Here's what a lot of people don't know. I didn't. Modern author contracts call for an author royalty of 10% or so for sales. But for licensing, authors are supposed to get 50%. So you have to wonder: is Random House licensing their works, but taking 90%, when they should only get 50?
Somehow, this copyright and publishing framework has become a corporate asset, benefitting neither the public, nor the creator.
Calling all authors: why not publish at the library? We'll give you 90%.
Ebook Platforms in Libraries: A new report in the works
November 2nd, 2012 · by Mirela Roncevic · 2 Comments
I am in the midst of developing a library technology report for ALA TechSource (a unit of the publishing department of the American Library Association), due out in the Spring of 2013. The focus: ebook platforms in libraries. As I am amassing information about various products from publishers and aggregators on the specifics of each platform, I’ve decided to open it up to a broader audience in the early stages of the writing process and obtain feedback from all who may benefit.
Publishers and aggregators: Please take a moment to read the proposed contents of the report (below) and let me know where your products fit and why. I plan to cover a variety of resources.
Librarians: What are your main frustrations when selecting ebook platforms? Please take a moment to consider if the details I plan to include about each product will help you make informed purchasing decisions.
Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life—classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too.CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of textbooks by big publishers, announced on Wednesday a new tool to help professors and others measure students’ engagement with electronic course materials.
But troubling questions remain, as Whispercast only addresses some issues that have plagued schools and institutions since Kindles were first introduced. Amazon declined to return multiple emails and calls from SLJ with queries from school librarians and educational experts about how Whispercast will ease those concerns.
Looking to broaden the reach of Kindle devices, and Amazon-purchased content for them, Amazon announced the launch of Whispercast, a new venture that allows organizations to distribute and centrally manage the deployment of multiple Kindle devices,...
Self-Publishing Partnership To Turn Libraries Into Publishers, Patrons Into ...mediabistro.comLibrary patrons will no longer just be readers, thanks to a new partnership between digital publishing company FastPencil and library technology provider...
For years, representatives from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) have been urging Amazon representatives to make their Kindle ereaders accessible to people who are blind and have low vision. Frustrated by what they say is an unacceptable response by Amazon and galvanized by the retail giant’s push for Kindle ebooks adoption by schools, NFB officials will protest outside Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on December 12 at 11:00 am.
That's the title of this Huffington Post piece by Art Brodsky. It does a very good job, in clear, jargon-free language, of telling the public just what's going on with ebooks and libraries. Not a pretty picture.
Economic viability is not the only reason Flat World is dumping the free model, Shelstad said. So is fairness. Some of the company’s 15 current institutional partners pay a $20-$25 licensing fee for every student whose use of the materials they subsidize, and others pay less. Raising the minimum price for use of the materials to $19.95 (the company’s tab for its Study Pass product, which includes the full online textbook, note-taking, highlighting and study aids) is fairer and still affordable for students, Shelstad said.
As tablets replace textbooks in the hands of America’s schoolchildren, a new Kindle feature called Whispercast may make it the preferred device among schoolteachers by letting them engage in their wildest fantasy: blocking Facebook.
To unglue a book means that you buy the rights to the book and then pass them on by giving the book to the world for free to read in any e-book format and on any device – without DRM or time restrictions under a creative commons license. But you don’t do it alone. You chirp in a little and so does a lot of other people who think it is important to free the same book. This is called crowd funding. When you crowd fund (and unglue) the project you support has a deadline and the money needed must be raised before the end of this deadline or the project fails. If the money is not raised before the deadline – you don’t loose your money – because the amount you pledge is not drawn from your account unless all the money needed is raised.