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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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Now available for public libraries: An eReading room just for kids

“OverDrive is offering a new service for public library partners to give young readers a place of their own. Now there’s an option to incorporate an eReading Room for kids and/or teens as an extension of your digital library website. Kids and teens can browse, sample, place holds and borrow eBooks and other media appropriate for their age range and reading level. Kids can spend as much time as they want clicking away and exploring without the worry of them stumbling upon mature content. See the first live eReading Room for kids at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington.” (via Overdrive)

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Beyond E-Books: HarperCollins Looks For the Next Big Thing

“As competitors in the e-book subscription market, Scribd and Oyster like to emphasize their differences. Yet the two share a common talking point: They both drop the name HarperCollins. The New York-based publishing house, whose roots date back to 1817, was the only one of the Big Five publishers to offer some of its backlist titles — and perhaps more importantly, some of its prestige — to these startups at launch, helping to kickstart the fledging Netflix-like e-book subscription market.” (via Mashable)

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Massachusetts, Baker & Taylor Partner on E-books

“The Massachusetts Library System and Baker & Taylor have partnered on a pilot project designed to expand access to e-books throughout the state’s libraries. In the six-month e-book project, Baker & Taylor will assist MLS in establishing a shared, statewide collection of e-books, in which an initial group of 51 participating libraries will access more than 3,000 general interest titles through Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media platform.” (via PW)

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OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management

“A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access.” (via PRNewswire)

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Gale Launches Innovative Purchase Model for e-books

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced an innovative new purchase option – a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model – for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) e-book platform. Unlike options currently offered by other e-book providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase e-books based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction titles to all types of libraries.” (via PRNewswire)

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Why Netflix Or Spotify For Ebooks Will Work

“Many publishing industry observers don’t think that Oyster or Scribd or any other “Netflix or Spotify for ebooks” will work in the consumer marketplace. Why? The rights issues are very complicated. Agents and authors may not go for it. Publishers may not go for it. Consumers may realize that it’s not worth their money. The list goes on.”

via Forbes)

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Report Two of Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, Volume 4

“BISG’s Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, powered by Nielsen Book Research and now in its fourth and final year, reveals an emerging consensus around e-books and maturing consumption patterns, with important implications for trade publishers and content creators and distributors.” (via BISG)

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