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Google’s AI finds the answer to your question in the world’s library of books

eLearningworld News “Talk to Books” is a new form of search where you ask questions and Google’s AI reads and selects small pieces of different books that produce the answer. This is a new kind of search where using sentences will in most cases get better results than using keywords, since the AI is trained to understand human conversations. It handles everything from more trivial questions to global problem. The library that the AI is… Continue reading

Celebrating the World Book Day 2018!

eLearningworld News “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero Today, March 1, is the World Book Day, as the freedom expression is under constant threat even in a time like ours when everybody can become a published author, self-published or by a publishing house, we at eLearningworld celebrate this day exclusively. This year’s capital of the World Book Day is the birthplace of European civilization, Athens, Greece. However,… Continue reading

Iceland considers to remove VAT on books

eLearningworld News The new government of Iceland plans to remove the VAT on books as a result of decreasing book sales and diminishing reading- and writing skills among the Icelanders. The Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says that as a country that can be seen as the land of books with long storytelling traditions, the new proposal intends to improve the conditions for book publishers and the readers. In addition, the proposal also includes new possibilities… Continue reading

Reading eBooks trending in China -a majority prefer eBooks before printed books

eLearningworld News from China In April 2016 eLearningworld reported about the fast growing Chinese eBook-market with focus on a national survey from Chinese Academy of Press and Publication that showed that 64 percent of the adults in China read eBooks in 2015, which was an increase by 5.9 percentage points, while 58.4 percent read printed books, an increase with 0.4 percentage points. Shanghai Daily now reporting that the revenue of the eBook market reached US.4… Continue reading

“If history were taught in the form of stories…”

Therese Fowler writes: “The history of storytelling isn’t one of simply entertaining the masses but of also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo.” In other words, good stories told in an engaging way are like oil for the brain to tear down walls and boost understanding. Since a story helps the reader decode new words more easily which is empowered by the reader’s motivation to follow the progress and learn something new. According to Uri… Continue reading

Design Thinking for Publishing 4.0 – people-centred evolution

eLearningworld Weekly Review Axel Roesler, Associate Professor in Interactive Design at Washington University, writes on BigThink.com: “… the world of innovation is a world in which humans define what is new and accepted and embraced. So, yes, human interaction is essential when we innovate. And, yes, again, 21stcentury innovation has to be people-friendly.” Good design is thereby an evolution of ideas that is improving human interaction where one of the main drivers is technology. Publishing… Continue reading

Latest News: Publishing 4.0, according to research from FAU

eLearningworld News from Germany Researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg, are in a new study developing ten proposals to provide publishers with inspiration to concepts to new business models with required content and IT infrastructure. The inspiration comes from general research on industry 4.0 that is being applied on the publishing industry’s prerequisites. “The key element of publishing 4.0 is the customer-driven approach,” Jörn Fahsel, said, he is a doctoral candidate at Institute of Book Studies… Continue reading

Latest News: “The power of the human mind to imagine a better world”

eLearningworld News from Scotland This year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival that takes place between, August 13-29 will explore the challenges of globalisation and the power of the human mind to handle transformation. Some of subjects are migration, conflict and Europe’s place in the world. Nick Barley, director of the Festival said; “You could say that the theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Project No Fear’. It’s about encouraging and celebrating the sort of courageous, positive,… Continue reading

Latest News: 0% VAT on eBooks could be allowed soon according to EU-draft

eLearningworld News from EU The European publishers’ protests against different levels of VAT on printed books and ebooks could result in a VAT-exemption on ebooks, according a draft report on the VAT Action Plan. In the UK VAT on printed books are 0% and ebooks 20% at the moment, in Sweden printed 6% and ebooks 25%. Besides the administrative problems with VAT on digital products on the European Single Market, open societies like the EU… Continue reading

Latest News: A Goldmine for Publishers

eLearningworld News from US Netflix knows what you watch, Amazon reviewing your reading behaviour and Spotify what is music to your ears, while publishers still has no access to such big data. Not until now, Jellybooks is a reader analytics company that has run tests on the reader behaviour of 200 books from one American-, three British and three German publishers. The publishers’ that are working with Jellybooks does not use the data to profoundly… Continue reading