Heads up: At this half-day event on June 13th in New York City, experts from various book and media companies — among them HarperCollins, TED, Copyright Clearance Center, Audiam, and Ingenta — will highlight cutting-edge strategies to help book professionals, including agents, publishers, and ebook providers, maximize their IP and grow their rights business. The price of the standard ticket is $125; interested participants may register for the conference here. Group sales and discounts are available.
Date: June 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grand Hall, NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Sq. South
New York, NY Continue reading Rights & Content in the Digital Age — A Publishing Perspectives event on June 13
NSR is pleased to announce that starting this week, the site will regularly highlight book reviews published on BlueInk Review‘s web site. We are proud to join forces with BlueInk Review (an effort to provide “serious, unbiased reviews of self-published books”) in drawing more attention to quality independent literature.
Each year hundreds of thousands of books are self-published by aspiring authors, some available in digital format only, others in multiple formats, including print. And each year large numbers of those titles make their way into all sorts of ebook services, many of which are available in libraries.
While NSR wholeheartedly supports the ability of aspiring writers to publish their work independently and distribute it digitally in ways unimaginable just a decade ago, NSR also supports the efforts of the professionals in our industry holding these writers’ hands through the process (editorially speaking, not just technologically), commending their independent efforts as well as encouraging them to improve their writing.
In the grand scheme of e-things, uploading files to various ebook platforms is the easy part. Reviewing those files and offering constructive criticism on the writing in the ‘container’ is not. All who distribute, buy, and consume books should remain aware of that.
NSR is kicking off its Book Reviews section with a spotlight on Jeri Parker’s Unmoored.
More reviewing TK.
In an effort to draw attention to quality independent literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviews published on BIR’s site each week. Here is this week’s pick:
Jeri Parker is a co-owner of the Wildflowers Bed and Breakfast in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an artist as well as a writer and showcases many of her paintings at her bed and breakfast. Unmoored is her second book. Her first book, the memoir A Thousand Voices, was a nominee for the Utah Books Award and the Reading the West Book Award. A Thousand Voices received awards from The Utah Arts Council and the Henry Forks Foundation in Idaho. Both books received Starred reviews from BlueInk Review.
About BlueInk Review
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.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has announced that it’s looking for next year’s location for its annual two-day event focused on discussions, workshops, and fun events related to ebooks, education, technology, libraries, and, as written on their site, “creative use of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.” This year’s event took place in mid April and was hosted by National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
The deadline for institutions interested in hosting (or co-hosting) in 2017 is fast approaching (June 7th), so universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and others, are encouraged to apply here.
DPLA is exactly the kind of initiative NSR supports, encourages, and commends. This magnificent platform/portal, freely available to the world, enables “new and transformative uses of digitized cultural heritage.” Those who need a crash course on how DPLA is making the world a better place may watch this introductory video. Other details about the application process below. Continue reading Who will host DPLAfest 2017? Those interested have two weeks left to apply
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
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
More news just in from the Open Access front — an initiative NSR commends and supports. Librarians and publishers, please note the following announcement from Knowledge Unlatched:
Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is asking interested publishers to submit both frontlist and backlist titles for the next KU collections: KU Select 2016.
KU Select 2016 follows on from the successful unlatching of new books earlier this year, bringing the total to over 100 Open Access books. This time we will offer both new books and complementary older books that will be useful to both researchers and students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our greatly expanded program is in its planning stage and we will make public the new books soon. Continue reading Publishers and librarians, take note: Knowledge Unlatched announces KU Select 2016
An interesting new electronic resource has just been released by Gale: American Fiction, 1774-1920. This “new digital archive” in Gale Primary Sources program comprises over 17,500 works of literature, including novels, short stories, travel accounts, and sketches (“many of which have never before been available online”), all brought together to support research in U.S. history and literature.
Gale is no stranger to literature resources. Its other products include Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, and the well-known Dictionary of Literary Biography. Given the interdisciplinary nature of today’s research as well as the capabilities of today’s technologies, one can’t help but wish that at some point, in the-not-so-distant future all this wealth (and breadth) of literary content will eventually blend into one mega resource on all things American literature.
Pre-register for a trial here. Full press release below. Continue reading Gale launches American Fiction Archive, affirms its position as literary content leader
Boopsie, Inc. has released a case study that explores its collaboration with the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL). The two worked together to develop a customized app that provides access to the library’s services for the system’s users.
From the study: “Since its launch in June 2015, the Library’s customized app has been downloaded over 10,000 times with an average of over 1,000 unique users each month. Feedback provided to librarians indicates that DC Public’s patrons have a preference for leveraging the user-friendly mobile app to connect with their Library.”
Case study may be downloaded here. Full press release below. Continue reading Boopsie’s case study with DC Public Library shows patrons prefer mobile access
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