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E-book service comes to St. Paul libraries

The St. Paul Public Library will become a beta testing site for a new electronic book lending service on Wednesday.

The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will allow patrons to check out books on their own electronic devices or borrow such devices from the library to use at home.

Full article in the Star Tribune

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Consumers Upset and Confused Over E-Book Pricing

Publishers are making a killing on e-books because they cost nothing to produce, distribute and sell and are almost 100% pure profit. At least, that’s what many consumers think.

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Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover?

How designers are responding to e-readers

Article in - The Atlantic

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Google abandons indies again — but says they really mean it this time

Google ends their ebook program for independant bookstores. Full story here.

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The DOJ E-Book Lawsuit: Is It 1934 All Over Again?

The DOJ E-Book Lawsuit: Is It 1934 All Over Again?

Essay at NPR

E-Book Borrowing, Preceded by Waiting

Libraries want to make borrowing e-books easier, but publishers' restrictions are slowing them down.

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Justice Dept. Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing; 3 Publishers Settle

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., center, leads a news conference describing a lawsuit in which the Justice Department charges Apple and book publishers with raising e-book prices.

Full article in the NYT

Give people time to read.

Blog post arguing that ebook check out times should be longer than 7-14 days.

Full post here: Give people time to read

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky
“Social reading,” the way I’ve always interpreted the phrase, is reading that recognizes that you’re not just a consumer, you’re a user. You’re going to do something with this, and that something is going to involve a group of other people. Read a book. The very next thing you’re going to do, if it was at all interesting, is talk to someone about it. Book groups and discussion lists are social reading. Because so much of our media in the 20th century was delivered in real-time, with very little subsequent ability to share, save, shift, store, we separated the consumption from the reproduction and use of media. We don’t actually think of ourselves as users of media, when in fact we are.

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