News and Announcements 12/6/11

Today’s news focuses on a new ACRL statistical report; ebook pricing and the European Commission; the Open Book Alliance vs Google; a new IndiBound ebook reading app;  and cStories for $1.99 at indie books stores.

ACRL’s 2010 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Published, A Few Highlights Now Available Online

INFOdocket reports that the 2010 Academic Library Trends and Statistics report is now available. It’s a three volume set ($550) BUT a few statistics are included in the publication announcement. The data comes from 1,100 academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications.

As the Euro Burns, the European Commission Investigates Agency eBook Pricing

“The European Commission “will formally investigate whether the original Agency Five and Apple “have engaged in illegal agreements or practices that would have the object or the effect of restricting competition in the European Union or in the European Economic Area.” The Commission says it is “examining the character and terms of the agency agreements entered into…for the sale of e-books. The Commission has concerns that these practices may breach EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.” The move is an expansion of the commission’s initial inquiry, which began in March.”

Prying Open Google’s Closed Books

The Open Book Alliance claims that public domain books are being “locked up by Google’s technology.”  The Alliance has “filed comments asking the Copyright Office to make clear that Google cannot invoke the law (Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) against users of public domain books.”

IndieBound Mobile Reading App Launches

“IndieBound Reader is a new ebook reading application created by the American Booksellers Association and Bluefire Productions, an independent software company in Seattle, WA. The just launched reading app allows book lovers to read ebooks purchased at their local, independent bookstores. Currently, IndieBound Reader is available for the Android operating system, and it will soon be available for iPhones and iOS devices.”

Thomas Allen and Cormorant launch e-book initiative for indie bookstores

“In early 2012, Thomas Allen Publishers and Cormorant Books will roll out cStories, an initiative that will make digital short-story “singles” available for sale through independent booksellers’ websites.”  Including both new and previously published fiction, plans call for offering these stories as “EPUB files for $1.99 each,” which “will be exclusive to independent booksellers who sign on for the project.” All of the stories are written by Canadian authors.





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