BEA Video Interviews: Michael Tamblyn, Kobo

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

Michael Tamblyn (Vice President, Content, Sales and Merchandising at Kobo) talks with Ed Nawotka about the launch of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition. The new e-reader was announced on Monday. It features an e-ink touch screen and can hold 1,000 e-books. The device also includes a social reading application called REading life, which tracks and shares your reading stats. …

#BEA11: Charade Classes, Robot Librarians, and Women Writers, Oh My!

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

Panelists at the second annual 7x20x21 event at BEA posed more questions than they answered about storytelling and the future of libraries. By Erin L. Cox If you are on Twitter and are tapped into publishing circles, you likely know Kobo’s Ami Greko (@amiwithani) and FSG’s Ryan Chapman (@chapmanchapman) who organize the, now annual, 7x20x21 panel at BookExpo America. Unfortunately, …

E-Publishing in the UK: The Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Knowns

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

Despite the digital wave sweeping over publishing, some publishers are surprised at how seldom e-books are talked about at this year’s London Book Fair LONDON: As former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said (and I paraphrase) “there are known knowns, known unknowns and there are unknown unknowns.” London has been rife with news about e-publishing, oddly, much of it …

Does the Fast-Evolving E-book Device/Platform Landscape Ultimately Benefit DRM-Happy Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Have you been loyal to a single e-book device and platform or do you graze? I’ll admit, I’m neither device agnostic nor platform or retailer agnostic. I think of all the e-reading devices I own or have owned, including a Kindle (Gens 1 & 2), an iPad, a NookColor, a Franklin Reader, a Rocket E-book, and various smartphones, PCs …

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

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

• 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: …