9 Reasons Publishers Should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy

1. Libraries let people read your books. I know, I know, you think that if it weren’t for libraries more people would buy your books, I have bad news for you, if it weren’t for libraries people would read less not buy more books. There is no guarantee that the people who read a library copy could, or would, choose to buy your book. Let’s … Continue reading 9 Reasons Publishers Should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy

Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries

Yesterday the big news online was Penguin Groups decision to withhold new titles from OverDrive, meaning new Penguin titles are no longer available for library patrons to check out. Additionally Penguin has requested that OverDrive no longer allow library patrons to check out existing Penguin titles on Kindle devices and apps. Penguin’s Official Statement emphasis added by me Penguin has been a long-time supporter of libraries with both physical and … Continue reading Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries

What IS a Library?

This week, after tweeting a link to ALA’s President Molly Raphael’s statement regarding the destruction of the Occupy Wall Street Library in New York City, I became engaged in a conversation on Twitter about what constitutes a library. To me this seems obvious, but I had a hard time coming up with a hard, fast definition. I discovered that, like Justice Stewart, I’m of the know-it-when-I-see-it mindset … Continue reading What IS a Library?

Two New Library Podcasts You Should be Listening To: Circulating Ideas & Whatever Mathers

There are two new podcasts in libraryland you should be listening to! I know both of these hosts personally and I can’t recommend their work enough so check them out! Circulating Ideas Circulating Ideas is a librarian interview podcast hosted by Steve Thomas. Steve has already had some great interviews and I know the line up he has for the rest of this year and … Continue reading Two New Library Podcasts You Should be Listening To: Circulating Ideas & Whatever Mathers

Top Ten Links 2.44: eBooks, Digital Literacy, Transliteracy, Libraries & Quitting Google

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 10.30.2011 through 11.05.2011. In no particular order: 1. Free eBooks, Piracy & Secondhanding Musing on ebook piracy and free downloads yesterday at Alan Baxter’s blog, I made a passing comparison between the digital distribution of books, whether legally or illegally, and the sale of second-hand hardcopies. In both instances, neither author nor publisher makes … Continue reading Top Ten Links 2.44: eBooks, Digital Literacy, Transliteracy, Libraries & Quitting Google

Why Amazon’s Lending Library is Not a Threat to Public Libraries

I had no idea that Amazon’s announcement would signal the end of the world, or at least the end of public libraries, or as my friend & colleague Andy puts it, the library apocalypse or I would have included this in yesterday’s post. First let’s talk numbers about the Amazon Lending Library* Prime costs $79 a year, that’s roughly $6.58 a month. You must have a Kindle (not … Continue reading Why Amazon’s Lending Library is Not a Threat to Public Libraries

Amazon Announces Kindle Lending Library for Prime Members

If you have been paying attention you knew it was coming. The Kindle Lending Library from Amazon. If you own a Kindle, yes you have to have a device not an app, and a Prime Membership you can now borrow books from Amazon. More Info Kindles start at $79 Prime Membership is $79 a year. You can only borrow one book per calendar month. Right … Continue reading Amazon Announces Kindle Lending Library for Prime Members