According to a new report from the International Federation of Library Associations, libraries in the U.S. are ahead of their counterparts around the world when it comes to buying and lending ebooks.
In the past years, libraries have fought for–and won-–the ability to buy more ebooks from all U.S. publishers. At the same time, library service providers like OverDrive, 3M, Baker & Taylor and others have continued to invest in their services.
Still, libraries in the U.S. still face many problems when it comes to ebooks. The report calls the situation here “volatile.” However, around the world, many libraries still argue over the definition of an ebook, which hampers efforts to give patrons access.
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How Long the Hachette Negotiation Could Go on (WSJ)
Kensington, a $75 million publisher, spent 18 months negotiating with Amazon before signing a deal. The publisher felt the pain of reduced promotional opportunities but eventually ended up a with a deal that its CEO said both sides thought was fair.
Judge Approves Apple Settlement (Pub Lunch)
After some early reservations, Judge Denise Cote approved of a settlement deal between Apple and consumers. The actual dollar amount doled out will depend on the outcome of Apple’s appeals trial.
News Corp Now Owns Harlequin (DBW)
The year’s biggest acquisition has closed. HarperCollins is now likely the world’s largest publisher of romance books.
Getting Ahead in Your Publishing Career, or in Self-Publishing (DBW)
To make it in publishing today – whether you work at a publisher, want to, or publish your own books – requires certain digital skills. How do you get them? Education. Here are three ways boning up on the latest digital skills can help your career.
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Start-up Digital Publisher Has Innovative Way of Sourcing, Creating Content (DBW)
A new publisher from South Dakota will allow readers to vote on where the plot of stories go before acquiring content for publication.
Potential for Abuse With BitLit Bundling? (The Guardian)
One Guardian writer worries that folks will use one obscure way to get free and cheap ebooks via BitLit’s customized system for bundling ebooks and print books. Her concern is rather silly, but worth gawking at.
Related: HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit
New Plugin Turns Amazon Into Pirate Ebook Site (The Digital Reader)
A new plugin for the Chrome Web browser allows you to browse Amazon for books and then download a pirated version for free with a few clicks.
Sony Out of the Ebook Business (The Digital Reader)
One of the original pioneers of the ebook business around the world has announced that it won’t be making any more e-readers. It’s been a long retreat.
What Apple Might Do Next (Forbes)
A recent Apple acquisition hints at its next move in its battle with Amazon and Barnes & Noble over ebook supremacy.
Following a workshop to figure out a way to build a better ebook store than Amazon, a group of book publishing thinkers just couldn’t do it. But they left optimistic that it could be done.