*+-In the film Out of Print, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and author Scott Turow are often adversaries. But they at least come close to agreement on one point.
*+-Out of Print, the film documentary by Vivienne Roumani about the state-of-affairs in the book business and the culture of reading in America circa 2013, is worth seeking out.
*+-Harvard’s Robert Darton writes that we are coming closer to a truly international digital public library citing Open Access movements in the UK, UK and France.
*+-Google has expanded Play ebook sales to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and New Zealand.
*+-Google is getting into the textbook business by selling and renting materials from the top five education publishers in the US. The new service will launch August 8.
*+-In 2012, Brazil became the latest battleground for the big international ebooksellers. Ebook sales have since skyrocketed, with Apple in the early lead ahead of Amazon.
*+-The National Library of the Netherlands and Google, which began in 2011 to digitize 160,000 books from the library, have just made 80,000 publicly available.
*+-Arthur Frommer, who founded his eponymous travel guide series in 1957 and sold it to Simon & Schuster in 1977, has reacquired the rights to the brand from Google.
*+-Google has killed off the print editions of Frommer’s guide books. And this makes sense, as Google never wanted to be a publisher and only bought Frommer’s for the metadata.
*+-Surprisingly, Apple leads Brazil’s ebook sales, but by 2014 Amazon should dominate, with Kobo, Google, Saraiva and others behind. We explain why.