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.
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.
OverDrive has just announced that as of May 8th, the entire digital catalog of Hachette titles will be available for public libraries to buy. The model will be one “copy”/one user with no special restrictions. That means there will be no metering or expiration to access. Thanks to Jim for forwarding the official news release from OverDrive.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, 3M will also have access to the catalog, but they have not yet confirmed this with us.
Hachette is the parent publisher of Little, Brown and Company and Grand Central Publishing, so this is thrilling news indeed.
A follow-up to an earlier post: the founder of the Frommer’s brand has bought it back from Google so publication will resume.
August 13, 2012
Here we go again. Publisher Thomas Nelson, owned now by HarperCollins, has recalled all copies of The Jefferson Lies : Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson by David Barton, for inaccuracies and “misinterpretations.” Here is the story from PW.
All copies have been made unholdable and non-floating. When they land at your branch, please send to Service Center and put in Review status. Again emails will be going out to customers who were on the holds queue. Fortunately, this time there were only five copies and 9 holds on one print edition. Again the PAC will show no available copies.
Thank you for your help!
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