Whether public and/or academic

One of the most confusing impacts of the surge in access to e-books is whether academic library interests should be more or less bound together with public libraries. The issue has a wide range of ramifications, from acquisitions, to collections, to the responses to the shifting commercial marketplace. At conferences that I have attended with mixed audiences, each of these “together” and “apart” strands surface; I suspect both are correct, but more through overlay than union.

Full article in Publisher's Weekly

Amazon Announces the Kindle Owners Lending Library

And so, it begins.

Today, Amazon announced the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

In E-Reader Battle, a Superhero Slugfest Among Booksellers

Amazon made an exclusive tablet deal with DC, so Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million removed its graphic novels from their shelves.

Full article in the NYT

Forget Managing Magazines: We Need an E-Book Fulfillment Center

Amazon did a wonderful thing this week: Not entirely out the kindness of their hearts, the huge store and cloud storage company gave the world (or at least Amazon.com customers) a place to keep track of their print magazine subscriptions, from wherever they bought them. The Amazon Print Magazine Subscription Manager is a nifty digital file cabinet that keeps track of those subscription numbers and end dates, and lets you manage your addresses or even re-up for another year — again, tithing nothing to Amazon itself.

I say it’s not entirely out the kindness of their hearts because even a loss leader that increases brand awareness and gently encourages loyalty can pay big dividends. And, what do you know! Turns out Amazon is already a clearing house for lots and lots of print magazines, and wants to sell even more digital subscriptions for Kindles, especially for that brand-new tablet. If you already think of Amazon for books, the company wants you to think of them first for magazines, too.

It’s ironic, though, that this is yet another example where the magazine part of the media business has it all over the book part. Let’s set Amazon’s management system aside. Compare the prevalence of all-access digital subscriptions, which allow the reader to pay one price and get media every which way, with how books are still sold. Every personal library is a island; owning one format of a book entitles you to exactly nothing else.

Full story at Wired.com

An ebook full of typos

Piece at Teleread.org about the ebook: Snuff (Author: Terry Pratchett)

Excerpt from Teleread: Here’s an ebook that didn’t go through the editorial process. HarperCollins should be ashamed of themselves.

Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote?

Article in the NYT Sunday Book Review about ebooks and footnotes.

Excerpt: Since typing that small type, I have received dozens of angry and concerned queries about the anecdote. Why had I fed her grapes? Did I not know they were toxic? After some back-and-forth, I was surprised to discover that these incredulous comments often came from readers of the electronic version of my book, where the footnotes are shunted off to the end of the text, relegated to being mere endnotes. If footnotes are at risk of going unread, endnotes are even more so.

Lucid Food

Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life is the first library ebook that I checked out on my Kindle. The checkout process was smooth.

The only thing that is different is that you have to download via wi-fi vs. 3G. Amazon does not let you use 3G for library books. A friend has a Kindle 2 that does not have wi-fi. It has 3G only. To get library books on their Kindle they have to download the file and move it via USB to the Kindle. Not that big a deal but a step that needs to be done.

All the new Kindles have wi-fi so this will not be an issue for anyone that got a Kindle recently.

What we learned from 5 million books

Have you played with Google Labs' Ngram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.

Kindle Tablet and new Kindles

Amazon has announced the new Kindle Tablet. It will be called the Kindle Fire. You can see it here. ($199)

There were other new Kindles announced today. There is a Kindle Touch and there is a wi-fi Kindle that is $79.

Kindle $79
Kindle Touch wi-fi $99
Kindle Touch 3G $149

The County of Los Angeles Public Library Expands Its eBook Collection by 10,000.

(Los Angeles, CA) - Today, the County of Los Angeles Public Library announces that it will add an additional 10,000 eBooks to its digital collections. These eBooks will be available free of charge for County Library card holders at http://colapublib.org/eBooks.

Yesterday, Amazon.com announced that “Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States.”

Support for the Kindle platform means that even more County Library customers can take advantage of the County’s growing digital collection. Other supported devices include the Nook by Barnes & Noble, the Sony Reader, the iPad and smartphones including the iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd says, “We are a library for the 21st century. Our mission is to support reading and the love of books. For a hundred years this Library has made the printed word accessible to all Los Angeles County residents. For the next hundred years and beyond, we will continue this important mission. Our investment in eBooks and digital technology ensures that we provide continued access to books regardless of format.”

Many library patrons looking to purchase an eBook reader first ask the County Library which one is compatible with its digital collections. With the addition of support for the Kindle, the County Library now supports all major eBook reader platforms. -- Read More

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