Ebooks

Amazon announces new Kindles

Amazon announced three new Kindle Fire tablets and three new e-ink Kindles today.
Two of the e-ink models have a built in screen light.

Here are some articles:

1) Kindle Paperwhite Hands On: What a Beautiful Screen (Gizmodo)

2) Amazon Showcases New Kindle Tablets; Shares Hit All-Time Highs (WSJ)

3) Amazon answers glowing Nook with Kindle Paperwhite (dvice)

4) Amazon introduces larger, cheaper Kindle tablets (USA Today)

Surprisingly Successful "Fake" "Erotic" ebook

Radio program - On the Media

Brooke speaks to Justin Robert Young, who, along with Brian Brushwood, inspired their podcast fans to write a fake erotic e-book and improve its ranking in the iBook store by buying it and leaving 5-star reviews. The idea was to mock the success of Fifty shades of Grey and its sequels. The book reached #4, but then something funny happened - people not in on the joke started buying and positively reviewing the book.

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Booksellers Group Partners With Canadian E-Book Company

Nearly five months after Google said it would end a little-used program that allowed independent bookstores to sell its e-books, a Canadian e-reading company named Kobo has stepped in as a replacement.

The American Booksellers Association, a trade group for independents, said on Wednesday that it had formed a partnership with Kobo that would make the company’s platform available to bookstores. The partnership will begin with 400 bookstores this fall.

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Bilbary Takes Next Steps in Turning Libraries Into Sales Channels

In building partnerships with libraries in Kansas, Denver and, just announced today, California, e-bookstore Bilbary is attempting to create a new e-books sales channel through libraries.

Bilbary has built a series of links on library websites that take patrons to the Bilbary site where they can buy e-books. The library who referred the patron gets 50% of the profit from the purchase.

Digital Book World aims for a more accurate ebook bestseller list

A new ebook bestseller list from book publishing website and community Digital Book World aims to provide a clearer picture of the books that are actually driving the most revenue by taking price point, not just unit sales, into account.

Books are Not Sacred Objects

The bookish internet exploded last week when, in what one report called "the worst craft idea ever," Lauren Conrad (star of MTV reality shows and author of teen novels) cut apart a set of Lemony Snicket books and used the spines to decorate an otherwise plain box. The outcries were variations on the theme of, Nooooo, not books! That bitch!

Libraries to try buying e-books directly

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article dealing with the ticklish issue of the purchase and disbursement of ebooks to the public. The San Francisco Public Library, working with Califa, has come up with some creative solutions that involve working with the smaller publishers.

The story is here.

Libraries to try buying e-books directly

Starting this fall, the 220-member library cooperative Califa Library Group will begin rolling out a $325,000 project with the goal of buying from the smaller publishing companies thousands of e-books that the libraries will own forever. San Francisco and most other libraries lease their collection through OverDrive, a digital distribution company.

Nebraska building its own e-book system for schools, researchers

There’s a lot less dust and grime in today’s Wild West, but enough unknowns to compete in any new frontier.

Case in point: A new electronic book project started by the Nebraska Department of Education with the goal of offering free instructional content to teachers across the state.

The NeBook Project is a partnership of schools and state and nonprofit agencies to create electronic books and share them through the Education Department.

The project might be new, but the idea isn't.

On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library

In the "Your Money" section of the NYT there is this article: On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library

Line from article: Many publishers are nervous that borrowing e-books from libraries is too easy and will cut into digital sales, so they refuse to sell them to libraries, or restrict the number of times a digital book can be loaned.

The author then goes on to discuss the travails she has had getting ebooks from the library and wraps up the piece with this line - So much for free, easy reading. For my budget’s sake, I can only hope that publishers and libraries find a way to cooperate soon on making electronic books more readily available for borrowing.

Comment: I know there are layers of issues in regards to publishers and libraries and ebooks. For example there is the argument that libraries provide exposure for books that people would not have discovered otherwise and this can generate sales. Yet after reading the totality of this piece it is not hard for me to understand why publishers are edgy. People so quickly want to connect the concept of ebooks with FREE.

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