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Man Utd for You!

Posted by Patrick Crowley

Apr 23, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Man. Utd. & The Ferguson Legacy

E = M x C (Effectiveness = Methods x Culture)

Image: John Peters,Mirror.co.uk.

Replacing a great manager is a daunting prospect. Managing an elite team to success is a major challenge. David Moyes knows only too well with his brief reign ending abruptly yesterday.

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Heartbleed: ePubDirect Platform not affected

Posted by Joe Lennon

Apr 15, 2014 5:02:00 PM

Last week, researchers uncovered a vulnerability in OpenSSL, a technology that enables encryption on many websites and applications across the Web. This vulnerability, commonly known as "Heartbleed", poses a risk to any product that relies on OpenSSL for encryption.

The ePubDirect engineering team immediately investigated the impact of this vulnerability on our platform, and found that we are not at risk. We do not use OpenSSL in our platform, and the technology that powers our infrastructure also does not use OpenSSL. As a result, our platform is not affected by this issue.

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Topics: Engineering, Security

Using eBook Metadata to Reduce eBook Availability Delays

Posted by Patrick Crowley

Apr 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Metadata

Dispelling 10 Common Myths About eBooks

Posted by Patrick Crowley

Apr 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Some markets still have quite low eBook adoption rates. Here in Ireland it’s still probably under 10%, with only high-volume readers really ‘converted’. While adding new eBook retailers to the platform (we add at least 2 every month!) we often see similar patterns and issues emerge in markets that just starting to see real growth. The conversations we have with the eBook retailers in these markets is usually a bit different to the ones we have with new retailers in established markets. It got us thinking about the mindset of consumers in these new markets and their perception of ‘eBooks’. So here we’re going to list the 10 most common myths that exist about eBooks

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Topics: The eBook Market

3 Things About eBook Pricing You Need To Know

Posted by Patrick Crowley

Apr 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Pricing is one of the great enigmas in the eBook market. A huge amount of has been written, many pricing models and schemes have been tried and opinions are abundant. In all of this chatter there’s still not much clarity. As our client base continues to grow, ePubDirect benefit from an increasingly reliable body of pricing knowledge. Being able to leverage the aggregate data to benefit the individual publisher gives us a warm fuzzy feeling that’s hard to beat!

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Topics: Pricing

eBook Strategy for Publishers: China

Posted by Gareth Cuddy

Apr 1, 2014 9:00:00 AM

One of the most difficult challenges any CEO faces is deciding to enter a new market. Where, when, how? Yet it’s a challenge virtually every publishing house will have to face as the print market continues to shrink and new opportunities are sought elsewhere.One of the most talked about markets is China. We take our role of finding new markets and retailers for our publishers seriously.

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Topics: The eBook Market

Top 5 Considerations Before Distributing Your eBook Titles

Posted by Claire O'Brien

Mar 25, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Top 5 Considerations Before Distributing Your eBook Titles

1. Cost containment 

Publishers are struggling to keep pace with escalating digital costs. Cost containment while growing sales is usually the number 1 consideration for publishers looking to engage in distribution. Rapid, constant change is rocking this traditional area of strength and outstripping most publishers’ ability to adapt. There are new file fomats, ONIX 3.0, new digital skillsets, new sales channel contracts to be negotiated. Publishers should be asking: How much do I need to grow my sales by to cover the extra costs? Should I invest in fixed layout or not? How many channels should I go through? Which markets should I focus on? Publishers must have a firm understanding of their cost base, their margins, and their targets/goals to get the best from distribution. 

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Topics: Strategy

Selling English language eBooks in China

Posted by Patrick Crowley

Mar 18, 2014 10:22:00 AM

Part 2 of our English language eBooks in China blog.

Firstly, thanks for all the feedback on the first blog post. We have been getting lots of questions and requests, and we will be incorporating them all into the the follow-up webinar, scheduled for Tues 25th March 2014.

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Topics: Retailers

Selling eBooks in China

Posted by Patrick Crowley

Mar 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Where can publishers look towards to really drive international eBook sales growth?

[Part 1 of a 2 part blog on eBooks in China]

There are obvious opportunities in the US and in the UK where the eBook markets are relatively mature and have a consumer market hungry for content.

Outside the US and the UK, other English language m

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Topics: Retailers

Part 2: Interview with Graham Bell from Editeur

Posted by Patrick Crowley

Mar 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

We've been getting quite a few questions from publishers about ONIX 3. So, we went straight to the horse’s mouth and asked Graham Bell of Editeur what exactly ONIX 3 will bring to the eBook party. Here is part 2 of the 2 part interview.
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Topics: Metadata, Guest Posts, Technical Stuff

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