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Morning Roundup: Yahoo confirms $1.1B Tumblr acquisition
May 20, 2013 | 9:06 am

Morning RoundupYahoo confirms $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition (CNET) Yahoo announced the news on Monday, saying that it "promises not to screw [Tumblr] up." Yahoo paid $1.1 billion for Tumblr, and the company has confirmed that "substantially all of which is payable in cash." When can a book be digital-only, and when does it need to be print too? (paidContent) Book publishers discussed digital-first and digital-only initiatives at the Making Information Pay conference this week. OverDrive & SourceBooks Test Lending Same eBook to Millions of People (AppNewser) OverDrive has launched a pilot program that will allow millions of library patrons to check out the same eBook all at once...

Morning Links: Amazon Acquires Liquivista, OverDrive Unveils Big Library Read
May 14, 2013 | 9:52 am

Morning Links'Unbundling' in the Book Business: The Fourth Big Trend (Shatzkin Files) A few weeks ago, I wrote that there are three big forces driving the future of publishing: scale, verticalization, and atomization. I was wrong. eBook Spending on the Rise (Digital Book World) In 2012 ebooks accounted for 11% of all book spending, according to a recap in Publishers Weekly... OverDrive Unveils Big Library Read Pilot Project (Good e-Reader) Overdrive has gained the support of over 3,000 libraries for a new pilot project to take ebook accessibility to an entirely new level. The intention behind this new initiative is to create a global “library book club.” Amazon Acquires Samsung Colour...

Morning Links: Fan community calls out illegal comics sharing
May 6, 2013 | 9:00 am

Morning LinksAuthors and Book Rights: Some More Truths (Future Book) Nook Press Updated: Now Lets Users Edit Previously Published Books (The Digital Reader) Fan Community Calls Out Illegal Comics Sharing (Good e-Reader) Sourcebooks, OverDrive Launch Pilot to Demonstrate Impact of Library Lending on Sales (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley (and 3 others)  ...

Weekend Roundup: Digital publishing news you may have missed
May 4, 2013 | 9:37 am

Weekend RoundupOverDrive and Sourcebooks to Launch Ambitious E-Book Data Experiment (Library Journal) Goodreads Alternative Riffle Goes Live (Publishers Weekly) How much does a Pulitzer affect books sales? (Melville House) Codex Group: Ebooks to Level Off at 30% of Publishing Revenues, With Caveats (DBW) Kindle Daily Deals: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (and 3 others)...

Morning Links: OverDrive on Linux; Canada Post goes crazy; and more
April 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

Morning LinksOverDrive Media Console Now Available on Linux (Good e-Reader) 9 Ways Big Pub is Like Big Pharma (Huffington Post) Canada Post Claims Exclusive Use of Word 'Postal Code' (Boing Boing) The Digital Truths Traditional Publishers Don't Want to Hear (The Guardian) Kindle Daily Deals: Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough (and 3 others)  ...

Morning Links: Ebook anxieties increase; no jury for Penguin; and more
April 27, 2013 | 9:27 am

Morning LinksOverDrive's Upcoming API Will Allow Ebook Checkout Directly from OPAC (The Digital Shift) Publishing should fight ebook retailers for more data (Boing Boing) Ebook anxieties increase as publishing revolution rolls on (The Guardian Judge: No Jury for Penguin in E-book Case (Publishers Weekly) Kindle Daily Deals: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (and 3 others)    ...

Prices of e-books for libraries could slow their digital growth
March 28, 2013 | 10:00 am

e-booksWhile I’ve been reading e-books for several years, I didn’t get catch on to borrowing e-books from the public library until recently. I’m a big proponent of the library and borrow physical books often, but using the Overdrive app happened a bit too late. Once I started using it, well, I haven’t been able to stop. Even though I can only borrow a book for seven days and feel stressed to read the book in that allotment, I thoroughly enjoy the app. I wondered why there aren’t more books available. Of course, plenty of that has to do with licensing and publishing...

Overdrive Media Console (App Review)
March 16, 2013 | 1:20 pm

Overdrive At the end of January, I wrote an article on the Overdrive overhaul, and how users weren't completely happy with the new interface. To follow up on that, I decided to try the Overdrive Media Console app and see how it fares as an e-reading app. My verdict? I want to like it. I really do. But I can't quite warm up to it. Why do I want to like it so much? Because it's an easy way to get library books on my Nexus 7. The more I use the Android Kindle app, the less I like it, so EPUB is a...

DOJ Approves Penguin Random House Merger
February 14, 2013 | 3:37 pm

One hurdle down. Several more to go with the EU, Canadian Competition Bureau and various other antitrust authorities around the world still needing to weigh in on this. Penguin's settlement with the Justice Department was a move to smooth the way for this merger, and it looks like that move worked. Note that Random House, not included in the price-fixing case, will be bound by the terms of the Penguin settlement. Who owns how much of what? For those who are keeping score, according to the announcement: Following completion, Bertelsmann will own 53% and Pearson 47% of Penguin Random House. It will encompass...

New OverDrive Site Not Meeting User Expectations?
January 30, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Late last year, OverDrive began rolling out a new look to their site. My own library in Fairfax County had a "New Look Coming" banner up for several weeks. When I tried it out for the first time, my reaction was, "Not great, but I can live with it." I wasn't crazy about the new thumbnail view of the catalog. Maybe it's just me, but I find it easiest to process information in lists, not in blocks of images. I also missed the feature that told me exactly where I was in the hold line. The old site would tell me,...

Morning Links — Amazon up, B&N down
January 30, 2013 | 8:26 am

Predictably Irrational by Dan ArielyOverDrive to Bring Digital Manga to Libraries (Good E-Reader) Amazon Reports Increased Profits and eBook Sales (GigaOM) Barnes & Noble's Hardest Lesson: It Pays to be Small (Fortune) How Much Should eBooks Cost? (Huffington Post) Kindle Daily Deals: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (and 3 others)...

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...