France to Digitize and Sell Half a Million Out of Print Books
The French government has passed a law to digitize and make available half a million books written and published before 2001 that are out of print and no longer available. France’s Bibliothèque nationale is compiling the list of ebooks to be sold online.
Scholastic Books, the renowned children’s publisher, is working on their own ereading app called Storia, featuring about 1300 ebooks and 250 “enhanced offerings that are available to teachers and parents who purchase books through the Scholastic Book Clubs and other Scholastic sales channels. It is currently in the beta version, with plans for the full release in fall 2012.
The popular online pay site, PayPal, recently ruffled some e-feathers, when it demanded that the self-publisher, Smashwords, take down all the ebooks that it deemed “obscene.” Smashwords has worked out some breathing room time, as it tries to decide what to do about this.
ABFFE Joins the Fray
As things begin to heat up with PayPal and Smashwords butting heads, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has stepped in, joining with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest this move by PayPal.
Apple and Publishers to be Sued
In the Wall Street Journal, the Justice department has warned Apple, Inc. and five of the biggest US publishers that it has plans to sue them for “allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books.”
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on the forthcoming movie adaptation of the book The Hunger Games, discussing that it is not simply a story of “hunger games,” but also “gender games.”
10 Things E-Books Won’t Tell You
In an interesting article, Smartmoney.com talks about how you might not want to get rid of your books and bookshelves quite yet, as here are ten important things that you can’t get with ebooks.
For those waiting and those wondering what exactly happened to Pottermore, the blog Pottermore Insider has reported that after a long downtime of fixing the many issues with the site, it is expected to be back up and running come early April. It remains to be seen how functional it will be with so many users aching to get at its goodies.