An Incomplete Report on a Flawed Pilot Program Suggests that Library eBook Loans Don’t Drive Sales

Earlier today the UK Publishers Association released a 6 month status report on the small scale library ebook lending project which had been carried on in the UK for the past 8 months. If the report is to be believed, ebook loans don’t affect the lending rate for paper books, and they also don’t drive sales *. I wouldn’t… Read More »

3M Cloud Library Launches New Hardware Lending Program with the Nook Glowlight

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.

eBooks Distributed by Smashwords Now Showing up in OverDrive’s Main eBook Catalog

Things are looking up for authors who distribute their ebooks through Smashwords and want to get them into libraries. Reports are coming in today that a handful of indie titles have escaped the self-published ghetto and are now listed in the main Over Drive catalog with all of the “regular” ebooks.

The WSJ is Wrong – Libraries Will Always Trump Kindle Unlimited

 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 »