Apple’s new in-app selling rules are in effect, requiring retailers to give Apple 30% of revenues from book sales. As a result, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books have stopped selling books through their apps. SONY’s app was rejected back in February for the same reasons. There’s lots of news coverage, a few are linked below:
Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this.
From their press release: Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Google’s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year.
Springer eBooks are also available on Amazon for the Kindle, and in the near future Barnes & Noble for the NookStudy.com platform, Kobo Books, B&T BLIO, Entourage and Apple’s iBooks, which is now receiving books in the free and open ebook format ePub. Springer will soon also deliver books in ePub format to Amazon for the Kindle. Continue reading Springer eBooks now also available in the Google eBookstore
Very interesting blog post at ireaderreview.com on why Amazon will never work with libraries. The blog is not an official Kindle site, and the writer is portraying his views from a big business perspective, so keep this in mind before you shoot through the roof with anger, librarians. The comments are colorful as well, and worth a look. Let’s say this IS true, and Amazon will never work with libraries. Does this change your attitude toward loaning Kindles and buying content from Amazon to support the Kindles? If nook, SONY, Kobo, and others are better suited for library content, would you rather buy, loan and promote these devices in your library? I would.
ALA Midwinter 2011: ALCTS Panel Considers the Impact of Patron-Driven Acquisition on Selection and Collections
I’m really curious about this, and reading a blog post from the Librarian in Black, which summarized a library futures event has gotten me even more curious.
Most public libraries who are lending eBook readers (at least those in the news) are loaning Kindles. Why aren’t they lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers? Kindle readers are not compatible with any of the library eBook aggregator content and require that libraries purchase titles again, in the Kindle format. But nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers ARE compatible with some OverDrive and NetLibrary titles because they are in Adobe Digital Editions or PDF formats. Am I missing something here? Isn’t is plausible that a public library with large OverDrive and NetLibrary collections could pre-load already purchased content onto a compatible device and lend the device and the title to the patron? The Kobo reader comes loaded with 100 free titles. Many free eBooks can be loaded onto these devices as well (even the Kindle is open to some of these).
Is it the fine print? Is it the content? Or is it lack of knowledge on devices? Your input on this issue is much appreciated.
Hot reads this week. Here’s a list of some good ones:
New from Bowker: Selection of Statistics from Consumer-Focused Research Report for Book Industry « ResourceShelf
Really interesting lists of eBook and eReader trends on the Kindle Review blog (posted March 5th). Some of the things I was happy to see on the list include:
- Multi Purpose Devices vs. Dedicated Readers – Will the dedicated readers be able to survive?
- Rise of ePUB
- DRM – is it possible we rid of it? ….unfortunately that is followed up by Is it possible it becomes more onerous and widespread? Clearly this is a trend that can go either direction.
- Rise of eTextbooks
- Arrival of Textbook Readers (Entourage eDGe or Kindle DX 2?)
One thing I saw that concerns me –
Libraries and the Kindle – Libraries are flocking to eReaders and eBooks in general and the Kindle in particular.
I hope libraries are looking at the bigger/broader picture of eBooks as well. I’d hate to see everyone latching on to the Kindle when there are so many new multi-purpose devices coming on the market that allow much more flexibility in eBook downloads/reading. (Ibis, Blio, Kobo are examples, but not all will work with libraries….yet. OverDrive is also branching out into DRM free EPUB and PDF for viewing on multiple devices)