Macmillan abandons library e-book embargo

(17 Mar 2020) In a surprise announcement today, Macmillan abandoned its controversial embargo on new release e-books in libraries, effective this week. “There are times in life when differences should be put aside,” reads a brief memo from Macmillan CEO John Sargent addressed to librarians, authors, illustrators, and agents. “Effective on Friday (or whenever thereafter our wholesalers can effect […]

March 30, 2020 - 10:49 am

Call for applications: World Book Capital 2022

(25 Feb 2020) Interested cities and towns have until 25 June 2020 in order to submit their candidacies to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2020. IFLA encourages libraries to approach their local authorities to explore whether they can support a bid. The World Book Capital programme provides an opportunity to promote and celebrate cities and town which are […]

February 25, 2020 - 10:58 am

Cengage announces plan to offer eTextbook option within Cengage Unlimited

(14 Jan 2020) Cengage today announced that it will offer an eTextbook option within Cengage Unlimited, giving students access to more than 14,000 ebooks, study tools and more for $69.99 a semester. Available in August 2020, Cengage Unlimited eTextbooks will also include free access to college success and career support, including activities in resume-building, financial literacy and time […]

January 17, 2020 - 1:01 pm

NLB has 4 million+ ebook checkouts in 2019, according to OverDrive

(9 Jan 2020)  According to the OverDrive data, the number of e-books borrowed rose 15% in the year to 211 million; digital audiobooks borrowed jumped 30%, to 114 million, and 59 million children’s/young adult checkouts took place, a gain of 27% over 2018. National Library of Singapore is among the top 10 libraries which have […]

January 14, 2020 - 4:10 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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