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.