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Judge Limits State Penalties in Apple E-book Case

“In a minor decision this week, Judge Denise Cote limited the state statutory penalties Apple faces after being found liable for conspiring with five major publisher to fix e-book prices at its June trial. While Apple remains on the hook for damages, as well as some state penalties, Cote’s ruling will likely knock a little off the final amount Apple could eventually be ordered to pay.” (via Publisher Weekly)

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Apple Patent Tips System for Autographing E-Books

“Though e-books are all the rage, they still lack one essential component: a place for the author’s John Hancock. But Apple may have a solution, according to a recent patent application. The application, published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), allows for “embedding an autograph in an electronic book.” That is, you can slide your iPad in front of your favorite author at their next book signing, and walk away with a souvenir.” (via PCMag.com)

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EBSCO Adds 15 New eBook Subject Sets in High-Interest Subjects

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has introduced 15 new EBSCO eBook™ Subject Sets to help librarians build their e-book collections. Subject sets are prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific, high-interest topics designed to meet the needs of libraries while simplifying collection development.” (via EBSCO)

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Penguin eBooks are now available in OverDrive Marketplace

“OverDrive is excited to announce that more than 17,000 Penguin eBooks are now live and available for purchase in OverDrive Marketplace! Penguin’s eBooks are available for public and college libraries, including consortium, in the U.S. in the one copy/one user lending model for a one year term.  Availability of the Penguin eBooks to libraries outside the U.S. is coming soon. In the Penguin catalog libraries will find titles from numerous best-selling authors including: Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Ken Follett, Junot Diaz, Khaled Hosseini, Maya Banks, Harlen Coben, W.E. B. Griffin and many others.” (via Overdrive)

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Atingo Connects Swedish Self-Publishers With Libraries

“Atingo, a new Swedish ebook lending platform, is not only remaking the relationship between publishers and libraries, it’s also providing a simple way for self-publishers to offer their ebooks to libraries for lending alongside traditional titles. The joint venture between Axiell, one of the library sector’s largest technology companies, and publishing platform Publit was recently launched at the Media Evolution conference in Malmö. Atingo allows publishers to set loan prices and manage availability on a book by book basis, and allows libraries to choose which books they wish to lend and how much they want to spend on them.” (via Forbes)

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3M Cloud Library and Innovative Interfaces Now Offer Integration of eBook Lending Service with Encore

“3M Library Systems and Innovative Interfaces have completed integration of 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service into Innovative’s Encore discovery application. This latest integration success enables library users to have a seamless experience for 3M’s extensive pool of eBooks, along with their library’s local print and digital collections. This new integration is live at Westerville Public Library (OH) and is available now for all types of libraries.” (via WSJ.com)

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ARL Urges FCC to Support E-Reader Accessibility

“On September 13, ARL submitted reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing a petition filed by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers. The manufacturers are requesting a waiver from the FCC that would exempt e-readers from the requirement that equipment used for advanced communication services (ACS) be accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities.” (via ARL)

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Metro libraries writing a novel chapter in e-book lending

“The Twin Cities metro library systems could soon become the first in the nation to share e-books, vastly expanding the number of titles available to library patrons. With e-book users complaining of long waits and limited selection from their local libraries, the change is a sign that e-book lenders are responding to the huge demand. “Anything to have a wider selection would be great,’’ said Keeya Steel, 27 of Edina, an e-book user who guesses she has just a 50-50 chance of finding a book she’s looking for in the Hennepin County system. Print books have gone back and forth across county lines on interlibrary loans for 50 years. But since 2010, when libraries started lending e-books, they have loaned them only to their own resident patrons.” (via Star Tribune)

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World Book Launches New E-book Platform

“World Book, Inc., a leading publisher of digital and print educational products–including World Book Online, comprising over 20 digital educational and reference products, and The World Book Encyclopedia–is making many of its popular educational titles available in e-book format and accessible through a unique interactive platform, World Book eBooks. The e-book collection includes beautifully illustrated, engaging titles that contain such multimedia features as videos, audio, and games. Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users­––no holds or waiting. An “early adopter” subscription includes updates and revisions to e-books, as well as all new titles that are added to the site during their subscription.” (via PRNewswire)

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Booktrack Adds Customized Playlists to E-Books

“If you listen to music while you read, chances are the sounds and words don’t match up.

But what if you could use one to augment the other, adding ambient sounds to your favorite book to turn it into a cinematic experience? Booktrack is a digital publishing tool that reinvented itself as a DIY platform for bloggers, artists and writers to self-publish their work with synchronized soundtracks. Writers can embed songs from a catalogue of 20,000 licensed audio files, adding mood music, ambient audio and sound effects to play in tune with story lines, paced to a user’s reading speed.” (via Mashable)

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