Hachette is one of the last the last of the big six publishing houses to make its digital titles accessible to patrons. Through an existing partnership with the OverDrive digital distribution service, 5,000+ Hachette ebook titles will be available at libraries in the U.S. and Canada. And, libraries using the 3M Cloud Library Ebook Lending Service will include the Hachette ebooks too.
Check out the next two items for insights on this development from Alan S. Inouye, OITP director for the American Library Association, and NYPL president Anthony W. Marx.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
Entering a New Phase (DBW)
The American Library Association is pleased with the news that Hachette’s ebooks will be available in libraries. The ALA is looking ahead at how to deal with pricing concerns, patron privacy and access, as well as content preservation in the digital age.
NYPL Prez. Anthony W. Marx Comments on Ebook Accessibility (NYT)
With all six of the Big Six now selling ebooks to libraries, Marx aspires to a future when the entire front- and back-list catalogs will be available to patrons and ebook pricing and licensing rates are reduced (and reach an industry-wide standard, perhaps).
Parents Value Libraries’ Digital Technologies and Programs, Pew Research Shows (DBW)
Ebooks and apps rank among the important resources that parents rely on libraries for. A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that parents use libraries more than other adults, and those with incomes under $50,000 depend on libraries for access to ebooks.
Three Self-Published Authors Sue Penguin Group (Courthouse News Service)
The suit claims that Author Solutions, the large self-publishing services company that Penguin parent Pearson acquired last year, does not pay authors the full royalties owed and also charges to correct typographical errors that the service introduces into manuscripts. The authors are asking for $5 million in damages.
Ebooks Grew 134% in UK in 2012, up to 12% of Total Market (DBW)
Publishing, especially digital publishing is alive and well in the UK. The annual gauge of publishers’ performance, The Publishers Association Statistics Yearbook, shows digital sales up 66% and digital fiction up 149%. These numbers reflect consumers’ growing comfort with digital reading.
Ebooks to Hit 30% of Publisher Revenues in U.S. (DBW)
Peter Hildick-Smith of The Codex Group predicts based on his latest data that ebook revenues in the U.S. will plateau at 30% of overall publisher revenues — much less than the 50% that was thought by some to be an inevitability.
New Kindle iOS App Features Ease Use for Visually Impaired (TechCrunch)
New features make text-to-voice available on more titles and offer users the option to read a single character, word, or line at time. The iOS app now supports Braille display hardware too. Amazon intends to bring these same functionalities to more platforms.
DRM-Free Imprint Sees No Uptick in Piracy (TeleRead)
Macmillan’s sci-fi and fantasy imprint Tor has been DRM-free for nearly one year. In retrospect it seems that being DRM-free is a good customer service strategy. DRM affects people who follow the rules.
Publishers Need Data Experts (Pub Perspectives)
To organize and make use of big data, publishers should work with trusted service providers, according to presenters at the Berlin Publishers Forum.
The Atlantic Launches Ebook Imprint (paidContent)
Atlantic Books will publish short non-fiction works. The imprint has started by making titles available through the Kindle Singles store and will eventually sell via Nook, the iBookstore, and Kobo.
Related: Everyone Is Becoming a Publisher Today.
Bertelsmann Sells Stake in RTL to Become More Digital (PubLunch)
In an effort to grow swiftly, Bertelsmann wants to be more global and more digital. By selling a 17% stake in its television and broadcast business, the company raised $1.8 billion. And it may just use that money to acquire publishing companies.
New Kobo Video Ads in Time for Mother’s Day (DBW)
Two new commercials from Kobo showcase reading as a gift and a diversion. The videos’ imagery suggests that numerous books and all the benefits of reading are extraordinarily contained in a Kobo e-reader.
New Kindle Fire Ads Feature Kids Using Tablets and E-Readers (Digital Reader)
Amazon posted two new commercials on YouTube that demonstrate how kids enjoy reading and distinctly enjoy reading on devices.
Get research-based insights into the digital reading habits of kids in this valuable report from DBW and PlayScience: The ABCs of Kids & E-books.
Ebooks Can ‘Mine’ The Archives of Great Writers (DBW)
Digital-first ebooks gleaned from an author’s unpublished works can be an asset to publishers and keep readers linked to deceased authors who, for obvious reasons, won’t be writing anything new.
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