News & Announcements 1/3/13

by | Jan 3, 2013 | 0 comments

In the News:  A Pew Study on ereading; NY Public Library gets $10 million gift; National Library of Israel Selects Ex Libris Rosetta; University of Iowa Press partners with local bookstore; Internet Archive Raises $1 Million; Hearst reports 800,000 monthly digital subscribers; and Apple Launches iBookstore in Japan.

According to a recent Pew study as reported by Digital Book World “nearly a quarter of Americans read an ebook in the last year, up from 16% a year ago, according to a study released today by the Pew Internet and American Life project. The increase coincides with an increase of e-reading device ownership…  (The article has a chart illustrating this trend.)

InfoDOCKET citing the Wall Street Journal reports that Mary McConnell Bailey “a late widow who lived in a modest New York City apartment, eschewed fancy jewelry and favored track suits over furs has surprised friends by leaving a $20 million fortune to the New York Public Library and a nonprofit group that looks after Central Park…

(According to the New York Post “the library and Central Park Conservancy recently got checks for $10 million each.”)

According to Library Technology Guides “Ex Libris announced that the National Library of Israel has adopted the Rosetta digital preservation solution. As part of the Library’s strategic renewal program, Rosetta will manage and preserve the NLI’s collections of e-books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, audio recordings, websites, and images. In addition, Rosetta is the main engine driving the large-scale digitization project for manuscripts, rare and out-of-print books, and special collections at the Library…”

According to this article in the Press Citizen (Iowa City)  the Prairie Lights bookstore will develop a small publishing operation in cooperation with the University of Iowa Press.  Prairie Lights will act as the book publisher, while UI Press will produce, design and distribute books. The benefit of partnering with an established press operation is that it already has the processes in place to produce and distribute books on a large scale.

Prairie Lights co-owner Jan Weissmiller said “she isn’t aware of any similar partnerships between independent bookstores and university presses…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle blogs that “thanks to the generous support of our users we raised $250,000 in donations during the month of December, and with the 3-to-1 match from one of our donors that gives us $1,000,000!

The blog post also contains some year-end numbers on info added to the Internet archive during 2012. including:
50,000,000,000 web pages; 1,000,000 hours of television; 370,000 new audio/music items and 100,000 new videos

Laura Hazard Owen reports in PaidContent that “Hearst Magazines president David Carey writes that the company has nearly 800,000 monthly digital subscribers in the U.S. “across iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices–the highest in the industry.” Hearst charges separately for its print and digital editions, and Carey writes, “More than 80 percent of our digital subscribers are new to our files, and their engagement levels meet or exceed the high levels we see from our print products.”

Nonetheless “the “nearly 800,000 figure” falls short of the million digital subscriptions that Carey said was the company’s 2012 target  in last year’s letter…”

According to The Digital Reader “Apple will be expanding their ebookstore soon. Some time in the near future, possibly as early as next month, Apple will start selling ebooks in Japan. They have reportedly already signed a number of Japanese publishers, including Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shogakukan, and others….”

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