The latest news, courtesy of twitter (#ebooks and #libraries) and and other sources…
- Connecticut House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Bill to Study Library Access to Ebooks, Legislation Now Moves to State Senate (thanks to InfoDOCKET for picking up this story) – the legislation has been modified from the original proposal that “the general statutes be amended to require publishers of electronic books to offer such books for sale to public and academic libraries at the same rates as offered to the general public”, instead “requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1”.
- Video Presentation by Two Public Library Leaders: “Ebooks: The Content Divide” (again, thanks to InfoDOCKET for picking up this story) – the video also includes details of a briefing of politicians and a call to united action on the part of libraries.
“Patrick Losinski, CEO of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Kim Fender, Director of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, recently briefed members of the Ohio Library Council with an overview of the current ebooks in libraries situation focusing on consumer access to titles.”
- Apple was “ringmaster” in conspiracy to fix e-book prices, US says – latest news from ArsTechnica on the following lawsuit:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit last year against Apple and six e-book publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, and Simon & Schuster. The trial is scheduled to begin June 3 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Apple has denied being part of any conspiracy,…
- E-books now make up 1/5 of U.S. Book Sales – as reported in Mashable, statistics from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), for 2012 report that:
Approximately one in five books sold were e-books, which collectively accounted for $3 billion, or also about a fifth, of all trade publishing revenue, up 44.2% from 2011