Dispatches from the Digital Revolution
World Book Night is a success. Shelf Awareness provides a sampler of reactions and experiences from a variety of people all around the world on Monday night.
How technology can help, not hurt publishers. According to Bloomberg, “One mistake publishers have made is viewing digital books more as a threat (to the prices of physical books) than as an opportunity (to gain more readers in all formats).”
Digital comics distributor iVerse launches library service. Publishers Weekly reports that “iVerse is breaking new ground with a service that will allow libraries to offer digital comics to their patrons to read on just about every digital device.”
Would Facebook buy the Nook? The Huffington Post theorizes what would happen if Facebook bought the Nook, and how it could potentially become “Amazon’s worst nightmare.”
DRM in the news. Large science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor/Forge will drop digital rights management software from its ebooks in July of this year, according to Publishers Weekly. And, PaidContent talks to one publishing exec who explains why they break DRM on e-books.
GlowLight Nook launches. According to The New York Times, the new Nook costs $140 and is the first to have an E Ink screen that self-illuminates. The NYT states, the new Nook “gives the light gray background of your ‘page’ a gentle glow for nighttime reading, much like the backlight on digital watches.”