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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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E-Books Get a Makeover

“For typography fans, electronic books have long been the visual equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. The fonts are uninviting. Jarring swaths of white space stretch between words. Absent are all the typesetting nuances of a fine print book. Now Amazon and Google are doing something about it.” (via WSJ)

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High ebook prices ‘unsustainable,’ says city’s top librarian

“Toronto Public Library is crying foul over “unreasonably high” ebook prices that it says limit its titles as demand soars for virtual reading. The organization’s top executive, Vickery Bowles, said publishers charge vastly different prices to libraries than average consumers, and the ebooks come also with many usage restrictions. In an interview with the Star on Tuesday, the city librarian called the prices and conditions “unsustainable,” saying some publishers charge libraries $85 for an ebook while the average consumer gets the same title for only $15.99. “That puts a lot of pressure on our budget,” she said. “We need something that is more reasonable.” (via Toronto Star)

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