Califa Lands $325,000 in Funding for Ebook Ownership Project; Deal Close With Smashwords — The Digital Shift – “The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which is the largest library network in California, has made major strides in its project to create an ebook ownership model along the same lines as the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado. Califa has substantially increased its funding for the project from an initial $30,000 to $325,000, and Contra Costa County Library is going to be the pilot library for the project; The consortium, which represents 220 multi-type library systems, is on the verge of striking a deal with Smashwords for outright ownership of its top-selling titles, which will also include a self-publishing option for patrons;” The Digital Shift
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 Releases Standalone Podcasts App — AppAdvice – “Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.” App Advice
Apple eliminated Podcasts from being included in the iTunes app and has rolled out a standalone app to replace it.
Karen Baney» The Pros and Cons of KDP Select – “By participating in the KDP Select program and taking advantage of all of the features of the program, I damaged my credibility to readers. I got tons of exposure, but some of it turned out to be very negative. I turned away fans by removing books that they were looking forward to reading” Karen Baney
I know that there is a lot of resentment toward Kindle only available books. Readers email me about this regularly.
Jeff Bezos quote | We’re not going to make our customers pay for any of our inefficiencies | Rumspeed – “Our profitability is not our customers problem… We’re not going to make our customers pay for any of our inefficiencies.
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.