Public Libraries News: Should Library ebooks be charged for? – “Against free library e-book accessible at home (Justin Tomlinson) Most publishers do not want e-book lending in libraries (DJ) therefore it’s better to charge to get them on board otherwise libraries are going to be left behind (JT) This would “protect footfall” by encouraging people to go to the branches to lend ebooks. Model preferred by Justin Tomlinson is for ebooks only to be available for loan by going to the branch (JT) Charge for e-book lending profits would be divided between library and publishers. (JT)” Public Library News
This post contains pro and against charging for library lending of digital books. The Society of Authors chimed in and wants digital loans to be “controlled and limited”. Honestly I don’t know how I feel about a fee for lending from home. In some cases, people are borrowing from home because they are housebound (physically) or they come from homes where they work during most of the libraries’ open hours. Maybe there could be a charge and then an application process to have the fee waived based upon a person’s particularly circumstance?
25 Awesome DIY Ideas For Bookshelves – “These easy and clever bookshelves look so much cooler than anything you can buy from a store. Finding creative ways to display books can be just as alluring as any kind of art.” Buzzfeed
Using found items or cheap items to create innovative bookshelves. I was cleaning out the room where Ned built a wall to wall bookshelf and we came across about a dozen extra shelves. I laughed and said he made too many but he reminded me that when we (okay Ned) built the shelves, I owned a few thousand paperbacks at the time. He then said, “thank god for digital books.”
Avon increases brand awareness through the RWA Literacy Signing – Courtney Milan posted on her blog a notice for her readers that she can be found in section 1000 of the Literacy Signing at this year’s upcoming Romance Writers’ of America convention. The Literacy Signing is open to the public from 5–8 pm on Wednesday July 25. The publishers or, in the case of self published writers, the authors themselves, donate books to be sold. All proceeds go to a literacy charity. In every previous year for as long as I can recall, the literacy signing has been alphabetic. This year, however, the signing is underwritten by Avon, according to the RWA website and the seating chart. PDF here.
Whether it is a marked coincidence or quid pro quo, all the Avon authors are grouped together in five tables in the front entrance and center of the room. It appears that Avon is trying to increase brand recognition. The front cover emblem of Avon Romance is becoming more and more noticeable on the front covers of books as you can see by the on our new releases site. This is smart by Avon.
Why RWA decided to un alphabetize everyone else in the room, though, seems like a move to disrupt and confuse readers. I suspect that sales will be down this year as readers spend a lot of time trying to decipher the map and find the location of their favorite authors.
Special authors that are broken out include Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Barbara Freethy, Brenda Jackson, Robyn Carr, Victoria Alexander, Nalini Singh, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Christina Dodd, Simone Elkeles and Sylvia Day. How these authors were picked to get break out tables over others, I know not.
How Much Does the Times Book Review Matter? – “The front page of the New York Times Book Review has always been—and continues to be—a much coveted spot for authors and publishers alike. But just how much does a Book Review cover affect a book’s sales in today’s publishing climate—does the revered paper publication still move units in the digital age? Using six lower- profile titles featured on the covers of two May issues of the Book Review, as well as numbers from Nielsen BookScan, which covers between 75% and 80% of print sales, PW found that the Gray Lady still has influence in the minds of readers, though not nearly on a big enough scale to seriously alter a book’s fortunes.” PW
The Agent as (Sort of) Publisher – “Diversion, like many of the endeavors agents have started (or become involved with), focuses almost entirely on digital, but does offer POD. The company launched with about 12 titles and has now published more than 60. The standard royalty split in Diversion contracts is 50/50. So what does Diversion do for half the proceeds from authors’ titles? According to Cummings, quite a bit. “We spend a huge amount of time working with metadata,” she said. That attention to metadata, which Cummings believes, is one of the key ways to sell an e-book that is not being supported by a traditional print marketing campaign. ” This is a piece by PW on agents as publishers. While the opening suggests that there are legal and ethical concerns, most of the article is spent explaining that the agents are really offering a valuable service. And what about the ethics? One agent explains it this way “I don’t think there’s a conflict of interest when people are working on commission. The AAR [Association of Authors Representatives] canon says that our fiduciary responsibility is to our clients.”PW
Egads. The statement by the agent on the meaning of fiduciary duty is frightening. Fiduciary law prevents an agent from double dealing or engaging in a conflict of interest. As Jason Ashlock said back in September 2011 :
The boundaries are clear — agents are disallowed from producing their own clients’ works; managers are disallowed from negotiating on behalf of their clients whose work they are producing. There are loopholes and creative manipulations, of course (and the entertainment attorneys on Wilshire may reap the most benefit from this structure), but the talent — the writers — benefit from a degree of protection. Why more authors organizations aren’t concerned about this is beyond me. Why agents don’t have a better grasp on the law is also beyond me.
Amazon Once Again Working on a Smartphone – The Digital Reader – “Earlier today Bloomberg reported that they have 2 creditable sources who have told them that Amazon is indeed working on a smartphone. They said it’s going to run Android and that it will be a phone, but that’s about as far as the rumor goes. Amazon is supposedly working with Foxconn on the new phone, but that doesn’t tell us anything. Fosconn is one of the largest manufacturers in the world, so saying that they’re working on a phone is about as important as saying the phone will have a battery and a screen.” the Digital Reader