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August 2012 - In the News

French Bookstores Continue to Grow

As bookstores in the US crash and burn, the book market in France prospers. From 2003 to 2011, book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent. In France, eBooks account for only 1.8 percent of the general consumer publishing market compared with 6.4 percent in the United States. There are also government-financed institutions that offer grants and interest-free loans to would-be bookstore owners."There are two things you don't throw out in France - bread and books," said Bernard Fixot, owner and publisher of XO. Read More

Libraries Make eBook Deal With Penguin

Penguin Group and electronic-book distributor 3M have made a deal with two New York City public library systems that will return Penguin eBooks to library shelves for a one-year pilot. The pilot, crafted to protect eBook sales, will delay the release of eBooks to the libraries for six months after the titles go on sale in stores and online. Each library eBook will expire after a year. If successful at the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library, Penguin said it could offer similar deals to libraries across the U.S., including school and university libraries. Read More

Weekly Reader Magazine Closing

It is the end for Weekly Reader, a staple educational resource in American classrooms for a century. As a result of changes affecting the print world along with pressure to develop digital editions, Weekly Reader has been forced to shut down. "We looked into digital and online production, but we were hamstrung due to lack of funds," says Keith Garton, Weekly Reader's senior VP of product development. Encyclopedia Britannica faced a similar predicament when they announced in March 2012 that they would cease production of their 32-volume set to focus on media and educational curriculum for schools, and on their online paid subscription version. Read More

Harry Potter Goes High-Tech

Scholastic Publishing announced that a live webcast with author J.K. Rowling will be broadcast live across America from Rowling's hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland on October 11, 2012. This will be the first time since 2007 that she has had the opportunity to answer 'live' questions from kids. This will also be the launch of the Harry Potter Reading Club, an online destination created to share the magical world of Harry Potter with a generation of new readers. The new Harry Potter Reading Club offers educators, librarians, and parents access to all the tools they need to celebrate the joys of reading. The website also includes a comprehensive discussion guide for all seven novels to help start an insightful conversation about the themes and events in the book and how the book may relate to readers own lives and the world today. Read More

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