Libraries, publishers, and writers continue to work out the kinks in providing e-books to readers. Meanwhile, publishers are using data from e-book usage to find out more about reading behavior. For example, they know just how long it takes an average reader to finish the Hunger Games trilogy.
Alexandra Alter explains how digital-book publishers and retailers know more about their readers than ever before. Amazon, Apple and Google can easily track how far readers are getting in books, how long they spend reading them and which search terms they use to find books.
New reports show that although more e-books are becoming available to library patrons, libraries still face many challenges in providing those books.
Read Jeremy Greenfield's update on the relationship between big publishers and libraries.
Locally, The Publication Standard Project has been founded to promote standardization, access, and ease of use. They oppose DRM (Digital Rights Managment = ebooks are encrypted so that only one kind of e-reader can read the material) and closed platforms on all published writing and advocate for the use of ePub.