January 15, 2015
Please take another look at our OverDrive page to see how it displays what are called “curated collections.” These are display areas we can create ourselves, much like the display shelves in 3M. Jim showed this new feature to us a few months ago, but as a resolution I’m planning on paying a lot more attention to them in 2015. I welcome collection suggestions for eAudio.
December 15, 2014
According to a Nielsen Books & Consumers survey reported by PW, eBook sales accounted for 21% of sales from January 1 through September 30 of this year, which is a slight dip from the first half of the year. Paperbacks rose a bit to 43% and hardcovers were steady at 25%. E-retailers claimed 39% of the eBook market, while Amazon alone apparently sold to 57% of reporting eBook consumers in that nine months.
By the way, you may have noticed we now have Simon & Schuster titles in both 3M and OverDrive, including Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. After analyzing its first few months’ experience in the library eBook market, late last month the publisher dropped its requirement that libraries buying its titles participate in a Buy-It-Now (BIN) program.
November 13, 2014
Amazon and Hachette (in this country of Little, Brown and Grand Central fame), have finally reached an agreement after many months of dispute over ebook pricing and sales terms. There are no details, but the report sounds like this is a compromise – keeping higher payments to authors while allowing something more like agency pricing again. This is all about the direct consumer market, but stability in the ebook world is probably a good thing for everyone that needs to monitor demand.
October 17, 2014
The New York Times posted on October 11, 2014: Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?
For years, child development experts have advised parents to read to their children early and often, citing studies showing its linguistic, verbal and social benefits. In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised doctors to remind parents at every visit that they should read to their children from birth, prescribing books as enthusiastically as vaccines and vegetables.
But researchers are not sure if reading to a child via a device provides the same experience as reading a print book. One of the main problems is the newness of the devices.
The answer, researchers say, is not yet entirely clear. “We know how children learn to read,” said Kyle Snow, the applied research director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “But we don’t know how that process will be affected by digital technology.”
Parents who read to their children using eBooks need to actively participate in the process because we know that young children learn from another person, not from words spoken from a screen. “…perhaps the biggest threat posed by e-books that read themselves to children, or engage them with games, is that they could lull parents into abdicating their educational responsibilities, said Mr. Snow of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”
We will find over time the effect that eBooks have on early learning.
posting by Lorraine
August 27, 2014
Ignore the silly title (references to Breaking Bad are about its success on Netflix and the applicability of Netflix’s access model to books). This is an excellent presentation of key points by knowledgeable players in the book market and library world today. A lot of the same issues are starting to confront us with regard to streaming media. Key points seem to be that patron driven access (for books that’s something like FReading) is great if its success is paradoxically kept modest, and that publishers are realizing library users are book buyers, not market cannibals (but they never seemed to doubt this in the print world, right?) As usual, the future’s both disturbing and comforting depending on whose point you want to latch onto.
July 30, 2014
The eBooks of Sue Grafton’s earlier alphabet series (Penguin or Random House published everything after P) are now available to the library market thanks to a recent decision by Macmillan to expand its available catalog to include the Holt and Metropolitan imprints. This is just for starters. There are a lot of other great books that no doubt will soon be requested.
July 29, 2014
This article from Digital Shift covers the views and reactions of several key library personnel and advocates to the new subscription services I mentioned yesterday. It sounds like their offerings are heavy on self-published and public domain works, at least for now.
Here’s a quote:
As surveys by LJ and others has shown, regular library users tend to read many more books each year than the average U.S. consumer. They borrow more, buy more, and use e-readers more frequently. For now, [Massachusetts Library System Small Libraries Advisor] Chadwick said she thinks that these new subscription services will likely fold into many users’ reading habits without an adverse effect on libraries.
I hope that’s right.