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EBSCO Information Services Launches eBook Business Collection

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the launch of eBook Business Collection, a comprehensive subscription collection of business e-books intended to meet the content needs of students in their research, special projects, and entrepreneurial quests. eBook Business Collection equips academic libraries and business schools with the e-books their students need, encompassing a variety of business topics such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship and also focusing on career growth, personal development, communication and networking. The collection includes over 9,400 e-books with new e-books added regularly at no additional cost.” (via EBSCO)

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Our dream library: Unlimited e-books for less than $10 a month

“Oyster has already established a compelling elevator pitch: “Netflix for books.” Pay a monthly fee, get access to an unlimited number of 100,000 titles available in Oyster’s app. The app is beautifully designed and certainly rivals that of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks version. But whether its business model is as much of a threat, and whether it lives up to the Netflix legacy it’s brought on itself, is another matter. Right now, the Oyster app is limited to an iPhone-oriented version, though iPad and Android versions are in the works. The app already adopts the iOS 7 design touches, with flat, delicately drawn icons and plenty of white space. When users first open the app, it asks them to pick five books to drive the first batch of recommendations.” (via Ars Technica)

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RH Children’s to Publish Seuss Classics as E-books

“Random House Children’s Books will now publish, for the first time, Dr. Seuss classics as e-books, announced Barbara Marcus, president and publisher, RHCB, and Susan Brandt, president, licensing and Marketing, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. On September 24, the longtime publisher of Dr. Seuss’s print editions will debut 15 digital versions, including some of the author’s most enduring titles, such as the The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The e-book rollout will continue through November, with 41 e-books in total at $8.99 and $10.99 price points.” (via PW)

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Own Your Own Ebook Lending Service

“If someone were to give us an ebook, do we have the tools to receive it, to integrate it into our catalog, and to check it out?” Douglas County Libraries (DCL) director Jamie LaRue posed this question to DCL’s associate director of IT, Monique Sendze, in December 2010. The fact that she answered, “No,” launched DCL into an entirely new way of doing business. DCL is a public library district located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo. DCL serves a population of about 295,000. In 2012, the library circulated 8.1 million items to 226,000 cardholders and purchased more than 184,000 items. DCL’s mission is to be a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Among the library’s core values are delivering a current, high-quality collection that meets our public’s needs and blazing trails by being innovative and visionary. Providing access to the content of our culture through our collections and technology is one of our guiding principles, and we pride ourselves on being pioneers within the library industry.” (via Computers in Libraries)

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Publishing Hears Echoes of Netflix Business Model

“Offering unlimited television shows and music for a flat monthly fee has worked for Netflix Inc. and Spotify AB. Will it work in the book industry? It is a question of intensifying debate in the publishing industry right now, as two digital startups plan launches of rival e-book subscription services this fall. If successful, the new services could pose fresh challenges for brick-and-mortar bookstores already struggling to cope with the growth of e-book sales and low prices of physical books offered online.” (via AllThingsD)

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Millions Qualify for E-book Refunds

“The $166 million publishers have agreed to pay to settle e-book price fixing charges with the states and consumer class could soon begin flowing to consumers, and PW has learned that more than 23 million consumer accounts are eligible to receive refunds. Representatives from Rust Consulting, the firm retained to administer the settlement fund, confirmed to PW that 23,073,840 customers of Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, and Sony have been directly notified via e-mail or by postcard that they are eligible to participate in the settlement. That figure represents consumer accounts, a Rust representative explained to PW, not the number of individual consumers, as some consumers have accounts with multiple retailers, or multiple accounts at a single retailer.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Hachette Strikes Deal With Follett to Sell Ebooks Into School Libraries

“Hachette has struck a deal with educational material distributor Follett to sell its ebook content into school libraries. It’s the second such deal with a major publisher that Follett has signed in August. Penguin Random House has also signed on for school library distribution. For years, major trade houses have been trying to figure out effective ways to sell into the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school library market and it seems like Follett may be stepping in to fill the void.” (via Digital Book World)

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Publishers tell court that Apple’s punishment in e-book case is unfair

“On Wednesday afternoon, five US publishing companies told the District Court for the Southern District of New York that they objected to a recent proposal made by the Department of Justice (DoJ) to punish Apple for allegedly fixing prices on e-books. Apple was found guilty in July of conspiring to raise e-book prices, although the company says it will appeal the decision. The five publishers—HarperCollins, Lagardere, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan—were all defendants along with Apple in the price-fixing case, but all five agreed to settlement terms, which included collectively paying back $164 million to consumers who were overcharged.” (via Ars Technica)

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E-Books Strain Relations Beween Libraries, Publishing Houses

“E-books have changed the world of publishing in fundamental ways. The business model that encouraged publishers to support the work of public libraries has changed to such an extent that this relationship has been stressed to the point of non cooperation.” (via NPR)

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The Big Shift: E-book Availability in Public Libraries

“Over the past several years, demand for e-books in public libraries has been on the rise. As more library patrons purchase e-book readers and tablet devices, the demand will continue to grow. But access hasn’t grown along with demand. While publishers and distributors have been trying to figure out the best new business models for selling e-books, libraries have sometimes been caught in the middle of their business deliberations and have historically not fared well against the consumer when it comes to buying e-books.” (via WebJunction)

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