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Oyster Opens to Public, Releases iPad App

“After launching in September with invitation-only access for the iPhone, Oyster, the New York-based subscription e-book service, is releasing its iPad app today and opening the service to public download with the offer of a free 30-day trial period. Oyster now offers complete access to an unlimited number of digital books for $9.95 per month on the Apple mobile platforms. Beginning today, consumers no longer have to wait for an invitation to join Oyster—the service used a soft launch to prepare for the process of scaling up to large numbers of users—and can now download the app from the App store and use it right away.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Ad-driven ebooks are worse—and closer—than you imagine

“Self-styled ‘forward thinkers’ love e-books. They love them. They want to marry them. They want to have grotesque half-digital babies with them and grow old with them and be buried beside them in a toxic e-waste grave. But when a real futurist looks at e-books, the results can be decidedly less romantic. Charles Stross is not only one of the most celebrated science fiction writers in the game today, he’s also one of our great tech prognosticators, making predictions so rational and seemingly inevitable, you’ll almost forget that they’re terrifying.” (via Melville House)

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Subscription [ebook] Models Move to the Fore

“Although it’s been discussed for years, the subscription e-book model is finally gaining traction in the publishing industry, as three new services offering popular backlist trade books—Oyster, e-Reatah, and Scribd—enter the market. The subscription model is already a business reality in the music and movie industries, with such well-known examples as Pandora, Spotify, and Net-flix. The most successful subscription model in the book business to date has been Safari Books Online, the long-running tech and business e-book service. Under subscription models, consumers pay a regular fee—monthly, weekly, or yearly—and have easy access to a large pool of content (and book discovery and recommendation features), rather than purchasing individual works.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Whats New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association

“A little over a year ago, when I started blogging for Forbes about digital publishing, librarians were up in arms over the issue of ebooks. Several of the largest U.S. publishers weren’t selling ebooks to libraries at the time; some of the others were doing so but with terms librarians hated.So much can change in a year. Today, your local library can give you free access to tens of thousands more ebooks than every before.” (via Forbes)

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The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading

“This is not one of those rants about missing the texture, touch, colors, whatever of paper contrasted with the sterility of reading on a tablet. No, the real abomination of ebooks is often overlooked: Some are so ingrained in the product itself that they are hiding in plain sight, while others are well concealed beneath layers of commerce and government. The real problem with ebooks is that they’re more “e” than book, so an entirely different set of rules govern what someone — from an individual to a library — can and can’t do with them compared to physical books, especially when it comes to pricing.” (via Wired.com)

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Scribd Challenges Amazon and Apple With ‘Netflix for Books’

“Spotify did it for music. Netflix did it for movies. And now, Trip Adler and Scribd are doing it for books. The 29-year-old entrepreneur and his six-year-old San Francisco startup just unveiled an online subscription service that gives you unlimited access to a large library of digital books for a flat monthly fee, including titles from big-name publishing house HarperCollins. This isn’t a place where you purchase your very own digital copy of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. It’s a place where you can browse and skim and read whatever strikes your fancy, which might end up as a few paragraphs of the Christie classic sandwiched in between a chapter of Elmore Leonard crime fiction and a cover-to-cover romp through your favorite Neil Gaiman novel.” (via Wired.com)

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Penguin Group to Distribute eBooks to Public Libraries via Axis 360

“Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, today announced that Penguin Group (USA) LLC’s ebooks are available to all public libraries and consortia using the Axis 360 digital media platform. In Fall 2012, two Axis 360 libraries participated in a test program circulating select Penguin Group ebooks to patrons. As a result of the successful partnering with the Los Angeles Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library, Penguin is now making its full ebook catalog, including DK titles, available to all public libraries using Axis 360.” (via Baker & Taylor)

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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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