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For a monthly cost of zero dollars, it is possible to read six million e-texts at the Open Library, right now. On a Kindle, or any other tablet or screen thing. You can borrow up to five titles for two weeks at no cost, and read them in-browser or in any of several other formats (not all titles are supported in all formats, but most offer at least a couple): PDF, .mobi, Kindle or ePub (you’ll need to download the Bluefire Reader—for free—in order to read ePub format on Kindle.) I currently have on loan Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Original Sin by P.D. James, and The Dead Zone by Stephen King.

Seriously, F*ck You, “Kindle Unlimited” - The Awl

We can now say that self-published authors earn more in royalties than Big 5 authors, combined. This may reverse itself by the time February rolls around, but it adds weight to a recent story in The Guardian about the unsustainability of traditional publishing if authors continue to earn less while their publishers earn more. It bears putting a number here and stressing what we are seeing: Self-published authors are now earning nearly 40% of all ebook royalties on the Kindle store. The days of looking at self-publishing as a last option are long gone. A lot has changed in six months.

July 2014 Author Earnings Report – Author Earnings

Consumers can sign up for $9.99 a month, and immediately have instant access to over 600,000 titles, including many bestsellers. Right now, it appears that the Big Five holdings aren’t available through this channel. But if the interface is as simple as “Buy Now with 1-click,” I’m guessing that many readers will jump the library ship. It’s still not clear how many authors will find this new service of interest.

Amazon Unlimited | American Libraries Magazine

More titles, easier access and quite possibly a saving of public funds. Why wouldn’t we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription

"The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families, but not about alternative, non-traditional families, which is what the books in question are about," Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said Friday. He added: "Societies are never static, and will change over time. But NLB’s approach is to reflect existing social norms, and not to challenge or seek to change them." It was not clear how and when the books will be destroyed.

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

Chemists have conducted a few different studies identifying them. One prominent compound results from the breakdown of lignin, a polymer found in plant cell walls, as well as paper. As it degrades, it’s converted into vanillin, a chemical naturally present in vanilla beans, accounting for the hints of vanilla.

Why “old book smell” has hints of vanilla - Vox

In fact, Pew Research data show that those who use libraries are more likely than others to be book buyers and actually prefer to buy books, rather than borrow them.

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys | Pew Research Center

“If we could work together with the publishers, we would be even better able to judge if the content that is being offered to us is offered by the legal holder,” van Hoorn said. “It would be great if we could work together with the publishers to make the ebook market more healthy for them and for the consumer. “In the end it would be the best situation [where] if you want to read the latest book you need to buy it new from the publisher, and if you can wait you can buy it from Tom Kabinet as a secondhand ebook for a little bit lower price. That’s the normal way of things and that’s the way it should be.”

The right to resell ebooks — major case looms in the Netherlands — Tech News and Analysis

For 2013, publisher revenue from Online Retail now eclipses publisher revenue from all brick-and-mortar channels combined. Online Retail now represents 35.4% of all Trade publisher revenue.

BookStats Volume 4 Now Available: AAP Press Release | BISG

New contracts are also said to include MFN clauses, whereby effectively books cannot be sold for a lower price than Amazon’s anywhere, including on a publisher’s own website. Amazon is also understood to want matching terms where a publisher enters into a new business arrangement, for example with a subscription service. Publishers told The Bookseller that MFN clauses had disappeared from contracts, but were now making a reappearance. Another clause of particular note requires publishers to guarantee they have books in stock, allowing Amazon to do print-on-demand editions to customers – with extra terms benefits – should books be out of supply. The clause has echoes of a demand made in 2008 that small publishers use its POD service, with Amazon arguing at that time that it could “provide a better, more timely customer experience if the p.o.d. titles are printed inside our own fulfilment centres”. Publishers are worried that the clause would allow Amazon to effectively take over their stock-control.

Amazon pressing for new terms in UK | The Bookseller