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Augmented Reality​ Reveals the Magic Hidden in Book Retail Spaces

Augmented Reality​ Reveals the Magic Hidden in Book Retail Spaces

Augmented Reality is by no means the newest (technology) kid on the block. Though it seems that we’re only now tapping into its true potential – to enable us to connect in a more immersive way with the world, brands and with each other. New Augmented Reality (AR) businesses are popping up everyday. Blippar for

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The Story of Self-Publishing (Part Two): Follow the Money – Sean Murphy | Guest Post

Earlier this year, NPR featured a podcast roundtable wherein four authors tackled the question: Is Amazon The Reader’s Friend? Generally speaking, the debate has been framed in terms of how Amazon is disrupting traditional publishing practices. Technologically speaking, disruption is often the result of innovation and consumers benefit because products or services are streamlined, reimagined or

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German Publishers and Booksellers Association Fears ‘monopolistic’ Amazon

Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, revealed 2014 sales figures for the German book market. The overall market saw a 2.2% fall and a slight increase in e-book sales. The Association’s Managing Director Alexander Skipis cited a significant decline in bestseller titles (down more than 20% on 2013) and growing ‘monopolistic companies like Amazon’. The German book industry’s economic

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New EU VAT Law Hurting Self-Published Authors

This week the Guardian UK highlighted the effects of a new European Union (EU) law which was introduced in January this year across all 28-member states. The law addresses VAT paid on e-books and other digital services (including broadcasting and telecommunications). Up until last year VAT rates on digital services and products were applied according to the VAT rate in the country where the

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Is HarperCollins Set to Take on Amazon?

Business Insider reported yesterday that negotiations between publisher HarperCollins and Amazon are not going well. The big five publisher’s current contract is due to expire soon and it is unclear whether Amazon will continue to sell and promote HarperCollins titles beyond this date. Hachette was involved in a long-running dispute with the online retailer last

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Dutch Book Readers and Authors Awake to Amazon.nl and KDP

Dutch book readers and authors have a couple of new online places to visit this morning. In late September TIPM reported that Amazon was in negotiations with Dutch publishers ahead of a planned launch of Amazon.nl. It’s been no secret that the online retail giant was going to enter the Dutch book market and rumours of Amazon.nl

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Apple Guilty of Collusion with Publishers on e-Book Pricing

Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District Court, New York, yesterday ruled in favour of plaintiffs, The United States Department of Justice (DOJ). In her ruling she found defendant Apple Inc. guilty of colluding with publisher defendants to raise, fix and stablize the retail price of new release and bestselling e-books in violation of the Sherman Antitrust

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The Future of Publishing 2020: A Program for Publishers and Self-Publishers (Part 2)

In January this year, as part of my series of articles on The Future of Publishing 2020, I finished with A Program for Publishers and Self-Publishers – Part 1. I looked at the role of self-publishing, its development and shift (or acceptance if you will) into the world of mainstream publishing, specifically through new imprints

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Amazon Acquires Book Review Community Goodreads

Perhaps the biggest news so far this year in the book world is the announcement by Amazon late today that it will acquire Goodreads, the social media book review and recommendation community. Subject to some closing conditions of the deal (the purchase price has not yet been revealed), Amazon will acquire Goodreads in the second quarter of this year. Goodreads has shown extraordinary growth

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