More sophisticated ebook production and conversion tools are entering the ereading ecosystem. As they do, everyone from professional ebook developers to average readers gain more control in shaping digital content.
In some cases that’s democratizing ebook production. A recent upgrade to the ebook library management app Calibre puts a wide range of editing tools into users hands and could introduce many to the ins and out of coding.
Meanwhile, popular systems like Adobe are adding features that open new avenues for print designers and ebook developers to explore, like the new fixed-layout export for InDesign.
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Has the Fire Phone Face-Planted? (The Digital Reader)
Some are drawing that conclusion from a recent analysis that estimates no more than 35,000 units have been sold since the device’s launch. Others aren’t so sure.
Amazon’s First Week in Brazil’s Print Market (Pub Perspectives)
Here’s a comprehensive assessment of the impact the e-tailer’s recent entry into the country’s print book market. One observer’s verdict: it’s already “surprising and substantial.”
Tapping Libraries’ Promotional Power (DBW)
Helping librarians promote your content is a matter for metadata. Digital Book World is offering a free webcast to show you how. Reserve your spot now.
Related: Metadata Essentials | Metadata Best Practices
Digging Deeper on Data Mining (Publishing Technology)
Elsevier’s Policy Director Gemma Hersh on how data mining and other new research methods can help drive publishers’ strategies.
Related: How to Use Data to Make Publishing Decisions
No Used Ebooks for Germany (The Digital Reader)
Two courts rejected a consumer group’s argument that readers should have the right to resell used ebooks. An EU court is likely take up the matter next year or in 2016.
Books-a-Million Holds Steady (PW)
The bookseller reduced its net losses in the second quarter of this year. Sales and revenue remain slightly down.
Mobile Payment Race Heats Up (ZDNet)
Publishers are paying close attention to mobile retail, where Square is reinforcing its defenses against PayPal and Amazon, which recently launched its own mobile payment system.
Apple Wearables Around the Corner? (The Digital Reader)
It’s just a rumor at this point, but there’s a real possibility Apple could launch wearable technology as soon as September 9.