What Business Models Will Work Best for Academic Publishing in the Future?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Yes, it’s a huge question. But the general consensus is the university and academic publishing models are broken. Under pressure from funding bodies to make enough money to be self-sustaining, many university presses have turned away from their core mission of publishing monographs and original research to publishing trade-oriented titles (with mixed results). Those that have stuck …

What are the New Digital Classics?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at a new study on digital publishing released by the Forum d’Avignon and Bain & Co. The end of the report cites the challenge of sifting through all the new digital content to decide what to preserve: “It is unclear how digitally born contents will be sifted, particularly in non-linear, hybrid and social …

Poll Results: Libraries Should Lend E-books, But Few Have Borrowed

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Shortly after the UK Publishers Association announced stricter guidelines for library lending (geographic restrictions and a ban on remote lending), we asked our readers what they thought of library e-book lending. Should libraries loan e-books? The large majority of poll-takers, 81%, said that libraries should loan e-books, despite arguments that lending e-books could lead to more piracy. …

Poll: Should Libraries Loan E-books?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson (Scroll down to take the poll!) Many libraries in the UK and USA see e-book lending as a possible solution to dwindling visitor numbers because people can access and “borrow” e-books without visiting a physical library location. For those of you who haven’t tested this at your local library, a patron “checks out” an e-book and downloads …

In the Digital World, What is the Future of the Institutional Library?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at life at a prison library. Numerous institutions — prisons, hospitals, law firms, magazines, intelligence agencies — have their own libraries and archives. Increasingly, these are eliminated to save office space and a eliminate what are seen as unnecessary expenses, particularly in an era when seemingly everything can be found via a simple …

Advantage India: Delhi’s Campfire Classics Hark Back to Golden Age of Comics

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

• Indian graphic novel publisher Campfire Books has begun exporting affordable Western classics to the US and other English-speaking nations around the world. • Among the advantages the company has is the ability to keep most of the work in-house. The company employs a bullpen of 20 full-time artists on staff to do with drawing and coloring, thus helping to keep …

Should the EC Legislate Clearances for Digital Book Rights?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at a new report from the European Commission about the status of orphan works — books, films, et al. — and what must be done to streamline rights clearances. The EC is famous for issuing rules and regulations for all manner of minutiae (the noise limit of lawnmowers, for example). Should it have a …

Will Europe’s Three Million Orphan Books Ever Be Digitized?

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka • The EC has determined there are three million orphan books in Europe and the cost of clearing digital rights is costly, often far higher than digitization itself. • One solution might be Europe-wide collective licensing agreements modeled on those currently in use in Scandinavia. BRUSSELS: The issue of orphan books –- those books with no clear …

Is Spanish Language Publishing in the US an Untapped Market?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article by Emily Williams describes how even as demand for Spanish language books in the US continues to rise, libraries struggle to meet the demand. Not only are their budgets for book acquisitions being slashed, increasingly they can’t find the types and quality of books they need. We’ve asked before, “Whatever Happened to Spanish Language …