Explaining EBook Access and the changing landscape of EBook access for libraries can be very confusing and changes daily. This is my attempt to bring together some good resources. Mar 1
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Big-six publisher Macmillan, which has kept its ebooks out of libraries until now, is launching a pilot lending program, the company announced Thursday. The pilot is limited to 1,200 older titles from the Minotaur Books mystery and crime fiction imprint (part of Macmillan’s St. Martins division). Libraries will be able to lend out the ebooks for two years or 52 times, whichever comes first, before having to buy a new copy. According to Library Journal , each ebook will cost $25.
The Department of Justice’s lawsuit against two major book publishers — for allegedly colluding with Apple to keep the price of e-books artificially high — continues to make its way through the courts, and it has set off a frenzy of finger-pointing about who to blame for the destruction of the book industry at the hands of Amazon’s evil monopoly.
DRM is just “a speedbump,” Hachette’s Maja Thomas said at a copyright conference this afternoon.
by PLA Contributor on October 24, 2012 According to a 2010 Perceptions of Libraries study from OCLC, books remain the brand of the public library. 1 Simply put, when people surveyed for the study think of the public library, they think book . The number is actually increasing.
Or get out at least until there is a better system?
Not happy with an eBook collection that has limited checkouts or paying three times the price for the “privilege”?
Ok, so I’m totally going to admit when I’m wrong but in my defense it wasn’t my fault. I got my MLIS at San Jose State when all they could talk about is branding and how important it is to brand your libraries and I went into library school after managing a heavily branded retail chain.
We can probably agree that the local supermarket has no moral or ethical or business obligation to sell cherry-flavored Cap’n Crunch.
Just as a few massive chain stores eventually came to dominate the traditional printed book market in North America, the e-book marketplace is a kind of oligopoly involving a few major players — primarily Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. And while bookstore owners of all kinds are free to decide which books they wish to put on their shelves, these new giants have far more control over whose e-books see the light of day because they also own the major e-reading platforms, and they are making decisions based not on what they think consumers want to read but on their own competitive interests .
Library Renewal wants to help libraries build a powerful new way to get econtent to their patrons.
Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) released some select Kindle Owners’ Lending Library numbers today, aiming to position its KDP Select program as a good deal for self-published authors.
Word on the street is that the publishing industry is under attack by technology. Amazon.com Inc. has launched a bare-knuckled assault against independent bookstores.
Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) hasn’t made many friends in the traditional publishing world.
A couple of years ago, with Amazon steadily pushing down the prices of e-books, the fortunes of the big book publishers were sinking fast. Then Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) came along and helped enable publishers to set their own prices for their e-books across platforms.