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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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