1. Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited →

    The launch of Kindle Unlimited alters the competitive landscape for all providers of ebooks, including libraries.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  2. Hachette Adds Heft to Combat Amazon →

    cloudunbound:

    I kind of hate this New York Times headline. The real news is that Hachette Book Group bought Perseus Books Group. Both are partners with 3M Cloud Library, and, yes, there will no doubt be changes in how Perseus sells ebooks to libraries (currently, it’s one copy, one user).

    My advice to Hachette is to experiment with the travel-, business-, science-, and history-heavy offerings of Perseus’s 12 imprints. Nonfiction ebook sales to libraries are still pretty marginal compared with adult fiction sales. They could use a boost.

  3. ebookfriendly:

A #book vending machine from Fullerton Public Library, California http://ebks.to/1o1Jwmz #libraries

    ebookfriendly:

    A #book vending machine from Fullerton Public Library, California http://ebks.to/1o1Jwmz #libraries

  4. Instant e-libraries for Myanmar universities →

    oupacademic:

    Universities in Myanmar have been given e-libraries with hundreds of thousands of digital books and academic journals to help them catch up after decades of isolation under military rule.

    Oxford University Press is thrilled to have Oxford Scholarship Online included in this excellent electronic library project. 

  5. Can You Find Midlist in Subscription Services? Is Anyone Looking? →

    cloudunbound:

  6. SELF-e - powered by Library Journal →

    Announcing a new ebook discovery service that will connect self-published authors, libraries, and readers. A very cool idea, and I love the punny name!

  7. “War and Peace” on the subway: How your iPhone is saving literature →

    I have Blindness, Twelve Years a Slave, In the Time of the Butterflies, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall on my Nook app on my Samsung Galaxy III. What classics are you reading on your smartphone?

  8. cloudunbound:

Finally, one of my favorite UK best sellers has hopped the pond, Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, out this week from Cloud publishing partner Chronicle Books.
One of my favorite LoN is below (if you don’t follow LoN’s Twitter feed, you must rectify immediately):

It’s Iggy Pop’s birthday. His lovely letter to a troubled fan in 1995 remains a favourite: http://t.co/vRyVo8oAXD
— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote)
April 21, 2014

    cloudunbound:

    Finally, one of my favorite UK best sellers has hopped the pond, Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, out this week from Cloud publishing partner Chronicle Books.

    One of my favorite LoN is below (if you don’t follow LoN’s Twitter feed, you must rectify immediately):

  9. openroadmedia:

Open Road is proud to be part of the US Navy’s NeRD program, delivering ebooks to sailors via secure devices!
(And the acronym is just about the best thing ever!)

    openroadmedia:

    Open Road is proud to be part of the US Navy’s NeRD program, delivering ebooks to sailors via secure devices!

    (And the acronym is just about the best thing ever!)

  10. Expect the Unexpected: New Stories from Octavia E. Butler →

    Good news for Octavia Butler fans!

  11. First Time: HarperCollins Will Release “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Ebook and Digital Audiobook, Enhanced Ebook Will Also Be Released →

    What a way to celebrate Harper Lee’s birthday today!

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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.”

  15. 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.