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The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2012
April 17, 2013 | 4:40 pm

booksThanks to Jason Boog at GalleyCat for alerting me to this article from the American Library Association which, among other things, lists the top ten 'challenged' (aka 'banned') books of 2012. Here they are: • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie • “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher • “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James • “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell • “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini • “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz • “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls • “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison By far the most popular listed reason for the...

Scorecard allows libraries to evaluate e-book offerings from publishers
February 1, 2013 | 12:20 pm

American Library Association logoI didn't even realize the Christian Science Monitor had its own literary/books blog. I stumbled upon it yesterday (it's called Chapter & Verse), and like the rest of the paper, it's wonderful. A post that went live two days ago caught my attention; it's about a so-called "Business Model Scorecard" that was recently released by the American Library Association, and it "asks library staff members to rate e-book offerings from publishers on factors like availability," according to the article. From the post: "The scorecards grade criteria from one to five and include 15 questions. Questions range from the price publishers are charging libraries for...

OverDrive Announces Streaming Video and Audio Services
January 26, 2013 | 12:15 pm

  Earlier this week, OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Scheduled for launch later this year, OverDrive’s streaming services are secure and will extend the reach of libraries’ digital collections thanks to virtually unlimited device compatibility. Users will enjoy quick...

2013 Meeting Guide: At the publishing industry trade shows, hope and opportunity spring eternal
January 21, 2013 | 4:54 pm

By Eugene G. Schwartz Where is the book industry going; what will my workplace and career opportunities be like; what do I need to know to keep up with the times? Or, in a more cosmic vein, what does the future hold? In an effort to answer these questions, publishers have settled each year into a series of industry meetings of general interest. Each has a unique theme, as noted below. They make the effort to bring together a cross section of publishers, associations, service providers and media professionals to connect with audiences ranging from first-time aspirants to seasoned managers and executives...

Survey: Library Borrowers Buy Books Too!
November 15, 2012 | 12:39 pm

Multiple sources are reporting today on this newly released survey (PDF) on the buying habits of library e-book borrowers. The survey questioned over 75,000 e-book borrowers, and found that more than half of them buy books, too. It also found that dedicated reading devices still account for a significant chunk of the market. (The survey was sponsored by OverDrive, with the ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy.) I am delighted to see these survey results confirm what I have known to be true from my own habits. Book reading is not a zero-sum game with a final 'winner' (and corresponding losers) in terms...

A Big Six publisher officially grants ownership of its e-books to libraries
October 18, 2012 | 9:18 pm

Hear that? That's the collective sound of a thousand publishing industry jaws hitting the floor. In a Library Journal item posted today, reporter Michael Kelley writes that Random House—one of the so-called Big Six publishers, don't forget—has made a rather stunning proclamation in regards to their sales of e-books to libraries. The following quotes are the words of Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, who participated in two recent interviews with Kelly: "When libraries buy their RH, Inc. ebooks from authorized library wholesalers," says  Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, "it is...

Banned Books Week celebrates 30 years of defiant reading
September 26, 2012 | 10:47 pm

If you've never read a book specifically in celebration of Banned Books Week, you might want to consider rectifying that situation this Sunday, September 30, when the 30th anniversary of the proud literary tradition officially kicks off. I can still remember (more or less) when I first learned about Banned Books Week: I was probably 11 or 12—Isaac Asimov and the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature were my big obsessions at the time. A Banned Books Week poster was hanging on the wall outside my elementary school's library, and next to it was a glass case with shelves inside, and stacked on the...

ALA’s gripes to publishers dance around the e-library world’s Problem #1—not enough money for e-books
September 25, 2012 | 6:48 am

imageI’m still borrowing e-books from public libraries. I loved the digital edition of the late Louis Auchincloss’s memoirs that popped up when I was browsing the electronic stacks of a library system near me here in Northern Virginia. Public libraries at their best can be Serendipity Central. But I rely much less these days on library books than before. Too often, some major e-books are AWOL from library collections or, as documented earlier this year by the Washington Post, have long waiting lists. So I turn to Amazon, the public domain or Creative Commons titles instead. Have I lost my enthusiasm for a well-stocked national digital library system, or, to...

While U.S. library leaders dilly-dally, OverDrive plans its own world digital library in Garfield, Ohio
March 8, 2012 | 8:16 am

imageOverDrive, the main distributor of commercial e-books for America’s public libraries and probably others in the English-speaking world, will build a “global headquarters” in Garfield Heights, Ohio—complete with a 12-acre campus for 300 employees in 95,000 square feet of office space. “OverDrive’s new ‘green’ Blue Sky Campus,” says the announcement of the ground-breaking, “will include over five acres of open space dedicated to outdoor use, including extended outdoor meeting space, a small pond and a 0.3-mile walking path. So what does this mean in terms of LibraryCity’s recommedation—that America’s libraries buy OverDrive, directly or via a nonprofit run on their behalf? Cuts two...

Open-mindedness and an e-book ecosystem would be the best responses to prices increases from Random House
March 6, 2012 | 9:00 am

image  I’ve warned libraries they’ve got too little to bargain with. Publishers have the upper hand despite the sales that libraries can drum up through exposure of titles from various houses. Notice that most of the biggest publishers have backed off from the public library scene—and now Random House has jacked up e-book prices as much as 300 percent? The best solution for libraries in their relations with publishers? A mix of carrots and sticks. Specifics: 1. Librarians and publishers both need to spend much less time fighting each other on business and legal matters and more time creating a Library-Content Providers Complex...

NetGalley Announces Member Benefit Program for Librarians,
January 17, 2012 | 10:38 am

Netgalley logo From the press release: NetGalley today announced the official launch of a new member benefit program for librarians, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). ALA members who sign up to request digital galleys from NetGalley can now add their ALA member number to their profile, to speed request approval and access to upcoming titles. NetGalley’s catalog currently includes new titles from over 140 publishers, and galleys can be read securely on all major reading devices and tablets. NetGalley also announced the launch of a new online, email and social media program, NetGalley at...

ALA launches new e-content blog, by Sue Polanka
October 6, 2011 | 9:27 am

Nsr cover Yesterday ALA announced a new blog on E-content, to be administered by Christopher Harris.  Here is more information from the press release: Keeping up with the many varieties of digital content—and how libraries can offer them to their patrons—just got easier. American Libraries has launched an “E-Content” blog ( that provides information on e-books, e-readers, e-journals, databases, digital libraries, digital repositories, and other e-content issues. The blog complements the new section on e-content that appears in the weekly e-newsletter American Libraries Direct and focuses on similar issues. E-Content is administered by Christopher Harris, director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley...