Category Archives: General Interest

Placing a hold — Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

NSR is pleased to present 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 — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading, was published on NSR three weeks ago. It is about the absurdity of ebooks disappearing from devices; this one is about the absurdity of needing to place holds in digital environments.

Librarians and publishers alike need to be reminded of such absurdities. In a world beset with analytical articles from trade journals, it’s quite refreshing to consider such absurdities through fictional narratives. As Neil Gaiman (long-time supporter of libraries) wisely put it: “Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.” Continue reading Placing a hold — Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 22

This is a compilation of my real-time Twitter newsfeed – which is available at @paulkbiba

bibliotheca Announces Plans for Pay-Per-Use eAudiobooks and eBooks within Cloud Library https://t.co/hAdE0ebkhC

Kindle Unlimited Payout Jumps in April 2016 as Funding Pool Holds Steady https://t.co/E6EB7jpFRT

U.S. Copyright Office Wants Feedback on Mandatory Deposit of #EBooks and Sound Recordings Available Only Online https://t.co/genwpRHkkn Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 22

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 15

This is a compilation of my real-time Twitter newsfeed, available at @paulkbiba.


Cultural Heritage: Europeana’s 2016 Development Plans and Priorities https://t.co/40Ph3wis8e

Michael Tamblyn (@mtamblyn):How You Will be Reading in the Future: Kobo CEO’s Five Big Ideas /Rakuten Today https://t.co/DgC6Dhwwle

RT @infodocket Ebook Subscrip Service 24symbols Adds HarperCollins U.S. Titles, Partners w/ Libraries in South Amer https://t.co/J88tuz5cuf Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 15

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 8

This is a compilation of my real-time Twitter newsfeed, available at @paulkbiba


Improving literacy with Audio-ebooks https://t.co/1E4qN4aJnO

The IGP Digital Library is open https://t.co/XUn32S4RII

Reports sees the same trend for magazines as eBooks: Ending discounts cuts newsstand sales https://t.co/iYfxBuotIv

Book Snatching — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading https://t.co/PqkWGm7i7d

Serial Reader https://t.co/QF6CtSPczi Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 8

Book Snatching — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

A little over two years ago, shortly after Total Boox entered the library market, NSR published a story written by Total Boox CEO and Founder, Yoav Lorch, on the absurdity of ebooks disappearing from devices. Sue Polanka (founder of NSR) wrote in her introduction to the story that it was a “clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in libraries.”

Since the picture hasn’t changed much, and the absurdity of ebook content disappearing from devices still reigns in 2016, I’ve asked Mr. Lorch for permission to publish the story again. Enjoy.

Continue reading Book Snatching — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 1

Being a compilation of my real-time twitter newsfeed, which is available at @paulkbiba

Three Organizations Partner to Develop Editoria, a New Open Source Digital-First Book Production Platform http://is.gd/LKcT5q

Some thoughts about Amazon selling ebooks to NYC schools Mirela Roncevic http://is.gd/Z9tt2l

Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 1

In response to Ebook Sales Declining Report from AAP: It’s all good

In response to Declining Ebook SalesSo we learned yesterday, directly from the Association of American Publishers, that publishers’ overall revenue from ebook sales are declining. Some takeaways, as reported by Digital Book World: Ebook sales declined in 2015; digital audio continued to grow in popularity; trade publishers did better than educational and scholarly publishers; adult books performed better than other trade categories. Always more interested in the “how” rather than the “how much,” I’ll let others report on the numbers and figures, while I reflect on the possible/likely reasons why these trends are prevalent, what they teach us about our relationship with ebooks, and why it actually all makes sense (and cents). Continue reading In response to Ebook Sales Declining Report from AAP: It’s all good

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, April 24

Being a compilation of my real-time twitter newsfeed, which is available at @paulkbiba

Smashwords: 2016 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insight into the Habits of Bestselling Authors https://t.co/0x9dDNzZ2s

eLife Announces New Platform https://t.co/lJ70QcQJQb
Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, April 24

Hundreds of ebooks from the MET, free for downloading

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MetPublications (a portal to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s comprehensive publishing program with over 1,500 titles) now offers 448 art books for free downloading (or free browsing online). This means that anyone, anywhere can access quality art books (in PDF) covering everything from the revered masters to books on modern design and art movements.

This is what spreading knowledge in digital format is about. This is what supporting digital literacy for all is about. Maybe not all there is to it, but efforts such as this keep us moving in the right direction. Browse the free ebooks here.