Effective this morning, Penguin USA eBooks are now available in Canadian libraries through OverDrive. Lists are being populated and in the meantime, you can search for specific titles or authors. In a search for titles on sale in the past year, about 2,100 books were available. As in US libraries, the license terms are for one year. In a spot check, most new bestselling titles for adults are priced from $20-$25, most older books are below $16, and most children’s books are below $10.
Posted in Libraries, Publishers, Vendors.
– December 11, 2013
In mid-November, the Working Group of eBOUND Canada and CULC/CBUC members reached the conclusion that a made in Canada eBook lending technology solution could not be developed at a cost that was sustainable for all parties while still achieving the goals of the pilot project. A proponent vendor, whom eBOUND and CULC/CBUC were negotiating with, was informed and the RFP process terminated. More information in the CULC announcement.
The Working Group will be meeting in the near future to determine how to advance the goals of content integration and publisher collaboration through alternative means. In recognition of the importance of the publishing industry in Canada to the preservation and ongoing evolution of the Canadian identity and literary culture, and the integral role of public libraries to the ecosystem of reading, CULC/CBUC and the ACP will continue their collaborative efforts to improve access, promotion and discoverability of Canadian content in all its forms.
Posted in Libraries, Publishers.
– November 28, 2013
Forbes has published the first of a two part series on digital services in libraries, beginning with a discussion of OverDrive and the library eBook market: Are Digital Libraries A ‘Winner-Takes-All’ Market? OverDrive Hopes So
Posted in Libraries, Vendors.
– November 25, 2013
The Washington Post reports on last week’s ruling in favour of Google for its book digitization project: “On Thursday, the gamble paid off, as Judge Denny Chin of the Southern District of New York handed Google a big victory. Chin praised the Google Books project for its many public benefits, and concluded that the project’s transformative use of copyrighted books meant that the use of the books was legal under copyright’s fair use doctrine.” The article notes that the next stage is waiting to discover whether the decision will be upheld on appeal.
Posted in Publishers, Vendors.
– November 18, 2013
Library Journal reported on Wednesday that Penguin eBooks are once again available to US libraries via OverDrive. The article notes “They are currently only available to U.S. libraries (including public, academic, and consortia), but libraries outside the U.S. should be able to access them soon.”
Reports note prices around $20 for new eBooks, which purchases a one-year license and unlimited loans. When compared to other lending models, this will be affordable for high circulating titles. Older eBooks will have lower prices in the $5.99-9.99 range, but will also be under a one-year license, meaning libraries will need to weigh the risk of low circulation against the cost of the book.
Posted in Libraries, Publishers, Vendors.
– September 27, 2013
From American Libraries, Arizona and New Jersey have enacted privacy legislation that prohibits releasing information about a user’s eBook reading:
- Arizona House Bill 2165, which was enacted in April, adds digital books and electronic records to the state’s existing privacy law, stipulating that anyone who releases information about a user’s library activities will be charged with a misdemeanor.
- In New Jersey, the Reader Privacy Act (A-3802), which goes beyond libraries to also protect the privacy of readers and purchasers of books and ebooks, was introduced in February by Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly (D-Paterson) and Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey (D-Maplewood).
Posted in Libraries.
– August 29, 2013
From GigaOM: “Amazon, Kobo and Sony are petitioning the FCC to permanently exempt e-readers from laws requiring electronics to be accessible to the disabled. The companies say that if they were forced to comply with the law, the essential nature of e-readers would change.”
They argue that the sole purpose of e-readers is reading text and any additional features, including the web browser, are rudimentary.
Posted in Devices.
– August 8, 2013
An analyst from Barclays suggests in a recent report “Consumers will likely avoid buying e-books if they can borrow them from the library for free. “As e-reader users become more familiar with the library system’s free alternative, and as libraries reduce the friction associated with borrowing e-books, we believe digital content revenue growth at Amazon may soften,” said Anthony DiClemente, a Barclays analyst.” Read more from CNN Money/Fortune.
Posted in Libraries, Publishers, Retail.
– July 29, 2013
From Paidcontent.org: “Judge Cote also says that Apple and the publishers “shared one overarching interest — that there be no price competition at the retail level,” especially from Amazon, and thus enacted agency pricing. “Apple seized the moment and brilliantly played its hand,” Cote writes, providing publishers “with the vision, the format, the timetable, and the coordination that they needed to raise ebook prices.” Thus “through the vehicle of the Apple agency agreements, the prices in the nascent ebook industry shifted upward, in some cases 50% or more for an individual title. Virtually overnight, Apple got an attractive, additional feature for its iPad and a guaranteed new revenue stream, and the Publisher Defendants removed Amazon’s ability to price their ebooks at $9.99.””
Posted in Publishers.
– July 11, 2013
Following up on a recent Scholastic study, iKids News discusses reluctant readers, especially boys, interest in eBooks and publishers’ challenges producing them. They report that children’s eBook publishing is about 5-10% of print, while teen digital sales are closer to 30%.
Posted in Publishers, Retail.
– June 19, 2013