Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 16, 2012 - 9:48pm
Google ends their ebook program for independant bookstores. Full story here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 12, 2012 - 4:47pm
The DOJ E-Book Lawsuit: Is It 1934 All Over Again?
Essay at NPR
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 12, 2012 - 12:39am
Libraries want to make borrowing e-books easier, but publishers' restrictions are slowing them down.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 11, 2012 - 11:18am
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
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 9, 2012 - 2:04pm
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Submitted by Blake on April 9, 2012 - 10:14am
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.
Submitted by birdie on April 4, 2012 - 8:35am
From Publishers Weekly: Scholar and Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton vowed that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit, nationwide effort to digitize and offer access to millions of free, digitized books and special collections would launch by April of 2013. “I make this promise to you,” Darnton said at the close of his talk, entitled “Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books": “We will get this done.”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 4, 2012 - 12:16am
It appears LG is making good on its promise to bring flexible displays to e-book readers, as the Korean consumer electronics company revealed that it has started mass production of the "world's first" plastic electronic paper display (EPD).
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 3, 2012 - 10:56am
Libraries on Nova Scotia's South Shore are boycotting Random House, one of the world's largest book publishers, over what they call unfair e-book pricing.
The company began charging public libraries up to three times the retail price for downloadable books last month.
For example, the price for libraries for a copy of Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie spiked to $85 in late March from $30 in January, according to the South Shore Public Libraries website.
People can buy the same book for $20 to $25, through Random House, Google Books, Kindle or Amazon.
Troy Myers, CEO and chief librarian of South Shore Public Libraries, said the publishing powerhouse does not seem to be concerned about the loss of business so far, but he hopes the boycott will make a statement.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 3, 2012 - 9:48am
Amazon.com Inc and Barnes & Noble Inc unveiled Harry Potter e-books on Tuesday in deals that suggest the companies made big concessions with author J.K. Rowling for electronic access to the hit series.
Amazon said it struck a distribution deal with J.K. Rowling's new website pottermore.com.
Amazon customers can search for the Harry Potter e-books in the company's Kindle Store, but will be directed to the Pottermore Shop to register and buy them, then add the titles to their Kindle library, the company said.
Commentary by publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin about Amazon not being able to sell Potter ebooks directly.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 30, 2012 - 1:56am
NYT article on kids and reading.
Excerpt: But is it better than a book? It may take a generation to ever know for sure, and even 10 or 20 years from now it will be debated as the effects of television or video games are still discussed today.
Julianna’s teacher, Kourtney Denning, sees e-books as essential. “Old books don’t really cut it anymore,” she said. “We have to transform our learning as we know it.”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 23, 2012 - 4:51pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2012 - 10:23am
Search-engine optimization reshaped the craft of a good headline. Will Amazon's book promotions have a similar effect on novels?
Full piece at The Atlantic
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 19, 2012 - 7:58pm
The reluctance of most big publishers to make ebooks available through library lending is a topic of widespread attention and concern. The AAP turned a chunk of its annual meeting over to the topic and Dr. Anthony Marx, the President and CEO of the New York Public Library, used his time to volunteer his institution for experimentation to find a model for ebook lending that would work for publishers.
I had occasion to talk to a number of Big Six publishers in the middle of last year about their position on library sales. When they registered their concerns with me, some of what they had to say made a great deal of sense.
Full blog post at: The Shatzkin Files
Submitted by Lee Hadden on March 15, 2012 - 12:37pm
The Wall Street Journal (March 14, page D1) has an interesting article about what women read when there is no lurid cover on the book to embarrass them.
Electronic readers, and the reading privacy they provide, are fueling a boom in sales of sexy romance novels, or "romantica," as the genre is called in the book industry.
As with romance novels, romantica features an old-fashioned love story and pop-culture references like those found in "chick lit." Plus, there is sex—a lot of it.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on March 12, 2012 - 12:54pm
"...we found that for those [publishers] not making their e-books available through libraries, the sticking point was identifying a business model that protected their digital editions from piracy and loss of sales. This is understandable. It is natural for us to be in a time of flux now. And it is natural for libraries and library leasdership to be pushing for resolution to this situation -- and the sooner the better."
"Libraries obviously want publishers to thrive.
Submitted by rochelle on March 9, 2012 - 1:58pm
In Praise of E-Books. (NPR)
Author and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu offers the same praise for ebooks that you might hear coming school adminstrators. He cares about his back more than he cares about books.
When I retire, I promised myself I will read all the great books I said I would read one day, and I'll reread all the books I once loved. And all my life, it seems I carried boxes full of these books from one city to another, from one house to another, and I furnished endless rooms and gave away hundreds of volumes, and I put out my back many times. And as soon as I retired, I was ready to begin. I picked up my featherlight Kindle, the great chiropractor, and took off for the woods....
Submitted by Blake on March 9, 2012 - 8:45am
A new chapter in publishing: Printed book sales plummet as the e-reader grows in popularity
The rise of e-readers - such as Kindle - is thought to be behind a slump in sales of the printed novel in the UK, figures have revealed.
In the first eight weeks of 2012, Britons bought 7.6million printed novels - almost two-and-a-half million fewer than books bought in the same period in 2011.
The slump - which does not include non-fiction and children's books - coincides with a jump in sales of e-readers, which include Kindle and iPads.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 8, 2012 - 11:39pm
Or get out at least until there is a better system?
I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – “We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!” Except the truth is our patrons want a lot of things we can’t give them – to always be first on the waiting list for the new James Patterson, to not pay fines when their books are late, for the library to be open earlier or later, or to have a system besides Dewey because despite using it their entire lives they still cannot figure it out.
Full blog post