Written by Ivana Katsarova With an estimated value of US$151 billion, book publishing gradually evolved into a truly global business early in the 21st century. As yet, however, e-books are nevertheless significant only in a relatively small number of markets. These are led by the United States (13% of the book market) and the United Kingdom…
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a prominent provider of book discovery services for libraries, has announced that Penguin Random House has put its entire 21,000-title ebook catalog onto the EBSCO eBooks™ service. According to EBSCO, “flexible pricing models will help librarians acquire popular frontlist and backlist e-book titles according to their needs and allow libraries to own purchased Penguin Random House eBooks in perpetuity. EBSCO does not add markups or fees to this or any collection of titles, making it easy for libraries to grow their collections.” Courtesy of this latest deal, EBSCO now has a very up-to-date list added to its already substantial catalog. The announcement continues: “Penguin Random House
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Alyson Tyler's insight:
"Libraries, despite some strides toward a reasonable solution, still struggle with the cost of e-books. Regardless of the clear data showing the benefit of libraries lending an author’s work in print, publishers still hesitate to budge on e-book pricing. It’s different, they say. And in some ways they are right. But with issues of preservation, shrinking budgets, and rising costs, libraries have to be extremely careful about what books they stock both in print and in digital form."
Pearson has defended itself after an article in the Telegraph reported that a number of top universities, including Imperial College London, were "purging" Pearson materials from their courses, after the publisher raised the price of its digital content for academic libraries.
That’s the question a MobileReader asks in a post about the largest supplier of e-books for U.S. public libraries. “LovieDovie” writes in part: “As this trend of OD providing most ebooks and audio books to the libraries grows, I see more and more OD tentacles everywhere. “I feel like in 15 years OD will control the flow of all such digital content around most countries. In return, most public libraries around the world will become web site shells and vehicles for delivering OD content because most of them won’t need physical places anymore. Is that bad? I think it is pretty bad. “Just think about this side effect every time you conveniently borrow
Dosdoce, Bookwire and Publishing Perspectives are offering an exclusive ebook licensing guide for global public libraries and publishers.
Alyson Tyler's insight:
"The Guide describes in detail eight types of licenses most used by public libraries across the world." "...collaboration between Publishing Perspectives, international book publishing news and opinion magazine; Bookwire, a platform specializing in the worldwide distribution of more than 100,000 ebooks and audiobooks of more than 1,000 publishers from around the world, and Dosdoce.com, a company specializing in the development of digital business models..."
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