eBooks

Beyond Japan: Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo looks at global bookselling trends

(25 Oct 2019)  With 107 bookstores worldwide, Kinokuniya’s director of import and distribution, Hiroshi Sogo, share his international bookselling insights with Publishing Perspective. Read the full story here.  

October 31, 2019 - 2:23 pm
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Transitioning textbooks to open, lessons and insights

(26 Sep 2019)  A growing number of universities are exploring the use of open access text books. Are they the future teaching and learning materials? Universities are leading a grassroots rebellion shaking up the ecology of the scientific publishing sector. A growing number of universities and academics have set up their own presses in an attempt to […]

September 30, 2019 - 2:01 am
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ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo

(11 Sep 2019) Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at eBooksForAll.org for members of the public […]

September 12, 2019 - 3:10 pm
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China Literature and Singtel forge strategic partnership to promote online literature in Southeast Asia

(22 June 2019)  China Literature Limited, a leading online literature platform in China, today announced a strategic partnership with Singapore Telecommunications Limited (“Singtel”), a leading communications technology group in Asia, to collaborate in online literature services and content platform businesses in Southeast Asia. For more details, see the press release here.  

June 27, 2019 - 1:50 pm
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Amazon unveils support for Traditional Chinese ebooks

(24 May 2019)   Today Amazon has unveiled new portal in the Kindle store for Traditional Chinese and is launching with  20,000 Traditional Chinese titles. It includes translations of popular books like George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series. Find out more from Good E-reader here.  

May 27, 2019 - 8:38 am
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Blockchain technology may lead to true ebook ownership

(21 Apr 2019)  The vast majority of publishers use DRM to encrypt their ebooks and some retailers like Amazon have their own formats. Publishers have mandated that when you purchase an ebook, you are merely licensing it. There is no true sense of ownership. This has led to a crisis in confidence in the digital format because ebook […]

April 23, 2019 - 8:27 am
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2.2M students used OpenStax free textbooks in 2018

(21 Feb 2019)  OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University that publishes free online peer-reviewed textbooks, reports that more than two million students at U.S. colleges used at least one of its textbooks during the 2017-2018 school year. The nonprofit also estimates that students saved $177 million using the free textbooks in the 2017-2018 year. The […]

March 6, 2019 - 8:47 pm
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10,000 Arabic books have been digitized to ebooks

(13 February 2019)  The Arabic Collections Online project has just formed and they are making available 10,000 Arabic ebooks across 6,000 subjects for free.  It was established with support from NYU Abu Dhabi, and by major grants from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. This mass digitization project aims […]

February 15, 2019 - 9:08 am
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A Happy ending – interview with Mikkel Christoffersen on eLending in Denmark

(8 February 2019)  The story of eLending in Denmark is a particular one. Despite high levels of use of the Danish eLending platform, it attracted frequent (if unjustified) criticism from other stakeholders, who held it up as a reason not to support eLending elsewhere. Yet now, all Danish publishers are on board, and there has been impressive […]

February 11, 2019 - 3:51 pm
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IEEE adds SAE International eBook collection to IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

(5 February 2019) IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity; and SAE International, a global association of engineers; as well as related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial-vehicle industries, announced today a new collaboration to make SAE International eBooks available via the IEEE Xplore® digital library. IEEE Xplore provides access to more than […]

February 11, 2019 - 3:21 pm
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Melbourne University Publishing titles added to the Ebook Central Platform

(February 5, 2019)  For the first time ever, nearly the entire catalog of titles from Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is available to academic libraries. A recent agreement between ProQuest and MUP gives libraries access to 630 titles via the Ebook Central platform, where they can acquire them by demand-driven acquisition or single-title purchase. See the full press release from Proquest […]

February 11, 2019 - 2:06 pm
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National study examines how book acquisitions at academic libraries have evolved

(29 January 2019) With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka S+R undertook a national study to examine the extent to which academic libraries were purchasing books through Amazon. Along the way, the study grew to encompass a number of other questions, such as how print and e-book expenditures have changed over time, how libraries spend to […]

January 30, 2019 - 10:55 am
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Controlled digital lending: an interview with Jonathan Band

(22 January 2019) The concept of controlled digital lending is receiving growing attention. Originating in the United States, it is now a subject of discussion elsewhere in the world, raising both interest and concern. IFLA has interviewed Jonathan Band, a member of the Libraries Copyright Alliance, to find out more. The full interview can be found here.  

January 28, 2019 - 11:01 am
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Free webinar – deep dive into COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5

(21 January 2019) In this instructional webinar, you’ll learn more about the COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5 (COP5), which goes into effect in January 2019. Lorraine Estelle, COUNTER Project Director, will highlight key points in the development of the new release, touching on metric types and new reports. Then Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova, COUNTER Executive Committee […]

January 22, 2019 - 8:53 am
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How digital age has forced Hong Kong’s libraries and librarians to change ways they get us to read

(21 December 2018) Various initiatives include increasing access and range of e-books, holding outdoor pop-up libraries around the city and loaning books to pre-schools; and use of printed books is down as surveys show e-books are read by only 12 per cent of internet users while just 36 per cent of primary school pupils ‘love […]

December 24, 2018 - 7:29 am
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