Sixty percent of publishing executives believe that tablets have become “the ideal reading platform,” and 45 percent believe that dedicated e-readers will soon be irrelevant, according to a recent online, by-invitation survey conducted by global research and advisory firm Forrester.
The European Union’s competition watchdog has accepted proposals by four publishers and Apple to end agreements that set retail prices for ebooks — a practice the EU feared violated competition rules.The decision reached Thursday is legally binding on Hachette Livre; Harper Collins; Simon & Schuster; and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, which owns Macmillan. The deal is also binding on Penguin.
The following is a summary of the data collected by Amazon, BN, Kobo, and Sony. According to the EFF charts compiled in 2010, the safest way to read is to download books to Adobe Digital Editions because ADE does not track your reading habits. Your purchasing data, however, is still compiled by the various retailers.
Le Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CBUC) travaille, avec des partenaires, sur un projet pilote canadien pour augmenter le contenu d'ebook pour les utilisateurs. Après une publication de demande de renseignements (RFI) auprès de diverses firmes technologiques intéressées, c'est l'heure du « bilan ». Le projet pilote devrait être lancé en janvier 2013.
A U.S. judge has ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to halt sales of its Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer while the court considers Apple's claim the South Korean tech giant illegally copied the design of the popular iPad.
It seems safe to assume that by the end of 2012, public libraries may be directing as much as 20% of their collection budgets to digital content. By the end of three years, it may be closer to 50%. That shift of resources, at a time when the budget pie itself is shrinking, will have one unsurprising result: The circulation of print will decline if we offer fewer print materials. That, in turn, will accelerate the shifting of resources.
In sum, no one is quite sure where the ebook–library relationship is going. Is this a marriage that’s breaking up or an engagement that’s just going through a rough period? Time will tell, and more data will certainly help.
SirsiDynix and 3M today announced their intent to integrate the 3M Cloud Library content into eResource Central, currently scheduled for release in Q1 of 2013. For library users, eResource Central provides simple access to library resources, including ebooks and ejournals, via a single user interface. eResource Central will include full support for many e-readers as well as other content formats, along with their associated digital permissions.
OverDrive reported yesterday that media content downloads from libraries using its app hit a record on Christmas Day. This includes borrowed eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos. According to OverDrive, most of these check outs came from patrons using iPads, Kindle Fires and Android devices.
Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s 2012 Ebook Usage Reports present the most up to date data on the driving factors behind library ebook usage activity and purchasing trends in the public, academic, and school (K-12) library markets.
Most of the top-selling reading apps appear to teach only the most basic of literacy skills. They lean toward easy-to-teach tasks, such as identifying the ABCs, but don’t address higher-level competencies that young children also need to become strong readers, such as developing vocabulary and understanding words in a narrative.
With respect to books, publishers have desperately reacted to digitization by replicating the offerings to consumers available in the physical world. That has meant a model of book ownership rather than of shared use.
The Penguin Group plans to announce on Monday that it is expanding its e-book lending program to libraries in Los Angeles and Cleveland and surrounding areas though a new distribution partner. In a pilot program that will begin this year, Penguin has worked with Baker & Taylor, a distributor of print and digital books, to start e-book lending programs in the Los Angeles County library system, which will reach four million people, and the Cuyahoga County system in Ohio.
Summer is here, and for many of us it’s the time to catch up on all of the reading that we wanted to do during the school year. It’s also a good opportunity to try out some new apps. Following are some handy tools for reading and ebook discovery that you can enjoy exploring now and perhaps put them to use with your students in the classroom or library come fall.
Amazon’s communications with borrowers made it plain that Amazon was acquiring and keeping lots of information about library users and their reading habits and using that data to market goods to them. Inquiries revealed that while OverDrive did not acquire or pass along user information, Amazon required Kindle users to log in with their Kindle accounts to access the borrowed ebook. That information—along with the data about the Kindle customer’s use of the ebook—was, per Amazon’s terms of service, subject to Amazon’s standard commercial privacy policies.
Over 70 library systems from the United States and Canada — including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago — today issued a joint statement demanding vastly improved ebook services for library users in North America.