Posts Tagged ‘ebooks’

Marred by Shelving

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Marred by Shelving

From Tom Peters, thoughts on the increasingly-frequent question of whether and how libraries can lend out ebooks. "We need a radical new way to circulate etexts," Peters writes, emphasizing that ebooks are simply not the same animal as their printed counterparts.

He concludes with the interesting point, "perhaps for all these centuries lending libraries have been good information services marred by shelving – by the need to process, handle, label, shelve, re-handle, and preserve all those pulpy, plastic, scratchable, breakable, eminently decayable text-bearing devices. If libraries got out of the device business, we could concentrate on content and services."

E-Reader Sales Expected to Be Big This Holiday

Monday, November 15th, 2010

E-Reader Sales Expected to Be Big This Holiday

Julie Bosman reports on expected e-reader sales trends for the coming holiday season. Out of total book sales, e-books now constitute 9 to 10 percent of publishers' earnings, and analysts expect that the number of circulating e-readers will jump to over 10 million after this holiday season.

Library Videos Won’t Survive, and There Go Our Circ Stats

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Library Videos Won’t Survive, and There Go Our Circ Stats

Annoyed Librarian writes about DVD circulation in libraries, arguing that libraries are in a losing battle against content providers when it comes to digital information. She writes, “With digital books, videos, and music, the creators have the control, and are so far doing a pretty good job of leaving libraries out of the loop. They don’t care about ‘information access’ or any of that baloney. They care about sales, and the less libraries are able to lend, the more sales they get.”

Another Missed Opportunity for Bookstores — Hardware Lessons from the E-Reader Space

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Another Missed Opportunity for Bookstores — Hardware Lessons from the E-Reader Space

Kent Anderson posts an interesting point about the reluctance of brick-and-mortar bookstores to stock e-readers of any make other than their own. Would Barnes & Noble shops get more foot traffic if they sold iPads and Kindles in addition to their Nook?

From Anderson: “To me, it’s becoming axiomatic that online retailers are winning because they’re better retailers. Bookstores used to be excellent retailers of the reading culture. Apparently, they’re abdicating this former advantage in the age of the e-reader.”

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