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13May/110

MAAKL Launches Home Office Mobile Application On iPad|Lastest Ipad News]

MAAKL Launches Home Office Mobile Application On iPad
KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 (Bernama) -- MAAKL Mutual Bhd has launched the MAAKL Home Office (MHO) Mobile application on iPad in conjunction with the recent launch of iPad 2 in Malaysia.
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12May/110

McGraw-Hill formally launches ebook library for libraries

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From a M-H News Release:

McGraw-Hill Professional announces the launch of the McGraw-Hill eBook Library,www.MHeBookLibrary.com, a state-of-the-art platform delivering unparalleled access to the publisher’s premium content for institutions around the world.  Responding to librarians’ and patrons’ evolving digital information needs, McGraw-Hill has taken the revolutionary step of providing unlimited concurrent usage to the digital library so patrons can access high-quality curated content from world-renowned authorities.


A powerful online resource, the McGraw-Hill eBook Library provides more than 1,000 titles in collections that are continuously updated with new eBooks.  Users can access hundreds of thousands of pages of content from authors who are leaders in the areas of Engineering, Computing, Business, Medical, and Student Study Aides.  This exceptional collection highlights the depth and breadth of McGraw-Hill’s works, from business classics like Stocks for the Long Run and Juran’s Quality Handbook to acclaimed First Aid Medical test prep titles to the popular Demystified and Schaum’s College Outlines series.

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The McGraw-Hill eBook Library At-A-Glance Facts:

Unlimited concurrent usage
More than 300,000 pages of content
1000+ titles in the areas of:
Engineering
Computing
Academic Study Aids and test prep
Medical and First Aid
Business
New books added throughout the year at no additional cost to subscriber
Flexible subscription options ranging from 1-4 years
Program features
Note taking feature
Bookmarking
Customer usage stats
DRM
Printing

Direct to McGraw-Hill eBook Library Web Site
Info Specifically for Librarians

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12May/110

Audible launches the Audiobook Creation Exchange

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From the press release:

Audible, Inc., today announced the launch of ACX (ACX.com), a dynamic online audiobook rights marketplace, audiobook production platform and online sales system. The Audiobook Creation Exchange is a groundbreaking innovation that will allow any professionally published book, new or old, to become a professionally produced audiobook.


By directly connecting professional authors and other book rights holders with actors, studios, and publishers, ACX serves the tremendous demand for audiobooks created by the growth of the digital audiobook sector.  ACX’s audiobook production platform allows authors and publishers access to the thousands of talented actors and studio professionals who bring books to life in audio. ACX enables online auditions and project management systems, and features programs to help authors learn how to narrate their own books. When an audiobook is created, ACX includes instant access to Audible.com’s digital distribution platform, and rewards authors and producers with a graduated royalty structure that can top out at 90%. ACX also provides sales acceleration tools that publishers, authors and narrators can use to earn special bonus royalties for sales they help generate.

10May/110

Ed Victor launches imprint, by Eoin Purcell

As if the signs were not clear enough that the world of trade publishing is changed forever, Ed Victor comes along and proves it pretty definitely. It’s not the scale, which is modest, more it is the fact that this kind of operation is but one of many sure to crop up over the next few years. They makes sense, they will no doubt bring in more money for agents and authors and they are fine ideas.

From an author’s perspective I wonder on the 50/50 split of proceeds though. For one, the new operation will be by far best business at an agency in terms of margin (after all, once the digitization costs are repaid the money coming in will be almost entirely profit). What’s more, Victor makes clear no extra staff will be recruited and agencies don’t have the overheads a publisher does. Given that and given the likely emergence of a 50/50 split with publishers, why would an author settle for 50/50 with their agent?

In any case, fascinating move:

The agency is not taking on any new staff, but will work with digital production company Acorn to create and distribute the content in the correct format. The agency has also retained J K Rowling’s joint publicist Mark Hutchinson to market the titles through social media sites.
The titles will all be available on online booksellers including Amazon.co.uk and the iBookstore, with Victor confirming he intends to adopt the agency model. He said: “I think it will all be on the agency model, we’ll give up 30%, then we will give up another percentage to Acorn”. The POD side will be through Gardners, with print carried out by Antony Rowe.

He said net receipts will be divided on a 50/50 basis between author and agency, once production costs have been recouped out of the first receipts. This is in contrast to the 25% royalty rate understood to be offered by most major publishers.

Victor described the lines separating different roles within the industry as being “blurred”, and, looking ahead, comparing publishers and agents’ ability to compete in a changing industry, he said: “I’m certainly lighter on my feet and maybe that’s the answer for the future.”

Via Eoin Purcell’s blog

10May/110

Ed Victor launches imprint, by Eoin Purcell

As if the signs were not clear enough that the world of trade publishing is changed forever, Ed Victor comes along and proves it pretty definitely. It’s not the scale, which is modest, more it is the fact that this kind of operation is but one of many sure to crop up over the next few years. They makes sense, they will no doubt bring in more money for agents and authors and they are fine ideas.

From an author’s perspective I wonder on the 50/50 split of proceeds though. For one, the new operation will be by far best business at an agency in terms of margin (after all, once the digitization costs are repaid the money coming in will be almost entirely profit). What’s more, Victor makes clear no extra staff will be recruited and agencies don’t have the overheads a publisher does. Given that and given the likely emergence of a 50/50 split with publishers, why would an author settle for 50/50 with their agent?

In any case, fascinating move:

The agency is not taking on any new staff, but will work with digital production company Acorn to create and distribute the content in the correct format. The agency has also retained J K Rowling’s joint publicist Mark Hutchinson to market the titles through social media sites.
The titles will all be available on online booksellers including Amazon.co.uk and the iBookstore, with Victor confirming he intends to adopt the agency model. He said: “I think it will all be on the agency model, we’ll give up 30%, then we will give up another percentage to Acorn”. The POD side will be through Gardners, with print carried out by Antony Rowe.

He said net receipts will be divided on a 50/50 basis between author and agency, once production costs have been recouped out of the first receipts. This is in contrast to the 25% royalty rate understood to be offered by most major publishers.

Victor described the lines separating different roles within the industry as being “blurred”, and, looking ahead, comparing publishers and agents’ ability to compete in a changing industry, he said: “I’m certainly lighter on my feet and maybe that’s the answer for the future.”

Via Eoin Purcell’s blog

7May/110

Cryptzone’s AppGate VPN Client for iPhone and iPad launches on the App Store|Lastest Ipad News]

Cryptzone's AppGate VPN Client for iPhone and iPad launches on the App Store
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - The AppGate solution from Cryptzone is a complete role based access control system, integrating all necessary security, VPN and access management functionality into one easy to manage solution.
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6May/110

Touch Press Launches Dazzling Gems and Jewels App for iPad|Lastest Ipad News]

Touch Press Launches Dazzling Gems and Jewels App for iPad
Get closer than ever before to the natural world’s most highly coveted and valued gems and jewels with an alluring new app book from Touch Press. (PRWeb May 04, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/5/prweb8379566.htm
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6May/110

BeBook launches a tablet

It’s called the Live Tablet and will cost US9.  You can find out more here.  According to their site it should be available on June 21.

Here are some of the details:

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5May/110

Amazon launches romance imprint – Montlake Romance

From Shelf Awareness:

Amazon Publishing will launch its newest imprint,Montlake Romance, with Connie Brockway’s The Other Guy’s Bride, scheduled for release this fall. The imprint, which takes its name from the central Seattle neighborhood of Montlake, will publish romantic suspense and contemporary and historic romance novels, as well as fantasy and paranormal. 

“Romance is one of our biggest and fastest growing categories, particularly among Kindle customers, so we can’t wait to make The Other Guy’s Bride and other compelling titles available to romance fans around the world,” said Jeff Belle, v-p, Amazon Publishing. “We also know our customers enjoy genre fiction of all kinds, so we are busy building publishing businesses that will focus on additional genres as well.”

5May/110

National Information Standards Organization launches ebook SIG

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From the NISO News Release:

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and its Architecture Committee are pleased to announce the creation of a Special Interest Group focused on E-books (the NISO E-book SIG). Simultaneous with the formation of the group, NISO is issuing a call for participation in the E-book SIG and its associated monitoring group. The E-book SIG will explore a range of industry best practices and standards related to the creation, distribution, discovery, delivery, and preservation of digital book content. The primary responsibilities of the group will be to continuously monitor and review the state of the industry for e-books and to suggest areas for new initiatives within NISO or areas where NISO can engage with other communities on e-book work underway outside of NISO. The group will also host thought leader meetings and commission relevant research to advance the state of the industry.

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