New Yorker: The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books

New Yorker: The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books. “Libraries can buy print books in bulk from any seller that they choose, and, thanks to a legal principle called the first-sale doctrine, they have the right to lend those books to any number of readers free of charge. But the first-sale doctrine does not apply to digital content. For the most part, publishers do not sell their e-books or audiobooks to libraries—they sell digital distribution rights to third-party venders, such as OverDrive, and people like Steve Potash sell lending rights to libraries.”

Make Tech Easier: 10 of the Best Free Ebook Download Libraries

Make Tech Easier: 10 of the Best Free Ebook Download Libraries. “You may be surprised to find out there are thousands of free ebooks available to download from digital libraries. Whether you like to read on a Kindle, iPad or smartphone, we’ve searched the web to discover the best places to download short stories, novels, and even kids books – all without spending a dime. Let’s take a look at the best ebook libraries you can visit today to download free ebooks.”

Define ‘Reasonable’: Can Maryland’s New E-book Law Help Change the Marketplace? (Publishers Weekly)

Publishers Weekly: Define ‘Reasonable’: Can Maryland’s New E-book Law Help Change the Marketplace?. “In a July statement, the Maryland Library Association (MLA) praised state legislators for recently passing a new law that seeks to ensure library patrons can have access to e-books that are available to consumers in the state. But does the law also give Maryland libraries a little leverage to change the existing terms under which e-books are licensed libraries?”

#DEFCON: A Bad eBook Can Take Over Your Kindle (or Worse) (InfoSecurity Magazine)

InfoSecurity Magazine: #DEFCON: A Bad eBook Can Take Over Your Kindle (or Worse). “The primary purpose of the Kindle is to enable users to read books. Slava Makkaveev, security researcher at Check Point Software Technologies, had another idea, though; he wanted to see if he could load a book that would exploit the Kindle. At the DEF CON 29 conference, Makkaveev outlined the process by which he was able to exploit a Kindle with a malicious eBook that he was able to create.”

Ubergizmo: Older Kindle Models Will Lose Their Internet Access In December

Ubergizmo: Older Kindle Models Will Lose Their Internet Access In December. “The big deal here is that by no longer being able to access the internet, these Kindle devices cannot download new content wirelessly. Amazon says that your purchased content will stay where it is, and if you’ve already downloaded it you can keep reading it on your device, but future content will no longer be possible.”

KRON: San Jose airport launches new free digital library for travelers

KRON: San Jose airport launches new free digital library for travelers. “All passengers, regardless of age, can download up to four e-books using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Once downloaded, readers can access the text offline almost anywhere they are traveling to during their loan period of three weeks. The digital library has a collection of bestsellers, fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s and young adult books that are available in English and Spanish. The collection is updated monthly.”

The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature

The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature . “More specifically, a digital collection of 95 titles will be made available on Friday 9 July via the Ellibs platform. The audio and e-books will be available in both Finnish and Swedish. What is more, the collection has been carefully selected by library professionals specialising in children and young people’s literature.”

Washington Post: Want to borrow that e-book from the library? Sorry, Amazon won’t let you.

Washington Post: Want to borrow that e-book from the library? Sorry, Amazon won’t let you.. “You probably think of Amazon as the largest online bookstore. Amazon helped make e-books popular with the Kindle, now the dominant e-reader…. Amazon is a beast with many tentacles: It’s got the store, the reading devices and, increasingly, the words that go on them. Librarians have been no match for the beast. When authors sign up with a publisher, it decides how to distribute their work. With other big publishers, selling e-books and audiobooks to libraries is part of the mix — that’s why you’re able to digitally check out bestsellers like Barack Obama’s ‘A Promised Land.’ Amazon is the only big publisher that flat-out blocks library digital collections. Search your local library’s website, and you won’t find recent e-books by Amazon authors Kaling, Dean Koontz or Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Nor will you find downloadable […]

Google Blog: New tools make children’s books easier to read

Google Blog: New tools make children’s books easier to read. “As we celebrate National Read Across America Day in the United States, I’m reminded of aspiring readers like my daughter, who experiences both the joys and the challenges of books. Google Play Books recently introduced a set of tools to help new readers and their families enjoy the process of learning how to read.”

Times of India: WhatsApp library comes to the rescue of pandemic-hit bibliophiles

Times of India: WhatsApp library comes to the rescue of pandemic-hit bibliophiles. “Whenever 13-year-old Pooja Kumari would find some time, she would escape into the community library in Delhi’s Sikandarpur with her younger sister. She had an arrangement. They would pick a book, sit down and the librarian would read to them. In March, like everything else, the library shut down because of the pandemic. School was also closed. The voracious reader lost her quiet refuge. That was when the Community Library Project (TCLP), a non-profit that runs four libraries across Delhi-NCR, launched a WhatsApp library. Duniya Sabki.”

Publishers Weekly: Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-books to Public Libraries

Publishers Weekly: Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-books to Public Libraries. “In what came as a surprise to many librarians and industry observers, a report in The Hill this week revealed that the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America has been in discussions with Amazon Publishing on a potential a deal to make Amazon’s e-book content available in public libraries. And in a call with PW, DPLA officials confirmed that a deal could be done soon.”

Fortune: As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges

Fortune: As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges. “A long running battle over copyright has flared up again, and Lila Bailey is at the center of it. A personable 43-year-old with degrees in philosophy and law, Bailey is the chief lawyer for the Internet Archive, a non-profit facing a major lawsuit from big publishers over how it lends out e-books.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Little Known Places to Download Unique Free Ebooks

MakeUseOf: 6 Little Known Places to Download Unique Free Ebooks. “You probably already know about Project Gutenberg, Overdrive, Centsless Books, and some of the other best free ebook download sites. In this article, we’ll look beyond them to find free ebooks from sources you haven’t heard of before. This includes one of the best forums to get books, a place to dig up old-school pulp fiction, and some better ways to get the classics.”

BetaNews: COVID-19 has hurt physical book sales and helped audio and digital

BetaNews: COVID-19 has hurt physical book sales and helped audio and digital. “You would expect the recent coronavirus crisis to have helped digital entertainment, but with reading it is still led by the traditional hardback and softback formats. However, the pandemic is helping to dethrone physical books, as people are more cautious about going out. While paper books still lead the market, their dominance is shrinking.”