As you’ve probably noticed, libraries becoming publishers is one of the developments I’m watching closely. Here’s Jennifer Koerber writing about “The Public Library as Publisher” at Library Journal: Unlike previous library publishing efforts, Provincetown chose to follow a curated model, using a selection jury made up of staff from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Provincetown Art Association… Read more »
Anna Clark has a nice write-up on the increasing popularity of lbiraries across America, even as their budgets are constantly under assault: Whether you chalk it up to the rise of the Digital Age or a diminished public commitment to shared services and a common wealth, a casual observer might think that American libraries are hopelessly old-fashioned—if not dying altogether…. Read more »
Chrystie Hill poses that question, and comes up with some very provocative answers, in her TedX talk: “Libraries Present & Future.” Libraries aren’t just the place to check out books. They’re the heart and soul of the city in which they reside.
One library in Tennessee thinks so: IngramSpark is a publishing, distribution, and print-on-demand platform from the Ingram Content Group, built specifically for independent publishers and authors. The platform promises ebook distribution into 70% of the world, and print distribution to 80,000 retailers and libraries globally. The first book from the Williamson County library is a children’s book called Bucky and Bonnie’s… Read more »
Via Digital Bookworld, Pew Research finds that E-Reading Is Still On the Rise: More Americans own a dedicated e-reading device like a Kindle Paperwhite or Kobo Aura HD than ever before, according to new data from the Pew Internet & American Life project. This despite flat sales growth for e-reader sales in the U.S. overall as more Americans opt for cheap,… Read more »
From Library Journal: While every library hopes to see good news for its budget, of late, many will happily settle for no bad news. The year 2012 was marked by modest gains in library budgets and a stemming of the bleeding caused by cuts in the wake of the collapse of the financial sector and accompanying recession. As the economy continues… Read more »