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How Libraries Preserve E-books

“The e-book conversation so far has been dominated by concerns over the market share and intentions of Amazon, and, in the library world, whether libraries can license access to frontlist e-books from the major publishers, and if they can, at what price, under what terms, and through which intermediary. But there is a greater, long-term concern with the way our e-book future is shaping up—preservation.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries

“For the past few years, both the California State University and the University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with e-books. The advantages are obvious. With e-books, you no longer have to schlep to a library to take out a book. You just log on from whatever device connects you to the web, at whatever time and in whatever state of dress, and voila! the book appears on your screen. But the real attraction is price. Library budgets, along with university budgets, have been slashed, and such companies as Pearson and Elsevier offer e-book packages that make it possible to gain access (I’ll explain the awkward syntax in a moment) to lots of books at what seems like a minimal cost. The savings are multiplied when the package serves the entire system. So instead of each campus buying a paper book, all 23 CSU’s, for instance, share a single e-book. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is very different.” (via Times of San Diego)

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E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

“The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions. The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook. Though e-books are rising in popularity, print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just 4% of readers are “e-book only.” Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.” (via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project)

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Philip Pullman: ‘Authors must be paid fairly for ebook library loans’

“His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman is leading a call for writers to be “paid fairly” when their ebooks are borrowed from libraries, after investigations found they may be losing out twice over on digital loans. Pullman takes over from PD James as president of the Society of Authors in August, and is spearheading the body’s campaign on ebook library loans. Not only are authors not paid by the government when their ebooks are borrowed from libraries – they are paid around 6p per loan when physical books are borrowed, but digital titles are not yet part of the agreement – the Society has also found that publishers may inadvertently be underpaying authors for ebook loans, meaning they may be losing up to two-thirds of the income they would have received on the sale and loan of a physical book.” (via Guardian)

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Apple, Macmillan Said to Prepare for U.S. E-Books Lawsuit

Bloomberg – “Apple Inc. and the publisher Macmillan are preparing to be sued as soon as today by the U.S. Justice Department over alleged collusion in the pricing of e- books, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Apple and Macmillan, which have refused to engage in settlement talks with the Justice Department, deny they colluded to raise prices for digital books, the people said. In an antitrust case, they will argue that pricing agreements between Apple and publishers enhanced competition in the e-book industry, which was dominated by Amazon.com Inc.”

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Apple Moves to Tighten Control of App Store

NYT – “Apple is further tightening its control of the App Store. Some application developers, including Sony, say Apple has told them they can no longer sell e-books within their apps unless the transactions go through Apple’s system. Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books from the Sony Reader Store. “

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He can speak volumes about the demise of books

latimes.com – “They say these Kindles and other electronic reading gizmos will replace books one of these days, and to that I say, “NOT SOON ENOUGH!” I am all for that. I can never get paperbacks or hardcovers to work. They won’t hold a charge, and they’re so hard to reboot.”

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Celebrated authors bypass publishing houses to sell ebooks via Amazon

Guardian – “Discontent over digital royalties prompts Roth, Amis and other leading names to enter into exclusive deal with Odyssey Editions”

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Five Reasons Amazon E-Books are Outselling Hardcovers

PC Worlds – “Are you still holding out to see what happens with this whole ebooks “fad” before deciding whether to embrace it for your business? Well, the times they are a changin’ and there are a variety of reasons that ebooks are outpacing printed books. Amazon reports that ebook sales are three times higher than last year, and that Kindle versions of books have outsold their hardcover equivalents by 43 percent over the last quarter. The traditional written word printed on paper will not be fading to oblivion any time soon, but here are five factors contributing to the success of the ebook”

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Sony’s Digital Book Downloads from the Public Library

BusinessWeek – “My 11-year-old son had a dilemma last night. He had zipped through the first two books in the Twilight series and was keen to start on the third, Eclipse. But the book my wife quickly picked up at the library was in Spanish. Oops. So we tried an experiment. Two weeks ago, I won a Sony Reader Pocket Edition in a raffle. It’s a slim gadget with a 5-inch screen, the electronics giant’s answer to the Amazon Kindle. I futzed with it a bit since I got it, but really hadn’t put it through its paces.”

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