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ALA releases ebook media and communications toolkit

A lot has happened recently in the ongoing battle between publishers and libraries to get ebooks on library shelves in the most practical, effective, and secure way possible. Macmillan has … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

Penguin ebook lending program update

More good news on the library e-lending front: Penguin has plans to expand its library ebook lending pilot program to libraries in both Los Angeles and Cleveland. The pilot program, … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Are library ebook patrons also ebook buyers?

A new poll sponsored by OverDrive, the ebook distribution service, along with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), suggests that yes, people who loan ebooks from libraries are … Continue reading

November 20, 2012

A love affair with ebooks

Late last week an article in Digital Book World caught my eye: Why Some People Hate Ebooks; and Why I Love Them. The article’s author, Jeremy Greenfield (who’s also Digital … Continue reading

November 13, 2012

With tablets, is bigger always better?

It’s uncertain how Apple’s iPad mini announcement last week will impact ebook publishers, with Digital Book World calling it a “mixed blessing.” Over the past year or so, ebook buyers … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

A preview of the 2012 Boston Book Festival

This Saturday, October 27, the fourth annual Boston Book Festival takes place in Copley Square, Boston. If you’ve never been, the festival is a place where authors, illustrators, journalists, filmmakers, and more … Continue reading

October 23, 2012

Five down, one to go: Macmillan takes a step toward ebook lending

Last week saw several newsworthy announcements with regard to ebook lending. First, ALA President Maureen Sullivan published an open letter to American publishers calling for the end of discriminatory practices. … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · 3 Comments

The tumultuous business of library e-lending

Last week Hachette announced they would be raising library ebook prices by 220 percent.* Hachette justifies the price increase because it puts no restrictions on the number of times each … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Two new tablets are thrust into the tablet wars

On Thursday, September 6, both Kobo and Amazon made press announcements to unveil new lines of ereaders and tablet devices. Bad timing on both of their parts since whichever way you look at it, a bit … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Kobo poised to become major player in the tablet wars

Kobo, the Japanese-owned, Canadian-based ebook retailer, has been in the news quite a bit lately. It appears that the company is starting to position itself in all the right places—and … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

New DBW list rattles common ebook buying habit assumptions

Last Monday, Digital Book World (DBW) unveiled its new ebook bestseller list in conjunction with Iobyte Solutions. Unlike other ebook bestseller lists, including those from the New York Times, USA Today, and … Continue reading

August 30, 2012

Discoverability alone does not a bestseller make

Using the term discoverability is all the rage among publishing aficionados. A lack of it is commonly cited as the cause of the industry’s various woes and ailments in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Authors Guild asks judge to say, “Oh, hell no!” to Google Books

Last week I wrote a lengthy summary of Google’s recent motion for summary judgment in the case of The Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc. The motion explained—in great … Continue reading

August 14, 2012

Google claims Google Books is within fair use guidelines

Update (August 7, 2012): PaidContent has published the full, 22-page Authors Guild motion for summary judgment. An earlier version of this post linked to the 3-page version initially released to the public. … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · 3 Comments

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