Category Archives: News Roundups

News Roundup [October 7]

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Watching Pirate Streams Isn’t Illegal, EU Commission Argues (Torrent Freak)

Google experiments with book discovery…and fails (The Average Joe)

Amazon Removes Titles from Kindle Unlimited in Japan, and No One Knows Why (The Digital Reader)

New Research Article: “Is the Digital Talking Book Program Meeting Librarian and Patron Expectations?” (Infodocket)

More Than 500,000 Books From Benson Latin American Collection (U. of Texas Libraries) Now Available via HathiTrust (Infodocket)

Comixology Is Starting Its Own Line of Exclusive Comics (io9)

First Book Partners with Reading Rainbow to Offer Acclaimed Skybrary to Educators Serving Kids in Need (PR Newswire)

‘Spoken Editions’ Section Makes Official Debut on iTunes (Macstories)

Amazon is Now Collecting 15% Tax on eBooks Sold in New Zealand (The Digital Reader)

TeleRead, the world’s oldest ebook news and views site, makes the Library of Congress Web archives (Teleread)

Kindle Unlimited a Victim of Its own Success in Japan? (The Digital Reader)

Hachette Audio Partners with Booktrack on YA Audiobooks (Digital Book World)

Bowker Now Cites at Least 625,327 US Indie Books Published in 2015  (Publishing Perspectives)

Amazon introduces Prime Reading…and hits a sweet spot for many consumers (I Love My Kindle)

Smashwords Enhances Coupon Manager Tool (Digital Book World)

Introducing Prime Reading – The Newest Benefit for Prime Members (Amazon)

New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories (Library Stuff)

E-Book Retail Platform Offers Choice of Watermarking or DRM (Copyright and Technology)

ProQuest Makes English Book Archive Available for Japanese Researchers (InfoToday)

News Roundup [September 30]

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eBooks Die While Used Print Book Sales Live On (It Didn’t Have to be That Way (Digital Reader)

Explore 5,300 Rare Manuscripts Digitized by the Vatican: From The Iliad & Aeneid, to Japanese & Aztec Illustrations (Open Culture)

New Data on Use of Public Libraries, Reading Habits, and Bookstores in U.S. (Infodocket)

Stop Kidding Yourself: The ABA Does Not Represent Indie Booksellers (The Digital Reader)

Mozilla trolls the EU’s nonsensical copyright laws with classic memes (The Next Web)

U.S. Copyright Office Seeks Additional Comments For Section 1201 Study (Infodocket)

Reading by Ear (Why audiobook listening expands, rather than derails, our access to literature) (No Shelf Required)

Revealed: How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars (Zdnet)

Academic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up (Library Journal)

Smashwords Coupons Enhanced to Enable More Flexible Book Promotions (Smashwords Blog)

Institutions as a market for digital magazines (Talking New Media)

Materials From Negro Leagues Added to New Baseball Hall of Fame Digital Archive (Infodocket)

Bestseller analysis: Amazon doesn’t need tradpubs…much (I Love My Kindle)

Edition Digital to offer NGOs free use of its Smart Digital Publishing System (Talking New Media)

For many legacy news organizations in Europe, digital disruption comes with new ideas but few answers (Nieman Lab)

Kobo Expands Into Taiwan (The Digital Reader)

Research: Movie Piracy Hurts Sales, But Not Always (Torrent Freak)

AAP: eBook Sales, Publisher Revenues Down in First Third of 2016 (The Digital Reader)

News Roundup [September 23, 2016]

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How a café in Croatia became an open virtual library (and what it teaches us about the future of books) (No Shelf Required)

Kindle Unlimited Funding Increases Slightly in August 2016 (The Digital Reader)

Research Tools: USDA Releases New Database with Nutrition Info For Over 80,000 Brand Name Food Products (Infodocket)

Kobo Aura 2016 vs. Kobo Glo HD vs. Kindle Paperwhite (comparison) (Password Incorrect)

The Kindle Reading Fund will make books more accessible around the world (Ebook Friendly)

Creative Commons licenses under scrutiny—what does “noncommercial” mean? (Ars Technica)

Download our new #Frankfurt @Book_Fair preview magazine free (Publishing Perspectives)

2016 Trend Report: What publishers need to know (The Average Joe)

Copyright Is Not an Inevitable or Divine Right, Court Rules (Torrent Freak)

e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2016 (The Book Designer)

Comic Book Readers Still Prefer Print Over Digital (InfoDocket)

Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users (The Verge)

NSR Post: A time to soar above the level plain of tradition (No Shelf Required)

New Partnership between EBSCO and Mackin Makes Accessing eBooks Easier for Schools (Library Stuff)

Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next (Techcrunch)

Former Disney Digital Boss Says He “Loves Piracy” (Torrent Freak)

Keio University Offers “Introduction to Japanese Subcultures Post-1970” Online Course For Free (Crunchyroll)

Stop Piracy? Legal Alternatives Beat Legal Threats, Research Shows (Torrent Freak)

Students and universities set to reap the benefits of market-leading e-book pilot (JISC)

Aberystwyth University share their digital storytelling experiences (JISC)

News Roundup [September 16, 2016]

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Every Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world and from various news sources. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their organizations, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture.  Enjoy this week’s compilation.


Academic libraries are shrinking, while content is growing. How did we get here? (No Shelf Required)

Hop in and fire up ‘Citroen Origins’ virtual museum website (Autoblog)

80,000 Students Receive Digital Library Card (Good Ereader)

One of the most frequently overlooked cornerstones of effectively #publishing digital content is semantic tagging (Aptara)

Europe’s biggest and best digital publishing conference is coming. Here’s @philipdsjones on #FutureBook16. Join us! (The Bookseller)

Comic book readers still prefer print over digital (USA Today)

Bonnier Books CEO Jacob Dalborg: ‘Digitization Is Not Necessarily Evil’ (Publishing Perspectives)

Streaming, abonnement : 25 % du marché de l’ebook d’ici 3 ans (Hélène Merillon, Youboox) (Actualitte)

Amazon adds another Prime benefit: Audible Channels and free audiobooks (Techcrunch)

Bookboon Brings Free eBooks to South African Commuters (The Digital Reader)

Open Ebooks Announces Compatibility with Clever (Digital Book World)

Pearson, Follett Partner on Digital Textbook Program (Campus Technology)

Copyright reform fails EU citizens in favour of industry (Open Rights Group)

It’s official — ebooks really are books and Euro tax could plummet (Roger Packer)

A Promising New eBook Reader for Linux Appears (OMG Ubuntu)

Download: Publishing Perspectives Fall 2016 Magazine (Publishing Perspectives)

European Commission introduces copyright on links… that’s right, hyperlinks (Privacy Online News)

This Ebook Publisher Doesn’t Have Authors. It Has Writers’ Rooms (Wired)

Museum of Modern Art Digital Archive Goes Live Tomorrow, Thousands of Images, Documents Will Be Accessible Onlin (Infodocket)

Shelfie Announces Launch of Ebook Deal Finder (Library Stuff)

Paul Klee, for Kids | Touch and Go (School Library Journal)

Snakes, Mandrakes and Centaurs: Medieval Herbal Now Online (Medieval Manuscripts Blog)


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired. For her creative and all things related to creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [September 9, 2016]

News Roundup

Every Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) and ebook supporters keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their organizations, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight. Enjoy this week’s compilation.
New York: “Queens Library Launches Digital Archives” (Infodocket)

Preview ICER 2016:Ebooks Design-Based Research & Replications in Assessment & Cognitive Load Studies,by @guzdial (Computing Education Blog)

How to add fonts to the Aura One or other Kobo ereaders: Why won’t Amazon let us do this? (Teleread)

Major Publishers are hurting. It’s easy to see why: (Hugh Howey)

eBook pricing resembles three dimensional chess (Idealog)

Reabble is an RSS Feed Reader for Your Kindle (The Digital Reader)

BookShout and T-Mobile Partner to Distribute 237,000 Ebooks (The Digital Reader)

A Return to Print? Not Exactly (Bloomberg)

Whale Math: If Reasonable eBook Prices Devalue Books, Then What About This? (The Digital Reader)

New report by Bowker: Self-Publishing in the United States, 2010-2015, Print and Ebook (Bowker)

Start Saying Goodbye to eBook Pagination (Go to Hellman)

Kobo, OverDrive Post Instructions on How to Use Library eBooks on the Aura One (The Digital Reader)

BookShout Partners With T-Mobile to Distribute 237,000 eBooks (The Digital Reader)

Survey on E-Book DRM Licensing (Copyright and Technology)

Why PRH Sold Author Solutions: Business Dropped by a Quarter in 2015 (The Digital Reader)

Colleges making up English and maths GCSE shortfall given lifeline with free e-books (JISC)

Why the Hammer Museum’s new free digital archives are a game changer (Library Stuff)


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [September 2, 2016]

News Roundup

Every Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their organizations, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight. Enjoy this week’s compilation.
Belgians are Hunting Books, Instead of Pokémon (The Digital Reader)

Subway Reads Brings Free eBook Excerpts to NYC (The Digital Reader)

I’m blind. Kindle text to speech has been a nightmare to master—here’s how to fix this (Teleread)

France Passes Copyright Law Demanding Royalties For Every Image Search Engines Index Online (Techdirt)

Amazon Launches Telugu Language Online Bookstore (The Digital Reader)

Podcast: 10 Trends Driving the Future of Publishing with Mark Coker (Self Publishing Advice)

South Carolina State Library Adds Over 19,000 Documents to South Carolina Digital Library (Infodocket)

Independent authors are starting to outsell the Big Five (The Writer)

In-depth review of Kobo’s Aura One: It’s Pre-order Day #1 (Teleread)

Announcing 2016 Digital Book Printing Conference (Book Business)

Harvard Is Digitizing Nearly 40 Million Pages Of Case Law So You Can Access It Online And For Free (Library Stuff)

Diaries of General George S. Patton (1910-1945) Digitized and Now Available Online (Infodocket)

Kobo Aura One as a PDF eReader: No, Just No (video) (The Digital Reader)

Rx for the Kindle text-to-speech mess—to help blind and sighted alike (Teleread)

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum: Mass Digitization Effort Complete, More than 200,000 Objects Now Accessible Online (Infodocket)

Timberland libraries now offer access to self-published books (Publetariat)

Review Round-Up: Kobo Aura One (The Digital Reader)

Axiell and ODILO Offer Better Digital Content Access (Information Today)

ProQuest Introduces Enhancements and New Options for Books and Ebooks (Information Today)

Cambridge Core is the new academic platform from Cambridge University Press, launching on the 4th September. (Ebooks@Cambridge)

This Fall, we will partner with the French Comics Association to promote the #comicsframed festival. #NYC stay tuned for exclusive news! (French Culture)

Writer is Self, Author is Ego [and an Editor would like to apologize] (No Shelf Required)


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [August 26, 2016]

News Roundup

Every Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their organizations, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight. Enjoy this week’s compilation.

Three Reading Revolutions (No Shelf Required)

U. of Michigan’s Art, Architecture and Engineering Library Providing Access to Some E-Textbooks via Library Subs (Infodocket)

Romancing the E-book: A conversation with Book Riot’s Jessica Tripler (Teleread)

Incredible new resource! New York Public Library Invites You to Tap the Collection (NY Times)

How the New York Public Library made ebooks open, and thus one trillion times better (Boingboing)

Clemson and National Park Service Launch Open Digital #Repository w/ Over 100,000 Hi-Res Public Domain Images Avail (Infodocket)

e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2016 (The Book Designer)

Looking Back at iOS Accessibility’s Biggest Milestones (512 Pixels)

Guest Post: You’re Wrong About Digital Comics – Here’s What You’re Missing (The Digital Reader)

Switzerland’s ETH-Bibliothek is uploading 134,000 images to Wikimedia Commons (Wikimeda)

Explore the Harvard Art Museums’ Massive Bauhaus Collection Online (Hyperallergic)

Bibliotheca Announces Partnership with PRH’s Living Language (Digital Book World)

Report Highlights: “Textbook Trends: How U.S. College Students Source Course Materials” (Infodocket)

OverDrive to present on expanded global distribution of digital content at Beijing International Book Fair (Overdrive)

Sno-Isle, OverDrive Test Demand-Driven Ebook Acquisition (Library Journal)

What Agents Should Know About Ebooks Made from PDFs (Digital Book World)

Axiell partners with Odlio to expand digital content offering to libraries (Library Stuff)

Ebook Anatomy: Inside the Black Box (The Book Designer)

Singapore Government launches public consultation on major copyright reform (IP Kitten)


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [August 19, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.


@rhizome Has Released the First Public Version of #Webrecorder Library Journal

Did You Know Audible Will Steal Away Your Credits If You Cancel Your Membership? The Digital Reader

Kindle in Motion: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Amazon’s New Enhanced Format (Screenshots) The Digital Reader

Worldwide availability of current Kindle Models as of 8/11/16 Kindle World

eBook Accessibility Audit in UK Higher Education Cilip

The Idiomatic generates random idioms to annoy and confuse your friends Boingboing

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec adds 2.4 million bibliographic records to WorldCat OCIC

Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) Adds Digital Collections From Utah State Archives aaa Infodocket

Author Co-Founds Enhanced eBook Startup The Digital Reader

Amazon Deletes Kannada-Langauge eBook, Indian Literary Community Freaks Out The Digital Reader

VAT ON BOOKS IS HARMING PUBLIC EDUCATION IN KENYA Bizna

The Connecticut State Library Announces the First Phase of the Development of a Statewide Library eBook Platform CT State Library

Comment le Réseau Carel tente d’améliorer le prêt numérique en bibliothèque et PNB Scoop It

Technology is not the death of deep reading No Shelf Required

Kindle Unlimited Funding Jumps in July 2016 The Digital Reader

The forgotten world of TV guide magazines, curated Boingboing

Kindle Instant Preview Indies Unlimited

New Report: “Digitizing Orphan Works: Legal Strategies to Reduce Risks for Open Access to Copyrighted #OrphanWorks” Infodocket

Condé Nast adds iPad support for The New Yorker Today app Talking New Media

Reference: The Bauhaus, a Comprehensive New Digital Resource, Launched By The Harvard Art Museums Infodocket

Book Making: The typographical challenges in publishing indigenous-language books Quill and Quire

Writers Can Earn Cash With In-Story Ads on Wattpad Wattpad

Why publishers are turning to the atomisation of content Fipp

Barnes & Noble Introduces the New Samsung Galaxy Tab A NOOK Barnes & Noble

Kobo’s new Aura One e-reader is big and waterproof Engadget

Librarian uses 21st-century technology to showcase Buffalo’s 19th-century splendor Library Stuff

Explore our Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts, a free online resource for Middle Ages fans Medieval Manuscrip Blog

The Fourth Time is the Charm: Wattpad to Interrupt Stories With Adverts The Digital Reader

“Wayback Machine Won’t Censor Archive for Taste, Director Says After Olympics Article Scrubbed” Infodocket

The Best New Way to Read? Novels Told Through Text Messages Library Stuff

Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [August 12, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers List, June 2016

Senior editor shows the passion behind AmazonCrossing’s big lead in international translation

The world’s first website went online 25 years ago today

Going back in Gotham: OldNYC lets you explore 19th and early 20th century streets of New York City

Pennsylvania Residents are now paying more for e-books

E-book libraries: What a difference a layout makes

World’s 1st Tibetan language search engine in trial operation

Now featured at @HuffPostBooks 10 Trends Driving the Future of Authorship

Resources: “Introducing the Digital Library of the Middle East”

HarperCollins Reports Slight Dip in Revenue, Huge Drop in eBook Sales in FY 2015

CliffsNotes Adds Personalized, Subscription-Based Digital Guides

The New Issue of “The Journal of Electronic Publishing” Looks at the Economics of Publishing

Scammers have wormed their way into the heart of the publishing business, and the entire industry is in denial

Ratings Catcher Adds Support for Goodreads, B&N and Kobo

You Can Now Share Share Your Kindle Notes and Highlights via Goodreads

Free: National Geographic Lets You Download Thousands of Maps from the United States Geological Survey

Connecticut State Library Begins First Phase of Statewide Library eBook Platform Development

Digitizing the World’s Largest Braille Music Collection

Why Romance Readers Love Digital Books

Open Ebooks Coming to Project MUSE: An Interview with Wendy Queen

Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.]


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [August 5, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.

Big thanks to @JeffBezos for being my guest on the eighth anniversary of the Kindle Chronicles!

Pocket US Constitution Becomes Amazon Bestseller

If Almost Forty Percent of ABA Members Aren’t Actually Indie Bookstores, Can We Really Say There’s a Revival?

Harry Potter Ebooks Arrive in China, in Both Chinese and English

Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain

Entitled: The art of naming without further elaboration or qualification.

Princeton’s Cotsen Library Digitizes Classic Soviet Children’s Books

Hachette Partners with Tapas in Push for Mobile Reading

Hummingbird Adds Audiobook-Only Capability to Platform

Txtr Has Closed, Customers Advised to Transfer Accounts to Juke

A Comic Book Artist Reinvents His Craft For Blind Readers

Blog: Browse Our Redesigned and Updated Digital Collections! – Free Library of Philadelphia

Authors, Please Keep Telling Readers How eBooks Should be Expensive

New Digital Collections Online: Florida Restaurant Menus from University of Miami Libraries

Kindle Unlimited Launches in Japan, Costs 980 Yen a Month

Localized iPad Pro Smart Keyboards Arrive

US Editors Observe Trends in the German Book Market | Riky Stock @GBONewYork http://ow.ly/6Ksr302PVan #FBM16

Publishers Lose Another Round in GSU Copyright Case

No power or running water – but digital books galore

OverDrive celebrates 30 years as the global leader in digital library content

Tapas Adds Hachette Titles to Its Pay-As-You-Read Comics Platform

The Changing Face of Publishing

You can now read Spanish stories in The New York Times’ Android app

Podcast: The audiobook gets its groove back

Interview with David Blum the Editor of Kindle Singles

Closed for business: Two big things that could penalize your Amazon author account (and how to prevent them)

Do Indies Have to Do Print?

What Do the Financial Reports from the Big Five Book Publishers Tell Us?

Getting Your EBook into Libraries

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE ARCHIVE TO BE DIGITISED

Access-to-Own Now Available on ProQuest® Ebook Central™ Platform

Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.]


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [July 29, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.

Report: “Transforming Libraries in Myanmar: The E-Library Myanmar Project”

Mike Shatzkin imagines events that could upend publishing as much as the Kindle or the demise of Borders

Free Reading Zones An initiative to spread reading digitally and bring books to people in every corner of the globe

TeleRead’s latest hacker threat forces our archival site to go offline

Publisher restrictions on ebooks & impact in India

New Survey Shows Used and Rented Textbooks Still Trump e-Textbooks

Serial Reader Delivers Bite Sized Reads

Study looks at digital disruption in business, a problem publishers should be familiar with

AAP Reports eBook Revenues Down 18.7% in February 2016

Reader Audiences and Analytics: What Do They Really Reveal?

Google Play Family Library Lets (Some) Share eBooks, Other

Guardian News & Media reports £69m loss, 50K new digital subscribers can not make up for advertising losses

Video: “Digitizing the Collections” at the University of Oklahoma Libraries

The New York Times reports Q2 loss, print ad revenue falls 14%

Kobo Teases August Launch Date for its New 7.8″ eReader. the Aura

Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.]


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [July 22, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.

 

Romance Makes up 4% of Print, and 45% of eBook Sales

E-Book Sales Increase 9% in the Netherlands

Kindle Unlimited Payout, Funding Jumps in June 2016

eMusic Relaunches Audiobook Store as eStories

Digital maps at the Osher Map Library show promise and perils of digitization

Kindle Announces Singles Classics

Want to beat piracy? Drop DRM, CD Projekt says

Indigo Goes Where Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, and a Dozen Publishers and Startups Have Dared to Tread

Google’s Art and Culture app turns your phone into a museum

These are the 6 reasons why newspapers typically decide to drop their paywalls

 

Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.]


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [July 15, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.


Why education continues to fail digital content (and students ready to fully embrace it) [No Shelf Required]

BookBaby Launches e-Book Editing Service for $1,200 [Good EReader]

Amazon Kindle exec Mike Torres tells everything you wanted to know about Page Flip [TeleRead]

Hot Summer News from Wattpad HQ [Wattpad]

A Jailbreak for Every Kindle [Hackaday]

Research Tools: Massive Open Access Database on Human Cultures Launches Online [infoDocket/Library Journal]

Review: Kindle (2016) [The Digital Reader] Continue reading News Roundup [July 15, 2016]

News Roundup [July 8, 2016]

News Roundup

Calisphere, the University of California’s Gateway to Digital Collections Adds Expert Curated “Exhibitions” [infoDocket/Library Journal]

50 untranslatable words from around the world [Ebook Friendly]

ALM takes ‘Connecticut Law Tribune’ digital-only [Talking New Media]

Global Digital Ed. Pub. Market 2016-2020 – Threat from Open Educational Resources & Alternative Textbook Sources [BusinessWire]

Harlequin Launches BookBreaks App for Serialized Stories [Digital Book World]

New Research Article: “Measuring the Impact of Digitized Theses: Case Study From the London School of Economics” [infoDocket/Library Journal]

Prince Online Museum Launches, Access 20 Years of Singer’s Archived Websites [infoDocket/Library Journal]

Amazon KDP and Kindle Unlimited: What It Means for Authors and Publishers [Written Word Media]

How to Make your Book Free on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) [Written Word Media]

Amazon Launches “Edition M” Thriller/Mystery Imprint in Germany [The Digital Reader]

ProQuest Adds 30 Million Pages to Digital Historical Collections [Campus Technology]

Wellcome Trust to Launch an Open Research Publishing Platform this Fall, Powered by F1000Research Technology [infoDocket/Library Journal]

The Translation of Thomas Becket – Medieval manuscripts blog [British Library]

The Latest Supreme Court Ruling On Kirtsaeng Hints at a Possible Expansion of Fair Use [The Digital Reader]

Why Audiobooks Are Not the Same Thing as Books [Digital Book World]

The Vatican is going to Digitize Rare Gulf Manuscripts [Good eReader]

LISWire: New edition of the seminal guide to copyright issues in online learning [LISWire]

The cry of the stories to be FREE [No Shelf Required]


[Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.]


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [July 1, 2016]

News Roundup

Total Boox, a Library and a Hospital Break New Ground with the Launch of the World’s First Free Reading Zone [No Shelf Required]

Let European copyright catch up with reality [Wikipedia]

B&N Claims 9% of eBook Market Has 2M Nook Users, Pins Future on Vinyl and Other Highlights from Investor Phone Call [The Digital Reader]

Announcing Amazon Inspire, a Free Service for Digital Educational Resources [Amazon]

AAP: Ebooks Decline, Audio Grows and Publishers’ Sales Drop [Digital Book World]

Barnes & Noble Launches NOOK® Press Print Platform [Business Wire]

Digital Magazine Subscriptions Increase by 6% in 2015 [Good eReader]

The Romance Writers of America and Nielsen Want You To Focus on e-Books [Good eReader]

Deutsche Bahn Debuts Free Streaming Audiobook Library on ICE Trains [The Digital Reader]

Amazon Announces Page Flip– A New Way to Hop, Skim, and Jump through Kindle Books [Amazon]

README: Digital News from The New York Public Library [Library Stuff]

Wattpad Seeks Submissions in Writing Contest [Galley Cat]

So, what now? Our plans to support authors following the referendum result [The Society of Authors]

ICYMI: About 200,000 #Rijksmuseum Works of Art Now Viewable Online via Google Arts & Culture [infoDocket/Library Journal]

A few figures and facts about The Washington Post’s digital transition under Jeff Bezos [NiemanLab]

Video: “Library E-book Platforms: An Update” (DPLAfest 2016 Panel Discussion)  [infoDocket/Library Journal]

The Surprising History of the Infographic [History/Smithsonian]

Best e-book reader apps for Android [Android Central]

Move Over Wattpad, Sweek Seeks Authors, Readers [Good eReader]

Culture Heritage: Two New Publications on Improving Search in Europeana Collections [infoDocket/Library Journal]

Kindle Page Flip Comes to iPad and iPhone [The Mac Observer]

HathiTrust Makes Digitized Books Available for Blind and Print-Disabled Readers [Information Today]

The cry of the stories to be free [from all who write, package, and sell them] [No Shelf Required]


[Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.]

Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [June 24, 2016]

End-of-Week E-News Round-up3

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. What shapes the decision-making process involves one or all of the following:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.


New App, Litsy, Aims To Be the Instagram of Books

[Publishers Weekly]

Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, cofounders of Out of Print, an apparel and gift company that offers T-shirts and totes featuring vintage book covers, have expanded into app development. Launched in April, Litsy is an iOS app that aims to displace Instagram and Twitter as the go-to platform for short-form mobile social media conversations about books.

Are you a ‘reader’ when listening to an audiobook? Yes, of course.  

[No Shelf Required]

There is really no need to recite numerous reports that have come out recently correlating audiobooks with reading success of children and young adults. There is also no need to convince librarians and publishers that listening is learning and that listening is synonymous with literacy. Those who have been on the frontlines know the benefits of audiobooks and listening to the spoken word. Continue reading News Roundup [June 24, 2016]

News Roundup [June 17, 2016]

End-of-Week E-News Round-up3

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The idea is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening  beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and it serves a purpose that is greater than helping busy professionals stay afloat. What shapes the decision-making process involves one or all of the following:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support literacy (in all incarnations)
  • focus away from top markets dominating most ebook discussions
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promoting special brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation. And please note the following: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources; clicking on each takes you straight to the site where the article was published.

Till next week. Continue reading News Roundup [June 17, 2016]

News Roundup [June 10, 2016]

End-of-Week E-News Round-up3

Hummingbird Digital Media announced that more than 3000 publishers are now using its service to distribute ebooks and audiobooks. Hummingbird, which set out 18 months ago to “disrupt the ironclad control an oligarchy of large corporations had on the retailing of e-books and audiobooks,” is a free service for booksellers and others to directly offer their customers ebooks and audiobooks.

Author Earning Posts New Report on Big Five Ebook Pricing [Digital Book World]

Author Earnings posted a new report on ebook pricing from the Big Five publishing houses. The average price of a Big Five ebook, according to the report, dropped from $10.31 in January 2016 to $8.67 in May 2016.

Dear librarians, please don’t move away from enabling & encouraging reading [No Shelf Required]

It has come to my attention lately that librarians of all walks of life are participating in all kinds of wonderful outreach initiatives in their communities….making me ultimately conclude that, as admirable as they are, they are moving librarians away from what the society needs them to do now more than ever: encourage people to read and have as much access to quality information as humanly possible.

8 Ebook Discovery Services Compared [Alliance of Independent Authors]

Data on eight popular services comparing pricing, audience, and features to find the right platform for promoting free and discounted books. Services compared include: Freebooksy, Bargain Booksy, BookBub, BookSends, Fussy Librarian, Robin Reads, EReaderIQ, and BookGorilla. Continue reading News Roundup [June 10, 2016]

News Roundup [June 3, 2016]

End-of-Week E-News Round-up3

2015 U.S. Book Industry Year-End Review [Nielsen/BookScan]

Despite the slight shift in total e-book sales, one channel within the digital space saw significant growth: smartphones. In fact, e-book consumption via smartphone grew from 7.6% in 2014 to 14.3% in 2015, which is yet another signal of how ubiquitous our handheld best friends have become.

An Editor’s View of Digital Publishing [The Iris: Behind the Scenes at the Getty]

One of the perks of being an editor is learning new things. Getty Publications publishes over thirty books a year on art history, conservation, architecture, archaeology, and related fields, so every time we take on a book project, we learn about new discoveries, new models of interpretation, and even new words.

Why teenagers are so resistant to e-readers [The Guardian]

In many areas of life teenagers are moving online – so why do so many surveys show they still prefer print books over e-readers? Sometimes, argues teen site member confessionsofabooklover, innovation just can’t beat tradition Continue reading News Roundup [June 3, 2016]

News Roundup [May 27, 2016]

End-of-Week E-News Round-up3


Author Sues Simon & Schuster Over eBook Royalties on a Book It Doesn’t Publish [The Digital Reader]

A new class action lawsuit has been filed against Simon & Schuster. Doctor and author Sheldon Blau is alleging that S&S is paying him for ebooks as sales when they are in fact licensed, only the story is not nearly that simple.

Runaway slave ads portray grim period of U.S. history [Cornell Chronicle]

A unique interactive project in development at Cornell seeks to tell the story of runaway slave advertisements. The project, “Freedom on the Move” (FOTM), aims to compile all North American runaway slave ads, never before systematically collected, into a collaborative database of information. A joint venture launched by Baptist, Cornell University Library and the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER).

Placing a hold — Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog [No Shelf Required]

NSR presented the second in a series of stories written by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox,  on the irrationality of the ebook ‘situation’ in libraries.  His first story, Book Snatching, is about the absurdity of ebooks disappearing from devices; this one is about the absurdity of needing to place holds in digital environments.

The Waterstones eBook Store is Closing [Good eReader]

Waterstone’s eBook Store is closing and all of the digital content is being transferred over to Kobo. The UK bookseller made the announcement on their main website and via email to their customers. This is the third major company to strike a relationship with Kobo. Continue reading News Roundup [May 27, 2016]