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 …

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

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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 …

Will Google eBooks Save Indie Booksellers?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Google eBookstore launched today in the USA to much chatter and speculation about how it will change the e-book market. One of the major changes that the Google eBookstore brings is its open platform that allows partner and affiliate retailers to sell Google eBooks. Through an agreement with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and agreements with …

Google Books ‘auf Deutsch’

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Interview by Nicholas Gary Yesterday’s news about Hachette Livre’s deal with Google to scan and sell 40 to 50,000 out-of-print books came as something of a surprise to many. Could the same thing happen in Germany? Annabella Weiss, the manager for Google Books for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, won’t say. But she did speak with Nicholas Gary of Actualitté, about what …