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Rankings: Take at Look at the Independent Publishers Group “Top 100 E-Books” List

April 7, 2012 by

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We learned about this list by ways of a mention on the IPG News web page. Direct to List See Also: Amazon Removes Kindle Versions of IPG Books After Distributor Declines to Change Selling Terms From Publishers Lunch (February, 2012) [IPG President Mark] Suchomel writes: “Amazon.com is putting pressure on publishers and distributors to change […]

WSJ: The Changing Culture of the New York Public Library

April 5, 2012 by

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Note: We’ve updated this post (at the bottom) with a link to a recent keynote lecture (video) by Anthony Grafton. It’s titled, “The Transforming Book”. From an WSJ “Ideas” Blog Post: Anthony Grafton, a professor of history at Princeton and past president of the American Historical Association, is distressed when he contemplates the changes afoot […]

paidContent Looks at a New Project From Worldreader: “E-books For Smart Kids on ‘Dumb’ Phones”

April 3, 2012 by

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From a paidContent Article by LauraHazardOwen: Worldreader has already distributed over 75,000 e-books to students in sub-Saharan Africa. Now the literary nonprofit is launching an e-reading app designed for basic mobile phones. [Clip] Worldreader’s app, now in beta, was developed by Sydney-based startup biNu. The Bookseller explains that the app uses “cloud-based data compression technology […]

Publishing: Amazon Tries to Wring Big Discounts from Publishers

April 2, 2012 by

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From The Seattle Times: McFarland [Publishing] and others in the book world worry that Amazon will use its pricing pressure to crush publishers. They say Amazon’s demands for deeper discounts threaten already-thin profit margins, and some warn about an Amazon monopoly. Amazon, which declined to answer questions or discuss its relations with publishers for this […]

France Passes New Laws on the “Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books”

March 29, 2012 by

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The Global Legal Monitor from the Library of Congress provides a summary of the recently passed legislation but writer/tweeter @BlankTextField (based in France) says the article include a few inaccuracies. From the Global Legal Monitor This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 […]

Kids and eBooks: “Bringing Up an E-Reader”

March 29, 2012 by

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From The NY Times: Amid the excitement and enthusiasm, some people are suggesting a closer look, especially for younger children learning to read. “Right now, the state-of-the-art, in terms of research-based practice is: read traditional books with your child,” said Julia Parish-Morris, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied e-books and […]

New Zealand: The Reading and eReading Habits of Kiwis

March 28, 2012 by

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From The New Zealand Herald: The Research NZ survey, commissioned by New Zealand Book Month, asked 505 people about their reading habits. The results, released yesterday, found 23 per cent of men hadn’t read a book in the past year, compared with only 8 per cent of women. Key Findings 84 per cent read at […]