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  • February 15, 2012
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From a BML/ProQuest News Release: E-book sales are rising to offset a decline in physical book purchases, but only in volume. With the lower price points of e-books versus their print counterparts, the value of book sales is shrinking.” “The Books & Consumers survey shows that in the 48 weeks ending 27th November 2011, compared to…

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  • February 15, 2012
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From a BML/ProQuest News Release: E-book sales are rising to offset a decline in physical book purchases, but only in volume. With the lower price points of e-books versus their print counterparts, the value of book sales is shrinking.” “The Books & Consumers survey shows that in the 48 weeks ending 27th November 2011, compared to…

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  • February 10, 2012
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The BBC reports that the UK government’s Department for Education is launching a reading contest for 7 to 12 year olds. (Press release.) The idea is to get kids hooked on reading for pleasure—a good intention to be sure. [Schools Minister Nick] Gibb said: “Children should always have a book on the go. The difference…

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  • February 9, 2012
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From The Bookseller: Nearly a quarter of all books sold on Hive since October have been digital, Gardners has revealed. The book wholesaler launched the consumer-facing site in June, linking with 350 independent booksellers and giving them the much called-for ability to compete with larger, chain retailers in selling e-books. In September, the company announced…

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  • February 2, 2012
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From The Bookseller: Amazon.co.uk increased Kindle e-book sales by five times in its fourth quarter but its parent company Amazon.com announced a sharp fall in profits as it failed to meet analysts’ expectations in its financial results today. Meanwhile the company has had a setback in the US, with Barnes & Noble saying they will…

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  • January 27, 2012
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It’s official. According to figures from comScore, Britain’s Daily Mail has become the biggest newspaper on the web, hauling its way past everybody else… even the grand old New York Times. And although the Gray Lady both disputes the figures and looks down its nose at the Mail (it “is not in our competitive set,”…

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  • January 18, 2012
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From The Guardian: The heads of more than 4,000 public libraries across the UK have agreed to national digital standards, which include providing free internet access in every library, and the ability to join a library and renew and reserve items online. The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) said that National Digital Promise will set…

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  • January 14, 2012
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In addition to promoting childhood obesity, McDonald’s in the UK is now promoting childhood literacy. Until February 7th, in cooperation with England’s National Literacy Trust, all UK McDonald’s locations will be distributing print copies of the popular UK children’s series Mudpuddle Farm by Michael Morpurgo as a free Happy Meal “toy”. A 2011 survey showed…

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  • December 31, 2011
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Digitization of public-domain works is a good thing, right? Most literature fans would be quick to agree. However, Glyn Moody writes on Techdirt that some of the new public digitization projects have terms and conditions that seem to be right out of the dark ages. The Cambridge University’s Digital Library, for example, places strict limits…

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  • December 29, 2011
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From The Bookseller’s FUTUReBOOK blog: My colleague Philip Stone has put together a top 50 e-book chart based on our weighted bestseller lists, which appear each week on the FutureBook email. The number one title is Confessions of a GP, the Benjamin Daniels hit that has been in and around the the weekly chart for much…