What Does the MFA Boom Mean for Print Books?

the article
: “We
sell FAR more e-books that also have print counterparts than we do books that
are only available in electronic format…The perceived value of a book
that is in electronic and print formats is higher than one that’s a just a
throwaway, 99-cent e-book.” In other words, if vanity doesn’t keep authors
invested in print books, economic self-interest will. All that might seem
trivial, until you realize that the number of would-be authors in America is
skyrocketing—particularly among the younger generation. The number of
degree-granting U.S. creative writing programs has exploded from 79 to 854 in
the past 35 years. The average age of students starting these programs is twenty-six.
I’m lucky enough to be a student in one myself, and can attest anecdotally that
the goal of nearly every writer pursuing this degree is to see his or her words
realized in print book form]

What Does the MFA Boom Mean for
Print Books?

Austin Allen on September 22, 2011

For full article: http://bigthink.com/ideas/40313


Bookshare’s Digital Library Paves the Way for Accessible Reading

[From the article: One of the best
kept secrets in the world of publishing stems from nothing more than a lack of
consumer knowledge regarding the copyright laws as they pertain to individuals
with disabilities. As more and more readers tune in to the ever-increasing
numbers of electronic content, a wider understanding of the law is spreading,
especially among educational institutions, so that individuals can take full
benefit from existing legislation such as the Chafee Amendment and the Instructional Materials Accessibility Act. While
organizations have existed for many years to produce expensive and unwieldy
print editions of large-print and Braille-print books, new groups are forming
with the advent of digital publishing to make that accessibility even less
cumbersome. “We operate under the copyright law,” says Betsy Burgess of Bookshare.org, “meaning that
students who have a print disability can have access to books in alternate
formats without having to purchase them or compensate the author. Qualifications
for this purpose are things like a visual impairment, a physical disability, or
a severe learning disability like dyslexia, just to name a few.”]

Digital Library Paves the Way for
Accessible Reading


E-Reader (blog) – Mercy Pilkington – 3 hours ago

maintains an online library of over 120000 copyrighted materials,
Very simply, how you read the book depends on how you use the technology,

Next up for Amazon, an e-book rental library for readers?

[From the article: Amazon’s digital service would allow customers to pay an
annual fee to have access to a library of e-books for rent, according to a
report by The Wall Street Journal
, quoting people familiar with the plan.
Amazon is reportedly in talks with book publishers. Amazon officials were not
available to comment on the report.]

up for Amazon, an e-book rental library
for readers?

‎You +1’d this publicly. Undo

TechFlash – Sep 12, 2011

Blog: Amazon
Reportedly Set to Offer New Kindle Digital Book Library


Reportedly Considering ‘Netflix for Books’
‎ Sci-Tech Today

Korean library digitizes Yale holdings

[From the article: The works, which include royal editions in moveable type,
Buddhist sutras and woodblock prints from 18th and 19th century Korea, will be
available with page images and bibliographic information in the National
Library’s own Korean Old & Rare Collection Information System (KORCIS) and
on the Yale library website starting in September 2012. Physical copies of
documents in the collection will remain at Yale.]

library digitizes Yale holdings

National Library of Korea
is funding the digitization of all … for preservation because they are
examples of woodblock and moveable type printing technologies used during the
Joseon period. Some of the more unique manuscripts have been …Yale Daily News · 9/5/2011

Creator of the ebook, dies

Michael Hart, creator of the ebook, dies

Shane Richmond – 3 days ago

who was 64, Hart wrote: “I am hoping that with a library this size that the average middle class

In-Depth: Michael
Hart, a Pioneer of E-Books, Dies at 64
‎ New York Times

Hart (1947 – 2011): Prophet of Abundance
‎ ComputerworldUK (blog)

of the e-book was all about freedom of information
‎ Sydney Morning Herald

Amazon Debating ‘Netflix for Books’ Service

[From the article: Amazon was talking with book
publishers about launching a Netflix-like service for digital books, in which
customers would pay an annual fee to access a library of content, The Wall
Street Journal reported Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. It was
unclear how much traction the proposal has, the people said. Several publishing
executives said that they were not enthusiastic about the idea because they
believe it could lower the value of books and strain their relationships with
other retailers selling their books, they said.Amazon did not immediately
respond to requests for comment Sunday. The proposal was another sign that
retailers were looking for more ways to deliver content digitally as customers
increasingly read books and watch TV on computers, tablets and other electronic


Amazon Debating ‘Netflix for Books’ Service

– Amazon was talking with book publishers about launching a Netflix-like
service for digital books, in which customers would pay an annual fee to access
a library of content, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people
familiar with




[From mashable.com: The details about
the project are scarce, but it appears that the library would primarily contain
older works with restrictions on how many books a user can access each month.
The service would also be available to subscribers of Amazon Prime, a
membership program that gives users free shipping and access to movies and TV
shows for $79 per year. Amazon has been on a roll this year, having launched
Amazon Prime in February and a subsidized
version of Kindle
in May. The retail giant reported a 51% jump in revenues
for Q2 2011 and the fastest
in a decade.  Source: http://mashable.com/2011/09/12/amazon-netflix-books/]

Xerox digital technology drives Espresso Book Machine

[From the article: Xerox and On
Demand Books will jointly market and sell, on a worldwide basis, the Xerox 4112
Copier/Printer together with the Espresso Book Machine – a fully integrated
solution that prints, binds and trims books with full color covers on demand in
retail locations and libraries. The Espresso Book Machine can produce
paperbacks in variable combinations of trim sizes between 4.5″ x 5.0″
and 8.25″ x 10.5″ for a production cost less than one cent per page.
With the Xerox 4112, the Espresso Book Machine produces a 300-page book in less
than four minutes and has the capacity to print more than 40,000 paperback
books per year. “Xerox is a natural fit for On Demand Books and the
Espresso Book Machine,” said Dane Neller, CEO, On Demand Books.]





digital technology drives
Espresso Book Machine

solutions, industry leadership, innovative printing technology and worldwide
sales and marketing footprint will help us reach our goal – providing book
enthusiasts fast and affordable access to millions of digital titles …AME Info · 8/2/2011