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Libraries to try buying e-books directly

Starting this fall, the 220-member library cooperative Califa Library Group will begin rolling out a $325,000 project with the goal of buying from the smaller publishing companies thousands of e-books that the libraries will own forever. San Francisco and most other libraries lease their collection through OverDrive, a digital distribution company.

Nebraska building its own e-book system for schools, researchers

There’s a lot less dust and grime in today’s Wild West, but enough unknowns to compete in any new frontier.

Case in point: A new electronic book project started by the Nebraska Department of Education with the goal of offering free instructional content to teachers across the state.

The NeBook Project is a partnership of schools and state and nonprofit agencies to create electronic books and share them through the Education Department.

The project might be new, but the idea isn't.

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On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library

In the "Your Money" section of the NYT there is this article: On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library

Line from article: Many publishers are nervous that borrowing e-books from libraries is too easy and will cut into digital sales, so they refuse to sell them to libraries, or restrict the number of times a digital book can be loaned.

The author then goes on to discuss the travails she has had getting ebooks from the library and wraps up the piece with this line - So much for free, easy reading. For my budget’s sake, I can only hope that publishers and libraries find a way to cooperate soon on making electronic books more readily available for borrowing.

Comment: I know there are layers of issues in regards to publishers and libraries and ebooks. For example there is the argument that libraries provide exposure for books that people would not have discovered otherwise and this can generate sales. Yet after reading the totality of this piece it is not hard for me to understand why publishers are edgy. People so quickly want to connect the concept of ebooks with FREE.

A How-to For eBooks

Residents learned how to download e-books inside the Digital Bookmobile on Wednesday at the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie (near Albany NY). The 74-foot vehicle, which will be at the East Greenbush Community Library on Thursday, is on a nationwide tour to demonstrate broadband Internet-connected PCs, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore the library ebook download service.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Photos-Digital-Bookmobile-3773595.php#ixzz233kApM2O

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks
Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns. According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

Ebooks Choices and the Soul of Librarianship

A member of the founding team at Unglue.It says ebook models make us choose. And she doesn’t mean choosing which catalog, or interface, or set of contract terms librarians want — though they do make those choices, and they matter. She means that librarians choose which values to advance, and which to sacrifice.

Full article at LibraryJournal - Digital Shift

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Library Ebooks and Small Town Lattes

Getting a library ebook you actually want to read is a lot like getting a latte from a small town diner. You end up with something that from the outside might seem passable, but is far from the real thing. I had experience with both recently and was very disappointed.

Full commentary by Annoyed Librarian

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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.

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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...

Selling direct will become an essential capability for publishers to have

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin argues that publishers will need to be able to sell direct to consumers in the future. Interesting question is that if this happens what will be the effect on libraries?

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Microsoft, ebooks, and friendly loggers

In 2000 Microsoft made a series of predictions about ebooks over the following 20 years. The prediction for 2012 includes an ad campaign by the logging industry that says, "Buy the real thing - real books printed on real paper."

See the full list of predictions here.

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Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000%

Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000%

This post is about the where the sales of the book are coming from, and why Amazon takes 48% of digital book sales. Surprising eh? I thought Amazon was the BEST for indie authors, right? We will get into that later.

The book had a great launch, even getting to the #1 Hot Releases spot for Amazon.com for the travel section.

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