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Copyright Crises and Controversies

The American Library Association (ALA) blasts a bill pending in Congress that would bring the U.S. Copyright Office out from under the auspices of the Library of Congress. According to ALA President Courtney Young, the legislation, called the CODE Act, “does not address the longstanding problems facing the agency,” whose technological...

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ALA Slams Bid to Modernize U.S. Copyright Office

The American Library Association (ALA) says a bill now up for consideration in Congress does too little to address what it sees as the issues plaguing the U.S. Copyright Office. ALA President Courtney Young says the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act doesn’t solve the issue of severe underinvestment...

Happenings on the Library Ebook Front

I’m pleased to bring you some news today from the American Library Association (ALA). First, I’d like to announce the release of Digital Futures, our fifth supplement to American Libraries magazine, focused on digital content issues. Two members of the publishing community are contributors, both to the report itself and to...

The Costs of Low-Cost Ebook Conversion

How the first wave of print-to-digital conversions created issues ebook publishers increasingly need to confront, publisher leaves Amazon Publishing, gambling on books by YouTube stars, ebook series still paying off and more.

E-Reading’s Social Future

Bookmate's founder on why subscription ebooks alone won't cut it, the subscription model expands to audiobooks, a new multiplatform publishing imprint draws on film industry, Amazon says it botched Fire Phone pricing and more.

Google Play Rethinks Nonfiction Ebooks

New features show Google Play differentiating e-reading UX by genre, a look at one of the growing mobile device maker Xiaomi, consumers prefer Fire Phone ads to Fire Phone, why Sony might be considering ebook resale and much more.

Kobo Adds Marvel Digital Comics

Marvel adds more than 250 of its titles to Kobo's catalog, HarperCollins launches a new podcast series, ALA applauds Adobe's privacy patch and calls for further steps, subscription ebooks eyeing emerging markets and much more.

ALA Applauds Adobe’s Privacy Steps, Encourages More

The American Library Association responds to Adobe’s recent software update to address concerns over the transmission of user data culled from Adobe Digital Editions, the ebook reading platform. In a statement today, the ALA applauded the patch Adobe instituted last week in order to end the clear-text delivery of that data. But...

Rethinking Ebooks for Web Browsers

Why publishers and ebook developers are looking anew at browser-based e-reading, new Nook gets a bigger screen, Scribd accused of ebook piracy, ALA upbraids Adobe on data gathering, Baker & Taylor expands to New Zealand and more.

ALA Confronts Adobe on Ebook Data Gathering

The American Library Association (ALA)’s President Courtney Young vowed to “continue investigating possible violations of applicable federal or state laws on commerce/trade and privacy” in response to last week’s revelations about Adobe’s extensive tracking of ebook readers’ data through Adobe Digital Editions 4. The platform is widely used by public libraries in...

Thank You, Simon & Schuster

As reported earlier today, Simon & Schuster announced that it is converting its pilot on library ebook lending to a national program. Frankly, for some time I thought this day would never come. Flash back to a wintry day in 2012 in New York City. This was the first American Library...

American Library Association Launches New Policy Initiative

[Press Release] Three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will accelerate information policy initiatives The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will immediately begin work on a national public policy agenda and action plan for U.S. libraries with support from a new grant from the...