Round up #312: e-books and public libraries, sharing economy and books

Round up #312: e-books and public libraries, sharing economy and books

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Best Buy to have Fire 7″ for $34.99 on Black Friday

According to this

online ad scan

Best Buy will have the

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

for $34.99 ($15 off) on this Friday, Black Friday. Well, it says Black Friday, but their doors open at 5:00 PM on Thanksgiving, then close at 1:00 AM on Friday, then open again at 8:00 AM on Friday. This is a “doorbuster”, so they could run out…and the price may not be available online. This is also unofficial at this point.

We also expect Amazon to have the same device at that price…but we don’t know when or for how long.

Some other unannounced but likely Black Friday deals on Amazon devices (again, unofficial, and may be in limited supply and for a limited time):

  • Wal-Mart, Meijer: Fire TV Stick for $24.99 ($15 off)
  • Best Buy, Staples: Fire TV for $74.99 ($25 off)

Before the Hunger Games: How Young Adult Books First Became a Category

I love stories about how pop culture became pop culture (and how it sometimes disappears, although that’s less likely nowadays).

This is an interesting

Time article by Merrill Fabry

No doubt, the Young Adult category is huge right now…but according to this article, we can really trace it back to 1929 and a New York Public Librarian Mabel Williams. Whenever it seems like it’s always been here, I always like to see where it came from. 😉

When the Sharing Economy Comes to Publishing


Publishers Weekly opinion piece by Chris Twyman

examines the changes in publishing in a thoughtful and different way.

This isn’t about crowdfunding, but about how feedback can affect the actual writing of a book.

It’s not going to be the only way that things work: I think there will be a heteogeneity of publishing techniques, with traditional publishing still having a piece of it.

Again, check this one out…you’ll care about how your books come to be in the future: it will affect your reading options.

How libraries are meeting patrons [sic] needs in the digital age

Informative statistics in this

EBOOK FRIENDLY article by Ola Kowalczyk

on e-books and digital use and public libraries.

What percentage of public libraries would you guess use “eBooks and audiobooks”? According to this infographic (powered by Overdrive), it’s 95%. They also reported a 20% in the number of e-books and audiobooks  borrowed over 2014**.

National Book Awards for 2015

The National Book Awards have been announced. You can see all the winners, nominees, and long list here:

Official Site

The four winners are:

  • Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (fiction)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction)
  • Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis (poetry)
  • Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman (young people’s literature)

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** This paragraph was clarified thanks to a comment from regular reader and commenter alanchurch

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


2 Responses to “Round up #312: e-books and public libraries, sharing economy and books”

  1. alanchurch Says:

    Do you mean 20% more or 20 percentage points more? I suspect the former.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, alanchurch!

      I took that from the infographic, and I assume it means what it says, much as your suspicion would be. Just for a quick clarification for people reading this, let’s say that something was at 40% one year. 20 percentage points more would be 60%, but 20% more would be 48% (twenty percent of 40 is 8).

      I double-checked that I had copied it correctly, based on your comment, and I see now that the 20% number appears to refer to the number of borrows, not the percentage of libraries with e-books/audiobooks. I’ve updated the post to clarify that and credited you. I think that might have been clearer to people with typical color vision, but I should have been able to tell.

      That number of borrows (through September) is 120 million. A 20% increase in this case would have 100 million in 2014.

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