Food for thought!
Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
Food for thought!
At the beginning my hate was sort of global—but now it’s modified a bit. I still have serious issues with the politics and economic philosophies involved in much of the electronic book world but I’m also vitally interested in reaching more of my readers and reaching a younger generation of readers who are more technologically savvy and tech addicted, and in order to reach them I have to do this. But I’m also very excited about the aesthetic and artistic possibilities. I have an iPad—I love my iPad. I love the idea of being a part of current culture.
Belying the stereotype that younger Americans completely eschew print for digital, those ages 16-29 have wide-ranging media and technology behaviors that straddle the traditional paper-based world of books and digital access to information.
Call for reviewers!
LJ Fiction Editor Wilda Williams (you can find her here on Tumblr) is looking for reviewers for ebook original mysteries and sf/fantasy/horror.
If you’re interested in reviewing for LJ, please read our guidelines first. To apply, fill out a questionnaire and email it, along with the signed contract, a résumé, and two sample reviews in LJ style to Wilda at wwilliams at mediasourceinc dot com.
Hachette’s entire catalog of 5,000 ebooks will now be available through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform, and the 3M Cloud Library, under a pricing and licensing model similar to the one employed by Random House. New titles will be made available to libraries immediately upon publication, and Hachette will charge libraries three times the retail hardcover price for new releases. One year after publication, the purchase price will drop to one and a half times the cost of retail, according Hachette’s announcement. These ebooks are then “owned” by the purchasing library.
Hachette’s entire catalog of 5,000 ebooks will now be available through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform, and the 3M Cloud Library, under a pricing and licensing model similar to the one employed by Random House. New titles will be made available to libraries immediately upon publication, and Hachette will charge libraries three times the retail hardcover price for new releases.
One year after publication, the purchase price will drop to one and a half times the cost of retail, according Hachette’s announcement. These ebooks are then “owned” by the purchasing library.
Library Journal’s Matt Enis on Hachette Book Group USA’s entrance into the library ebook market. Yesterday, I posted only our press release and failed to get into the details of pricing, which are outlined above.
Cloud librarians will be able to buy HBG USA content starting May 8. I will, of course, be doing extensive marketing. Stay tuned.
You likely read New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx’s passionate op-edinThe New York Timesthis morning (in which he broke the news that Hachette Book Group USA will begin selling its entire ebook catalog to the library market).
Below is our official press release. We’re excited to work with Hachette, and we thank everyone for all of their hard work on making this relationship possible.
More progress TK. Not to mention marketing from yours truly.
St. Paul, Minn. – May 1, 2013 – The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will add titles from Hachette Book Group to its catalog of offerings, giving readers access to books from popular authors including James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks. Hachette Book Group’s full eBook catalog will be available to libraries with no delay on new titles.
The new agreement with Hachette Book Group means that 3M Cloud Library now offers content from all of the Big Six publishers. The service’s continuously growing list of publishers now numbers more than 300.
“3M Cloud Library aspires to achieve the breadth and depth of the best public libraries’ collections, to ensure that readers of all tastes find the perfect book,” said Tom Mercer, marketing manager, 3M Cloud Library. “We continue to build a diverse, multi-language collection with relevance, balance, and richness for all readers.”
The addition of Hachette Book Group titles follows a successful pilot program, during which 3M was able to provide compelling data to the publisher on sales and circulation for its books. Since its launch in 2011, the 3M Cloud Library has lead many such programs, helping publishers gain a greater understanding of the eBook marketplace.
For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.
Big news from Hachette.
On the way: SLJ on e-originals
You heard it here first! SLJ is going to be reviewing e-original publications. From nonfiction to novellas, if the title is available first in a digital form we want to review it. If you’re a publisher who would like more information, please email associate book review editor Chelsey Philpot at email@example.com.
If you work with children or teens in schools or public libraries, or if you are a library school educator, and would like to volunteer to review for SLJ (e-original publications or other materials), please contact book review editor Trev Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh boy is right!
Now many public libraries want to lend e-books, not simply to patrons who come in to download, but to anybody with a reading device, a library card and an Internet connection. In this new reality, the only incentive to buy, rather than borrow, an e-book is the fact that the lent copy vanishes after a couple of weeks. As a result, many publishers currently refuse to sell e-books to public libraries.
Authors Guild president Scott Turow in his New York Times editorial last Sunday, which many in the publishing world have criticized for its negativity and defensiveness.
He claims to be looking out for the financial and creative interests of new and midlist authors, and yet, as I myself have pointed out, he fails to acknowledge how invested the American public library system is in launching writing careers. (First novels are always a draw for collection development librarians, and I market them aggressively.)
Turow is, how do you say, desperately out of touch with the opportunities of the digital age. Sad.
Wildly out of touch—and out of touch with the opportunities of the analog age? What does he think libraries have been up to all this time?
Penguin Group today announced that it will be changing the terms on its library ebook lending program, and on Tuesday, April 2, will begin allowing libraries to purchase and lend ebook titles the day that hardcover editions are released, according to The Associated Press. Previously, Penguin had placed a six month embargo on new ebooks, requiring libraries to wait half a year before purchasing.
A fine point raised at my lunch today with Workman Publishing.
Good question! Any answers?
The DPLA will provide a single place to discover and explore our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, a portal, and so will bring entirely new audiences to formerly scattered collections. Moreover, we will provide the means for others to use information about those holdings in creative and transformative ways, a platform, with an API, for others to build upon. Third, we will endeavor to work with public and academic libraries to try to solve some of the thorny issues that plague our current research and reading environment.
The DPLA will provide a single place to discover and explore our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, a portal, and so will bring entirely new audiences to formerly scattered collections.
Moreover, we will provide the means for others to use information about those holdings in creative and transformative ways, a platform, with an API, for others to build upon.
Third, we will endeavor to work with public and academic libraries to try to solve some of the thorny issues that plague our current research and reading environment.
I am most curious about the first aim. That’s what you call a logistical nightmare.
Moroni endorses a nuanced approach. “She is an advocate for reading in any manner—print, audio, electronic—and never tells a person about a book without mentioning all the formats in which it is available…and how she will make it accessible to them wherever they are,” says Stover. While KCLS integrates ebooks, it continues to maintain a robust print collection based on in-depth research. She has an “unwavering belief,” says Stover, “that libraries are part of the ecosystem [that] needed to connect library users with reading materials.”
The King County Library System led the nation in ebook checkouts, with 1.3 million checkouts from Overdrive-powered catalogs in 2012. That made KCLS number one in the country. Close on King County’s heels was the Seattle Public Library system, which came in at number four with 850,000 checkouts.
The good ole Seattle Times, via my friend Stephanie Chase (of the Seattle Public Library). 1.3 million checkouts is a lot of eyeballs on a lot of ebooks. Nice work, KCLS, Library Journal’s 2011 Library of the Year for good reason.
Rounding out the top five were The New York Public Library System, which ranked number two (1.1 million checkouts), the Toronto Public Library, number three (900,000 checkouts), and the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. (750,000 checkouts) at number five.