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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:45
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E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
From The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens - Scientific American - Scientific American in 2013

'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:27
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Stiefvater revealed that she is now writing three more books set in the Raven Cycle world, but that the new trilogy “nearly didn’t exist because of piracy”. “And already I can see in the tags how Tumblr users are talking about how they intend to pirate book one of the new trilogy for any number of reasons, because I am terrible or because they would ‘rather die than pay for a book’,” she wrote. “As an author, I can’t stop that. But pirating book one means that publishing cancels book two. This ain’t 2004 anymore.

Canadian Libraries feel the eBook pinch

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:24
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The book worm has turned. Local libraries are making noise about eBook prices, saying that they pay multinational publishers up to five times more than average consumers do for the same titles. And libraries — including ones in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver — say they’d like things to change, so that they can pay according to their size and needs, rather than using the current one-size-fits-all model.
From Libraries feel the eBook pinch | Toronto Star

Apple gets smacked by $450-million e-book price-fixing fine

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 18:27
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The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear Apple's appeal of a lower court decision that it conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices. Apple must now pay $450 million as part of its anti-trust e-book settlement. Amazon, however, is probably grinning like the Cheshire Cat.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-gets-smacked-by-450-million-e-book-p…

Tim Tierney's call for 'fair' e-book prices for Canadian libraries adopted by FCM

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 03/06/2016 - 20:38

Canadian municipalities are asking the federal government to find ways to bring down e-book prices for their public libraries, a move led by an Ottawa councillor. 

From Tim Tierney's call for 'fair' e-book prices for libraries adopted by FCM - Ottawa - CBC News

Faber boss says future of book publishing is mobile

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 17:16

The chief executive of publisher Faber & Faber has challenged the book publishing industry to respond to the rapid increase in smartphone use, particularly by young readers.

“Perhaps in the 21st century the zero-law of publishing will be understand mobile. Because without expert understanding of it, we may not be able to create the new audiences,” said Stephen Page, speaking at the FutureBook publishing industry conference in London.