March 19, 2012
Publishers and libraries are at odds over how to satisfy the public's craving for electronic books. How they resolve this thorny issue will have a tremendous impact on readers. Fearing potentially crippling losses, publishers are withholding e-books from libraries, charging them more than other customers, or limiting how many times a library can lend an e-book. That bumps into librarians' unwavering commitment to promote literacy, preserve culture, and make books available to people regardless of their financial situation.
April 11, 2012 |
Three of the nation's largest publishers agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Justice Department alleging that five publishers and Apple Inc. conspired to fix prices consumers pay for e-books. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a news conference in Washington that publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster agreed to let retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble set the consumer prices of their e-book titles. The proposed settlement, which must be approved by a federal judge, upended a business model that had increased the prices of many best-selling e-books from $9.99 to as much as $12.99 or $14.99.
April 2, 2000 |
When best-selling horror author Stephen King released a new novella that could be accessed only on the Internet, it felt like the equivalent of an earthquake rippling through the publishing world. But was this a real revolution, or merely irrefutable proof of an unquestioned fact - that the book-reading world loves Stephen King, and especially loves getting his new stuff for free? Was the release of Riding the Bullet a signal event, the "killer app" that would cause bibliophiles to abandon their hardcovers and paperbacks in favor of e-books?
August 13, 2012 |
As e-books continue to grow in popularity, more and more people are visiting the Free Library of Philadelphia or logging on to freelibrary.org to check out our digital titles. While we currently offer more than 32,000 e-books for download - and are continually working to expand our digital collections - many of our customers wonder why they can't find the latest e-book bestsellers from Jennifer Weiner, Jeffrey Eugenides, or a host of other acclaimed authors. After all, the Free Library has plenty of physical copies of books by those same writers.
May 23, 2011 |
A Burlington County librarian has become a leader in a crusade against a major publishing house that has set a limit on how many times its e-books may be borrowed from public libraries. HarperCollins advised libraries in March that they would have to repurchase an e-book after it had been checked out 26 times, a move that has drawn widespread criticism and has cash-strapped libraries concerned about the cost of stocking the increasingly popular electronic books. Some of the publisher's own authors have called on it to end the policy, which the company said was necessary to keep the business viable.
May 14, 2000 |
Toting around a clumsy paperback is a daily chore for Esther Sears, who gobbles up a few pages here and there every time she can - even during her routine walks to and from the bank on Route 45. But with the recent introduction of electronic books, or e-books, at the Gloucester County Library where Sears works, the 51-year-old business office clerk can carry around a small hand-held gadget and access up to five books at once. "I think it's great," Sears said. "I can't think of anything better than to go to the Internet, download whatever books you want, and have five books in one place.
June 11, 2000 |
The editorial cartoon projected above keynote speaker Jeff Bezos' head in the Grand Ballroom didn't need an explanation, and the founder of Amazon.com didn't provide one. "I can't figure out how you caught malaria," a puzzled doctor says to a feverish, sickly looking patient. "Well," the patient replies, "I did order that mosquito off Amazon.com " The booksellers in the audience laughed, and Bezos chuckled - actually, he honked - with them. Nearly a thousand strong, mainly owners or employees of independent bookstores, they had come early for the opening educational days of BookExpo America, the annual gathering of about 30,000 book-industry professionals held here at McCormick Place last weekend, a rite of spring in which publishers display and sell their fall and winter wares, and booksellers scrutinize and buy them.
September 4, 2013 |
Bedford Park in West London was the world's first garden suburb. It was started in 1875 when a fellow named Jonathan Carr, inspired by the Aesthetic Movement and the ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, bought 24 acres of land just north of Turnham Green Station, a mere 30 minutes by train from the City of London. At one time or another, poet William Butler Yeats, playwright Arthur Wing Pinero, and the French painter Camille Pissarro lived there. It figures as Saffron Park in G.K. Chesterton's novel The Man Who Was Thursday and as Biggleswick in John Buchan's Mr. Standfast . In Bedford Park , British author Bryan Appleyard's new novel, it makes yet another literary appearance, this time under its own name.
April 22, 2012 |
The story of P.K. Sindwani and his suburban Philadelphia bookstore is a saga of the beleaguered bookselling industry: good intentions, crazy times, and anyone's guess as to how things will turn out. For nearly two decades, Sindwani had done well at his shop near Ursinus College. But in 2010, with an anchor supermarket dying next door and the industry transforming at an exasperating pace, things got so tough that the onetime accountant and lifelong book lover was planning an exit strategy.
June 7, 2000 |
As the techno revolution shook book publishing last weekend at BookExpo America here - all the e-books casting come-hither looks and sales assistants promising to download or print-on-demand your grandmother, M&Ms, your much-rejected novel, anything you want - a few subversives mounted rearguard actions. The folks running the "Guerrilla Marketing for Writers" booth, using nothing more complicated than a large paper pad and black Magic Marker, operated one diversion at the nation's annual gathering of publishing professionals that proved plenty of fun. (No one accuses e-books of being fun.)