2014 was an interesting year of reading. While I haven’t managed to read as much as I wanted, what I’ve read has changed. A look at format, genre, price, and authorial gender and nationality.
I hope you’ve been savouring that deliciously low 3% tax on your ebooks because from New Year’s Day EU ebook buyers will be paying at least 17% more in VAT.
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My read for Banned Books Week was certainly apropos. Fahrenheit 451 shows you the results of a book banning society. A scary, ignorant and shallow world where brutality and casual violence are everyday events done in the name of entertainment; a regressive and disabling move in social evolution, handicapping progression by limiting knowledge and encouraging selfishness.
Although Amazon dominates the UK book market, there are more alternatives than you may believe. If Amazon should collapse tomorrow (unlikely) or if you’d like to boycott Amazon, there are quite a few non-Amazon owned booksellers, from bricks and mortar stores to online stores selling physical books and ebooks, and I’ll list the ones I’ve come across.
A spacious 11,000 square-foot minimalist bookless library has been opened by Florida Polytechnic University. Instead of physical books 135,000 ebooks are available on the university’s four core subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The University of Central Lancashire is now offering the world’s first masters degree in self-publishing because it’s ‘a highly successful and respected business model for both new and established authors.’
We’ve all encountered the badly edited ebook, doesn’t matter how it was published, it’s the most frequent complaint of the format.
Now Barnes & Noble, Kobo and the UK’s WH Smith are pulling erotica featuring rape, incest and bestiality.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
Available for thousands of great print books purchased new from Amazon, going all the way back to 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore.
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