January 21, 2021

News Roundup

1. HarperCollins Publishers Sells More Than 1.1 Million Copies of Go Set a Watchman in Print, e-Book and Audio Format 2. Emory’s Literary Archives Inspire Next Generation of Poets (via Emory News Center) 3. German Consortium Baden-Wuerttemberg Signs Agreement with Scientific Publisher Elsevier 4. Open to Employed Librarians and Para-Professionals in US and Canada: Apply […]

HarperCollins Debuts OpenBook API Beta

via a Programmable Web Post by Curtis Chen: The developer site is still a bit raw, with some broken links and less-than-polished documentation, but the data available is quite comprehensive. The OpenBook API offers not only information on HarperCollins authors and books in US and international markets, but also author tour information. Want to know […]

One Year Later, HarperCollins Sticking to 26-Loan Cap, and Some Librarians Rethink Opposition

From an Article by Michael Kelley at Library Journal: Librarians’ passionate advocacy of our titles is vital to our efforts  and we remain committed to keeping our ebooks available in the library channel,” said Josh Marwell, Harper’s president of sales. Marwell said that the 26-loan cap remains a work in progress, but no other business […]

NY Times: Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

From The New York Times: Ms. [Maja] Thomas [a senior vice president of the Hachettte Book Group, in charge of its digital division] of Hachette says: “We’ve talked with librarians about the various levers we could pull,” such as limiting the number of loans permitted or excluding recently published titles. She adds that “there’s no […]

Details About HarperCollins New Print-on-Demand Program

Last week we posted that HarperCollins was going to make 500o backlist titles available to readers via a new print-on-demand (POD) partnership with On Demand Books and their Espresso Book Machine. HC has made a news release and an open letter to writers available on their web site. Direct to “Open Letter to Authors” By […]

Report from ALA's OITP eBook Task Force Meeting With HarperCollins by Peter Brantley

During the just concluded ALA 2011 Conference in New Orleans the ALA OITP (Office of Information Technology Policy) eBook Task Force talked with senior HarperCollins staff*** about a number of important issues. The discussion came about after the HarperCollins team suggested that both groups get together during the OITP eBook Task Force Business Meeting. What […]

New On OverDrive's Digital Library Blog: "The American Library Association and Digital Content"

Note: The Following is a Portion of Cindy Orr’s Monthly Post on the OverDrive Digital Library Blog. You can read the full text here. Last year, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) passed a resolution calling for the creation of a Presidential Task Force to study the issues of digital rights management and […]

"Library Ebook Lending Under Attack" by Paula Hane

In an Information Today NewsBreak, Hane takes a look at the HarperCollins/Library eBook story and provides a useful roundup with links to many useful documents. Btw, here are three collections of non-library/non-info industry press about what some refer to as #HCOD (HarperCollins/OverDrive) that we posted on INFOdocket. We have another collection of articles that we […]

Video: OverDrive Founder and CEO Steve Potash Interviewed on Bloomberg TV

Steve Potash appeared on Bloomberg Television earlier today and the nearly four minute is now accessible online. You can watch the segment on the Bloomberg web site It runs about 4 minutes. As you might expect the HarperCollins story is touched on as is GBS. In a nutshell: + “Since Christmas, we’ve seen almost 100 […]

ALA President Roberta Stevens Sends Letter to Membership About E-Books/Libraries/HarperCollins

In addition to her public comments yesterday, ALA President Roberta Stevens also sent a letter to association members. Her Are Two Paragraphs From Her Letter: First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience. I held back on a public statement on the recent decision by Harper Collins to restrict the lending of […]