Jul 21 2014

Nearly a third of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published

Tag: international, life, money, opinions, technologyadmin @ 10:08 pm

 

The debate on the future of publishing is not likely to subside. The self-published science fiction blockbuster author Hugh Howey has released a report on the sector ebooks. He argues that the indie works (ie self-published), represent 31% of sales of ebooks on Amazon. Hugh Howey goes further and says that according to his Statistics1 freelance writers are moving beyond the Big Five, ie the five largest éditeurs2 (Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster) in the United States in terms of royalties on paperless books.

Amazon offers the Kindle Direct Publishing3 service that allows independent authors to publish for free and immediately his ebook and sell it since 2007. "I tested the bestsellers of tomorrow on KDP before offering great paper publishers," explained Didier Imbot in 2013, littéraire4 agent at the head of Global Literary Management, Le Figaro. Amazon likes to highlight its "success stories" 5, the freelance writers who make a name and able to earn a living through self-publication. Amazon

against publishers

Hugh Howey is an example of successful freelance writer. It is especially known for his saga Wool Omnibus. It takes a specialized site to advise authors and publishes regular reports on the state of the sector. "I think it's more a kind of public relations for Amazon from an objective view of the digital market," retorted Philip Jones, editor of the trade magazine The Bookseller Guardian6. For statistical kitchen Howey in puzzles many. Among other things, the author works with an anonymous statistician, simply named "Data Guy" in the articles. Nevertheless, the role of independent sector is undeniable. In December 2013, according to figures trimestriels7, freelance writers accounted for a quarter of the top 100 Amazon. Com. The famous Netflix

Book launched by Amazon will also relate essentially independent authors and small publishers. Indeed, the Big Five are not part of the offer of unlimited access to 600,000 ebooks for 9.99 dollars per month. For some of these publishers, it is also a way to protect competitors 8In services which they have invested, as Oyster. The rise of self-publishing also coincides with the war between the major publishers and Amazon.


Apr 25 2014

Manuel Valls arouses distrust on economic issues

Tag: international, online, publications, special, traveladmin @ 10:58 pm

 After months

atop the popularity of Manuel Valls1 it would begin its decline? According to a survey * BPCE-ViaVoice for Les Echos and France Info2, 64% of French do not trust the Prime Minister to improve their purchasing power in the coming months. Mistrust which currently focused on economic issues. After taking March3 end function, its popularity and satisfaction varied according institutes, between 41 and 58%. A flattering level for the new head of government, which dominates François Hollande4.

Last week, after the Council of Ministers, Manuel Valls detailed plan of 50 billion euros 5to finance pact in responsabilité6 for businesses and reduce the deficit. He also introduced measures for the poorest, including an envelope from June to August billion. But it seems far too limited to French. Lower contributions on wages up to 1.3 times the minimum wage from January 1 is considered "symbolic" 72% of them. A shared popular categories opinion (74%) and supporters of the left (55%) car warranty.

53% of French are also confident that their purchasing power will decline over the next three months, against only 9% believe that it will increase. Expenditure items that appear more "concern" are taxes (52%), electricity (37%) and food (35%).

After his policy speech to the National Assembly on 8 avril7, six French 10 already felt that the Prime Minister would "rather not effective" reduce unemployment and 56% doubted its effectiveness to "allow more social justice," according to a BVA poll for Aujourd'hui en France / Le Parisien and i-Télé8. A few days earlier, a Tilder/LCI/OpinionWay9 survey revealed that only 43% of French trusted him to revive the French economy, against 56%.

* This survey was conducted online from 11 to 16 April 2014 on a sample of 1,011 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over .


Apr 13 2014

Home insurance: cover its garden and pool

Tag: Uncategorized, economics, finance, international, onlineadmin @ 11:56 pm

Home and garden insurance contract

A home insurance covers the property and its dependencies. But the garden is not taken into account. Thus, the damage caused by fire, frost or flooding will not be compensated. The financial loss can be significant in a manicured garden, comprising for example plantations costly.

To protect it advisable to adopt a specific guarantee for his garden. It is usually possible to integrate it into its home insurance, by requesting a contract extension to his insurer.

Warning: the insurer may demand the installation of fences and locked a monitoring system of the garden, before signing the contract. Housing and green spaces

Insurance

Just like its habitation1 insurance, it is possible to take different levels of security for his garden insurance. The first level of coverage is guaranteed "green spaces". As its name suggests, it covers only the vegetation (trees, massive, plants) where climate risks, vandalism or theft.  

Useful for owners and lavishly maintained with rare or expensive planting gardens, this insurance is less need for a simple grassy field. Reinforced garden

Insurance

installations made: garden shed, stone barbecue, fence, swing, outdoor lighting … Home insurance does not take into account the property it is better to take a garden guarantee strengthened to be compensated for any sinistre2.

Of course, the purchase of this extensive coverage will boost the amount of home insurance premiums.

Tip: an insurance broker 3pourra help you negotiate your best deal. Home and pool

Insurance Home insurance does not take care of damage to a swimming pool set in the garden. Depending on the type of model and its cost, increase the risk covered is indeed important. Again, it is necessary to adopt a specific guarantee.

As for the garden, a rider can be added to the contract home. The pool shall comply with all safety standards in force, to be covered by the insurer. To protect yourself against the risk of drowning, liability guarantee is highly recommended.

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Apr 12 2014

Three years for any change to the Hotel Lutetia

Tag: business, features, international, resources, specialadmin @ 2:32 pm

 

It's Monday between noon and 15 hours staff Lutetia1 take the last check-out customers. The next guest should not cross the threshold of 45, boulevard Raspail, Paris (VI) before 2017.'s Last chance to enjoy the current setting will be selling the furniture auction, art and wines will be held in the lounges and bars of the hotel 19 to 25 May This historic hotel was one of the few boutique hotels in the capital not to have been entitled to his makeover. And he really needs. While the Plaza

Athénée2 to reopen this summer, followed next year by the Crillon3 and Ritz4, the Lutetia is given three years for a total renewal . Bought 145 million euros in 2010, its centenary year, the Israeli real estate company Alrov, it no longer met the current standards of international clients especially as the new Asian-inspired institutions (Mandarin Oriental, Shangri -La, Peninsula) set the bar very high in Paris.

According to the owner, this work will be "an intermission dedicated to sublimate this mythical establishment of French heritage while keeping his soul so appreciated." The décor, the architectural firm of Jean-Michel Wilmotte5 that orchestrate the transformation, the same one that currently redesigning the Crillon. "The architectural features Art Deco and Art Nouveau past will be married in a contemporary design," said the latter. The investment would be around € 80 million. 40 rooms in less

Beyond the decor, the whole structure of the building will be reviewed guaranteed high risk personal loans. Like its predecessors, the Lutetia benefit work to equip a spa and larger rooms. The hotel currently has 231 rooms expected to lose 40, especially to offer large suites. As for the 700 m2 open to outside guests spa, they will be earned on an unclassified area and a portion of the first basement.

The new version of Lutetia will also develop a new central patio, a jazz club and a library designed to accommodate literary appointments and art. A clever way to play the cultural map where the right bank of palaces are more showy. The gourmet restaurant takes meanwhile finally bowing to help increase the capacity of the brewery will be expanded to 240 seats. After this transformation, the institution remained under the management of Concorde Hotels (Groupe du Louvre) join the small collection of luxury hotels The Set. Created by CEO Alrov and his son, Alfred and Georgi Akirov this chain currently includes an address in London and one in Amsterdam.

He who was previously a 4-star hotel can he then measure the palaces? "In any case, it enjoys a palace, because this part of the left bank has evolved and really like, especially European and American clientele, says Georges Panayotis, President of MKG consulting firm. ., And providing the means to do such heavy work, it could create a surprise "Another positive, according to the specialist, the Lutetia displays nothing in his will to win the title of palace 'C' is the client to decide, we are not born palace, one becomes. "


Apr 11 2014

The stickers, a little-known business on smartphones

Tag: business, economic, finance, international, opinionsadmin @ 3:24 am

 We call

smileys, emoticons, emoji or stickers. They dress our emails, chat conversations and SMS our patterns of all colors. From smiling to moving images via the cute cat face, they embody in their own way a certain culture of the image on the Web. Thanks to smartphones, these small images are now fertile ground for a booming economy.

A new means of communication

The smileys have evolved since the early messengers. Combinations of punctuation (eg, colon followed by a parenthesis – :) – a smiling face) have been replaced by icons specially designed by the mobile manufacturers. The first to have seen the phenomenon is NTT DoCoMo. In the late 90s, the Japanese operator has launched the "emoji", a font only consists of standard icons. NTT DoCoMo wanted to facilitate the exchange of its customers by integrating images directly into their mobile phone. "When someone sends 'I understand', the speaker may not know if this is something nice, or if it is something negative," explained Shigetaka Kurita, creator of emojis in an interview with the magazine The Verge 1, to justify his invention. "You never know what happens in the mind of the person who sends us a message."

With emoji, users have SMS easily add to their hearts or little faces expressing emotions of the moment. First acclaimed by Japanese teenagers, emojis became widespread in 2011, thanks to their integration in iOS 5, Apple's mobile operating system. They were then adopted by other services, including the latest version of Android (mobile operating system from Google), Windows Phone or Hangout, instant messaging, Google, and recently social networks like Twitter. Example

stickers used on Line. Already

20% of turnover Line

The arrival of emojis gave ideas to companies specializing in services for mobile. The instant messaging applications such as KakaoTalk, Line or WeChat, sought to monetize the interest of their users for these cute pictures or funny. Thus were born the "stickers", a larger version – especially pay – emoticons.  

This new generation smileys owes much to Japanese Application Line.2 Since its launch in 2011, the courier was a large catalog of Pay images, updated through collaborations with artists or celebrities. On Line, you can buy stickers bearing the image of Paul McCartney or the latest manga fashion free credit score. Users to collect them because of a few tens of cents per unit. In 2013, Line has managed to generate 50 million euros from the sale of stickers, or 20% of its turnover.

As smileys and emojis the stickers used to communicate with contacts quickly and efficiently. A significant interest in Asia, including ideographic languages ​​complicate writing on a keyboard. European and American public as it converts, more for the fun side of these images. Line spotted this hearing and adapts its catalog to local tastes in countries where it grows. Spain, users can buy the official stickers Real Madrid or FC Barcelona.

Inspired by the success of Line, Western Web companies also put the stickers. Facebook has launched a store in its messaging service, Facebook Messenger, currently only stocked lots of free stickers. BlackBerry has done well his BBM application. The stickers have appeared in smaller services, such as the Path application that has made his sole source of income. From

advertising in the middle of conversations

As usage increases, the stickers are becoming increasingly an advertising channel. Again, applications Asian IM showed the way. They put Passier partnerships with brands such as Coca-Cola, to produce Sponsored stickers. On Facebook, and you can use stickers bearing the image of LEGO or Muppets (owned by Walt Disney Studio). Thus, users are left to themselves transmit advertising messages to their friends.

"Rather than calling around the content with banners, the advertisement is brought to heart conversations," says Jonathan Levy-Bencheton, co-founder of Feeligo. The French start-up that offers a tool stickers for websites, has teamed up with the production company Century Fox. Through this partnership, members of the site aufeminin.com, Feeligo client can use stickers bearing the image of drawing anime Rio-2, produced by Century Fox. Encouraged by his first campaign, Feeligo now seeks to support other brands in this new form of communication.

All brands do not bother with such an agent. In March, the famous designer Karl Lagerfeld launched his own line stickers in his likeness, available by downloading an application for smartphones. A strategy to attract young users and ensure a new source of revenue, all at a lower cost. To attract consumers, Web companies and brands now feature their best smile.


Apr 04 2014

Mozilla boss loses his job after his remarks against gay marriage

Tag: international, life, money, resources, top newsadmin @ 2:20 pm

American Foundation Mozilla1, which develops the Firefox browser, announced today the departure of his boss just came into functions2 the heart of a controversy for his support for an initiative against the homosexuel.3 marriage "Brendan Eich chosen resign as CEO, "said Mozilla's official blog. The announcement of his appointment dated back only 24 mars.Brendan Eich was one of the co-founders of Mozilla, where he held several positions before becoming boss. But after his recent promotion, he found himself at the center of controversy because of a donation he had made to support a campaign against gay marriage in California conducted in 2008. Among his detractors included in particular the dating site OkCupid, which had begun to display the following message when users arrive on its internet page with a Firefox browser: "The new boss of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of the equal rights for gay couples. We would prefer that our customers do not use the software to access Mozilla OkCupid poor credit personal loans. "" Mozilla prides itself on having a different standard, and this last week, we did not . been up We know why people are hurt and angry, and they're right: it is because we have not been faithful to ourselves, "admitted Thursday on the blog of Mozilla Mitchell Baker, the Executive Chairman of the Board of the Foundation. "We did not react quickly enough (…) when the controversy started. Sorry, "adds elle.Mozilla indicates that discussions are still ongoing about its future direction, promising more information about" next week "." Mozilla believes in equality and freedom of expression, "but recalls Mitchell Baker." We accept contributions from anyone, regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, race, orientation Sexual, its geographical position and its religious views "and" we have employees with a wide variety of opinions, "she argues.


Mar 19 2014

"Greenpeace activists did not penetrate into sensitive areas Fessenheim"

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LE FIGARO. – An EDF nuclear power plant has been the subject of a new intrusion. Does not fit too easily be in your facility? Philippe

Sasseigne. – The answer is no. Our concerns about safety and security are constant, supported within the framework of our own nuclear detection systems which are added specialized police squads. In today's episode, our detection systems have warned us of a real-time intrusion, which was then allowed police to intervene in an appropriate way. I stress, and it is important that activists Greenpeace1 have entered at any time in areas sensitive to the Fessenheim.

Can you imagine a system of protection that is completely sealed infrastructure?

It depends what you are talking. Should implement walls 20 meters high all around nuclear power plants? Or install barriers that instantly annihilate lethal intrusion? In this case, imagination has no limits. We prefer the current system which is both fast protection, trained and specialized cash advance loan. The gendarmes interpose smoothly when they are able to do so. Meanwhile, we seek to constantly optimize our operation. Each year, some 200 million euros are devoted to the protection of EDF nuclear power plants and a program of € 700 million is expected over the coming years. We have nothing against the media activities of a particular organization. However, we formally dispute any illegal operation like the one that occurred at Fessenheim.

Will there be one day a fatal accident during an intrusion type of Greenpeace?

Can not exclude it. Those who smuggle in a nuclear power plant to take risks and the risk to others. At Fessenheim today, there were only minor injuries but no scenario should not be dismissed. We are under the violation of private property, it is an extremely reprehensible and we would like it to be more suppressed by the court.


Mar 17 2014

In Britain, five families have as much as 20% of the population

Tag: business, economy, events, international, specialadmin @ 4:36 pm

 

The five richest UK families have as much as 12.6 million poorest British. Their combined wealth, 28.2 billion pounds (33.7 billion euros) is the legacy of the 20% of the population of the country at the bottom of the social ladder, according to a study published Monday charity Oxfam. In

topped the list of British fortunes established by Forbes, the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, has as many (7.9 billion pounds, or 9, € 4 billion) than 10% of its poorest citizens. Aristocratic family owns 77 hectares of land in the most exclusive areas of London, Mayfair and Belgravia around Buckingham Palace, as well as 39,000 acres in Scotland, 13,000 hectares in Spain and a large real estate portfolio.

Behind him are the Reuben brothers of Indian origin, who made his fortune in metals, Hindujua brothers also entrepreneurs of Indian origin, Cadogan family, large property owners (36 hectares Chelsea and Knightsbridge, London) and Mike Ashley, owner of the retail chain Sports Direct.

"A nation deeply divided"

While the British economy has resumed at a steady pace, growing inequalities. Between 1993 and 2011, revenues from these privileged doubled, while those of 90% of the population increased by only 27%. "Britain is becoming a nation deeply divided, where a wealthy elite saw its revenues soar while millions of families are unable to make ends meet, says Ben Phillips, director of the action Public Oxfam. This is not a sign of economic success but a failure. Far from being inevitable, the result of political choices that can be changed. "

The government of David Cameron presents his budget on Wednesday. Oxfam calls for a strengthening of the fight against tax evasion, the introduction of a tax on financial transactions, a more progressive tax system and a higher minimum wage.


Mar 09 2014

Phone: Bouygues negotiating its mobile network Free

Tag: economic, economics, economy, international, technologyadmin @ 1:08 pm

The group announced Bouygues1 be willing to give its network of antennas and mobile frequencies to its competitor free2 (Iliad), to facilitate his marriage SFR3, and thus completely reconstruct the landscape of the French mobile telephony. "We have entered into exclusive negotiations to yield to Free for an amount up to 1.8 billion euros go our entire mobile network," announced Olivier Roussat, CEO of Bouygues Telecom in an interview with Journal du Sunday4 . This agreement, which covers "15,000 antennas and a portfolio of frequencies, some of which for 4G" is conditioned to the fact that SFR Bouygues acquires sold by Vivendi. Vivendi, parent company of SFR, which seeks to separate its telecom subsidiary to focus on the media said Wednesday it has received offers from Bouygues and Numericable majoritaire.L takeover offer was unveiled by Bouygues favors particular Exchange, but seemed to be a problem with the rules of competition. This agreement enables Bouygues "raise the main uncertainty from (its) project under the Competition Authority. And Free to become a full and complete operator," says Olivier Roussat this entretien.Il remains yet "subject to the success of our proposed merger with SFR filed Wednesday, March 5 from its parent company, Vivendi," he says. "We provide an immediate response to the imperatives of competition. In case of merger with SFR, we would have a network too. Again, there is a buyer who will recreate a competitive dynamic. This turnkey solution should facilitate marriage with SFR and Vivendi reassuring, "he says again. The Competition Authority will review the file and if all goes well, migration and network subscribers could place "in 2015," plan to ensure that the agreement "also ensures the use of the entire telecom sector in France with maintaining three networks." "Free wishes to maintain the network with its own agents, warns CEO of Bouygues Telecom. And we want to keep our 1,200 employees who are affected. Our network will not be destroyed. Instead, Free will live 15,000 antennas that will become his. "Olivier Roussat also confirmed that his" proposed merger with SFR not cause any departure. "On the contrary, the merger will invest in the Internet and mobile networks and "create jobs. This is the sinews of war. "This merger agreement and fully rebattrait cards in the field of French mobile telephony share four players. Orange leader today has 27 million mobile customers, SFR has 21 million, 11 million Bouygues Telecom and Free Free 7.4 millions.Cependant a relay network underdeveloped and relies on a 3G roaming agreement with Orange, but not for 4G. however Bouygues boasts of have the best 4G network via authorization which allowed him to use this technology on a frequency band that already operated giving him an edge in terms of coverage. This agreement should enable Bouygues and Free "to reduce costs," according to Olivier Roussat which ensures that the price war being waged by the mobile operators, at the initiative of Free, and more recently in the Internet, the initiative this time Bouygues should continue.


Mar 04 2014

Former Clinton adviser appointed Chief Strategy of Microsoft

Tag: events, international, opinions, people, top newsadmin @ 8:00 pm

 

The game of musical chairs continues at Microsoft. A month after his appointment as CEO of company1, Satya Nadella announced a series of changes in its management team. "We need more clarity, consistency and intensity in our work," he said in a statement published on the official site Microsoft2. Satya Nadella

was particularly interested in the field of marketing, a crucial position for his company. Microsoft spent $ 2.6 billion on advertising between 2012 and 20133, double Apple spending. So far, this area was co-led by vice-chairperson of Microsoft.

"I have decided that we only needed one leader to manage the marketing," said Satya Nadella. This is Chris Capossela, who has worked at Microsoft since 2011, which now occupy the unique position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the American group.  An addicted

polls in control strategy

This appointment involves changing the position of another vice president of Microsoft, Mark Penn, far support both advertising and strategy. It abandons the field of marketing to focus only on the strategy of Microsoft. "I am delighted to see the talents of Mark work for broader challenges, as to imagine new products and decide where to invest for the future," Satya Nadella welcomed.

Mark Penn Photo Credits: Brian Smale / REUTERS

Mark Penn is far be a stranger to the inside and outside of Microsoft. Joined the group in 2012, it is in particular responsible for a large communication campaign against Google4. Called "Scroogled" (literally "the victim of a skinflint"), the latter denounced the policy of collection of personal data of the famous search engine, through commercials and products. However, the aggressive tone of this campaign has been widely criticized, including in-house.

It takes more to worry about Mark Penn, who has already made his debut in the middle of the little tender policy. The new head of Microsoft's strategy was indeed strategic adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton for their respective presidential campaign. In business as in politics, Mark Penn weighs all decisions in relation to the polls. "Mark brings a mixture of data analysis and creativity that has allowed us to work differently, with real results," said Satya Nadella.  The reorganization plan

Satya Nadella is also accompanied by two departures: that Tony Bates, former CEO of Skype and Tami Reller, which include worked on communication about Surface tablets and was one of the few women at the head of Microsoft. "As a team, we need to find our stride," says Satya Nadella.


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