E-content

Divining the library ebook market with a crystal ball
What do new enterprises such as Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited tell us?
Posted July 22, 2014 | Comments: 0
Screenshot of Kindle Unlimited promotion
The disruption continues, and it’s hard not to see the announcement o
Posted July 18, 2014 | Comments: 1
Dragon traverses a laptop.
Technology is eating the world. Like a hungry dragon seeking out new villages to pillage, the tech world continues to find new markets to disrupt. And, like some mythical beast of apocalyptic proportions, technology is just as unstoppable. Good? Evil? Technology is code and that is all that matters.
Posted July 11, 2014 | Comments: 0
Baloney sandwich
Maybe it’s because I’ve been rereading classic Daniel Pinkwater novels (namely, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death and The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror) but Amazon’s latest stunner of a response to stalled negotiations with Hachette reads like a young-adult comedy.
Posted July 10, 2014 | Comments: 0
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Read the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries Ebook Report as a PDF file.
Posted July 7, 2014 | Comments: 0
The first automobile advertisement, which appeared in Scientific American February/March 1898. Image from Wikipedia
I’ve been thinking about a book called Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoğlu and James Robinson. To (over)summarize, the coauthors say that nations fail because they resist, and try to stifle, the disruption that follows technological breakthroughs.
Posted July 3, 2014 | Comments: 0
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Today’s announcement (PDF file) that Simon & Schuster is making it possible for all public libraries to acquire its ebook content is welcome news.
Posted June 26, 2014 | Comments: 0
Digital Content Working Group logo
There is good news (PDF file) on the ebook front, as Simon & Schuster converts its pilot on library ebook lending to a national program.
Posted June 26, 2014 | Comments: 1
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Librarians need to take sharp notice of the sudden and disruptive trebling of intellectual content: mainstream (which we’ve always focused on), small and independent publishing (which has ramped up its annual title count by four or five times over as many years), and self-published (now more new annual titles than t
Posted June 10, 2014 | Comments: 0
An old British train-platform-ticket machine. Photo from Flickr, taken by Smabs Sputzer, April 22, 2008
Back in January of this year, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection published a report about how the state’s public libraries could gain fairer access to
Posted June 5, 2014 | Comments: 0