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 …

US Librarians Turn to Guadalajara, E-books to Meet Demand for Spanish Language Readers

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In the small boom in Spanish-language publishing over the past decade, even as big publishers and major chain bookstores worked to ramp up their offerings for Spanish readers, libraries have played an irreplaceable role in serving the needs of Spanish-speaking communities around the country and in connecting readers to the right books. As part of our look into …

Is the Serendipity of Book Discovery Dead in the Age of E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

by Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Mark Mills discusses how he found the inspiration for his novel The Information Officer in book about the World War II siege of Malta he uncovered in a junk shop. What is interesting to note is that this might never have happened had we been living in a world entirely populated with e-books. …

Spain Lowers Tax on E-books, Opens Digital Library

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams A very important — and positive — development for the incipient Spanish e-book market took place this week.  On Tuesday the Spanish Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, announced that the government would set the value added tax for e-books at 4%, the same as for paper books.  E-books had previously been in the same category as software, …

Are Prepub Reviews Irrelevant?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about the demise of Kirkus Reviews, former Kirkus managing director Jerome Kramer asks “whether the industry still needs advance reviews the way it used to?” Kirkus was known among the major journals that published pre-pub reviews—Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist—as the “mean” one. Kirkus didn’t sugarcoat its reviews, which may, in the …

What’s the Buzz: E-Rights and No-Compete Clauses; Adobe Flash Does Multi-Touch; Library 101

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson At PubRants, literary agent Kristin Nelson writes about electronic rights and no-compete clauses in book contracts. According to Nelson’s interpretation of standard no-compete language, “even if you are able to reserve your electronic rights so as to as to set up your own deal with Kindle or Scribd (or whoever), your publisher could make an argument that …

German Buch News: New Alternatives for German Digitization; Buch.de’s Sales Up

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Projects to digitize library collections, like Europeana, have found new life after the Google Book Settlement, but the debate has continued in Europe about the status of “orphan works”—books that are not yet in the public domain but whose rights holder cannot be determined. Though those books are currently not allowed to be digitized, Buchreport writes that the …

STM Publishers Face Some Old, Some New Challenges, Especially the Bugaboo of “Free”

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Richard Lampert At first glance, STM publishing (Scientific Technical Medical publishing) resembles most other segments of the book publishing industry. It’s still dominated by commercial publishing companies plus a few scholarly houses, and new titles still appear at regular intervals supported by marketing to the book trade, individuals, and institutions. And the familiar challenges are there as well — …