Publishers of print books have been struggling for control in the new world of publishing. Borders has gone by the wayside in the aftermath of the shift to digital publishing and presently publishers maintain control over pricing for e-books. However, attempts to increase revenue through adding extra features has not been very successful. As John Makinson, CEO of Penguin Books, explains consumer reaction to paying for added features, “‘Well, that’s marvelous but that’s not something I’m going to pay for….'”
(left: Random House offices, NYC)
A different aspect of the publishing battles being waged in the industry is apparent in Amazon’s Prime loyalty program for Kindle customers which allows users to choose a free book every month. Several of the larger publishers have flatly refused to join. Worries about piracy, intellectual property, and revenue are only some of the complex issues troubling publishing houses.
For now, book publishers have fared better than the music business regarding the thorny issues of ownership and compensation. It remains to be seen for just how long they can keep doing so.
With a blink of an eye, the world has changed. Kindle, well known for its ease of use, has pushed public library’s downloadable books to a new level. With one click, a library book can now be sent via WiFi to be read on the device itself, or on a Kindle App. As an avid Kindle user, I can vouch for the fact that it works. It’s easy, and I love it. For more information on how to use it with your Evanston Public Library card, see the set of instructions recently posted on our Digital Books web pages.
A brief report on today’s Morning Edition program on NPR discusses the pending legal battle over the pricing of eBooks in this rapidly growing market, and the game-changing impact of the expanding selection of competing brands of eReaders that is successfully chipping away at Kindle’s market share.
Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey announced that books that utilize the Kindle e-reader will be available at the end of the year. Currently, CPL users can employ the Sony e-reader, the Nook, and the iPad.
In addition she mentioned that 2 more branches will be opening this year, a very encouraging sign during these difficult economic times, when many cities are closing or consolidating library services.
Wow. Pigs can fly. And Kindle will soon be compatible with Overdrive/My Media Mall. This is huge… And I finally get to stop feeling guilty for loving my Kindle. Here are a couple details below but for the whole story, see the complete blog post from Overdrive
The Kindle Library Lending program will support the existing business models that you have already set in OverDrive’s catalog.
The Kindle eBook titles borrowed from a library will carry the same rules and policies as all other eBooks.
As usual, users will still need a valid library card from a participating library, school, or college to check out an eBook for Kindle Lending.
Let’s see what happens next…
I’m going to be in so much trouble here—with librarians, with library users, with my coworkers—well, just about everyone I have talked to in the last six months. In my household, we are now the sheepish owners of a Kindle with Global 3G and wifi (as well as a Kobo, and ipad).
How did this happen, you might ask? How did this librarian who loved her Kobo so much give into the hype, and purchase the least library compatible device out there??? Continue reading “My Kobo ebook Reader: A gateway drug to Kindle” →
Library of America, which publishes classic American literature, has announced that it will offer e-books starting in 2011. It will have 30 titles available for the Kindle, the Nook, and the Sony Reader. The list of titles will be available on LOA‘s website in January.
Additionally, LOA will publish Six Novels in Woodcuts by Chicago-born artist Lyn Ward (1905-1985), which are edited by Art Spiegelman. Ward was a pioneer of the graphic novel form and illustrated more than a hundred books. He won a Caldecott Medal for his contribution to children’s literature.
Mary B, Reader’s Services