1. The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson →

    willywaldo:

    Happy Earth Day! Celebrate with some Rachel Carson.

    “It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.”
    Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us

  2. Total Boox to Offer Free Ebook Access During National Library Week →

    The Israel-based company is encouraging libraries to take advantage of the promotion to introduce patrons to ebook titles and to explore the service for themselves. Although the platform was developed for the consumer market, in recent months, Total Boox has begun cultivating partnerships with libraries.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  3. Liberal arts college library directors ask publishers to ease ebook licensing restrictions | Inside Higher Ed →

    In a statement released by the Oberlin Group, a consortium of 80 liberal arts college libraries, the directors point to the “ecosystem of sharing” that academic libraries at small colleges depend on to plug gaps in the resources they offer — services such as interlibrary loans, for example.

    “This system now faces an existential threat,” the statement reads. “The threat is simple: contractual agreements for electronic books regularly forbid sharing those publications with persons outside the licensing institutions.”

  4. cloudunbound:

    Heartiest of congratulations to the finalists of the 2014 RITA Awards, announced this week and representing Big Five and indie Cloud publishing partners. Romance is no stranger to self-publishing, as we all know. This is a genre that has never turned up its nose at new voices because it can’t afford to. So many readers to feed!

    I’m especially happy to note the presence of Courtney Milan, who self-publishes quite successfully and whose catalog comes to you via our contract with NLA Digital (check out their new website, with messaging for libraries). An entry in Milan’s best-selling Brothers Sinister series, The Heiress Effect was one of two self-published novels to make RUSA’s 2014 Reading List highlighting genre fiction. The other was Hugh Howey’s Wool, also available in Cloud from NLA Digital.

    So what have you learned? Ah, yes: self-publishing can equal quality. Look for more good stuff in the coming months.

  5. Materials Shift | Materials Survey 2014 →

    As budgets fracture, both book and ebook circ statistics provide insights into what patrons are reading, as our 2014 materials survey illustrates. DVDs are still hot too.  

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  6. Arabic e-books get a new online bookstore, Kotobi » MobyLives →

    This year’s Cairo International Book Fair brought a new player to the field of Arabic publishing and bookselling: the website Kotobi.com, created by entrepreneur and self-described “techie” Ashraf Maklad, with the support of Vodafone Egypt.

    Kotobi is an online bookstore for Arabic e-books, and though it’s early days yet, it seems poised to make significant changes in the Arabic book market, which has faced logistical problems for many years, especially in distribution.

    This might become a useful resource for public libraries serving Arabic-speaking populations and academic libraries building their Arabic studies collections.

    And it’s not only in the Arab world that these transformations are afoot, of course. It’s truly exciting to see e-books and e-bookstores begin to erase historic supply-and-demand issues here in the US. In January, Ken Bensinger reported for the Los Angeles Times on the tremendous rise in Spanish e-book sales in the US over the past two years — a welcome change from the problems Spanish readers have long faced in finding any kind of broad selection of affordable Spanish-language titles.

  7. Who Needs Books? A Q&A with the ‘Bookless Library’ Head Librarian →

    Late last year, the Bexar County Library, which serves the area around San Antonio, TX, set up BiblioTech, the first all-digital library in the United States. Without any physical books at all, the branch raised a few eyebrows, but head librarian Ashley Eklof tells Library Journal that after a few months, the ebook-and technology-centric project has been so successful it already has its own spinoff at the county courthouse.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  8. HarperCollins Ebooks Now Available to UK Libraries | Digital Book World →

    (Source: uniquely-portable-magic)

  9. Simon & Schuster Expands Ebook Pilot with OverDrive, 3M, and Axis 360 →

    In a wrinkle that may prove controversial, S&S is requiring participating libraries to make their titles available for purchase through their library’s website via OverDrive’s Library BIN (Buy It Now) option, 3M’s Buy and Donate option, or through Baker & Taylor’s MyLibraryBookstore customized ecommerce sites, which offer both print books and ebooks, and give libraries a commission on sales from those sites.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  10. joehillsthrills:

My story, “Wolverton Station,” is out in every eBook format imaginable today. If eBooks had flaps, this would be the flap copy:
Saunders made his fortune as a hatchet man for hire and “The Woodcutter” has brought his sharpest axe to England to do what he does best: maximize corporate profits by chopping down the little guy. But his train north is about to make an unexpected stop in the deep dark woods, to let on some hairy-handed gents straight out of the darkest kind of fairy tale. Now “The Woodcutter” is up to his ankles in blood and finding out just what it really means to live in a dog-eat-dog world…
"Wolverton Station" was first published a few years ago in Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (Subterranean Press). I *think* this is its first wider release.

Can’t get enough of Joe Hill? Now read his short story as an ebook.

    joehillsthrills:

    My story, “Wolverton Station,” is out in every eBook format imaginable today. If eBooks had flaps, this would be the flap copy:

    Saunders made his fortune as a hatchet man for hire and “The Woodcutter” has brought his sharpest axe to England to do what he does best: maximize corporate profits by chopping down the little guy. But his train north is about to make an unexpected stop in the deep dark woods, to let on some hairy-handed gents straight out of the darkest kind of fairy tale. Now “The Woodcutter” is up to his ankles in blood and finding out just what it really means to live in a dog-eat-dog world…

    "Wolverton Station" was first published a few years ago in Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (Subterranean Press). I *think* this is its first wider release.

    Can’t get enough of Joe Hill? Now read his short story as an ebook.

  11. Food for thought!

    Food for thought!

    (Source: overdrive.com)

  12. Sherman Alexie Backlist Coming as eBooks - GalleyCat →

    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.

  13. More Than 17,000 Penguin Titles (New & Backlist) Now Available to OverDrive’s U.S. Library Partners →

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    (Source: addtoany.com)

  14. 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.

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    Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project (via jasonwdean)

    Holla!

  15. So, dear reader, if your library doesn’t have the e-book you’d like to read, please don’t complain to your librarian. Complain to your publisher. Tell him to wake up and get real.

    — Ursula K. Le Guin, Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want (via authorsforlibraryebooks)