Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 30, 2012 - 10:31am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 29, 2012 - 10:04am
Digital books are the fastest growing area of publishing. Libraries are seeing a surge in demand for e-book titles as well, but there's a downside. Most major publishers won't allow libraries to lend their titles, while others impose restrictions or charge double or triple the print price.
Piece on NPR (3 minute 41 sec. audio)
Submitted by Pete on May 18, 2012 - 1:59pm
From The Verge,
"As the publication world is dragged, kicking and screaming, into the digital world, a lot of complex issues come up. One of the most important, especially for librarians and archivists (not to mention students of history looking to the future), is the question of preservation...The problem, says Barbara Galletly reporting for Digital Book World, is that the foundation for such a transition has not been properly laid, digital preservation is a largely chaotic, random affair right now, and the metadata itself is unstable."
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2012 - 9:57am
Unglue.it is a service provided by Gluejar, Inc. It's a place for individuals and institutions to join together to liberate specific ebooks and other types of digital content by paying rights holders to relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses.
What does this mean?
Book-lovers and libraries everywhere can join together to set books free.
Authors and publishers get the compensation they deserve.
Books that are out of print, not available as ebooks, or otherwise hard to enjoy will be available for everyone to read, share, learn from, and love -- freely and legally.
Submitted by Blake on May 15, 2012 - 9:05am
An Inconvenient Truth About E-books
As we rush headlong into e-books, we’re not considering how our libraries will migrate forward in time, protecting personal and institutional investments. Paper books are readable by anyone who’s literate, but e-books require a reader, and DRM ensures that there will be difficulties in the future. Worse, there are several different file formats and different DRMs used by Apple, Adobe and Amazon.
The net effect is that our collections have to be considered temporary and expendable at the whim of the retailers, and our ability to pass books on to heirs or colleagues becomes limited in a fashion that hinders human knowledge.”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2012 - 10:16pm
Waterstones m.d. James Daunt has warned that e-lending in libraries will put further pressure on bricks-and-mortar booksellers when the model takes off.
Speaking at a round-table discussion at the Financial Times’ London headquarters held on Wednesday (9th May) to launch the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, Daunt said library e–lending would provide tough competition to booksellers over e-book sales.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2012 - 3:25pm
Some authors, like the novelist James Patterson, are producing 12 or more books a year to satisfy readers who are increasingly used to on-demand entertainment.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 6, 2012 - 9:01pm
Don't believe all that hype about government interference that is designed to foster an Amazon monopoly of the ebook business. What the six major publishers were alleged to have done was collude in fixing prices that, if true, was a desperate act that they must have known would fall afoul of anti-trust laws.
The new ploy by book publishers is to characterize Amazon as a monopoly poised to take over and dictate terms and run rampant over those who create ebook content. That is like saying Starbucks is a monopoly because it currently dominates the coffee retail business.
Full article -- Huff Post
Submitted by birdie on May 4, 2012 - 9:50am
Dan York writes about why he's against Digital Rights Management:
As an author of multiple technical books, and a prolific online writer, I care a lot about intellectual property issues as they pertain to my content. On one level, you might think I would be extremely concerned about people stealing and re-using my content. And don't get me wrong... I am concerned. I choose distribution licenses carefully and I have pursued those who have scraped my content to simply wrap it in ads. But I do NOT see "DRM" as the answer.
As a reader and as an author, I truly hate Digital Rights Management (DRM) for ebooks and look forward to the day when it ceases to exist. My latest book, "Migrating Applications to IPv6" was published DRM-FREE by O'Reilly and I plan to publish all future books DRM-free as well.
York goes on to list six reasons why he hopes to see the end of DRM in the near future.
Submitted by Blake on May 3, 2012 - 1:54pm
Submitted by Blake on May 1, 2012 - 12:06pm
Why e-books will soon be obsolete
E-books will be obsolete within five years. Crippled by territorial license restrictions, digital rights management, and single-purpose devices and file formats that are simultaneously immature and already obsolescent, they are at a hopeless competitive disadvantage compared to full-fledged websites and even the humble PDF.
Submitted by Blake on May 1, 2012 - 10:12am
Sign the Petition at ebooksforlibraries.com!
We have created a petition website – ebooksforlibraries.com. Visit the website, watch the video (also embedded in this post), and more importantly – fill out the petition today!
What’s going on? Pretty simple:
? Libraries are having trouble getting ebooks from the largest publishing companies. These publishers are adding restrictions and price increases, or simply not selling ebooks to libraries at all.
? This means that library customers can get a print copy of a book from a library, but can’t get that same book in an ebook format. And that’s just weird.
? Goal – we need 10,000 e-signatures from readers.
? Once we hit that magic number, we plan to mail the completed petitions to each of the big six publishers. Why? We want to communicate directly with publishers through this petition process, with the intent of establishing formal and consistent communication between publishers and readers.
See Also: http://libraryrenewal.org/
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 30, 2012 - 7:29pm
Barnes & Noble Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to create a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary that will house the digital and college businesses of the bookseller and include a Nook application for Windows 8.
The companies said Monday that they are exploring separating those businesses entirely. That could mean a stock offering, sale, or other deal could happen.
Submitted by Blake on April 30, 2012 - 8:51am
A dark day for the future of books
If the Justice Department prevails with its antitrust lawsuit, the decision might have unintended negative consequences for those who write, publish, sell and enjoy e-books. The government's intention to protect consumers could end up backfiring on consumers by harming retailers, authors and publishers.
Submitted by Blake on April 26, 2012 - 3:20pm
Publishers Starting to Reject e-Book DRM
It's early, but the tea leaves seem to indicate that more and more e-book publishers are souring on DRM. It may take time for DRM to disappear, but it's got very little to recommend it. Let me know if you think e-book DRM has a future.
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2012 - 11:30am
Most Highlighted Passages of All Time
Interesting list from Amazon... The top books are Catching Fire, Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice, Mokingjay and Cutting for Stone. "Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them." from Catching Fire was Highlighted by 17784 Kindle users.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 23, 2012 - 8:49pm
Agreement with OverDrive creates customized eBook lending and management service offering the largest collection of electronic books for legal professionals
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 23, 2012 - 8:32pm
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
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 23, 2012 - 2:46am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 17, 2012 - 1:35am
How designers are responding to e-readers
Article in - The Atlantic