DBW Weekly Roundup: 8/13/10

DBW News RoundupDigital Book World presents a weekly round-up of some of the most interesting news, commentary and tweets related to publishing that you may have missed, from all over the digital book world:

Used Books: On the Up and Up

  • But it’s not just big resellers that are benefiting from customers trying to stretch their dollars. Earlier this summer, Left Bank Books in St. Louis rearranged its flagship store in the Central West End to devote more space to used. “With the current economic climate,” says manager Anna Rimel, “we noticed our used books were high on the list of what we are selling and decided to expand.” Left Bank now devotes most of its downstairs to used, although it continues to shelve new and used gender studies titles together upstairs. As part of the transition, the store has enlarged its used children’s section and added more teen fiction as well as picture books. Used fiction, philosophy, cookbooks, and art are doing especially well, says Rimel.

Digital trend shaking up comic book culture

  • Enthusiasts dismiss such fears as nonsense. Digital distribution is not only bringing a desperately needed infusion of young comic readers but also giving birth to a renaissance of innovation in a medium that some say badly needs updating. “Digital distribution is our new newsstand,” said Chip Mosher, the marketing director at Boom Studios, which is converting its entire library of several hundred comic titles for online reading. “It’s a way to get our product in front of a mass audience.”

60,000 new library cards handed out last year as readers plug in to e-books

  • “Waiting lists are a challenge,” O’Shae said. “We’re trying to buy more and more copies … and we’re putting extra money now into e-books to try to remedy the longer waiting lists.” Deb Hutchison Koep, deputy director of the West Vancouver library, said Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn (the latest in the Twilight series) has five e-book copies with eight holds, but of the seven print copies at the library, two are on the shelf.

e-Books From an Author’s Point of View

  • So as a midlist author, what does all this mean to me? Change, but change I can work with. I’ve seen a lot of side-taking amongst my writing brethren. You’re either sticking with a dead technology or you’re part of a brave new world. Personally, I don’t see why I have to pick a side. Maybe I’m greedy, but why can’t I have both? I view e-books the same way I view audio books or foreign translations: They’re another revenue stream. To choose one over another seems a little short-sighted. If the public demands e-books, print books and audio books, I want my stories in all those formats. e-books are a new source of income for me, so I love ‘em, and no less than any other format that my books are currently published in.

EPUB will be the Universal Standard for eBooks

  • I started writing books about writing HTML in 1995. I am convinced that the reason that the web grew at the rate that it did was because anyone could write HTML, anyone could create their own web site and publish what they wanted to say. They didn’t need expensive tools or credentials. And what they wrote could be read by anyone on the internet. EPUB, based on HTML, has the same power.

Tweet of the Week

Scott Westerfeld on eBook pundits

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