School Libraries adding more e-books

School libraries ebooksThe number of school libraries building electronic stacks is increasing in the past few years.

A 2011 survey by the School Library Journal found that 31 percent had e-books in their collections. But 63 percent of those surveyed said they couldn’t afford to buy digital books.

On a recent afternoon, 9-year-old Josh Hezel and his classmates were in the library at Long Elementary.

A generation ago, Hezel and the others might have stopped by a shelf of recommended books, or searched on his own in the card catalog. Instead, he and his classmates sat down with some of the school’s new e-readers. The book titles flew by on a digital screen as the boy scrolled through, stopping at one that caught his eye.

“I think librarians are in favor of anything that gets students reading,” said Margaret Sullivan, regional director for the Missouri Association of School Libraries and president of St. Louis Suburban School Librarians Association. “What we just want to make sure is that every student has access to technology, because some students might not have that at home.”

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Spanish newspaper launchs an e-book publishing program

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Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia is launching an e-book publishing program, entitled “E-books De Vanguardia.” La Vanguardia is Barcelona’s leading newspaper, and the third largest in Spain.

La Vanguardia is starting its program with two free titles, both of which are available in EPUB, PDF and MOBI formats.

Next up are two more books: ¡Adolescente en Casa! (“Teenagers at Home”), a guide for parents living with teenagers, which will sell for €5.99, and another free book, Las 30 Webs Más Relevantes de 2011 (“The 30 Most Important Websites of 2011”).

This is a growing trend as several English-language newspapers, including the Guardian, Boston Globe and Washington Post, have published e-books of varying lengths this year.

More Authors Opting to Self Publish

Ipad as a reading device

The New Way

This spring, best-selling thriller writer and former CIA agent Barry Eisler wrote a piece in the New York Times about why he turned down a half-million dollar advance from St. Martin’s Press to self-publish instead: He believes he can market his books better on his own.

Neal Pollack, author of several books, including “Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude,” wrote in another New York Times piece called “The Case for Self-Publishing” that “self-publication crackles with possibility as never before” and vowed to bring out his next book himself, as an experiment. He writes… READ MORE

The Birds of America released as an e-book

The Birds of America e-bookThe Natural History Museum in the UK has launched its first e-book for the iPad, created from the most expensive book ever sold, John James Audubon’s The Birds of America.
The e-book features all 435 illustration plates of the original. The NHM will release a resized printed edition of the 19th-century classic in October, bound in linen and presented in a slipcase, with an introduction by bird artist and author David Allen Sibley.
The complete e-book will be priced £9.99, with the digital Highlights edition, featuring only 85 plates, priced at only £3.99.

The Color Purple released as an e-book

Classic book released as an e-book

Author Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1983 and still a widely taught and discussed classic, is finally coming out as an e-book.

But the classic novel in e-book format is not being released by a traditional publisher.

Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publishing company co-founded two years ago by former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman, has reached an agreement with author Alice Walker to release the electronic version of “The Color Purple” and most of her other work in the latest technology.

New horse racing e-book for Keeneland

Keeneland winning trainersDid you know that…Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, KY held 161 thoroughbred races on 17 days in the fall of 2010.

Trainers winning at least two races totaled 28.

The 28 multiple winners won a total of 110 races collectively or 68% of all races.
Of the 28 multiple winners, nine trainers won at least five races.
Those nine trainers collected a total 64 wins or 40% of all races.

Profiting at Keeneland for handicappers is all about knowing the tendencies of the individuals that know how to win year-in and year-out at the Lexington racetrack.   Click here to learn more about a new handicapping book.

Read While You Wait e-books

college courseThe online textbook vendor Chegg has launched a new “read while you wait” feature that gives its customers access to an ebook version of some books while the paper versions ship.

“Read while you wait” ebook access costs $1.99 and will be valid for seven days.

The short ebook pass is not available as a standalone product, which means it’s only available as an add-on to the price of a physical book.  LEARN MORE

Is Book Banning Dead?

Could Hitler still ban books today?Can you still ban a book circa 2011?

“In the small town of Republic, Missouri, they’ve banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic “Slaughterhouse-Five” after a columnist included it in a group of “filthy books demeaning to Republic education.” It was stricken along with the dubious classics “Twenty Boy Summer” (I shouldn’t judge, I haven’t read them, but anything with the title “Twenty Boy Summer” doesn’t sound promising).”

Is this even possible in this day and age? READ MORE

Thomas Nelson releases their first Enhanced e-book

Thomas NelsonChristian publishing firm Thomas Nelson announces the creation of the company’s first enhanced e-book, which released on Aug. 25. This landmark e-book by New York Times best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado features the full digital content of his most recent bestseller, Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions (Thomas Nelson, April 2011) in addition to audio and video elements.

“We knew Max Lucado would be the perfect author to launch our first enhanced e-book,” says David Moberg, Sr. Vice President and Group Publisher, Thomas Nelson.

The enhanced e-book features all editorial content from the trade book, Max on Life, as well as a personal video introduction from Lucado for each of seven core sections: hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, haves/have-nots, hereafter. Sprinkled throughout the book are embedded one-minute audio segments.

The enhanced e-book released in the Apple iBooks Store and Barnes and Noble Nook Store on Aug. 25 with an Amazon Kindle Store version following.

Written with candor, humor and a pastor’s heart, Max on Life reads like an advice column from one of the most respected voices in inspirational writing. Lucado’s answers draw from the wisdom and experience of more than 30 years of preaching.

Soundtracks for e-books?

Music for e-books?

As ebook sales have skyrocketed in the past several years, publishers have searched for ways to improve on the digital editions of their books. In 2010 enhanced e-books with video and audio were all the rage, but sales for many enhanced e-books were dismal, and the books were often expensive to produce.

In the movie “Pride and Prejudice” the music jumps and swells at all the right moments, heightening the tension and romance of that classic Jane Austen novel.

Will it do the same in the e-book edition?

Booktrack, a start-up in New York, is planning to release e-books with soundtracks that play throughout the books, an experimental technology that its founders hope will change the way many novels are read.

[NY TIMES ARTICLE]