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Book publishing as a source of success – Today’s development

LEARNING DESIGN IN PRACTICE FOR EVERYBODY  > PART5 > NEW SECTION JUNE 14 2018 In our Swedish edition, we have published a series of stories about book publishing as a source of transformation both at the birth of the industrial society and now in pioneering years of the digital society. In the former transformation the focus of our stories was directed on two protagonists in Sweden during the first half of the 19th Century, the… Continue reading

Paperbacks losing ground to eBooks

eLearningworld News The total sales of Finnish publishing houses were €250 million in 2017, including €35 million from ebooks that have been growing since 2012. At the same time, as paperback books’ sales are falling, the profit 2016 was in total in Finland €7,1 million, in 2017 it was €5,6 million. However,  Nona Ratia from the publishing house Otava says to svenska.yle.fi that the digital books are not a threat to paperbacks, but on the… 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

One more step towards a European eBook Market

eLearningworld News Step-by-step we see the lights of dawn for a European eBook market as the EU Commission and other EU institutions continue its work to create a European market for content and media. According to the new proposal that concerns geoblocking, all EU buyers abroad should be treated as locals, which means that EU-citizens should be able to buy digital- and physical products across the European borders without any price restriction or other obstacles.… Continue reading

Brazil Supreme Court equates Printed books and eBooks, removes the tax on the latter

eLearningworld News After the European Court of Justice ruling that an ebook should not be considered as a book and ebooks should continue to suffer of full VAT-rate, a similar case has been ruled in the Brazil Supreme Court this week, with the opposite outcome. The results of the ruling are that tax will not be allowed on any book-format. With this ruling, digital versions of books are practically indistinguishable from their physical versions. Reading… Continue reading

The European Court of Justice ruling differentiates freedom of expression

eLearningworld News The European Court of Justice still values the freedom of expression in a printed publication higher than a digital publication according to its recent VAT-ruling where a reduced rate will not be allowed on digital publications. Besides the problem that the higher VAT on digital publications is an obstacle for a blooming digital publishing industry and its authors, it is a further democratic problem in the sense that digital publishing is open for all… 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

Latest News: Read or Play? Digital Media Consumption research shows big variations

eLearningworld News from the World A new research study from PayPal with the title: Digital Media Consumers – Cross-country trends shows differences in digital media consumption-patterns across national markets. The research concerns digital goods that are paid for, where in US, France and United Arab Emirates a majority prefers to play video-games before ebooks, while in UK, Italy. Japan and Russia a majority of the consumers prefer reading ebooks, more equally divided of play or… Continue reading

Latest News: Ultra-thin electronic paper puts ebooks in a new light

eLearningworld News from Sweden Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg is developing an thin electronic paper containing pixels of the primary colors red–green–blue (RGB) that give the same reflectivity and contrast as ink produced by an ordinary printer. This in contrast to LED-displays makes it work very well in bright light. One of the research team members, accociate Professor Andreas B. Dahlin, said “The ‘paper’ is similar to the Kindle tablet. It isn’t… Continue reading

Latest News: Georgian Minister of Education setting the agenda for an ebook future in school

eLearningworld News from Georgia Georgia’s newly appointed Minister of Education, Alexander Jejelava, is now promoting a gradual replacement of printed books in favour of ebooks in the school-system. “We have already arranged several meetings between local publishers and the companies that produce and develop electronic books abroad. We are going to tell the local publishers to offer electronic textbooks as an alternative,” Jejelava said. He estimates that during next 2-3 years 10 percent of the… Continue reading