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Macmillan Reconsiders its Library E-Book Policy

Some book publishers are rethinking the way they distribute their e-books to public libraries. Thanks to the convention of digital-book borrowing apps, many readers are able to read new titles on their tablets without having to wait for a physical book to be returned. This is especially relevant when big releases such as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury and James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty are in popular demand. Readers flocked to these books the second that they hit the shelves, so digital book-borrowing apps became extremely convenient for those that wanted to rent the book without having to wait.

However, Macmillan, who published both Wolff and Comey’s books, are not as thrilled. With such widespread access to their most popular books, the company believes that they’re losing potential sales.

“Library reads are currently 45% of our total digital book reads in the U.S. and growing,” Macmillan Chief Executive John Sargent told The Wall Street Journal. “They are cannibalizing our digital sales.”

 

 

It is for this reason that Macmillan plans to limit each library system’s access to one digital copy of each new book it publishes in the first eight weeks of the book’s release. The action is set to take place on November 1st, and the hope is that more people will be inclined to purchase new books, instead of easily renting them.

 

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Steve Potash, chief executive of Rakuten OverDrive, a digital distributor of e-books, replied to Macmillan’s move: “It will create a backlash against Macmillan books and their authors. Libraries encourage and showcase authors to readers. Now libraries will have a hard time doing that for Macmillan.”

Whether the decision to rubberneck e-book copies is fruitful or not is yet to be seen. However, for those of you digital-book borrowers out there, be prepared to wait for Macmillan’s new releasesor at least be prepared to fork over the money to buy a copy for yourself.

 

 

 

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James Comey

James Comey, Former FBI Director, Will Release Book About “Ethical Leadership”

James Comey sure knows how to make headlines. Between his investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and possible Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Comey has become a household name. 

 

Publishers have taken notice. Flatiron Books will release Comey’s currently untitled book, which is expected to be finished in spring 2018.

 

Flatiron says the book will explore “what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” This may raise eyebrows on the left and right, as his decisions as FBI director were not without controversy. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken issue with Comey’s decision-making over the past year.

 

James Comey and Donald Trump shaking hands.

via CNBC

 

The book will contain “yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.” His career stretches back much further than his position as FBI director. He also served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general during George W. Bush’s presidency.

 

James Comey and Barack Obama

via CBC

 

Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last month attracted 19.5 million viewers, and was dubbed “Washington’s Super Bowl.” During that hearing, Comey put on full display his extreme attention to detail. It will be fascinating to hear some of his currently unheard anecdotes, though, he will not be able to share classified information.

 

Feature image courtesy of Politico.