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Google Ruling Reaction

posted Apr 4, 2011, 6:13 AM by Michael Pate

Some scholars and librarians across the country fear it may be, now that a federal judge in New York has derailed Google’s bold plan to build the world’s largest digital library and bookstore. With 15 million books scanned, Google had gotten closer to the elusive goal than anyone else. But others, who were troubled by Google’s plan, have hailed the ruling. - Ruling Spurs Effort to Form Digital Public Library

E-Books in Europe

posted Apr 4, 2011, 6:10 AM by Michael Pate

Outside the United States, however, the digital book business is still in its infancy. During a news conference in Berlin, Markus Dohle, chief executive of Random House, predicted that Europe would catch up with the United States in two to five years. For that to happen, some big problems will have to be solved. Too few e-reading devices have found their way into European consumers’ hands, and too few titles are available to them in digital form. - Playing Catch-Up in E-Books

Equitable Access to Electronic Content

posted Mar 23, 2011, 8:27 AM by Michael Pate

“We have arrived at a critical juncture in history. The rapid proliferation of electronic content (e-content), combined with library inaccessibility to e-content, is undermining the historic library missions of providing equitable access to information for all people and of preserving the recorded history of humankind for future generations.  For this reason, 'A Resolution to Ensure Equitable Access to All Formats of Electronic Content Through Libraries' was adopted by the American Library Association (ALA) Council.  The task force created as a result of this resolution is working to identify solutions that will ensure that the library resource sharing model endures.  Libraries fulfill a unique and essential role in promoting literacy and education, thus fostering an informed and engaged citizenry.  A digital divide places a nation of readers at risk.” - ALA’s Presidential Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC) Launches Interactive Website on E-content Issues

EQUACC Website

ALA on HarperCollins

posted Mar 14, 2011, 9:39 AM by Michael Pate

“Libraries have a long history of providing access to knowledge, information and the creative written works of authors,” said American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens. “We are committed to equal and free access for the millions of people who depend on their library’s resources every day. While demand has surged, financial support has decreased. The announcement, at a time when libraries are struggling to remain open and staffed, is of grave concern. This new limitation means that fewer people will have access to an increasingly important format for delivering information.” - Restrictions on library e-book lending threaten access to information

HarperCollins Open Letter

posted Mar 8, 2011, 7:55 AM by Michael Pate

Over the last few days we at HarperCollins have been listening to the discussion about changes to our e-book policy. HarperCollins is committed to libraries and recognizes that they are a crucial part of our local communities. We count on librarians reading our books and spreading the word about our authors' good works. Our goal is to continue to sell e-books to libraries, while balancing the challenges and opportunities that the growth of e-books presents to all who are actively engaged in buying, selling, lending, promoting, writing and publishing books. - Open Letter to Librarians

Pricing and Piracy

posted Mar 8, 2011, 7:51 AM by Michael Pate

But as many customers have noticed, that more complete e-book catalog doesn't contain a lot of price variation. Indeed, the agency price model lets the publishers set the pricing for their books (rather than allowing retailers to determine the price) and, according to a story in The Guardian, investigations are underway in Europe to determine if the agency model and its highly uniform pricing structure may actually constitute price-fixing and the work of an illegal cartel. - Will E-Book Prices & Restrictions Lead to E-Book Piracy?

Librarian E-Book Boycott

posted Mar 8, 2011, 7:47 AM by Michael Pate

One advantage of e-books is that they're virtually indestructible
But a decision by publisher HarperCollins to limit the circulation of library e-books is rousing librarians, who have started a boycott via blogs and Twitter protesting what some consider the digital "destruction" of books. - Librarians launch boycott in battle over e-books

Harper Collins Lending Limits

posted Mar 8, 2011, 7:45 AM by Michael Pate

A print book can be checked out of a library countless times, at least until it falls apart and needs to be replaced. What about an e-book? HarperCollins, the publisher of Michael Crichton, Sarah Palin and Dennis Lehane, said on Friday that it had revised its restrictions for libraries that offer its e-books to patrons. - A Limit on Lending E-Books

Digital Piracy Collections

posted Feb 23, 2011, 10:24 AM by Michael Pate

I probably don't need to point this out but I will. I have about 600 books in my paper book collection, which took me years to gather and prune during various moves. Digitally, that same collection could be downloaded in around 30 minutes and stored on a cheap 1GB thumb drive, which could then be copied in a matter of seconds and passed on to someone else. -  Kindle e-book piracy accelerates

Overdrive Ipad Review

posted Feb 23, 2011, 10:20 AM by Michael Pate

Get out your library cards: Now you can wirelessly download electronic books from your local library using the Apple iPad or an Android tablet. Last week, OverDrive Inc. released OverDrive Media Console for the iPad, a free app from Apple's App Store. With the app, you can now borrow eBooks for reading on the go with a tablet. - New Way to Check Out eBooks 

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