Friends, Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your E-book (Part 1)

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

Today, in the first half of a two-part series on library e-book lending, writer Erik Christopher considers the models offered to librarians by the United States’ two largest e-book retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. By Erik Christopher The digital age has complicated things, especially for libraries. Not only do patrons want traditional services, like books and reference materials, they …

ISBNs and E-books: The Ongoing Dilemma

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• Should publishers assign a unique ISBN for each e-book format of each title they publish, and what are the implications either way? • There is no consensus of what is the best practice, but one thing is clear: you need to make the decision yourself and not leave it up to someone else. By Erik Christopher ST. CLOUD, MN: …

E-book Sales Statistics from BISG Survey

In Resources, What's the Buzz by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt E-book sales grew exponentially in the first quarter of 2010, jumping from just 1.5% of total US book sales in 2009 to 5% of the market in the first quarter of 2010, said Kelly Gallagher, vice president of publishing services at R.R. Bowker, who presented the findings of Book Industry Study Group (BISG) research Wednesday during BookExpo …

Introducing Libranda: Spain’s Big Three Finalize Their Push into Ebooks

In Digital by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The long-awaited e-book platform from Spain’s big three publishers now has a name. At a meeting with booksellers in Madrid on Tuesday, representatives of the new company announced it will be called Libranda, and will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no …

Radical Changes Needed to Put UK E-book Strategy on Track

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury It was a curious experience listening to speakers at the recent e-books industry strategy event in London, run by the digital directors group of the UK Publishers Association. A lot of rational ideas about how to combat piracy were being talked about, like how improving access to content and enhancing the quality of experience offered to e-book …

Brazil's First E-bookstore Opens for Business

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa RIO DE JANIERO: On December 15, Brazil’s first e-bookstore — Gato Sabido (Smart Cat) — opened for business, offering approximately 400 titles in Portuguese. “The Gato Sabido is going to work on every step of the e-book process, from conversion to sales,” says Carlos Eduardo Ernanny, company founder and CEO. The new company plans to offer 30,000 …

German Buch News: Libreka Adds DRM, Bilandia Adds Video

In Feature Articles, German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Libreka.de, the online book search database run by the Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels, a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, has begun offering DRM as an option for ebooks sold on the site. The site started selling ebooks nearly four months ago; but without DRM, writes the Buchreport, large publishers shied away. Since the …

Why Publishing Cannot Be Saved (As It Is)

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Richard Eoin Nash The book business is a tiny industry perched atop a massive hobby. But rather than celebrate and serve the hobbyists, we expect them to shell out ever more money for the books we keep throwing at them (a half million English-language books in 2008 in the U.S.). Cutting back might work for individual companies, but …

German Buch News: Sales Up Slightly, “Psychological DRM”

In Feature Articles, German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary Despite the worldwide financial crisis, the German book market continues to remain relatively stable, says Buchreport. The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association) has calculated a 1.4% increase in sales for the first five months of 2009. Of course, the book industry should approach this news with cautious optimism: In 2008, the German book …