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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

Signs of the time! Publishing and Learning Design trends

Virtual Reality will have a great impact on future publishing and learning is a trend that acknowledged by many sources. But what is really the benefits when using VR in practice within these areas. Let’s turn to journalism as an interesting example. In a study from Penn State University the participants described the experience of VR-journalism in comparison to text-based articles as that VR-experiences produced a better sense of presence. In this spirit the empathy… Continue reading

World Press Freedom Day – The struggle continues

eLearningworld News Today, May 3, it is the Press Freedom Day that is celebrated all over the world, some in the darkest of darkness, others in the light but still with cracks of dark interference. From these prerequisites, our publishing house published the autobiography of the publisher that was the first to put press freedom laws into active use in Sweden during the first half of the 19th Century. His name was Lars Johan Hierta… Continue reading

Latest News: Growth hacking trends in Scientific Publishing

Bruce Y. Lee writes in Forbes an excellent article about scientific publishing as a weapon against fake news etc. He identifies five trends that form the engine of the growth of scientific publishing, e.g. that investors, policymakers and businesses need better ways to make sense of all scientific results since science is becoming increasingly complex and knows no national borders, the scholars’ republic that we have written earlier on eLearningworld. In the end, it comes down… 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

How to boost Content Marketing with Neuroscience and eBooks

eLearningworld advicestory Mike Templeman identifies in Forbes five points of how to include neuroscience research in your content marketing. Below we will use these points connected with using eBooks in the content marketing strategy. The concept basically is focusing on to motivate emotions and to keep it simple in order to boost engagement. Step 1. Focus on emotions to wake up the brain. With an enhanced eBook with possibility to use different forms of media, the… 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: Airport offers loan of eBooks for travellers

eLearningworld News from Malaysia The Malaysian KL International Airport (KLIA) is launching a new library service for book lovers where the travellers can lend from a collection of 800 eBooks in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese. The loan is for two days and free of charge for the book reader. After the download no internet is required. The service is already highly appreciated since more than 10 000 travellers have used the service so far.… Continue reading

Latest News: The Guardian goes into VR with a new form of Journalism

eLearningworld News from UK The first virtual reality experience from The Guardian is being launched. This is a new form of journalism where the audience actually can experience what people in the news have experienced. The first part is what it is like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6×9 feet, which is the ordinary day for 100 000 prisoners in US solitary confinement prison cells. This is a story of the… Continue reading

Latest News: eBook Market growing fast in US and China, new research shows

eLearningworld News from the World A new national survey from Chinese Academy of Press and Publication shows that 64 percent of the adults in China read eBooks in 2015, which is an increase by 5.9 percentage points. At the same time 58.4 percent read printed books. This is still an increase with 0.4 percentage points in comparison with the survey on reading habits last year. 45 911 people answered this year’s survey. 87 percent of… Continue reading