The 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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To make it in digital book sales, authors and publishers need to be available on every platform possible to attempt to control the market share. Amazon and Barnes & Noble have recognized this on top of the hardware that they have produced…
Distribution and the storefront is one area where these two points have really converged into one thanks to digital book sales. Not only do players like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have control over both of these points for e-book sales, but they also have the power now to sign on publishing contracts themselves on top of their self-publishing platforms for authors. READ MORE
A new global standard for digital books, to be released as early as October, will be able to handle vertical Japanese text, a move expected to promote the standardization of e-book devices and digital books in the country.
The standard to be adopted by Sony and Rakuten is a content publication standard called EPUB3, which the International Digital Publishing Forum, a U.S. trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry, plans to introduce in mid-October.
Content under the format is expected to hit the market by year-end or later. EPUB, used by Apple Inc.’s e-book service, has become the standard in Europe and the United States. The new version of the format will support Japanese vertical text layouts and furigana placed next to kanji to aid pronunciation. LEARN MORE
What the publishing industry faces right now is a customer base that demands a digital product even as the technology that makes these products possible is still in its early stages of development. Random House has experienced a 200 percent growth in eBook sales this year, and every other company’s sales tell similar tales. The various devices on the market—the Kindle, the Nook, and the Kobo eReader, among others—all do different things. Thanks to each business’s attempt to dominate the market, they are mostly incompatible with each other. For example, the Nook and Apple’s iPad feature color displays for picture books, but for the time being the Kindle does not.
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IKEA has noticed a shift in what consumers are storing on their bookshelves. After all, a Kindle can hold thousands more books than a wooden tower in the living room. According to the Economist, next month Ikea will release a new version of its classic Billy bookshelf, one that’s focused less on storing books than on storing everything else.
Ebooks have become the single bestselling category in American publishing for the first time, according to new data released last April.
By contrast, sales of adult fiction in hardback so far this year have fallen by over 10% according to book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan… Read more
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.
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On a recent Go bus trip from Hamilton to Toronto, more than half the approximately 50 passengers had their noses buried in something.
Two of them were reading books. A handful of people were busy texting or using an app on their smartphones. One young kid, who looked to be about seven, played a video game and at least eight people seemed to be just staring at their electronic devices.
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E-book Sales continue to be rock solid according to BookStats, a collaboration between the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). This first BookStats report covers the years 2008-10. Get the complete details here.
“The BookStats study indicates that the publishing industry is healthy and growing during a time of unprecedented change,” said Dominique Raccah, the founder and CEO of Illinois-based publisher Sourcebooks and the chair of the BookStats committee. “Publishers in every sector of our business have made significant investments in content and technology to better serve their audiences’ needs, and those efforts seem to correlate with the results we’re seeing.”
Related story: HarperCollins e-book sales now comprise 11% of its total revenue, the company has said following parent NewsCorp’s latest results. [MORE DETAILS HERE]
A 2011 survey found the majority of book club members still prefer the printed book, 25.5 percent reported using an e-reader in 2010, compared to 15.6 percent in 2009. The Amazon Kindle leads the way among e-reading book club members, with 59 percent owning Kindles. The Nook ranked second at 29 percent. Almost 20 percent read e-books on tablets such as the iPad.
An interesting fact noted by… [GET THE STATS HERE]
Surprise. Textbooks, notebooks, pencils and pens may soon be obsolete in most classrooms around the country.
Some schools are downloading all of their texts for each student into E – books and in Fairfax County, VA school leaders are opting for online Social Studies textbooks starting next year.
“More futuristically speaking my expectation is… [READ MORE]