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Friday News: Google’s Book Project is fair use; Derek Jeter turns to publishing; 50 Shades library copies may be contaminated

Friday News: Google’s Book Project is fair use; Derek Jeter turns...

The publishing imprint will include nonfiction books for adults, like biographies and titles on business and lifestyle; children’s picture books; middle-grade fiction; and books for young children who are just learning to read. Jeter suggested the book enterprise might lead to other ways of presenting content, like films or television.

“Two Belgian university professors decided to apply their knowledge of toxicology screenings to the 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library. Each book underwent bacteriology and toxicology tests, and the findings reveal that library books are even more germ-covered than you expected. While the experts found that all 10 books contained traces of cocaine–enough so that people who touched the books wouldn’t feel the effects, but might test positive for the drug–they also found something pretty gross: Fifty Shades of Grey, your weird aunt’s favorite mainstream erotic series, tested positive for traces of the herpes virus.  Time

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Monday News: 8% of ebook titles account for 50% of ebook sales; Texas man arrested over overdue library book; Unique bookish gift.

Monday News: 8% of ebook titles account for 50% of ebook...

In the two year period between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012, 1.3 million individual titles have been purchased and that Amazon, BN, Apple and Sony account for 98% of all retail ebook sales. That leaves 2% to divide between Kobo, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and the like.

I’m not sure I agree with McIlroy’s final conclusion – that ebooks are having a significant role in reducing industry dominance by the largest publishers. He states that in 2004, the top 5 held 65.1% of the market. That large publishers supply only 8% of the ebook titles and achieve 50% of ebook sales doesn’t mean that their market dominance is declining, only that it has achieved 50% of the ebook market. What is their percentage of the print market? Is it lower than 65.1%? Higher? Looking at the publisher position in the marketplace without considering print component is looking at only half the picture and lends itself to faulty conclusions. Thad McIlroy – Future Of Publishing

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