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The less that public libraries have to rely on traditional publishers to provide content for its patrons, the more dangerous it is for traditional publishers. I would expect to see Kindle strike some deals directly with libraries as well.

Apple eliminated Podcasts from being included in the iTunes app and has rolled out a standalone app to replace it.

I know that there is a lot of resentment toward Kindle only available books. Readers email me about this regularly.


Rumspeed has a video of an interview with Bezos. This quote, pulled by Rumspeed, highlights the difference between mainstream media and Kindle. I don’t mean just book publishers because music is much the same way as evidenced by the fight between NPR intern and David Lowery, an establishment musician. The argument that we should care about the culture of musicians, record labels, and publishers holds little weight with consumers. The customer only cares about the product and trying to sell them on the process is a losing game.

Weathering the Storm

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Heather Greye
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 10:51:57

    That library infographic is brilliant and sad.

    As both a librarian by training and a library user, I hate seeing all the cuts. I love that there’s something that shows the positives too — ebooks, training, apps. It would be great if the infographic got a lot of publicity so the non-librarians of the country can see what good the libraries do.

  2. Moriah Jovan
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 12:28:53

    My library (shoutout: Mid-Continent Public Library, which is not only awesome, but brilliantly managed) asked me to participate in that survey, and I did gladly. (I never participate in surveys.) I got the vibe that the questions hinted at providing office-conference room services. I would PAY for that, since I go there to work to get away from my home office. Now, I go to my alma mater’s library to work when I absolutely do not want internet access (since it’s not available to alums without paying a fee).

    Never say never. I said I would NEVER use KDP Select and have actively tried to guide my clients away from it, but you know what? After a client of mine had mind-boggling success with it, I had to reassess my strategy. I decided that as low as my sales on Amazon were for my doorstopper book, they were nonexistent everywhere else. I figured I could spend 90 days on an experiment if it were possible I could get the title listed for free for five days (psst: July 6-10) and have a chance at hitting a list. I understand the concern and I share it, but I could not longer ignore some of these numbers I’m seeing for the price of a 90-day exclusive.

  3. library addict
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 13:23:20

    I am surprised Indiana is not a state showing decreased funding. They closed one of our libraries here and only the main branch is now open on Sundays, all the others are closed. They also decreased the hours of all the branches. Maybe all of the big cuts happened in 2009-2010 and so 2011 showed the same budget?

  4. DM
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 13:27:56

    “The less that public libraries have to rely on traditional publishers to provide content for its patrons, the more dangerous it is for traditional publishers. I would expect to see Kindle strike some deals directly with libraries as well.”

    Yes! This is such a smart move on the part of libraries. It forces traditional publishers to compete.

  5. Chicklet
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 15:13:14

    The less that public libraries have to rely on traditional publishers to provide content for its patrons, the more dangerous it is for traditional publishers. I would expect to see Kindle strike some deals directly with libraries as well.

    This. Traditional publishers continue to think of ebooks as competition, when they should be thinking of ebooks as a weapon against their real competition: movies, TV, video games, social networking, and the entirety of the internet.

    I’m living, breathing proof of this: I started reading when I was three years old, and I’ve been reading a ton ever since. I even have a Masters in Library Science, though I’ve never worked as a librarian. Last week, I realized that it’s been THREE MONTHS since I read a fiction book (ebook or paper, self-published or traditionally published). What happened? The Avengers. I’ve been consumed by fandom, and since March I’ve been reading nothing but fanfiction and immersing myself in Tumblr, both of which I can do on my phone. This is your true competition, Simon & Schuster, et al.; why do you continue to do things that make me have bad associations with your very names?

  6. MrsJoseph
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 15:42:24

    I really have to take the time to sit and watch Bezo’s interview. I did get a chance to read the blog posts for NPR’s Emily and David Lowery.

    Fact of the matter is this: Your career is your problem. I am not going to spend my time worrying about someone’s livelihood who is not worrying about mine.

    I can’t be arsed to pirate music (ebooks either) however. I just don’t buy it at all. Not sure if that’s what David Lowery was looking for but there it is.

  7. Courtney Milan
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 18:39:46

    When I got on Overdrive, which has both a retail and a library arm, I was told that many publishers “customarily” price their Overdrive ebooks to libraries 15 to 25% higher than to retail.

    I find this completely backwards. There’s a place where people can try my books and the librarians may actively tell them to do so, and I’m supposed to charge them MORE?

    Crazy talk.

  8. Julia
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 23:04:28

    My library in Ohio is one of those that allows people the loan of preloaded Nooks. Each type of Nook has different type of books preloaded, for instance, Nook Colors have the picture books.

    I didn’t even know about this though until I signed up for the summer book club because of a pamphlet in my welcome bag. (Side note: I also got a free book! For keeps!)

    I wish that the general public knew how important libraries are, not just for books, but for educating and enhancing a community.

  9. Jody W.
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 09:51:49

    I think I saw in the Smashwords email that once they get the library program established, they may allow authors to offer their book for free to libraries. I wonder, though, how the librarians will select which self published books to add to the collection? They’ll either get them in bulk, like widgets, or it will take a lot of time, I guess. Should be interesting.

  10. Lynn Pauley
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 20:24:13

    @Courtney Milan: I work for a library in Ohio that uses Overdrive and have been keeping an eye on articles and info about ebooks, publishers and libraries. Random House has actually increased most of their prices for ebooks to libraries by close to 300 %. E-books are also not discounted to libraries like paper books, so we have to pay the full price, increase and all. You can read about it here: Librarians Feel Sticker Shock as Price for Random House Ebooks Rises as Much as 300 Percent

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