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People Who Use E-Readers Dive Far Deeper Into Books

“Digital publishing is rapidly becoming a haven for struggling writers—but it turns out the format might hold similar potential for struggling readers too. A new survey by UK charity Quick Reads indicates that adult readers tend to read more and stick with books longer if they’re using an e-reader. According to the survey, 48 percent of UK adults who use e-readers say the technology gets them to read more. In addition to that, 41 percent of respondents reported that being able to look up words they don’t know makes reading easier, and over half say that being able to change the size and appearance of text helps as well.” (via Wired.com)

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Email Promotion Newsletters: Q&A With “The Fussy Librarian”

“Email newsletters that promote digital books are one of the fastest growing methods of book marketing today. The Fussy Librarian is one of the new ebook promotion newsletters, started by Jeffrey Bruner in the fall of 2013. The newsletter has already acquired 10,300 subscribers and 1,925 authors and about 3,500 different books have been featured.” (via Digital Book World)

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Indiana Libraries Work Toward Digitization Of Books

“As libraries in Indiana add more digital books to their collections, they’re also being forced to decide whether to shrink their hard copy collections. In 2008, the Monroe County library had just over 90 thousand electronic books. Last year, that number was more than 9 million. But Monroe County Public Library Director Sarah Laughlin says the library will also keep its print selection. “It will be fine if everyone moved to e-books tomorrow, we would know just what to do, we would be spending all our money over e-books, but we still have lot of people requesting books, music and videos in the traditional forms,” Laughlin said.” (via Indiana Public Media)

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ALA Midwinter 2014: On E-books, Librarians Urged to Think Bigger (and Smaller)

“Last year was a year of progress for libraries on the e-book issue. But at an engaging ALA Midwinter 2014 session hosted by the Digital Content Working Group, librarians were urged not to be satisfied by recent developments, or complacent, but rather to look more deeply at their digital future.

The session kicked off with remarks from Sari Feldman, co-chair, ALA Digital Content Working Group, and executive director of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library. Feldman ran down the advances of the last year.” (via PW)

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Duke University Press Launches New Platform for e-Books

“Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new site for reading, searching, and sharing Duke University Press’s books: read.dukeupress.edu. Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, available to libraries for purchase.” (via Duke University Press Log)

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ebrary’s Academic Complete Tops 100,000 Titles

“Academic Complete™, the flagship ebook collection from ProQuest’s ebook platform, ebrary, has added 20,000 titles to its selection of in-demand scholarly academic monographs. The additional titles come from renowned publishers such as Ashgate, Edinburgh University Press, Harvard University Press, Peter Lang, MIT Press, and Wiley. Academic Complete now offers a selection of more than 109,000 ebooks, with more than 33 percent published since 2009.” (via ProQuest)

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Scribd and Smashwords Working to Build New Publishing/Distribution Models for Ebooks

“Last month, the ebook subscription service Scribd and Smashwords, “the world’s largest distributor of independent ebooks,” announced a two-part collaboration they hope will consolidate their position in the emerging independent ebook publishing/distribution marketplace. According to a blog post by Mark Coker, Smashwords founder and CEO, “Smashwords will supply books to Scribd’s new ebook subscription service, where for $8.99 per month subscribers can enjoy unlimited reading. Smashwords ebooks will also be available for individual sale to Scribd customers under our standard retailer terms.” (via ITI)

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Entitle Takes a Different Approach to Netflix-for-E-Books Market

“On paper, Bryan Batten doesn’t sound like the kind of person who would help the publishing industry re-imagine its future in digital. He spent most of his career working in the pharmaceutical industry handling sales and contracts. He has virtually no technology expertise. And he lives in Wilmington, N.C., nearly 600 miles south of the country’s publishing capital, New York. While traveling for his pharmaceutical job, however, Batten found himself with time to read and read a lot. In mid-2011, tired of lugging around print editions, he searched for a good e-book subscription or rental option so he could sample more books on the go. No such service existed in the United States, as far as he could tell. That’s when he got the idea to create his own, despite the obvious fact that he didn’t have the right background for it.” (via Mashable)

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Follett Launches Simon & Schuster ebooks to Schools

“Follett today announced a partnership with Simon & Schuster that makes more than 450 PreK-12 titles available in ebook format on Titlewave®, Follett’s powerful collection development, search and ordering tool.  Follett now offers more than 250,000 ebook titles through Titlewave to schools nationwide. Simon & Schuster titles will span the full range of popular school titles from pre-school picture books to chapter books for early readers to higher-level fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Specific titles available include “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” by Coreen Cronin, “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen, “Out Of My Mind” by Sharon Draper, “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury, “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway.” (via PRNewswire)

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Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind

“Books are dead. Long live the book. Even as the universe of printed matter continues to shrivel, the book — or at least some of its best-known features — is showing remarkable staying power online. The idea is apparently embedded so deeply in the collective unconsciousness that no one can bear to leave it behind.” (via NYTimes.com)

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