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Is Alexandria, VA as ‘Well-Read’ as Amazon Claims?

alexandrialibraryEarlier this month, Amazon released its list of the 20 most well-read cities across America and Alexandria, VA topped the chart. David Rothman, founder of TeleRead  and Alexandria native, doesn’t think that this is a very accurate depiction of the city.

In a post on his blog, he explains that the town only has one large bookstore and its library budget is paltry. Here is an excerpt from the post:

U.S. expenditures on public library content are a miserable $4 per capita, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Alexandria spends only around $2.60. Recalculating with more detailed information, I see the number is not just “less” than the $3.25 mentioned earlier, but significantly so. And even the $2.60 will shrink slightly as a result of a fiscal year 2015 cutback from the current $389,754 to $364,226 for a city of about 150,000. The imposition of new taxes and fees makes my hometown’s miserliness toward library books even more of an embarrassment.

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eBook Blog TeleRead Purchased by North American Publishing Company

teleread.jpgThe digital book reporting website TeleRead was purchased by the Gadgetell subsidiary of the North American Publishing Company (NAPCO) today–big news for the world of eBook news.

Editor David Rothman reports that he will be leaving his role as editor and publisher, but his co-editor Paul Biba will take over as editor. In addition, senior writer Chris Meadows will also remain with the blog. NAPCO has been in business since 1958, running 16 magazines in addition to such online enterprises as email newsletters and the Gadgetell tech blog.

Here’s more about the sale, from Rothman: “Our sale to NAPCO happened for several reasons. We needed more resources to survive the remainder of this recession and compete with the growing number of other e-book-related sites. Also, I suffered a heart attack in 2008 and prefer to spend my mornings–when I’m at my freshest–on walking and other cardio-exercise rather than reading RSS feeds.”

UPDATED: Complete press release embedded, after the jump.

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Digital Book Expert Clarifies Digtal Formats

PRS-300P1_med.JPGEarlier today, GalleyCat noted that Sony unveiled a new plan to adopt the ePub format for all digital books on the reader. According to the New York Times, Sony will convert all files to the ePub format by the end of the year, allowing users to share books on a host of other devices, including Plastic Logic reader and the iPhone Stanza e-reader.

Nevertheless, digital book expert David Rothman worried in an essay that the new format will not be completely “open,” nor free of digital rights management [DRM]. Rothman has been promoting open formats for years, co-founding the OpenReader Consortium, a movement which attempted “to finally develop and promote a true consumer ebook standard.”

Here’s more speculation about the format, from TeleRead: “The article failed to play up up an essential–namely that Adobe-DRMed ePub is in effect a proprietary format. Only nonDRMed ePub isn’t proprietary. Adobe controls the DRM-related technology used by the Sony store and others, and in the future it could raise or lower prices or refuse to do business with certain companies.” (Image via)