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.
November 30, 2011 |
At age 91, Ray Bradbury is making peace with the future he helped predict. The science fiction/fantasy author and longtime enemy of the e-book has finally allowed his dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451 to be published in digital format. Simon & Schuster released the electronic edition Tuesday at a list price of $9.99. First published in paperback by Ballantine in 1953 and as a hardcover by Simon & Schuster in the 1960s, Fahrenheit 451 has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into 33 languages.
June 24, 2011 |
L INDSAY LOHAN'S house arrest got a bit more boring yesterday. She can't have any more house parties. She can, however, still listen to house music. And watch reruns of "House. " Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner chided Lindsay for having rooftop parties at her home while serving out her probation violation, but said that the actress hadn't violated any other rules. "If you are guilty of some violation of your probation, I don't see it," Sautner said.
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.
March 18, 2011 |
NEW YORK- The e-book boom has reached new heights, but not high enough to boost book sales overall. Helped by millions of Kindles, Nooks and other digital devices given for holiday gifts, e-book sales jumped in January and surpassed purchases of hardcovers and mass-market paperbacks, according to a new survey. The Association of American Publishers reported yesterday that e-sales more than doubled from $32.4 million in January 2010 to $69.9 million in January 2011. Hardcovers sales fell from $55.4 million to $49.1 million, and mass-market paperbacks, a format that's declining as baby boomers seek books with larger print, fell from $56.4 million to $39 million.
May 26, 2010 |
'I don't go anywhere without my boyfriend Kindle," says Jen Pechet, a self-professed addict to Amazon's popular e-book reader. She takes it to bed, the dentist's chair, the sidelines of her sons' baseball and lacrosse games, the grocery store parking lot, and the carpool line at school. Pechet was a serious reader before, but the Kindle has upped the ante, luring her to read as many as three books in a single day. Since getting the device in June, she's lined the shelves of her digital library with more than 500 books (that's an average of 41 a month!
December 29, 2009 |
David Parry, Keith Goldsmith, and Sylvia Ruiz-Tresgallo were pondering the future, each in his or her own way, at the 125th annual meeting of the Modern Language Association this week in Philadelphia. That future is bringing a change from paperbound authorship to online maintenance of a scholar's writing and the discussion that surrounds it. Publishing is increasingly digital. As for the present, it's about praying to the academic gods for employment. Regina B. Oost, chair of the English Department at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., described the employment outlook succinctly: "Fewer jobs.
June 10, 2008 |
Is the Kindle about to catch fire? Could Amazon.com's seven-month-old wireless e-book reader - a rectangular wonder in antique iPod white, able to download any of 125,000 books adapted to its format - be the tipping point that marks the decline and fall of the paper book? If those two questions continue to dominate techno-talk in the book-publishing industry, it's because book folk, being weaker in gizmo-related prognostication than, say, the devotees of a consumer electronics show, aren't sure.
October 9, 2007 |
In July, when I went on vacation, I decided to take along the essays of Michel de Montaigne - all of them, in a single volume running to 3,271 pages. A heavy and unwieldy choice, right? Not at all. The whole thing fitted nicely into a packet less than half an inch thick and weighing just nine ounces. Welcome to Sony Reader. I downloaded the Montaigne volume from Sony's online e-book store - cost me about $3, if memory serves - but the model of Sony's digital device that I was sent for review already included four other complete books (among them, oddly enough, George Orwell's 1984)
February 29, 2004 |
For those who dread trekking to the library on snowy, rain-soaked or bone-chilling days, the Burlington County Library System is offering a way to borrow books and return them without leaving home. A new e-book service, which debuted Feb. 1, allows library system cardholders to make a few computer clicks and select books from more than 1,000 titles available on the library system's Web site. Gail Sweet, library director, said best-selling novels, children's books, classics, fiction, nonfiction and a few reference books can be downloaded, read, and returned to the library system electronically.