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International Publishers Association State of Publishing Reports

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Screen capture of IPA reports

On 15 Oct 2020 the International Publishers Association launched a set of seven reports looking at key aspects of the international publishing industry. They contain a wealth of information in these reports that publishers and publishers’ associations around the world can use in their work and in their interactions with local governments.

Publishers and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This report looks at all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and what publishers around the world are doing in terms of what they publish and how they operate as businesses. While publishers might be expected to be focused on SDG4 – Education, the report actually show that publishers are trying to tackle many of the goals. There are best practices and some inspirational examples from many publishers. With the UN hoping to achieve the Goals by 2030, this report can act as a baseline for publishers to play their part in the decade of action.

Freedom to Publish: Challenges, Violations and Countries of Concern

This report takes stock of reports from around the world to focus individual cases but also build a picture of the main violations against the freedom to publish, the main challenges publishers face and which countries are of particular concern.

Ambitious Literary Policies: International Perspectives

This book is a call to arms for active literary politics and serves as an introduction to cultural policy measures that currently shape literature and publishing industries in different states and regions around the world. It argues that literary policies should be understood as part of a complex and flexible field of politics that can be identified at national, regional and international levels of governance, across several policy areas. Literary policies are based on the premise that the book and other forms of written expressions are not just commodities but have a special value to society.

Reading Matters: Surveys and Campaigns – How to Keep and Recover Readers

Reading Matters was the original slogan for the International Publishers Congress. This report gathers together the results of multiple surveys from around the world that look at reading habits as well as initiatives to encourage people to read more. The analysis of surveys looks at the different methodologies but tries to bring the results together to create a clear picture of which groups within society are reading more or reading less. The report isn’t just a snapshot though, it builds on this analysis and current best practices to look to the future.

IPA Global Report on Copyright & Publishing

This report is the ultimate reference document for copyright laws that impact publishers. It analyses the copyright laws in the 69 countries where IPA has members and highlights the elements most relevant to publishers’ activities like exceptions and limitation, enforcement regimes and notice and take down provisions. The legal analysis is complemented by on the ground insights from IPA members in a number of countries.

Licensing Practices in a Global Digital Market

This report presents a comprehensive overview of how licensing actually works in different publishing sectors and regions. It includes chapters from international experts in K-12 education, STM publishing, as well as regional experts from Africa and Asia and perspectives from authors and reproduction rights organizations.

Paper and Digital: Current Research into the Effectiveness of Learning Materials

This report brings together the work of multiple researchers looking at how pupils and students learn and whether the format of the learning resources has an impact on the educational outcomes. It also looks at the very practical recent example of the implementation of a new curriculum in Norway and how publishers prepared to provide a blend of physical and digital resources.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

6 November 2020 at 00:01

OverDrive Education Documents Accelerated Shift to Digital in 2020

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It’s clear there is a connection between COVID-19’s disruption to the classroom and the adoption of eBooks.

  • 98% of administrators report that full or partial remote learning is in place
  • 85% of administrators report using eBooks in their districts, and of teachers using eBooks
  • 66% say they’re using more this year than last year

This increase demonstrates an acceleration of the digital shift in schools. 

The survey also explored how educators are using eBooks in their schools. Highlights include:

  • 59% of teachers say they use eBooks in their classroom to support curriculum, including digital textbooks as well as electronic versions of popular fiction and nonfiction books
  • 40% of administrators say their district has eBooks as a school library resource
  • 33% of administrators say eBooks are a great resource for those who struggle with reading

“eBooks books have allowed educators to adapt to remote learning during COVID-19 without missing a beat. Now, they are recognizing how beneficial digital resources are for the long term,” said Angela Arnold, General Manager of OverDrive Education. “Teachers don’t have to worry about getting physical books to students. Digital books allow students to complete classroom reading assignments or read for pleasure, regardless of whether the district is teaching in person or remote. This makes eBooks and audiobooks a smart investment for the future.”

The timing of the survey coincided with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, when more than 9 out of 10 respondents say they had at least some students learning remotely. However, the survey reveals that the situation remains fluid, with 78% of administrators reporting that overall plans for how students attend classes have changed since August 1. Since that date, 38% of districts schools have added digital resources and 25% delayed the start of class.

“2020 has been a lesson for all of us. Now that educators have a better idea of how to navigate the challenges of remote learning, they’re growing more confident and innovating with digital books,” said Arnold.

For a summary report of the survey’s findings, email To learn more about Sora, visit

Written by Larry S. Bonura

28 October 2020 at 14:00

COVID-19 and eBooks: Fragmented Thoughts

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There’s worry in eBook land as COVID-19’s impact lingers. The headlines are revealing the angst of the pandemic’s impact on the world of books in general and eBooks in particular:

Let’s delve a bit into each of the headlines above.

Increased eBook Lending Popularity Leaves Publishers Worried, Librarians Still Dissatisfied

Writing Teleread on 3 Oct 2020, author Chris Meadows says that it’s “it’s time for [publishers] to start complaining again” since they haven’t for a few months. Publishers are worried about the increasing popularity of eBooks since the coronavirus outbreak in March. After libraries closed, Overdrive reported that eBook checkouts are up 52% over the same period as last year and Hoopla claims that 439 new libraries have joined its service since March, a 20% boost. This means that publishers worry that using libraries to borrow eBooks is cutting into book sales. All the while, librarians complain because they have to pay several time cover prices for eBooks that expire and have to be repurchased after a low number of checkouts. Sigh. Seems no one is happy is eBook land. Read the article for more details about the legal issue of eBook pricing for libraries.

European eBook, Audiobook Sales See Pandemic Pop

On 13 Aug 2020, Ed Nawotka writes in Wired that eBook and audiobook sales have been robust throughout the shutdown of many European bricks-and-mortar bookstores due Covid-19. A study of some two million digital transactions found e-book sales spiked 26% during the period of lockdown compared with the weeks prior to the order. Audiobook downloads more than doubled, seeing a 109% increase. And the report also suggests that eBooks “aren’t as dead as we read in reports for years.” Read the article for some interesting facts and figures and some nice charts showing what’s been going on in Europe. I didn’t notice much complaining in their eBook world.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

14 October 2020 at 09:59

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New “normal” evolving for publishers globally

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“Confinement is transforming the book discovery habits of thousands of readers, as well as their purchase and consumption on screens.”

Read the whole article here.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

15 April 2020 at 18:08

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Public Libraries Reach Record-High eBook & Audiobook Usage in 2019

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CLEVELAND, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Due to their creative efforts in curation, managing multiple lending models and engaging patrons, librarians helped drive public library circulation of digital books to record highs in 2019. Libraries and schools around the world enabled their patrons and students to check out 326 million eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in the past 12 months, a 20% increase over the previous year. Publishers and authors benefited from the library’s role as valued discovery channel which resulted in record library sales of digital titles across all genres for all audiences. This data was reported by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for over 43,000 libraries and schools worldwide.

A record 73 public library systems in five countries loaned over 1 million digital books to readers in 2019. Achieving this unprecedented level of reader engagement: 45 city or county library systems and 28 regional or state consortiums. Eight libraries reached this million book milestone for the first time.

Notable digital libraries for 2019 include Toronto Public Library (the number one library in the world with 6.6 million digital book loans, an all-time high for any library), Los Angeles Public Library (the number one US library for the first time with 5.9 million) and the National Library Board of Singapore (the top digital library outside North America with 4.2 million). The fastest growing US digital library in the OverDrive global network was Sonoma County Library (CA), which saw their collection usage increase 214% in part by consolidating eBooks from other platforms. The Berlin Library (Germany) was one of the fastest growing outside of the US (+184%) due to increased investment in an expanding catalog of English, German and other world language content.

2019 digital book lending records from the OverDrive global network

  • Total digital checkouts from libraries and schools: 326 million (+20% over 2018)\
  • eBooks borrowed: 211 million (+15%)
  • Audiobooks borrowed: 114 million (+30%, outpacing eBooks for the 6th straight year)
  • Ebook and audiobook holds/wait listed: 129 million (+21%)
  • Children/YA genre checkouts: 59 million (+27%)
  • 73 public library systems around the world (+12%) with over 1 million digital book checkouts, including 22 over 2 million checkouts, five over 3 million, four over 4 million, five over 5 million and one over 6 million
  • New public library (digital) users: 5 million (+12%)

Most popular eBooks borrowed from libraries in 2019

Most popular audiobooks borrowed from libraries in 2019

Top digital books borrowed from libraries by genre

Key factors and tools that libraries and schools used to drive digital growth in 2019

  • Libby. Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from the library, was named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s and one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019.
  • Apple CarPlay. Libby’s compatibility with CarPlay allows readers to listen to audiobooks from the public library by connecting their iPhone to their vehicle’s sound system.
  • Library+School Sharing. Libraries and schools are partnering to provide easy and safe access to the library’s digital collection using Sora, the student reading app for schools. Sora achieved record student usage and ended the year as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019.
  • Lucky Day. Libraries can now serve more patrons faster with their OverDrive digital collection by designating copies of high-demand, waitlisted titles as immediately available.
  • Digital book club. Along with OverDrive’s global digital book club and dozens of local clubs, the company supported the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform Book Pick by connecting readers across the US with a featured eBook through their public libraries.
  • Instant Digital Card. Readers can sign up for a library card and begin borrowing digital content from their local library in under 30 seconds — all from their mobile device.
  • New content. Access to hundreds of new publishers in 2019 with notables including Marvel and Pokémon now available to libraries and schools through OverDrive’s catalog. Scholastic eBooks are also now offered to schools for the first time.

To find a public library near you, visit Rakuten OverDrive or install the Libby app (iOS, Android, Windows).

About Rakuten OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, the award-winning Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.

David Burleigh
Director of Brand Marketing & Communication
SOURCE: Rakuten OverDrive

2018 New Mexico Press Women Conference

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“Telling Truths Boldly: Harnessing the Narrative Drive”

April 27-28, 2018

The Lodge at Santa Fe

The Lodge at Santa Fe
$89 group rate before taxes – cutoff for special rate is March 28, 2018
750 N. Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe NM 87501

To reserve a room, call 505-992-5858 and ask for the “Northern Chapter of NM Press Women” special rate (or group code B03417). Or reserve your room online at the group rate.


Friday, April 27
3:30 – 5:00 pm   NMPW Board Meeting
5:00 – 7:00 pm   Join us at the Lodge’s Hilltop Bar & Grille for no host Happy Hour with a pasta or taco bar
7:00 – 8:00 pm   “Writing Secrets from a Best Selling Author”–Sherri Burr interviews author Hampton Sides (Blood & Thunder and other bestsellers)

Saturday, April 28
Breakfast on your own
8:30 am   Welcome by NMPW President Loretta Hall
8:35 – 9:35 am   Morning Keynote: Sara Solovitch, editor of Searchlight New Mexico
9:45 – 10:45 am   “Creating Narratives”
* Inez Russell Gomez of the Santa Fe New Mexican will moderate
* DACA Dreamer Cindy Nava, who writes for the Huffington Post
* Playwright Karen Jones Meadows whose play about Harriet Tubman has been performed throughout the country
10:55 – 11:55 am   “Revisioning a Local Story for a National Market”
12:00 – 1:30 pm   Zia Book Award Lunch
1:45 – 2:30 pm   NMPW Annual Meeting
2:45 – 4:15 pm   “Telling your Truth: Memoir Writing” Workshop with Lauren Camp
5:00 – 6:00 pm   Reception and Silent Auction
6:00 – 9:00 pm   Awards Banquet with Keynote Speaker Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Conference Registration Fees
**Full conference, NMPW member (all events  Friday and Saturday): $125.
**Full conference, Nonmember (all events & meals Friday and Saturday): $160.
NMPW membership (optional, allows registration at member rate): $15.00
Friday evening interview only: $10.00
Writing Workshop only: $25.00
Zia Award Lunch only: $40.00
Awards Banquet only: $75.00

Register Online Here
Download Conference Registration Form and mail it in

Final registration deadline is April 12, 2018

Written by Larry S. Bonura

22 February 2018 at 03:28

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Digital Public Library of America Search Widget

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In my last post, I told you about the Digital Public Library of America as a great tool for doing historical and other research.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a Search Widget that you can add to your website or WordPress site to have your readers search the DPLA right from your site.

Dean Farrell and Josh Wilson created the Search Widget, which allows you to easily install a DPLA search box on your website or WordPress installation. It enables anyone to search DPLA from the widget. Give it a try and then follow the instructions below to install it on your personal site or WordPress.

The Code

DPLA Search Widget Code 1

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your website

  1. Type the green meta and script tags text from the above graphic into your web page. Make sure you type the text after the head but before the /head tag.
  2. Type the blue div tag text from the above graphic into the body portion of your web page where you want the search box to appear.
  3. Save your work.

Let the searching begin!

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your WordPress site

Written by Larry S. Bonura

16 August 2017 at 03:39

Digital Public Library of America

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Digital Public Library of America Logo

One of our most cherished public entities is the library.  The current economic situation has taken the toll on our public libraries: reducing collection building, cutting hours of operation, and providing materials electronically.  Our libraries are places anyone can visit and use.  They offer learning for all.  They provide for personal and national growth.  They enable a diverse and better functioning society.  They are all for one, and one for all.

The Digital Public Library of America is not a place to visit in person; it lives on the web.  And it’s purpose is to maximize public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

I recently became a Community Representative for the DPLA.  My duties include publicizing and reaching out to my local community to expound on the collection and help them build this national digital library.

The DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions. Our core work includes bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building our technology, and managing projects that further our mission through curation, education, and community building.

The Digital Public Library of America is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Boston. It is a registered library in the state of Massachusetts. DPLA launched in April 2013 as the result of a multiyear grassroots planning initiative involving thousands of volunteers dedicated to the vision of building a national digital library for all.

Check it out today and join us on our journey!

Written by Larry S. Bonura

24 May 2017 at 21:57

eBooks in Our Reading Habits

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In the Global English Editing blog, author Brendan Brown writes about “Who Reads the Most? A Guide to Global Reading Habits,” with a wonderful infographic.  This short piece looks at how much we read, what we read, and where reading is taking place.  The biggest selling book in history is Don Quixote, a story that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide, including me. Although paper books have been selling well since the invention of the printing press, eBooks are growing in popularity and are projected to outsell paper books by 2018.

Here are the eBook statistics from this infographic:

ebooks reading habits

Written by Larry S. Bonura

17 May 2017 at 05:03

5 Mobile Friendly Medical Websites

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Mobile Medical AccessMedicine

This sites serves as a centralized location for many of the new and enhanced features of the McGraw-Hill Access online medical products. Some of the features include:

Federated Search—This organizes all the medical Access products you subscribe to into one federated collection, eliminating the need to search across multiple sites. Finding information from more than 180 titles, including Harrison’s Online, CMDT, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, and more is easier and faster, giving you more time to dedicate to patients, research, or studies.
Greater Personalization—Access saved images, care plans, and Custom Curriculum assignments across all subscriptions using your My Access account.
Log In Remotely Using Just Your My Access Account—No VPNs or extra logins required.  Simply create a My Access account while logged in to your institutional subscription to access our content whenever and wherever you are.
Enhanced Custom Curriculum for Rotation Management—Custom Curriculum is now available across all sites. Sample curricula will allow for quick adaption to suit your faculty’s needs; further integration and customization options, such as being able to build a curriculum pulling from all your Access subscriptions, will ease rotation management and improve the learner experience.
Responsive Design for Mobile—The browser automatically adapts to the device being used, ensuring a great viewing experience no matter the device.


Mobile Medical AmericanEHR

AmericanEHR Partners is an online community of clinicians who use information technology to deliver care to Americans. Through education, social media, and collecting peer contributed data, American EHR organizes information to ease ideal decision-making. The site, developed by Cientis Technologies and the American College of Physicians, provides physicians, state and federal agencies, vendors, and funding organizations across the United States with the necessary tools to find, implement, and effectively use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other healthcare technologies.

Cientis Technologies is an international developer of web-based tools to aid clinicians and their medical practice teams in the choice, adoption, and use of Electronic Health Records systems and related healthcare technologies. The Cientis Technologies platform helps clinicians improve care and enhance efficiency through education on the effective use of health information technology.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists/physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 130,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Mobile Medical CDC

The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To carry out it mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. CDC’s role includes:
—Detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats
—Tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans
—Putting science and advanced technology into action to prevent disease
—Promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environment
—Developing leaders and training the public health workforce, including disease detectives
—Taking the health pulse of our nation


Mobile Medical DailyMed

DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs, and is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts). This site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up, and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides DailyMed as a public service and does not accept advertisements. The drug labeling information on this site is the most recent submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and currently in use; it may include, for example, strengthened warnings undergoing FDA review or minor editorial changes.

The drug labeling on this site may not be the labeling on currently distributed products or identical to the labeling that is approved. Drugs marked “OTC monograph final” or “OTC monograph not final” are not checked for conformance to the monograph. Drugs marked “unapproved” on this Web site have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and efficacy and their labeling has not been approved.


Mobile Medical EHRIntelligence

Xtelligent Media publishes EHRIntelligence, which is an excellent online resource for the latest news and product information about EHRs, ICD-10, HIE, and other health IT-related issues facing ambulatory and acute care facilities.

More than 40,000 health IT pros, physicians, hospital and small practice staff rely on EHRIntelligence to stay up-to-date on the ever-changing EHR landscape. With the wealth of information out there, the site tries to cut thru the clutter to deliver the most valuable and important news and information around EHR.