Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 5, 2011 - 1:12am
In a feat that even the best-selling writers might envy, young-adult author John Green's latest novel is No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com even though he's still working on it from his comfy La-Z-Boy in Indianapolis.
With "The Fault in Our Stars," the author has overtaken hot books by Suzanne Collins and Laura Hillenbrand. His book won't be published until the spring of next year.
Full article in the WSJ
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 5, 2011 - 1:04am
Amazon.com Inc. agreed to buy U.K.-based online book retailer Book Depository International for an undisclosed sum.
Amazon's move to buy Book Depository came six months after the U.S. company acquired European movie-rental site Lovefilm International Ltd.
Book Depository's founder, Andrew Crawford, said in a prepared statement Monday that his company looks "forward to continuing our growth and providing an ever-improving service for readers globally" with Amazon's support.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 16, 2011 - 10:47am
Article in the NYT: Netflix Helps People Cut Cable Cord, Report Says
Summary: A new survey notes that customers who use Netflix streaming video are twice as likely to cancel or slim down their cable services as they were this time last year.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 10, 2011 - 2:30am
In the comments to this story on LISNEWS
there is a comment about buying the book Ice Diaries in print instead on ebook format because of price.
Part of what the commentor said: "From what I have seen ebook buyers are very price conscious. When Amazon came out with the Kindle and said that they were going to try and set ebook prices at $9.99 I did not think that was cheap. I wanted ebook prices to range from .99 to $2.99."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 10, 2011 - 1:07am
Rick Harrison of the History Channel show Pawn Stars has a book out. You can see the book here.
He was interviewed on the NPR radio show "Fresh Air". You can listen to the interview here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 5, 2011 - 12:48pm
A new patent filed by Apple could help the music and movie industries thwart copyright violation by disabling mobile phone cameras that try to record concerts and movies.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 2, 2011 - 3:31am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 23, 2011 - 7:31pm
While plenty of people still aren't quite sure what to make of Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, the device seems to have homed in on one target market with laser precision — women. According to The New York Times, publishers have been surprised to see sales of women's digital magazines soar on the Nook, at times even eclipsing issue sales on the far more popular iPad. Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, and O, The Oprah Magazine were among the Nook e-publishing success stories cited.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 21, 2011 - 11:18am
This story on LISNEWS: New Yorker Cover Says It All asks the question - Is this what the future holds for public libraries, all libraries?
Comments do not seem to be enabled for that story. If you want to give an answer to that question you can do it here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 19, 2011 - 7:19pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 15, 2011 - 2:48pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm
McGraw-Hill has launched a platform for accessing its wide breadth of content online at www.MHeBookLibrary.com. The site will deliver content to institutions globally and contains over 1,000 titles. The publisher said the library was created to serve the growing digital demands of library patrons and give easier and quicker access to its content.
More at Publisher's Weekly
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 11:13am
The Houston Public Library is going to lay off 39 employees effective July 1 as its budget continues to shrink.
The layoffs will mean that the 42-branch system's staff will have shrunk from 558 FTEs in FY10 to 469 for FY12, a 16 percent reduction.
Full article in Library Journal
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 10:58am
I found a library that on their website mentions that they sell new books in their bookshop. I have seen numerous libraries that have a bookstore inside them that sells used books but have not seen many that sell new books.
From the website:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 1:55am
Consider Facebook—it's human contact, only easier to engage with and
easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes
it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with
people and more connected to simulations of them.
In "Alone Together", MIT technology and society professor Sherry
Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically
alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are
looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and
social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:57am
For months we've been talking about the impending arrival of an Amazon Android tablet and Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos didn't quite let the cat out of the bag--but he came close.
In an interview with Consumer Reports, when asked about the possibility of Amazon doing a tablet, he replied, "stay tuned."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:46am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:41am
My long-time friend and fellow book author, Ernie Zelinski, alerted me to the Amazon Kindle Swindle - where Amazon.com is making out like a bandit! And providing no relief to book authors whose works are being stolen - and resold by Amazon.com.
It's time to sue Amazon.com! Book authors of the world unite! There's a real case for a class action lawsuit here. Read on . . .
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:38am
Peer to Peer file sharing is a hot topic as most people equate the essence of it to be synonymous with piracy. During our research we found that authors are leaking their own ebooks to pirate websites and then capitalizing on the controversy surrounding them. We also will look into how authors share their books on pirate websites in order to gain more exposure.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:30am
Click over to TechCrunch to check out an amazing slide show put together by the consulting firm faberNovel that offers an incredibly detailed look at how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, expanding from an online bookseller to a household name synonymous with buying stuff on the Internet.