"This is the first all-digital bookshop in Europe that sells books on demand only," PUF general manager Frederic Meriot told The Associated Press. "It is a model for the future, a model in which digital and paperback books can work together."
“ Top 10 E-Book Trends of 2013: Apple Loses; Amazon Wins; Prices Drop PBS MediaShift ... but the library would only need to purchase the e-book once. Hachette also made a deal with Follett to sell Follett's educational material to school libraries.”
How has your reading changed in the past 20 years? From readers shopping in brick-and-mortar bookstores, to the dominance of game-changing online sellers, to a digital era of e-reading and instant delivery, the book industry has gone through monumental change.
The real problem with ebooks is that they’re more 'e' than book, so an entirely different set of rules govern what someone can and can't do with them compared to physical books, especially when it comes to pricing.
by Ursula K. Le Guin While most small presses sell all their books freely and happily to libraries, the “Big Five” publishers continue to be terrified by the idea of letting public libraries have their e-books, and to punish libraries for even...
Although journals, other serials, and reference have made a large scale transition away from print, we must not assume that the same path will inevitably be pursued for other components of our collections. A combination of business models, reading practices, and other user needs will play the biggest role in determining the prospects for the printed monograph.
Penguin Random House today announced a new unified, companywide terms of sale (TOS) policy for ebook licenses sold to public, school, and other libraries working with approved ebook vendors in the United States and Canada. Effective January 1, 2016, all Penguin and Random House adult and children’s frontlist and backlist ebook titles will be available under the one-ebook, one-user, no loan cap perpetual licensing model that has long been employed by Random House.
ROUND POUND — Best-selling author Douglas Preston sat in his home looking out over Penobscot Bay this summer and stared at his computer screen, watching online sales of his book with co-author Lincoln Child, “Blue Labyrinth,” plummet as a contract dispute between Amazon.com. and Preston’s publisher, Hachette, grew nastier and more destructive."
After forever changing book-selling, Amazon is now embarked on a wide-ranging venture that seeks to alter the book-publishing end of the business. Company officials see it as an experiment where they can tinker with new ways to connect authors and readers.
The annual School Library Journal report on average book prices is out--and the prices continue to creep up. I'd love to have a chart that compares this to the average book budget allocations in school libraries, I'm pretty sure we'd see that they're not keeping pace.
"These are hard times for those who live by the pen. But technology will not decide their fate. The future of writers—and the articles, novels, and nonfiction books they create—ultimately rests with those who read them."
Edward Tenner writes a thoughtful essay about writing, publishing, journalism and how technology is changing all of them.
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