The Long Tail

Anonymous Patron writes "The Long Tail is a Wired article from last year on an entirely new economic model for the media and entertainment industries, one that is just beginning to show its power. Unlimited selection is revealing truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it in service after service, from DVDs at Netflix to music videos on Yahoo! Launch to songs in the iTunes Music Store and Rhapsody. People are going deep into the catalog, down the long, long list of available titles, far past what's available at Blockbuster Video, Tower Records, and Barnes & Noble."


Schools, libraries prep for ISBN-13

Anonymous Patron writes "This eSchool News online article on ISBN-13 is marked as being subscription, though clicking through via A Google News Search allowed me to read it.
They say In a move that could cause problems for schools with older versions of library automation or book-cataloging software, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), the unique identifier used to track published materials worldwide, is being changed from a 10-digit format to a 13-digit code. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ordered the change to conform the code to a unified worldwide numbering system and to provide more ISBNs to parts of the publishing industry and areas of the world that do not have enough of the numbers.
OCLC Has Announced (last year) Interim Support for ISBN 13. The full ISBN Standard Revision is available. The ISBN will change from 10 to 13 digits on 1 January 2007"


The PublishAmerica Sting

A Neat Mefi Post on PublishAmerica. They point the way to an elaborate hoax that aimed to show PublishAmerica will publish any work, regardless of quality, despite their claims.
The Washington Post just ran a story some other troubles an author had with PublishAmerica. We recently had This Associated Press piece on them as well.


Dell Teams with National Archives on "Public Vaults''

Anonymous Patron writes "Press Release From Dell Says they have teamed with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Foundation for the National Archives on its "Public Vaults," a permanent exhibition designed to educate the public on the breadth and depth of national documents available for exploration."


Wired: The Zen of Jeff Bezos

Anonymous Patron writes "The Wired Article The Zen of Jeff Bezos quotes him as saying "We not only help readers find books, we also help books find readers, with personalized recommendations based on the patterns we see. Now if only there was somewhere ELSE people could go for that kind of service! Why can't libraries get this kind of PR?"


As Sales Flag, Publisher Eyes Retailers' Turf

Anonymous Patron writes "The New York Times Reports on an interesting move by Random House Inc., the nation's largest publisher. The company has tentative plans to sell books directly to consumers through its own Web site. On Friday, Stephen Riggio, the chief executive of Barnes & Noble Inc., the country's largest bookseller, said that he was "deeply concerned" by Random House's plans to enter into his business, raising the possibility of a growing rift between the publishing companies."


Reed Shares Dip on Science Concern

Anonymous Patron writes "Interesting Business News on Reed Elsevier. shares in Reed fell 4% after investors took fright at the prospects for its science division after minimal increases in the budgets of academic libraries.

At the same time, a delay in the launch of a major software product meant some sales growth would be pushed from 2004 into the following year.
A Bit More in another report, and even more with an interesting quote:``We haven't seen any recovery in academic library budgets,'' compared with anticipated spending growth of as much as 1.5 percent this year, he said. ``We are in an environment where budgets are under great pressure.'' No mention of The Prices they charge. though Margins were discussed some."


Librarian + Google Exposes Emerald Republishing Practices during Charleston Conference sent along a link to An LJ Blurb on This Paper, presented at The Charleston Conference on Republishing.
LJ Called it a "bombshell paper" because Cornell University librarian Phil Davis detailed a pattern of republishing content without attribution at Emerald Publishing, formerly known as MCB University Press. Using simple keyword searching of the publisher's online journals, Davis identified 409 examples of duplicated articles from 67 journals, all "republished without notification from 1989 through 2003."
Read, The Ethics of Republishing: A Case Study of Emerald/MCB University Press Journals by Philip M. Davis
Life Sciences Bibliographer.


Local Vendor Helps Out Elementary School Library

Carpet One, a retailer in NW Arkansas, ran a contest to donate carpeting to a local school library and the Jefferson Elementary School (Springdale AR) was the winner. But in view of the fact that the school is soon to be replaced with a new building, Carpet One agreed to donate the equivalent sum of cash ($2,000) in lieu of the new carpet.

The article includes some interesting details about possible 'voting irregularities' regarding which school was to receive the carpet (i.e., stuffing the ballot box, no touch screens involved), but the story has a happy ending, from NW Arkansas News.


End of the Run for Boston Bookstore

After a successful run of nearly 25 years, WordsWorth Books in Harvard Square is closing on Saturday.

The couple who own the store, Donna Friedman and Hillel Stavis, also own a children's bookstore, Curious George Goes to WordsWorth, which they will continue to own and run.

Of course, this is only the most recent in an increasing number of independent bookstores that cannot survive the growth of bookstore chains and Internet sales. Story from Bookweb



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