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Google’s New Interactive E-Books Would Be Impossible to Print

“There was a moment when e-books felt a little bit magical. A single device that stores hundreds of books, fits in a tote, and doesn’t give paper cuts? Clearly, this was an upgrade to the tattered paper books we’d been reading for hundreds of years. Then, some years and a few generations of Kindle later, digital books began to feel less like magic and more like pixelated versions of what’s already on our shelves. Being digital didn’t necessarily add anything to the reading experience. In fact, it was physical books that seemed to be pushing the boundaries of publishing.” (via Wired)

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Penguin Random House eBook Titles Now Available on EBSCO eBooks

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has partnered with Penguin Random House to offer digital libraries the entire collection of Penguin Random House eBooks through EBSCO eBooks™.  Libraries can access 21,000 fiction and nonfiction e-book titles from prominent authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison and Danielle Steel.” (via EBSCO)

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Odilo and Gardners Partner to Boost Library Offering

“ODILO, one of the leading eBook providers in Europe and Latin America, has recently partnered with Gardners, Europe’s leading independent wholesaler of English language products and content (both physical and digital). With the addition of over 650,000 titles from Gardners in January 2016, close to one million bestselling and popular titles will be available from ODILO to North American libraries.” (via DBW)

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Penguin Random House Unifies E-book Terms for Libraries

“Ever since the merger between Random House and Penguin was announced, librarians have been left to wonder which terms of sale for library e-books would ultimately win out: Penguin’s cheaper, but limited licensing terms? Or Random House’s more expensive, but perpetual access terms? Now, we know: it will be the Random House terms. Penguin Random House executives announced today that all Penguin e-books purchased by libraries after January 1, 2016, will be licensed on the perpetual access model now used by Random House.” (via PW)

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Don’t Necessarily Judge Your Next E-Book By Its Online Review

“Whether you’re planning a restaurant date night or picking out the next e-book for your bedside table, it wouldn’t hurt to be more suspicious of online reviewers’ expertise. Catfishing and astroturfing don’t take place in the Amazon or on the football field. They occur in cyberspace in the form of Internet scams. E-book catfishing involves contracting a book from a low-paid writer overseas, publishing it under a fake name and a fictional biography, and buying fake reviews to make the book look popular.” (via NPR)

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Why The Battle Between E-Books And Print May Be Over

“It’s safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.” (via NPR)

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Ottawa Public Library fights the high price of e-books

“E-books cost nothing to print and transport. Then why do they cost so much for libraries to buy? That’s the question Ottawa Public Library board chairman Tim Tierney and librarians all across the country want answered. Tierney says libraries that buy e-books from the “big five” multinational publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster) commonly pay between $89 and $129 a copy. E-books are not only more expensive than their printed counterparts, but the big publishers also charge libraries three to five times more than they charge ordinary consumers.” (via Ottawa Citizen)

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School and Library Spotlight: How Schools Buy and Use E-Books

“Debate over the pros and cons of implementing e-books into schools continues to be robust in publishing and educational circles. But most observers agree that e-books are here to stay—at least for the foreseeable future, which is the best anyone can predict in an era of technological advances. As a new academic year kicks off and more students than ever have access to e-books, we take a look at where the educational e-book market stands today and how those titles are being purchased and used by schools. (via Publishers Weekly)

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Amazon e-book deal with NYC public schools postponed as blind advocates say it would leave out visually impaired students

“City education officials have shelved a $30 million deal to give students electronic books after advocates complained it would exclude the visually impaired. Online retail giant Amazon had been poised to land the groundbreaking, three-year contract to create a new e-book marketplace for the Big Apple’s 1,800 public schools. But Department of Education officials said Tuesday they were delaying the plan after advocates complained that readers with visual impairments could have trouble accessing its design.” (via Daily News)

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The Rise of Phone Reading

“Last fall, Andrew Vestal found himself rocking his baby daughter, Ada, back to sleep every morning between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Cradling Ada in the crook of his arm, he discovered he could read his dimly-lit phone with one hand. That’s how he read David Mitchell’s 624-page science-fiction saga “The Bone Clocks.” Mr. Vestal’s iPhone has offered him a way to squeeze in time for reading that he otherwise might have given up. He reads on lunch breaks. He even reads between meetings as he walks across Microsoft’s Seattle campus, where he works as a program manager.” (via WSJ)

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