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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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Digital libraries are once again setting a record checkout pace

“2016 is off to a torrent start for digital library lending as checkout numbers are up for Q1 (Jan. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016) based on the activities of 50 top circulating libraries. eBook, audiobook and digital magazine checkouts through OverDrive are on track to grow 30-40 percent for 2016 over the record levels achieved for 2015. At PLA this week in Denver we’ll be presenting on the trends and best practices that have led to this record breaking start to 2016.” (via OverDrive Blogs)

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Edmonton Public Library demands publishers lower e-book fees

“Edmonton Public Library is struggling to keep up with the demand and cost of e-books. It’s now joining other Canadian libraries in pleading with publishers to lower e-book fees. EPL pays up to five times more per e-book than private buyers do, and they have to re-purchase digital copies after a certain number of uses. Nevertheless, EPL and other libraries are bound by the same lending rules and fees for e-books and hard copies alike.” (via CBC News)

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Tim Tierney’s call for ‘fair’ e-book prices for libraries adopted by FCM

“Canadian municipalities are asking the federal government to find ways to bring down e-book prices for their public libraries, a move led by an Ottawa councillor. The chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, Tim Tierney, put forward a resolution at a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities last week calling on the federal government to investigate the publishing industry’s “restrictive” practice of charging public libraries more for electronic versions of books and magazines.” (via CBC News)

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Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children

“Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children.” (via NYPL)

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Hoopla Announces Deal with Ingram

“Library service provider Hoopla Digital today announced a new agreement with Ingram through which publishers working with Ingram’s CoreSource Plus digital distribution service can offer public library patrons instant access to their titles via hoopla digital’s app and online service. Officials at hoopla say that inclusion of CoreSource titles will significantly broaden their catalog of more than 400,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, e-books, audiobooks and comics.” (via PW)

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92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

“If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.The finding comes from American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of the book “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.” Baron led a team that asked 300 college students in the United States, Slovakia, Japan and Germany how they preferred to read.” (via LA Times)

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