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Why Should Libraries Focus on Popular Books?

Why Should Libraries Focus on Popular Books? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Last week a reader frustrated by my perfectly sensible solution to the ebook lending “crisis” in libraries responded thusly:
Why is so hard to understand that first-run, popular, and new books are important to public libraries?
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How Kobo Plans to Launch in 12 New Countries a Year

How Kobo Plans to Launch in 12 New Countries a Year | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Kobo's Michael Tamblyn presenting at Digital Book World. Photo credit: Babette Ross
Community Note: Throughout February, we’ll be sharing some of the best speakers and sessions from Digital Book World Conference.
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Discoverability in the Digital Age: Personal Recommendations and Bookstores, Survey Says

Discoverability in the Digital Age: Personal Recommendations and Bookstores, Survey Says | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Jack McKeown presenting the results of Verso Digital's reader survey at Digital Book World.
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Former agent to launch international organization for self-published authors

Former agent to launch international organization for self-published authors | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Just in time for the spring book season, a non-profit organization for self-published authors is getting an international roll-out.
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Best publicity stunt of the day: Lemony Snicket and Seth collaborate on new series

Best publicity stunt of the day: Lemony Snicket and Seth collaborate on new series | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Quill & Quire is not in the habit of publishing emails, but this one demands sharing.
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Skyreader, San Diego Zoo Bring Out New Wiggens Adventures

App developer Skyreader has signed an agreement with the San Diego Zoo that will bring three new e-book adventures starring Wiggens, the precocious Chocolate Labrador puppy, to the App Store beginning spring 2012.
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E-Textbook Use Down Among College Students

E-Textbook Use Down Among College Students | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
Fewer college students bought and used e-textbooks in the 2011 academic year than in the year prior, according to a new report.
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Carmen Aguirre wins CBC Canada Reads

Carmen Aguirre wins CBC Canada Reads | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Carmen Aguirre came out victorious at this year’s CBC Canada Reads.
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We will measure our loss « PWxyz

We will measure our loss « PWxyz | Acquiring | Scoop.it
"Not permitting libraries to lend ebooks means that some people have less opportunity in their lives than others." http://t.co/sT125Tzn...
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The Ebook Crisis

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One of the big stories in Libraryland last week was Overdrive’s announcement that Penguin had suspended the availability of their ebooks from Overdrive and the “Get for Kindle” function,” followed two days later by the announcement that...
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Charles Taylor Prize reveals first ever longlist

Charles Taylor Prize reveals first ever longlist | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Since it was launched in 2000, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction has traditionally been among the first major literary prizes celebrated in the new year.
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Book links round-up: Terry Fallis on Canada e-Reads, niche booksellers succeed, and more

Book links round-up: Terry Fallis on Canada e-Reads, niche booksellers succeed, and more | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Turning CBC’s Canada Reads into Canada e-Reads would increase participation, argues Terry Fallis
Do niche bookstores have an edge in the digital age?
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Publishers Sour on Tablet as Reading Platform, Survey Says

Publishers Sour on Tablet as Reading Platform, Survey Says | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid As tablet sales surge and put downward pressure on dedicated e-reader ownership growth, publishers are pessimistic that tablets will provide readers with an enticing reading...
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Sesame Workshop Launches on Nook Color in Continuing Expansion

Sesame Workshop Launches on Nook Color in Continuing Expansion | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid Sesame Workshop is now selling seven titles on the Nook Color, marking the first time that Sesame will sell digitally through Barnes & Noble and signaling the company’s...
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Why ebooks in Quebec are a taxing issue

Why ebooks in Quebec are a taxing issue | Acquiring | Scoop.it
While NPR urges the world to stop the ebook versus print debate, in Quebec, the debate has shifted to how digital titles are taxed, and what constitutes a “real book.” According to Montreal’s The Gazette, the Quebec government has treated print...
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Tipping Point Reached or Will E-Book Sales Spike in First Quarter?

Tipping Point Reached or Will E-Book Sales Spike in First Quarter? | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Rich Fahle, Founder, Astral Road Media, @richfahle
Despite the flattening of the e-book sales growth curve in 2011, there is no going back to the way things were for publishers, said Mike Shatzkin at the Digital Book World Conference in New York.
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Indigo boycotts books published by Amazon

Indigo boycotts books published by Amazon | Acquiring | Scoop.it
What began as a “simmering feud” during the Christmas selling season, when Amazon launched a promotion offering users discounts for purchasing products scanned in bricks-and-mortar stores, has escalated into “full-scale war,” according to an...
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Tracking Amazon: A Record Day for Shannon McKenna

Romance writer Shannon McKenna is dominating the Kindle bestseller charts one day after four of her novels were included in the Kindle Daily Deal for $0.99 each.
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BookRix Offers e-Book Distribution for Self-Published Authors

BookRix.com is launching e-book distribution services to enable self-published writers to make their books available on the Kindle, Nook, and other devices and online retailers.
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Indigo president resigns as profits fall in third quarter

Indigo president resigns as profits fall in third quarter | Acquiring | Scoop.it
After less than a year in the role, Tedford G. Marlow has resigned as president of Indigo Books & Music and resumed a senior position with U.S.-based retailer Urban Outfitters, where he has been named CEO.
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Penguin pulls out of OverDrive, stops ebook sales to libraries

Penguin pulls out of OverDrive, stops ebook sales to libraries | Acquiring | Scoop.it
Penguin Group has announced it will no longer provide ebooks to OverDrive, effective immediately. With the termination of the relationship between the publisher and the U.S.
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Why publishers should give away ebooks

Why publishers should give away ebooks | Acquiring | Scoop.it
I used to buy a lot of MP3s. I don't anymore. That's not to say I don't listen to MP3s. I have about 10,000 of the little guys squeezed like vienna sausages into my iTunes music folder, and I listen to them a lot.
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BISG Policy Statement on ISBN Usage

"The Book Industry Study Group after long deliberation and incredibly astute consulting has announced its policy recommendation for the use of ISBNs for digital products..." View Full Article...
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Anatomy of the Steve Jobs Amazon Best-Seller

Anatomy of the Steve Jobs Amazon Best-Seller | Acquiring | Scoop.it
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
Yesterday, Amazon announced that Simon & Schuster’s biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is its best-selling book of the year, combining print and digital.
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