UNESCO Focus 2011: South Africa Pubs Still Begrudge E-books; In US, Digital Caters to the Public Interest

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Interviews with Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director of Publishers’ Association of South Africa, and Peter Brantley, director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive in the USA By Nicholas Gary, editor of ActuaLitté On the occasion of UNESCO’s World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, being held in Monza, Italy this week, Nicholas Gary of ActuaLitté interviewed participants about the most …

#BEA11: Charade Classes, Robot Librarians, and Women Writers, Oh My!

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

Panelists at the second annual 7x20x21 event at BEA posed more questions than they answered about storytelling and the future of libraries. By Erin L. Cox If you are on Twitter and are tapped into publishing circles, you likely know Kobo’s Ami Greko (@amiwithani) and FSG’s Ryan Chapman (@chapmanchapman) who organize the, now annual, 7x20x21 panel at BookExpo America. Unfortunately, …

Mobile Library “Onleihe” Brings E-book Lending to Germany

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary Library service provider DiViBib has released a new free Apple iOS app that will give readers access to a 2,000-title mobile library of German books. According to the Börsenblatt, users who download the free Onleihe app from the iTunes Store will have access to the e-book collections of more than 200 libraries in Germany, Austria, Italy and …

Germany’s De Gruyter Tests PDA…Patron Driven Acquisition, That Is

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German academic publisher De Gruyter is teaming up with the Forschungszentrum Jülich to test out an acquisition model that aims to better align library spending with customer demand. With “Patron Driven Acquisition” (i.e. acquisition that is determined by customers), a library borrows or purchases a book only when there is a specific demand for it. According to …

UK Library Supporters to Protest Over 400 Possible Closures

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Guardian UK reports that library supporters have declared a “carnival of resistance” to protest library closures across the UK. The “carnival” will take place on February 5 with nationwide events and “read-ins” at over forty libraries. The Public Libraries News website currently counts 398 libraries and 40 mobile libraries that are under threat of closure. These …

CES 2011: Video Interview with OverDrive’s David Burleigh

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson “It’s not so much about the content here . . . it’s more about manufacturers, retailers, traditional booksellers, non-traditional booksellers, anyone who wants to get into the bookselling business,” said David Burleigh, Director of Marketing for OverDrive, of the Consumer Electronics Show. However, media companies played a bigger role at CES this year. In fact, Burleigh said, …

EU Report Urges 7-Year Limit on Commercially Digitized Works

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, the European Commission released a report which proposes a seven-year period of use on digitized, public domain works. This proposal seems aimed specifically at Google and its ongoing book scanning project. The New York Times reports: “During a period of preferential use, a public domain book, for instance, that was digitized by Google would be available …

Is E-book Lending Bad News for Authors and Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The past two days we’ve looked at e-book lending options for libraries. In today’s installment, author Author Marcus Sakey, notes, “As an author, I make my living when people buy my books. For that reason, it’s hard for me to come out gung-ho for lending. I don’t mind it as a way to sample my work, but ultimately …