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Morning Roundup: Accidentally going digital. Libraries react to Kindle Unlimited
July 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle-unlimited-rumor620x350Accidentally Going Digital (Book Riot) I suppose this led to a gradual build-up of digital in my life, as books I really, really wanted to read were available, but only digitally. So what choice did I have? Lacking that choice meant more and more digital, and I suppose less and less thinking about it. *** Scholastic to Close Storia Bookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to their eBook Purchases (The Digital Reader) This US publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia ebook platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that...

ALA finds 90 percent of U.S. libraries now lend ebooks
July 25, 2014 | 4:25 pm

New data shared by the American Library Association confirms that "90 percent of libraries lend e-books, up from 76 percent in 2012." The study, ALA's Digital Inclusion Survey, which "collected data from a nationally representative sample of public libraries at the branch/outlet level between September 3 and November 30, 2013" and "received 3,392 responses, for a 70.1 percent response rate," also found that "98 percent of libraries provide free public access to Wi-Fi, up from 89 percent in 2012," and "98 percent provide technology training, ranging from internet safety and privacy to coding to using social media." Although focused primarily on...

Morning Roundup: Facebook adds Save for Later. Five things about subscriptions
July 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

scribd logoLibraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures (The Scholarly Kitchen) As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL). *** Facebook Adds Save for Later Reference (GoodeReader) A new save feature lets you put a virtual bookmark in a link, place, movie, TV show, or music clip… so when you have time, you can get properly caught up. *** Unlimited Subscriptions: Five Things You Need to Know (Joe Wikert) Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the...

FCC reallocates, reduces funding for schools and libraries internet access
July 16, 2014 | 10:24 am

fcc_thumb.gifThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just passed a new proposal for reallocation of resources in its program for support for internet and telecoms access for schools and libraries. However, the proposal has attracted strong and partisan criticism from both Republican and Democrat quarters, as well as independent institutions, and saw its target funding cut from $5 billion to $2 billion for the period 2016 to 2018. According to the FCC's own introduction, "the schools and libraries universal service support program, commonly known as the E-rate program, helps schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications services, broadband Internet access and internal...

Morning Roundup: Kobo giving $5 for library referrals. Agony and ecstasy of social media
July 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboLibraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books' (Book Riot) If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. *** TSA Policy Change Increases Tech Security Burden for Travelling Journalists (Media Shift) Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. *** The Agony and Ecstasy of Social Media (Dear Author) Today two authors debate the issue of social media in writing....

How the public library looks these days
July 12, 2014 | 3:25 pm

libraryI completed an annual ritual this week---the renewal of my public library card! I almost exclusively use the library for ebook borrowing these days, but my local library system still insists on that antiquated ritual of the card renewal. You must show up at a branch, in person, at least once a year with proof of your address in order to maintain your borrowing privileges. They have renovated the library branch I go to since my last visit, and it was interesting to see what they've done. In no particular order--- 1) The librarians seem to be serving different functions these days....

Morning Roundup: Aereo decision disaster for broadcast? Media bias and Amazon
June 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

aereo decisionWhy the Aereo Shutdown Will Be a Disaster for Broadcast TV (re/code) But when I finally heard that the Supreme Court had shut down the groundbreaking digital video system, I was amazed by how universally joyful TV broadcasters and distributors were about the ruling and ensuing shutdown. Too bad they weren’t in Anaheim with me, because despite Aereo’s now-illegal Rube Goldberg-esque transmission technology, it offered a distinctive and revolutionary way for broadcast TV to remain relevant to younger viewers. *** Media Bias and Amazon (David Gaughran) There is so much crap being spouted in this anti-Amazon media push that you need a nose-peg and...

Simon & Schuster takes US library ebook lending program nationwide
June 27, 2014 | 12:27 pm

simon.jpgThe American Library Association has released a communication supporting Simon & Schuster's decision to roll out its pilot library ebook lending program, previously covered in TeleRead, nationwide. ALA President Barbara Stripling said: Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries are the quintessential institution in connecting authors and readers. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books—with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors...

Morning Roundup: Hachette to acquire Perseus Group, More on libraries
June 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

Perseus GroupWhat's Next for eBooks in Libraries? (Publishers Weekly) Here’s the good news: when it comes to libraries and e-books, there’s been progress. All the major publishers are now participating in the library e-book market, and there are a number of competing platform providers in the space. The big question now is, can the library e-book experience meet users’ expectations? *** Hachette to Acquire Perseus Group, Will Split it with Ingram (The Digital Reader) Hachette has announced Tuesday night that they are acquiring Perseus Book Group. *** Amazon Responds to German Anti-Trust Complaint, Says it Wants a Larger Commission on eBooks (GigaOM) Amazon responded to the German Publishers...

Open a small community library, get fined or shut down?
June 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

Spencer community libraryThe spirit of the community library and encouraging reading is clearly not evenly distributed everywhere across the U.S. As citizens of Leawood, Kansas, found when they started erecting Little Free Libraries in their yards - which apparently are prohibited under a city ordinance banning freestanding structures in their front yards. Campaigners supporting one of the most widely publicized Little Free Libraries, erected for nine-year-old Spencer Collins as a gift from his grandfather with the help of the other members of the Collins family, have put up a Facebook page, "Spencer's Little Free Library," to rally support, after the Leawood city council...

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...