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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bits And Pieces: A Collection Of Related Snippets

Short Topics Related to Ebooks

These focus on Ebook production, the Job Market and Bookstores

E-books Blamed for Loss of 225 Jobs at Penguin

The rise of e-books has been blamed for the potential loss of 225 jobs at a Penguin Random House warehouse in Rugby, Warwickshire. 
A representative from the trade union Unite, speaking on behalf of its members, said that the decision would be a “blow” to the local area.
“The revolution in reading habits, with e-books becoming more popular, has put these 225 jobs at risk,” said Unite regional officer Peter Coulson, in a statement on the Unite website.
Related links: (Penguin blames likely job losses on rise of ebooks. Publisher wants to cut 225 jobs from Warwickshire warehouse, where books are distributed, owing to decline in demand. December 7, 2015) and (E-books Threaten Wareshouse Jobs. December 8, 2015_)

Could online apps help save indie bookshops?

With fewer than 1,000 stores in the UK, a number of online initiatives are aiming to help shoppers find their way back to local independent bookshops

The rise of online retailers and ebooks have had a devastating impact on the UK’s independent bookshops. According to the Booksellers Association, the number of bricks and mortar stores has plummeted over the last 10 years from 1,535 in 2005 to just 939 in 2014.

A number of online initiatives are now fighting back to save these physical outlets from further decline.

If You Want To Read This Book, You'll Have To Buy An iPad
Is this the future of book reading?

[Blogger's note: The book is actually issued as an iPad only app rather than in a tradition ebook format, such as epub.]
The next Wally Lamb book could fairly be termed a publishing event.
His 1992 debut, She's Come Undone, was a smash hit, and his later novels, such as I Know This Much Is True, have also dominated in sales. Next year, that new Lamb book will hit bookshelves everywhere -- well, not bookshelves, and not everywhere. 
I'll Take You There, his sixth novel, will be published exclusively as a digital app by Metabook. It will be the first original novel from the ebook publishing outfit.
Related link: (Wally Lamb’s Latest Novel to Be Released Exclusively as Book App.. December 4, 2015)

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