Thursday News: All Romance’s new mobile app, ebooks expensive for Canadian libraries, rare books school, and Girl Scouts support transgender girls
All Romance® eBooks releases a shiny, new site for mobile phones and tablets! – All Romance ebooks has launched a mobile app for their more than 480,000 registered users. According to the email sent to customers,
Purchases can be made with the click of a mouse or the touch of a link using All Romance’s secure “Buy Now” option, or users can elect to pay with Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, or their available eBook Bucks, the company’s in-store currency. Books are then immediately delivered to the buyer’s online library where they can be gifted or downloaded for viewing. Books in the library can be sorted by purchased date, published date, title, or author. There’s even an archive function to help readers distinguish between the books in their virtual to be read pile or on their keeper shelf from those that will remain in the stacks. Those who like to maintain a wish list will be able to do that too. And, those who need a little extra help will be able to access troubleshooting tips and initiate support requests directly from their device. –All Romance eBooks
E-book prices marked up too high, libraries protest – Vickery Bowles, city librarian for the Toronto Public Library, is concerned with the huge mark-ups publishers charge on digital books for Canadian public libraries. While demand for digital content at the Toronto library has increased 4,200 percent in the past seven years, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for libraries to afford and/or justify the expense associated with digital books. Part of the problem, of course, is that digital books don’t have the same shelf life that print books have. However, if libraries can no longer afford to purchase digital content, then they are not sufficiently serving the public interest.
With print books, libraries have traditionally paid less than retail price for copies. With e-books, it’s the opposite.
Some publishers charge libraries up to eight times retail price for “perpetual access,” where the book remains in their collection forever. Others charge a more “reasonable” price, such as $30 per copy, but allow access for a limited period of time, such as a year, or a limited number of borrowers. Once the limit is reached, the book disappears and the library has to repurchase it.
“Those are not sustainable models,” Bowles said. –CBC News
LEAVE YOUR SCREENS BEHIND (MOSTLY) AT RARE BOOK SCHOOL – Holy smokes, this is so cool! Forget summer camp – you can be among the 425 people who spend a week during the summer learning about rare books and experimenting with a number of techniques used to produce them. Admission is competitive, so get your application in early.
But if you’re a certain kind of person, your dream destination might be Rare Book School in Charlottesville for a week of courses that include “Book Illustration Processes to 1900” or “The Handwriting & Culture of Early Modern English Manuscripts.” Rare book fanatics study not only the words on the page but also the way books were made in order to unlock a deeper cultural understanding of text. And while there are similar programs around the world, Rare Book School offers something they do not: A permanent space and a teaching collection of 80,000 items from books bound in supple goat leather to old Macintosh computers. –Atlas Obscura
AFTER SUPPORTING INCLUSION OF TRANSGENDER GIRLS, GIRL SCOUTS CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN EXCEEDS $250K – When the Girl Scouts of Western Washington had to return a $100,00 donation because it excluded organizational support for transgender girls, the organization was looking at a loss of about a third of their yearly budget. So they decided to crowdfund, and within a few days, news of the original donation spurred more than $250,000 and still climbing. Of course, the Girl Scouts are known to be more inclusive than the Boy Scouts . . .
“It’s all about inclusion. When you get right down to it, what every parent wants for their child is for them to be able to be accepted and have a sense of belonging and just be able to explore what they’re interested in,” Girl Scouts of Western Washington CEO Megan Ferland tells Fast Company. “Whether it’s a week in the woods at camp, or in a science program, or selling cookies and learning business skills. That’s what it’s about. Every girl should have that chance.” –Fast Company