Amazon tries to appeal to Hachette authors

The feud between Amazon and Hachette has been detrimental to many authors and readers. Not only are readers not getting access to upcoming titles, authors are not able to market their new releases. Amazon, at least, is now making it possible for the authors to make a bit more money off the ebooks they do manage to sell. [Read more…]

Simon and Schuster ebooks are now available at libraries

Within the past decade, traditional hardbound paper books, which have been a staple in society for centuries have slowly given way for ebooks, or electronic books. There are many reasons why ebooks have experienced such a boom in popularity. For one, they are much more convenient. One ereader can hold up to thousands of books, making titles more accessible to readers across the world. That is why many major publishing companies have hopped on the ebook bandwagon. [Read more…]

Is technology making libraries obsolete?

In 2011, popular political comedian Bill Maher said, “We have the Internet.  We don’t need a library.  I don’t know anyone that has gone to a library since 1998”.

Is the tradition of putting ideas in print going the way of the dinosaurs? It can certainly seem that way these days, given all of the new technology we have for gaining knowledge and interacting with the world. Today, about half of adults in America own a tablet or an ereader. That said, tablets are used for lots of other things – often games with “bird” in the name – and not everyone who owns one is going to be reading on it. Still, it’s estimated that the number of people who will actually read an ebook in a year, amongst adults anyways, is about 28%. [Read more…]

Court rules in favor of searchable database of scanned books

It’s every college student’s dream: to be able to use the ‘find function’ so often utilized on computers to pull out bits of text from an actual printed book. While that isn’t exactly what the HathiTrust Digital Library has done, it’s pretty darn close. Basically, since 2008, the project has involved scanning over 10 million books and assorted works into an online database. These books come from a number of library organizations and universities, 80 in fact, and are voluntarily given to the project’s team temporarily for scanning. [Read more…]