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.
Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
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.
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.
[Press Release] HarperCollins eBooks now available to U.K. libraries 5,000+ titles from popular authors available for the first time to U.K. libraries and
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Oh boy is right!