April 20, 2014

Amazon Forces Unglue.it To Suspend Crowdfunding Operations

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Unglue.it, the new crowdfunding site that encourages authors and publishers to make their ebooks available under a Creative Commons license, today was forced to suspend all active campaigns, after Amazon informed the organization that it would no longer process its pledge payments. Eric Hellman, founder of Unglue.it developer Gluejar Inc., told LJ that an Amazon representative had informed them that crowdfunding, in general, presents regulatory and contractual issues that Amazon is having difficulty keeping pace with. According to their conversation, with the exception of Kickstarter, Amazon Payments will be rejecting business with all new crowdfunding operations.

Patron Preferences Shift Toward Streaming

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Library DVD borrowing has fallen sharply during the past year, and library users are rapidly migrating toward streaming services for both music and movies, according to the July 2012 edition of LJ’s Patron Profiles, which examines trends in Media Consumption and Library Use. DVDs are the top format for films loaned by libraries, and 27 percent of respondents said that libraries remain their primary source for movies—down from 36 percent in the first Patron Profiles survey, conducted less than a year ago. “A strong indicator of the changing media landscape is the rise of streaming and disc-by-mail services—both currently dominated by Netflix,” the report states.

Kindle for iPad Now Supports Children’s Books, Graphic Novels

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Amazon’s iPad and Cloud Reader apps now support more than 1,000 children’s books, comic books, and graphic novels in full color. Titles include Ian Falconer’s Olivia (Atheneum, 2000), Donald Crews’s Freight Train (Greenwillow, 1993), the popular “Sesame Street” and “Curious George” series, Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” series, and comics featuring DC superheroes such as Batman, […]

Amazon Offers Harry Potter for Free Through Lending Library

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Potter fans can download all seven books in the J.K. Rowling series starting June 19, following Amazon’s deal with Pottermore to make the titles available through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Libraries Still an Important Discovery Source for Kids’ Books, Says Study

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When it comes to finding out about good books for children and teens, there’s more to it than Amazon. Bookstores and libraries are still very important in discovery, according to a recent Bowker study.

ALA, Authors Guild, 3M Weigh In on Penguin-OverDrive Dispute

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Penguin’s decision to terminate its contract with OverDrive has further fractured the library ebook lending market, disturbed the American Library Association, and highlighted the difficulty in finding a single business model that all parties can be comfortable with. And the executive director of The Authors Guild says that public libraries are being put in an “awful situation” by the conflict that has embroiled the large commercial entities of Penguin, Amazon, and OverDrive.

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: An educator weighs the pros and cons

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Which is the better color touch-screen device? Jeff Hastings stages a tablet shoot-out in his video review.

The Truth About Tablets: Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students’ hands—but it’s not easy

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When it comes to using ereaders and tablets in school, librarians will tell you “it’s complicated.”

Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library Zooms Past 75,000 Titles, Authors Earn $1.70 Per Borrow

Amazon’s Kindle lending library now contains over 75,000 titles, and the company is reporting that customers borrowed 295,000 titles in December. In addition, self-published authors and independent publishers who make their titles available to the lending library have earned $1.70 per borrow.

Amazon’s Lending Library Now Holds Over 66,000 Ebooks

Amazon’s selection of titles to lend has grown incredibly fast since the launch of its library nearly two months ago.