October 21, 2014

Public Libraries: “Citing Patrons’ Right to Read, Massachusetts Libraries Offer ‘Fifty’ Trilogy

From The Boston Globe: Unlike a smattering of libraries in other states, Massachusetts libraries seem to have no objection to stocking the much talked-about “Fifty Shades” trilogy, but enthusiasm for the novels among library staff is far from unanimous. [Clip] “People are excited because it’s a phenomenon right now,” said Carol Jankowski, director of the […]

eBooks: Author Signings are Going Digital

From NorthJersey.com/The Record: While a signature on a screen might never be the same as pen on paper for some, to others, book signings are about the experience and the memento. If that memory is stored in a digital file instead of a shelf, well, that only adds portability to the fun and bragging rights. […]

Roundup: Google Books (GBS): Authors Win Class Status Over Google Digital Books

From Professor James Grimmelmann (via The Laboratorium): Today, Judge Chin handed the Authors Guild a big procedural win. He issued an opinion that allowed the Guild to represent its members in the lawsuit, and then went on to certify a class consisting not just of the members but of all authors whose books Google scanned. […]

New Research Report & Podcast from ACRL: “Scenarios for the Future of the Book”

From an ACRL Blog Post: ACRL [Association of College & Research Libraries] has released a new research report, Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Scenarios for the Future of the Book, to help librarians reexamine their assumptions, which may be grounded in the current e-book zeitgeist. Authored by David J. Staley, director of the Harvey Goldberg […]

50 Shades of Grey Once Again Available at Brevard County, Florida Public Libraries

From Florida Today: Want to check out “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the racy best-seller removed from Brevard County’s public libraries a month ago? Library patrons once again have access to the wildly popular novel. After an outpouring of criticism from anti-censorship advocates locally and nationwide, global media attention and threats of legal action, county officials […]

An eBook of Free Previews! Excerpts From 30 Anticipated Fall 2012 Books Ready for Download

Our friends at Publishers Lunch and NetGalley have let us know that a new ebook containing 30 “meaty excerpts” from highly anticipated titles set for Fall 2012 release. The file (download link below) is available for all ereaders including the Kindle. From Publishers Lunch: We have official Buzz Panel book Shani Boianjiu’s The People of […]

Amazon.com Releases Annual “Most Well-Read Cities in America” List

Of course the rankings are only based on Amazon.com sales and there are plenty of other places to purchase and borrow reading material. Nevertheless, it’s always fun to review lists like this one when you understand the caveats and purpose. Amazon.com releases this list to help promote the summer reading season. Below the list are […]

Messages to the Library Director: “Public Weighs In On Florida County’s Decision To Ban “Fifty Shades of Grey” From Its Libraries”

From The Smoking Gun: A Florida county’s decision to ban the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy from its public libraries has prompted a variety of handwritten notes, phone messages, and e-mails from individuals either ridiculing the move or offering earnest support. In response to an open records request, Brevard County officials released correspondence sent and […]

Video: World Book and Copyright Day Comments by IFLA President Ingrid Parent

April 23, 2012 is World Book and Copyright Day sponsored by UNESCO. Ingrid Parent, President of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), issued a video statement about the importance of books. World Book Night also takes place today. From a Text Summary of Parent’s Comments: In her video message, IFLA President Ingrid Parent addressed the […]

New Details About First Imprint Coming From Amazon’s Publishing Division (including Distribution to Libraries)

Laura Hazard Owen at paidContent has written an excellent article about Amazon (as in Amazon.com) Publishing. The companies first imprint will launch this Fall. The report is LOADED with details direct from the person in charge, publishing industry veteran, Larry Kirshbaum. Here are a few highlights from a must-read article for those of you interested […]