flat commission based on its category. An Amazon affiliate will still earn 4% from Kindles and Fire tablets, while gift cards earn nothing and paper books will earn 4.5%. The new rules will take effect on 1 March, and you can read about the new program here. O O O When Amazon changed the affiliate program in [...]
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AAP: Trade Sales Up, eBook Sales Down Through September 2016
by Nate Hoffelder
24 Feb 2017 at 9:21am
The Association of American Publishers reported on Friday that trade publishing revenues rose a fraction of a percent in the first three quarters of 2016, to $4.99 billion. At the same time, ebook revenues for the 1200 odd publishers submitting data to the AAP were down 20%, continuing the trend we've seen since the return of agency pricing in the US market. Press Release: The first three quarters of 2016 saw slight growth in trade books and a decline in educational and learning materials. Publishers? revenues for all tracked categories (Trade - fiction/non-fiction/religious, PreK-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses) declined by $684.5 million from the first three quarters in 2015. Publisher revenues include sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc. Trade book revenue grew 0.6% to $4.99 billion through Sept. 2016 vs. the first three quarters in 2015. The $28.7 million growth came from children & young adult books and religious presses. Downloaded audio continues to gain popularity, growing 29.6%. Overview of September 2016 September saw a slight increase in total sales for all tracked categories, with growth of 0.7% vs. Sept. 2015. Increases in children & young adult books and religious [...]
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by Nate Hoffelder
24 Feb 2017 at 2:35am
Buried in the buzz for Wattpad Tap, Hooked, and Amazon Rapids lies a small UK startup called Penpee. This startup describes itself as a "Netflix for short stories". Creators can publish stories consisting of (at most) 5 chapters and 6,000 words and will be paid when readers finish each chapter. Readers can buy credits to read stories, or they can earn them by referring friends, reporting plagiarized stories, and continued participation. Each credit is worth 0.02 cents (a fiftieth of a cent) and a chapter can cost up to 3 credits. Penpee is based in the UK, and is relatively new - it only launched a few months ago. According to founder Tijan Penpee, the startup currently has over 300 users.
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Morning Coffee ? 24 February 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
23 Feb 2017 at 8:55pm
Here are a few stories to read this morning. Business Musings: Writer Finances Versus The Paycheck World (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist (The establishment) Use of eReaders in the UK Is Growing, but at a Slow Pace (eMarketer) What Fiction Trends Say About Us (Writer Unboxed) Why Authors Shouldn't Be Worried About Piracy (The Creative Penn) image by bazzadarambler
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New Onyx Boox N96CML: Android 4.0, Capacitive Touch, Frontlight (video)
by Nate Hoffelder
23 Feb 2017 at 5:02pm
Onyx has just released an updated version of its Boox N96 ebook reader, a popular 9.7" model. The new model is the Boox N96CML, and is available from Chinese retailer Banggood for $360 and from eReader-Store.de for 360 euros. this is the third N96 model released in the past year, and here is what it looks like in comparison to the Kindle. The Boox N96CML has a 9.7" E-ink display with a screen resolution of 1200 x 825. It features both a Capacitive touchscreen and an electroMagnetic stylus as well as a frontLight (hence the C, M, and L in the model name). It runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, it has Wifi and Bluetooth. And that's not all; it also has a speaker, headphone jack, and a microphone. It doesn't come with Google Play, but you can install apps. Between that, and the hardware specs, this could be a great E-ink tablet - if it had a better CPU (and ran Android 5.0). But as it is, the Boox N96CML is limited by the weak CPU and old OS. Onyx can keep slapping on the hardware upgrades but until [...]
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UK Govt Will Now Pay Authors Each Time Their eBook is Loaned From a Public Li...
by Nate Hoffelder
23 Feb 2017 at 7:01am
It is a common practice in Europe and in many of Great Britain's former colonies for public libraries to pay authors each time one of their books is loaned from a library. That practice is called Public Lending Rights, and in most countries, it does not cover ebooks and audiobooks - just print books. According to The Bookseller, the UK gov't expanded PLR this week to include ebooks: Authors will be paid from a government fund that compensates authors for loaning their works for free from public libraries. The catalyst for the change stems from a judgement in November in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It held the definition of lending by public libraries in European copyright law also includes remote electronic lending, thus removing the final barrier to its expansion. The UK is one of the first countries to extend its library lending compensation scheme to remote e-lending, following amendments to the Digital Economy Bill. Rob Wilson, minister for civil society, and responsible for libraries, called it an "important change" that would help libraries to embrace the digital age and put e-book authors on "the same footing" as other writers, illustrators and photographers whose physical books are borrowed for free. ?This legislation fulfils a manifesto commitment and underlines our support for the [...]
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Google to Help Publishers Fight Toxic Comments on Articles
23 Feb 2017 at 5:19am
Google declared war on online trolls last fall, and today they fired the first volley. Google subsidiary Jigsaw launched on Thursday a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were "toxic" or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The Guardian and The Economist as well as websites. "News organizations want to encourage engagement and discussion around their content, but find that sorting through millions of comments to find those that are trolling or abusive takes a lot of money, labor, and time. As a result, many sites have shut down comments altogether," Jared Cohen, President of Jigsaw, which is part of Alphabet, wrote in a blog post. "But they tell us that isn?t the solution they want. We think technology can help." Perspective examined hundreds of thousands of comments that had been labeled as offensive by human reviewers to learn how to spot potentially abusive language. CJ Adams, Jigsaw Product [...]
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Morning Coffee ? 23 February 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
22 Feb 2017 at 8:50pm
Here are a few stories to read this morning. Amazon Publishing's Newest Imprint Makes Its Debut in Germany (PP) Expanding Fact Checking at (Google) Google: 99.95% of Recent 'Trusted' DMCA Notices Were Bogus (TorrentFreak) If you write nonfiction, and cannot command mega-advances, you should think about self-pub (The Digital Reader) Literati, a New Subscription Service for Kids' Books, Launches (PW) Should Indie Authors Blog? (Self-Publishing Advice Center) What Happened When I Exclusively Read Books with Dogs on the Cover (Book Riot) Why the Much-Hyped "Netflix of Books" Model Ended Up Flopping (Tech.co) image by boklm
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