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Ownshelf is Like Dropbox For eBooks

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Sharing good books with your friends is one of the best parts of reading. To help facilitate eBook sharing of public domain and non-copyrighted titles, Ownshelf has launched a service that works like Dropbox for eBooks. It’s also got Facebook sharing features to make it that much easier to share good reads.

To use Ownshelf, you can upload your DRM-free eBooks to your account and create a bookshelf that you can share with your friends. Your friends can browse your shelves and vice versa to look for books. Once you find one you like, you can download their copy. We only recommend using this for public domain books and books in which the authors encourage sharing. Read more

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Publishers Partner With Worldreader To Expand Books Available To Young Readers In Subsaharan Africa

Young readers in Sub-Saharan Africa will now have access to eBooks from authors including Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, and Kurt Vonnegut thanks to new publisher partnerships with Worldreader, the non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy through eBooks for children throughout the developing world.

Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers (Canada), Egmont UK, Rosetta Books, Hardie Grant Egmont (Australia), and Ripley Publishing have partnered with Worldreader to donate eBooks to children in Worldreader’s programs in Africa.

Kids in the program have access to eReaders loaded with Worldreader’s eBook reading platform. With eBook donations from these new publishing partners, Worldreader has tripled the size of its eBook library to 900 titles, up from less than 300 a year ago. These publishers join others including Random House Inc., Penguin Young Readers Group, Puffin, as well as authors Seth Godin, Cory Doctorow and Mary Pope Osborne.

Podcast: Kirkus Relaunches Website, Indie Writers Strike Back

Now that indie bloggers can post alongside seasoned journalists on the Huffington Post and eBooks can pop up on Amazon next to bestsellers, the question becomes, which writers should be paid, and how much? Today on the Morning Media Menu, Kirkus Reviews lent us their indie editor Perry Crowe to weigh in on this week’s headlines and share advice with writers who are fed up with the publishing industry.

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Startup of the Week: FastPencil's Premiere Service Lures Bestsellers Away from Publishers

mbStartups is pleased to announce the Startup of the Week: a weekly post dedicated to the newest faces in new media.

This week marketing guru Seth Godin released his new book, Poke the Box through his own publishing venture, The Domino Project, which is powered by Amazon. Godin is not the first bestseller to break away from traditional publishing. A startup called FastPencil has similarly lured established authors away from their publishers with FastPencil Premiere, a platform that promises a full buffet of services, coffee-table quality and a greater cut of the profits. We recently spoke with co-founder and CEO Steve Wilson about how published and indie authors can create a domino effect of their own.

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Vooks Are Going On Sale In The App Store

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Vook is discounting a number of its interactive eBooks in the App Store, to $.99. This is a good way to check out the Vook eBook platform, as some of these books are normally as much as $12.99.

Titles include: Seth Godin‘s SUPER IdeaVirus; Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction; and Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. Follow this link to check out the complete list of titles on sale.

The sale starts Saturday and runs through Monday.

Vook Releases Vaynerchuk Title In Android Market

Vook is now releasing its enhanced eBooks in the Android Market. The first release comes from author Gary Vaynerchuk.

The Vook blog explains: “Vook is thrilled to announce its launch on the Android platform as of 5:40 EST this past Friday. ‘Crush It!’ by Gary Vaynerchuk is now available for download for users of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and future tablets/Android phones.”

According to the Vook blog, the company plans to release its entire library through the Android platform in the coming months. Other Vook titles include: Unleashing the Super Idea Virus by Seth Godin; JFK 50 Days by Terry Golway and Les Krantz; and Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite For Destruction by Marc Canter and Jason Porath.

Seth Godin Amazon Book Coming In March

Author Seth Godin has a new book coming out from his joint publishing effort with Amazon called Poke in the Box.

The book, which will be the first from The Domino Project—a collaboration between Godin and Amazon— will be published worldwide on March 1st. The book is about taking initiative and planning one’s career and life road map.

Godin is releasing a print, audio and eBook edition of the title through the Amazon imprint. Readers will be able to buy 5-packs and 52-packs of the print book at a discounted price. There will also be a limited edition deluxe version of the book available with a letterpress jacket.

To promote the release, Godin will guest blog on Amazon’s Omnivoracious and Kindle blogs on Big Ideas You Can Read About. The Domino Project blog will also be updated with promotions for the book, as the release gets closer.

Author Seth Godin Launches Imprint With Amazon

Author Seth Godin has teamed up with Amazon to publish the first six titles of his new publishing imprint called “The Domino Project.”

To publish the works, Godin is using the Amazon’s new “Powered By Amazon” program, which lets authors use Amazon’s to distribute works in print, digital and as audiobooks world wide.

The imprint will include works by Godin and other authors. Godin is writing a series called “Idea Manifestos.” The books will be published in print and as audiobooks, as well as eBooks which are available exclusively through the Kindle Store.

The imprint will be driven by eBooks. Godin blogged: “Digital goods and manifestos in book form make it easier to spread complex ideas. It’s long frustrated me that a blog post can reach 100 times as many people as a book, but can’t deliver the nuance a book can. The Domino Project is organized around a fundamentally different model of virality, one that allows authors to directly reach people who can use the ideas we’re writing about.”

Seth Godin Abandons Print Publishing For eBooks

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Best selling author Seth Godin is leaving behind the traditional publishing model and will only publish eBooks in the future. The author of more than 12 books from print publishers thinks that print just doesn’t make sense anymore.

GalleyCat’s Jeff Rivera reports: “In my interview with him today for an upcoming Mediabistro feature, Godin says, ‘I’ve decided not to publish any more books in the traditional way. 12 for 12 and I’m done. I like the people, but I can’t abide the long wait, the filters, the big push at launch, the nudging to get people to go to a store they don’t usually visit to buy something they don’t usually buy, to get them to pay for an idea in a form that’s hard to spread … I really don’t think the process is worth the effort that it now takes to make it work. I can reach 10 or 50 times as many people electronically.”

Godin encouraged Amazon to introduce a $49 eReader before the price wars around eReaders. With this being the first week that the $139 Kindles begin to ship, Godin’s idea could be around the corner.