June 25, 2019

Bowker Releases 2011 U.S. Book Publishing Market Statistics & New Book Output Chart (by ISBN)

From Bowker: Bowker [has] released its annual report on U. S. print book publishing for 2011, compiled from its Books In Print database.  Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven […]

First Sony PlayStation Wonderbook Released: An Augmented Reality Harry Potter Story

From the BBC: Sony has unveiled Wonderbook – an augmented reality product for its Playstation 3 games console. When users hold up specially created books to a connected camera they appear on screen with added interactive graphics, which can in turn trigger mini-games. [Clip] Sony said it would also work with publishers to bring educational […]

ALA’s YASLA Division Launches Teen Book Finder App for iOS (Free)

From the iTunes App Store: Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, offers easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association, […]

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 […]