When Simon & Schuster expanded its library ebook distribution in June, they required all libraries who bought S&S ebooks for their collections to also add a buy button to the listings in the libraries’ catalogs. Today S&S relaxed that restriction, possibly in the hopes that more libraries would carry S&S titles.
When Bilbary burst on to the digital publishing scene in late 2011 it got a lot of attention for its novel ideas, including plans for a rental ebook platform. Sadly, it now seems novel ideas were all the company had going for it, which could explain why the company quietly went bankrupt earlier this year.
It looks like this is going to be a week for bad ideas, because 3M just stepped in it. I just got a press release which touts the 3M Cloud Library’s new hardware lending program. This library ebook vendor was pleased to announce that their platform was now compatible with the Nook Glowlight, B&N’s latest ereader.
The Wall Street Journal has joined the chorus of voices comparing public libraries to subscription ebook services, and unfortunately its comparison is almost as false as the suggestion published by Forbes that libraries be replaced by Kindle Unlimited subscriptions. Writing in yesterday’s WSJ, Geoffrey Fowler argues that public libraries offer a better value – for… Read More »
The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week spawned a round of articles calling for killing libraries and replacing them with KU subscriptions, and today the ALA fired back. The American Library Association has released the results of their latest survey today, and according to the report libraries fill more needs in the community than simply… Read More »