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E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | 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 Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries - Forbes

The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries - Forbes | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries, like other consumers, should be free to buy any published e-content at competitive prices, to keep these items in their collection, and to loan them to their patrons.
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Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist?

E-reader owners read more books in a year than their print-only counterparts. Is print really a dying medium?
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myliblog: Writers support libraries

myliblog: Writers support libraries | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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%.

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Ebook Platforms in Libraries: A new report in the works | No Shelf Required

Ebook Platforms in Libraries: A new report in the works | No Shelf Required | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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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.

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Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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Free Library of Philadelphia Resolves NOOK Accessibility Lawsuit - The Digital Shift

Free Library of Philadelphia Resolves NOOK Accessibility Lawsuit - The Digital Shift | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

Goldstein said that the current library e-reader landscape still poses significant accessibility problems.

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Is Amazon Whispercast Enough?: Doubts Remain on Kindle’s Adoption by Schools - The Digital Shift

Is Amazon Whispercast Enough?: Doubts Remain on Kindle’s Adoption by Schools - The Digital Shift | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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Archipelago: Adventures with ebooks, Part One

Archipelago: Adventures with ebooks, Part One | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
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Amazon's Whispercast for Kindle targets schools, businesses

Amazon's Whispercast for Kindle targets schools, businesses | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
New free online tool allows organizations to manage a 'fleet of Kindles' and wirelessly distribute Kindle books, documents and apps. Read this article by David Carnoy on CNET.
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Amazon Makes Major Push Into Schools With Whispercast

Amazon Makes Major Push Into Schools With Whispercast | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
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,...
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Self-Publishing Partnership To Turn Libraries Into Publishers, Patrons Into ... - mediabistro.com

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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...

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myliblog: Publishers ask for business models and don't know what a library is

myliblog: Publishers ask for business models and don't know what a library is | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

I gather that they don't know this one important fact: WE HAVE. ALA has offered several business models. Which ones will prevail? Here are two that WON'T:

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Ebook lending vs. ownership - Tools of Change for Publishing

Ebook lending vs. ownership - Tools of Change for Publishing | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
In an earlier article called Free and the medium vs. the message I excerpted liberally from a terrific short ebook by Joshua Gans called Information Wants to Be Shared....
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National Federation of the Blind to Take Protest to Amazon, Denouncing School Kindle Use as Discriminatory to Blind Students - The Digital Shift

National Federation of the Blind to Take Protest to Amazon, Denouncing School Kindle Use as Discriminatory to Blind Students - The Digital Shift | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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ALA Editions announces new online journal eContent Quarterly | American Libraries Magazine

ALA Editions announces new online journal eContent Quarterly | American Libraries Magazine | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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myliblog: Mystery of the missing ebooks

myliblog: Mystery of the missing ebooks | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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eBooks: Kansas State Library Launches Facebook Campaign Against Unfair Practices By Big 6 Publishers | LJ INFOdocket

eBooks: Kansas State Library Launches Facebook Campaign Against Unfair Practices By Big 6 Publishers | LJ INFOdocket | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

The Kansas State Library has launched a social-media campaign against what it says are unfair practices to keep bestselling electronic books out of the hands of libraries and their patrons.

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Flat World's shift in gears and what it means for open textbook publishing | Inside Higher Ed

Flat World's shift in gears and what it means for open textbook publishing | Inside Higher Ed | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/05/flat-worlds-shift-gears-and-what-it-means-open-textbook-publishing#ixzz2BLYJAgqM
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With iPad Mini, Apple Switches From Offense To Defense

With iPad Mini, Apple Switches From Offense To Defense | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, alongside a new Retina MacBook, faster Mac Mini, and super thin iMac, Apple announced the iPad Mini.
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Kindle’s New Whispercast Appeals to Teachers by Taking the Fun Out of Tablets for Student

Kindle’s New Whispercast Appeals to Teachers by Taking the Fun Out of Tablets for Student | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
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.
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Amazon Targets Schools, Businesses With Whispercast for Kindle

Amazon Targets Schools, Businesses With Whispercast for Kindle | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
Amazon today announced its Whispercast for Kindle program that allows educators and business owners seamless interaction between multiple Kindle devices.
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Whispercast for Kindle makes mass ebook/app management easy - SlashGear

Whispercast for Kindle makes mass ebook/app management easy - SlashGear | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
Amazon has launched Whispercast for Kindle, a new mass-deployment and management system for ebooks - and soon apps - on Kindles and Kindle apps for schools and...
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Unglue: Giving books to the world by crowd funding – A TTW Guest Post by Jan Holmquist « Tame The Web

Unglue: Giving books to the world by crowd funding – A TTW Guest Post by Jan Holmquist « Tame The Web | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it

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.

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One big misunderstanding?: The problem with misconceptions and epublishing

One big misunderstanding?: The problem with misconceptions and epublishing | eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries | Scoop.it
One of the biggest misunderstandings that plagues the publishing industry today is that ebooks are inherently cheaper, faster, and easier to produce than their print counterparts and, as a result, ...

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