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  • March 29, 2012
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Part of this was released earlier at the Publishing Industry Conference. From the press release: Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. are leading the world in e-book adoption rates, according to Bowker Market Research’s Global eBook Monitor, The study tracks consumer attitudes to and purchasing of e-books in major world markets. Bowker Market Research…

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  • March 29, 2012
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From the press release: txtr are to provide eReading solutions and a versatile eBook catalogue for Toshiba’s tablets and PC devices in Europe. From the end of this month, the txtr eBook platform and content will be connected to Toshiba’s  European digital media platform, Toshiba Places. Users will be able to easily download the new…

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  • March 27, 2012
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Earlier today, I blogged Mike Shatzkin’s post that bookstores may be going away and it might be a good idea for publishers to do more to keep them around. In that post, Shatzkin mentioned a statistic that 40% of all UK “high street” shops might have gone away within 5 years. I came across a…

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  • March 27, 2012
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Ebooks from Kobo ebookstore are available worldwide (opposite to Barnes & Noble) and to get them from abroad you don’t have to pay an international fee (opposite to Amazon Kindle). Kobo sells ebooks in epub format, either DRM-free or with Adobe DRM, what makes it compatible with many ebook distributors around the world. The same…

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  • March 24, 2012
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Self-publishing writers traditionally have to do or contract done everything themselves: writing, editing, layout and graphic design, and so on. Now you can add “translation” to the list. On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports on romance author Barbara Freethy, who has had three novels translated into foreign language editions that she can self-publish alongside the…

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  • March 22, 2012
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The United Arab Emirates newspaper The National has an article about a UAE librarian who feels that the Internet is “killing” the Arabic language, making people too lazy to find information in a book rather than on-line. One of few librarians in the UAE, 57-year-old Abdul Razak Al Khumairi works at the new UAE and…

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  • March 22, 2012
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EBookNewser reports that social e-reading platform Copia is about to expand into Australia, in partnership with the Australian Publishers Association. The platform is going to allow booksellers to offer customized e-book and e-reader services to their customers under the APA’s “TitlePage” brand, based on localized content. It’s interesting to see these smaller brands expand internationally…

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  • March 22, 2012
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The Bookseller reports that Google is about to launch an e-book store in France, as part of its Google Play entertainment portal. The search giant has emailed publisher partners of its Google Livres books search with an offer of a contract amendment that would give Google 48% of the price of e-books sold directly to…

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  • March 21, 2012
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From Brain Pickings.  Go to the site to see some exquisite images: The Persian poet and mystic Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi (1207-1273), better known as Rumi, endures as one of history’s most beloved and oft-quoted thinkers. A handful of Persian accounts of Rumi’s life have been written, most famously the first by his son and…

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  • March 21, 2012
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From the press release: Partnership to Provide Customized Branded Solutions for Australian Booksellers and eBook Aggregation and Distribution Services for Australian Publishers and Distributors New York, NY, March 12, 2012—Today Copia Interactive, LLC—creator of one of the largest, independent, full-featured digital content platforms—announced its partnership with the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Thorpe-Bowker to equip…