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Morning Roundup: Leaving KDP Select. European copyright ruling and more
June 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

KDP SelectThe Real Reason Why Adults Read YA Fiction (GoodeReader)A 2012 study found that 55% of all Young Adult fiction was purchased by adults and many journalists lately have been writing either for or against if adults should be consuming childrens and YA Fiction at the levels they are. The deeper question is why our culture encourages us to perpetually relive our teenage years. *** What Happened When I left KDP Select (Nick Stephenson) But I like to look at the cold, hard numbers before coming to a conclusion, as everybody’s mileage seems to vary. *** You Can't Break Copyright by Looking at Something Online, Europe's...

Weekend Roundup: Lesson libraries can learn from Amazon. Digital first sales questions
June 8, 2014 | 10:31 am

amazonSyracuse School District Distributes Almost 100,000 Books for Summer Reading (GalleyCat) A school district in Syracuse New York has plans to send every K-5 student in the district home with a backpack full of 10 books for summer reading. *** Four Lessons Libraries Can Learn from Amazon (Digital Book World) It is hard for my view of the world not to be informed by the two years I spent working in senior management at Amazon. *** Should You Have the Right to Sell Your eBooks and Digital Music? (GigaOM) How should the first sale doctrine apply to digital goods? Members of Congress came to New York to...

House first sale doctrine hearing: My points of view
June 4, 2014 | 2:49 pm

Well, that was quite a few articles. I hope you at least read my summaries, and they didn’t put you to sleep. I was impressed by the breadth of viewpoints represented in that sample of testimony. We heard from a major publisher, a company and an interest group lobbying for digital resale, a graphic artist, a media executive, a major library, and more. They all had their own unique viewpoints, and reading all of them really gave me a new appreciation for how complicated first sale is—not just the proposed digital type, but the ordinary physical media type we all...

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Public Knowledge, John Villasenor, The Software Alliance (BSA)
June 4, 2014 | 7:31 am

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Matthew B. Glotzer, New York Public Library Here’s the last batch (so far) of documents from the first sale House subcommittee hearing. If any additional material becomes available, I’ll pick that up down the line. Public Knowledge The first document for this entry comes from Sherwin Siy,...

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Matthew B. Glotzer, New York Public Library
June 3, 2014 | 12:14 pm

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative This post continues a theme from the last couple, in which one side’s statement is for preserving/extending first sale, and the other is against it. Which is kind of stretching a point, given that the “pro” post really isn’t about digital resale and the con post isn’t against physical resale, but still, I take what I can get. This time...

Want to feel richer? Go to the library
April 26, 2014 | 1:49 pm

Brooklyn Public Library strikes deal with Simon & SchusterWe could all use a raise – at least that’s something I champion for every day. However, if a raise isn’t in your future maybe there is a way to feel as though you have more money. Go to the library. In a study by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport, it quantified what it meant for people to go to libraries, museums, participating in sports and more. According to the Quantifying and Valuing the Wellbeing Impacts of Culture and Sport, going to the library frequently was given a value of £1,359 per year (the equivalent if about 2,284 US...

UK Shadow Culture Minister plays Robin Hood against Lincolnshire library cuts
April 17, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Helen Goodman, UK Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, has joined Minnie Driver and others in the campaign in Lincolnshire against closure of two thirds of the county's libraries. As reported in the Lincolnshire Echo, she condemned the plans of Conservative-led Lincolnshire County Council as "disgraceful." Dressed in Lincoln green, or something like, Helen Goodman reportedly declared that "Local libraries are central to our societies, offering a safe place for all ... They are investments in our future through the communities they nurture and skills they foster." A full video of her appearance is available here. Helen Goodman came at the...

Telephone box libraries in UK unite two obsolete services – or not
April 16, 2014 | 10:25 am

telephone boxWhatever your feelings about the future prospects of print book libraries, there is no doubt that they are anything but the cutting edge of library services. And the same can be said of public telephone call boxes. So it is a tad heartening to see several instances in the UK of people repurposing the iconic red telephone box, now just about as dated as the original Dr Who Tardis, as miniature local libraries and book exchanges. The latest is in Lewisham in London, making it the smallest library in the capital, but others have been sighted in Essex and Derbyshire, and...

Morning Roundup: National Trust, could be improved, Books for Passover and more
April 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

national trustPublic Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust (The Scholarly Kitchen) But Newitt then points out that while the National Trust’s work in this regard has been invaluable and in many ways exemplary, it has left one important component of many of these properties far short of “open… to everyone”: the books that are housed in their libraries. *** Digital Library Lending Has a Long Way to Go (GoodeReader) It feels like every new step in the right direction also leads to a host of new problems and closures for public libraries where digital lending is concerned. *** Books to Get You in...

Morning Roundup: Fight for libraries, Amazon book categories and more
April 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesHow Thin, Flexible Electronics will Revolutionize Everything from User Interfaces to Packaging (GigaOM) Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. *** Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category (Author U) Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. *** Fight for Libraries, Prevent Book Deserts...

CILIP confirms libraries endorsement of new UK intellectual property rules
April 2, 2014 | 10:30 am

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has just added its overall endorsement to the new changes to UK copyright law, confirming the overall positive reception of the new rules from library professionals. In a CILIP-hosted briefing on the issue, Annie Mauger, CILIP Chief Executive, said: "The Libraries & Archives Copyright Alliance, supported by CILIP, have worked tirelessly for over twenty years advocating for much-needed reform ... The reforms are extremely good news for the library and information profession and all the people that use our services. We will continue to work closely with the Intellectual Property Office...

Morning Roundup: New update for Nook Glowlight. Publish or perish?
April 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

new update for nook glowlightSchool Libraries Adapt or Face Closure in Digital Age (GoodeReader) An article today for The Bookseller highlighted one school library system in the UK, North Yorkshire County, that will be closing its school library service effective March of 2015. The reason? Lack of use on the part of schools. *** Amazon's Literary Journal Day One is Seeking Submissions (GalleyCat) Amazon’s literary journal Day One is seeking submissions. *** Barnes & Noble Rolls Out New Update for Nook Glowlight (The Digital Reader) Poking holes in the rumor that they fired their entire hardware staff, Barnes & Noble released a new update today for the Nook Glowlight, their latest...