Last April, President Barack Obama announced a non-governmental ebooks program called Open eBooks, an app that gives in-need youth unlimited access to its titles.
Part of the White House’s ConnectED initiative that aims to jumpstart learning technology in K-12 schools, the program is for any educator, student or administrator from one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or 194 Department of Defense Education Activity schools.
The program is a partnership between New York Public Library (NYPL), Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and First Book, and is made possible by contributions from Baker & Taylor and participating publishers.
Digital Book World spoke with Dan Cohen, executive director of DPLA, to learn more about how the program was conceived and has been received by educators and students so far.
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Amazon Books: 4 Months Later (GeekWire)
Amazon has almost perfected a shopping experience for browsers — and I mean human, not web. Four months after the first Amazon Books physical store opened in Seattle’s University Village, Amazon appears to be satisfied enough with the results to move forward with a second location in San Diego. But is the original just a novelty, attracting only nerdy tourists? Or does it work as a retail store for people who truly want to browse and buy? From what I saw — and purchased — on my recent visit, Amazon has nailed what it takes to have a successful retail store in an e-commerce world. Any kind of retail store.
Amazon Policy Chief Says Physical Bookshops Are ‘Natural Growth’ (Bookseller)
Amazon will see how customers respond to its Seattle bricks and mortar store before considering opening any in the UK, its vice president of global public policy has said. Paul Misener gave evidence at the department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Digital Economy inquiry on March 8th, in which he was called to speak on a wide variety of topics including Amazon’s approach towards UK publishers and whether its low rate burdens were fair in comparison to those incurred by physical retailers.
4 Lessons for Authors on the Current State of Publishing (Jane Friedman)
Last week I was at Digital Book World, reporting on industry discussions of current marketing practices and emerging business trends for my newsletter, The Hot Sheet. I also moderated a panel on how indie authors and traditional publishers are finding common ground and collaborating. Here are some of my high-level takeaways for authors from my two days at the conference.
NetGalley Launches German Platform (DBW)
As announced in October 2015, NetGalley is launching its Germany platform this week at netgalley.de, in cooperation with vorablesen.de. NetGalley Germany is now providing access to digital galleys in German, and supporting German publishers in connecting them to professional readers and influencers.
OverDrive Launches K-5 QuickStart to Promote Youth Reading (DBW)
OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook platform for schools, is partnering with award-winning publishers to launch K-5 QuickStart, which offers young readers a premium collection of 200 ebooks, including Read-Alongs, picture books and other engaging titles. These eeooks are instantly available with simultaneous access for every K-5 student in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline.
A Few Words With HMH’s John Joseph Adams (Pub Perspectives)
In the long-running tension between pure entertainment and meaningful science fiction and fantasy, anthologist John Joseph Adams says, “We can have both. It just takes more work.”
Winning Strategies for Journal Publishers (Scholarly Kitchen)
While few journals truly lose out entirely in this environment (they more likely get absorbed into other companies in some fashion), the fact is that some journal publishers win bigger than others. Let’s tell the tale of the winners this time, those publishers that remain independent and even grow, some magnificently.
In Madrid and Mexico City: La Lectora Futura Is Here Now (Pub Perspectives)
Named as “an act of justice” for the predominance of women among readers, La Lectora Futura is a web-based project designed to bring together fans of literature from Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina.