Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Cultural, economical, political

According to a press release NSR received from the 2017 Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world’s largest Book Fair ended yesterday with some positive numbers:

  • 286,425 visitors from over 150 countries
  • 3 percent increase in attendance over 2016
  • 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries
  • a total of 4,000 events  over the course of six days
  • 500 tables sold at the Literary Agents and Scouts Centre (LitAg), a new record
  • 6.5 percent more visitors over the weekend (when the Fair is open to the public)

More from the press release summing up this year’s Fair:

The opening of the Frankfurter Buchmesse by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sent a strong signal highlighting a Europe of culture. Various other politicians attended the fair, including French Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen, German Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters, German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles, German SPD Party Leader Martin Schulz, and Gregor Gysi, President of the European Left. The fair was overshadowed by confrontations between left- and right-wing groups. Continue reading Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Cultural, economical, political

Digital Public Library of America unveils a pilot program to test a new model for a library-centered ebook marketplace

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) unveiled this week a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks. The DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), will allow staff at six pilot libraries to select ebooks from over a hundred thousand licensed titles and thousands more that are openly-licensed. The new program will be administered through a partnership with LYRASIS, which will provide the hosting and other technology resources.

The launch of the Exchange represents a major milestone in the DPLA ebook pilot announced earlier this year. The goal of the program is to demonstrate how DPLA can help libraries maximize access to ebooks for their patrons. For the pilot, DPLA sought out a mix of library types including a state library, a consortium, and both a large public library and one serving smaller and rural populations. The  pilot libraries include: Alameda County Library (CA); Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA); Connecticut State Library (CT); Califa Library Group (CA, KS); St. Mary’s County Library (MD) and Yavapai Library Network (AZ). After a preliminary period working with these selected libraries, DPLA will explore expanding the Exchange to more institutions. Continue reading Digital Public Library of America unveils a pilot program to test a new model for a library-centered ebook marketplace

This week in Literature and Arts

Happy 77th birthday to John Winston Lennon, born October 9, 1946. Oddly, if he still were alive he might actually look like Wilfred Bramble now.


October 10, 1985: Orson Welles, 70, dies of heart failure while sleeping. Before going to bed he’d spent the night writing stage directions for his next project.


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New Bowker report reveals self-publishing ISBNs climbed 8 percent between 2015 and 2016

Just in from Bowker:

New Bowker report reveals maturation and stabilization in the self-publishing industry

Since 2011, International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) for self-published titles have climbed 218.33%, according to the latest report from Bowker. A total of 786,935 ISBNs were assigned to self-published titles in 2016; in 2011, that number was 247,210. Continue reading New Bowker report reveals self-publishing ISBNs climbed 8 percent between 2015 and 2016

Book of the Week: Orphan in America (Nanette L. Avery)

In an effort to draw attention to quality self-published literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviews published on BIR’s site each week, including a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. This week’s pick:

Orphan in America

Nanette L. Avery is a writer, educator, and meticulous researcher. In preparation for Orphan in America, Avery spent several years traveling across the country and immersing herself in the history and lifestyle of 19th century America. Nanette lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and orange cat, Frieda.
BlueInk Review was founded by Patti Thorn, former books editor of the Rocky Mountain News, and Patricia Moosbrugger, literary agent and subsidiary rights specialist. It offers serious, unbiased reviews of self-published books. Reviews are penned largely by writers drawn from major mainstream publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, and editors of respected traditional publishing houses. Select reviews appear in Booklist magazine.

ALA publishes Free Reading Zones: Transforming Access to Books Through Technology

How can we make ebooks more readily available to our users, our communities, and society at large? In this issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 7), Free Reading Zones: Transforming Access to Books through Technology, No Shelf Required Director Mirela Roncevic explores this question by taking a look at a unique ebook business model that turns geographic spaces into open virtual libraries to enable reading, promote literacy, and expose more books to more people.

This report discusses Free Reading Zones, which are designated areas that provide people free and uninterrupted access to e-books through sponsorships. Roncevic shares how this initiative came about, who’s behind it, and the short-term and long-term goals of FREZ. Throughout the issue, Roncevic explores how Free Reading Zones can empower the ebook industry—consumers, aggregators, distributers, and publishers—by equalizing access to knowledge and education in areas beyond thriving city communities.

Describing her experience launching the first Free Reading Zones in a small European café and turning the entire country of Croatia into an open virtual library for one whole month, she shows how creating open virtual libraries can make reading more accessible and open. The goal of this lengthy report is to both inspire and motivate librarians to embrace the idea of open virtual libraries and attempt similar initiatives in their communities.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1—Free Reading Zones: An Introduction

Chapter 2—Key Benefits of Free Reading Zones

Chapter 3—Setting the Stage for the First Free Reading Zone

Chapter 4—A Country as a Free Reading Zone


About the Author

Mirela Roncevic is a professional editor, writer, content developer, and consultant to publishers, libraries, and library vendors. She has written, edited, and spearheaded the publication of a wide range of books, book series, articles, journals, portals, and digital resources. In 2016, Mirela founded the Free Reading Zones Project, which brings developers, publishers, libraries, and sponsors together to turn public and private spaces into open virtual libraries, where people have access to books and other content in digital format. She also teaches classes on ebooks through the American Library Association, hosts webinars and workshops on e-books and digital publishing, moderates panels at library conferences and book fairs, and speaks internationally on e-books and e-content. She serves as Director of No Shelf Required, a portal on ebooks and digital content and an organization helping libraries and other organizations, private and government, implement Free Reading Zones. 


About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.

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Articles of interest:

ProQuest Dissertations Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

From ProQuest:

Following the indexing of millions of scholarly articles in Google Scholar in 2015, ProQuest and Google are expanding their collaboration by indexing almost half a million full text dissertations from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database (PQDT), the leading source of emerging research from the world’s great universities.

Google Scholar users can now seamlessly discover and access this set of full text dissertations in their libraries’ subscription collections. The user experience is improved and libraries benefit from increased usage for their content investment.

“Dissertations are excellent sources for finding emerging research and new voices,” said Allan Lu, Vice President Research Tools, Services and Platforms. “ProQuest has curated this content over decades and we’re continually looking for ways to simplify its discovery and access.” Continue reading ProQuest Dissertations Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

#audiobookwish X 4

An underutilized hashtag on Twitter points up the books readers wish would migrate into listening format. Some are new titles, many are never-bestsellers that can still be found readily in current print editions, several tagged posts point up the dearth of titles representing affinity groups. Here’s a sampler of what and why readers want to push against the boundaries of audiobook publishing’s current offerings.

#audiobookwish Practice inclusivity in romance, both in print and in audio editions

While it came as no surprise to romance writers of color–nor to many readers of color as well as some who are white–last week’s publication of the Ripped Bodice bookstore’s report “The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing, 2016” confirms that the disparity between both writer demographics and publishing attainment is wide. In fact, the romance genre also relies on small publishers to bring out any titles featuring romantic characters who are anywhere in the LGBTQIA family as well. Breaking down that print availability even further, we find an audiobook world in which virtually everyone is white and straight—unless it’s a teen title (both It’s Not Like It’s a Secret and If I Was Your Girl went to audio quickly, for example, and various youth award winning print titles are made into audiobooks ahead of the literary awards they earn). Continue reading #audiobookwish X 4

This week in Literature and Arts

Happy birthday to the one, the only Groucho, born October 2, 1890, on East 78th Street in Manhattan.


October 2, 1959: Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS with the episode, “Where is Everybody?”


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De Gruyter launches Science Discoveries, science news site to feature information based on published research

De Gruyter has recently launched Science Discoveries, an international science news site focused on research advancements in medicine, health, environment and technology. The site features selected research published in De Gruyter journals.

From the press release:

Publishing article highlights as well as multimedia content several times a week, Science Discoveries aims to showcase peer-reviewed scientific research in a context that helps scientific advancements reach a wider audience, not only academics and professionals, but also general science enthusiasts.

Featured research currently available includes an article on the devastating effect natural disasters have on pets and livestock from the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JHSEM), a contribution on insect silk and its medical application from the Journal of Biosciences, and an article entitled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on human aggression from the journal NeuroForum. Continue reading De Gruyter launches Science Discoveries, science news site to feature information based on published research

Writers Boon, a one-stop guide and marketplace for indie authors trying to find their way

What happens if you map the path from wanting to write to becoming a self-published author, throw in a bit of the Groupon idea, and then build a website for authors? You get Writers Boon, a one-stop guide and marketplace for indie authors trying to find their way through the maze of writing, revising, editing and publishing a book.

Carol Vorvain, the woman behind the project, is an author and attorney who lives in Australia. Her own books are about life and living joyfully and adventurously. You can find them on her website http://carolvorvain.com or on Amazon. Continue reading Writers Boon, a one-stop guide and marketplace for indie authors trying to find their way

Book of the Week: Henry and the Hidden Treasure (B.C.R. Fegan)

In an effort to draw attention to quality self-published literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviews published on BIR’s site each week, including a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. This week’s pick:

Henry and the Hidden Treasure

BCR Fegan is an award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults. Raised on a small hobby farm, only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of nature’s ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of this world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.

BlueInk Review was founded by Patti Thorn, former books editor of the Rocky Mountain News, and Patricia Moosbrugger, literary agent and subsidiary rights specialist. It offers serious, unbiased reviews of self-published books. Reviews are penned largely by writers drawn from major mainstream publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, and editors of respected traditional publishing houses. Select reviews appear in Booklist magazine.

Georgia, one of the world’s oldest nations, will be the Guest of Honor at 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurter Buchmesse has announced next year’s Guest of Honor at the Fair: Georgia. The 2017 Guest of Honor is France.

Georgia, one of the world’s oldest nations, will be the Guest of Honor at next year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse (10–14 October 2018). In keeping with the motto “Georgia – Made by Characters”, the Guest of Honor’s time at the fair will focus not only on Georgian literature and language and on new titles in German by Georgian authors, but also on the script itself, the Georgian alphabet, which was added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2016.

Created using 33 artfully curved characters whose history goes back to the 4th century, stories will be told in 2018 about the country with the long literary tradition that is located on the border between Asia and Europe – stories about Georgia’s people, culture, cuisine and many other unique features.

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Press conference has been set for Thursday, 12 October 2017, at 11.00 am at Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, Level C.3, Room Illusion 2, Messe Frankfurt, Fairgrounds, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1,60327 Frankfurt am Main.

Speakers will include:
• Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
• Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection, Republic of Georgia
• Medea Metreveli, Director of the Georgian National Book Center
• Nino Haratischwili, Author

Save the Date:
The Georgian-British musician Katie Melua will be present during the ceremony when France, this year’s Guest of Honour, hands over the “GuestScroll” to the 2018 Guest of Honour, Georgia, closing the Book Fair. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, 15 October 2017 (3.30 to 4.30 pm, Forum, Level 1).

Follett launches Book Fairs

Just in from Follett:

Follett, the leader in PreK-12 education, has announced it is entering the school book fair market, a highly anticipated launch that will see the company maximize its existing partnerships with thousands of publishers to offer a vast selection of books for early education, elementary and middle school students.

The Follett Book Fairs launch begins for the 2017-18 school year on a regional basis, and then will expand throughout the country the following year. Librarians familiar with Follett have been eager to get their schools signed up. Continue reading Follett launches Book Fairs

Publishing and bibliographic jobs below the radar

Some years ago, I was impressed by a speaker at a youth enrichment services providers roundtable who came from a vocational training background and currently worked in publishing house dealing mostly with career preparation materials. The materials she shared included, surprisingly to most of us gathered, board books for toddlers as well as interactive books for older children. These were not the “When I grow up, I want to be a firefighter” flavor: instead, they exposed kids to the actual doing of things that could eventually engage their interests in jobs beyond the Top 10 every high school student recognizes as the likely “only” options.*

A few industries are good—usually at the behest of union pressure—about exposing the fact of certain jobs existing. Think about the rolling credits after a movie. While such denominating for public view doesn’t explain what exactly the key grip or best boy does functionally, the job titles are there. And there are jobs called out in the credits as well that make intuitive sense while not, more than likely, getting much air time when the conversation turns to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Once it’s noted as a possibility, however, costume designer strikes a chord that could turn into a wholly satisfying career. Continue reading Publishing and bibliographic jobs below the radar

University of Pretoria in South Africa launches an app that provides one-click access to its library resources

Just in from Demco Software:

One of Africa’s top research institutions responds to increasing smartphone ownership with new Boopsie mobile app

South Africa currently has the highest smartphone ownership of the countries on the African continent [1], and sales of mobile devices in this region are expected to increase over the next decade [2]. In response to this trend, the Department of Library Services (DLS) at the University of Pretoria has launched a customized app that provides one-click access to its library’s assets, empowering researchers to use resources and services when and where they need them.

Fully hosted and maintained by Demco Software, the University of Pretoria’s Boopsie mobile app will feature custom branding on a user-friendly interface, facilitating seamless access to authoritative content from trusted aggregators and publishers. A modifiable banner will increase visibility of key resources, and unique features will expand access to the library. Key among these are Ask a Librarian, Catalog Search, Subject Guides, Library Locator, Location and Hours, and social media integration. Continue reading University of Pretoria in South Africa launches an app that provides one-click access to its library resources

This week in Literature and Arts

Star Wars geeks join me in 66th birthday greetings to Mark Hamill, born in Oakland, CA, September 25, 1951. Mark, I hope you have dialog in Ep. 8!

Here’s a bad pic from NYCC 2011.


Remembering Mary Astor, who died September 25, 1987, age 81. My son and I visited her grave last year in LA at Holy Cross Cemetery (not too, too far from John Ford). She was hard to find.

Forever Brigid O’Shaughnessy.


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The City of Opatija is a FREE READING ZONE

No Shelf Required joins forces with ebook provider Odilo to launch a FREE READING ZONE in Opatija, a major tourist draw on the Croatian Adriatic. Local university sponsors the free reading for tourists and residents within city limits; publishers from around the world participate.

September 27, 2017No Shelf Required is pleased to announce the launch of a new FREE READING ZONE under its leadership in the Adriatic city of Opatija, known for its promenade, luxury hotels, and a long history of cultural and business tourism. Starting today, on World Tourism Day, Opatija becomes an open virtual library, called Opatija Reads, accessible to all people inside the city limits, without a library card or access code. To celebrate this milestone, the city is enveloped with flags bearing teal flags and featuring quotes about the importance of reading and access to books.

“At the core of the FREE READING ZONE Project lies the belief that the power of technology to transform how books and knowledge reach us is profound. We can do with them what we have never been able to do with paper books,” said Mirela Roncevic, Director of No Shelf Required. “The city of Opatija today stands as an inspiration to other tourist destinations, because it shows that the tourism industry can be transformed through technology,” added Roncevic.

“Technology has long been breaking down barriers, equalizing access to content and information, and connecting people. We have created an unbreakable relationship with it. Because of it, we read news freely, listen to music freely, even watch movies freely. Why should the book not be given the same chance to reach the widest audience possible?,” added Roncevic.  Continue reading The City of Opatija is a FREE READING ZONE

Adam Matthew to publish nearly 500 years of materials on the history of printing, publishing and bookselling

Just in from Adam Matthew:

Literary Print Culture, the latest primary source collection from Adam Matthew Digital, makes available The Stationers’ Company Archive with material from 1554 to the 21st Century.

Widely regarded as one of the most important sources for the history of the book, publishing and copyright, the archive of The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers is now available for unparalleled research.

Formed in London in 1403,  was instrumental in the development of the printed book in England, exerting enormous power over the publishing industry as it developed in the early modern period. In the late 15th century, the company was granted immense power by Royal Charter to control this nascent industry, leading onto the development of “copyright.” Continue reading Adam Matthew to publish nearly 500 years of materials on the history of printing, publishing and bookselling

Book of the Week: An Avid’s Guide to Sixties Songwriters (Peter Dunbavan)

In an effort to draw attention to quality self-published literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviews published on BIR’s site each week, including a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. This week’s pick:

An Avid’s Guide to Sixties Songwriters

Peter Dunbavan was born in Preston, England, in 1951.  His diverse employment history has included working as a labourer, finance director, industrial chemist, meter reader, charity director, wallpaper warehouseman, college lecturer, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation employee. During his somewhat haphazard working life, his love of music has been a constant. He has been involved in playing live music since the age of 15. He has also been a spectacularly unsuccessful songwriter, having written over a hundred songs and still waiting for his first hit.

BlueInk Review was founded by Patti Thorn, former books editor of the Rocky Mountain News, and Patricia Moosbrugger, literary agent and subsidiary rights specialist. It offers serious, unbiased reviews of self-published books. Reviews are penned largely by writers drawn from major mainstream publications, such as The New York Times and Washington Post, and editors of respected traditional publishing houses. Select reviews appear in Booklist magazine.

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