November 26, 2020

"RIP Stanza: Casualty of iOS 5" & Stanza's Death as a Lesson for the Digital Public Library of America

From CNET Australia:

With the roll-out of iOS 5, users of the free Stanza app for e-reading are discovering that their app no longer works — and it’s doubtful that it will get an update.

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But the worst part is that this was a known problem back in April, when iOS 5 beta testers began reporting that Stanza was incompatible with the upgrade. Lexcycle, which was purchased by Amazon in 2009, has known of the problem for months — yet no update has been forthcoming, leading to speculation that Amazon views iOS 5 as an opportunity to let Stanza quietly die out as competition to the Kindle app.

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From: “Stanza e-book software now dead for iPad owners: Lesson for libraries and DPLA” (by David Rothman, LibraryCity)

Some lessons here for public and academic libraries and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)? Definitely. And here they are: Do not trust vendors on issues such as e-book formats or digital rights management or, in Stanza-style cases, even the ease of transferring files. Treat vendors fairly, and use them for technical services when this makes sense. But libraries should work toward the time when they can deal with publishers directly and when they can store books on their own servers and, if possible, with their own DRM. My own dream scenario would be no DRM, though I’m a realist. The core format standard for e-books, of course, could be ePub, which the International Digital Publishing Forum has just updated with Version 3.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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