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Macmillan to launch two-year ebook library lending pilot. Big-six publisher Macmillan, which has kept its ebooks out of libraries until now, is launching a pilot lending program, the company announced Thursday.

Macmillan to launch two-year ebook library lending pilot

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. Note to publishers: Your addiction to DRM is killing you. 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.

Note to publishers: Your addiction to DRM is killing you

I have argued that there’s a little bit of evil on both sides of this issue. But one thing seems fairly certain: If the publishers dislike the power Amazon has over them, they need to recognize they shoulder much of the blame, since they helped to forge the DRM chains that have kept them shackled to the company’s platform. Why not break those chains and try to set their content free instead? By foolishly insisting on DRM, and then selling to Amazon on a wholesale basis, the publishers handed Amazon a monopoly on their customers. PLA - If Books Are Our Brand. . . By Carson Block - librarylandtech@gmail.com 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.

PLA - If Books Are Our Brand. . .

The number is actually increasing. In 2010, 75 percent of Americans associated libraries with books, up from 69 percent in 2005.2 The study also points out that e-books are books. Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business? Or get out at least until there is a better system?

Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business?

I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – “We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!” Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget. Not happy with an eBook collection that has limited checkouts or paying three times the price for the “privilege”?

Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget

I’m willing to bet that there are better uses for that eBook budget money that would yield a higher rate of return on investment, better community outreach and involvement, and/or make more fiscal sense for your library’s stakeholders. So, I brainstormed a few ideas but I’m hoping that you can help me think of more possible uses. Let’s begin! (Note: Your results may vary. Stop Branding Your Library!! Ok, so I’m totally going to admit when I’m wrong but in my defense it wasn’t my fault.

Stop Branding Your Library!!

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. How the e-book landscape is becoming a walled garden. 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.

How the e-book landscape is becoming a walled garden

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. That is turning the e-book landscape into even more of a walled garden. Author and digital-marketing maven Seth Godin highlighted this issue in a recent blog post, in which he described how his new book was turned down by Apple because it contained hyperlinks to books sold by Amazon (with whom Godin has a partnership).

$2 BILLION FOR $1 BILLION OF BOOKS: THE ARITHMETIC OF LIBRARY E-BOOK LENDING. Library Renewal wants to help libraries build a powerful new way to get econtent to their patrons.

$2 BILLION FOR $1 BILLION OF BOOKS: THE ARITHMETIC OF LIBRARY E-BOOK LENDING

We envision a new infrastructure, one that is vastly improved, equitable and fairly priced (with hidden costs eliminated). In order to figure out exactly how to make something like that a reality and create an actionable plan we have been busy doing research and meeting with experts from a variety of areas. We’ve naturally talked with plenty of library folks, but we have also actively included and sought out others that have legal, business and publishing expertise. With KDP Select, Amazon Gains Authors’ Exclusivity—Cheap. 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.

With KDP Select, Amazon Gains Authors’ Exclusivity—Cheap

The program is indeed a good deal for some self-published authors. But it is also a good deal for Amazon. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library allows Amazon Prime members who own a Kindle to “borrow” one e-book per month. In exchange for agreeing to sell their e-books exclusively in the Kindle Store, self-published authors can add those books to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library through a program called KDP Select. Authors who participate in KDP Select are paid, per borrow, out of a monthly fund. Why Book Publishing Can Survive Digital Age: Echoes.

Justice Department Threatens Apple, Publishers over E-Book Pricing. Did you notice that e-books became a little more expensive after Apple entered the game with iBooks?

Justice Department Threatens Apple, Publishers over E-Book Pricing

So did the U.S. Department of Justice, which may be threatening to sue Apple and e-book publishers for allegedly colluding to raise prices. The Wall Street Journal reports that along with Apple, five publishers are facing a potential government lawsuit: Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Macmillan and HarperCollins. Some publishers are trying to settle before the Justice Department takes legal action, but not every publisher is involved in negotiations, the Journal reports.

Pick your monopoly: Apple or Amazon. Could a little anti-competitive behavior actually be pro-competitive? That is what five leading book publishers are arguing in explaining why they simultaneously accepted an offer from Apple, just before the release of the iPad, to change the way e-books are priced and distributed. Their actions moved the industry from a “wholesale” model, in which they sold e-books to retailers and let them set the retail price, to an “agency model,” in which the publishers set the retail price and pay the retailers a fixed commission on every sale.

In the process, they managed to break up Amazon’s e-book monopoly and raise the price of online books by 30 to 40 percent. Scott Turow of the Authors Guild on e-book price collusion investigation. Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images Last Friday, I wrote about a Wall Street Journal report alleging that the Department of Justice had warned Apple and five book publishers about price collusion over e-books. I and others thought that this sounded like it would be good for readers and for Amazon.com, if not for publishers.

The same day, writer Scott Turow, president of the Authors Guild, wrote that this was actually “grim news.” Should the DoJ go ahead and penalize Apple and the publishers, Turow warns, it may only further solidify Amazon’s grip on the publishing world—and hasten the demise of the bookstore. He writes that the publishers that allegedly colluded with Apple had no real choice (except the largest, Random House, which could bide its time – it took the leap with the launch of the iPad 2): it was seize the agency model or watch Amazon's discounting destroy their physical distribution chain. Justice Dept. Investigating Apple & “Big Six” On eBook Pricing - eBookNewser.

If the government makes agency go away. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department has notified the Agency Five (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster) and Apple that it plans to sue them for colluding to raise the price of electronic books. I have no standing to comment on the law here. The rise of e-reading. Released: April 4, 2012 21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.

By Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner. Bowker Releases Results of Global eBook Research. Bowker Releases Results of Global eBook Research Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. lead the way in adoption; Brazil and India set for greatest growth London, UK - March 27, 2012 - Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. are leading the world in e-book adoption rates, according to Bowker Market Research’s Global eBook Monitor, The study tracks consumer attitudes to and purchasing of e-books in major world markets. 28% Of U.S. Adults Read On eReader Or Tablet - eBookNewser. AAP Reports eBook Sales up 72% in December - eBookNewser.

A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market. Last updated July 6 The ebook library lending policies of the Big Six publishers garner most of the attention, because public libraries regard access to best-selling titles as a critical service. How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries. What book publishers should learn from Harry Potter. After months of anticipation, the e-book versions of author J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful Harry Potter series are now available through Rowling’s Pottermore online unit, and as my PaidContent colleague Laura Owen has noted in her post on the launch, Rowling has chosen to do a number of interesting things with her e-books, including releasing them without digital-rights management restrictions.