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The Used Ebook Opportunity

Once you buy an ebook you're pretty much stuck with it. That's yet another reason why consumers want low ebook prices. They're lacking some of the basic features of a print book so of course they should be lower-priced. I realize that's not the only reason consumers want low ebook prices, but it's definitely a contributing factor. I'd be willing to pay more for an ebook if I knew I could pass it along to someone else when I'm finished with it.

In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

This topic has come up before on LISNEWS. NPR is running a piece on August 2nd on the topic.
See: In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

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Libraries and e-books

Blog post at Scientific American about libraries and ebooks.

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Your E-Book Is Reading You

Digital-book publishers and retailers now know more about their readers than ever before. How that's changing the experience of reading.

Full article in the WSJ

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Does Pew study prove ebooks in libraries are safe for publishers?

I haven’t seen this written elsewhere, but the latest Pew ebook study seems to me to confirm that the publishers are doing the right thing for sales by constricting the availability of many of the most attractive books from library shelves.

Full blog entry

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Libraries Cut E-Book Deal With Penguin

Libraries Cut E-Book Deal With Penguin

If successful at the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library—two of the country's largest library systems—Penguin said it could offer similar deals to libraries across the U.S., including school and university libraries. And the deal could prompt other major publishers that currently don't sell e-books to libraries to soften their stances, said Matt Tempelis, global business manager for the 3M Cloud Library.

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Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books?

Rocket scientist Robert Goddard's Uncle Spud gave him a copy of The War of the Worlds in 1898. More than a hundred years later, it passed into the hands of essayist Amanda Katz.

Full piece on NPR

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From Penguin, a Plan to Make Its E-Books Available in New York City Libraries

The publisher, in conjunction with city libraries and 3M, will make its books available in e-format, though they will not be available immediately after release.

Full article

Affection for PDA

An interesting article reporting on a recent session at the meeting of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP), relating a discussion about patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) and its impact on library collection development.

"Libraries...are beginning to flip the process of collection-building on its head by striking deals that let their patrons’ reading habits determine which works they purchase."

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/06/20/research-foresees-demand-driven-book-acquisiti...

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