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E-Books, Libraries and Democracy

E-Books, Libraries and Democracy | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
All of the Big Six publishers have, for the first time, agreed to make e-books available to public library users.
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The Thinkpiece ‘Libraries, eLending, and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content’ | IFLA

The Thinkpiece ‘Libraries, eLending, and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content’ | IFLA | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
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The thinkpiece was the starting point for discussions on desirable characteristics for public access models for library digital content, library user expectations’ regarding eBooks, and the relationship between libraries and publishers in the eBook age. During the meeting participants focused on the role of copyright, licensing and legislation in access to digital content like eBooks, as well as reviewing advocacy campaigns and the potential for IFLA as an advocate for library access to eBooks.

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Change Is The Only Constant In Today's Publishing Industry : NPR

Change Is The Only Constant In Today's Publishing Industry : NPR | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
The publishing industry has been in flux for years. First chain stores, then Amazon, then e-books — all combined to create dramatic change.
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"Another way they might create additional distribution is through a subscription, e-book subscription service," he says. "Before Random and Penguin merged, no single publisher would have had enough of the most commercial titles to make something like that work. They might. So they may be able to create distribution channels that are extra, compared to what we have now, and proprietary, in that other publishers won't be able to get at them."

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E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
23% of Americans ages 16 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 16% the year before. The share who read a print book declined to 67%, from 72%.
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The population of e-book readers is growing. In the past year, the number of those who read e-books increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older to 23%. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell from 72% of the population ages 16 and older to 67%.

Overall, the number of book readers in late 2012 was 75% of the population ages 16 and older, a small and statistically insignificant decline from 78% in late 2011.

The move toward e-book reading coincides with an increase in ownership of electronic book reading devices.

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The rise of e-reading

The rise of e-reading | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
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"21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them."

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myliblog: Satire: publishers raise print prices to reflect library value

myliblog: Satire: publishers raise print prices to reflect library value | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it

Today RandomHouse announced that it will be raising the price on individual purchases of print books by an average of 430%.

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I’m breaking up with eBooks (and you can too) | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton

I’m breaking up with eBooks (and you can too) | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
I want to break up with eBooks.Don’t get me wrong, eBooks is dead sexy and great arm candy at parties, as well as a magnet for attention and memorable...
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Textbook Publishers Settle Counterfeit Claims

Textbook Publishers Settle Counterfeit Claims | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
Cengage Learning, John Wiley and Sons, Pearson Education, and McGraw-Hill Education settled five copyright and trademark infringement claims related to counterfeit textbooks, the companies announced recently.
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Librarians of the future: Lis Pardi at TEDxSomerville

As the sale of eBook readers rise many people assume the library is dying -- that it has no place in our device obsessed future world. But librarians are re-...
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Future Internet Architectures Aim to Better Serve Billions of Tablets and Smartphones | MIT Technology Review

Future Internet Architectures Aim to Better Serve Billions of Tablets and Smartphones | MIT Technology Review | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
The Internet isn’t robust enough for the ongoing explosion of connected devices. Now labs around the country are scrambling for solutions.
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Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing? : NPR

Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing? : NPR | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association.
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About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association, but finding the book you want to read can be a challenge — when it's available at all.

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E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing?

E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom says e-books are destroying the traditional publishing business model. But the story's not that simple.
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About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association, but finding the book you want to read can be a challenge — when it's available at all.

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Random House: Libraries own eBooks titles they paid for

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An open letter about eBooks and Douglas County Libraries | Douglas County Libraries

An open letter about eBooks and Douglas County Libraries | Douglas County Libraries | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it

"Many of our patrons are also interested in ebooks. But lately publishers are changing the rules. Some -- four of the "big six" -- won't sell ebooks to libraries at all. The two that did, HarperCollins and Random House, unilaterally changed the terms. HarperCollins requires us to "buy" the book again after 26 checkouts. (It's really more of a license to read than a purchase.) Random House recently raised the price of a new ebook by 300%. So a fiction title might cost $80; a non-fiction title, $120."

Jamie LaRue, Director

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Majority of U.S. Students Prefer Digital Textbooks | Digital Book World

Majority of U.S. Students Prefer Digital Textbooks | Digital Book World | Are eBooks one more nail in the coffin? | Scoop.it
Some 58% of U.S.students prefer digital textbooks to print because they're easier to carry and they are believed to be cheaper than print textbooks, according...
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