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 …

E-Book Lending: Boon or Bane to Publishers?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

E-book lending may not seem in the best interest of publishers, but it will only lead to additional sales, argue the creators of new e-book lending site EBookFling.com. Editorial by Chip O’Brien, BookSwim.com “The reality is that the biggest threat to book-writers and publishers is that their works are simply invisible to people who get all their information from the …

Is Monetizing the Used E-book Market the Next Big Opportunity?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A little more than ten years ago a furor arose in the book world when Amazon.com announced that it planned to sell both new and used editions of the same book on the same Web page. Publisher vehemently opposed what they saw as a move that could cannibalize new book sales and benefit the retailer. Previously, you …

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, …

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 …

Friends, Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your E-books (Part 2)

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

Yesterday, in Part 1, Erik Christopher looked at the e-book models offered to librarians by the United States’ two largest e-book retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Today, he considers the model offered by Overdrive and the future of lending as seen by the Open Book Alliance’s Peter Brantley. By Erik Christopher Despite the user-friendly devices and what they can …

Have You Borrowed or Lent E-books? What Was Your Experience?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The demand for e-books is unquestionably on the rise and e-readers and iPads were hot holiday items this past holiday season. Many libraries offer e-book lending services and have for some time, but the increasing ubiquity of devices means that these services will be even more in demand in the coming year and libraries will be put …

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. …