Penguin stops lending of e-books to Libraries, then reverses stance

About a week ago Penguin Group USA announced that they were pulling new e-books from libraries; in addition, it was not lending any e-books to libraries through the Kindle.

Lending an ebook?In a statement provided to Library Journal‘s Digital Shift blog, Penguin stated that due to security concerns, it finds it “necessary to delay the availability of our new titles in the digital format while we resolve these concerns with our business partners.”

No doubt it is unusual among the “big six” publishers in that it allows e-books to be borrowed through libraries at all. Here is a summary of the big six. Macmillan and Simon & Schuster do not distribute any e-books to libraries. Hachette Book Group does not allow new titles to be lent as e-books, and HarperCollins only allows new e-books to be borrowed 26 times before the library has to buy a new copy.

Unfortunately, this leaves Random House as the only “big six” publisher currently allowing access to its e-books through libraries.

Then, a few days later Penguin Group USA reversed their stance and decided not to pull the e-books from the libraries. We will keep an eye on this dynamic news story!

All Star Press presents “Quiet Spaces: Hearing God’s Voice in a Noisy World”

Quiet Spaces by James HaleThere are two types of callings: the loud, drama-filled, unmistakable directions that make the good Bible stories, and the quieter, more subtle, personal nudges meant for one person. These latter ones are not intended for public viewing. They are soft, personal, one-to-one messages from God to someone for whom He has a purpose. Maybe for you. 

All Star Press is proud to announce the e-book release of James Hale’s “Quiet Spaces: Hearing God’s Voice in a Noisy World.” This powerful book is available for the Kindle and all e-book formats

Of the two types of callings, the quieter ones are the more common, but less understood. These are ones that Jesus and so many others experienced in biblical times…and today. It’s these quieter callings Hale teaches the reader to hear. These are much more subtle than the dramatic ones. These messages cascade gently down from on high, and we do hear them, but we often do not listen to them. 

The great physicist Albert Einstein understood the goodness of God – like most people do – but he also understood the quietness of so many of God’s greatest works and how we often miss his messages or think he’s being elusive or tricky. Einstein observed that “God is subtle, but He is not malicious.” Yes, God is deep and profound, but not devious. Understanding God often baffles and confuses us, but there is no deception, no false path. God places the cookie jar within our sight, and invites us to stretch to reach it, without any traps in the way. He calls to us in quiet, subtle ways, and none of His callings are evil or misguided. There are no tricks, no deceit, no misdirection. 

In “Quiet Spaces” author James Hale teaches you the simple steps to make your work your calling. This influential book includes an easy-to-use 45-day devotional on career choices that everyone can benefit from.

TESTIMONIALS

“Any young person who reads this book and follows its suggestions is bound to become a better and happier person.” Bethany Holt – Entrepreneur 

“Even though I am past choosing a vocation in life, I still have a road to finish traveling. This book has helped tremendously.” Angela Masters, Retiree 

“God often speaks to us in ‘gentle whispers’ (just ask Elijah). Quiet Spaces will prepare you to hear God’s call to your heart. This is another great resources for Christian workers from a great Christian organization–Path Choices.” James Smith- – Senior Minister, Mt Carmel Chirstian Church, Cynthiana, KY

Are you ready to incorporate your calling into your daily work? Download “Quiet Spaces” today to your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader.

Kindle eReader and ebooks enter French Market

Last Friday Amazon.fr started to sell the new Kindle for only 99 Euros. This is the same Kindle model as the Kindle 4 on Amazon.com. Amazon.fr will begin shipping the Kindles today, Friday, October 14. The French Kindle is a wi-fi model.

Kindle in France

New Market Opens Up for Authors

 

France has a strong market for ebook readers; Bookeen makes the popular Linux based Cybook ebook reader line, which can read EPUB files. The Kindle is able to read PDF and Mobi files, but not the almost universal EPUB file format.

Amazon is opening up Kindle Direct Publishing for Amazon.fr, so authors and independent publishers can publish Kindle ebooks for French customers.

A Look at the 4 Kindle eReaders including the Fire

Everyone expected news about the Kindle Fire tablet, but Amazon surprised (and dazzled) ereader fans with three new Kindles on September 28, 2011.

 

4 KindlesSeptember, 2011 has been a big month for Kindle users. First, Amazon Local (which offers Groupon style local shopping deals) became a Kindle feature. Kindle users can finally check out library books and read the ebooks on their Kindles. Finally, Amazon splashed new excitement into the digital media world on September 28, 2011 with the long-awaited Kindle tablet, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says, “brings together all of the things we’ve been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers.”

Keeneland Handicapping Book from All Star Press

Know the Keeneland trainersHorse racing fans and handicappers who want to profit at the Keeneland 2011 fall meet need to know the tendencies of the trainers that win year-in and year-out at the Lexington racetrack. “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns” analyzes the horsemen and how they have won at Keeneland.

  Learn more about a new handicapping book released this year from All Star Press – available for the Kindle and all mobile book formats  & just in time for the opening of the new meeting this Friday.

Portland Library offers Kindle books

A library in Mulnomah County (Portland, OR) said cardholders can now check out e-books on their Amazon Kindle or mobile devices, such as the iPhone, tablets such as the  iPad, and devices running Google Inc.’s Android operating system with the free Kindle app.

More than 10,000 titles are available and patrons will need both a library card and, of course, an Amazon account.

The length of the loan, the library says, depends on the format and the patron’s preference.

The Dynamic Publishing Industry

September 2011

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.

How can…READ MORE

NY Times Writer analyzes various e-readers

Which ereader is best?

Which ereader is best?

Here is the critical question for us avid readers: Which e-reader or tablet is the best for reading books?

“So I set out to try them all, reading a chapter on each: the Amazon Kindle, the first- and second-generation Apple iPads, the Barnes & Noble Nook, an iPhone, a Windows Phone, a Google Android phone, a Google Android tablet and a laptop computer. To be fair, I also read a chapter in that old-fashioned form — a crumply old print paperback.”

READ THE ANALYSIS

Daily Deals on Kindle Books

Amazon is now offering “daily deals” on Kindle books. Competing against the likes of Groupon, this idea seems long overdue and welcome news to avid readers.

Yes, let’s hope that Amazon continues to offer book deals across a wide range of genres.

Click here for More details on the new Amazon program. Here is a link directly to the Kindle Deals page.

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]