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BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

“With almost the kind of timing that Amazon Prime promises its members, Len Vlahos’ Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has arrived to deepen the debate about subscriptions and their potential in publishing.

Only days after Seattle launched its Kindle Unlimited subscription program — quickly pulling up alongside Oyster and Scribd (pronounced “Scribbed”) as one of the most-debated elements of the topic — BISG’s Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy is being released with a message that sounds like the voice of the digital disruption, itself.

While we are still in the early days, our findings suggest that most book publishers will accept that subscription businesses are an inevitable part of the transformation from print to digital book publishing.”


“No one is going to consume just one form of digital media”

“Whoever is very successful is likely to be bought”

“On Safari for success: So many issues”

“And what about authors’ compensation?”

“Final analysis: There is no final analysis”

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Posted on: August 27, 2014, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized

Return on Educational Investment: 2014 — A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity

Return on Educational Investment: 2014 — A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity

Return on Educational Investment: 2014 — A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity
Source: Center for American Progress

In 2011, the Center of American Progress released the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. That project developed a set of relatively simple productivity metrics in order to measure the achievement that a school district produces relative to its spending, while controlling for factors outside a district’s control, such the cost of living and students living in poverty.

The findings of that first report were worrisome and underscored the fact that the nation suffers from a productivity crisis. The data suggested that low productivity might cost the nation’s school system billions of dollars a year. What’s more, too few states and districts tracked the bang that they received for their education buck.

In this updated report, CAP uses these same metrics to once again examine the productivity of the nation’s school districts. We embarked on this second evaluation for a number of reasons. In many areas, education leaders continue to face difficult budget choices, and more than 300,000 education-related jobs have been lost since the start of the Great Recession. At the same time, the advent of the new, more rigorous Common Core standards will demand that far more from educators, including better, tougher exams. In short, many educators are being asked to do more with less.

But still, school productivity has not become part of the reform conversation, and with this project, our hope is to shine a light on how productivity differs across districts, as well as to identify key areas of reform. Moreover, for the first time, we conducted a special analysis of educational fiscal practices, diving deep into state budgeting approaches. We believe that if our education system had a more robust way of tracking expenditures, it could do more to increase productivity. Together with this report, we have also released analysis by CAP Senior Policy Analyst Robert Hanna on twin districts. Hanna’s analysis looks more closely at the programs and practices of more effective districts.”


Posted on: August 27, 2014, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

Infographic: DATA NEVER SLEEPS 2.0




Posted on: August 26, 2014, 12:34 pm Category: Uncategorized

Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter

Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter

“The news: Harry Potter’s greatest feat might not have been defeating Voldemort, but teaching young people around the world to battle prejudice. At least that’s the finding of a new paper in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, which claims reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples’ perception of stigmatized groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees.

The studies: The Pacific Standard broke down the three studies used in this paper.”


Posted on: August 26, 2014, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized

Netflix passes 50 million member milestone in 2nd quarter

Netflix passes 50 million member milestone in 2nd quarter

Shares jump as streaming service announces $71 million in profit

“Netflix announced it has more than 50 million members in 40 countries worldwide as it released its second-quarter earnings today.

And it’s going after more, announcing it will launch in September in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Netflix reported a profit of $71 million US, or $1.15 a share in its second quarter. That’s up from $29.5 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue increased to $1.34 billion from $1.07 billion.”

Netflix Revenue Passes HBO’s Subscriber Revenue For The First Time Ever

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Posted on: August 26, 2014, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

Study: 31% of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published; DRM harms sales at all price levels (Author Earnings)

Author Earnings:
Study: 31% of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published; DRM harms sales at all price levels  —  July 2014 Author Earnings Report  —  It has been nearly half a year since we first pulled data for nearly every ranked ebook on’s thousands of category bestseller lists.”Stephen

Posted on: August 26, 2014, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

Friday Fun: 12 Predictions for the Year 2000 from a 19th-Century German Chocolate Company

12 Predictions for the Year 2000 from a 19th-Century German Chocolate Company


Right around the same time that French postcards were predicting lots of aerial and aquatic activities in the year 2000 as part of the 1900 Paris World’s Fair, a German chocolate company decided to get in on the future-telling business with a crafty marketing campaign. For a short time, Theodore Hildebrand and Son chocolate company slipped colorful cards depicting theoretical life in the year 2000 into boxes of their sweets. Altogether, 12 such cards were produced, predicting how a range of activities would get upgraded for the 21st Century.


It’s unclear from the picture how an x-ray camera of sorts would factor into crime-fighting. With both the legal and moral high ground, couldn’t the police apprehend the criminals face-to-face? Weigh in below if you can make sense of it.


What’s a vision of the future without some personal flying machines? This card features several different options that all look heinously unsafe. Is that little girl even wearing a seat belt?!


Alright, this one is just all wrong. They’re still using horse-drawn buggies and steam engines, having focused all the attention and effort of their technological advancements on building portable rowhouses.


More air travel. And fashion stuck in the 1800s.


Perhaps even more tantalizing than the leisure submarine patrolling the ocean floor are the sea bike, sea surrey, and sea wheeled-recliner above.


It’s true that air travel has made vacationing in remote locations possible and even popular. But I haven’t noticed a lot of hot air balloon jaunts to the North Pole showing up on hip destination lists.


The genius here isn’t the water-wheel unicycle or the shoe-canoes—it’s the artistic, elegant, and tech-free individual hot air balloons that keep water-waders upright. Even the horse has one!


So many questions. How is this better than a normal ship? Is it limited to shallow waters? WHY IS IT ON FIRE?!


This one seems like a great idea until you remember things like, you know, drought.


Things happening in one place will be able to be captured and viewed in an entirely different location in real time? Yup.


Scattered throughout the airport, these human conveyor belts are a delightful respite that make you feel like you have super-speed compared to the people on still ground. But in crowded cities? Now that just sounds dangerous.


Yes. Get on this, scientists.

All images via Wikimedia Commons.


Posted on: August 25, 2014, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized