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Ebook Friendly’s Piotr Kowalczyk provides an updated list of sites that offer free public domain books in electronic and audio format. Piotr writes:

Every year new publications enter public domain. That means their intellectual property rights have expired or are not applicable any longer. The content of these works becomes available for public use. Anyone is free to use it – but also to reuse it, for instance publish a new edition. Therefore you may find in major ebookstores (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook Store, or Google Play Books) public domain books that are not free. My advice is that if you want to get an ebook version of a classic novel like Pride and Prejudice, you should first check out the sites listed below. Browsing the ebookstore where you have an account is a next step, if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

Here’s a sampling of sites provided:

1. Project Gutenberg – Project Gutenberg is a top destination for free ebooks on the web. It’s [the] first ebook initiative in the world, established by Michael S. Hart in 1971.

2. Europeana – Europeana offers access to millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, and archives.

3. Digital Public Library of America – DPLA is aimed at giving universal access to digital resources of American libraries and archives.

4. Internet Archive – The website is a huge repository of text, audio and video files, including public domain titles. You can browse and read online over 5 million books and items from over 1,500 collections.

5. Open Library – The site is a project of the Internet Archive and is intended to create “one web page for every book ever published.”

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review. OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered. – Peter Suberopen-access-banner

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Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey provides insight into sales and volume data collected for categories that include trade (fiction/non-fiction/religious), K-12 instructional materials, higher education course materials, university presses and professional books. Interesting highlights from the press release include:

The area of largest growth for the trade category was Adult Books. Adult non-fiction books sold the most units and provided the most revenue in the trade category for the second consecutive year. Within the Adult Books category, the fastest growing formats in terms of units sold were downloaded audio (up 45.9%), hardback (up 15.1%) and paperback (up 9.1%).

For trade formats:

Downloaded audio: Revenue for downloaded audio has nearly doubled since 2012. From 2014 to 2015, the growth was substantial: 37.6% in revenue and 41.1% in units.

eBooks: After peaking in 2013 eBook revenue declined in 2014 and again in 2015. Unit sales also declined with eBooks now making up 17.3% of the trade book market.

Paperback books: Paperbacks remain the most popular format in terms of units sold, comprising 40.6% of the market.

Hardback books: Hardback books saw growth in both revenue and units over 2014.

 

The StatShot Annual Executive Report with all corresponding data will be available later this summer. To place an advance order: tjordan@publishers.org.

Kirkus Reviews, a respected literary critique publication, recently started offering the Kirkus Prize, which is “a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature.” The first annual prize was given in October 2014. According to the website, “Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between November 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015, are automatically nominated for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on October 23, 2015, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.” Current business-related nominees for the 2015 prize include:

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, by Kevin M. Kruse, Released: April 7, 2015, Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2014

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It, by Marc Goodman, Released: Feb. 24, 2015, Reviewed: Dec. 18, 2014

The Summit: Bretton Woods, 1944: J.M. Keynes and the Reshaping of the Global Economy, by Ed Conway, Released: Feb. 11, 2015, Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2014

Irrational Exuberance: Revised and Expanded Third Edition, by Robert J. Shiller, Released: Feb. 1, 2015, Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2014

The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder, by Peter Zeihan, Released: Nov. 4, 2014, Reviewed: Sept. 28, 2014

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism, by Bartow J. Elmore, Released: Nov. 3, 2014, Reviewed: Sept. 16, 2014

Too Big To Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise With Corporations, by Brandon L. Garrett, Released: Nov. 1, 2014, Reviewed: Aug. 26, 2014

The editors at Soundview Executive Book Summaries have a knack for identifying the latest business trends by the book topics that are being published. Lately, there has been an increase in books on the topic of Purpose. Soundview believes this interest is due to the following factors:

  • Younger generations, when considering the work world, are looking at “enjoying life along the way, and believing that what you do matters.”
  • Work needs to have a purpose and be “worth the sacrifice.”
  • Younger generations “want to know that the company they work for is focused on the health and safety of people, and on the preservation of the environment.”

Here are recent titles mentioned in the post about Purpose:

The Purpose Economy, by Aaron Hurst

Part of the Do Books series, Do/Purpose, written by David Hieatt

Black Hole Focus, by Isaiah Hankel

A Culture of Purpose, by Christoph Lueneburger

It has been way too long since I have posted on my blog – but there is a good reason for the lapse. I have had the fortune of writing a book with Kelly Barner, co-owner of Buyers Meeting Point, and the deadline for the manuscript is today. We met the deadline (with a few days to spare)!

Kelly shared in one of her posts how rewarding the experience has been and I too feel exactly the same way. I asked Kelly to co-author a book with me on supply market intelligence and to my delight she agreed. All anyone has to do is read a few of Kelly’s thought pieces to know what an exceptional writer and thinker she is. We have very similar backgrounds in that we both have Master of Library Science degrees in addition to years of experience working in procurement environments.

An excerpt from our upcoming book, Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources, was posted by Kelly and published in ThomasNet.com’s IMT Procurement Journal.

The excerpt focuses on the importance of knowledge management in regards to supply market intelligence. Here is a paragraph from the excerpt:

There are many opportunities for procurement to build positive relationships through supply market intelligence, and the manager of knowledge-based documentation is critical to the effort. A number of business functions, in addition to executive leadership and external supply partners, will see great value in being able to access and even contribute to the supply market intelligence that procurement creates and documents.

Our new book is a guide on how to develop, execute, and maintain a supply market intelligence program and a reference source for identifying the best resources to use when researching specific markets and suppliers. Kelly and I are very proud of the book and share the vision that supply market intelligence is the key to improving procurement’s performance. It is being published by J. Ross and will be available in October.

I’m happy to be back and can’t wait to start posting again.

An interesting mention in Information Today’s Open Access Roundup, by Abby Clobridge, focuses on the open access (OA) movement in academia. The section, “Nobel Prize Winner Boycotts Non-OA Journals,” highlights a recent opinion piece written by Randy Schekman, Ph.D., recent Nobel Prize winner (Physiology or Medicine), where he issues a “call to arms to fellow researchers” to avoid publishing in “luxury journals” or “big brands.” The piece, published in The Guardian, is entitled, “How Journals Like Nature, Cell and Science Are Damaging Science.” Dr. Schekman wrote, “There is a better way, through the new breed of open-access journals that are free for anybody to read, and have no expensive subscriptions to promote. Born on the web, they can accept all papers that meet quality standards, with no artificial caps.”