November 24, 2015

Soundtracks For Ebook Reading: “Booktrack Pulls In Another $5 Million To Put Audio To E-Books”

From TechCrunch: Booktrack, a startup out of New Zealand that creates soundtracks to accompany e-books, has raised another $5 million in funding to make sure that reading is no longer a quiet activity. [Clip] Each booktrack — think movie soundtrack for your book — consists of music, ambient audio and sound effects that automatically sync […]

Coming Next Month: German Language Trade Publishers That are Part of Holtzbrinck Will Offer DRM-Free Ebooks

Hat Tip and thanks to Sebastian Posth for the following item: German trade publishing houses owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group, including Rowohlt, S. Fischer, Droemer Knaur, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, will soon be selling DRM-free ebooks. This means, that after Bonnier publishing group, all relevant trade publishers in the German market are offering their […]

Canada: What’s Does the Future Hold For Ebooks?

From the Financial Post: “Unplugging — I think people are getting it,” Heather Reisman, chief executive officer of Indigo Books and Music Inc., said in an interview after the company’s recent annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto. “Especially Millennials,” she said, speaking of the demographic aged 18 to 34. “They are the hippest group.” […]

Report: China’s E-Book Revenues Up 20.5% Annually Since 2012

Note: The following report (via Global Post) from Xinhua, China’s state-run news service. From the Article China’s e-book revenues have grown from 150 million yuan (24.5 million U.S. dollars) in 2006 to 4.5 billion yuan in 2014, with an increase of 20.5 percent annually since 2012. [Clip] China’s digital publishing industry grossed 338.8 billion yuan […]

Adding Transparency to the Ebook Transaction

During September 2011, Overdrive announced that some of the ebooks it provided would be accessible on Kindle devices. This was a big moment in the history of ebooks and libraries. It was something that the library community wanted. However, with the increased access came privacy concerns. would, due to the way the system was […]

Presentations From “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” Seminar Now Online

Here are links to number of interesting presentations from the “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” seminar that took place in London on February 21, 2013.  This event was co-sponsored by IFLA MLAS (Management of Library Associations Committee) and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and featured presentations by experts about the ebook situation […]

Canada: Ottawa Public Library Wants Readers to Buy Books Through Library Website

From Metroland Media/ The Ottawa Public Library wants to become the second library in Canada to let people buy – not just borrow – e-books. On Feb. 11, the library board endorsed a plan to partner with an e-book publisher to put a purchase button for e-books on the library’s website catalogue. It’s a way for […]

Netherlands: Government Report Says Dutch Libraries Cannot Lend Ebooks

From Telecompaper: Dutch libraries cannot lend e-books as part of their services, the education and culture minister has concluded in a research report on the Copyright Law, digital services and the role of public libraries. While acknowledging the issue may still face a legal challenge, the government proposes that the Copyright Law’s only exception is […]

Macmillan Ebooks Pilot on OverDrive Begins In One Week

We’ve learned that the Macmillan ebook pilot that was announced at the end of January will launch on March 1st. Here’s Some of What OverDrive Told Library Partners in an E-Mail: Beginning March 1, more than 1,150 eBooks from Macmillan will be available in Content Reserve as a pilot program for US public libraries. The […]

Roundup: 3 Independent Bookstores File Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon, Big 6 Publishers Over Use of DRM

Here’s a media roundup with direct links to some of the coverage of the lawsuit that was first reported yesterday. We’ve also embedded the full text of the complaint filed on February 15, 2013 (Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York) at the bottom of this post. The class-action lawsuit was filed by Posman […]