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Readers, if you can, get a Kindle.
I always thought I’d never get one because I love the physicality of a book. I thought the screen and electronics of a Kindle would distract me from the reading. But people, it’s the exact opposite.
I love my new Kindle. The screen isn’t like staring at a computer; the anti-glare component and the “softness” of the surface are not harsh on your eyes or your mind. Rather, I feel like my Kindle falls out of the picture all together while I’m reading. Without the clumsiness of page turning and trying to hold the book in a comfortable position while perhaps eating or lying in bed, the device disappears from my mind and allows me to actually be more focused on the reading itself.
Plus, I’m always reading more than one book at a time. With Kindle, I can always have all of my books on me at once without having to get a bigger backpack. It’s so nice to be able to slip this tiny thing into my purse and have it anytime anywhere: at the doctor’s office, waiting for the bus (in the rain, if you like), in a coffee shop, in line at the movies, etc.
Seriously, get a Kindle. You will probably read more often, faster, and better, because even if you don’t have a pen on you, you can highlight sections and make notes and email selections and basically the READING UNIVERSE IS WIDE OPEN.
Provincetown Public Press, a new digital book publishing operation of the public library, is offering writers and artists the ability to create and distribute a digital book on the Internet.
This might be a first in the country, library director Cheryl Napsha said Friday. “We haven’t seen it anywhere. There are some libraries that are starting to print physical books using high-end copiers. To the best of my knowledge, no one has gone digital.”
The library is starting the press as a public service, she said. It will be funded by a $3,000 donation. Library as Publisher: A Massachusetts Public Library Will Soon Begin Publishing eBooks | LJ INFOdocket (via libraryjournal)
Total BooX, a publishing startup out of Tel Aviv, is attempting to give you the option. The company, set to launch later this month, offers users free access to all the ebooks in their digital warehouse (the collection currently exceeds 10,000) and charges proportionally. If you only read 10% of the book, you pay 10% of the list price.
Not sure how this will work with libraries, although the company is working with several systems in the U.S. But the Personal Shelves that readers can create might be a useful RA tool for librarians and ease “discoverability” of new titles.
It’s not all roses, though. Publishers and libraries have their differences, and there are a few groups exploring new options for ebooks.Last week the Swedish media reported on a pilot project which sees Stockholm City library, Ordfront (one of the few mid-sized, independent publishing houses) and Publit (a technology company specialising in e-book and PoD publishing and distribution) join forces to trial a dual licensing model for e-books.
‘Dual licensing’ is a term borrowed from the Open Source movement and describes how a product can both be sold for profit and shared freely under different sets of terms. The pilot applies the concept to e-books in the following way: libraries help digitise publishers’ backlist and get decent lending terms in return.
In the pilot the library will pay for the digitisation of 25 e-books which are then made available to the library at a fixed price subscription for a period of eleven years. Furthermore the publisher agrees to make all their new e-book titles available to the library on release.
This looks to be a great way to get the back catalog into the hands of libraries without undue cost and hardship.