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.

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Jul 01 2014

Why learning did he not successful in France?

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Youth unemployment is the scourge of Europe, particularly in France. Under the effect of the crisis, has reached unprecedented levels in 2013, the share of young workers aged 15 to 24 years unemployed stood at just under 25%, with peaks of 55% in Spain or 58% in Greece. In France, 24.8% of young people under 25 years were out of the labor market in 2013, against 7.9% in Germany free 3-in-1 credit report. Worse, 150,000 young people leave more or less every year of school without a diploma or professional qualification. And 1.9 million are neither in employment nor in education or training – the so-called NEET – 17% of the 15-24 age group, one of the highest in the OECD countries rate .

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May 02 2014

Dictionary of anglicisms most unbearable office

Tag: business, economic, life, opinions, peopleadmin @ 3:01 pm

 

You hate them, and you shiver when one of your colleagues is used, the next office. And yet you use them – sometimes – also because it is difficult not to be swayed. Anglicisms who are employed indiscriminately in business are a scourge. On the web, The Figaro.fr queried readers about the words they found most unbearable, following an article on the subject published by the Huffington Post French. Here is a small dictionary which includes both classic and famous – almost – unknown.

• ASAP: one of the great classics. English As Soon As Possible, acronym in French mean "as soon as you can" or "as soon as possible." Simply. Qualify for emergency and seem less brutal feeling, use ASAP.  

• Brainstorm, Brainstorming: coming of advertising (in the 40s), the brainstorming meeting meant a group whose goal is to find a number Therefore advertising ideas for clients. Thereafter, the term became used for everything and anything, including outside of work, so it is necessary to consider several.

• Bullet points: excellent solution to stiffen and orchestrate his thought, "chips" are very fashionable to organize. Writing files to PowerPoint for personal agenda and lists of things to do, fleas are synonymous with efficiency.

• Burnout: we can not count the number of articles and other tickets coaching to protect at all costs the burnout syndrome burnout car warranty company. This is the new evil of the century at work, and the obsession of every employee.  

• Conf call: in many companies, they have become rituals … Meetings telephone work-saving both time and money, while bringing all those available. As ASAP, conf call is anglicism is a short term, as they say in the interests of efficiency. •

Corporate: have entrepreneurship. Essential for any employee wishing to make a career in a company. Someone from corporate is someone who feels comfortable in his company, and is a true ambassador. •

"That makes sense!" Literal translation of the English "It make sense!". Everyone obviously grasp the meaning. Except that the correct French, it does not mean absolutely nothing to say.

…… @ Quentinperinel1 Worse English Layers> French. "It makes sense"

. – Maxime Bellec (@ MBellec)

29 April 20142 • Debriefer: they "debrief" someone who could not attend a meeting. A stalwart of corporate life. So that the French expression "make a point" or "take stock" are almost obsolete.

• Desk: office also concerns to be replaced increasingly by "desks" which refers to both space Working the office where you work.

…… @ @ Quentinperinel3 Le_Figaro4 The old trick " anyway ". Fills me one! And I got the right one day " I eat on the desk. " Wow.

– P.Monteiro (@ MonteiroPauline)

29 April 20145 • Drinker: less known, the verb "drinker" is used to replace the action of go for a drink among office colleagues or friends.  

…… @ Quentinperinel6 "drinker" for "a drink", I find it ridiculous.

– N_Docao (@ N_Docao)

29 April 20147 • Forwarder: who has never "being forwarded to" a mail to one or more of his colleagues? Again, the French verb transfer, is much less likely. The English term, which has long been used in companies, no longer shocks, but still excited. • Implement

: originally used in computer jargon, replacing the words "include" or "code", the verb in the variable semantic crossed the doors of the company and can also mean "adapt" or "set up" something. • Mainstream

: a trendy term that replaces all that is banal, general public, and followed by mass. Most often, the pejorative connotation. In advertising or communication for example, if your ideas are mainstream, your superiors will prefer someone more original and alternative.

• One-To -One (writing 121): This term marketing – redundant in the responses of users! – Is common in client relationships vehicle car warranty. This means a meeting between client and provider, where he agreed to speak frankly and tell each other everything.

• Personal branding: with the development of all areas of web, the term is ubiquitous. Managing personal branding means managing his personal brand and / or business on the web and social networks.

• Printer: Print something. • Process

"you have not complied with the process, you'll have to start over!" The significance of process is rather vague, and close enough to French term process.  

…… @ Quentinperinel8 "process" is all the more irritating that means everything and nothing.

– Margaux Baralon (@ MargauxBaralon)

29 April 20149 • Reporting: make reporting. Or make a progress report or a report.

• Switcher: the notion of change or exchange something, no matter what it is. Switcher one day permanently with another colleague, or switcher holiday dates we had chosen beforehand.

• Workshop: This is a training seminar, reflection or creation that meets or different employees of the same company or several frames working in the same sector. These meetings focus on a specific theme and aims to educate participants in a given subject.


Apr 17 2014

Nuclear: ASN wants new powers

Tag: economics, economy, online, resources, top newsadmin @ 8:28 am

 Despite

nuclear situation in France considered "satisfactory overall in 2013," Pierre-Franck Chevet1, president of the Nuclear Safety Authority says negative points.

Two difficulties are attributable to Areva2. The first is "related to the storage of waste on the former site of La Hague packaged in concrete silos." This is not the most technical tip: these compounds should be stored in "stable containers," says Pierre-Franck Chevet. These waste produced by the unit reprocessing spent fuel UP2-400 arrested for eleven years, have been the subject of recommendations in 2011. But the cost of operations deemed "priority" by ASN3, is € 2.5 billion at the expense of Areva. Faced with this amount, it is understandable that the discussions drag on, for an operation that will spread until 2030

. In addition, site fuel fabrication FBFC Areva in Romans-sur-Isère, was placed "under enhanced vigilance." After handling errors on small bottles of fissile material in 2012, "repeated problems and recurring security" have been identified. Areva proposed April 10 ASN to launch "an action plan reinforced."

In addition, while the EDF's nuclear fleet is subject to a satisfecit global4 three plants (Civaux, Chinon and Bugey) are less well noted. After a detailed inspection in October 2013, ASN inspectors noted that Civaux was "withdrawal on compliance and implementation of basic safety principles" and noted "significant differences in respect of environmental regulations. "

These examples illustrate that the ASN requests the State the right to impose on operators' new sanctions, "" daily fines "c that is to say fines. So far, the authority has "the right to close a nuclear plant in case of danger or transmit a report violations to justice," says Pierre-Franck Chevet, who regrets not having sanction intermediate between these two extremes. It hopes that this law is integrated bill on energy transition and suggests the reform of the financing of the ASN, using "direct contribution of large farmers." This increase expected budget, € 50 million per year, together with the IRSN (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety), could help the ASN to fill expanding roles, such as radiology equipment control . Harmonize rules

In the longer term, the ASN must review the plan called "refit" of EDF's nuclear fleet, estimated at 55 billion euros for the extension of the life of plants. To allow reactors to operate beyond 41 to 45 years of service, Pierre-Franck Chevet expects "an appointment particularly complex. For reactors will implement safety features like those of the EPR. " ASN will deliver its final opinion on the matter in 2018

. In the event of a major nuclear accident in Europe, which could affect several countries, ASN would harmonize rules for the protection of populations. Despite the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, levels of intervention are specific to each country. The first discharge thresholds are for example two times lower in France than in Germany. And everyone would have the right to stable iodine tablets in France in a 100 km radius around the accident site, while in addition the Rhine distribution only concern first the age of 18 and speakers. women


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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Mar 25 2014

Mayors called in to work at home

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 Marie-Béatrice Levaux

looking forward to next Sunday, the end of the municipal elections. President of the Federation of particular employers 1 (FEPEM) will start its operation as "1000 Mayors", which aims to increase employment at home in territories2. "We will establish, at the beginning of the term of office, a special contact with a thousand mayors of municipalities with more than 9,000 people to sign regional agreements allowing them to develop employment at home," she explains exclusively to Figaro.

The purpose of this operation? "Bringing these common concrete answers on several issues that are the home of early childhood services for families and individuals employers frail," she explains. FEPEM will therefore offer new shares to several councilors including the linkage between employers and employees in the territories, securing the employment relationship between public employers and employees, as well as better information for professionals engaged in the field.

"This initiative is part of our compact home job, which aims to create 50 000 net jobs in the sector by the end of the year, the statement of 2 million hours of overtime and hiring 150,000 new private employers, "says Marie-Béatrice Levaux3. Chair individual employers, who hears meet this challenge, wants to revitalize an area which included the end of 2012 some 3.6 million individuals employing 1.6 million employees.

Time is indeed clearly "the reconquest of jobs in the family." For many years, the indicators have gone from green to orange or even red, with a resurgence of the black, amid tightening fiscal and slowing economic activity. "The years 2012 and 2013 marked a decline in employment at home, with a sharp decline, particularly in 2013, the number of childminders," admits Marie-Béatrice Levaux. Increased allowances

According to final figures Barometer job family, which will be released this week, nearly 23,200 salaried jobs have disappeared in 2012, a decrease of 1.4% in a year. If one excludes the field of childcare (still in green), hemorrhage is more important encore4, with a net loss of 28,500 jobs over the year. The reason is the decline in the number of private employers. The year 2013 – on which we do not have the final results – does not show up under better auspices since the first three quarters of the year, the number of payroll jobs fell by 2.6% and, especially, the number of hours reported plunged 4.5%.

The reason? Taxation on home jobs that hardened on 1 January 2013, with the abolition of the system of declaration package, offset by a reduction of charges 75 cents per hour travaillée5. For the president of FEPEM, the account is not there any more. Marie-Béatrice Levaux meeting for several weeks so the executive demand a greater reduction of € 2 per hour worked. "We want to create sustainable conditions for the great middle class is able to stay in the future employer," she insists. Otherwise, the employment figures at home may continue their inexorable decline.


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.


Feb 24 2014

Ruquier: "If I'm still 6% to 8% audience share in June, I would stop the issue for all"

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"I do not do this job for programs that do not work," said the host interviewed this morning on "The great live media" Jean-Marc Morandini1. "It's true that if I'm still here in late June 6, 7, or 8% of market share, I would stop. When doing 5, 6 or 7% as do Caunes and Hanouna, we do not have enough viewers, "said he ajouté.2

……. . To find a new life, "The issue for all" exchange format. "We go live, because we can better prepare for the show, said the facilitator. I'll try to be more present. I especially start sending more personal. "" The issue for all ", launched on January 20, was attended by 1.5 million viewers average (7.9% audience share) in the space of three weeks. "The latest emissions were below my expectations," admits Lawrence Ruquier.

Yesterday, 18: 30 pm, Lawrence Ruquier 3a makes his return to France 2. The show was stopped time retransmission Olympics Sochi on France Télévisions. During the competition, the public broadcaster has achieved very good scores.

"I've already lived it"

Laurent Ruquier is quite confident for his show. The leader believes that time will allow "The issue for all" to find its audience. "I'm not worried. I've lived it. I think it's a matter of weeks, perhaps months, "he concluded on Europe 1 totally free credit score. Objective

10%

The return of Laurent Ruquier looks strategically. He must forget the industrial accident Sophia Aram4. Laurent Ruquier has already managed to make more audience Sophia Aram, who has never exceeded 4%, but not better than Nagi. The presenter of "Remember the words" a loyal 2.24 million people and won 9.9% audience share in January. The challenge is financial. France Télévisions, private advertising after 20 hours, see the early evening as a time bonus. This is where focus 34% of advertising revenues. The talk show Ruquier has yet hard to get started. He also was overtaken early February by "Le Grand Journal" on Canal +. It also faces competition from Cyril Hanouna on D8. The show "Touch not my job" now brings 1.1 million viewers each night. "It happened one night when the two programs were before us. But it is not that they were ahead of us, it is we who have fallen, "said Laurent Ruquier on Europe 1. As stated by the facilitator, only the game "Money Drop" on TF1 acts as a serious competitor. The show more than 5 million viewers. Laurent Ruquier is supported by Rémy Pflimlin.5 The President declared the audiovisual group hope to achieve the 10% audience share. A goal in the contract facilitator. ■


Jan 14 2014

Japanese "Abenomics" landed in Africa

Tag: business, resources, special, top news, traveladmin @ 10:56 am

 

A symbol. To close its historic African tour, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ABE1 will speak Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the seat of the brand new africaine2 Union, built and donated by … China.

The Sino-Japanese rivalry is indeed the backdrop of the Japanese Prime Minister travel in Africa. As the "Sinafrique" has she made the headlines in recent years, as the Empire of the Rising Sun seemed to have abandoned the black continent. Certainly Japan.3 remained a generous donor but its trade with the continent did not reach € 15 billion in 2013, five times less than those linking Africa to China.

VRP Olympics and Industry

Shinzo Abe intends to deploy a more active diplomacy as his Minister of Foreign Affairs stated January 10, 2014 at Figaro, pay for the person on the one hand, securing vital energy supplies to the Archipelago and, hand, selling products "Made in Japan" on emerging African middle class.

The stage last Friday in Côte d'Ivoire4, was the first visit by a Japanese government in Francophone Africa.

In Abidjan, Shinzo Abe did not merely offer kimonos percent of Ivorian Judo Federation for the Olympic Games "Tokyo 2020". He announced a contribution of € 5.5 million in Côte d'Ivoire, a small portion of an envelope of € 61 million in humanitarian aid attributed to several Sahelian countries overnight pay day loans. "Côte d'Ivoire is seen by Tokyo as a gateway to the door Francophone Africa," says one expert. Shinzo Abe, who calls himself "first VRP" of his country, considering Africa as a promising market for infrastructure (power stations, ports), automotive or medical equipment, one of the industrial priorities in the context of "Abenomics5" policy stimulus Prime Minister.

Cooperation with Japanese fashion includes training local workforce to enroll in the long run

In Mozambique6 Saturday, the priority was to raw materials. The countries bordering the Indian Ocean has significant reserves of coal and gas, yet largely untapped. Mozambique plans to build by 2018 four liquefaction plants gas to export 20 million tonnes of LNG (liquefied natural gas) per year. Japan, the world's largest LNG importer, even more dependent on oil from the closure of all its nuclear plants following the Fukushima disaster, will respond to the call for tenders for this project in 15 billion euros, via its industrial Chiyoda and Mitsui.

In three African capitals tour, the Japanese Prime Minister has a message to counter the Chinese rival, often accused of sending his labor without great benefits to the local economy. Cooperation with Japanese fashion includes training local workforce – 200 Mozambican technicians for example – to enroll in the long term.


Dec 19 2013

Beyoncé shakes the market for online music

Tag: economics, finance, international, special, technologyadmin @ 10:56 pm

 

It is a small earthquake in the music industry. On December 13, the American singer Beyoncé took his fans by surprise coming out exclusively on iTunes, the platform music download Apple, an album that had been any communication campaign. A risky but ultimately won handily by the star. Wednesday, Apple announced that over one million copies of the album Beyoncé had passed 15, including € 430,000 for the first day only.

It was ten years ago, it was not uncommon for major artists to sell 1 million copies in its first week on sale. The boy band N'Sync, which included Justin Timberlake, for example, been almost 2.5 million of his album No String Attached in a week when it was released in 2000. However, in the era of all-digital, these exploits are becoming increasingly rare.

Lower legal download

The excellent sales Beyoncé are a breath of fresh air for music online. The latter suffers for the first time a slowdown legal downloading. In the United States, it was down 1% in October compared to 2012, according to Nielsen figures. In France, the legal music download is down 1.3% compared to 2012, according to the quarterly report of the National Union of phonographique1 edition (SNEP).

The reasons for this decline are manifold. The growing popularity of other forensic cultural consumption, including streaming platforms like Spotify and Deezer, led users to download songs less often. These sites offer inexpensive or free subscriptions, using advertising as their main source of income. They have multiplied in recent years: for example, Google launched its own service, Google Play Music Unlimited Access, which allows access to a wide repertoire of songs against a subscription of 10 euros per month.

Radio services online, such as the U.S. site Pandora, are also popular among Internet users. Sign of this interest, Apple launched its own radio in June, iTunes Radio, funded by advertising and offering a listening chosen randomly according to the tastes of the user songs.

All these new services have seen their sales climb in 2013. According to SNEP, revenues audio streaming France increased by 12% in one year. This figure rises to 20.7% for audio streaming subscription.

The new rules?

In this context, the choice of Beyoncé released her album exclusively on iTunes was daring. It is however not the first artist to shake the habits of the music industry. In January, the singer David Bowie was also surprised his fans by releasing the song on iTunes Where Are We Now, his first single after ten years of silence.


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