In a statement late yesterday, 3M officially announced that Penguin
would be using its Cloud Library product for the task. Penguin has not
yet confirmed the development to Digital Book World.
Penguin will join Random House
and HarperCollins as publishers from among the largest in the country
that sell their e-books to libraries. The Penguin program, like that of
the other two, will likely not be without its restrictions. For the
pilot, Penguin is only making its e-books available six months after
they initially went on sale and then for a year license, at which point
librarians will have the option to renew - for a fee, one supposes. So, no No Easy Dayat your public library until February or March.
have bristled at such restrictions in the past, but we guess that
they'd rather have the option to buy Penguin e-books, restrictions or
no, versus the alternative - no options at all.
Barnes & Noble Doing What It Said It Wouldn't (PaidContent)
Have you been to your local Barnes & Noble lately? Go and check to
see if they are carrying Amazon Publishing titles. Reportedly, some are,
despite the bricks-and-mortar retailer's insistence in February that it
would do no such thing unless it got to sell the titles as e-books,
too. No sign of them in the Nook store...yet.
Why Publishers Don't Like Working With Start-ups (DBW)
Whether it's that they're too busy, too small or afraid to look stupid,
there are lots of reasons publishers say they don't want to work with
start-ups. That said, many do and there are reasons why. Top five for
both sides in this post.
eBooks, digital publishers can create a unique reading experience that
would be impossible with physical texts. Disney recently harnessed this
potential. Read more.
In Three Words (The Shatzkin Files)
Mike Shatzkin sums up the future of book publishing in three words:
standards, rights and data. Standards, rights and data issues can
"restrain digital growth, or propel it," writes Shatzkin.
The Latest Sourcebooks Innovation: The Shakesperience (DBW)
The Shakesperience is the innovative publishing company's 21st
century-take on tales nearly as old as publishing itself. The way we
learn Shakespeare is hard, says Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah. The
Shakesperience aims to make it easy.
Publishing Innovation Awards celebrate publishers, designers and
authors who are improving the reading experience in the digital age. If
your ebook, enhanced ebook or book app presents solid design that keeps
readability front and center or introduces interactive or social
elements that improve the reading experience, we want to see it. Entry Deadline November 15!
Blurb's New Bells and Whistles (DBW)
E-book production firm Blurb, which has tools that allow users to
simultaneously create content for print, e-book and audio-book
production, has now added tools that allow the simultaneous creation of
enhanced e-books, too.
K-12 Publishing Doomed, Unless... (DBW)
A new survey of K-12 publishers says that three-quarters of them will go
belly up unless they are true multi-channel publishers. Classrooms are
demanding more digital content today but print is still a priority.
IDPF's New E-Reader Test Suite (DBW)
The IDPF will soon release a new tester for e-readers to see just out
EPUB3-supportive they are. It's all part of the organization's campaign
to make EPUB3 the standard format for e-books.
Amazon Book Takedown (ABA Journal)
While B&N is putting 'em up, Amazon is taking 'em down. Amazon
removed Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World from e-shelves due to
alleged copyright issues.