Singapore names 2020 Book Award finalists, adds digital categories

(30 Jul 2020) One of Asia’s most energetic and comprehensive book award programs, the annual Singapore Book Publishers Association’s prizes traditionally have covered seven categories: Book Cover Design Education Title Illustrated Non-Fiction Title Literary Work Middle Grade / Young Adult Title Nonfiction Title Picture Book This year, new categories have been added, a reflection of the handsome […]

July 31, 2020 - 8:49 am

Demand for library e-book rental services surging in Japan amid pandemic

(2 Jul 2020) From The Japan Times: Tokyo-based TRC Library Service Inc., which is entrusted with library operations and other businesses, said that the number of e-books borrowed through libraries started to increase around February, when the facilities began to close or scale down their services across the country due to the pandemic. The total […]

July 10, 2020 - 8:45 am

COVID-19 and US Libraries: e-Books and intellectual property issues

(28 Apr 2020)  The Congressional Research Service (US) has published a new report, “COVID-19 and Libraries: E-Books and Intellectual Property Issues”, its introduction as follows. With many states issuing stay-at-home orders, and many public library buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the public looking for reading material have increasingly turned to ebooks. Yet […]

April 30, 2020 - 9:21 am

Singapore: NLB increases digital offerings during circuit breaker period

With the closure of all public libraries because of the circuit breaker measures, more have turned to e-books. (21 Apr 2020) The National Library Board (NLB) saw a 225 per cent jump in physical library material loans during the weekend of April 4 and 5, before the temporary closure of NLB facilities from April 7 […]

April 23, 2020 - 1:46 pm

India: e-library mobile app sees exponential growth in downloads during COVID-19 lockdown

Karnataka government’s library mobile application has been growing as more people download it during the lockdown period (11 Apr 2020)  Karnataka Library Department’s mobile application, which is said to be the first of its kind initiative in the country has seen an exponential growth in downloads during the COVID-19 lockdown, a senior Minister said on […]

April 13, 2020 - 1:13 pm

New Zealand: thousands sign up to borrow ebooks, audiobooks during lockdown

(4 Apr 2020) The day before New Zealand entered a four-week lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Auckland Libraries recorded its highest number of online memberships seen in a single day since the service began in October. The libraries normally averages 64 new eMemberships a day, but last Wednesday 200 Aucklanders joined to access eBooks, audiobooks, streaming files and online databases, […]

April 8, 2020 - 11:03 am

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