ATG News You Need to start the Week – 1/11/21
According to Good e-Reader “Overdrive has reported that libraries all over the world have collectively loaned out over 289 million ebooks, which is a 40% increase from 2019… People have been buying more ebooks and borrowing more from the library, since this could all be done from the comfort of their own home. Audiobooks have also seen a strong gain, but not as much as ebooks, because people were commuting less. 138 million audiobooks were checked out in 2020, a 20% increase from 2019…”
Publishers Weekly reports that “with all major categories posting increases, unit sales of print books rose 8.2% in 2020 over 2019 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. For the year ended Jan. 2, 2021, units hit 750.9 million, up from 693.7 million the year before.
BookScan said the 8.2% gain was the largest annual increase since 2010. The year certainly turned out much better than many in the trade side of publishing expected in the early spring, when pandemic-induced store lockdowns and some supply chain issues caused deep concern.
According to infoDOCKET “Jodi Schneider, a professor of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign found In a new study published in the journal Scientometrics, … that a retracted clinical trial report continues to be cited 11 years after its retraction – and that citations actually increased after it was retracted…”
In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “The University of South Carolina Libraries will be home to a one-of-a-kind collection of memorabilia from the rock band KISS.
The collection is a gift from John Upshaw Downs, Jr., a Charleston businessman, and his wife, Margaret Norris Downs, who have a deep interest in music and art. The Downs offered the collection to the University Libraries earlier this year after they read about the Libraries’ acquisition of the Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection…”
Publishers Weekly reports that “three veteran publishing and digital media consultants offer a postmortem on 2020 and a glimpse at what the future holds for publishers, booksellers, libraries and readers…”
“The 50-page report, COVID-19 and Book Publishing: Impacts and Insights for 2021, goes beyond the trade bookselling sector and looks at the broader social and economic changes the pandemic has forced, as well as offering insights on a range of book business sectors, including including K-12 and higher education, digital media, and the library market…
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
- Community College League of California reaches agreement with ExLibris to sustain the Library Services Platform
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.