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Kindle Reading Fund Launches to Provide eBooks

“Amazon has a long but quiet history of giving back. It has launched initiatives to employ disabled veterans and their spouses, created the Amazon Smile website that supports consumers’ favorite charities, and more. But now, the company that started with books is getting back to its roots with the launch of the Kindle Reading Fund, a branch of the organization that will provide reading materials to charities that are already doing the legwork of literacy to people all around the world.” (via Goodereader.com)

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E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court

“Electronic books should be treated just like physical books for the purposes of lending, an advisor to Europe’s top court has said.Maciej Szpunar, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), said in an opinion published (PDF) Thursday morning that public libraries should be allowed to lend e-books so long as the author is fairly compensated.A 2006 EU directive says that the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit rentals and loans belongs to the author of the work. However, countries may opt out of this rule for the purposes of “public lending,” provided that authors obtain fair remuneration.” (via Ars Technica)

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Libraries feel the eBook pinch

“The book worm has turned. Local libraries are making noise about eBook prices, saying that they pay multinational publishers up to five times more than average consumers do for the same titles. And libraries — including ones in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver — say they’d like things to change, so that they can pay according to their size and needs, rather than using the current one-size-fits-all model.” (via Toronto Star)

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Amazon Wins $30 Million Contract to Sell E-Books to New York City Schools

“Amazon.com Inc. won a deal worth about $30 million to provide e-books to New York City, the nation’s largest school district.The city’s Panel for Educational Policy voted Wednesday in favor of the three-year contract for the Department of Education, which will take effect in the coming school year. They will have the option to extend it for an additional two years, which would be worth an estimated additional $34.5 million.” (via WSJ)

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Edmonton Public Library joins national coalition asking for fair pricing for ebooks from major publishers

“The price of ebooks is too darn high. That’s the sentiment held by Edmonton Public Library and a larger coalition called the Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing, which EPL joined more than a year ago.  According to Sharon Karr, EPL’s manager of collection management, libraries tend to suffer from predatory ebook prices determined by the five largest book publishers in the world.” (via Edmonton Examiner)

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