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Authors Guild asks court to rule against Google – From the files of ‘give it up already,’ the Authors Guild has filed an appeal with the 2nd Circuit, obviously unhappy with Judge Chin’s dismissal of their suit against Google. The Authors Guild is claiming that Google is engaging in anti-competitive behavior.

“Google is yanking readers out of online bookstores,” Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson said in a statement. “Google digitized authors’ works in order to lure book buyers away from online booksellers to its turf, seeking to bring countless eyeballs to its ads.” –USA Today

For E-books, More Good News, Few Trends: Facts & Figures 2013 – What I find most interesting about this article is not the commentary, but the lists of books themselves. Not just where books fall in the sales ranks, but which books end up there together. As the gap narrows between hardcover and digital sales, will traditional publishing try to move more aggressively into the digital market with books that try to recreate some of the indie successes? One thing’s for sure – it’s gonna be interesting.

Reports from the Association of American Publishers on e-book sales suggest that the industry is maturing and growth will plateau soon. This is a format that went from 3% of U.S. book sales in 2009, to 17% in 2011, to 22.55% in 2012. Figures for 2013 are not yet available, but judging by the number of publishers who shared their 2013 e-book stats for this roundup, the sense is that the sales numbers will continue to rise even if there is a slowdown. –Publishers Weekly

E-lending trial leads to click-through sales – Now here’s a shocker (not): digital lending boosts book sales, as readers purchase even as they’re reading the book they’ve borrowed from the library. The latest evidence comes from an experiment launched in UK public libraries with the cooperation of UK publishers, and it’s only been in implementation since early March. I hope Simon and Schuster is paying attention.

The trial also saw borrowed e-books yield click-through purchases. In Derbyshire, for example, 20 e-books were bought from 464 loans in the first monitoring period—many of which were purchased while the reader was part of the way through the e-book. –The Bookseller

These Four Talented Ladies Walked on Stage. What They Did Next Blew The Audience Away! – I don’t even want to share more than the title to this video, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. It’s pretty cool, though. –Reshareworthy

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!


  1. SAO
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 05:05:49

    So the UK experiment showed that less than 5% go on to purchase the book (through the library).

    Unfortunately, there’s remarkably little data out there (unless Amazon chooses to share) about whether the reader buys the book later, buys another book by the same author, or if they would have bought the book if it wasn’t available at the library.

    And they can’t even compare it to non-e-books, since they don’t know the data for those points from people who borrow paper books from the library.

    Then there’s the obvious issue that younger, high-volume readers can’t afford all the books they read and reading library books keeps them reading, instead of playing video games, setting them up to be good book buyers when they have the income to do it.

  2. Jayne
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 07:01:01

    I love all the pieces in that video clip. What an amazing job they do.

  3. leslie
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 09:18:38

    I loved the video……thanks!

  4. txvoodoo
    Apr 14, 2014 @ 16:03:08


    I can only speak to my own experience – I often purchase books by an author after having used the Prime Lending feature. Not the *same* book, but the next in a series, yes!

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